The Leftovers S1E1 "Pilot" 6/29/14

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  1. Jun 30, 2014 #1 of 129
    Demandred

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    I liked it! Parts of it definitely had a "Lost" feel.

    Questions so far:

    What's with the deer/moose? I got the impression it was the main character's dad in animal form somehow but then it got eaten at the end.

    What's with the dogs?

    Why did Mom join the cult?

    What's with the cult? The smoking but not talking thing was weird. And the sign they held up...how is talking any more wasting breath than smoking?

    Wayne seems weird too. Is he another cult leader? Clearly not the same cult, right?

    I'd be totally fine if they never explained where the "heroes" went, but I suspect much of the show will be focused on that.
     
  2. Jun 30, 2014 #2 of 129
    Gunnyman

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    On HBO Go there's an about The Leftovers short that explains some of this.
    There are a few cults and Lindenoff said many viewers may get hung up on the "where did they go" aspect but he had hopes the depth of the characters would draw viewers in and the focus on that question would wane.
    I liked it too. I'm in.
     
  3. Jun 30, 2014 #3 of 129
    Rob Helmerichs

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    Lindelof seems to have learned from his mistakes at Lost, where he both implicitly and explicitly promised things the show would never deliver (i.e., answers); now he's saying upfront that this show is not about why people disappeared, but rather how the rest respond to it.

    I'd have to say carefully managing expectations is a lot better than shooting off your mouth without thinking! ;)

    The cult baffles me. I'm really interested in what's going on there.
     
  4. Jun 30, 2014 #4 of 129
    Gunnyman

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    There's a son in the family picture, I assume he disappeared and that's why mom joined the cult.
    Now who is Liv Tyler playing,first she freaks out because the smokers are following her, then she shows up at the door.

    Lots going on here and I need to watch it again to digest.
     
  5. Jun 30, 2014 #5 of 129
    Demandred

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    The son is the guy working for "Wayne". The picture on his phone when "dad" called was the main character.
     
  6. Jun 30, 2014 #6 of 129
    Gunnyman

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    I missed that. See like I said, lots going on and I need to rewatch. :D
     
  7. Jun 30, 2014 #7 of 129
    dswallow

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    Based on the pilot it's obvious the 2% were mostly Mensa members, because what's left went thoroughly stupid in less than 3 years.
     
  8. Jun 30, 2014 #8 of 129
    aaronwt

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    I liked the pilot. now I just need to sign up for HBO so I can watch the rest of the episodes. FiOS had a free HBO weekend.
     
  9. Jun 30, 2014 #9 of 129
    Test

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    It was pretty slow for a series pilot episode. Was the wife being in the cult supposed to be a "twist" revelation? I assumed that was the wife pretty early on and then the way he delivered the line at the cults house about "my wife" just made it seem like I was supposed to be shocked.
     
  10. Jun 30, 2014 #10 of 129
    dthmj

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    I had no idea that was his wife. I had assumed his wife was one of the ones that disappeared. So I was surprised.


    And it really seems like more than 2% of the word disappeared.
     
  11. Jun 30, 2014 #11 of 129
    aaronwt

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    I didn't realize it was his wife until he hit the picture on the stairwell and they showed her and the entire family.
     
  12. Jun 30, 2014 #12 of 129
    rahnbo

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    I thought it was painfully slow too. I was expecting something closer between Lost and FlashForward I guess but I didn't really research the show good enough. The twist was kinda of meh and something I assumed for some reason was a given early on in the show.

    The video memorial to the vanished celebrities was pretty funny though.
     
  13. Jun 30, 2014 #13 of 129
    NorthAlabama

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    i took a break about 25 minutes in, watched a couple of other shows, then picked it back up and watched to the end. not a good sign for me when i'm watching a series pilot.
     
  14. Jun 30, 2014 #14 of 129
    Hoffer

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    I recorded the show, but haven't watched it yet. I've thought the previews for it have looked like something I would not like at all. I have seen some good reviews and of course it is an HBO show. So, I kinda feel like I have to watch at least the first couple episodes. Seeing comments above that the show is "painfully slow" is exactly why I wouldn't watch the show.
     
  15. Jun 30, 2014 #15 of 129
    gossamer88

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    Gary Busey is a Mensa member?

    I'm intrigued and looking forward to the rest of the season.

    As someone already mentioned, HBO has a 30 min making of that explains a lot and the differences between the series and the book.
     
  16. Jun 30, 2014 #16 of 129
    Cainebj

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    I enjoyed it and didn't think it was slow at all.

    I had no idea Amy Brenneman was the wife - mostly because no offense Amy but she seems way older than Justin Theroux the lead male character.

    Also that really quick flash of him having sex when he was asked where he was - I thought that was implying he was actually in the act of screwing his wife when she vanished.... Can you imagine? :eek:

    as a complete aside he's Jennifer Aniston's fiancé. Lucky her.
     
  17. Jun 30, 2014 #17 of 129
    smak

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    I'm guessing that the reason the cult was following her is because she was "meant to be" in the cult.

    Her being the only one they followed, and her being the only one who joined during this episode leads me to believe that might be correct.

    -smak-
     
  18. Jun 30, 2014 #18 of 129
    Rob Helmerichs

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    The only one they SHOWED being followed...but there were a lot of other cultists who went out, so presumably they were following a lot of other people.
     
  19. Jun 30, 2014 #19 of 129
    RGM1138

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    I had planned on watching this, until one of the show runners pretty much stated that they wouldn't be revealing the cause of the disappearances, so as to concentrate more on how the people dealt with it.

    I have to know what's in the box, if I'm gonna invest a lot of time in a show. *



    *Ref: Ronin
     
  20. Jun 30, 2014 #20 of 129
    tivoboyjr

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    I had those same two thoughts, so I was surprised that Amy was his wife.

    I liked the show, didn't love it, and will keep watching - mostly because there's not much else to watch.

    It's like a higher class version of Under the Dome. (Now there's a compliment.)
     

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