The Leftovers S1E1 "Pilot" 6/29/14

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  1. Jun 30, 2014 #21 of 129
    aaronwt

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    Doesn't Under the Dome start back up tonight? I guess I'll watch it tonight if I don't fall asleep.

    I just hope that FiOS still has HBO for 50% off for twelve months in July. Otherwise I'll need to pay the full $20 a month until "The Left Overs" is finished for it's first season.
     
  2. Jun 30, 2014 #22 of 129
    Gunnyman

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    find someone to share HBO go with. That's what I'm doing. :) (And HBO doesn't seem to care)
     
  3. Jun 30, 2014 #23 of 129
    Fl_Gulfer

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    When the kids were playing the "Spin the IPod" did she choke the kid to death? And the Kid's just don't care about living or dyeing anymore?
     
  4. Jun 30, 2014 #24 of 129
    Rob Helmerichs

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    No, it was erotic asphyxiation. You CAN die from it (as did David Carradine), but that's not the intent.
     
  5. Jul 1, 2014 #25 of 129
    aaronwt

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    That sounds rather dangerous as David Carradine found out. You better be doing it with someone you absolutely trust. And even then it's still a stupid thing to do.
     
  6. Jul 1, 2014 #26 of 129
    Jim_TV

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    Only a Hollywood writer who spent a lot of time in AA or NA could write a plot line about a cult that sits around in a communal space smoking cigarettes endlessly. If this was another era or they showed a brand name I'd think this was product placement. But who knows, it could even be the cigarette lobby getting around the advertising ban by paying someone to write chain-smoking of cigarettes into the story. Otherwise I can't imagine what that whole element is supposed to be about.
     
  7. Jul 1, 2014 #27 of 129
    Chris Gerhard

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    Since it is an HBO series, I am in for a couple more episodes to give it a chance to get better. I do see some potential but in general shows that have a lot going on that makes no sense don't keep me interested long.

    The cult with Wayne where somehow Wayne has some mystic abilities to help people or control people or make people delusional or whatever can't really ever be explained satisfactorily, whatever it is he is doing can only be really stupid. Maybe he is a charlatan psychic claiming he can communicate with the departed, giving people comfort, I don't know or maybe his character will be developed as a real psychic, really able to communicate with the departed, maybe I am so far from what he really is that everybody will know I am no psychic.
     
  8. Jul 1, 2014 #28 of 129
    dbranco

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    For those who didn't realize that Amy B. was the wife" -- would it be a bad spoiler for me to tell my husband up-front that this is the case (e.g., is it a "twist" that you learn while watching and say "huh!" when you figure it out)? Or would this knowledge just make things a lot clearer while watching the whole episode?
     
  9. Jul 1, 2014 #29 of 129
    Hoffer

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    Why tell your husband anything up front?
     
  10. Jul 1, 2014 #30 of 129
    Hoffer

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    Their motto seemed to be "don't waste your breathe". As in don't waste your breath talking about the missing. In fact, they don't waste a breath talking at all. I'd say instead they are wasting their breath on smoking. (or something)

    Also, I don't see this as some great advertisement for smoking. People seeing a weirdo cult chain smoke cigarettes is really going to get them to run out and start smoking?
     
  11. Jul 1, 2014 #31 of 129
    mr.unnatural

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    The dogs were left behind when their owners vanished and ended up running loose. I suspect they eventually joined up and formed packs and became wild.

    There's a "Making Of" special that was aired for this show, but I haven't watched it yet. I'm curious to find out why the cult members are all chronic smokers and won't talk. I think each member or pair of members is assigned to watch over the family members of those who vanished. Either that or they're eyeing up potential new members, like Liv Tyler. They were all handed file folders just before they all went out into the community and started stalking folks.

    The show is supposed to be about those who were left behind after the Rapture. The vanished were supposedly snatched up to heaven or wherever they're supposed to go.
     
  12. Jul 1, 2014 #32 of 129
    Jeeters

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    Or the suburban Boston author that wrote the book that the series is based on. ;)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Perrotta
     
  13. Jul 1, 2014 #33 of 129
    Cainebj

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    Yes. I think that would be a terrible spoiler.
    But I hate spoilers.
     
  14. Jul 1, 2014 #34 of 129
    Cainebj

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    Out of curiosity I looked it up.
    Brenneman just turned 50.
    Theroux will be 43 this summer.
     
  15. Jul 1, 2014 #35 of 129
    Rob Helmerichs

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    [unpoilered because I have no idea why this would be spoilered]
    That seems not to be the case at all. As they say on the show...Gary Busey?!?
     
  16. Jul 1, 2014 #36 of 129
    Fl_Gulfer

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    What if they all had the same Blood Type and Aliens need it.??..
     
  17. Jul 1, 2014 #37 of 129
    Bob Coxner

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    The not talking part is not that unusual. There are a number of Catholic orders of monks and nuns that follow the tradition, with varying degrees of strictness. Trappists, Benedictines, Cistercians, Dominicans, Carmalites, etc. There are similar religious groups that practice silence in Hinduism and Buddhism.

    I'm not aware of any religious orders that require smoking. :)
     
  18. Jul 1, 2014 #38 of 129
    Bob Coxner

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    Gary Busey and the Pope! :)
     
  19. Jul 1, 2014 #39 of 129
    Dawghows

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    I'm withholding judgement until I see a couple more episodes, but the pilot didn't quite do it for me. I didn't feel a connection to any of the characters, and the plot didn't seem to have much of a trajectory to me. I agree with the OP that it had something of a "Lost" feel. Unfortunately I don't consider that to be a positive. On the other hand, I do trust HBO to deliver, so I'm choosing to remain cautiously optimistic.

    Fingers crossed....
     
  20. Jul 1, 2014 #40 of 129
    mr.unnatural

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    From the show description at The Futon Critic:

    Apparently, the bit about the Rapture is being left as a bit of a mystery. The writers could keep us dangling before they let the cat out of the bag or they may never spill the beans about what happened to the missing 2% of the population. Just as long as it doesn't end up being another smoke monster I'll stick around.
     

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