The Leftovers S1E1 "Pilot" 6/29/14

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  1. Jul 1, 2014 #41 of 129
    aaronwt

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    In their house they had a sign on the wall that mentioned why they smoked.

    What threw everybody off is there was no rhyme or reason for the people that vanished. They encompassed all walks of life, good and bad, young and old. And was not consistent. Which threw the world into turmoil. Which I would expect would occur if something like that happened in real life. Because it would certainly make people question their beliefs that ended up being wrong.
     
  2. Jul 1, 2014 #42 of 129
    mr.unnatural

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    I just watched the Making Of special and I got the feeling that we may never know the real reason why everyone disappeared. The actors kept citing mysterious incidents that happened in real life where people disappeared with no explanation. The Lost Colony on Roanoke Island was one and incidents involving the Bermuda Triangle were mentioned, among others. I think this one's going to be a major head scratcher.
     
  3. Jul 1, 2014 #43 of 129
    NorthAlabama

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    after finishing the pilot, i'm not sure i even care. :D

    because it's hbo, i'm giving this a few more eps, but only as long as i enjoy them more than the pilot.
     
  4. Jul 1, 2014 #44 of 129
    dbranco

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    Thanks! I'll definitely keep it to myself. I usually hate spoilers, too; for me, though, it depends on the show. Since this is brand-new, I don't mind so much.
     
  5. Jul 1, 2014 #45 of 129
    Jim_TV

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    Okay, my new theory about the smoking by the cult members is that in real life this writer is a smoker who is annoyed by the various restrictions placed on him by his city or state in recent years and writing this smoking cult into the novel and tv show is his protest.
     
  6. Jul 1, 2014 #46 of 129
    Jim_TV

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    I also wonder why the police chief's wife joined the cigarette cult. Unlike many other people, her whole immediate family including husband and two children are still alive. What's her problem?
     
  7. Jul 1, 2014 #47 of 129
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    I really liked it. Yes, it's slow moving, big deal. It's not an action show. It appears to be a show about how people deal with a catastrophic event. It's not a show about the mystery surrounding a catastrophic event. I expect no explanation of it. That's setup.

    Said event is also not the rapture, as Christopher Eccleston pointed out, ALTHOUGH, if you're going to get technical about what the rapture is supposed to be, it's not "good people". It's "Christians". Good, bad, if someone's a Christian, they're taken. This is what some people refer to as "once saved, always saved". I'm not turning this into a religious post, just correcting what appears to be an error (one that 99% of TV writers seem to make).

    It also seems to me that each episode is going to focus on a different character. The actors in most cases are character actors (like the guy shooting the dogs), but most had bit parts in this episode. I expect the main characters of THIS episode to be background characters of OTHER episodes, with this episode's backgrounders to be foreground. It's a foregone conclusion Eccleston will have his own episode, as will dog-man.

    Like I said, I really enjoyed it, and obviously will keep watching. My only real beef is the "let's curse and have nudity because it's HBO" requirement. It all seemed in your face, with some shows it fits, but with this one it just seemed to be shoehorned in. The guy who jumped into the pool naked reminded me of the girl who went skinny dipping in the one Amazon Prime show. We can, so why not?

    Looking forward to seeing how it unfolds.

    Greg
     
  8. Jul 1, 2014 #48 of 129
    Cainebj

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    as a mostly annoyed smoker myself - i totally buy that
     
  9. Jul 1, 2014 #49 of 129
    Jim_TV

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    I come from the opposite side. As a non-smoker who is utterly disgusted by cigarette smoke when I am exposed to it even in passing on the street, it always grosses me out when I see it incorporated prominently on tv.

    Even in other shows, I always notice it. For example, in Ray Donovan, the main character Ray and his wife live in this beautiful expensive house in Southern California and they're smoking like chimneys inside the house around their two teenage children and I can't help but think that Child Protective Services should get contacted.
     
  10. Jul 1, 2014 #50 of 129
    zalusky

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    I decided to give it a unbiased viewing. My come away is I don't care about anybody. The previews did not interest me and it all seemed so cliche.

    I could make up answers like the smokers are doing it because they want to die. It's a symbolic suicide statement but you know what I just don't care.

    Enjoy guys but HBO just seems like there trying to copy network TV especially NBC with this. They deserve better!


    Now play nice!
     
  11. Jul 2, 2014 #51 of 129
    gchance

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    Oh, but it's different! They can say the f-word! And show penis!

    Greg
     
  12. Jul 2, 2014 #52 of 129
    hairyblue

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    I liked it quite a bit.

    I'd have joined the cult too, but you know, smoking is bad, M'kay.

    So 1 in 50 people vanish all over the world of all different religions. There are 2 cults in the town the show is focusing on. Are the cults international?
     
  13. Jul 2, 2014 #53 of 129
    Dawghows

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    But not all Christian denominations believe "once saved, always saved." Also, this wouldn't explain all the non-Christians who were taken.
     
  14. Jul 2, 2014 #54 of 129
    mwhip

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    I can't imagine it was the rapture if not all babies were taken. I am not much of a church goer but I remember somewhere the bible saying something about the rapture and how all children are considered innocent.
     
  15. Jul 2, 2014 #55 of 129
    aaronwt

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    WHich again is the reason it throws everything into turmoil. The people disappearing does not follow the patterns people thought would occur from the rapture.. I don't need to know why the people disappeared. The show isn't about that. It's about how the people react to that event. That is more interesting than how they disappeared. People are going to react to an event like that in a multitude of ways.
     
  16. Jul 2, 2014 #56 of 129
    mwhip

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    I keep thinking of the show The 4400 for the reason for disappearance.
     
  17. Jul 2, 2014 #57 of 129
    Rob Helmerichs

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    Could just be a random quantum fluctuation, on a macro scale.

    :D
     
  18. Jul 2, 2014 #58 of 129
    Hoffer

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    I wonder if there will ever be another "rapture"? Like at the end of every season, another 2% of the population disappears?
     
  19. Jul 2, 2014 #59 of 129
    dswallow

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    With any luck the 2% would always include 100% of the people we've seen on the show. And the network execs who greenlight this garbage.
     
  20. Jul 2, 2014 #60 of 129
    aaronwt

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    :eek:

    Don't bring that show up. Four seasons done and they cancel it before the fifth and final season. It still pisses me off thinking about it. :mad:
     

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