The Leftovers S1E1 "Pilot" 6/29/14

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  1. Jul 5, 2014 #81 of 106
    domat

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    I could never buy this kind of story especially 3 years later. Humans are pretty resilient. 3 years later most people would already have moved on and this event wouldn't be having this drastic effect on them. As mentioned in the show 1 in 50 would mean many families would not have lost anyone.

    God works in mysterious ways would eventually be the religious reason.
     
  2. Jul 5, 2014 #82 of 106
    gchance

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    Because in 2004, most people had moved on and from 9/11? That was 3000, not a percentage of the ENTIRE WORLD'S POPULATION, yet even today, people without a direct connection are affected.

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  3. Jul 5, 2014 #83 of 106
    domat

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    vast majority of people moved on within weeks, months after 9/11. I know I was back at work with all my coworkers within days even though we witnessed first hand from right outside our window. People acted as they had before for the most part.

    Much more catastrophic events like earthquakes, tidal waves or wars that have killed many and people move on. It is what we do.

    It is the very small minority that don't recover.
     
  4. Jul 6, 2014 #84 of 106
    GoPackGo

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    But this is something with no explanation. I think that would weird out most people.
     
  5. Jul 6, 2014 #85 of 106
    aaronwt

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    Yes. This would affect people from all races and all religions. It would turn peoples thinking upside down. Plus the not knowing would freak out tons of people too. Three years later people would still be freaked out over something like this. It would be the abnormal person that would not be changed by an event like this and of this magnitude. Those would be the people that I would really worry about.
     
  6. Jul 6, 2014 #86 of 106
    Jesda

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    Is it worse than Under the Dome?
     
  7. Jul 7, 2014 #87 of 106
    NorthAlabama

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    no, if that's even possible.
     
  8. Jul 7, 2014 #88 of 106
    madscientist

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    I think I liked it. Not sure. I certainly didn't not like it. I don't mind "slower" shows, especially pilots which always have a lot of groundwork to lay, as long as the premise is interesting. I will have to give it a few more episodes to decide.
    Since she was just holding his neck it doesn't seem so dangerous. If the guy goes unconscious she's probably going to let go. If you're using a belt or rope or doing it by yourself that would not be a good idea. Of course, it's possible just grabbing the throat like that wouldn't do much (no idea how it works, to be honest).
    I'd expect someone would have noticed something so blatant in the intervening three years :). They had a scientific report announced during the show that said "and I'm paraphrasing here", "we don't know" why it happened: the scientists would have done lots of statistical analysis of all sorts, certainly medical, on everyone who disappeared and swaths of people who didn't, and evidently the result was there was no statistically significant difference between the two groups (in what they studied).
    Just curious, why do you think that? Personally I expect they'll stay on the cop and his family as the main characters throughout the season.
     
  9. Jul 7, 2014 #89 of 106
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    I never watched Lost, but I understand after watching the first two episodes that this series is from the same producer. And now I see why people say they hated where that show went. This show The Leftovers is just dumb. I mean, I am kind of enjoying it in a way. I want to like it. But almost every single major character is acting so contrary to any kind of logic that it's annoying as all get out. I hate every one of them and the things they do.

    The smoking cult makes no sense. The police chief's wife has no reason to be there since she lost no one in her family. Liz Tyler's character has no reason to be there or to cut down that tree. Do you know how hard it is to chop down a tree of that size with an axe? A woman of Liz's strength would be working at that for a week and would more than likely hurt herself and end up in the hospital before it came down.

    The teenage daughter and her friend beeping the horn are hot but stupid. They haven't explained what magical powers the black British cult leader has or why the police chief's son is working or killing for him. And the whole idea that the police chief is having hallucinations like his father makes no sense either. Why? Where does that imaginary guy with the truck killing the dogs come from? These writers are making this nonsense up as they go along. Or maybe it came from a novel that had no sense and no real ending either.

    The only person I like on this show is Liz Tyler's boyfriend because he rightfully wrote her off when she left him for the cult. Good riddance. If she's that gullible and impressionable she's worthless anyway.
     
  10. Jul 7, 2014 #90 of 106
    Peter000

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    Don't make assumptions about Lost based on this show. They're nothing alike in feel or in theme, IMO.
     
  11. Jul 7, 2014 #91 of 106
    aaronwt

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    Who said the guy in the truck was imaginary? The guy is questioning himself because his dad is Schizophrenic and that can be hereditary. SO he is questioning what he is seeing.
     
  12. Jul 7, 2014 #92 of 106
    Rob Helmerichs

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    The discussion has drifted into the second episode. Which doesn't bother me, but I'm sure some heads will be exploding... ;)
     
  13. Jul 7, 2014 #93 of 106
    Bob Coxner

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    The police chief's daughter and friend had no trouble seeing the truck driver or his beer.

    I do have to say that the show is not enough for me to keep my HBO sub. I'll be dropping HBO until Boardwalk Empire returns in the fall.
     
  14. Jul 7, 2014 #94 of 106
    dswallow

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    For me, most really bad shows go in a bucket that has no inherent order. There being no particularly good reason to waste time trying to order them at that level. And for me, this is currently in the same bucket. Though Under The Dome actually gets my attention, laughable at times, whereas I have not found anything yet about The Leftovers that holds my attention, except the hope/faith that there's some level of background/build-up necessary before the story gets involving enough.

    So far I see it as rather formulaic, and poorly formulaic at that. Don't explain lot's of stuff. Make things happen that aren't readily explainable, or give them misdirection in their potential source, mix it up with lots of similar stuff and avoid showing how anything ties together. Promise answers at some unspecified future time.
     
  15. Jul 7, 2014 #95 of 106
    aaronwt

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    I'm liking the show so far. I will watch the entire season. There is nothing else on HBO I will be watching. So at least i should be able to get my moneys worth, from the $10 a month HBO is costing me.
     
  16. Jul 7, 2014 #96 of 106
    Test

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    I don't think the friend acknowledged the mystery man...he of course blatantly jumped out of her way. The daughter did acknowledge him...something that runs in the family? OR he really was there and the friend is just rude.
     
  17. Jul 7, 2014 #97 of 106
    aaronwt

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    What about the beer he handed to the daughter?
     
  18. Jul 7, 2014 #98 of 106
    Test

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    Right, so either the crazy runs in the family or the daughters friend is just rude.
     
  19. Jul 7, 2014 #99 of 106
    Test

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    I agree, I'm not a fan of the show YET, but the idea has potential.

    As for the reasons behind the cult and the wife/Liv joining...we don't know yet. There was obviously a reason, it just hasn't been revealed in the first two episodes. I imagine we will have some flashbacks that explain...maybe the wifes other family was taken? maybe the chief was a cheater? maybe the wife was and her boyfriend was taken? Liv could have any unexplained (for now) reason for joining.

    Right now it is too early to write the show off for the background of characters that hasn't been explained yet. Your post reads like an angry series finale post where no mysteries were revealed and a lot of questions left unanswered.
     
  20. Jul 7, 2014 #100 of 106
    gchance

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    Early reviews were saying each episode is more or less standalone, my guess was based on that, and the fact that Christopher Eccleston is too big to be just floating around in the background with everyone else. That said, now that a second episode has aired, without spoiling things, it's clear that there will be an A-story and B-story, the A-story being "our heroes", and the B-story being standalones of "everyone else" (which includes Eccleston).

    Greg
     

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