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‘The Leftovers’ Season 1 Episode 4 Recap: “B.J. and the A.C.”

After last week’s superb and surreal episode of The Leftovers, I was eager to see where this show would go next. The focus on just one character, the strange dips in and out of reality, the smartly dissected Christian themes were all right up my alley. This week’s “B.J. and the A.C.” wasn’t nearly as thrilling or interesting (it was a little too on-the-nose at times) but it was broken up by a handful of truly great — and chilling — scenes. … Read More

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‘The Leftovers’ Season 1 Episode 3 Recap: “Two Boats and a Helicopter”

In The Leftovers, it’s those who have departed who have it easy. People have vanished from the world with no explanation but it’s those left behind who are the ones in a constant struggle. They are the ones trying to make sense of this devastating phenomenon, not just where their loved ones went but why they weren’t among those who departed. “Two Boats and a Helicopter” is a spectacularly disorientating episode (and occasionally reminiscent of Lindelof’s Lost) and it’s also the best of the season so far. … Read More

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‘The Leftovers’ Transforms Tom Perrotta’s Hero Into a TV Antihero — and It Works

With the exception of Election, Tom Perrotta has had a hand in all the film and television adaptations of his works, even the ones that remained stuck in development hell. This means Perrotta not only has the opportunity to make sure his novels aren’t compromised, but he also has the chance to tell the same story in different ways, if he so chooses. For the most part, HBO’s brilliant adaptation of The Leftovers, which Perrotta co-writes with Lost‘s Damon Lindelof, has stuck to the source material. The series has, however, taken liberties with the character of Kevin Garvey (played by Justin Theroux), which has made for more engaging — and darker — viewing. … Read More

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‘True Blood’ Season 7 Episode 3 Recap: “Fire in the Hole”

With apologies to those who are truly broken up about what happened on True Blood last night (details after the jump), I’d argue that the only great thing about the show’s giant, unwieldy ensemble is that it leaves enough room some truly shocking character deaths — especially in this final season. Amid all the speechifying and sex and belabored subtext, these moments seem to be the only plot points that can drive this flabby and confused story forward. … Read More

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‘The Leftovers’ Season 1 Episode 2 Recap: “Penguin One, Us Zero”

The premiere episode of The Leftovers set up the big mystery and the big characters that the show is going to follow. Now, The Leftovers is ready to narrow its focus and follow this town’s grief and attempts to forge on. For a show with such a huge event at its center, The Leftovers seems like it’s going to spend most of its time with the people of Mapleton rather than trying to solve the supernatural mystery, which is something I can definitely get behind. … Read More

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‘The Leftovers’ Season 1 Premiere Recap

Despair comes early in The Leftovers. A frazzled mother juggles doing laundry, buckling up her crying baby in the backseat, and talking on the phone. The crying subsides, providing a brief sense of relief, but then she realizes that her child is gone from the carseat, seemingly vanished into thin air. In the same parking lot, a young boy tries to find his missing father. A car that lost its driver smashes into another. All around, people are screaming, calling 911, and searching for loved ones who have suddenly disappeared — unaware that they’ll never see them again. … Read More

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The Awe-Inspiring Bleakness of HBO’s ‘The Leftovers’

Tom Perrotta’s The Leftovers shouldn’t make a good television show. An author who spends most of his time exploring the darkest parts of suburbia, Perrotta writes books that seem to lend themselves better to film adaptations such as Election or Little Children. The first time I read The Leftovers, I thought it would make a fantastic movie. The second time I read it, earlier this week in preparation for Sunday’s premiere, I wondered how the hell this mysterious narrative was going to work as a weekly drama. Based on its first few episodes, The Leftovers is bleak and depressing. It’s a haunting and heartsick show, and one that’s full of frustration and longing. Its debut episodes are also the most promising I’ve seen this year, and I won’t be surprised if it becomes one of the best series of 2014. … Read More

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Your Weekly TV News Roundup: ‘True Blood’ Musical, Beatles Event Series

The television world moves so fast that by the time you learn of a show’s premiere, it could already be canceled. It’s hard to keep track of the constant stream of television news, so Flavorwire is here to provide a weekly roundup of the most exciting — and baffling — casting and development updates. This week, Showtime considers a Cameron Crowe comedy, HBO considers a True Blood musical, and AMC considers everything related to The Walking Dead… Read More

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