I’ve been trying. I really have. I’ve watched every episode. I’ve read every article – even ones in legitimate news publications. You know, the ones that don’t have that many pictures in them. But I don’t get it. Here’s the general premise by wikipedia (which I get):
“The Leftovers takes place three years after a global “Rapture“, which caused the unexplainable disappearance of 2% of the world population. It centers not on the people who were taken, but on the ones left behind, in the fictional town of Mapleton, New York.”
The main character is played by Justin Theroux, of Jennifer Aniston fame. He plays the most depressed, hardened, six-pack showing chief of police that you’ve ever met. He has a daughter who makes every other teenager look like a bag of sunshine and happiness. There’s also a cult group that dresses in white, smokes cigarettes and causes havoc. But after episode 3 – they weren’t so interesting anymore. I won’t even go into the prophet-savior-of-the-world-born-of-an-Asian-chick plot line.
And that’s where the things-that-make-sense in the show end. Every episode is a deeper glimpse into the confusion. Maybe I’m not cool enough. Maybe I’m not smart enough. Or both.
I’m giving up. And I never give up on TV. I didn’t give up on Dexter when it veered into the ridiculous during the last season. I stayed with Game of Thrones even when they killed every single character I loved. I’m even still watching The Good Wife after what they did to Will Gardner. I’m loyal man. But not with this show. Sorry HBO. Sorry Justin. I knew the show was a goner when I started thinking about his life with Jennifer during his serious, dramatic scenes.
If you haven’t watched the show – don’t let this deter you. Go ahead and watch it. Then we can have coffee and you can explain it to me. I’ve got other fish to fry. Fish named Jack Bauer.