The Leftovers

The Leftovers

The Complete First Season

DVD - 2015
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Two percent of the world's population has disappeared. Was it the rapture? A mass murder? Cult suicides? Aliens? Based on Tom Perrotta's bestselling novel, the series follows Kevin Garvey, police chief and father of two in Mapletown, New York, three years after the mysterious event. As Garvey struggles to grieve for his losses, rebuild his life, and regain a sense of normalcy within the community, the world around him grows ever stranger.
Publisher: Burbank, Calif. : Warner Bros., 2015.
Branch Call Number: 791.4572 LEFTOVER
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs. (558 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 cm.
Alternative Title: Leftovers (Television program)

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Rbrightone Jun 16, 2018

On the season 1 specials there was an interview with Tom Perrotta and Damon Lindelof. Damon, the guy that did Lost, said that if he has a choice between the normal and the weird he tends to go to the weird. He also said that he appreciated Perrotta because he kept the story slightly more grounded. I think this to me perfectly encapsulates The Leftovers. Season 1 is good, Season 2 is amazing and Season 3 is good but all three seasons start with weird, reign it in a little bit and then dive right back into weird.
For anyone thats giving this a try the first season is a bit tough. You are plunged right into the weird without giving you much to work with. The first season is very grim and there are not many moments of levity or lightening of the tone of the story. I have a real hard time with the Matt storylines. I find myself yelling at the TV and then feeling stupid when I do, but the other characters I found very interesting.
Season 2 dives right back into weird and then slowly brings it back. It has two really amazing episodes at the end that are tearjerkers
Season 3 I think Lindelof got the reigns and the weird is a bit more prominent. I like that it was only 3 seasons long and that they were able to "finish" things up, although it seemed a little forced at times.
I agree with other reviewers the profanity is just too much. Im down with an F word during appropriate moments but to me every character was dropping Fbombs all the time and for no reason.

Can see why people don't like it. If you want linear storytelling, stay away. If you want answers tied up in a neat package, run the other way. If you want to be challenged, go for it. If you want flawed characters, it's for you. The last 20 minutes of the series finale are heartbreaking, and turns the story premise on its head. It takes 3 seasons, but be patient.

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idamama2
Jan 15, 2018

I think Id like this better if there werent so much swearing. I LOVE scyfy, the weirder the better, but if I watch a movie or show I want them to be able to justify the language. I dont mind hearing it once in a while but unless there is a reason for it, I dont want to hear it as a regular course of speaking.
I see it changing our culture and degrading our language.

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nordicleather
Nov 07, 2017

This series did not capture my interest. Similar to too many other so called scary DVD's. Watched one episode & ditched it.

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richibi
Nov 04, 2017

seven episodes in, this feels like a season in search of a story, all female parts are played by women who resemble each other, all with long dark hair, often covering their faces, so that it's hard to tell, within the context of a furthermore unhelpfully muddled plot, who's doing what to whom, making it more difficult to tell anywhere, for that matter, what's happening - but the acting is formidable, nearly worth the price of admission - N.B. the language is generally vulgar, crude, as is typical in American films lately, unfortunately, and deplorably, is there any other adjective but "fucking" in their vocabulary

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39gftg
Jul 16, 2017

Only made it to show #4 before returning the discs because of poor story lines and lacking character development by this point. I too found the people in white a distraction. I normally don't leave comments, but now wished I had read the comments before reserving this.

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graybear2
Jun 24, 2017

We were unsure about this at first as it got off to a slow start with very little in the way of explanations. BUT we stuck it out and it got quite good. We just watched season 2 which got even better. Looking forward to seeing season 3, which we heard is to be its last. :(

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jservilio
Jun 06, 2017

One of the best shows I've ever seen. If you want great writing, well-formed characters, gorgeous directing and cinematography, excellent acting, and a story that focuses on the complexities of life and people and not one-dimensional heroes/right-wrong, then watch it. If you want comedy, safe story lines or those that don't make you work too hard, or action/adventure/thriller, you should probably pass on it.

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Dreamstime
Mar 28, 2017

The gloominess of this series is unrelenting. I began to find the silent-white antics aggravating. There are goofy plot elements that did I not find entertaining. After the fourth episode I gave up.

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duffy1014
Dec 19, 2016

could have been better. lost it after the fourth episode.. another patron enjoyed the series and inquired about a season 3, but was not sure if there will be one available. You decide if you like or not.

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