I knew when I first saw the trailers for HBO's pseudo-rapture show I thought it could be one of my favorites and I was not disappointed. The first season was based on the novel of the same title by Tom Perrotta.
The second season takes the Garvey family out Mapleton and to Jardin, Texas, surround by the national park Miracle, as Liv Tyler's character Meg is sure to remind us. We are introduced to this new setting through long time residence of Jardin, the Murphy family. Regina King and Kevin Carroll play John and Erika Murphy. Powerful performances are delivered by both and their family is the center of some great twists and mysteries that we've come to expect in this confusingly brilliant show.
Justin Theroux as Kevin Garvey continued to do an award deserving performance. His face off Ann Dowd's Patti was the source of such great tension and leads to one of the most mind-bending yet awesome episodes of the series. Many of the other characters had to take second fiddle with so many plot lines to introduce and tie up but Christopher Eccleston still does a great job as the pastor married to a woman in an inert state due to an accident that happened on the day of the Great Departure.
The finale was a bit confusing but I hope they come back for another season. There are always such powerfully emotional scenes in this great drama. I would recommend this show to anyone that is a fan of great mysteries and powerful performances. Eight out of ten stars!