Sunday, June 4, 2017

TV Show Review: The Leftovers (Season 3)

The mysterious disappearance of 2% of the world's population has not been answered or solved seven years later. As the anniversary approaches, the characters that survived are worried that something will happen. Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux) is still struggling with his experience dying and coming back to life. Nora Durst (Carrie Coon) misses her family who disappeared on that day and learns of a way to encounter them again. Laurie Garvey (Amy Brenneman) has married John Murphy (Kevin Carroll) and they run a scamming business where they pretend to speak to the dead. Matt Jamison (Christopher Eccleston) is writing a book about Kevin and all the miracles that he has seen in Mapleton and Jarden. 

The third and final season moves the characters to Australia where Kevin's father Kevin Garvey Sr. (Scott Glenn) believes that a great flood is coming on the 7 year anniversary and he has to find a song to stop it. Nora's search for her missing children also brings her to Australia where she believes a mysterious group has a device that shoots a person with radiation and sends them to where everyone else went. Kevin has taken to putting a bag over his head and thinks a trip to Australia will help him get away from whatever he fears.

Kevin is still beset by hallucinations of people long since dead and these people give him clues to his purpose. Each character needs to find their purpose this season as Kevin Sr. believes that stopping the rain is his. Matt follows Kevin and Nora down under with Laurie, John, and John's son Michael (Jovan Adepo). Due to a nuclear disaster, they have to take a lion worshipping sex cruise and Matt encounters a man that claims to be God. Kevin also saw this man in the afterlife multiple times. Laurie has a beautiful final episode where she makes peace with Kevin and goes scuba diving to possibly have a deadly accident. Kevin and Nora part in an argument in a hotel room as Kevin burns the book about him.

Kevin Garvey Sr. accidentally kills a man named Christopher Sunday who knows the last song to stop the rain and another woman believes that she must find someone with the same name who is a sheriff so that she can contact her dead children. All of this leads to Kevin as a figure with unique abilities who can die and come back. In one of the craziest episodes, the next to last, Kevin has to die and come back so he can speak with the dead. He finds himself once again as an international assassin but also the president of the United States called on to cause a nuclear disaster.

The series finale sees Nora many years later, seemingly have not crossed over. We see that Laurie is still alive. Kevin shows up to Nora's house in Australia where she has been hiding and breeding doves. Kevin does not remember their relationship and they dance but Nora doesn't believe him. Kevin confront Nora the next morning and admits he lied. Nora tells about the experience on the other side. The Leftovers had never been a show about answers, but more about questions both religious and philosophical. There are deep emotions from intriguing characters played by amazing actors. This strange HBO drama from the mind of Damon Lindelof is one of the best shows on television. I will have to read the book the show is based off of by Tom Perotta. 

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