The Leftovers starts three years after a global event called the “Sudden Departure”, the inexplicable, simultaneous disappearance of 140 million people, 2% of the world’s population, on October 14, 2011.
Following that event, mainstream religions declined, and a number of cults emerged, most notably the Guilty Remnant.
Rotten Tomatoes scored the season 81% …
Its dour tone and self-seriousness may make for somber viewing, but The Leftovers is an artfully crafted, thought-provoking drama that aims high and often hits its mark …
Daniel Holden was imprisoned as a teenager for the rape and murder of his 16-year-old girlfriend, Hanna.
After nineteen years on death row, analysis of DNA evidence from his trial contradicts the prosecution’s case, and an appeals court vacates the judgment of his original trial.
Daniel is allowed to return to his hometown of Paulie, Georgia. The subsequent adjustments and events in the lives of Daniel, his extended family, and the townsfolk are explored as a character study in a slowly unfolding Southern Gothic story.
It is very well done. Subtle. A slow burn.
The pacing is very slow. Too slow for me, in fact. But most everyone who gets through the full four years feels it’s a masterpiece.
Abigail Spencer as Amantha Holden, Daniel’s younger sister, is my favourite character.