The Leftovers – REVIEW 03×04 “G’Day Melbourne”

Hi everyone! Episode four of The Leftovers is finally out. Let’s see what happened:

– Nora and Kevin: Nora was really rude to Kevin. She kept him in the dark for the umpteenth time, she told him nothing about her plan and she treated him like he was useless. She tried to distract him with sex and didn’t even considered the idea of telling him what she was trying to do.  This obviously hurt him a lot.

She also took the quick way to go through customs without even asking him if it was ok, leaving him alone at the airport for a while. This sentence gave me chills.

When they got to the hotel, she made fun of him and of “His Book”. Continue reading “The Leftovers – REVIEW 03×04 “G’Day Melbourne””

The Leftovers – Season 3 little details

  • Kevin’s full name is Kevin Eugene Garvey, and he was born on February 8, 1971 (from s3 trailer)
Grace’s kids / people outside of the house
  • This people outside Grace’s house look exactly like her dead children…  They are also wearing the same clothes they’re wearing in the pictures… Why? It can’t be them. According to the dates on the certificates of adoption they should be younger than that. This people look like they’re 25, 30 years old…
    Also, Grace looks honest to me, I don’t think she lied about her children’s death… But why is this people identical to them? People is posting a lot of theories on the web about this, saying that K.G. Sr never stopped hearing voices and he’s the only one who can see these people, because they’re dead.

Anyway, there’s more than five people outside of her house, so who knows… It could be just a weird coincidence.

  • This paper was found by K.G. Sr in Grace’s photo album
  • Some pages from “The Book Of Kevin”
  • Oceanic Airline symbol from Lost in s03e03 ♥

The Leftovers – REVIEW 03×03 “Crazy Whitefella Thinking”

Hi everyone! The Leftovers Episode Three is finally out and here I am, trying to put things together as always. This episode was special and beautiful, completely different from all the others. It almost felt like I was watching a movie about the amazing character of Kevin Garvey Senior. We didn’t know much about him from Seasons One and Two: he is Kevin’s father, he’s a former police chief and he stopped working when he started hearing voices. He spent an indefinite number of years in a mental institution, and he finally got better when he stopped fighting the voices and started doing what they told him to do. The last thing we knew about him was that he decided to move to Australia as the voices recommended. I could not wait to know more about him and this episode is just what we needed to understand what kind of person he is and what’s the meaning of his journey. Apparently, he’s not hearing voices anymore and the last thing they told him was to move to Australia, without telling him exactly where to go or why. So he arrived in Sydney, bought a ticket for Verdi at the Opera House – that’s the second time we hear about Verdi in the serie, it’s impossibile to forget about the amazing episode International Assassin with Nabucco always in the background – and waited for some signs to come.
The first signs he received was a hippie with a red headband who asked him if he wanted to talk to God.

“Son.. i’m fucked up on this s*it they call God’s tongue…”

“Then you’ve gotta talk in God’s tongue”, that’s what he told him. We already knew that “God’s tongue” is an high-end hallucinogen, used by K.G. Senior to communicate with Kevin through the Hotel’s television (International Assassin – s02e08). So… Do we have to take it for granted that Kevin is really God? Or that’s just a coincidence? But the odd part is yet to come, because K.G. Senior doesn’t remember a thing about that. He claimed he woke up two weeks later in a hotel room in Perth on the opposite coast of Australia and now he clearly has no memory of Kevin being in an identical hotel room. He doesn’t remember helping him with his situation, or telling him to take “his target” to the well. The only thing he remembers is his room with “a smoldering mattress and a bunch of white dudes lying around in war paint” and – and that’s the funny part – seeing a chicken in the television.

Apparently, on October 14th a small Australian town lost its entire population of 14 people, including the animals. The only living thing that didn’t depart was an egg, from which a few days later a chicken came out. Continue reading “The Leftovers – REVIEW 03×03 “Crazy Whitefella Thinking””

The Leftovers – REVIEW 03×02 Don’t Be Ridiculous

Hi everyone! Here’s my review of episode two “Don’t Be Ridiculous” of The Leftovers. This week we’re dealing with a very beautiful and introspective episode. Let’s see what happened:

– Kevin: we don’t get to see a lot of Kevin in this episode, but it’s pretty clear to me that what he does with the plastic bag is a sort of “ritual” he does everytime he’s alone. It’s still unclear if he’s just trying to “feel” again (like s1 Nora, when she paid hookers to shoot her) or if he’s desperately trying to reach the other side again. This second option seems more plausible to me. He also seems a little less upset about “The Book Of Kevin” than before. This time I had the feeling he was almost afraid of losing the only existing copy.

– Matt: Mary has finally left and Matt found himself alone without his wife and his son. He seems to be completely lost. What was beautiful about Matt in the first two season was his strong faith: nothing could shake his beliefs, neither violence nor other people’s lack of faith. Now that Mary is gone he’s helping a woman persuading everyone on Jarden that the Man on the Pillar departed, after spending three years of his life claiming that Miracle is a special place, the only place on Earth where the Departure can’t happen. Maybe his wife crossed the bridge and didn’t fall back into a coma like he believed it would happen. Maybe that’s what shook his imperishable faith for the first time in his life: what he strongly believed it would happen didn’t, and now he’s all alone without his beloved wife and his son. Another significant detail is his nose bleeding at the very beginning of the episode. Is his cancer back?

THE MAN ON THE PILLAR: At the very beginning of the episode we witness the death of The Man On The Pillar. His wife is Sandy, the woman who gave Matt Continue reading “The Leftovers – REVIEW 03×02 Don’t Be Ridiculous”

The Leftovers – REVIEW 03×01 The Book Of Kevin

Hello everybody! After waiting for months, the third season of The Leftovers is here at last! The first episode is stranger than ever and full of mystery, so I’ll just focus on  the most relevant scenes and mainly on the many questions that arise while watching:

The opening scene – this prologue is definitely brilliant. Not Stone Age this time, but XIX century – year 1844 precisely. As in Season Two, this prologue is very meaningful and complementary to the whole story. We are shown some scenes about the Great Disappointment, a very important event in the life of the Millerite movement, who were hopelessly waiting for Jesus to return. The Millerite movement strongly believed that Jesus Christ would return to the Earth to free humans from sin. But 22 October 1844 came, and nothing happened. So they decided that  what didn’t happen on that date wasn’t about Jesus’ return, but it was in fact the start of his final work of atonement, leading up to the Second Coming.

“He ascended into Heaven and He seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and His Kingdom will have no end”.

This historical event can be easily compared to the Sudden Departure, which was mistaken for the Biblical Rapture at first – the Rapture in the Bible is when sinless believers are freed from the Earth and welcome by Jesus in Heaven.

This prologue is brilliant because of the perfect parallelism between the Millerite and the Guilty Remnant. In the first five minutes of the episode we are shown what happens to a woman, a faithful follower of the Millerite movement, who is deeply touched by the forthcoming return of Jesus and strongly believes that she and her family are in the grace of God. So, like the other faithful, on the elected date she wears white clothes (!), and climbs on the roof of her house, and waits all night long for God to take her. But the days pass and nothing happens. The priest keeps changing the day of the Coming because each date proves wrong. Everybody is loosing hope, except the red-haired woman who never gives up and goes on waiting for the event to come. She ends up alone, derided by the whole village and by her own family as well, and she takes shelter in a place where everybody is dressed in white and sleeps on the floor (in a beautiful tracking shot of the sleeping people which connects the past and the present: dollying from the white dress of the Millerite woman to the sneaker of one of the Guilty Remnant).

Miracle-Jarden: after this short prologue we find ourselves back at home. Jarden, however, looks completely different from the way we remembered the town. Three years have passed since the Guilty Remnant managed to “conquer” Miracle, and what happened next is not so clear. The main difference is that everybody can cross the bridge now and get in, so the town is still a mess. In a shocking scene we are shown Meg and Evie’s headquarter attacked by sort of a military rocket. Are they really dead? And if it’s the case, who killed them? The government? AFTEC? It’s not impossible that the attack was planned by the Guilty Remnant themselves: we know too well that they are willing to sacrifice their members in order to turn them into martyrs, just to get attention. According to the official version, they died in an accidental fire, but some people are suspicious, and poison the “special” water of Jarden’s lake in protest. We are not so sure yet of what really happened, but I guess we’ll meet Meg and Evie again in the Hotel’s world (click here for more).

– Kevin: What’s happening to him? We are shown him wrapping his head in a plastic bag, and choking… Is he hopelessly trying to go back to the Hotel dimension? Is he trying to kill himself? Or to prove to himself that he cannot die? – the same had possibly happened to David Burton, who had declared he had found himself in a hotel and that he couldn’t die now (s02e03). However, except for Kevin’s weird behaviour with the plastic bag, it seems that everything is under control: he’s back in his role of Chief of the Police, and his self-confidence seems to reassure Jarden’s people, to the extent that he is considered sort of a “new Messiah”. I have the feeling that something changed, there’s something really different about him that I can’t explain yet.

– Lily: What happened to Lily? 😥 And why does Nora have a broken arm? Are the two things connected? I don’t know what happened to her, if she died or she was taken by someone, but it’s terribile that Nora had to lose another child after all she’s been through. It really breaks my heart. I don’t think she died though, Kevin and Jill are the kind of people who avoid talking about losing someone and they seem too relaxed about it. But this might be just my feeling.

– Matt Jamison: he seems to have completely lost his sense of reality. So many “miracles” have happened. His beloved wife Mary woke up after being in a coma for three years and finally had a baby (Noah, such a meaningful name if we consider the multiple references to an incoming flood…). Kevin had come back twice from the world of the dead. Many people started to go to church again, to the extent that there’s no room for all of them. All these unsettling events foster Matt’s religious and mystic spirit, and lead him to believe that Kevin is the new Messiah. Together with Michael and John, Matt is even writing “The Book of Kevin”, sort of a new New Testament about Kevin’s life and his multiple resurrections.  Moreover, Mary is going to leave Matt because she does not tolerate his overprotective attitude anymore: he doesn’t allow her to leave Jarden because he’s convinced that she had recovered because of the “healing” power of that place, and he’s afraid she might fall in a coma again if she does. This is very sad if we think of all the years he had spent taking care of her…

– Sarah: the last scene of the episode is amazing (and Max Richter’s makes it even more magical). We are shown a woman who seems to be an older version of Nora. She’s taking care of some homing pidgeons, and a nun calls her Sarah. Who is Sarah? A future version of Nora? Or someone who looks exactly like her? Is this scene really set in the future? I can’t tell why, but I feel that this might be something more than a simple flash-forward… There’s no caption “twenty, thirty years later” before this scene, as always happens with every time shift in the show… No way: I think we can’t understand anything more about this scene before seeing other episodes. What I found significant about it, is Sarah taking care of some doves and throwing the messages away without even reading one. In the prologue the messages were used instead for calculating the date of the next Coming.

– Dean: Last but not least. We all guessed he’d come back, and were thrilled about it, but… what’s happening? Dean seems to have completely lost his mind now. He used to be weird enough in the former seasons too, but there was something about him that made us think he was one of the few who really knew what was happening. In one of the most relevant dialogues in Season 1, the Frost twins were talking about the dogs, of how they went crazy and turned primitive again after the Sudden Departure because unlike humans they were unable to find a logic explanation to that event. Now Dean is back, and he asserts that people are turning into dogs, or dogs into people… His theory seems to make no sense, and does not comply with the spirituality of the show. Nonetheless – and now it’s me that’s going to tell something absurd – at the end of Season 2 I had the weird feeling that the man on the bridge might be Kevin’s dog. It was just a feeling then, but now Dean’s theory about dogs becoming humans in order to leak in the highest levels of the Government has led me to reconsider mine…

I’ll just say in conclusion that this first episode is absolutely brilliant and as usual full of hints for new questions and theories. It was so good and exciting – and destabilizing too – to meet the characters again, and see how their lives have thoroughly changed since the previous seasons. Jill does not live with Kevin anymore, Lily is gone, Tom and Laurie live in Jarden as well. Each of them plays his own role and everybody contributes in maintaining peace and order in Miracle. Kevin is the Chief of the Police again, Nora resumed her job at DSD, Tom is a policeman, while John is a man of faith and lives with Laurie (!) and together they try to help people in a very special way. It’s so good to know that, after suffering so much and facing so many dangers, now these people are all one big family and are willing to fight together against the sorrows of life.

 

The Leftovers – The “Hotel World” is a real place

Hi everyone! Here I am again, trying to figure out the meaning of the “other place” in The Leftovers season two. This time I think I might have found a plausible explanation for that mystical reality that answers to a lot of other questions.

In a NYTimes interview, Damon Lindelof told us to pay attention to the Latina woman in the episode “International Assassin”.

“Listen to what the Latina woman is saying throughout the episode. She appears twice: once in the episode before Kevin gets in the car with Virgil and then again after the fire alarm is pulled, before Kevin approaches the man with balloons. If you speak Spanish or know someone who does, what she’s saying very specifically pertains to the question asked. I think that I’ll probably just leave it at that.”

“if you listen carefully to what she’s saying, that may give an indication of an alternate theory”

I tried for months to understand why the Spanish nurse was so important to understand the whole story, and now I get it. This is what I found in a Reddit post:

“Scene ONE: A woman who appears to be a CONCIERGE! speaks “…don’t tell me you’ve [done]…” “No me digas que has he-[cho]…”
Woman in rags responds incredulously “…But I’m not a Doctor!!” “…pero yo no soy doctora!” Kevin enters, they fall silent.
Scene TWO: “Its a human heart please let me in. Please listen to me I need to go now if you don’t let me in somebody will die”

She’s trying to get into the hotel to (presumably) perform a heart transplant on someone.
The first scene is the REAL clue. The woman dressed as hotel staff is her “Virgil”, her guide. She’s most likely asking whether she drank any of the water.
The woman on rags picked the outfit of a doctor, so she was given a doctor’s mission. Perform an organ transplant to get out of the hotel. That explains why she denies being a doctor, and why she seems so desperate to complete her mission.
If you watch the scenes thinking of this woman as someone with the same “quest” as Kevin, it makes sense. That would also explain the priest in the elevator and the cop with the bag over his head. These aren’t different versions of Kevin, they’re actual people trying to get back to the real world, much like Kevin.” (click to read the whole reddit post).

This might be the final proof of the fact that the other place (the hotel world) is a real place. It’s not just in Kevin’s mind, but it’s an actual place. And when I say “place” I don’t mean a physical place, but some sort of dimension where people who died try to figure out what’s next.
We know for sure that there are four options for people who end up there. First you choose your outfit from the wardrobe and then you can:

  1. Drink the water and forget who you are
  2. Complete a mission, like Kevin does, and try to go back to the real world (maybe this option requires a guide, like Virgil)
  3. Pass a test (like the final Karaoke scene, where Kevin had to prove he loved his family by singing a song).
  4. Stay there and just let time pass without really understanding the reason why you’re there, like Neil does.

It’s not just Kevin’s personal purgatory, but a place for everyone who dies. There’s Neil, there’s Patti, Mary Jamison, Gladys and even Wayne..

And if this is true, we can finally understand the reason why the Guilty Remnants stone each other to death. Not for being remembered or to send a message, but because they know they don’t really die. They know for sure that they all end up in the same place. A place where people actually share their beliefs, where they can organize and do more than just standing outside people’s houses and stare at them. A place where Patti Levin is running for president of the United States, because people believes in what she says.

They stone each other to death so they can all be together in the other place, and get inside people’s mind, like Patti did with Kevin, and finally be able to destroy families.