Welcome to our weekly recap of the third and final season of the Leftovers. The end is almost near (only one episode left!) and tonight’s episode offered some important answers to many of our questions. The episode, like International Assassin in season 2, took place mostly in “the other world.” Kevin dies (again) and becomes once more an international assassin, although his mission this time is to stop the end of the world. Does he succeed? Does Kevin really have an identical twin? What’s up with that romance novel? What is the Fisher Protocol? And what does it all mean?!?!?!? If this is not enough, the episode includes some old beloved (well, not really loved) characters, and a pretty funny joke about Justin Theroux’s penis.Read more "The Leftovers Season 3 Episode 7 Recap: The Most Powerful Man in the World (and His Identical Twin Brother)"
Welcome to our weekly recap of the third and final season of the Leftovers. In The Myth of Sisyphus, the French existentialist Albert Camus argued that “there is only one really serious philosophical problem, and that is suicide. Deciding whether or not life is worth living is to answer the fundamental question in philosophy. All […]Read more "The Leftovers Season 3 Episode 6 Recap: “Certified”"
This really was a Matt, Matt, Matt episode. Matt, John, Michael, and Laurie travel to Australia to try to bring Kevin back to Jarden before the 7th anniversary of the Sudden Departure in order to stop the end of the world. In their journey, they accidentally end up traveling in the Love Boat (or the Biblical, Sodom and Gomorrah version of it), we meet Frazier the Lion, and the always so righteous Matt (or is he self-righteous?), finally completes his Biblical Job-like journey, filled with suffering and sacrifice, by meeting God (or is he?) and confronting him about the reason for it all. The episode also includes references to Daniel 6:22, we hear Jewish prayers such as the Avinu Malekeinu and the Ashrei, and Carl Gustav Jung’s Answer to Job may help us understand that final scene. The title of the episode is also an homage to the 1963 comedy directed by Stanley Kramer “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.”Read more "The Leftovers Season 3 Episode 5 Recap: “It’s a Matt, Matt, Matt, Matt World”"
Welcome to our review of the fourth episode of the third and final season of The Leftovers, “G’Day Melbourne.” The episode is, overall, an exploration of the, sometimes, thin line between faith and delusion. We also witness the end of a central relationship (the world is not the only thing ending!), an old character returns (or does she?), Nora continues her personal investigation of the LADR scientists, and I will also discuss the reference to a National Geographic magazine that keeps popping up throughout the show, and that has sent many of The Leftovers fans down the rabbit hole of interpretationRead more "The Leftovers Recap Season 3 Episode 4: “G’Day Melbourne:”"
“Would you believe that all the gods that people have ever imagined are still with us today? And that there are new gods out there, gods of computers and telephones and whatever, and that they all seem to think there isn’t room for them all in the world. And that some kind of war is kind […]Read more "One Nation Under Many Gods: Myth, Religion, and Neil Gaiman’s Search for the American Soul"
The second episode of season 3, “Don’t Be Ridiculous” is what the creators of the show call a “Nora episode,” since she will be our main POV (point of view) throughout the episode. This is one of those Leftover episodes (very much like the whole first season) that dwell on the desperation of the characters confronting what seems like a cruel and meaningless universe. Nora has lost her children and her husband during the Sudden Departure, and just when she was rebuilding her life with Kevin and Lily (the daughter of Holy Wayne and Christine), Christine decided to take her back. The episode feels like a punch in the stomach, but it is also a moving exploration of what it is to live with nothing to live for. Nora is like the Biblical Job without the faith, shit just keeps happening to her, and she is getting to the point where she can’t take it anymore. If you think this sounds grim, the episode does have a funny plot that includes Mark Linn-Baker from the 80s sitcom Perfect Strangers as himself. We also get a glimpse of Kevin Sr. in Australia and what I think might be the Four Horse(wo)men of the Apocalypse!Read more "”Don’t Be Ridiculous” The Leftovers Season 3 Episode 2 Recap"
Welcome to this recap of the first episode of the third and last season of HBO’s The Leftovers. The episode offers a bit of everything: a prologue that contextualizes the main theme of the season (waiting for the end of the world), it reboots itself in terms of some of the characters and the main […]Read more "The Book of Kevin: The Leftovers Season 3 Episode 1 Recap"
Does God exist? Do we have any evidence of it? And can a multi-camera sitcom with an old fashioned (and sometimes annoying) laugh track offer a meaningful discussion of these questions? The Netflix reboot of the TV show One Day At A Time says yes! Seeing Yourself on TV: Popular Culture as a Mirror The […]Read more "Talking Religion with a Laugh Track: God, Church, and Faith in Netflix’s One Day At A Time"
The OA: Stranger than Stranger Things Netflix released over the holidays, almost without any warning or publicity, the new series The OA. This new show, created by Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij, who previously have collaborated in the movies The Sound of My Voice and The East, is a mystery sci-fi drama about Near Death […]Read more "Netflix’s The OA: Embodying the sacred and the metaphysical power of movement"
HBO recently aired the finale of the first season of Westworld, answering many of its most important questions and mysteries (Who is the Man in Black? What is the Maze? Who is Wyatt? Were there multiple timelines? Are there other parks?). There are many blogs, sites, and podcasts devoted to the show in which you […]Read more "Buddhism, Nietzsche, Jung, Christianity, and Plato: Religious and Philosophical Themes in Westworld"