women: *are killed, beaten, raped, and put down constantly for hundreds of years just for being women*
woman who is also a...
Gladys’s death was The Leftovers at its most (violently) harrowing. Nora’s conference was The Leftovers at its most (creepy) normal. Episode nine was The Leftovers at its (maybe not actual) best.
In a call back to the first episode, this week opened with The Chief running through the neighborhood. Or perhaps I should call him Kevin during this recap, since we learn as we watch him smoke an illicit cigarette and catch sight of a deer in the woods that this is not exactly the Chief we know. This is Kevin Garvey, running home to a larger, modern home and saying hello to his wife Laurie who is chatting (yes! Speaking!) on the phone as he comes in. His father, Mapleton’s Man of the Year, is still in charge, fully aware of his the so-called surprise party his son is planning and cutting him no breaks as Kevin slumps like an angry teenager in uniform.
Other Tidbits From This Week
If the philosophy of The Leftovers is that every mystery will be answered except for the big one, I think it is a philosophy I can live with. In “Cairo” and eight episodes into the first season, it’s clear that the show creators and writers may have learned from the frustration viewers felt at the end of Lost or the first season of True Detective.
Now we know what happened to the Chief’s white shirts. We know the truth about Gladys. Aimee’s given a little more depth, and the Guilty Remnant, by way of a tied up Patti, finally speaks. I’d hesitate to say any of these answers were satisfying, but isn’t that the way?
Other Tidbits From This Week:
This is comforting to read, now that I’m a month and a half from this particular milestone.