If there is one word we would use to describe the first season of “The Leftovers” on HBO, it would be “depressing.” This was a show that did a lot of brilliant things over the course of the year that it was on the air, such as give great performances and show some thought-provoking discussions. The problem was just that it was not easy to watch. Sometimes, it was almost devastating to see how routinely miserable the residents of Mapleton, New York truly were.
So going into the second season premiering on Sunday night, we are looking here at a situation that is a combination of good news and bad news. Let’s start with what you have to smile about: There is going to be a little bit of hope in the early going thanks to Kevin Garvey and others heading to Texas to a town nicknamed “Miracle,” a place where there were zero Departures. The possible bad news is that it’s really just a question of whether or not things stay that way.
In talking about the season ahead to “Extra,” series star Justin Theroux had the following to say:
“It’s a more hopeful season that we’re presenting… at least it begins that way … He’s got the family that he wished for. Just because you can take the crazy person out of Mapleton doesn’t mean crazy doesn’t follow them right to Texas, so very quickly they run into their own obstacles. It gets messy, in a great way.”
We are still fascinated by this show, and plan on covering it all the way through despite whatever concerns we may have about it here and there. Let’s just hope for a full range of emotions this time from start to finish.
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