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Sci-Fi TV Podcast – The Leftovers Season 1


The Leftovers Show Notes – Season 1

Welcome to the very first episode of The Sci-Fi TV Podcast, my name is Rem and to help us get started, we’re very happy to welcome Karen, one half of the most popular Walking Dead Podcast on the planet, the Walking Dead ‘Cast.

And a big welcome to Wayne Henderson, from the Packers Fan Podcast, 11.22.63 A Look Back, and another mysterious tv fan podcast later in 2017. Wayne was also involved in the Resurrection Revealed Podcast.

On our first episode, we’re talking about Season 1 of the HBO series The Leftovers. We’re doing two catch you up episodes to refresh you for the 3rd and final season which begins Sunday April 16th on HBO.

We’ll spoil everything in season 1, but not season 2, so you have a chance to catch up on season 2 before we do our next episode.


Might be a bit of language here too,


Questions to consider:

What first got you watching The Leftovers?

The Damon Lindelof factor (Lost!)

Will we ever know the reason for the departure?

What else is coming?

Favorite Scene?

Favorite Character?

What other unanswered questions do you have?

  • Dean the dog shooter. Angel? What’s with his truck?
  • What does Kevin and Kevin Sr. have specifically? Is it that they’re resisting spiritual guidance?

Did the GR use real bodies or mannequins?


Thanks to Karen and Wayne for joining us, and we’ll be back with a look at season 2 in early March as we make our way to the third and final episode of The Leftovers.  Get all the show notes, video clips and more on the website at Sci-Fi TV Podcast.com




Episode 1 (Pilot)  



That song! “Retrograde” by James Blake


Kevin and his up in the laundromat with a crying baby in season two like the woman did at the beginning of season one

– Jill might act out less if Kevin actually told her what he was feeling and going through.  She acts out because she’s not being included or talked to. (Kevin won’t tell her not to go to the Memorial)

– What so obviously seems like the Christian rapture is being denied by Matt the


Tom reading ‘The stranger, by Albert Camus

lots of quick jarring cuts gives you the sense that there’s tension and immediate danger just under the surface


  • Empty picture frames

– The kids have lost all sense of meaning and purpose, and have become hedonistic.

  • Dogs, Deer and assorted animals.
  • Kevin keeps waking up on the floor
  • Tommy screaming under water
  • Dog shooter at end, ‘don’t just stand there’.
  • What caused the dogs to go crazy?

Matt as the Job of the Bible


Episode 2 (Penguins one, us zero)

  • Did Dean the dog shooter just give the black pickup truck to Kevin?
  • Can’t reconcile the black truck and how Dean would just give it to him
  • Chopping down the tree,  is that to demonstrate the nature of futility?
  • Why did Nora push the cup off the table?


Episode 3 (Two boats and a helicopter)

  • Stop light goes from green straight to read and then flashes red, and pigeons on top of the street light
  • Matt has the awesome creepy dream sequence!


Episode 4 (BJ and the AC)

  • Baby Jesus stolen
  • Christine accosted by naked guy: ‘ you walk over the dead, they’re all in white’, ‘I know what’s inside you’
  • Kevin tries to arrest the GR, for trespassing at the school
  • Kevin almost crashes car, loses control of it
  • Kevin driving black truck now?
  • Jill almost torching BJ, felt dark and sacrilegious
  • Tom takes Christine to hospital
  • Lori tries to serve divorce to Kevin by Meg reading a note from Lori
  • Jill gives Lori a lighter
  • The Twins return the BJ
  • On the bus, Tom and Christine find dead bodies in white all over the road, like the naked guy said
  • Kevin meets Nora (moments of brutal honesty)
  • Kevin and cops mass arrest the GR
  • The rest of the GR is breaking into homes and stealing pictures (also brutal considering what happens later in the season
  • Kevin finds Matt replacing the BJ,  and throws his away.
  • Lori tries to get light from gutter


Episode 5 (Gladys)

    • Gladys seems to be agreeing to something with Patty
    • Gladys and another GR walked past a man who has fallen, they offer no help
    • Gladys is kidnapped, strapped to a tree, and stoned to death
    • One of the hardest death scenes of any TV show to watch
    • Then Dean shoots some dogs?
    • Kevin has lost a bunch of his shirts
    • We learned that Dean actually exists, and is not one of Kevin’s hallucinations
    • Kevin tells Jill about the GR person who died. Jill thought it was her mom, Kevin explained everything, finally being a good communicative parent
    • Lori has a panic attack and goes to the hospital
    • Patty picks up Lorene from the hospital and take her to a hotel, plays the radio!
    • Kevin calls the ATF and leaves a message to be called back
    • Laurie and Patty have breakfast and Patty chats up a storm!
    • Kevin runs into Nora at the laundromat, they don’t have his shirts
    • Kevin questions Matt, asked if he was involved in Gladys is murder
    • Patty gives a speech to Laurie [grab the audio] 35:00
    • Patty writes the name Neil on a bag
    • Sean: he gets Gladys’s body shipped to Virginia, Kevin leaves another message and Taras him a new one
    • Patty leaves a bag on Neil’s doorstep
    • Kevin is having issues with the house alarm
    • Kevin talks to the agent finally, and the agent makes a dark suggestion that seems to indicate doing away with the GR (illuminate the infestation), something like what happened to Wayne’s compound
    • The agent offers to send troops to wipe out the guilty remnant
    • Kevin gets loaded, buys more beer, then goes and harasses the laundromat guy
    • Meg has stopped talking, dressed in white and rights to Patty that she is ready
    • Matt sets up a public address system outside the guilty remnant house, Laurie goes out with a whistle and blows it in his face
    • Matt seemed so hopeful when Laurie came out, poor guy takes such a shit kicking
    • Kevin tells Jill about the divorce, and she seems to really appreciate that he actually talked to her, Kevin weeps into a pillow
    • Switch to a facility where Gladys’s body is removed from the box and cremated


  • This is the saddest episode of the entire series


Episode 6 (Guest) Nora Centric

  • Nora conducts interviews for Benefits recipients
  • She spies on the pre-school teacher to was having affair with her husband
  • Nora hires a prostitute to shoot her (Blasting music)
  • Nora goes to court to file for divorce, runs into Kevin, who is also getting a divorce…she invites him to Miami
  • Nora meets with co-worker, he queries how she asks a particular question (Question 121 “In
  • Nora goes to conference, has to wade through a protest, and finds someone has stolen her conference ID
  • She meets super douchy guy named Marcus, and she really doesn’t care what he does
  • Confronts a woman who she thinks took her badge, but it’s not her
  • Nora makes out with Marcus’ body double
  • Hotel security kicks her out of the hotel
  • She goes to a copy store and makes a fake ID
  • Goes back to the hotel and confronts the woman who stole her identity
  • Nora meets the guy who wrote the book (Patrick Johanson) and flips out on him
  • Meets tall bald guy who takes her to see Holy Wayne
  • Nora goes shopping for her own groceries instead of her family
  • Kevin asks Nora out on a date
  • Nora does another interview, asks question 121 ‘In your opinion, do you believe _______________ is in a better place? Nora’s ‘yes’ streak is broken.


Episode 7 (Solace for tired feet)

  • Jill and friends are taking turns doing the refrigerator challenge
  • Nora and Kevin on fourth date, and they’re gonna do it!
  • Jill gets stuck, and her grandfather breaks her out
  • Tommy and Christine are in Gary, Indiana
  • Holy Wayne call Tom, tells him to take some money to one of his other concubines
  • Jill tells Kevin that his dad escaped, Kevin doesn’t tell Jill anything…constantly, very frustrating
  • Kevin has a dream of the dog shooter, he’s got a dog in a mailbox and dead GR members in the truck (including Lori)
  • Kevin wakes up with bandaged hand on the floor, and do tied up in back yard
  • Doesn’t look like a dog bite, more a human bite
  • Kevin’s dad busted up a library, seems he was trying to get hold of a National Geographic for Kevin
  • Tommy take half his money and gives it to the the other couple hosting Wayne’s other baby
  • Jill’s Grandpa shows up at home, and talks to Jill (He actually talks to her)
  • Kevin arrives, arrests Grandpa (Kevin Sr.)
  • Jill orders something online
  • Kevin doesn’t remember getting the dog or talking to Amy
  • Kevin Sr. is with Matt, and Kevin is losing it.
  • Tom learns about Wayne baby franchise and almost gets shot
  • Kevin Sr. meets Kevin at diner, gives him NG magazine, Kevin refuses (May 1972 issue of National Geographic) Kev. Sr. says ‘You need to accept it’.
  • Is Kevin on the Hero’s Journey in the Joseph Campbell sense?
  • Matt tries to quote scripture, Kevin tells him to fuck off.
  • Kevin goes to Nora’s, and they make the sweet love!
  • Meg tells Lori that Kevin is with Nora, Lori says ‘so?’
  • Kevin tells Nora he thinks he might be going crazy
  • Kevin finds NG magazine that Jill ordered, flips out on Jill
  • Wayne calls Tom, Tom throws the phone against the wall, goes home to see Christine has given birth to a baby girl

Episode 8 (Cairo)

  • Patti is bringing stuff to the church (laying out clothes), Kevin is cooking dinner (laying out a tablecloth and napkins)
  • Patty give a pile of money to Lor, asks ‘Ready’?
  • Nora has dinner with the Garvey’s, Jill asks Nora about her gun
  • Nice to see some romance as a doom buffer
  • Kevin wakes up in his car in the woods (at a cabin with Dean the dog shooter)
  • Uh, oh….Patti is tied to a chair in a cabin, much to Kevin’s absolute surprise!
  • Meg goes thermal on Matt for one of his posters
  • Kevin can’t remember anything, Dean explains Patti’s abduction to him
  • They’re in Cairo, New York
  • Patti will not forgive or forget
  • Lori disciplines Meg against violence (This is Meg’s turning point, I believe)
  • We learn Meg’s mom died Oct. 13th, the day before the departure
  • Meg apologizes to Matt, he accepts…this guy is a saint!
  • Jill and Amy fight, Jill accuses Amy of sleeping with Kevin (Nobody is ok) and that blows up their friendship
  • Great dynamics between Kevin and Patti, they talk about the GR, and Patti says they have no information about Dean’s identity, he prefers ‘Guardian Angel’. Dean: Go back to the truck, I need to talk to the other guy (Tyler Durden multiple personality)
  • Jill and the twins break into Nora’s house, and find Kevlar and gun
  • Really seems like Jill is just looking for someone to be straight and honest with her
  • Kevin leaves crackly message for Nora
  • Finds all his shirts on trees in the woods near cabin (implosion imminent)
  • Kevin goes back to cabin to find Dean put a plastic bag on her head, they fight, Kevin wins and releases her
  • Dean walks out, says ‘Shut the Fuck up, I tried’….was he talking to Patti or his own voices?
  • Lori and Meg me up with guys and a trailer to take possession of a bunch of dead bodies
  • The GR start moving bodies into the church
  • Nora goes home to find her gun has been moved
  • Jill goes home, Amy leaves (she seems essentially homeless)
  • Jill frees the dog and goes to stay with the GR
  • Kevin and Patti talk at the cabin
  • Patti about Gladys’ murder: ‘she was ok with it’….and when Lori’s time comes, she’ll be good with it too’
  • Still don’t completely understand this scene….
  • Kevin cuts Patti loose, and she cuts her own throat


Episode 9 (The Garvey’s at their best)


  • Kevin hides smokes under a mailbox, (Tommy put money under a mailbox, dog in a mailbox)
  • Flashback! Lori is talking and Jill is happy.
  • Nora and husband are awaken by her kids
  • Lori is a Psychiatrist and Patti is her patient
  • Kevin is a secret smoker  
  • Deer rampages through the school, terrifies the kids and does a lot of damage
  • Patti feels like something terrible is going to happen (like the world is going to end)
  • Patti says ‘Something’s wrong inside you’ (Lori is pregnant)
  • Nora wants to work for the Mayor’s campaign
  • Kevin Sr. is Chief and not crazy
  • Tommy got arrested, problem with his biological father, Kevin kicks his ass
  • Gladys is a dog breeder
  • Jill prepping for the Science Fair
  • Big party for Kevin Sr.
  • Mary is talking and walking
  • Seems to be some estrangement between Nora and Husband
  • Everybody at the party is happy!
  • Kevin: Why isn’t it enough? Kevin Sr. ‘Every man rebels against the idea that this is it’, ‘You have no greater purpose because it is enough’
  • Kevin runs, smoke break, women in a car ask ‘Are you ready?’, and drive on.
  • Sewer cover blows up in front of him!
  • Deer gets caught in house of a family whose son has Downs and departed
  • Deer gets hit by car, Kevin puts it down
  • Kevin goes to motel with woman, and she departs while they’re having sex
  • We see the woman with the crying kid that we saw in the first episode
  • Lori sees Mary in the waiting room at the Doctor
  • Nora frustrated with kids and husband, they depart when she has her back turned
  • Jill and Tommy form a human circuit at the science fair.  Someone in the circuit departs, and the light goes out
  • Lori is pregnant, and the baby departs right out of her husband


Each of the Garvey’s had a personal departure experience


Departures seem to happen at time of emotional peak?


Episode 10 (The Prodigal Son Returns)


  • Patti is dead
  • Spanish version of ‘If you go away’
  • Jill tries smoking with mom
  • Christine says about Wayne ‘He’s never coming for us’.  She abandons the baby in a public washroom, Tommy finds the baby and Christine is gone
  • Church dude asks Tommy ‘Can I help you’?
  • Jill puts on the GR white, defies her mom to talk. ‘Nothing else Matters’ played
  • Montage of bodies and clothes gathered…
  • Next morning, all the departed have been replaced with doubles
  • Nora goes insane after seeing her family back at the table
  • Kevin called Matt to help with burying Patti’s body
  • Kevin gets hauled into a mental hospital, given a copy of NG Magazine and a note saying ‘Stop talking to yourself and they’ll let you watch TV’
  • He’s taken to a lounge where his Dad talks to him.  Patti shows up too,
  • Kevin Sr. said ‘3 years ago, we realized why we’re still here’
  • Wake the fuck up!
  • Kevin wakes up in the car with Matt, it was a dream.  They stop at a restaurant
  • Kevin tells Matt about the other woman, and wanting to leave his family
  • Kevin feels tremendous guilt for wanting to be away from his family, and then losing them one by one.
  • Goes to bathroom and finds badly injured Holy Wayne
  • Wayne asks Kevin to make a wish, in hopes that he wasn’t a fraud all along
  • Damn, Wayne is a phenomenal actor!
  • Police burst in, take Wayne’s body and question Kevin
  • Matt and Kevin go home to Mapleton, which is about to explode on the GR
  • Riots break out, the community torches the GR cul du sac
  • Meg ‘We made them remember’
  • Houses burning, GR being beaten, general chaos
  • Burning house, Lori comes out, screams ‘Jill!”
  • Kevin goes into house, rescues Jill
  • Nora holds hands with the replacement bodies at the table, writes note to Kevin. She’s planning to leave
  • Tommy finds Lori by the ocean
  • Kevin and Jill walk home, find the dog, and Nora at his door with Christine’s baby


Sci Fi Movie Podcast – June 2016


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This week on The Sci-Fi Movie Podcast, Jonathan, Rem and Kyran  welcome Welcome Wayne Henderson from MediaVoiceOvers.com to discuss some movies to watch, some to avoid and other films we’re looking forward to in coming months!

Contact Wayne Henderson at Wayne@MediaVoiceOvers.com

Movie News:

Wayne:  Filming of Stephen King’s Dark Tower series has begun!

Jonathan: Michael Straczynsky’s Rising Stars gets optioned by MGM

Kyran: Both Ghostbusters casts appear on Jimmy Kimmel

James Rolfe refuses to review the new Ghostbusters

Rem: Godzilla Resurgence being released in Japan at the end of July


Movies to see:

Wayne: Time after Time (1979) – Mary Steenburgen and Malcolm McDowell

Jonathan: The Martian (2015) – Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig & Jeff Daniels

Kyran: Edge Of Tomorrow (2015) – Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt

Rem: Her (2013) – Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams and Scarlett Johansson


Movies To Avoid:

Wayne: Laserblast (1978) – Cheryl Smith and Kim Milford

Jonathan: Battleship (2012) – Taylor Kitch, Rihanna and Alexander Skarsgard

Kyran: X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) – Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender & Jame McAvoy

Rem: Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007) – Steven Pasquale, Reiko Aylesworth & John Oritz


Listener Feedback 

Will Neville
Hey guys – Was just curious if you planned on changing the format on the podcast? The new format contains a lot of spoilers of newer movies that I haven’t seen yet.

Alicia Postigo
Hey guys, I just listened to the last podcast and Jonathan got the pronunciation of my last name right the first time, just FYI. Keep up the awesome pod-casting.

Ray R
I’d love to hear your thoughts on the whole Ghostbusters fiasco.

There doesn’t seem to be much redeeming about the movie except for Kate McKinnon, Cecily Strong, Chris Hemsworth, Andy Garcia, and Nate Corddry all but one of whom appear to be minor characters. Previously I had no intention of seeing the film because it just doesn’t look like it would be any good but I’ve actively soured on the film since the internet lost it’s mind over James Rolfe not wanting to see it.


The backlash to Rolfe’s completely reasonable video that has nothing to do with gender has made it such that if you don’t want to see Ghostbusters you’re automatically sexist regardless of your reasons. I plan to have a movie marathon weekend when Ghostbusters comes out and see every other movie in theatres except Ghostbusters while wearing my Cinemassacre t-shirt. A quiet protest for the voice of reason. If I go see Finding Dory on Ghostbuster’s opening for reasons having nothing to do with gender or identity am I still sexist? Do people really reveal the content of their character by the movies they watch?

Liz Irwin
The level of anticipation I have towards The Dark Tower movie is hard to quantify. I truly believed nobody would ever try to make it into a movie or series. It’s an epic tale and I’m beyond thrilled with the casting of Roland, a little nervous regarding McConaughey.

Nick Jensen
I love the Dark Tower series, well the first four are amazing, but as far as the movie goes I’m not really holding my breath. History has shown that Hollywood has not been able to adapt King well at all, unless your name is Frank Darabont or Rob Reiner, and being as expansive and non-traditional as the Dark Tower is I could see this not working out. That being said, I will probably see it because I’m a huge Stephen King fan. The movie I’m most looking forward to is Jason Bourne, I know it’s not sci-fi but it’s the one I’m looking forward to the most, and I’m still very interested in Suicide Squad even though I’m getting a bit of comic book movie fatigue. Movies to avoid: Goosebumps, loved the books as a kid and picked it up to watch while drinking a couldn’t finish it; Legend with Tom Hardy, not sci-fi but I love Tom Hardy but could only watch about 30 minutes of this there was no storyline whatsoever, very disappointing.

John Sheehy
John Sheehy I’ve been looking forward to the Ghostbusters since I first heard about it. Don’t know if Starbuck is going to make a cameo but this cast have made some really good comedy movies. Whatever this thing on the internet is I’ve been trying to ignore it, I’m going to blindly call both sides idiots, the movie isn’t out yet.

Disappointed with X-Men, it seems flat and I felt it’s been twisted in the direction of a Young Adult Franchise Cash-cow. Warcraft is the best collection of actors to ever have we want to leave a movie….a few nice moments but it was tough going. The King and Queen however do look promising in the first episode of Preacher….Ruth Negga was in an Irish cult hit and delighted to see her get bigger roles than just helping Brad Pitt figure out how to stop Zombie’s

My Sci-fi recommendation is for everyone to watch Repo Men for all the health care questions and I’m also going to recommend Eye in the Sky. (Drone movie with Helen Mirren et al) I think we all grew up watching movies exploring how we will react and use technology in the future and this movie follows a familiar approach. Also it serves as a reminder that we are now living in the not-to-distant future when we can wage war from thousands of miles. Please spend some time to consider that rather than on an internet tantrum over a reboot. I don’t just mean the war aspect but also, if Eye in the Sky was released 20/30 years ago it would have been classed as a Sci Fiction and today it’s just mainstream drama.

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Regarding the format change:

Chris Williams
I loved the new format, you guys are excellent. Something I would enjoy is a section for good indie/smaller film recommendations. Movies you have enjoyed that we may not have heard of. Anyway thanks for all of the effort you put it, fantastic show 🙂

Michael Simshauser
Can’t say I’m a fan of the new format. Firstly although I wonder if a name change to the podcast maybe in order ? A majority of the beginning of the show was dedicated to talking about Warcraft and Captain America-Civil War. While I am interested in seeing Warcraft and have already seen Civil War, to me they are Fantasy and Superheroes and strictly not Science Fiction.

I applaud you for trying something new but I believe it needs more tweaking especially if you are looking at expansion. And the echo that was on Rem’s audio throughout the episode also detracted from the episode as well.
I have been listening to you guys for awhile now and have found many great films and podcasts because of your podcast and I hope that you can return to your halcyon days soon.

Robert Sedler
I prefer the old format, mostly because I could easily avoid spoilers by selecting episodes for films I had seen, skipping any and all discussion of films I had not seen yet. Because I really dislike modern movie theaters (mostly because of modern movie audiences) I won’t be seeing films like CA:CW or Deadpool until I can rent them. When the discussion this week covered these films I heard a spoiler or two and was then forced to pull the plug on this week’s podcast. I appreciate the need to evolve, but I really do prefer a more in-depth look at one film rather than covering so many at a time.

Will Neville
Sorry guys, but I think I prefer the old format as well. Spoilers are the main issue for me. Is there anything you guys can do about that? Perhaps a spoiler-free version? Other podcasts that I listen to do this. A great example is the Game of Thrones The Podcast by Bald Move. They provide a separate spoiler-free episode that only discusses the TV show and none f the book spoilers.

Hans-Kristian Moslund
First – you guys are rock-stars, really enjoy the show. And thank you for taking the risk to explore new frontiers, and bold. :-). .. .

What worked for me in the new format;

– reminded me a bit of a great hang-out with friends, talking about movies
– i loved Jonathan doing the interview
– i liked that you talked about ‘new stuff’ coming up, and also some visits to the pasts (what to re-watch and what to avoid)
– in general – your podcast is the best Sci-Fi show in town, defacto the gold standard.
– great with guests, but really enjoy having 2 key hosts.

Some ideas that I could suggest for consideration ;

– maybe introduce a bit more tight format with 3-4 sections, without losing the great relaxed setting
– suggestions could be : what’s coming up / what are you guys excited about. What have you rewatched and enjoyed (with the same format as before the change – but like 20 min or so).
– And I would really really like a “series pilot episodes rewatch”, where you looked into the premise for a new, old, failed series (the castle, expanse, bsg, dr.who, the 100, B5, dome etc.etc) and also discussed what universe / worldview the serie represented.
– have a 5 – 10 min “fun” segment, discussing “biggest ships”, “biggest guns”, “strangest creature”, “stupidst plot”, “best suit”. Sci Fi technology that has become real, or coming.
– Also, suggest the “top 3-5” things that our friends from “game of microphone” uses when you review stuff.
– there are a lot of podcast about ‘super guys movies’ (e.g. total geekcall), you are the kings of sci-fi, so i have you as nr 1 podcast for that reason. the super guys stuff also is fun, but I would always hope to hear more about sci-fi than super-guy´s stuff from your show.
John Sheehy
Hey guys, the new format is great with all the wandering conversions. It’s more a different show from the same team rather than a different format but there is so much going on in SciFi/Fantasy/Superhero movies at the moment, it’s great your covering it all and I like the mix of guests.

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Sci Fi Movie Podcast – June 2016