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.
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?
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
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