Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Leftovers: Season 1, Episode 4

The Leftovers
Episode Title: “B.J. and the A.C.
Channel: HBO
Director: Carl Franklin
Writers: Damon Lindelof
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Runtime: 60 min
Rated: TV-MA
Original Air Date: July 20, 2014

Another Chief Garvey episode, and more of the same, he's the same unlikeable guy that we remember from Episodes One and Two. It's not Theroux's acting that is off-putting, I just don't think they're writing his character is a way to get much sympathy from the viewers. He's perpetually angry and short-sighted. In addition, I don't want to be overly critical, but Liv Tyler brought the same type of performance that we've been from her previously. Maybe there's a reason that her character seems like a wax statue, but if there is it should be revealed to us somehow, as the deer-in-the-headlights look is getting old.

We are given tidbits here and there that hint at more going on in the background, especially in regards to Christine and Tommy's story arc, I'm just not sure that they're enough to keep the audience tuning back in. The Guilty Remnant also uses an opportunity created by a town-wide event to work their own mischief, to what end we're left wondering since they sure aren't going to tell us. Matt pops up briefly, reminding me that while maybe not much happened during his episode, it was the most entertaining to date.

Conclusion: Too much mystery, and no answers/reveals/or motivations for anyone involved. It's becoming harder to figure out why these characters are doing what they do. Getting dropped into the middle of the story with no frame of reference in regards to the characters is working against the show in my opinion.

Rating: 5.5/10

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