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"Just as HBO yesterday delivered our best look yet at the seventh and final season of ‘True Blood,’ so too has the premium cable network conjured yet another teaser for ‘LOST‘ creator Damon Lindelof‘s post-rapture drama ‘The Leftovers.’ The grace period is over, but don’t worry because the latest sneak peek at the upcoming series will walk you through the grieving process.
For those unfamiliar, HBO’s ‘The Leftovers’ follows those left behind on Earth after a rapture of sorts, those not chosen to be taken up to Heaven, or at least so a portion of the population believes of the disappearance. Adapted from Tom Perrotta’s 2009 novel of the same name, the show’s pilot was directed by Peter Berg (‘Lone Survivor‘).
We definitely get to see a little more of Christopher Eccleston in this new teaser than the previous full-length trailer allowed, and although this is an admittedly shorter look, it definitely sets a somber tone. ‘The Leftovers’ also stars Justin Theroux, Liv Tyler, Carrie Coon, Ann Dowd, Amanda Warren, Chris Zylka, Margaret Qualley, Michael Gaston, Max Carver, Charlie Carver, Annie Q, Paterson Joseph, Brad Leland, ‘Private Practice‘ vet Amy Brenneman, and ‘Fringe‘ star Emily Meade.
HBO’s ‘The Leftovers’ will premiere on June 29 (having been pushed back two weeks from its original premiere for an unexpected production hiatus)"

5/20/2014 11:48:35 AM

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I am interested in this, but in reading about it other places, one thing that sounds a little strange in the descriptions is that apparently only 2% of the population disappears, and that number just seems really low IMO, almost to the point of insignificance (assuming a fairly even spread throughout the world, of course of it's 2% of world pop goes all from the US or something, that changes quite a bit), but I am intrigued.

[Edited on May 20, 2014 at 12:24 PM. Reason : $$$]

5/20/2014 12:14:53 PM

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"only 2% of the population disappears, and that number just seems really low IMO"


Compared to what exactly? The last time a random percentage of the world's population disappeared?

And ~150,000,000 people just disappearing is insignificant?

5/20/2014 1:32:26 PM

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What I mean is that it seems really low in terms of the impact it would have on those not taken, which is what this show is about. And insignificant in that that many people disappearing (once again assuming an even spread throughout the world) wouldn't really disrupt the worlds capability to do anything in particular

5/20/2014 1:48:56 PM

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"once again assuming an even spread throughout the world"


even spread based on what? equal number of people disappearing per country? based on population ratio?

if 150,000,000 disappeared "evenly" as you say, that's roughly 773,000 per country (194 independent nations in this case). which is more people than the total population of nearly 80 of those countries.

so i'd say 150,000,000 is extremely significant. and you would too if it was your child, parent, spouse, or family member that disappeared without a trace.

5/20/2014 2:07:51 PM

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Yeah I mean he's got a great point...only like 700,000 people would disappear from the US. I doubt anyone would notice.

5/20/2014 2:10:15 PM

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"even spread based on what? equal number of people disappearing per country? based on population ratio? "


For an even spread I meant as in population ratio. Large pop countries would lose more, small less, and within that spread it around the country, not just all of Americas portion disappearing from NYC. And once again I was thinking of significance on a global scale. The world could go on running pretty much as it is now.

I guess when I first heard about the show I was just imagining a more post apocalyptic scenario where they had to make major adjustments to the way of life, whereas it actually seems it's going to be much smaller scope, dealing with the psychological and personal impact. I'm still looking forward to it.

5/20/2014 2:36:13 PM

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so you'd rather see a show where all the garbage collectors disappear and everyone has to adjust to waste build up?

[Edited on May 20, 2014 at 2:40 PM. Reason : i'm really just trolling at this point. this show is very much a wait and see.]

5/20/2014 2:38:16 PM

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I have a feeling it's not so much about the amount of the population left and it is about the quality of people in the population left....


since it refers to "a rapture of sorts" i'm guessing it's not actually the Biblical rapture....but if only the genuinely good people are gone then that leaves a bunch of assholes and crazy folks

5/21/2014 3:30:53 PM

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Premieres this Sunday

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http://www.yakimaherald.com/photosandvideos/latestphotos/2258517-8/hbos-the-leftovers-a-biblical-event-leaves-a

6/23/2014 10:45:54 AM

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http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/06/24/from-lost-to-the-rapture-creators-damon-lindelof-and-tom-perrotta-on-hbo-s-the-leftovers.html

6/25/2014 3:39:41 PM

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The trailer had me really interested until

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"What I mean is that it seems really low in terms of the impact it would have on those not taken, which is what this show is about. "


Two things on that note.

1) It's not just that they disappeared, but how. I mean, they just vanish... instantly... no explanation.... simultaneously. Let's say you're right about the number thing, the stuff I just pointed out would mind fuck people in so many ways

2) You're crazy if you think that many people suddenly vanishing out of nowhere simultaneously wouldn't have an impact. All of the local and federal agencies would be involved. It would have around the clock coverage for who knows how long. How much coverage did the plane disappearing get? Now multiply that by how many? And make it exponentially more unexplainable?

There is no practical explanation for that. Religious people, alien enthusiasts.... that's the expected stuff. But imagine if people you knew or people in your town just fucking disappeared. That wouldn't make you think about things differently? And it wasn't 1 person in an isolated incident. You would know for a fact that this happened all over the world and NOBODY seems to be able to explain it. That wouldn't change how think about things in the least bit?

According to wikipedia, 60,000,000 - 80,000,000 people died as a result of WWII. That's anywhere from less than a half to 1/3 of what we're talking about here. Except, again, we know why people died during WWII. Bullets and bombs and starving and all of that shit kills people. Imagine 2-3x the casualties of WWII with no explanation whatsoever... in a single moment.

[Edited on June 26, 2014 at 12:15 AM. Reason : .]

6/26/2014 12:14:04 AM

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"only like 700,000 people would disappear from the US. I doubt anyone would notice."


I would notice but I wouldn't choose to be a sullen asshole about it like everyone in the trailer is. Maybe the show ends up being good, maybe not but it looks utterly devoid of levity and that isn't appealing.

6/26/2014 1:16:35 AM

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Gosh I love Jennifer Lawrence...

If you are asking what she has to do with this, I started watching some of the other youtube vids after I finished watching synapse's post on Trailer #2... like 3 videos later, I'm watching Jennifer Lawrence doing interviews on late night talk shows... Bless her young heart...

6/26/2014 1:52:29 AM

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"According to wikipedia, 60,000,000 - 80,000,000 people died as a result of WWII. That's anywhere from less than a half to 1/3 of what we're talking about here. "


Yes but that same wiki article states that that was over 2.5% of the world population at that time.

I agree it would absolutely be a huge deal, and big mind fuck. When my original comments were made I had heard the general plot of the show, and only seen the first trailer which features the main dude jogging down the middle of an empty street in daylight. That led me to erroneously believe that this was going to be in a post apocalyptic setting, and my point was that losing 2% of the population would not put us in the type of setting.

6/26/2014 8:19:28 AM

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"That led me to erroneously believe that this was going to be in a post apocalyptic setting, and my point was that losing 2% of the population would not put us in the type of setting."


I concur.

6/26/2014 8:19:32 PM

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Intense.

6/29/2014 11:51:37 PM

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Yeah, that was good.

6/30/2014 12:22:58 AM

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I thought it was boring, but also intriguing. I understand there's probably a lot to set up, so I'm looking forward to seeing where it goes.

6/30/2014 1:03:58 AM

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surprised this is on hbo. seems like a show that cbs would pick up. not saying its bad. just, an odd pairing.

i enjoyed it, and will keep watching it. but lindelof has me pretty skeptical.

6/30/2014 11:17:02 AM

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It's flirting with having too much uninteresting psychological bullshit

6/30/2014 11:19:21 AM

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I enjoyed it and am pretty interested to see where it goes. A couple random thoughts:

* In on of the behind the scenes videos on here the director says something along the lines of hoping viewers don't get too fixated on what happened. Wasn't this guy involved with Lost? Considering how much of the first episode was dedicated to people trying to figure out what happened and how much of this show is sort of mystery related (like what exactly do the smokers believe and what's that black dude all about) ... I am a bit worried is all

* Why did the chief let that dude grab him and slam him down on his car and just leave? I know he was drunk and all, but if I were a policeman and had a gun I wouldn't be letting people do that to me without consequences. He's ignoring their request to stay away, he might as well flex his power and make sure he really gets to talk to his wife, who clearly is open to listening to him at this point

6/30/2014 3:13:20 PM

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1) I really hope we, at some point, find out why it's happened but the author was saying that he wanted to something post-apocalyptic but focus more on the reaction.

2) I think that the cop already abused his power by beating the shit out of a creepy pacifist. He was probably already pretty beat up from earlier and was struggling to get back on his feet after downing the guy at the house. Also, his wife wouldn't talk to him after all of it and probably the physical/mental toll it took on him combined with the realization that he'd probably be in deep shit for abusing his power like that just clicked all at once and he figured it was tit for tat and left.

I thought him totally flip flopping and murdering a pack of dogs was a pretty dramatic character shift just for the first episode and might be more telling of what's to come from him.

6/30/2014 5:54:02 PM

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What's all this deer imagery about? The chief dreams about them, saw one in the front yard of the dog owner's lawn, then the one the dogs got.

What the fuck is that GR group doing? Why don't they talk? In the preview for next week someone says they "want to be a remembrance of what happened" or something like that, but told the parade doing this that to "stop wasting their breath"...i don't get it.

That choking/jerking scene was a little weird

So the chief's wife left her [complete] family to join that group. That's weird...what normal mother could do that? I was assuming they lost a child but that didn't happen. Oh also when that lady asks the chief where he was on oct 14th and he flashes back to fucking some woman, was that his wife or someone else?

[Edited on June 30, 2014 at 11:51 PM. Reason : ]

6/30/2014 11:45:13 PM

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Wait. You mean to tell me that all all of your question s weren't answered...in the fucking pilot episode!!

7/1/2014 7:29:49 AM

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I'm making conversation douchenugget. You don't like it GTFO.

7/1/2014 9:03:35 AM

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its from one of the makers of lost. expect none of your questions to be answered.

7/1/2014 9:04:07 AM

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LOL you people are watching LOST all over again. You learned nothing.

7/1/2014 10:19:45 AM

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can't really tell anything from a 1st episode for a show like this. That being said, i wasn't really inspired to watch much more from just that 1 episode. Doesn't mean I won't give it a shot.

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7/2/2014 10:27:32 AM

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I like the show, but I'm really uncomfortable as someone in their 30s with the explicit portrayal of underage sex. I wished they would just be more implicit. Quite pervy, and I can't imagine how weird it must have been on set.

7/2/2014 11:23:27 AM

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^I'm probably wrong on this one, but most of the time those actors/actresses are in their 20s anyways.

And even though when I was in high school, kids were fucking at early age...I think it's even more prevalent these days. Everyone's daughter will lose their virginity by 13.

7/2/2014 11:55:54 AM

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She's 19...but to CarZin's point, the "portrayal of underage sex" (have they said what grade she's supposed to be in???) is what makes him uncomfortable.

Whatever you do CarZin, don't watch the movie Kids.

7/2/2014 12:06:32 PM

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I just felt icky watching it. Those of you are younger may not care. But at a certain point, it feels weird watching that. If I was watching a show targeted to a really young age group, I might expect it. I didn't feel this show was targeting a young age group, so was just surprised to see the focus on that.

7/2/2014 12:12:50 PM

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I mean...I don't get off on it...but it doesn't make me uncomfortable either. Those kids are driving...so they're probably juniors/seniors (16-18). Pretty much the majority of high schools kids are fucking by that age...then you add in the fact that most of society is all fucked up because of this rapture-ish thing that happened a few years ago. Guess it just didn't hit my "uncomfortable" button. The kids they showed fucking around all looked like they could have been college freshmen and sophomore anyways.

And I'm 30...don't know if that qualifies as old enough to feel "icky". Although I wasn't playing "spin the bottle and fuck" in high school...there were girls getting fucked in shop class while I was making a rocking chair. So I guess it just doesn't surprise me.

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7/2/2014 1:32:04 PM

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I'm pretty sure that you were not meant to feel comfortable during that whole party scene.

7/2/2014 2:46:05 PM

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I liked this show a lot, but if this turns into another Lost where they are just making up shit as they go I'm going to hit someone

7/2/2014 8:58:14 PM

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I'm at the title sequence of the second episode, and I'm definitely getting the impression that ^this is going to be the case. But I'm hooked so whatever.

7/7/2014 11:28:48 AM

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It's based on a novel and the original author co-writes episodes (including the pilot and the fifth episode so far, I believe) so it probably won't get too Lost-y

I liked this episode much better. I'm going to have to watch it over because it was late and I spent the entire day in the car coming back from the beach so I zoned out a bit here and there.

What's up with the cop's son and the black British dude? Does he have some sort of supernatural power like the big black dude in the Green Mile to "remove pain" or whatever?

7/7/2014 11:30:27 AM

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The cop's son killed an ATF agent in order to protect a teenage girl, claiming she is "important." She is presumably important to Wayne--the black guy--who may be able to hug the pain out of people.

However, at the start of the episode, Wayne was presented as a cult leader merely doing cult leader stuff in order to get with lots of underage girls. The cop's son is part of the cult, but he declined the opportunity to have his pain hugged away. For that reason, according to Wayne, the cop's son is the one who should protect the girl, Christine.

7/7/2014 2:53:56 PM

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that doesn't answer his question, that's like writing a book summary when the teacher wants a report about themes and deeper meanings

7/7/2014 3:01:18 PM

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I actually missed the first five minutes of the episode so that does clarify things, thanks.

7/7/2014 4:01:35 PM

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^^I actually wanna see how you would have responded. I'm afraid I might have missed something already.

^You're welcome.

7/7/2014 4:35:00 PM

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Yeah I liked how the cops described him...he hugs the pain out of people, but needs to recharge his batteries with young asian girls.

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Wayne had already designated Tom to keep her safe [and keep his fucking hands off of her].

So for a while I was thinking the dog killing guy might be a figment of Kevin's imagination (since that's the way the show was presenting him), a la Fight Club...but it turns out he's real.

Looks like the Mayor was pretty close with Kevin's dad...the way she kissed him as she was leaving the mental hospital was pretty intimate.

For me, the most significant development was Kevin's dad appearing to communicate with the departed (that's what they're calling them right?). I mean he's in a looney bin and it could be nothing, but it could also be real too. He said they said that they were "sending someone" to Kevin. Could it be the dog killer? Someone else?

I'm wondering where they're going with the storyline about the lady who lost her entire family and carries a big fucking fun around. Those questions she was asking that couple were crazy...no way that's really required. Did they ever say what her actual job was?

7/8/2014 10:52:50 AM

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"For me, the most significant development was Kevin's dad appearing to communicate with the departed (that's what they're calling them right?). I mean he's in a looney bin and it could be nothing, but it could also be real too. He said they said that they were "sending someone" to Kevin. Could it be the dog killer? Someone else?"


I missed anything that inferred he was communicating with the departed (but like I said, I was half awake watching the first time) but that's a cool theory. I thought he was just schizophrenic.

As far as "sending somebody", I'm pretty sure they were inferring the dog slayer guy, but it could also be Liv Tyler's character to communicate with Laurie for him.

Also, the girl that carries the big gun is like a life insurance benefits adjuster for those who were departed. The questions, while odd, seem to be a way to gather information on what types of people left. Other times in the show people have said it was a rapture, while others argued "I knew him, he was an asshole!" like there wasn't a correlation between innocence/good and who left. Like, wouldn't every baby be taken if that was the case?

7/8/2014 11:07:04 AM

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"I'm wondering where they're going with the storyline about the lady who lost her entire family and carries a big fucking fun around. Those questions she was asking that couple were crazy...no way that's really required."


I could easily see them being required if they are trying to find something, anything, that possibly links the departed

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No I don't think there was anything that implied he was talking to the departed, but it is by no means out of the question

I enjoyed the 2nd episode a lot more, will keep watching

7/8/2014 11:59:27 AM

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Yeah I just rewatched and I think I was reaching there

7/8/2014 1:02:45 PM

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I don't think you were reaching. I don't know how "Sci-Fi/Religious" this show is going to get...but I think it either implies he was talking to the dead (or "vanished" people) or he's batshit crazy. It's more than likely one of the two.

7/8/2014 1:37:33 PM

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"No I don't think there was anything that implied he was talking to the departed, but it is by no means out of the question"

this is exactly what they were implying, did you not notice the theme where they let the character and viewer not be certain if the guy was real? it was implied that he might be one of them and they purposefully let it hang that maybe there was something to it.

7/8/2014 1:47:32 PM

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Implying that he may not have been real does not imply that he was one of the people taken

7/8/2014 2:11:39 PM

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Perhaps he could be talking to other people that have departed in other ways, like dying?

I think the disconnect here is that even if he truly is talking to someone there is no indication it is or isn't the people who disappeared

It would appear money beat me to the point

[Edited on July 8, 2014 at 2:15 PM. Reason : asdf]

7/8/2014 2:14:20 PM

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