The Leftovers – Season 2 – Episode 1

The start of the new season opens with a scene reminiscent of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. What isn’t clear right now (I’m sure it’ll unfold over the course of the series) is whether it’s used for a similar purpose or a more direct plot point.

Since last season the story has shifted from fictional Mapleton, New York to another pretend place, this one going by the name of Jarden, Texas. This is a unique zone. Instead of a rapture event they suffered no losses. They are all leftovers. This leads to returning cast members, Justin Theroux as Police officer Kevin Garvey and his family, including Carrie Coon’s Nora Durst, deciding to take up residence in miracle town.

Her brother, Christopher Eccleston, of Doctor Who fame, also has found a new life in Texas.

Doctor Who is making the journey for spiritual purposes; the Five-O because – well, he’s the star of the show.

In this episode he was outshone by Jasmin Savoy Brown. She plays Evie Murphy. Her father looks like the ready-made villain; she’s the jolt of life running through a morose subject.

The end of the episode was rather ominous for her character. Hopefully that will be explained soon enough. But there is a chance, a show that runs on mystery is about to add even further layers.

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