The Leftovers Trailer Previews The Dark, Fiery And Dramatic Weeks Ahead

By Kelly West 2014-06-30 11:45:02 discussion comments
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If you thought the premiere of HBO's The Leftovers was dark and/or weird, take a look at the preview above, which shows what's coming up in the weeks ahead. Things are apparently about to get darker and weirder. And there will be lots of different kinds of fire. Building fire. Cremation fire. Feet fire. Finger-burning fire. All kinds of fire. Also Penguins.

Ok, the preview doesn't actually tease any penguins -- that I noticed, anyway -- but the second episode of Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta's series is titled "Penguin One, Us Zero," so there are penguins or a penguin involved in this situation. Maybe it's a figurative penguin used as a metaphor. Maybe it's a hallucinated penguin. Maybe it's a Pittsburgh Penguin. Based on the series premiere episode, it's really anyone's guess. At least it's not a polar bear.

Here's the description for Episode 2:
Episode #2: “Penguin One, Us Zero” Debut: SUNDAY, JULY 6 (10:00-11:00 p.m.)

Other HBO playdates: July 6 (12:30 a.m., 3:00 a.m.), 7 (12:30 a.m.), 8 (8:00 p.m.,11:15 p.m.), 10 (10:00 p.m., midnight), 11 (9:00 p.m.), 12 (9:30 p.m.) and 18 (8:00 p.m.)

HBO2 playdates: July 7 (10:00 p.m.), 11 (1:00 a.m.) and 12 (11:30 a.m., 8:00 p.m.)

In the wake of a series of disturbing encounters, Kevin pays a visit to a therapist. Tom finds himself in a precarious situation with Christine (Annie Q), a favorite of Wayne’s. A frustrated Meg is asked to part with pieces of her past. Jill and Aimee tail Nora Durst (Carrie Coon), who became a local celebrity when her entire family disappeared in the Departure.

Written by Damon Lindelof & Kath Lingenfelter; directed by Peter Berg.

Those who have yet to see the first episode of The Leftovers can get caught up via HBOGo.com. Or, if you don't have HBO But want to get a peek at what you missed last night, Yahoo has the full episode available for viewing online.

The tone of the series seems to mirror the tone of the book, aiming for dark with shades of hopelessness everywhere, though many people are still trying to go through the motions of everyday life and a few are genuinely trying to rise above the chaos. Based on the premiere, I expect the series to take these characters and their stories and veer into their own direction, especially if this show is planning to extend beyond one season. Perrotta's book is a regular-sized novel and not a series, so the source material would only take them so far anyway. In the meantime, the premiere episode offered us a pretty solid introduction to this gloomy world of cults, grief, and weird cellphone spin-the-bottle games involving choking and fork burns. You can read Nick's full reaction to the episode here.

The Leftovers airs Sunday at 10:00 p.m. ET on HBO.
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