On October 14, disappears 2 percent, or 140 million people, from the Earth's surface. No one knows where they are, what has happened or why. Three years after the "rapture" trying to residents of Mapleton, an archetypal small town in the U.S. East Coast, with varying degrees of success and ways to carve out a living in the new chronology. Everyone has lost someone they know, or know about.
There is clearly a very tantalizing premise around which "The leftovers," HBO's new drama series about ten sections, weaving their painful and - in many respects - uncomfortable history.
In the center stands the tormented Police Chief Kevin Garvey, nicely played by Justin Theroux, whose family is torn apart after the abduction. His wife Laurie have joined a white-clad cult who tirelessly remind the grieving town about all that's left has been straightened by God. Their son has yet joined the Holy Wayne, a self-proclaimed messiah figure who claims he can cure people's grief only with their hugs, while their teenage daughter alone forced to find a way to manage the family.
It is already obvious from the beginning that "the leftovers" is more about the left being pain than if the abduction; scenes when people suddenly pressure off is significantly dimmed. If Tom Perrotta, who also wrote the show's novel model, and Damon Lindelof, one of the lead characters of "Lost", too much with the obvious dream sequences, animal metaphors and the beautiful but sentimental Max Richter soundtrack they succeed in spite of everything to create an evocative, emotionally mature series where even the viewers soon cares more about the grieving process than on the spectacular main event. It makes "The Leftovers" to a skillful portrayal without prompt reply.