‘The Leftovers’ Answers Some Mysteries, But Remains as Frustrating as Ever

August 18, 2014 1:53 PM

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‘The Leftovers’ Answers Some Mysteries, But Remains as Frustrating as Ever

For weeks, Leftovers fans have wondered about all the show’s great mysteries, like what happened to Kevin’s white shirts or whether he’s been dragging wild dogs around town at night in some kind of fugue state. I’m being sarcastic—no one really cared about these “mysteries.” At best, they were intriguing color in a show that focuses on fear of the unknown (with the Sudden Departure as the central metaphor there), and at worst they were an indication that Lost’s Damon Lindelof could not avoid leaning on unanswerable plot tropes to create some dramatic tension.

Well, now we know a little bit more, but things remain as disorienting and unsatisfying as before. Kevin has indeed been entering an amnesiac trance state and acting out aggressively, with the gun-toting, dog-killing Dean in tow. His latest escapade, and the main dramatic event of the episode, was t...

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