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The Leftovers Season Two Premiere Recap | Axis Mundi

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It’s a miracle! Josh Wigler (@roundhoward) and Antonio Mazzaro (@acmazzaro) have suddenly returned to recap the new season of THE LEFTOVERS!

Every Monday throughout season two, Josh and Antonio will podcast about the Damon Lindelof drama, chronicling the twists and turns awaiting Kevin Garvey and the loved ones in his life. The new season begins by leaving Upstate New York behind, setting forth for a new life in Texas, and a whole new slew of possibilities and problems.

Show Links:

Vulture | Reza Aslan Addresses Every Mystery In The Leftovers Premiere

* HitFix | Damon Lindelof Was ‘Really Depressed’ Writing Leftovers Season 1

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  • AJ Mass

    I enjoyed the way this show set up the new world we’ll live in for season 2 — with interesting characters and just enough “something’s off with this town” to build suspense. Much quicker on-ramp to these characters than “Fear TWD,” in my opinion.

    My question: Lindelof being Lindelof do you think we’ll learn at some point that the daughter who “disappears” into her epilepsy does not, in fact, have epilepsy, but somehow “visits” (or at least claims to visit) wherever it is that the Departed have gone to?

    • stephanie wanamaker

      wow great question AJ i knew she was seeing something but didn’t quite put that together

  • GeekFurious

    So, while this was an intense, beautifully executed, and brilliantly acted episode… it would seem that Lindelof and gang have introduced a ton of LOST type mysteries that they’ve been proudly declaring they have no plans to answer. How does that even work? Can they really continue to say “listen, we’re not going to answer the big mysteries, this is a show about how people deal with ambiguous loss” without suffering a major backlash down the line when they keep introducing these mysteries they’ve stated they won’t answer?

    Is Lindelof insanely brave, diving headfirst into guaranteed criticism, or is he playing fast and loose with his story telling devices? Or is he the magician, distracting us away from the fact that he WILL answer these mysteries later and he doesn’t want us to spend too much time trying to answer them?

  • Antoni

    So, this was awesome. Kinda Master and Margarita-like artfulness. Anyway, If any of these questions have been answered by you ignore them:

    How does this National Park thing work?

    What is Jo(h)n’s proffesion?

    Why did he burn that house down ? (Im Polish so I miss some of what they say)

    Is there some sort of Anti-Magic-Powers mafia in town ?

    The town has roughly 10000 people, 2% of that is 200, the odds of people not disappearing in more than one of similarly small towns are pretty big. Not a question just stating a fact, really. But how fun would FULLY disappeared towns be ?(odds of that being pretty small)

    And the obvious question, whatthehell happened at the end ?
    Departure 2 – The Fishbach out of the water?

  • C05EDEN

    They literally went full on LOST, and thus, I am totally confused.

    So John is a firefighter/vigilante who takes it upon himself to rid “miracle” of anyone trying to capitalize on the shtick?

    WTF is up with the whole cave woman thing?… seemed unnecessary (like a lot of the “dark” material on this show)

    A little heavy handed on all the biblical references?

    Earthquakes & reverse sinkholes? Departure part deux?

    • stephanie wanamaker

      yes I didn’t think the first 10 minutes was necessary we know earthquakes have been around since neanderthal times was the baby that was born a descendant of this new family?

  • stephanie wanamaker

    i liked the family fine until I saw what he did to that poor psychic guy having a dubious job doesn’t mean he deserves to have his house burned down and what woman stays with a man who attempted to murder someone? not very likable new family at all

  • stephanie wanamaker

    couldn’t watch this season if garvey;s weren’t involved just love them nice seeing nora so happy for a change

  • susan appleby

    So I don’t watch the show, but I listened to the podcast. Great job as usual!

  • Edwin Johnson

    So I decided to jump in for season 2 without watching season 1. I knew the basic premise from last year and that it kept a bleak tone throughout a season that I’ve heard improved as it went on. I probably would have gone back and watched season 1, but watching this episode was really a spur of the moment decision.
    I loved this first episode. It was very welcoming to a new viewer and hasn’t yet required knowledge of intimate details from season 1.

    I totally want a spin off of that cavebaby’s life. I’m 100% in on Psychic Eddie Winslow. This new (so I’ve gathered) family has me completely intrigued but all that stuff we’re all seeing for the first time.

    The main difference between us late arrivals and yourselves on this one is the past of these new neighbors. While maybe you are seeing the Murphys through the lens of the people from season 1 and with the context that provides, I had the opposite view point. To me, these new neighbors are just as much of a mystery as they are to the Murphys. Who are they? Are they lying? Are they the ones bringing the horror that Psychic Eddie Winslow predicted either intentionally or through some spiritual woo woo evil curse? Are they going to succeed in what I assume to be a journey to improve their lives with this town that is seen as a home of miracle, or is the dark cloud above them going to hover over the town going forward?

    I’m in on the show. I’m in on the podcast. Keep up the good work.

    P.S. Season 2 of The Strain was fun. There goes all of my credibility in your eyes!

    • Antonio Mazzaro

      Haha no credibility lost. Fun is fun. There’s just too much TV out there!

  • Ron Smith

    Great job as always, guys. Antonio, I saw that Cohen Bros. film, A Serious Man. I think it was a dybbuk (sp?) that is in the prologue. A golem is made of clay.

    Anyway, nice job. I like how deep you guys go with your thoughts.

    • Antonio Mazzaro

      Dybbuk shmybbuk I said more ham (shoutout to Waiting for Guffman). It’s easy for a goy like me to get mixed up. I calls em like Hasidim! (I’ll show myself out.)

      Good call it’s for sure a dybbuk I watched that (great) scene again today.

      • Ron Smith

        HA! You make up for it with all your brilliant observations.

  • Hi guys! While I was really disheartened you guys abandoned the Strain podcast, you more than made up for it with this one. Your research and insight in the first 20 minutes alone enlightened and excited me for what’s to come on this show… looking so forward for more!!

    • Antonio Mazzaro

      We were really disheartened with The Strain. I don’t think anyone wanted us to podcast about how much we didn’t like what we were seeing. But, we are sorry to let anyone down of course, and thankful for the support (your Strain comments were especially good Laura.)

      Thank you!

  • AlexKuntz

    I’m reading the HitFix interview with Damon, and he’s talking about how something important is happening in Australia. He specifically says,

    “And that’s all derived from the same kind of sci-fi and fantasy novels that I grew up loving. I think it all harkens back to Stephen King, again who was not just a huge inspiration for all the writing that I do but he also wrote The New York Times book review that first put “The Leftovers” on my radar. And there’s an interconnectedness to all of his books that he writes too in “The Dark Tower” series, etc. The idea that like “Salem’s Lot” and “It” are both happening in kind of the same universe, I always loved that.”

    I’m a big Stephen King fan and the way he connects his books together reminds me of the kinds of Easter Eggs we’ve seen in other shows that reference each other. Most characters in King’s books don’t even live in the same universe, but they’re all connected spiritually through these little trinkets or similar deities. And after reading this interview, it seems almost identical to what Lindelof and his friends have been doing. Little things keep popping up like an Apollo bar, or an Oceanic plane flying overhead, or these new references to spiritual hotspots. So I’m wondering if we’re seeing some sort of big Lindelof television universe.

    Of course, none of this is going to matter in terms of the plot of The Leftovers, but I think it could be really interesting to place the supernatural elements of these shows in context with each other. I would really love it if the ambiguous supernatural powers in The Leftovers are the exact same ambiguous supernatural powers of Lost.

    • Antonio Mazzaro

      The Lostovers Lives!

  • Stylez

    Great episode, great recap! Now I wouldn’t expect anyone to recall the dumpster fire that was Resurrection (on ABC, basically the returned), but the bird coming back to life under the tree, fits that show to a T (opposed to the walking dead analogy). Loved that you guys were bringing in the reference material and things being said by writers/producers into your analysis, really great job! Also appreciated the underhanded Strain digs, talk about dumpster fires, i made the mistake of watching season 2.