The Leftovers Season 2 On Blu-Ray & DVD Now From Warner Home Video
The Show: 10/10
Regular readers and listeners of our movie podcast (After the Show) may remember that The Leftovers was one of my favorite TV shows of last year. This and Fargo (on FX) were so good they made television feel closer to film than ever before. The Leftovers comes from the mind of Damon Lindelof who created Lost with JJ Abrams. He is often regarded as the master of misdirection and making it all up as he goes along. The first season of The Leftovers followed the book of the same name, but season 2 is a whole new beast and Lindelof can now tease us week to week with his own original story.
The Leftovers Season 2 picks up a few months after the first season in which 2% of the world’s population just disappear. Questions about if it was a “rapture” type event are raised throughout the series from every angle and every character’s point of view. It might sound like it could be preachy, but it’s as far from that as you can get. The lives of the people we are following, the choices they make, the things that are happening in the world around them, nothing leads in one direction or to one expected conclusion. This is what makes the show so intriguing, not to mention it leads to some real life conversations/debates in the Ascully household, and any show that can do that is doing something right.
Season 2 does a couple of things most series do not have the balls to do. First they start with very weird and brave opening sequence. To be honest, I am still not sure I understand what it was going on. Another thing that makes this season feel more like a new series than the second season of an established show, they completely change the opening titles and theme song. Watching this live on HBO when it aired I actually thought we were watching the wrong show it is that different. It instantly sucks you into this compelling 10 episode drama. They continue to make some changes in season 2 by introducing new characters in a new town, while bringing familiar faces along to continue their story. We are introduced to a town called Miracle. This town is is unique in this story because it appears to be the only town in America which had no disappearances during “the event”. I really don’t want to spoil anything here, and to reveal more about the characters and their role in the “post event” world might be too much information. It’s an amazing piece of television that has so many nuances I would think different people will take away different things from the series and have a lot to talk about.
If you want a hint of where the story is going, here is a list of brief episode descriptions. Warning spoilers ahead.
- Episode 1: Axis Mundi – Jarden, Texas, was renamed “Miracle” after it was discovered that no one has departed. The town has since become a magnet for those who are convinced it can keep them safe — including Kevin, Nora and Jill.
- Episode 2: A Matter Of Geography – When Nora makes an impulsive choice, the new Garvey clan gets a fresh start in the safety of Miracle, but Kevin finds himself entangled in the Murphy family’s problems.
- Episode 3: Off Ramp – While Lori seeks to spread the word about the Guilty Remnant’s dangers, Tom’s infiltration of the cult uncovers a whole new nest of problems.
- Episode 4: Orange Sticker – Kevin is missing in the midst of an earthquake, while the Murphys are left reeling after Evie’s disappearance. When Kevin returns home, he has no memory of the night before.
- Episode 5: No Room At The Inn – Matt Jameson takes his wife, Mary, outside of Miracle to seek answers about her condition, but their lives take a dangerous detour when they are barred from returning to town.
- Episode 6: Lens – After some unexpected visitors get under Nora’s skin, she become preoccupied with a burning question about herself. Meanwhile, Erika reveals some haunting secrets.
- Episode 7: A Most Powerful Adversary – After Nora gives Kevin and Jill some unexpected news, Kevin deals with the fallout by exploring his options — and tackling his Patti problem head-on.
- Episode 8: International Assassin – In the wake of Kevin’s desperate decision to vanquish Patti, questions and answers emerge as the world adjusts to the repercussions of what comes next.
- Episode 9: Ten Thirteen – A personal loss and subsequent pilgrimage to Miracle offer clues on why Meg embarked on her path as a Remnant crusader. After a fallout with Lori, Tom seeks to reunite with Meg.
- Episode 10: I Live Here Now – In the season finale, Kevin comes clean to a skeptical John about his connection to Evie’s disappearance as Miracle faces an unexpected threat on the Departure’s anniversary.
- No Special Features
- UV Digital Copy
Cover Art and Menus: 5/10
Warner brings The Leftovers Season 2 to Blu-ray in a two disc set which disappointingly lacks any bonus content. The keep case comes covered in a slipcase while inside a printed episode guide and UV token for the full season are included. I really love the cover art and after watching the season it will mean a lot more to you.
Audio & Video: 10/10
The Leftovers Season 2 is digitally shot and looks simply gorgeous on Blu-Ray. Presented in 1080P using the AVC codec fine detail is almost astonishing with individual hairs and wrinkles on faces during close up shots. Black levels are deep and inky like they should be and flesh tones have a natural albeit orangey tinge to them. No signs of macro-blocking or banding were observed during my viewing.
The Impressive DTS-HD 5.1 Audio codec is used here and is better than the track HBO use on the streaming services. This is a show full of music and full sound that needs to be experienced on a home theater or good set of headphones. Dialog is always central to the listener while ambient noise and music usually comes from the back of the room. It always feels enveloping and it’s impressive how far TV shows have come in terms of sound design. The episode international Assassin is a master class in sound engineering with a distinct audio cue that helps the narrative trust me you will understand it when you hear it.
Overall Score 8/10