”Don’t Be Ridiculous” The Leftovers Season 3 Episode 2 Recap

The second episode of season 3, “Don’t Be Ridiculous” is what the creators of the show call a “Nora episode,” since she will be our main POV (point of view) throughout the episode. This is one of those Leftover episodes (very much like the whole first season) that dwell on the desperation of the characters confronting what seems like a cruel and meaningless universe. Nora has lost her children and her husband during the Sudden Departure, and just when she was rebuilding her life with Kevin and Lily (the daughter of Holy Wayne and Christine), Christine decided to take her back. The episode feels like a punch in the stomach, but it is also a moving exploration of what it is to live with nothing to live for. Nora is like the Biblical Job without the faith, shit just keeps happening to her, and she is getting to the point where she can’t take it anymore. If you think this sounds grim, the episode does have a funny plot that includes Mark Linn-Baker from the 80s sitcom Perfect Strangers as himself. We also get a glimpse of Kevin Sr. in Australia and what I think might be the Four Horse(wo)men of the Apocalypse!

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The End is Near, and I Can’t Wait for It: Getting Ready for the Third and Final Season of The Leftovers

The third and final season of the HBO series The Leftovers is upon us, with its premiere scheduled for April 15th. We live in the era of peak TV, with an incredible amount of great TV shows. There is Game of Thrones, Westworld, The Americans, The Walking Dead, Stranger Things, The Expanse, Girls, The Young […]

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Talking Religion with a Laugh Track: God, Church, and Faith in Netflix’s One Day At A Time

Does God exist? Do we have any evidence of it? And can a multi-camera sitcom with an old fashioned (and sometimes annoying) laugh track offer a meaningful discussion of these questions? The Netflix reboot of the TV show One Day At A Time says yes! Seeing Yourself on TV: Popular Culture as a Mirror The […]

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