‘The Leftovers’ is off to a slow start

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There’s a Sunday ritual at our house.

We go to church.

I cook dinner.

He washes the dishes.

Maybe the kids will come over or I’ll get some work done in the garden while he catches up on his reading or runs some errands.

But HBO owns Sunday night.

Since Day One, I’ve been a devoted fan of “True Blood,” “Game of Thrones” and “Boardwalk Empire.” “True Blood” and “Boardwalk Empire” are in their final seasons, and I had hoped “The Leftovers” would draw me in and fill the void.

After all the hype, I was looking forward to curling up on my couch and watching the season premiere.

That HBO was putting on a program that is not about werewolves, zombies, vampires, hookers and the morally degenerate was a relief. For church folk, HBO is a pleasure that comes with a fair amount of guilt.

But unfortunately, I wasn’t at all impressed with “The Leftovers.”

It might have helped had I been familiar with Tom Perrotta’s novel by the same title. Still, I should have been able to get the gist of the plot without buying the book at Amazon.com first.

If you didn’t watch the season premiere, the series begins three years after 2 percent of the world’s population has vanished in a rapture-like event.

It’s rapture-like because there’s a lot of ambiguity about what really happened.

One moment people are going about their normal routines and the next, reality is turned upside down. In the first intense minutes of the show, a baby disappeared from a car seat, a dad vanished while pushing a shopping cart and driverless cars collided on the road.


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