Instead of my usual Under the Dome review this Tuesday, I have decided to put this on hold, mainly due to the fact that I am an emotional mess, to talk about something much much more important and that is life. The Leftovers is a story that has changed mine. It is one of the BEST stories ever told on television and even provides some good life advice from time to time. It’s a show that teaches us how to deal with loss, how to deal with family and really, it explores what the meaning of life may or may not be. Or as the Guilty Remnant pointed out throughout the 10 episode odyssey…what’s the point, let’s smoke.
Either way, it’s just an unbelievable take on the world and we all need to watch this story if only because it will likely make you a better person for it.
And the ending was phenomenal folks. Nora’s letter at the end of the episode will forever be with me:
I need to say goodbye to someone I care about. Someone who is still here. So I am saying it to you.
You were good to me Kevin. And sometimes when we were together I remember who I used to be before everything changed. But I was pretending. Pretending that I haven’t lost everything. I want to believe it could all go back to the way it was. I want to believe that I’m not surrounded by the abandoned ruin of a dead civilization. I want to believe it is still possible to get close to someone….but it’s easier not to. It’s easier because I’m a coward and I couldn’t take the pain. Not again.
I know that’s not fair. You lost so much too and you’re strong. You’re still here. But I can’t be…not anymore. I tried to get better, I didn’t want to feel this way so I took a shortcut…but it led me right back home. And do you know what I found when I got there? I found them, right where I left them. Right where they left me. It took me three years to accept the truth but now I know there is no going back, no fixing it. I am beyond repair. Maybe we’re all beyond repair.
I can’t go on the way I’m living but I don’t have the power to die. But I have to move towards something…anything. I’m not sure where I’m going, just away. Away from all this. I think about a place where no one will know what happened to me. But then I worry that I’ll forget them. I don’t ever want to forget them. I can’t. They were my family.
I think I loved you. Maybe you loved me too. I wish I could say this to you instead of wriiting it. I wish I could see you one last time to thank you and wish you well and tell you how much you mean to me…….but I can’t. Like I said, I’m a coward. So, wish me luck. I think I’m going to need it.
Very, very powerful. It’s one thing to read it, it’s a whole nother thing to hear Nora reading it with the chilling soundtrack in the background. It was beautiful in every way.
And lastly, they even used a rendition of Metallica’s Nothing Else Matters, quite frankly the most APPROPRIATE song for a television show. This classical ballad was done by Apocalyptica, so please check it out below, it’s beyond moving:
The Leftovers is simply a television show everyone should watch. It has made me a better person and given me a little hope, even if it’s the most depressing show ever. And hey, that’s life.