Shifting to the Garvey's long awaited arrival to Jarden, Texas, numerous beautiful shots truly exhibited the beauty of the world amid all the confusion and turmoil in each individual's life. The writing eloquently ties the Garvey and Murphy overlap in the story lines together with very subtle clues that reward attentive viewers. For instance, the Garveys' original home burning down provided a great nod to the premiere because John Murphy ordered the burning of that home due to Isaac's dishonest practices. Another connection that may be crucial later is that Kevin Garvey, Sr., embarked to Australia for an indefinite amount of time while the town guardian in the tower of Jarden handed Michael Murphy a letter that needed to be sent to Sydney, Australia. The overall activity in Jarden is such a refreshing change of pace where activity is prevalent throughout the city as opposed to the lonely and cold world of Mapleton. A sense of freedom and security prevailed throughout for the Garvey family, but closer analysis shows a strict and authoritarian state. Law enforcement officials reign throughout the town and control a highly organized town. A small example is the quarantine of the Garvey family dog. The officer practically snatched the dog from Kevin's hands. This level of "security" portends a possible conflict later in the season.
Finally, ending with Kevin's problems, he fights with Nora, fears his hallucinations of Patti, and somehow wakes up from what seems like a failed suicide attempt. Kevin is all sorts of messed up, yet he manages to control his life to the best of his ability, an attempt which is admirable and should have viewers rooting for him. Although Nora did spend three million dollars on a dilapidated colonial home, Kevin needs to realize that Nora views Jarden as a symbol of security for her family, especially after her interview with the MIT researchers who suggested another departure event could occur. Jill even points out the obvious that Nora feels safe. Kevin's question about Jarden's safety in comparison to other places elicits an amusing yet heartfelt response from Jill. Jill says, "Then why do we have these awesome wristbands? Please don't fuck this up, dad." This response captures the golden opportunity each member has to reinvent himself or herself as well as grow into whatever "normal" is in this post-Departure world. Kevin's bouts with Patti divulge the severity of Kevin's mental problems. After all, Kevin dug up Patti's dead body and, intentionally, sped past a cop in order to be captured purposely. However, his actions earlier in the episode did not compare to the twist at the end. As soon as the show seemed to conclude with Kevin in bed, he awakes in the empty lake with a brick tied to his foot. This scene implies that Kevin attempted to commit suicide during his blackout. After he watches John and Michael Murphy frantically search for the missing Evie, Kevin glances at his hallucination of Patti. When Patti says, "Uh oh," Kevin's facial expression suggests that he finally accepts his hallucinations of Patti as a problem he cannot abandon. Patti's remark translates to what Kevin hinks about the dreadful situation where his neighbors have a missing daughter, he tried to commit suicide, and he needs to deal with this Patti problem.
Certainly, there is more to dissect from the episode as well as more to analyze in the scenes mentioned above, but The Leftovers loves to provide mystery and intrigue to its viewers as the story slowly unravels each week. Some other highlights of the show are quotes from Patti and Matt. After Kevin leaves the Police station, Patti's question "What the fuck was that?" perfectly captures what every viewer probably thought of Kevin's stupidity. The next great quote is from Matt who excitedly remarks, "We have a tent!" These small moments do not top Jill's brilliant response to her father, but they were welcomed humorous highlights for such a dark and complicated show. Nevertheless,the most poignant portion of the episode is the beautiful overhead shot of the trailer park and bridge around the 29-30 minute mark where the Garveys enter the city. That hold sequence deserves an Emmy nod with such stunning cinematography, remarkable music in Ruelle's "Take It All," and masterful directing from Mimi Leder. Bravo!
Thanks for reading. Apologies for not getting the premiere review up in time, but I will try my best not to miss another episode. Look forward to a Fargo review Monday or Tuesday for its Season 2 premiere. Come back for more content. Follow me on Twitter @mlozano2 and have a great day.