The Leftovers: “Crazy Whitefella Thinking” Review

Warning: Full spoilers for the episode below.

The Leftovers, this week, once again did that wonderful Leftovers thing of shifting perspectives and taking us into the journey of an important side character for an entire episode.

Scott Glenn’s Kevin Garvey Sr. took the honors this time around as we caught up with him during his multi-year trek through the Australian Outback, trying to complete the sacred songline of the indigenous peoples via multiple counts of trespassing and cultural thievery.

“Crazy Whitefella Thinking” was a great episode, though Kevin Sr. is a strange cat to spend this much time with. The bulk of this chapter was played for comedy, or tragicomedy, as Kevin’s misadventures in Oz, more often than not, took on a “crazy old fool” quality. Even Kevin accidentally killing the last piece of his song puzzle — a one Christopher Sunday — was played for minor laughs. This odyssey could have played out like one of Matt’s famous (and splendidly depressing) episode-long ordeals, but instead it had a lightness to it. A lightness that represents The Leftovers’ evolution into a series that can juggle and blend many elements and tones.

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