A new tv series, created by the maker of “Lost,” is arriving on HBO at the end of the month. The basic premise is that 2% of the world’s population disappears in a “Rapture like” event and the story of those that remained. behind.
New apocalyptic shows have a large chance of failing as the networks never quite get them right. Usually the fault lies in the casting department and the writing gets awkward and too “out there” to let it connect/resonate with an audience. ( NBC’s Revolution is an excellent example of an epic failure of a show that had great potential) The other end is that they get cancelled prematurely aka Jericho. You have the random outliers such as “The Walking Dead,” but for the most part, 90% of tv series about “apocalypse” aka “End of the World” themes get cancelled.
So far, the trailers for this series are promising and the casting seems to be better than I would expect, give or take some iffy looking “young adult” casting of unknowns. We won’t fully be able to tell until the series starts in a few weeks.
The series is based off of the book “The Leftovers” by Tom Perrotta which currently has a 3.2 out of 5 stars on Amazon.com. It ranks a 3.7 out of 5 on Goodreads. Generally, the reviews are so-so and I hope that the show can pull off a 4/5 or a 5/5 review when it debuts.
My only issue, and I have not read the book, is the idea that having 2% of the world’s population disappear would cause the world to go into chaos seems rather extreme. The Spanish Flu in the early 1900′s killed off roughly 5% of the world population and the world didn’t go insane because everyone vanished.
These guys….are creepy..though I keep expecting them to lay down on the ground and do a “Truth” commercial. (http://youtu.be/Y_56BQmY_e8)
This is the first trailer they released, which represents the show the best, so far.
The following is a newer promo video using the stages of grief to represent the show.
We will have to wait and see how this tv series does in the long run. Here’s hoping it succeeds where so many have failed.
Related Links for the Show:
HBO’s Official Site
Official Facebook Page