Tuesday, May 16, 2017
A Quickie: Matt's Revelation (The Leftovers)
After the episode "It's a Matt, Matt, Matt, Matt World", I wanted to dive into Matt's character. Specifically Matt's belief in God.
Matthew Jamison is an Episcopal priest. He lived in Mapleton, New York with his wife. After the Sudden Departure, Matt found himself harassed by the Guilty Remanent. A mysterious group that is intent on making people remember those who were taken during the Sudden Departure.
By the end of the second season of The Leftovers it's proven that Mary did wake up that night.
Matt eventually finds out that when he and Mary had sex, she became pregnant. The amazing, miraculous thing about that was she was never supposed to have kids. It was supposed to be physically impossible for her to become pregnant and yet she had.
This was one reason Matt believed Miracle was a special place.
This obsession ends up driving away Mary. She doesn't like how Matt doesn't let her cross the city's border for fear she will go back into a coma. Now while this makes sense from a story perspective, I'm just annoyed that after we finally get to see Mary act she leaves the show.
Kevin goes with Nora to Australia. He does this because she's doing some investigative work. To Matt this is not good news as the new 'Jesus' needs to be in Miracle on the 14th. He is able to convince two people to come and the third, the ex-wife of Kevin, joins along without Matt's invitation.
Their trip is made harder by the fact of an explosion going off, the scene of why the explosion occurred involves a naked guy and yes you get to see his penis a lot. Matt's group are able to join a private boat where Matt meets a man that goes by the name God.
And as his life went on he did things for his own ends. He did things to get attention. I know some religious people that do use their beliefs for selfish ends. Their beliefs might merely be to get told they're good people. Their beliefs might merely be to feel better than others.
This episode reminded me of the actual world in that respect.