#ToddyAwards2017: TV Shows
We are truly living in a golden age of television. With the decline audiences going out to theaters, a lot of film talent have been dipping their toes into television the garner more eyeballs on their work. This has produced an overwhelming number of quality tv shows and a lot of big names starring in and directing excellent content. This year saw me overloading on comic book shows and British comedies and crime dramas. Granted, that doesn’t really show on my year-end list. That’s a testament to the quality of tv shows that were on air in 2017.
I had gotten about 4 chapters into the Tom Perrotta novel when the show first aired. The apocalyptic overtones of the show were the things that drew me to both the show as well as the book. And even though David Lindeloff said specifically we’d never know what actually happened, it was still the reason I tuned in the entire first season. By the end of second season, I realized I was witnessing something incredible that proably wouldn’t be appeciated until the show was long gone. The entirety of the 3rd and final season was a love letter to the characters as well as the fans. What we got wasn’t an end with answers, it was a final season of showing it was ok not to know what happened an that life would go on.
In a global cataclysm, “The Sudden Departure,” 140 million people disappeared without a trace. Three years later, residents of Mapleton, N.Y., try to maintain equilibrium when the notion of “normal” no longer applies. Intense grief has divided families and turned faith to cynicism, paranoia, and madness, leading some of the traumatized to join the Guilty Remnant, a cultlike group. Kevin Garvey, a beleaguered police chief, must keep the peace between townspeople and the cult, a task made tougher with concern about his kids. His daughter alternates between apathy and rebellion, and his wayward son befriend a charismatic prophet.