The Leftovers: “Solace for Tired Feet” Season 1 Episode 7 Review

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Solace for Tired Feet confused me about the overall quality of the show. With the last two episodes being so strong, this one felt so weak. It wasn’t a bad hour of television, but it was certainly the first entry of The Leftovers that left me feeling empty.

Even the rough episodes were at least provocative. This one is just, well, boring. Kevin faces two very opposing storylines this week.

The most significant is the escape of his father from the mental hospital. After Kevin Sr.’s fateful run in with his granddaughter Jill, his son goes on the hunt. This story was weighted with so many of Kevin’s other issues. One of his signature blackouts causes him some trouble with Jill and Aimee.

But now Kevin and Nora are an actual item, several weeks passing between the previous episode and this one. They work well together, but the relationship can’t help but feel a bit forced simply due to the lack of screentime it has gotten prior to this entry.

Meanwhile, Tom continues his weird mission for Holy Wayne, a character that was only ever used well in the previous episode in the scene he shared with Nora. The fact that there are more couples like Tom and Christine is interesting, but the characters on this side of the show still need a tremendous amount of work.

It all led to a pretty mediocre outing for The Leftovers. Some stuff, mostly relating to Kevin, worked, while some stuff, everything relating to Tom, didn’t. As we enter the end of the season, hopefully the show can deliver the quality content we’ve gotten used to over the last few weeks. Grade: B-

By Matt Dougherty

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