For this final season of “The Leftovers,” Gold Derby is presenting weekly recaps with our staff of writers and editors (watch above). This week I am once again joined by our host Riley Chow and contributing writer Amanda Spears to break down the plot twists, highlights and Emmy prospects of Season 3, Episode 5, titled “It’s a Matt Matt Matt Matt World.” (Watch our prior video recaps of Episode 1 “The Book of Kevin” and Episode 2 “Don’t Be Ridiculous” and Episode 3 “Crazy Whitefella Thinking” and Episode 4 “G’Day Melbourne”)
In “It’s a Matt Matt Matt Matt World” (written by Lila Byock & Damon Lindelof, directed by Nicole Kassell), Matt (Christopher Eccleston) is on a mission to bring Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux) back from Australia to Jarden, Texas, where he believes Kevin must be before October 14, the seventh anniversary of the Sudden Departure. Matt charters a plane to Melbourne, but after a nuclear bomb is inexplicably detonated on a French naval vessel in the Pacific Ocean, the plane is diverted to Tasmania, forcing Matt, Laurie (Amy Brenneman), John (Kevin Carroll) and Michael (Jovan Adepo) to board the Spirit of Tasmania, the ship that ferries passengers from Tasmania to Melbourne.
However, the ship has been hired out by a strange lion-worshipping sex cult. Matt encounters a man claiming to be God (Bill Camp), who throws another passenger overboard. Matt becomes obsessed with finding this man and bringing him to justice. Interrogating him, he asks why he has decided that Matt should die from his illness, and the man promises to cure him if he lets him go. Matt agrees, and the man says that he is cured. The next day, as the ship berths in Melbourne, the police find the man, attempt to take him into custody, only to have the man mauled to death by the lion kept in a cage on the boat by the sex cult.
“There was certainly a lot of nudity,” I declare, as we open up the chat about how much nudity and sex was freely depicted during this episode. “I found this episode really strange, and it took me a little while to get into it.”
“I don’t usually consider myself a prude,” Amanda added, noting that the ship should have been called “the Sodom and Gomorrah tour party boat.”
We all really loved having another Matt-centric episode to devour, and enjoyed another excellent performance by Eccleston. “I find with his episodes you don’t really know what you’re going to get,” Riley notes. “It’s just kind of a wild ride where crazy things happen.”
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