In HBO’s ‘Leftovers,’ every detail exploded with significance (COMMENTARY)

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A scene from Episode 20 (season 2, episode 10/season finale) of "The Leftovers" with Liv Tyler and Chris Zylka. Photo by Van Redin, courtesy of HBO

A scene from Episode 20 (season 2, episode 10/season finale) of "The Leftovers" with Liv Tyler and Chris Zylka. Photo by Van Redin, courtesy of HBO

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(RNS) The genius of the show is not that nothing is magical, it's that everything is. Every reference to a song or book, every passing allusion to literature, every lingering shot on some trivial paper towel rack -- every single tiny detail was exploding with significance.