It’s always special to me when a beloved song from the past shows up in a contemporary work.
Simon and Garfunkel’s ballad “Homeward Bound” was skillfully used in the finale of a recent HBO series “The Leftovers”. (Spoiler Alert)
It is a thought-provoking work from the mind of Damon Lindelof, who entertained and confused us for years with “Lost”; this story based on a Tom Perrotta novel.
It addresses many of the same themes, with a particular emphasis on the sadness and desperation that often presents itself, a condition of the human experience. It also deals with hope, adaptation and redemption of the characters who remain after a mysterious departure of 2 % of the world population.
There is no attempt to explain the phenomenon, why some were taken, some left behind. There is no real reason to explain.
What I was left with at the end of the series can be reflected in this image of Kevin Garvey, the lead character portrayed brilliantly by Justin Theroux.
After all he has been through, including two separate purgatory-like experiences that resulted in his return to life, he is reunited with what matters.
His family. His home.
Not a physical home, which is a dilapidated $3 million structure in a town that is no longer a place of peaceful refuge.
His home is this group of confused, disturbed, emotion-filled humans that share his life path. That is the only message that truly matters.
“I don’t understand what’s happening here.” “Me neither,” says Kevin peacefully. “It’s OK.”
For the rest, they will “Let the Mystery Be”.