When one dedicates oneself to cinematographic journalism, to the informative analysis of feature films, television series and the most significant news of the global industry (provided that the target audience of the medium allows it), one of the things that one does apart from having an archive of viewings is to search for the best works of each season; without ignoring what was released in the previous ones and that could have been lost. To separate the grain from the chaff with honest criteria, in short. Y Station Eleven (Patrick Somerville, 2021), without a doubt, it is not straw.
The miniseries adaptation of the novel written by Emily St. John Mandel (2014) is revealed to be one of the juiciest of last year. Its ten episodes they build a strange polyhedral drama like someone who is putting together a puzzle in which the pieces, always interesting and placed with a non-linear narrative, are decisive moments in the lives of characters like Kirsten Raymonde (Matilda Lawler and Mackenzie Davis), Jeevan Chaudhary (Himesh Patel), Clark Thompson (David Wilmot), the Prophet (Daniel Zovatto) or Miranda Carroll (Danielle Deadwyler).
Thinking about ‘The Leftovers’ when watching ‘Estación Once’
Those of us who enjoy so much with that wonderful madness that is The Leftovers (Damon Lindeloff and Tom Perrotta, 2014-2017), which is also based on a novel with the same name of the second (2011), we recognize certain ingredients of its essence in Station Eleven. both tell the psychological and emotional consequences of a horrific event occurred on a global scale for its protagonists, for example; in the one created by Patrick Somerville, much more devastating despite its luminous spirit to a greater degree.
The two fictions address the different perspectives held by those who remain before what happened. The Leftovers, as for the terrible paths of the faith; Y Station Eleven, like Damon Lindeloff and Tom Perrotta, about hope, the weight of the past and what to do with the future. In both there is excessive pain, sectarian elections and amazing proposals in certain episodes: “International Assassin” (2×08) and “The Most Powerful Man in the World (and His Identical Twin Brother)” [3×07], at one, and “Goodbye My Damaged Home” (1×07), in the other.
The work of their casts is delicious. Like the one that made Kevin Garvey (Justin Theroux), Nora Durst (Carrie Coon), Matt Jamison (Christopher Eccleston), Laurie Garvey (Amy Brenneman), John Murphy (Kevin Carroll) or the incredible Patti Levin (Ann Dowd) unforgettable. But the most relevant in what they resemble The Leftovers Y Station Eleven is that its writers know how to cause us great astonishment by eccentric decisions they take and, especially, because both television series, on HBO Max, have the extraordinary virtue of the unpredictable.