I started this post on LOST last week and then never had time to finish it. I liked the second episode last night a little better, but so much of it this season is over-the-top far-fetched (not like smoke monsters and polar bears WEREN’T far-fetched), that it’s a bit annoying. I guess that’s what they have to do in order to answer all the questions that have been raised over the past five seasons. Anyway …
Because I’m not a fiction writer (although I kind of hope I will be someday), I’ll probably do a poor job of making writing analogies in this post, but I really need to talk about the premiere of Lost and how terrible I thought it was. First, let me say that I am a HUGE fan of Lost. I’ve never missed an episode, although I am not one of those fanatics who has seen every episode multiple times, who reads the chat forums, and who knows every last detail and clue. I would like to be, but I don’t have the time. So, along those lines of my not remembering every detail, and of only half watching the pre-premiere summary, I have no idea if we knew about the temple beforehand. But here are my thoughts on the rest of the show.
Jack in LA-that’s where we expected the show to go. We knew when Juliette blew the island up that they’d land in Los Angeles and go on living without having met each other (otherwise, no show, right?). My thought was that the series would revolve around them somehow meeting up despite not having met and somehow all coming together, and possibly to the island, anyway. As though it were their destiny. We are following that storyline, but it seems to be an alternate reality to the on-the-island story-line, and an alternate reality is a bit off-the-deep-end for me. (The fact that Juliette says “It worked” suggests that it is the REAL reality, and yet, how did she know it worked BEFORE she died, when she told Sawyer she had something to tell him?) It’s all bets off in this season – anything goes – and it’s boring when people who die come back to life because there’s no longer any emotional investment, like there was when the others died (Libby, Ana Lucia, Danielle, Alex, Charlie …)
If I have to see Jack desperately try to bring someone back to life while someone else stands next to him and says, “Stop, Jack. He’s gone” again, I’m going to scream. We GET it. We get that Jack has issues, that he desperately wants to save lives, to do the right thing, to make up for his past mistakes and to prove he’s a winner, not a loser.
The whole good vs. evil thing – the gray-haired friend of Jacob who was sitting next to him on the beach and wanted to kill him is a shape-shifter. He can make himself John Locke, he can make himself the evil human-killing smoke, he can make himself anyone or anything. Jacob is the God-like figure on the island. This guy is Satan. He was God’s friend, but then he got greedy, so God cast him out and he became Satan, always at war with God. We’ve read Paradise Lost. We get it. (yawn) and the fact that he can turn himself into anyone or anything opens the show up to all kinds of possibilities – when Danielle’s daughter appeared to Locke, was that him? When Christian and Claire appeared, was that him? Who and what and when was it him and not the person we thought it was? What’s annoying about this gimmick is the producers can use it to explain anything from the past by saying that it didn’t really happen, that it was HIM, whoever he is. I don’t know his name.
The temple. Yet ANOTHER group of strange people who have secrets and want to kill others on the island? When does it end? First there was Danielle, then the Others, then the Dharma Initiative, then the people on the ship (Farraday, Miles, and their military gang), then the French group, then Ilana’s gang, now the people at the temple headed by a Japanese guy, a wizard, and the stewardess from the back of the plane. More mysteries – this water – why do they drown Sayid? Why does Sayid come back to life? It was so predictable that he was going to come back to life – because unlike Juliette, whom they buried instantly, they left Sayid lying out, uncovered, on the floor – just waiting for him to sit up and talk.
What else annoyed me about the premiere? I liked seeing Charlie in the bathroom and Boone (and Frogurt and Artz) on the plane, but where was Shannon? Why wasn’t she with Boone? And where was everyone else? Jack walked up and down the aisles – wouldn’t we have seen Ana Lucia, Libby, the annoying couple who got buried alive? Walt? Michael? …
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That was as far as I got with that post. And last night’s episode had some interesting twists – Claire “infected” (Danielle used to talk about how she killed her husband because he was infected, but that was SO long ago that it’s difficult for us to make that connection. Why didn’t they show her saying that in the previews at the beginning of the episode?) and Ethan treating the pregnant Claire in the hospital the same way he did on the island, only with a very different intent.
By the way, I don’t remember the prison break or Kate punching the guard out. Can someone remind me when that happened? And the temple – is it new or was it mentioned in previous seasons? What do you think? Was the premiere as annoying to you as it was to me?