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For everyone else - Ok, so I finished watching the entire Lost series. A number of people told me that as an X-Files fan, I would like Lost. So I’m going to jot down a bunch of thoughts and welcome discussion—if any of the “unsolved” stuff was resolved and I missed it, please chime in. :o
Most of this is critical, so it will seem like I didn’t like it, but if it’s possible to like a show that is full of holes, this is it (although I can’t see rewatching it).[LIST]
*]I do think it is probably the best thing since X-Files, although I’ve not watched too much TV since then.
*]The scenery is cool.
*]They had many pro-Catholic themes from time to time.
*]The acting was very good all around. With the exception of a few characters, it was all-around excellent.
*]My favorite characters were Sayid and Desmond. They were always engaging. Desmond was so intense at times and he did it so well. And Sayid’s history was different than the others who were all social misfits—his past was more dark and not socially-related so much.
*]The pace was generally good within each episode.
*]The dialogue was almost never corny, although they had so many repeat “lines” throughout the show like: “And why would I do that?” after someone gives a suggestion or command.
*]But this show was not nearly as good as X-Files.
*]To me, the X-Files mastered the art of the “teaser” - the beginning of each episode before the credits that generates enough mystery in the viewer to react: “I want to see what happens next!” The problem with Lost, is that it is almost exclusively teaser with little to no payoffs. It felt like the writers were flying by the seat of their pants with no clear direction in mind.
*]For instance, the “button” you push every 108 minutes was intriguing. There’s so much “why” about it. And then the payoff in a later season is that it needs to be pushed to prevent some electromagnetic reaction that could destroy the world or at least crash airplanes. Despite that, the leaders of the Dharma Initiative never tell the button-pushers why they have to push the button other than “it saves the world.” It bordered on the ludicrous. They leave such a dangerous fate in the hands of a psychology test and hopefully the subjects will comply or at least not fall asleep.
*]In season 1, Ethan is apparently so adept and covert that he can sneak into the camp and kill anyone he wants, which he does. Yet for some reason he demands that Claire be handed over.
*]In the episode of Charlie’s death, it was terribly choreographed. First he shuts the door in on himself when he could have easily walked outside the room first and then shut the door. And second, the Russian guy decides that the way to kill Charlie is not to toss the grenade into the open room. No. He decides to drag his bleeding self out of the room, into the ocean, swim to the porthole where Charlie is, and commit Kamikaze. What.
*]Danielle turns Ben over to the group - and we later learn she knows full-well who he is. Yet she never bothers to tell any of them anything other than “don’t believe him.”
*]Too much of the “suspense” was artificially created by unreasonable behavior. For instance, at the end of season 3 when Jack is about to contact the ship on the satellite phone, Ben and Locke are both like, “Jack, don’t call that ship! If you do, everyone dies!” There was plenty of time to explain in a few sentences why that would be. It was just ridiculous behavior that only served to keep the viewer watching to find out “why”.
*]Ben strangles Locke, and yet the autopsy apparently shows that Locke hung himself.
*]In Recon, Smoke-Locke tells James/Sawyer that he had to kill everyone at the temple and that he offered them a chance to leave peacefully (again without telling them why). And he said he just wanted to get off the island and those people think they are protecting the island from him, so it’s either kill or be killed. (even though Smoke-Locke can’t really be killed as Sayid stabbing him showed).
*]The “numbers” are never explained.
*]How does Jacob get around in the world and know stuff like exactly when Locke goes out the window?
*]So the “Others” wanted Walt because?? He had some powers of some kind? Yet we are not told what experiments they did and then they let him go? Walt and Michael are the only 2 people “allowed” to leave the island yet we get no detail as to why.
*]Kidnapping the children in seasons 1-2 never comes into play or explained.
*]Some say that the ending of the show means Jack was dead and it was his dream. If someone wants to defend that feel free. I take it as an “alternate” universe branching in 2 directions from 1977 onward.
*]Alternate universe Sayid ends up with Shannon who Boone said just used older guys for a while. Not a very good ending for him, considering his true love was that other woman.
*]Also in the alternate universe, shouldn’t Alex have flashback visions to her “island life” like everyone else did? And won’t hers be of betrayal by her surrogate father who she now admires and invites over for dinner as her favorite professor? Everyone else has fond memory flashbacks of their corresponding associates. She would have had horrible memories, and instead she had none.
*]This one might stir up some people here, but the portrayal of women was frequently “testosteronic” for lack of a better word. Kate, Ana Lucia, Juliet, and Ilana all beat up or punch out men to unconsciousness with some frequency. Although believe it or not, I wouldn’t put Rousseau in that category because she used a weapon or traps.
*]The pylons apparently keep people and the smoke monster our. But people get around this like when Kate & co. climb a tree and go over it. Apparently the smoke monster never thought to do this?
[/LIST]If I think of anything else, I’ll post it. :o