Thursday, February 04, 2010

LOST thoughts

**LOST season premiere spoilers will appear below**

We watched the premiere of LOST last night. I wasn't disappointed. There were plenty of bloodied people screaming other bloodied people's names. Plenty of incomplete, cryptic dialogue. Plenty of shots where the camera didn't show a key person in the frame so you were left to guess who he/she was. And plenty of Sawyer and Juliet drama, WHICH I DON'T BUY FOR A SECOND, thank you very much.

All in all, it looks like we've got a great setup for the final season, with parallel (?) timelines. I have to admit, I am really intrigued by the timeline where the plane didn't crash. Seeing Charlie and Kate and Sawyer again in all their unredeemed turpitude was moving. So was seeing Jack and Desmond and Sayid wallowing in all their untested potential. It was also nice to get a glimpse of the old Locke, before we knew what a crazy rascal he would turn out to be.

The thing is, though, as much as I like the show - and I like it very much - it will never be as cool as it used to be. That's because no matter what the Big Answers are, no matter what resolution the show comes to that will  resolve all our questions, it can never match up with the expectations we all had. An unseen monster that made clicking noises and knocked down palm trees? A four-toed statue? Polar bears in a tropical jungle? In those early seasons, I was sure there was going to be a cohesive explanation for all of these things, and it was going to be oh so terribly AWESOME.

But now I realize that there's no way the show's resolution can live up to that hype. The mystery will remain more intriguing than the answers could ever be.

So I've accepted that fact and moved on, ready to appreciate whatever the show gives me as best as I can. How about you?


Jeremy Palmer said...

I am enjoying Lost again. I loved the first and second seasons. The third was ok until the finale. The fourth was aweful. Fifth was better. I really got into the lore and mystique of Lost in the first two seasons. Viewing now is more entertaining than intriguing. I really do like some of the personalities on the show. I love Said and Hugo.

B-Rad said...

I used to love "Lost," but I quickly became disenchanted with all the time-travel, far-fetched science, and bad acting by the Dharma Initiative people. The hatch with Desmond inside was very intriguing, but it quickly went downhill from there with all the other story lines. Unfortunately I cannot stop watching it since I've spent so many hours watching every other episode. It's very similar to the time that Andrea and I borrowed one of my brother's "24" DVDs, watched a couple of episodes and couldn't stop until we finished them all no matter how ridiculous and outlandish each episode was. Once "Lost" is over, I'm only going to watch "60 Minutes," "CBS Sunday Morning," "NBC Nightly News," "PBS Night Business Report," "The Office," and sports on TV.

Liz Johnson said...

As a birthday present to Chris, I promised to watch "Lost" on Tuesday without making any disparaging or sarcastic remarks. That said, we watched the re-cap show, and I was surprised at how little I had missed by entirely skipping 2.5 seasons (the 2nd half of season 2 through season 4, and I watched season 5 sporadically).

Bridget said...

Brad, I am very sympathetic to your opinion, but I held on even during the crazy time travel stuff. I hope I won't be too disappointed.

Liz, what a nice birthday present. I agree that while it is nice to know all the particulars of the time travel situation, it actually isn't necessary. Anymore. Last season I think you would have been pretty lost.

Jonathan said...

I'm glad I got you all hooked on that show! I watched on the internet the other night until late and slept in and was late to work for the 1st time ever! I was wondering if you two were still into it. What else is up?

Bridget said...

Yes, Jonathan, we are still hooked and it's all because of you. :)

Suzanne Bubnash said...

Jeremy, the 4th season was aweful? I'll have to watch!


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