Phenomenon Lost

October 19, 2006

Okay, we are three episodes into the third season of the television show, Lost. Over the first two seasons, I tagged this show as the best fully-serialized television show ever.

(And by fully-serialized, I basically mean that it is a show that you had to watch every week. On most shows, details change: characters get fired, clues get added to the conspiracy, and people fall in love. But you turn on the television, and the gang is hanging out in the bar, or the new case gets placed upon the desk, and the show starts anew)

Every episode had me eagerly waiting for the next week so more pieces of the puzzle could be added, more mysteries would be solved, and more intrigue established. I can’t say that anymore.

One of my favorite (sports) columnists is Bill Simmons, and he once talked about the first season of Friends. He said that basically, the first season of Friends didn’t try to be a sit-com, it went beyond that, showing the true inter-personal relationships of people who hang around each other too much. That once it tried to be a sit-com, it became more mediocre.

(He said it much more eloquently than that.)

But you can say the same basic gist is true for Lost. The first season was tremendously exciting, because neither the writers nor the show actually told you what type of show this was: survival television, science fiction, action-adventure, psychological thriller… it left you guessing.

The second season successfully was all of these at once. And it was really thrilling, until the last few episodes.

This season and the last, you get the feeling that the writers and creators of Lost, didn’t like the direction they were going, or felt like they were painted in the corner by the current direction. So, they tried their best to ‘fix’ these things, and in the same time, focus on one specific aspect of their story, “The Others”.

Okay, so over the last 3 episodes, the show has become a total action-adventure show. In fact, it has not only ignored these other genres and stories, it has gone away from the one thing that truly made it unique, the ensemble cast: the past three episodes has focused on small groups of the survivors, rather than the group as a whole.

And the previews for next week, seem to be more of the same.

So, is this a cry stating that I’m never going to watch the show, that it is terrible, how the mighty have fallen, and how the shark has been jumped…

No.

It is still a good action adventure show with some mystery elements thrown in for good measure. But the phenomenon is over. The edge of your seat riding, unique, television phenomenon is done. I don’t think they can get it back.

I will enjoy it. I probably will be pulled in by cliff-hangers that one day make me wait in anticipation for the next episode, but that initial love has fallen away.

It’s just a television show.

Namaste,.

Robert


New Direction for Lost

October 5, 2006

Well…well…well…

I liked the episode better than I thought I would. I hated how Season 2 ended. I just felt like they decided to rip up all of the parts of Lost that they were bored with: Michael & Walt, Anna Lucia, Libby, the Hatch, Locke’s Obsession, Charlie’s estrangement and dark path.

So they just blew up the Hatch, captured Jack, Sawyer, and Kate, and sent Michael and Walt on their merry way. (good, cause Michael was getting boring).

Alias used to do this all the time, when the writers/creators got bored with something, they just blew everything up, threw in new situations that were remarkably like what happened the previous season, and hoped that the viewers would stick with it.

Just left me frustrated, and the distance of the summer left me cold on the return of the series, whereas last year I couldn’t wait for the new episodes to begin.

So with that said, the first episode of the new season was pretty good:

I liked the insight that The Others have into Jack. Juliet’s line, “I don’t think you’re stupid, Jack. I think you’re stubborn.” Dead on.

The interaction with “Zeke” and Sawyer was great. “Only took the bears 2 hours.”

Kate’s vulnerability (plus seeing her in the shower, yum), was really on display. Tho it seemed like Ben/Henry was singling her out. Maybe cause she’s a draw to both Jack and Sawyer.

Wasn’t thrilled. Not enough answers. I’d like to know what “The Others” want with them, why they took blood samples, and maybe a purpose for Jack and Juliet’s interaction. Why each one was in their respective prisons.?

General Comments

* Why do the writers see the need to kill the Jack – Sawyer – Kate love triangle. Why not let the characters decide (in the script I mean) than bring in someone else? It didn’t work with Anna Lucia…. so why with Juliet?

* Several people are saying that the Steven King book in the early part of the show was The Stand. I froze the screen with my DVR (Comcast’s version of Tivo), and it was Carrie not The Stand. (tho the discussion lent itself to The Stand)

* Kate looked traumatized on her going to the cage. More than just what we saw. And I don’t remember her wrists being bruised before having breakfast.

* I think the person who was fixing the heating in Juliet’s house was Ethan. That might make things tense between her and Jack and maybe Charlie

* Does it make sense that Ben/Henry was so easily captured by Rouseau’s traps, when he’s kindof a leader of the group? He delegated tasks to Ethan and Goodman, but then he’s wandering through the jungle by himself? It doesn’t make sense.

* They better have a good explanation on how they know who Jack is. Not how they got the information, but how did they know he was Jack Shepherd. Or how Sawyer was James Ford.

Anyway, I’m not like going…. LOST IS BACK BABY!!!!!

But I did enjoy it. I’m done worrying about the direction or about if the questions are going to be answered logically. Or that they’re not just skipping the parts they don’t like.

Good enough… gone!

Robert


For any Lost fans… (or A-Team Fans for that matter)

August 11, 2006

Here’s the funniest link. If you’ve seen the television show Lost, it will make more sense, but funny for anyone to see, really…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tni4h7kRb-k

Very good stuff….