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Friday, December 30, 2005

Lost 2.09: Finally, this is why I love Lost!

And now, nine shows into the second season, we finally return to the bread and butter of what made the pilot season of Lost so great. The freaking conspiracies and the freaking character development.

This show takes what works for them and runs with it in this show. Focusing on Kate’s background, we finally find out what she originally did to make her a criminal. She murdered her abusive step-father. Simple, no? Oh no, not for Lost. We find that her step father’s soul is somehow reaching out to her through Sawyer’s unconscious body and that a horse which helped her initial escape is now on the island. Yes my friends, this is Lost at its best.

We also find out that back in the episode which depicted all of the 48 days of the other survivors, there was a reason why Mr.Eko took the Bible they found in their hatch. Inside it contained the missing film from the orientation film that Desmond initially showed the survivors.
The film details that the computer should only be used for inputting the numbers to reset the clock and nothing else. It strictly forbids the inhabitants of the hatch from using the computer as a means to communicate with the outside world and issues a warning that this so to avoid another ‘incident’. Of course, we have Michael tinkering with the computer and suddenly we have a beep. He looks up and on the computer screen it blinks a nondescript “Hello?” He responds and finds that when he identifies himself as Michael, the computer spits back a response of, ‘Dad?’

What a great episode! Expertly woven with the time line and conspiracy on the island was the narrative of Kate’s life. The episode flowed beautifully and we finally got to see the overall story move forward a bit. We found out more about the experiment and a little bit more about one of the main characters. That is what I like. I don’t mind that they are leading us along slowly and giving us only tidbits per show, as long as we’re moving forward and the creativeness of the plots and writing is still there, I will always be a satisfied customer. However, what I didn’t like about this episode was the forced love triangle between Sawyer/Jack/Kate. And I am going to go out on a limb here and assume that Snarl is going to get in on the action as well. For the love of all that is good and sacred, stop this now. This is unnecessary and if they go forward with it, JJ is going to be forced into a template he used with Alias, which went south after its tremendous pilot season. Forced romantic encounters used to offer a different kind of tension on a show just kills the show entirely. Let’s hope this dies now and that we’re treated with another one of those really good Lost episodes the next time they air. Which should be next week! Hurrah!


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