Thursday, March 29, 2007

Worst "Lost" ever?

Admittedly, we all missed 15 minutes or so with KRDO going weather-crazy, but even so, I'm pretty confident saying that "Lost" blew big, hard chunks. So they introduced these two characters in a totally unbelievable way so that they could kill them off (presumably) in an equally unbelievable way that had nothing to do with the larger plot. What an utter waste.

Under other circumstances, the Hitchockian death scene might have been sort of chilling (assuming Vincent or somebody doesn't dig them back up in two weeks), but really it just underlined what a waste the whole thing was.

BTW, it was funny seeing Kelly MacMullan this morning telling people they could get the whole episode on the ABC Web site. I'm guessing they got a couple of calls.


At 10:39 AM, March 29, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought it was one of the best episodes of the season, to be honest. We needed a break and a little comedic tension relief after last week's Locke-out. It was nice to see older characters again too.

At 2:49 PM, March 29, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry Andrew W, you've got this one totally wrong. This has to be one of the standout episodes of the entire series. Never has there been so much revealed with so much savvy in one episode. Plus, we get to see Shannon screaming about nothing and Boone trying to jump her bones. It's nice to see the extras getting some play, even if they're dead. But wait ... ;)

At 1:59 AM, March 30, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's just a tv show, get real

At 7:11 AM, March 30, 2007, Blogger Eli the Mad Man said...

Andy's probably got his hands full over his comments about the Holly tornado weather coverage, but... Andy, dude, you're drinking way too much Hateorade.

I gotta agree with the first and second people (no clue where "It's just a tv show, get real" BS comment came from)... this was an excellent episode. The Hitchcockian (probably more like Stephen King since the writers/directors/producers of Lost are unabashed King fans) ending was just icing on the cake!

Correct me if I'm wrong here Andy, but are you saying you've never seen Nikki and Paulo (sp?) before this episode? Because that's what "They introduced these characters in a totally unbelievable way" as if this was the first time you (or we for that matter) have seen them. They've both been on the show numerous times.

This is what they call setting the stage. The whole reason they gradually brought them up as "feature" characters was to act as a catalyst for the story. Their untimely (and pretty darn cool) "death" spun some story arcs that will likely have profound implications for the rest of the regular cast. Sun finding out that Charlie was the one who kidnapped her, and that it was Sawyer's idea... that's gonna come back.

Getting to see past scenes from different perspectives was cool too. Paulo in the Pearl hatch (hiding the diamonds)and overhearing Ben and Juliette was interesting.

It really was an excellent episode.

At 7:48 AM, March 30, 2007, Blogger AndyW said...

Check this out:

Money quote: "People hated them before they even opened their mouths to say anything significant because it felt like they were crashing the party," exec producer Damon Lindelof acknowledges of the characters who were abruptly introduced last fall. "The easiest thing would have been to just write them out and forget they ever happened, like the cougar on [Season 2] of 24. But that's not Lost. We should at least own up to it."

So, while you're free to enjoy the episode, if the executive producer says the characters were introduced poorly, hated by the fans, which led to the decision to kill them off, then that's what happened.

I've blogged before about Nikki and Paulo's Rosencranz and Gildenstern qualities -- which is kind of fun. But it was still a throwaway episode.

At 9:03 AM, March 30, 2007, Blogger Eli the Mad Man said...

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At 9:09 AM, March 30, 2007, Blogger Eli the Mad Man said...

Well, you're certainly free to hate the episode... as you have virtually every one of late.

Lindelof did say that, and I agree that when they were first intro'ed it was forced, but at least they owned up to it and turned it into something worth talking about. They were buried alive in a shallow grave, which may or not may allow them to come back. It was creepy any way you look at it. But it also proved to be a pivotal moment for Sun finding out that it wasn't the Others that kidnapped her, but her own "friends." That WILL come back and be a big dynamic within the core of feature characters.

Furthermore, the TV Guide Editor did say, "But how the greedy, murderous pair died provided one of the biggest twists — and thrills — of the season."

BTW, might wanna read the comments by the readers of that site. Seems we're not the only ones who really enjoyed that episode. ;)


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