Friday, February 29, 2008

Lost - be careful what you wish for

I don't mean to rain on the parade, but last night's episode shows the promise and the problems that viewers are going to face over the next three seasons. Yeah, it feels really good to finally get answers, but pretty quickly those answers start to feel pat. Empty. Hollow. It's inevitable.

Take Faraday's deus ex machina about how Desmond needed to find an anchor. Could this anchor be a person? Why yes, I suppose it could. It was all tied up in a neat bow. And that made for a nice, tidy, nearly self-contained episode. But it's not a construct built to withstand intense scrutiny.

And I know, it's fiction, but because these answers have been built up for so long, it's only natural that the audience's expectations are sky-high. Also, I think it's only natural that the mysteries have more gravitas than the answers ever will. That's just human nature, to be intrigued by the unknown.

Otherwise, pretty cool episode. We're reminded for the first time this season why Desmond is such a cool character, we get to see the boat and meet some of the folks on it, we get a few hints about Ben's mole (there was some speculation that the mole was Ghost boy and that that whole thing about $3.2 million was a code, but now I'm not sure... depends on the timing, right?).


At 9:20 AM, February 29, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey andy...i kinda agree with some of your post..but i think you missed one essential part...LOST at its core is always about the human element-redemption, revenge, restoration,(the three R's)-toss in all the quantum physics, the time travel paradox the electro magnetism etc and you boil it down and you get....LOVE! i thought it was great that a PERSON was the anchor..the time shifting was great though...and yes you are so right that the mystery will always have more gravitas...still this show proves what TV can be when you really try! deal or no deal this show ain't! good review ..

At 12:58 PM, February 29, 2008, Blogger AndyW said...

Oh emotionally sure it's great to have a person be the anchor. I just don't think it helps the suspension of disbelief. I mean, why not a dog? Why not your favorite book? Why not your own smiling, narcissistic visage in the mirror (not yours, just, you know, somebody's)?


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