Tuesday, February 9, 2010

simply sliding between realities

it's taken a week for my thoughts on "lost" to settle. that's how mind-blowing the premiere was. as last season came to a close, i was adamantly against a reset. for one thing, i felt it would eliminate the five seasons that came before. i should have realized that there didn't need to be an either/or situation for the producers. because lost has excelled at training it's audience to follow two completely disparate storylines, showing us a reset of flight 815 and the continued story from the island is simply brilliant.

the new flash sideways structure allows us to explore both possible outcomes to the hydrogen bomb's detonation, and ultimately i think that was the absolute right decision for the show. lost will struggle to find the absolute right ending, or rather it will struggle to find the absolute right ending that will satisfy one and all. but these first two hours of the final season proved that the writers know what they're doing. and that the best thing to do is go along for the ride.


it's so nice to see sawyer again. i missed him on my screen. and it will be interesting to watch his arc this season, dealing with his intense grief brings him closer to the angry, uncaring guy he was in the first season. but we know he has changed, and it will be fascinating to watch his journey this season. meanwhile the person sawyer is on the plane is more lighthearted and flirtatious than the person he was in the pilot.


it will actually be interesting to see who emerges as leader this season. because jack is as lost as sawyer on the island, crippled by his apparent failure to reset their lives and the deaths of juliet and sayid that weigh on his conscience. jack is a fixer, and unfortunately he hasn't been able to fix the situation on the island, seemingly he's only made things worse. and this season will be about him coming back from that. hopefully, it will be interesting for once. [sorry, he's still my least favorite character.] on the plane jack is less assured, more scattered than the jack we met that first episode. in some ways it's as if the experience on the island already weighs on him, but it hasn't happened and it never will. the parallel journey will be just as fascinating to watch, because i think we will see what it is about this group of people that keeps them in each other's orbit.


ultimately that is the central conceit of the show. that is the ultimate question i would like to see answered, what is it about this group of people that caused their paths to intersect in so many ways both on and off the island, in the future, in a parallel reality, and in the past.

in the parallel reality it was nice to see a couple of familiar faces. boone. artz. frogurt. charlie.


how the lives of those who died or were left behind will be reflected in the parallel reality will be good television.

in the meantime, the show has already started getting us some answers. for one thing locke isn't locke anymore. he's dead.


the locke that has been walking around. that locke is probably the same man in black we saw talking with jacob in the fifth season finale. that locke, that man in black is also the smoke monster. yes, we FINALLY found out what the smoke monster is. and it's awesome to finally have an answer.

how notlocke will affect the passengers of flight 815 will be another thread to watch this season.



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