Re-Lost Update

I originally said that Re-Lost would be back next Tuesday. That probably won’t happen for a variety of reasons…

– With a little time away, it’s become something of a hassle to continue writing up every episode. I have other things I want to watch and write. A good rule of thumb with any blog is to never force yourself to write something, or else you stop writing altogether. Well, that’s where I am now. My own personal reasoning for writing Re-Lost was to give myself something to stick to so that the ball would get rolling. Well, that’s the case now, and I’d like to stop before I get well and truly tired.

– I am enjoying rewatching  the episodes, but I’d rather do so at my own pace.

– I’m finding that I have a difficult time finding things to say about the episodes. Part of that is because it’s still pretty fresh in the public consciousness. There are a lot of Lost Re-watches going on out there, and I haven’t yet found anything really new to add to the dialog.

Will Re-Lost return? Maybe, but probably in a long-shot kind of thing. Maybe a retrospective at the end of seasons. That’s a lot less work on my part. And that’s the main rub here. Don’t want it to become a hassle unless someone is paying me for it.

Re-Lost: Exodus Part 2

Locke and Smokie

Locke looks into the heart of the Island once again.

The second part of “Exodus” opens with one of the most brilliant moments in the entire show. As Jack and the rest of what Lostpedia dubs the “A-team” goes into the Black Rock to get some very iffy dynamite, Arzt and Hurley sit outside waiting for them. While they wait, Arzt proceeds to list off a ton of complaints he has about their situation on the Island. He complains about the “in-crowd” amongst the survivors, refers to the other survivors, and asks Hurley why he hasn’t shed many pounds. It’s like several of the biggest gripes that naysayers have about the show. Doubtless many of these criticisms were present back in 2005 when this aired. How do the writers answer these questions? The blow Arzt up when he tries to handle the dynamite.  Continue reading

Re-Lost: Exodus Part 1

The hatch

What could go wrong?

Aha! Back once again after a week-long hiatus. This week we’ll hit the two-part finale of season one, and what a finale it is. Lost often saves some of its most exciting stuff for the finales. They tend to be fact-paced affairs filled with twists and revelations. The first part of “Exodus” is  no exception, but it’s also one of the strongest episodes of what is a very strong season. Continue reading

Re-Lost: Born To Run

Kate Plane

"Wait, why was that plane important again?"

In every season of Lost, the last episode before the finale is usually a big breath before diving in. It sets up a lot of the action that will take place at the end, and it’s mostly concerned with moving pieces into place. Those episodes have an uphill climb, since they are generally a lot of setup and not a lot of payoff. That’s true of “Born to Run,” but like most season one episodes, it’s more concerned about character relationships than about the actual events in the episode. There is a fair bit of setup regarding the launch of the raft (including the first appearance of Arszt), and Locke finally comes clean to Jack about the hatch. But in the end, it focuses most of all on Kate, and I think it suffers as a result. Continue reading

Re-Lost: The Greater Good

Boone's Funeral

The first of many funerals for the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815.

No one knows as much about the weight of choice as the repentant sinner. Sayid’s defining characteristic is the very dark past that he never seems to be able to escape. His pursuit of Nadia is a pursuit of an unattainable peace from the horrible things he has done. Sayid’s life is a long list of moments of compromise, where “the greater good” justifies a momentary deception or an act of violence. That’s the really interesting discussion that this episode seeks to start. Continue reading

Re-Lost: Do No Harm

Boone and Jack

The first survivor to not survive is Boone

I don’t think I’d call “Do No Harm” the best episode of Lost, but it’s one of the most important. In the context of the story, it’s a game-changer. Boone was the first of the Oceanic 815 survivors to succumb to the deadly game between Jacob and his rival. Characters in Lost frequently talk about the “rules,” particularly in later seasons. This feels like a situation where the rules change, not just for the characters and the “game” of the show, but for the program itself. It reminds me most of Edward Mars, the US Marshall who escorted Kate from Sydney. Like that situation, Boone is unlikely to survive from the get-go. But Jack can’t give up. He can’t let someone go. He has to fix them. Continue reading

Re-Lost: Deus Ex Machina

Yemi's plane

Looks perfectly safe to me...

When I first started Re-Lost, one of my purposes was to see how well Lost holds together in hindsight. A lot of people have complained that the writers “made it up as they go along.” I’ve never really understood that accusation. It shows a serious lack of knowledge about how network TV works, particularly how Lost worked in its first three seasons. Threads are added to fill time, and they can’t be tied up. Actors leave, ratings sag, and they precise plot almost HAS to be made up on the fly, to adjust to the needs of the show. It’s not a mini-series, after all. But besides that, I’ve never really seemed to me that they WERE making it up. “Deus Ex Machina,” to me, seems to lend credence to that idea. Continue reading