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

Re-Lost: Numbers

Hurley
Hurley in da house.
Special guest columnist! While I’m in exotic Branson, MO, my sister Jamie Wright will take you through today’s Re-Lost. Enjoy!
I was pretty excited when I realized that this was the episode Nate wanted me to review, because the numbers are one of my favorite Lost mysteries. In addition, it’s the first Hurley episode. The first time around, I remember feeling like a Hurley episode was long overdue at this point. I still feel that way. I’m not sure what took so long, whether the show creators didn’t expect Hurley to be as popular as he was or what. Either way, I’m glad Hurley finally got his own flashbacks, and I’m doubly glad they ended up being so awesome. Continue reading

Re-Lost: In Translation

Jin

Jin can't read this caption.

Jin is one of my favorite characters on Lost, because his language barrier makes him a perpetual outsider. His actions are inscrutable to those around him, because he can’t express everything that’s going through his head. In the very good “House of the Rising Sun,” we were finally given some insight into Jin and how he works, and “In Translation” continues that same arc. And a curious thing occurred to me while watching the show. By making Jin incapable of understanding and speaking English, the show basically put us in the same position as the other Losties. We don’t understand why Jin is so protective of Sun. We don’t know why his rivalry with Michael is so strong. It’s only when we get to see and hear things from his perspective that the pieces finally come into place. It’s like looking on two different sides of soundproof glass, and I loved it. Continue reading

Re-Lost: Outlaws

Derpy Sawyer

If Josh Holloway reads this blog, he'll wish I'd found a better picture.

I complained last time that at this point in Season 1, Lost seemed to be spinning its wheels, unable to proceed with anything the audience has much interest in. Well, “Outlaws” doesn’t even try to advance the overall plot of the show. It exists almost entirely as a standalone character study, aside from some housekeeping from last episode. (Apparently, Charlie was as surprised by his own actions as we were.) But I don’t necessarily mind standalone episodes, if they can give us some good stuff to chew on. And “Outlaws” gives us some terrific stuff. Continue reading