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Wednesday, September 21, 2005
Tonight, tonight, Lost returns tonight!
Fresh off the win for best drama series, Lost returns tonight for its sophomore season. (Don't forget, ABC has moved the show to 8 p.m. CST, an hour later than last year).

And there's a whole lot of buzz going on for the show as it enters the second season. Who is joining the cast? Who might be leaving or killed off? What's in the hatch? Will we get any answers?

There seem to be two very divided camps when it comes to Lost these days. There are those who felt that the season finale promised a lot of answers but really failed to deliver on those promises and then there are those who say--don't worry, they have a plan, let's just go along for the ride and see where all this goes.

I'll be honest with you here--I thought last year's season finale was pretty good. It doled out a few answers but raised a lot more questions and while I was frustrated at the time at the apparent lack of resolution as to what was in the hatch, I have to admit it was nice to speculate during the summer on just what would happen next. (To go back to Star Trek, it was a DS9 type cliffhanger where the storyline leaves you what will unfold next and not the "Holy s***! how are they going to get out of that?!?" cliffhanger we had in most of the TNG cliffhangers (esp. Best of Both Worlds, Part 1))

And I do think Lost has found a good middle ground of giving us answers to burning questions. It's not the slow, four steps forward, eight steps back the later years of The X-Files got to be but it's also not the everything and the kitchen sink in one giant episode that we got in the early seasons of Alias. Instead, I have confidence, that the producers and writers have an idea of where this all might go and how they're going to get there. Not that that it can't change as the series continues--such as we saw happen on Babylon Five when Michael O'Hare left after one season or in season three of Buffy when Joss Whedon realized Trick just wasn't cutting it compared to Spike and killed off the character mid-season and shifted the villian plotline to the Mayor. But I don't think the show has lost anything just yet and I will admit I'm in for the long haul of seeing how this all plays out.

Now, I don't expect a lot of huge, earth shattering answer tonight. I've heard rumors we see inside the hatch and what's there. I expect it to be one of those things where we go, "Oh, of course" and that it will raise three or four other interesting mysteries to explore as the season goes along. But I can say, I don't want a definitive answer of where they are and why just yet...I'm enjoying the ride and finding out where it all might go. Also, I know that there are those who are TV watchers who will start looking for signs of a fin in the water and all I can say is--stop. Let's just enjoy it and not keeping looking for ways to destroy the show, but instead just enjoy the ride.

And to answer the biggest question I know none of you have--yes, I will do my recaps of Lost after each new episode....

posted by Michael Hickerson at 9/21/2005 02:45:00 PM | |
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