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Thursday, October 20, 2005
TV Round-Up: Lost
Lost: "...and Found"
I hate to say it, but Lost really lost me on this one. I don't honestly mind the flashbacks of Sun and Jin and having to read the subtitles. Well, let me put it this way--I wouldn't mind if the storyline being presented wasn't so gosh-darn preditable. Not only in the flashbacks but on the island as well.

It was good that Locke could wander by and throw our his usual Locke-wisdom that happens to be the overall theme of the episode. "You'll find it only when you stop looking," Locke tells Sun, after she's ripped up the garden in frustration over losing her wedding ring. And who'd've thunk that both Sun and Jin would have stopped "looking for love in all the wrong places, looking for love in too many faces...." (Oops, sorry...went a bit karoke there! Aren't you glad that wasn't part of the podcast?) and then would happen to meet along the canal at the end. I think we all knew from the first flashback moment where this story was going and I kept hoping for a surprise or two along the way. Like maybe when Jin allows the boy inside to use the restroom, that Sun sees it, sees the compassion and integrity Jin has that the set-up guy doesn't and approaches him because of that. And for all we know, she might have seen it since we never do see her point of view on this development. But honestly, this would have been more satisfying on an emotional level than the we just happened to run into each other. And also more fitting with the not looking for the love of your life but finding it theme that seemed to be where we were going with this whole plotline.

And a huge sigh of frustration has to come in that I called that Sun's ring would be with the bottle she buried last week. And wouldn't it have been nice to have someone on the island just say that everyone's been losing weight becuase of lack of proper nutrition and no McD's on the island. One line of dialogue people! Just one line.

Now, before run and assume that I'm down on Lost like I am on Alias, I'm not. I'm just saying that this episode was predictable and trite and not what I want or expect from the show. Every show can have an off episode and I am hoping that this was it for season two. The problem is--I like Sun and Jin and so to see their characters not really given much interesting or new to explore in the flashbacks....not a big fan.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the island, Michael goes nuts and runs off into the jungle to find the Others since they've been seen in the area. Ya know, I can understand the whole paternal grief thing, but dude, you're not thinking through the plan here. I mean, what exactly does he plan to do as one guy against this group of Others who have silly things like weapons. Now, I've never had a child lost or taken from me in this way, so I can't say I'd be the most rational person around if this happened. So, maybe Michael's actions and reactions do work on some level..but it seems to me that Jin and Sawyer would get him aside and help him realize the folly of what he's doing and how it's not going to bring Walt back. Michael needs a plan and he's going to need to help getting Walt back...and that help is going to have to come from his friends.

Interesting to see that Michael considers Jin a friend, but ain't so crazy about Sawyer.

And Anna-Lucia's little merry band of castaways--boy, they sure got the wrong side of the island. Or is it that the Others have found this group and haven't had time to stumble across our group of merry little island dwellers? If this is true, Anna Lucia's taking her group to our group is only going to make the Others realize--woo-hoo, now we've got a whole new set of people to terrify, torture and do whatever-it-is-we-do to them to.

And when the two groups to merge later this year (and you know they will), there's gonna be even more wacky romantic subtext than ever. Seems Sawyer is kind of hot for Anna-Lucia and we got the admission from Kate that she might, just might have a thing for our favorite hoarder of supplies. As if the Jack/Kate/Sawyer love triangle wasn't enough, we had to muddy it up some more. Let the wackiness begin!

Of course, we have to wait two weeks for the story to continue...which last time I checked it was the fall season. Surely we should have more than five new episodes ready to air or in production. Why take two weeks offs? I mean, baseball isn't going to be THAT big a rating's draw surely....

posted by Michael Hickerson at 10/20/2005 07:44:00 AM | |
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