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TV Round-Up: Lost
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What is it with shows this week and marking time until the season finales come next week? Monday it was 24 and here it's Lost.

We finally find out what happened to Michael during the time he was gone--he was captured by the Others, held prisoner and made a deal to exchange Henry for Walt. I guess it's good that we got some confirmation of it and I'll give you that it was nice to see how absolutely desparate Michael has become to get Walt back and how far that will take him. It does mirror the desparation we saw in the flashbacks last year.

But I'm a bit stunned that no one in the group except Sayid picked up on the fact that Michael was a bit too insistent we do it "my way or no way at all." I figured out very early that his request that it be he, Jack, Sawyer, Kate and Hurley who went to hunt down the Others was a bit off. And it does make me wonder--what do the Others want with this group? Why are they chosen? What strategic value do they have to the Others? Or is it an attempt to separate what they perceieve as the leadership of the group? Or is it because Locke is one of the "good ones" and they want to remove some of the obstacles from his path to leading the group of castaways?

So many questions....so few answers.

Meanwhile, Eko has settled into his new duty as the puncher of the buttons, Charlie found the stash of drugs and the guns and it appears Charlie and Claire are on the path to reconciliation. Or was her taking his hand at the funeral just one of those moment of grief type of things. Sort of like in High Fidelity with our hero and the girlfriend hook up after the funeral. It's not that Claire has forgiven Charlie so much as in the face of the death of two people she knew, she's reaching out for something comfortable and familiar. I wonder how long this new found hand holding will last, even though we did see Charlie throw all the statues with drugs into the ocean. You have to figure that is going to come back to haunt them at some point since we made such a big deal about Jack using the drugs to help with the pain Libby had last week after being shot by Michael.

Which now that I think about it--I hope next week Jack starts to think about Sayid's suspicions and put it together with Libby's death bed last word and put the clues together. I guess that's a hard part about knowing more than the characters do (same thing on 24). We can get frustrated that our heroes haven't put all the pieces of the puzzle together and figured it all out because we, the audience, know all the details. I found myself thinking--Jack, the clues are all right there, man...but then again, they may not be to Jack.

He may be too distracted by everything else going on or blinded by his friendship with Michael.

And it was interesting to see Locke sitting on the outside of the funerals. He didn't come in and make a speech or even show up. It seems he's becoming less and less the conscience of the island that he was last year.

And what's the boat? I mean other than a way to make us all tune in next week....

Where'd it come from? Is it Desmonds? And will it lead the group off the island? Seems like the boat is a bit small to carry everyone from the crash, so who will get to go on it? And does it bring a whole new set of castaways to the island?

Lots of questions with few answers. I'm hoping next week's two-hour season finale will begin to answer some of these questions. But I have a feeling that for every one question answered, we'll get two more new questions to keep us guessing during the long summer hiatus.

Oh and I still stick by my assertation that Henry is the big leader the Others all refer to so reverently. It makes sense that they'd want to trade someone as valuable as Walt for him.

Also, Michael apparently missed every TV show and movie made in the past 20 years since he seems to think the Others will somehow honor their side of the bargain. Did he miss that part of Empire Strikes Back where Darth Vader keeps changing the deal for Londo to betray his friends? I'm pretty sure that was kept in the special editions...

posted by Michael Hickerson at 5/18/2006 08:21:00 AM | |
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