Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Lost Season 6

***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!

Lost Season 6 - 1 out of 5

My relationship with Lost is a complicated one, to say the least. In fact, I've often given the analogy that the show is like a real-life, romantic relationship. The first season was the honeymoon period. The relationship was new and exciting and we were very much in love. The second season brought on a change--nothing drastic but we were now in the part of the relationship were we were getting familiar with each other and the mystery and excitement we saw before, dwindled slightly--not a lot, but a little but the relationship was still strong. However, the third season was when the emotional abuse started. Lost didn't hit me but it treated me badly with its lack of development in the progression of the mythology and the addition of pointless new characters insulted my intelligence. The third season showed me that Lost was no longer interested in me. Then the fourth and fifth season hit and so did the physical abuse. The traveling into sci-fi cliches like time travel felt like I was struck in the face by someone who once told me they loved me. And then the final season hit and the abuse stopped...but the love was no longer there. Our relationship didn't end on the best note but there is no way we'll ever see each other again.

Basically what I'm saying is I was a big fan of the show when it started but once season 3 happened, the nose dive it took was faster than the Oceanic flight crashing onto the island. The characters started as dynamic mysteries that I was excited to see unfold before me but, in an effort to stretch the show out and because the writers were making it up as they went along, they all became one-dimensional cliches that would change from episode to episode in order to fit whatever background they put them in at the time. For example, the character of Kate changed nearly every episode and the writers would over-use flashbacks in order to explain why in one episode she is a independent strong criminal and in the next, she's viciously co-dependent and weak.

The characters became so annoying that it was hard to care for any of them anymore. I wanted to punch Sawyer in the face because I was tired of his generic character throwing around lame, wannabe-badass lingo and pet names and Hugo saying "dude" after every sentence stopped being endearing in season 2. In fact, the only characters I wanted to see more of at this point was Ben, Alpert and Desmond. Even in this finale season, their characters were still well written, captivating and well acted. However, I will say that Sun and Jin and their love was quite enjoyable to watch this season as well.

And on the topic of cliches, this show became one giant cliche even after the fact it showed promise of becoming something unique and original. Overused science fiction templates like time travel, spirits unable to cross over so they show themselves to certain people, alternate timelines, people with shady pasts out for redemption and heavy religious themes plagued this show after the writers seemingly stopped trying in season 3. Honestly, once time travel came into being, I threw up my hands and said, "there's no way they can come back from mediocrity now." However, ICP fans must love all the attention magnets and magnetism has in the show. For them, Lost is a miracle! (If you don't understand that joke, consider yourself lucky that you've never heard the cancer-inducing song the Insane Clown Posse created called "Miracles").

But not only does the show overuse the sci-fi cliches, the show ITSELF has become one large self-made cliche. Minor plot twists are accentuated with violin screeching and french horn crescendos in order to fool the viewer that they've actually seen something important, however, retcon be thy name in Lost as many of these things that were actually important either work out to be meaningless or resolved in a very lack luster fashion in this last season. For example, the numbers...if they weren't entered in every so many minutes, the world was going to end, remember that? Remember how it ultimately meant nothing? Or how about the Dharma Initiative? They seemed like they were going to be a big deal when it came to what the island was but turned out was basically nothing. (I'm not even going to get into the idea that the character of Jacob is the one who decides who comes on and off the island and it seemed the Dharma Initiative just showed up and left without permission.) In this season, it was no different. For example, did you know that Sayid became evil or possessed or something. What impact did it have on the overall story? Pretty much none. He was bad in one episode for 2 minutes and it seemed the writers forgot about it as he went back to normal. And let's not forget Lost's biggest cliche...the fact the show is 90% staring and panting and 10% story--and only 1% of that story is interesting after season 3.

Then there's the quick resolution to many of the elements brought into the show early in its run that the writers seemed to forget about. For example, the Adam & Eve skeletons at the cave. Their origin (which gets explained this season) feels tacked on as it seems the writers are saying, "Oh yeah, we forgot about this...we'll it's there because" and they tell you and move on.

Never have I seen a show deliver its finale season so weakly. In fact, this season was so boring, the writers would add pointless action and suspense in order to break up the dragging narrative and boring story. Another trick (also seen in other seasons) is the pointless elements added seemingly randomly to the island. These additions often come with no real clarity or reason, giving the show a random and clumsy feel at its end. For example, the "light of the island." Why didn't the characters find this before? This is even a bigger mystery after the fact Jacob tells Jack it was near where he woke up after the crash. They found a buried hatch but didn't notice the glowing cave on the island?

The final episode was able to win me back slightly after the torture the show put me through as it gives us glimpses and a near return to the quality we saw in the first season--a return to happier times in our relationship. It was nice to see the final shot of the show mirroring the opening shot but this return came too little too late as the damage to the show and its story telling was already delivered and made this finale season a terrible mediocre end to a show that started phenomenally.

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