|Lost - yes, it's sucked me in enough to rant
||[May. 5th, 2010|12:36 pm]
|||||And yet I somehow don't care||]|
Okay, here's a partial rant of why Lost is losing me:
1. There are just plain too many characters in this late stage of the game, and it's confusing. Flashing between the island and the sideways makes it slightly worse, but even just within the island we have far too many people to even begin to keep track of them. Remember Ben? Miles? Richard? What are they all up to? Lots of story lines to wrap up in just a few hours.
I guess killing cast like harvesting crops is one way to cut down the numbers. But another way would have been to give some of them resolutions a while back - Rose and Bernard's "just leave us alone" is awesome and I hope they get to keep that. Not everyone has to end up dead.
2. There were several holes in this one. Smokey's plan relied on someone noticing the bomb in Jack's pack within 5 minutes of the sub launch. What if no one was wounded? Also, as it's now clear that he knew Sawyer intended to ditch him, why not let them devise a clever ruse to keep him off the explosives-laden plane and let them blow themselves up then? Even if Jack was determined not to go, he probably would have been inside helping settle things when they switched on the electrical system? For that matter, if Widmore has all these resources, why didn't he blow up the plane to prevent Smokey trying to use it to escape?
Furthermore, if one of them needs to be there to take Jacob's place, why not let them go on their merry way and escape before the island replaces Jacob? Alternatively, if the replacement doesn't actually have to be on the island for this to work, why didn't Widmore get the candidates off the island and out of Smokey's reach? It's very unclear what the requirements are, and also why Jacob hasn't made a choice, unless it's a Highlander situation and there can be only one replacement. But if that's the case, why hasn't Widmore eliminated other candidates - we've certainly seen that he is ruthless enough. I don't understand what he's up to other than lurking around doing his Terrence Stamp impression.
3. While I was most fond of Jin and Sun, their deaths completely broke my suspension of disbelief. They were talking about their daughter earlier, but Sun doesn't tell Jin to go so that she's not left an orphan - and potentially raised by Sun's father? I also have trouble believing that simply eliminating one set of Daddy's thugs has somehow freed their "flash sideways" selves from any further risk - Daddy didn't strike me as the kind who gives up that easily. So Sun and Jin have effectively become non-characters to me as they have wandered outside my (already very stretched) suspension of disbelief.
The "flash sideways" continues to stray further from any sense of continuity other than "we were all on Oceanic 815." I haven't written about this before, but last night's revision of Locke's history with his father completely tears it. Apparently the blast from last year's nuclear warhead reached back 40 years or more? I was already having a lot of trouble with the timeline in re: Jack's son being a teenager (he married at what age??) and Sawyer being an undercover cop (that at least had the flavor of being a hustler), but Locke and Daddy being chums? Really? Edit: xinamarie reminds me that the blast did happen in the 70s, so the changes are not that impossible. But I'm still wondering when Jack got married.
Also, note that the male characters all appear to get better "flash sideways" stories, while the women stayed the same. Sawyer's on the right side of the law, but Kate is still a fugitive. Hurley's money is no longer cursed, but Claire is still dealing with an unwanted pregnancy. Locke is in a wheelchair, but he has a loving wife and the possibility of walking again, while I believe Rose still has cancer. Jack is building bridges to his son, while Sun is still trying to get out from under the thumb of her father. But hey, at least on the island they are all just dead. Except Kate. Who is a token guy.
5. As for Sayid, he was already dead, so redemptive death to allow him to escape is a reasonable ending. I will give them that.
6. BUT. Didn't the creators at one time indicate that it wasn't just that the island was hell/purgatory? And yet a couple episodes ago Michael told Hurley that the voices were people who died on the island after doing bad things and couldn't escape. How does that not fit the definition of hell/purgatory?
7. (And how did an unconscious Sawyer not drown? There was no mask with that oxygen tank.)
Altogether, it's a giant mess, and I can't really fathom how they are going to satisfactorily untangle it in 3 remaining episodes, even if the last one is 2.5 hours.
Let the ranting and corrections begin.