Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Lost preview

Last night, ABC re-ran last season's Lost finale. There are now two big questions on everyone's mind, the first being, did the bomb "work"? Or, is the plane still going to crash?

One of, if not the best, all-time Lost scenes was the first scene of Season 2, where we meet Desmond in the hatch. Appart from the time travel, that was probably the single most game-changing moment in the entire series. So we know Lost likes to open with a bang (last season's opener introduced the time travel aspect). My prediction, this season will open with the whole gang getting on the plane in Sydney and flying to L.A. In other words, no plane crash. So in that sense, blowing up the island in the 1970's "worked" from the stand point that the plane never crashed. But clearly this group had conections, or a destiny. A great season would be the group landing in L.A., but then spending the season connecting to each other anyway, or fullfilling their destinies. The problem with this approach, however, is that none of the questions about the island would be answered. I guess they could make it to the island for some other reason.

Remember, it was Fariday's idea to set off the bomb and change the future. Maybe Miles was right last night when he questioned if this idea would work. I always suspected that Fariday wanted to reverse history just so his girlfriend, Charlotte, wouldn't die from the time-travel sickness.

The second big question, of course, is whether or not we'll get a satisfactory ending. I think they'll spend all season building to the "big tell" (and high ratings) which will come in the finale. In other words, they won't possibly have the time to tie up all of the loose ends. But a great explanation of the what and why (and the when?) should alleviate concerns over a few loose ends. But it better not be purgatory and I don't want to see Suzanne Plushette or Jackie Childs.


Dave Zahniser said...

In this morning's USA Today, executive producer Damon Lindelof is quoted as saying, "we're taking on some of the [big questions] right out of the gate. It would be a huge mistake to wait until the final episodes of the series to start to answer these questions . . . because the entire season is predicated on beginning to answer them in the premiere."

Scutch said...

Dude, I just read this post today. Except for the parallel track of what is happening on the island, you nailed it. I cannot wait to see how the two story lines are going to mesh.

Dave Zahniser said...

I told someone I got it half right. But the flaw in my theory was that it wouldn't explain all the island stuff. Hopefully, this new flash sideways will allow them to wrap up all the questions, but I'm skeptical.