Lost Season 3 Review

This article is the third is a series reviewing the television show Lost.

Read the first review here.

Read the second review here.

lost3Season 3 is back to basics: each episode has a specific plot and a central character with a specific flashback.  This flashback both adds to the current storyline and adds a layer of depth to a character.  Much like the first season, there isn’t a wasted scene (with the very notable exception of one entire episode).  Unlike the second season, every person is completely in character; there’s no conflict for conflict’s sake.  However, no matter how glowing this review seems to be (I think this might be the series’ best season when it comes to “anticipating what comes next”), there are a few things I’d like to bring up:

  1. What exactly happened with the Hatch?  They explain that when the timer goes off, a large electromagnetic pulse starts.  They also explain that when the key is turned, the electromagnetism is dispersed.  Since the Others purged the Island of the Dharma Initiative, why didn’t they purge the people in the Hatch who were running the computer?  Also, what exactly happened to the survivors of the Hatch explosion?  Desmond’s soul travels through time to meet a mysterious woman who knew he was coming, Charlie simply forgets things (and apparently everyone forgets that he tried to drown the baby), Locke loses his voice and Eko gets carted away by a polar bear.  How is that connected?  Also, how did they survive an entirely metal structure imploding on itself?
  2. Why do the writers insist on showing the survivors talking about what happened?  I understand the idea of reviewing past events without showing those events again, but I would think we could assume, considering that they live on an island with absolutely no entertainment, they tell each other everything.  A problem with this season is that we’re supposed to assume that they don’t tell each other anything.  Some of the reactions I saw seemed out of place because I thought that character knew that particular secret.
  3. The introduction of Jacob is amazing.  They hinted at the Others having a leader named Jacob last season and they hinted a few more times this season, but it isn’t until the last few episodes that we see just how far his influence goes – apparently everyone who has ever met him loves him and will die for him.  He’s like Jesus.  Or Manson.  Either way, he’s probably got a beard.
  4. Why can Charlie not swim in the first season, but in this one he can?
  5. ben

    Seriously, he might as well be stroking a cat.

    The solidification of Juliet and Ben is also amazing.  We hate her for a good dozen episodes, until we find out that she’s just as trapped as everyone else.  We’re unsure about Ben because he seems to be the bad guy, yet he keeps insisting he’s a good guy. It’s not until the season finale that we really see he’s just a James Bond villain: we love to hate him because he thinks his evil activities are for the best.

  6. Why is the leadership split between Jack and Locke?  They seem the best two people to lead, but both Jin and Sayid seem to never fail when it comes to their decisions.  I understand the dichotomy of Jack vs. Locke is easier to follow, but I wouldn’t mind seeing Sayid or Jin take the wheel once in a while.
  7. The season finale is spectacular.  The obvious ending to the series would have been for the survivors of the island to be rescued.  Instead, the writers show us – in flash forwards – that they get off the island very soon and that getting off doesn’t work out for anyone.  I don’t know about you, but this makes me root for Locke even more; his whole philosophy is that everyone is on this island for a purpose.  We see at the end of the finale, that Jack thinks so too.

Hopefully I’ll be able to pull something like this off for Tiny Life.  A slow build for a book or two, and then – BAM! – a fast-paced story that makes you think and anticipate the end (which, by the way, you’ll never see coming).

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