Lost Season 5

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

  • Read the first review here.
  • Read the second review here.
  • Read the third review here.
  • Read the fourth review here.
Lost Season 5 is the first real science fiction season. Up until this point, the show had flirted with the idea of science fiction – a button the stops the world from ending, a monster made of smoke, a magical leader who’s been on the island since the beginning of time – but those elements are all mystery-based. That is; what does the button do, what is the smoke monster really, what are this magical leader’s intentions? Now, with time travel, we have full-on sci-fi.And, in a nutshell, that is why viewers left. “Sci-fi is for nerds, Lost is now a sci-fi show; therefore, if I watch Lost, I am a nerd.” That and time-travel is hard for baby-boomers to understand.

Who IS this guy?

The finale, titled “The Incident,” is the other truly interesting episode of Season 5. We see Jacob, some sort of ancient nemesis, how Jacob touched everyone’s life, and we finally see how Hurley got back. We also see – and I think this is the most important plot-based aspect, but it’s just speculation – that on Lost, you really can’t change the past; whatever happened, happened. We see The Incident that has been mentioned a dozen times in the series (again, we didn’t really need to see it) but we see that the Oceanic Six are responsible for it.

I think the finale brings the mystery back; I think it uses the sci-fi springboard to get back to Lost’s roots. Why does Jacob want these people on The Island? What is he trying to prove? Why were the Oceanic Six transported to 1977? Why did Sun go with them? Who is this bad guy? Why does he want to kill Jacob? Is Locke really dead? What happened to the rest of the survivors?

And, as with any mystery of this caliber, the answers, I’m sure, won’t be half as satisfying as the questions.

The final season of Lost premiers Feb. 2.

I don’t think the writers anticipated that; I think they thought it‘d be fun and interesting. I think the writers wanted to show some of the history of the island without having characters just sitting around talking about the history of the island. Frankly, I think this was a mistake.

I’m all about showing things rather than telling things (if I were into simply relaying information, Tiny Life would be about 50 pages. “Jed’s dad was a bad dad. But not really bad. Now Jed feels sad about his bad dad. But not really bad”), but in a show that is about mystery, there are certain things we don’t need to see.

We don’t need to see how Rousseau’s party was killed. We don’t need to know that The Island has been invaded many times, we don’t need to see how old Widmore is when he first arrives on the island. We don’t need to know how Alex got with The Others and we don’t need to know how the Orchid was built or how hostile the Hostiles are. It’s about character. This show started with 14 main characters with nothing to do but interact with each other. What we need to know is how everyone got back to the island and how Jacob fits into all this.

Take out the last four songs, and you have the best second-for-second album of all time.

And that’s why the two most interesting episodes are “The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham” and the finale. Just about everything else in the season – in my opinion – is interesting, but filler. It’s kind of like the last few songs on The Wall: you know they’re there for a reason and the songs are interesting enough, but you’ll only listen because the rest of the album was so good.

In “The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham”, we see how The Oceanic Six get back to The Island. We see Locke struggling to fulfill his destiny and we see everyone struggling against theirs. We also get another glimpse into just how evil Ben can be. These are all character-based storylines.


3 Responses

  1. i really liked this last series of lost
    i dont know whateveryone was so upset about

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