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Episode 4x05 / Dude, that sucked
« on: February 28, 2008, 11:24:02 PM »
We've been waiting 2-3 years for something definitive about the island, and we get time travel?!

And for a climax, we cured a brain aneurysm with a phone call???

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Episode 4x02 / Michael and Walt
« on: February 13, 2008, 09:59:02 PM »
A little food for thought. How can the outside world still think everyone on 815 is dead if Michael and Walt escaped? They must not have ever made it back to the mainland.

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Season 4 / I'm Still Wondering...
« on: February 02, 2008, 06:31:11 PM »
With the recent discussions of whether Jacob and Smoky are the same entity, I remembered Daniel from season 1 calling Smoky a security system. "It's purpose it that of any security system: to protect something." Now most people when they see a man-eating, tree-ripping black cloud wouldn't just assume that it's the latest tech gadget. So what has Daniel seen that we don't know about?

And while we're at it... what about all the other loose ends? The numbers clearly are more than just part of an equation. They've brought Hurley terrible luck, they were the code at the Swan station, and the timer (108 minutes) is the sum of the numbers. So what's up with them? For that matter, what was the Swan station? It had something to do with magnetism, and then it imploded in a bright white flash, leaving Locke and Eko scattered around the island and Desmond in the future. So what's up with that? And for that matter, what's up with Desmond seeing the future? What about Walt's powers. What's the disease that supposedly infected Daniel's crew (and I think it was mentioned in the Lost Experience as well). Why did the Others want children? Who do the Others deem to be "good" people, and why does it matter? Why did the psychic insist that Claire must raise her baby? What's special about Aaron?

These questions are getting moldy. Does anyone have any new thoughts on them?

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LOST Talk / Poll: LOST Viewers
« on: August 16, 2007, 08:48:42 AM »
According to Wikipedia, LOST's second season had fewer viewers than the first, and the third season had fewer viewers than the second (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lost_(TV_series)#Ratings). And season three itself showed a general decline (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lost_%28season_3%29#Ratings).

So, do you think LOST will continue to decline into the fourth season, or will it rebound?

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Episode 3x22 / They're All Dyslexic
« on: May 24, 2007, 12:00:22 AM »
Ben... Locke... why can't they talk straight for once? "It's a mistake." "You're not meant to do this." *Why* is it a mistake? *Why* isn't he meant to do it? If Ben or Locke really didn't want that call to be made, you'd think they'd try to be even a little convincing.

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Episode 3x22 / The Brilliant Dynamite Plan
« on: May 23, 2007, 10:33:48 PM »
Seems everything woulda worked much better if they skipped the whole dynamite and waiting for the Others part of the plan. Seven dead. Whoop-de-do. That doesn't help their situation. But now the Others know exactly where the losties are.

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LOST Talk / If I Had Creative Control Over Lost....
« on: May 22, 2007, 02:32:41 PM »
Not very long ago, Sledgeweb reported that Lost fans were storming with torches and pitchforks. I think this is because the Lost writers haven’t follow an important rule for a serialized series: No single primary question can be allowed to go more than about one season before answering it.

Now, I’m not saying the writers should have explained smokie at the end of season one. But I think smokie shouldn’t have been introduced yet.

If I had creative control over Lost, I would have moved the backstory of “Walkabout” to the finale of season one. Throughout the season, the primary questions the audience would have been asking are: “Why does Locke have such a strong faith in the island? And what is his miracle?” And the big season finale reveal would have been that Locke miraculously could walk after being paralyzed.

This would have given the audience a sense of satisfying closure. They would have gotten a clear answer to the questions they’d been asking. And at the same time, it would have given the audience a sense that the story they’ve been watching just got a lot bigger.

If you can imagine the first season played out this way, then let me know what you think of it.

As it actually is, Lost’s season one finale didn’t replace our old questions for new ones. In the pilot, we were asking: “What is the monster in the jungle?” In the finale, we saw that the monster was a cloud of black smoke. But fans were still saying: “Okay.... So, what is the monster in the jungle?” The question never actually changed, so we feel like nothing was answered. And the fan frustration grows.

The writers presented too many mysteries too fast.

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Episode 3x21 / Self-fulfilling Prophecy
« on: May 22, 2007, 01:58:59 AM »
If Desmond never told Charlie about the latest flash, would Charlie still have volunteered to go to The Looking Glass?

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Episode 3x13 / Kid Falls 9 Stories
« on: March 31, 2007, 02:40:37 PM »
I just heard today in the news that a kid fell 9 stories and survived with only a broken leg. It gives credibility to Locke surviving his fall.

http://www.therecord.com/home_page_main_story/home_page_main_story_999736.html

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Episode 3x10 / Writers Have Lost Their Marbles
« on: March 01, 2007, 01:49:40 PM »
On the surface, this episode was fun. The last time I enjoyed a good Hurley-Charlie moment was back in season 1 when they were trying to fish. But below the surface, this episode had the usual staleness that I'm becoming accustomed to on this show.

First, Locke tells Kate that he has no motivation to find Jack. That doesn't at all fit with Locke's character.

Second, we're told the shadow from Eko's stick gave them a compass bearing. But when has Locke ever had trouble knowing which way was north? The significance of Eko's stick turned out to be nothing more than a plot hole.

And third is Hurley's backstory. It's not bad, it's that we've heard it before. Once again, Hurley wants to break the curse, and also once again, some character jumps in to tell him "we make our own luck." This flashback is identical in concept to Hurley's original flashback episode; only the names changed.

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Episode 3x05 / Two Smokies
« on: November 06, 2006, 05:21:29 AM »
"Two players. Two sides. One is light; one is dark."
--Locke, Pilot Part 2

It seems that the monster that Locke saw in "Walkabout" is not what we or Eko have been seeing. Locke saw a bright light; Eko saw a dark cloud. Are they two separate entities?

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LOST Talk / Far Too Many Unresolved Mysteries
« on: October 26, 2006, 10:21:57 PM »
Many mysteries that once aroused curiosity are now arousing frustration. Once a mystery is introduced, it should be resolved within a season or two, otherwise it is just being drawn out. This show is a drama, not a mystery. The climax is not discovering the secret; it is dealing with the situation once the secret is known. By now, we should not be thinking, "What is the smoke monster?"; we should be thinking, "What are we going to do about it?"

I'd like you to contribute to a list of all the mysteries, big and small, that have not been resolved.

* The smoke monster -- who, what, where, when, why, and how?
* Adam and Eve at the caves -- who were they?
* How did the passengers of 815 survive the crash? According to Sayid, they shouldn't have.

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Episode 3x01 / Where Was The Earthquake . . .
« on: October 08, 2006, 02:49:31 PM »
. . . in Live Together, Die Alone? I'm sure everyone is assuming that the earthquake in AToTC was caused by Desmond's system failure in the hatch, so why did we not experience the same results at the end of the season 2 finale?

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Episode 3x01 / Two Groups of Others
« on: October 08, 2006, 11:28:01 AM »
If we remember when Henry Gale attacked Ana-Lucia, he said, "You killed two of us." At this point, those two are undoubtedly Ethan and Goodwin. So what about the two that Eko killed on the first night and the one that Ana-Lucia killed when they came back a week later? Why didn't Henry consider those other three deaths? I'm thinking that there are indeed two separate groups of others on the island.

It would also be consistent with the writers' storytelling style -- make us think something, make us think the opposite, then we discover that the original belief was true. A few examples:
* We are made to believe from the very beginning that the button is real. Then we are led to believe the opposite (the Pearl station) only to discover that our original belief was true.
* We are made to believe from the very beginning that Henry Gale is an other. Then we are led to believe the opposite (we find his balloon) only to discover that our original belief was true.
* We are made to believe from the very beginning that there is a sickness on the island. Then we are led to believe the opposite (Kelvin going outside) only to discover that our original belief was true (the LOST experience).

So, we were all led to believe that there were two groups of others towards the beginning of season 2. Then were led to believe the opposite (we find Zeke's beard and costume), so I'm sure that we will discover that our original belief is true.

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