Keeping the momentum going

So Lost’s season finale was last night. I unhooked the phone, lest any inconsiderate telemarketer or friend call, and I sat down to watch it with great anticipation. I never know if anyone outside my friends are reading this, but if you don’t care to be spoiled, you might want to go and do something else now (same thing goes for Watership Down).

On the whole, I’m happy with the end product. I’ve already got the Season 1 DVD pre-ordered and I’m glad I did that. We didn’t learn the answers to any of the huge questions like where are they? or what Lostzilla (the giant, invisible, tree-stomping monster) is all about, or what’s in that mysterious hatch. There was, however, some resolution to a few of the various characters’ respective stories, which makes me happy. Nobody I cared about died (and believe me I was terrified that either Hurley or Charlie were going to come to a bad end). As far as I can see, there’s lots of room for some interesting episodes next fall.

A friend of mine, who doesn’t watch the show regularly, thinks it’s going to go the way of Twin Peaks — that is a brilliant first season that never quite gels after that. And there’s something to be said for that POV. If you start with a bang, unless you can maintain a high level of excellence, there’s nowhere to go but down. Given modern audience expectations and attention span, you can’t spin out the anticipation too long either.

Couple of points I found intriguiing. There’s a scene where Locke distinguishes himself as a “man of faith” from Jack’s “man of science.” Locke’s behavior all along has been consistent with that of an Old Testament prophet–the sacrificing of Boone, the belief he’s being tested, and so on. Interestingly this particular scene takes place after Lostzilla attempted to carry off Locke with distinctly mechanical sounds in the background. Is that because we’re seeing the events from Jack’s perspective?

On another note, up until the last few episodes, there’s been a disturbing parallel with Watership Down. In the book, there’s a sequence where the rabbits travel to a strange warren of very healthy, very docile rabbits for whom mention of the outside world and any question of “where” are taboo. It turns out that a farmer has made this particular warren a very comfortable one. He’s kept other threats away. He leaves food for the rabbits. And periodically, he traps and kills them.

Back to Lost. Despite the incontrovertible evidence that there are other people on the island, for the longest time, few of the castaways mention it. Claire was kidnapped for weeks–a 8 and 1/2 month pregnant woman, mind you–and after the initial attempt at rescue, the other castaways are tripping off into the jungle alone totally unconcerned. No mention of her. No further attempts to get her back. I don’t think it was sloppy writing. I think that was intentional.

Anyhow, just some random thoughts…

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