Archive for the 'Season 1' Category

01
Sep
08

Season 1 in review

So I’m finaly done season one.  Thank god.  I can’t say that it is my favourite season, or that I want to watch all of these episodes in a row ever again.  The good news is that I came up with a few new theories.

First of all I want to collect all of the episodes into one place.  I also want to list the rating I gave each episode.  So here’s the list:

101 – Pilot (1) – 8.5
102 – Pilot (2) – 9.5
103 – Tabula Rasa – 4.0
104 – Walkabout – 10.0
105 – White Rabbit – 9.0
106 – House of the Rising Sun - 3.5
107 – The Moth – 4.0
108 – Confidence Man – 7.5
109 – Solitary – 8.0
110 – Raised By Another – 7.0
111 – All the Best Cowboys have Daddy Issues - 7.5
112 – Whatever the Case May Be - 3.5
113 – Hearts and Minds – 7.5
114 – Special – 6.5
115 – Homecoming – 4.0
116 – Outlaws – 4.5
117 – …In Translation – 0.0
118 – Numbers – 8.0
119 – Dues Ex Machina – 9.0
120 – Do No Harm – 1.5
121 – The Greater Good – 6.0
122 – Born to Run – 7.5
123 – Exodus (1) – 8.0
124 – Exodus (2) – 8.0
124 – Exodus (3) – 9.5

Therefore the average rating for this season is about 6.5  slightly above average, who knew I had such a mediocre perception of this season, actually I did, but that’s beside the point. 

I was pleasantly surprised by a few episodes in this season.  I had forgotten why Walkabout and White Rabbit were so good until I watched them again.  If you haven’t watched them in a while I really recommend that you do. 

I was also very surprised at how much I hated certain characters.  After White Rabbit, and the news that Jack’s character was going to change in season five, I was really going to try to start liking Jack.  But as time goes by I can’t help but hate the guy.  He drives me nuts.  Also Charlie, halfway through The Moth I was ready to start fast-forwarding (I didn’t).  And Sun and Jin made me want to shoot myself, but I’ve always felt like that, so that’s no surprise.

As for new theories this season, I can’t really go into every one, there were a lot.  But there were some overarching themes that I want to talk about.

First is the direction season one took.  The purpose of season 1 was to introduce the characters.  We saw how they were in their old lives and how the island changed them.  In most cases it gave people a second chance for a happy life.  The flashbacks were mostly to show us either a parallel in the characters behavior or a contrast in their actions.  I now feel that they probably should have stopped doing character driven flashbacks after season one.  They completely explored everyones psyche so any more character study just gets tiresome.  They attempted to solve that problem in season 2 by adding new characters, but you can see how the quality of the flashbacks really went downhill.

The second large theory about season one is Locke’s destiny.  As soon as Locke gets on the island he senses that he has a special destiny there, and he truly does.  But what was it?  Was it to get into The Hatch and press the button?  No.  I believe that Locke was going against fate in his mission to get into The Hatch and in all of his struggles down there in season 2.  The Hatch was nothing but a distraction from Locke’s real destiny, to meet Jacob and lead The Others.  When you look at what happened it’s nearly obvious.  Locke had such a hard time getting into The Hatch because he wasn’t meant to.  The island tried to guide him to the truth, Yemi’s plane landed right on The Pearl, which would have shown Locke the truth about The Hatch.  Locke even began to lose the use of his legs when he fought against fate.  If you don’t believe me rewatch Dues Ex Machina and Exodus part 2 (and 3).

I also have a theory about Jack.  It mostly came from White Rabbit.  Go there to read the full theory.  I believe that Jack is being guided into a leadership role by Christian, the ghost version.  Whereas Jocob is guiding Locke to that same role.  So far Jacob is winning, but I foresee Christian getting the upperhand in season 5.

Also I just noticed that I forgot to update my Current Theories page.  Way back when I reviewed episode 114- Special, I came up with a theory that explained what exactly Walt’s powers were.  Unfortunately I was quick smart enough to actually link to it anywhere.  So it’s there now.  Check ‘er out.

Stay tuned for season 2, which starts on Tuesday (I’m doubly excited).

- Izi

29
Aug
08

124 – Exodus (part 3)

Review:

The third portion of the finale starts off with Smokey causing havoc and revealing himself to the survivors and, more importantly, to us.  Also it turns out that the Rousseau/baby storyline was a complete red-herring, it went no where.  But in an incredibly surprising and still dramatc scene Mr. Friendly shows up and takes Walt.  (I will always call him Mr. Friendly I know he has a name, that’s just what I remember him as.)

This episode was very well balanced, same as the previous ones.  They clearly spent a lot of time making sure that each character was given pretty much equal screen time.  The last scene was especially good, when you see the whole cast on the plane, each with their own problems.  Almost all of those problems are gone at this point.

I’ll give it a 9.5/10, you can’t beat Smokey/Others/Hatch and flashbacks for everyone.  I have to say that I enjoyed this episode much more than the premiere.

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27
Aug
08

124 – Exodus (part 2)

Review:

Rousseau’s surprisingly well thought out and executed plan comes to a head in this episode when she steals Claire’s baby.  Claire has a slight flashback of attacking Rousseau.  Meanwhile Arzt makes himself useful by blowing up.  Sawyer, Jin and Michael waste a little bit of time on the raft by almost losing the rudder, but that’s about it.  The flashbacks are not terribly memorable, and there is little mythology involved.

This episode is very well paced and extremely exciting.  But like I said earlier nothing memorable really happens.  If I didn’t know that Smokey was about to appear I wouldn’t be so charitable.  I’ll give it a 8.0/10

(Note: in case you care, I split this episode up right at the part where Smokey appears at about 43 minutes in.)

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25
Aug
08

123 – Exodus (part 1)

 

Review:

Rousseau shows up and tells everyone that The Others are coming to steal Aaron.  Black smoke appears on the horizon to announce their intentions.  They launch the raft.  There are a lot of emotional good-byes.  Rousseau talks a lot about her dealings with The Others and she even gives us a very big clue as to what Smokey is.

I love the way they did flashbacks in this episode.  I wish every season finale could have this kind of flashback, with everyone getting one flashback, it makes for a very balanced episode.

I’d say this episode gets 8.0/10

(Note: I’m splitting up the season finale in a strange way.  It was aired as a two part finale, with the first part being 1 hour and the second being two hours, I am going to split it into three revlysis’.)

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22
Aug
08

122 – Born to Run

Review:

Kate indirectly and semi-accidently poisons Michael.  Locke shows The Hatch to Sayid and Jack, and for the first time we hear fro the perspective of those who don’t think it’s a good idea to get into it.  Walt confesses to his dad that he burnt the first raft, he also warns Locke not to open The Hatch.

This episode is similar to a few others, since it is the last episode before the premiere it tries to tie up a lot of loose ends and sets up some serious conflict for the finale.  This episode also answers a few questions about Kate, not the big one, but that hardly matters anymore.

7.5/10

(Keep reading for some Walt theorizing and more about The Hatch.)

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20
Aug
08

121 – The Greater Good

Review:

This episode featured a pretty good backstory, Sayid was in an Alias episode.  He infiltrated a terrorist cell and got emotionally involved.  Meanwhile Shannon tried to kill Locke and Jack tried to beat him up. 

When you look at the whole season, this episode was just filler, in the new shortened seasons this episode would have been replaced with a conversation.  But there are two kinds of filler episodes, the bad ones where the story does a complete B-line to nowheresville, and the ones that are prolonged events.  For being one of the good filler episodes I’ll give it a 6.0/10

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18
Aug
08

120 – Do No Harm

Review:

-I’d say 90% of the Jack episodes are like this one, extraordinarily boring.  This episode does try to become interesting by creating an emergency.  Unfortunately that emergency is completely useless since we all knew that Boone was going to die.  Seriously speaking, there is no use for this episode.  You could skip this episode completely and not miss a thing.  That’s not to say that you should skip it, but comparing this episode to some of the other tangent or unnecessary episodes, it rates pretty low.

1.5/10

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