Archive for the 'Season 2' Category

04
Nov
08

Current Theories: Eko, Charlie and Locke are dead

I know what your thinking, this isn’t a theory.  But it really is, check it out to find out more.  Essentially I’m proposing that Eko, Locke and Charlie have been zombies since the end of season 2.

Check it out here: Eko, Charlie and Locke Are Dead.

Or go to my Current Theories page.

- izi

29
Oct
08

Season 2 in review

I’m done another season.  Just like last time I’ll post links to all of the episodes.  Also here is a link to my “Season 1 in review” post, in which you can get to all of the season one revlysis’.

In this season review, I’m listing all of the episodes and the ratings I gave to them.  Then I’m listing the big story arcs that last through this season.  Then I’m linking you to the theories I came up with this year.

If you are in a rush, or just don’t like reading all this stuff, at least skip down to the part about Locke’s story, that is the section I hope everybody reads.

Ratings

201 – Man of Science Man of Faith - 6.0
202 – Adrift - 6.0
203 – Orientation – 9.5
204 – Everybody Hates Hugo – 8.0
205 – …And Found – 2.5
206 – Abandoned – 2.5
207 – The Other 48 Days – 10.0
208 – Collision – 3.5
209 – What Kate Did – 9.5
210 – The 23rd Psalm – 7.5
211 – The Hunting Party – 5.0
212 – Fire + Water – 0.0
213 – The Long Con – 4.0
214 – One of Them – 8.5
215 – Maternity Leave – 9.0
216 – The Whole Truth – 4.0
217 – Lockdown – 9.5
218 – Dave – 9.0
219 – S.O.S. – 2.0
220 – Two for the Road – 8.5
221 – ? – 9.0
222 – Three Minutes – 7.5
223 – Live Together Die Alone (part 1) – 10.0
223 – Live Together Die Alone (part 2) – 10.0

The average rating for this season is 7.0.  The average for season 1 was 6.5.  I don’t find that shocking at all but I can imagine others might.  I believe that Lost has improved as it went, there have been lulls but they usually don’t extend for a whole season.

As for surprises this season, there weren’t many.  I knew that I loved “The Other 48 Days”, and the finale.  I also knew that I hated “Fire + Water” and “…And Found”.  I didn’t expect myself to dislike “Man of Science Man of Faith”, but that’s just because when I look back all I remember is that glorious opening scene.  The middle of this season really slows to a crawl, after I had got past “Everybody Hates Hugo” I was not looking forward to most of the episodes following.  But I forgot about episodes like “What Kate Did”, “Maternity Leave” and “Lockdown”.  In all I think this season is ridiculed way more than it should be.  The majority of the people who hated this season are those who started watching the show in season one believing that it was a simple drama in a tropical location.  In season 2 they were forced to suspend their disbelief and watch a sci-fi show.  So they left, if you look at the ratings you’ll see that it’s true, most people left in season 2 before it really got exciting.

Arcs

There were a few themes or story arcs in this season that I feel must be talked about.

The Tailies

The Tailies are a moderately contentious subject amongst Lost fans.  Many people hated them, but I loved them.  The first half of the season is essentially dedicated to them.  It really was an epic story, the writers added three major characters; Ana Lucia, Libby, and Eko; and two minor characters; Bernard, and arguably Cindy; to the cast.  This on top of a new recurring star, Desmond.  They had only killed two characters, Boone and Shannon.  The cast got pretty bloated pretty fast.  I can see why they did this, season one showed us the backstories of almost all the survivors.  (Kate and Locke were the only ones who had real, obvious mysteries remaining, correct me if I’m wrong.)  The writers needed some new material, they didn’t want to show trivial flashbacks of the main characters (which they still did).  So they tried to add new characters.  It almost worked.  Out of the four permanent Tailies, one of them had an intriguing flashback.  Eko’s life was amazing, I think we can agree on that.  Ana Lucia was depressing.  Bernard was filler.  And I don’t even count Libby’s flashback, but I’m sure it would have been great if it had happened.

So fans people hated the Tailies.  These are the same people who will be complaining about change until they die.  They complained and were answered.  At this point in the show only one Tailie remains, and he is just a recurring star.

The truth is that this storyline was vital.  If you put yourself into the role of a season one writer, you’re told you have to stretch this show out for an indiscernible amount of time, what do you do.  I’d come up with two ideas, the tail section and having red-shirts coming out of the woodwork.  And neither of those ideas really worked (at least not for the majority of the fans). 

Now that the show is in it’s second last season, dwelling on old forgotten storylines is essentially useless.  But I just want everyone to know that The Tailies weren’t a mistake, they had a purpose and they were an inevitable addition to the cast.

Intro to The Others

Another addition to the cast was The Others.  We knew that The Others existed, we even saw a few of them last year, but in season one they were essentially boogey-men.  The second half of this season showed us what they could be.  They could be humans, they could be right, or they could be pure evil, they could be a cult.  Unfortunately we didn’t actually find out many cold hard facts about them until season 3, but the season 2 tease sure was fun. 

We met a few very important Others:

Ben is the most prominent, I’m sure by now we all know that he was meant to be a guest star but he was good enough to add to the cast.  Ben adds a danger to the show that it had been missing.  He also proved to us that The Others were heartless and not to be trusted, that idea was slowly dismantled in season 4, but the potential danger of The Others is still in the back of our minds thanks to Ben.

We also met Bea, Ms. Klugh, a very mysterious, beautiful woman who exudes calm control.  She confused and intrigued me from her first scene, I still miss her.  She appears to be The Other in charge of Walt,

We met Tom.  Well we originally met him in season one, but he has a much bigger role and Ben’s surrogate in this season.  A funny and dangerous character.

And we met Alex.  The story of Alex was amazing.  In season one we found out that Rousseau had had a child.  I largely ignored that, but when Alex came into the show it was amazing.  Suddenly these characters who had been so evil, might actually be people with personalities and emotions.  Alex tried to do the right thing from the sidelines, unfortunately in this season she is essentially a background character.  But I think it’s safe to say that we all noticed her and were very intrested in her.

Locke’s story

I’ve been pushing my perspective of Locke this whole season (and most of the last season too).  I see Locke’s journey as a point A to point B journey with a serious detour in the middle.

Point A was when he crashed on the island, he gained the use of his legs and started out on his journey.  (Note: point A could have happened at any of the times when Richard tried to get him to come to the island.  Unfortunately Locke didn’t answer that call.)

Point B is when Locke took over control of the Others and started to listen to Jacob.  Locke was fated to go from Point A to Point B.  Unfortunately he insists on taking the long way there.

The detour that I speak of is The Swan (or The Hatch, whichever you prefer).  He accidentally finds the Hatch and immediately thinks this is his fate, it isn’t.  I can’t say that enough, it was not Locke’s fate to go into The Swan and press the button.  That was an important job, but it wasn’t Locke’s job.  Locke was meant to join Jacob and The Hostiles (who later became The Others).  Locke became preoccupied with The Swan.  The island tried to warn him away.  In the episode Dues Ex Machina the island intercedes, it takes away Locke’s ability to walk as a warning.  Then when he doesn’t get that clue, it leads him to Yemi’s plane, the plane is hanging over The Pearl.  Locke doesn’t find the Pearl, The island kills Boone.  Locke freaks out but still doesn’t find The Pearl.  Instead he goes to The Swan.  He never goes back to the place where the plane fell, and therefore never found The Pearl.  If he did, everything would be different.  He would have climbed down there and had his little freak-out and realized that it was all just mindgames.  He would have left and Jacob could have guided him to his true calling, as his messenger and as the leader of his minions, The Others.  But that didn’t happen, instead Locke went into The Swan and joyfully pressed the button, thinking he was doing his life’s work.  We all thought he was an idiot, the character was just too great to have to sit down in a hole pressing a button.  In the end everything got completely bungled up and the Swan imploded leaving Locke with no choice but to try to pursue his destiny, which he finally did in seasons 3 and 4.

So there you have it, that’s how I see Locke in season 2.  Unfortunately many people see him acting the fool in the finale and write him off as misguided, and that is true, but only in season 2.

Theories

I came up with a few theories this season, some are trivial and some are serious, none of them are true game changers.

The Whispers

The whispers or voices or whatever you want to call them, have annoyed me for quite a while.  I don’t have the patience to listen to every single occurrence or to decipher what they are saying.  I really doubt that they have a high significance.  But while watching season 2 I came up with a theory about them, I don’t want to write the whole thing out again, you can read it here.

Hurley’s Powers

I don’t think I need to go to deeply into this, since I just posted it yesterday.  You can go here to read it.

Eko, Charlie and Locke are dead

I’m just posting this one today.  After rewatching season two it occurs to me to ask questions that I had forgotten about.  Most notably the question, what happened to the people who were in the hatch when it imploded?  After thinking about that it occured to me, how strange it is that three of the characters who were in the hatch have died since.  And really these three deaths were the most important deaths in recent history of Lost.  You could say that they were destined to die.. again.  I believe that they died at the end of season 2, and they were esentially zombies for the rest of their lives on the show (like Claire in season 4).

Read that theory here.

So there you have it.  On to season 3!

- izi

27
Oct
08

223 – Live Together, Die Alone (part 2)

Review:

It’s impossible not to compare this season finale with the season one finale.  Last year we ended with a kidnapping, this year we ended with three (and a half).  Last year they got into the Hatch, this year they blew it up (or in).  Last year The Others were coming to attack the survivors (and they didn’t), this year they actually did attack.  Personally, I see this finale as all of what the season one finale was going to be.  Don’t get me wrong, I loved the season one finale, but this one was amazing in so many other ways.

So much happens.  Locke lets the timer run down.  Desmond turns the failsafe key.  Ben gets Jack, Sawyer and Kate.  Michael and Walt leave.  Sayid, Sun and Kin go one a fun Little sailing trip.  Penny and her cohorts locate the island (or at least find out that it exists).

Also We find out how the plane crashed in this episode, maybe not why, but definitely how.  This is a surprisingly big and not well publicized fact.

There were two really great moments in this episode that send chills down my spine.  When Locke is in the computer room of the Swan, everything is blowing up and metal things are flying around, he turns to Eko with a terrified look in his face and says, “I was wrong.”  And in the very end when we get to see what’s happening off of the island, not only is the world still there, but Penny’s in it and she’s looking for the island.  There was just so much hope in that scene, there is rarely a lot of hope in this show, but after that it almost seems like a happy ending.

I’m not going to change my rating from the first half of this revlysis.  10.0/10.0  (I felt a little guilty about giving this episode a 10.0 since I know that all the finales are going to get at least 9.5s but the simple truth is that the writers make the finales as awesome as they are, so why deny it.)

BTW I came up with a new theory after watching this episode, and it involves Charlie (I know, shocking, right).

Continue reading ‘223 – Live Together, Die Alone (part 2)’

24
Oct
08

223 – Live Together, Die Alone (part 1)


Review:

Note: I split this episode in half at the point when Michael admits to working for the Others.  The next part starts with Sayid praying.

Another one of my favorite episodes. 

Desmond comes back out of no where.  It’s always great to see him, and this episode is the start of his run as a real cast member.

Locke finds out he was wasting his time in the Swan and he takes things way too far.  Nothing really happens in this half of the episode.  He gets into the Hatch and Desmond closes the blast doors.

Sayid, Sun, and Jin take the sailboat on a pleasant cruise and see a certain statue.  This part of the story goes no where, it’s mostly just to ge the characters out and about.

And Michael leads Jack, Kate, Sawyer, and Hurley across the island.  Hurley meets his bird and he also find out that Michael is a monster.

We also get to see the beautiful and mostly tragic story of Desmond.  He meets with two of my favorite female characters Libby and Penny.  He also meets Charles Whidmore, possibly the evil man behind… well most things in Lost.  But mostly we see that Desmond’s life has been significant;y more exciting than most of the Oceanic survivors. 

Awesome characters, terrific flashbacks, excellent mysteries, and a glorious set up.  10.0/10.0  and the episode isn’t even over yet!

Continue reading ‘223 – Live Together, Die Alone (part 1)’

22
Oct
08

222 – Three Minutes

Review:

I’ve said this before when I reviewed “Maternity Leave”, I love on-island flashbacks.  This episode isn’t an exception.  One would expect me to dislike this episode since it deals with Michael.  And while it’s true, I do hate Michael, this episode is full of Others goodness.  We get to see the dynamic of The Others from there point of view, almost.

Two of the younger Lost characters are in this episode, Alex and Walt.  Alex is playing the part of the distressed and out of place youn Other.  Walt on the other hand is playing a possibly brainwashed but still very mysterious version of himself.

There’s also some serious symbolism in this episode to do with Locke.  If you don’t want to read this entire revlysis, at least go down to the bottom and read the last part of the flashforwards section.

I really did enjoy this episode, and while the info about The Others is overshadowed by what happens in season 3, it was still fun.  7.5/10.0

Continue reading ‘222 – Three Minutes’

20
Oct
08

221 – Question Mark

Review:

You would think that it would be pretty hard to top the last episodes insane conclusion, and you’re mostly right.  This episode is questionable.  I think it was glorious on one hand, because it finally ends the season long ridiculousness of Locke, but the part with Libby dying is depressing and never ending.

This episode is very, very similar to Dues Ex Machinain season 1.  There are some obvious parallel scenes, but I tend to think of Locke’s story taking a detour between these two episodes.  In my opinion Locke should have gone down into the Pearl in that episode, unfortunately he doesn’t and instead he presses a button for a season.  The point is that this episode is very crucial in the development of Locke.  Eko is the main character, but since he dies in season three his path is essentially meaningless.

As for the rest of Libby’s story, well it’s painful.  I shake my head in wonder and sadness at that portion of the episode.  I won’t say anymore about it.

In all a pivotal episode.  9.0/10.0

Continue reading ‘221 – Question Mark’

17
Oct
08

220 – Two For the Road

Review:

This is the most infamous season 2 episode.  When I think back to season two this is what comes to mind.  That scene still affects me.

As for the rest of the episode, it was mighty good.  The flashback showed a surprising connection between Ana Lucia and Christian.  We had a very large clue as to the connection between Claire and Christian, and subsequently Jack. 

We also witnessed some of the tragedy between Hurley and Libby.  This episode is terribly upsetting but it’s also one of the most memorable episodes ever.  8.5/10.0

Continue reading ‘220 – Two For the Road’




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