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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

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