Archive for November, 2008



17
Nov
08

308 – Flashes Before Your Eyes

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Review:

Here it is!  This is arguably the best mid-season episodes ever (it’s hard to compare the finales to the other episodes).  What makes this episode so wonderful is that it’s so blatantly sci-fi.  After this point there is no way that a viewer could ignore the unrealistic parts of this show.  Sure Smokey is mysterious and the sky turned purple, but when Desmond went back in time something changed.

Charles Whidmore also factors into the main storyline in this episode.  Now that we know how important he is (or could be) this episode has a higher significance.

This episode also starts off the “Charlie’s going to die” story.  This is a great and original way to kill a character.  Dominic Monaghan was probably one of the higher paid actors on the show (I’m assuming) and he has a relatively large career.  His character, on the other hand, was about to become a side character.  There was little left for him to do.  He was going to leave sooner or later, I’m glad that he was able to leave on his own terms and in a memorable but not upsetting way.

But back to this episode.  Desmond and Penny are dynamite.  It’s been said many times before but I’ll say it again, Those two have such good chemistry.  They look so good together and the characters are made for each other.  To watch Desmond go through that part of his life again was heartbreaking.

Great episode 10.0/10.0  (I have a very hard time not comparing this episode with The Constant, which I loved even more.  IN the end I could find nothing wrong with this episode so I’ll give it 10.)

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14
Nov
08

307 – Not in Portland

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Review:

(Sorry that I’m late with this revlysis, scheduling conflicts.  In other words, my boss thinks that I came to work to work, I roll my eyes at him.)

I love this episode, it should have been the season 3 premiere.  The pace and everything that happens in this episode is so much more exciting than A Tale of Two Cities.

There is just too much to talk about.   Richard is introduced in this episode, in a very subtle and intriguing way.  Room 23 is shown, that was unprecedented and still confusing and interesting (go to bottom to see the full Room 23 video).   We got to see the backstory of an Other, Juliet.  In season 4 of the show this may seem inconsequential, but that’s just because the mystery surrounding the Others is all but gone now.  Back in the day this episode was extremely momentous.

Starting with this episode, I believe that Lost found it’s groove.  After this episode it seems as though the writers knew exactly what they wanted to do.  I don’t know if it’s true or not, but it seems like it.  10.0/10.0

(Note: I’ve grown tired of keeping all the characters names in all my reviews so I’m deleting them if they aren’t important to the episode.  I don’t know why I didn’t do this before.)

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13
Nov
08

TV.com show of the year

DarkUFO has just put up a link to TV.com where they are having a poll/survey for show of the year and other categories.  Lost is nominated so go vote for it here.  (I also mildly suggest that you vote for 30 Rock as comedy of the year.)

– izi

12
Nov
08

306 – I Do

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Review:

When this episode aired the writes, or ABC, made it out to be the fall finale.  It was meant to be epic in the way that the finales are epic.  Unfortunately that isn’t the case.

This episode is pretty unique since it is one of the few times that Lost has used stunt casting.  The producers got Nathan Fillion to play Kate’s husband.  Not a bad piece of casting, it worked pretty well, but it wasn’t exactly a pivotal role and we haven’t heard from him since.

Apparently an important thing happened to Locke in this episode.  After burying Eko, Locke looks at Eko’s Jesus stick and reads the scripture, “Lift up your eyes and look north John 3:05”.  Apparently this is important but I don’t get it nor do I like this “clue”.

I found this episode very unfulfilling.  The flashback was uneccesary even if it was fun.  The part about Locke confused me back when I first saw it and still confuses me now.  And nothing crazy really happened.  “Damnit Kate Run!!” was a fun back in the day, but only as a cliffhanger, nowadays it’s overshadowed by cliffhangers like, “We have to go back”, “We have to move the island”, and “I’m one of the Oceanic Six”.  3.5/10.0

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10
Nov
08

305 – The Cost of Living

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Review:

So Eko died, I have to say that I wanted him to die by this point in the show.  He’s a great character, but I was more that happy with just one mystic, Locke.  Also I had grown tired of Eko’s unnecessarily cryptic speeches and the fact that he never liked to include others in his escapades, in a ensemble show like Lost camradery is necessary and welcome.  His flashback in his episode isn’t anything special, I find it hard to differentiate it with other Eko flashbacks.

But there were some very good developments in this episode.  Locke went back into The Pearl and with Nikki’s help he got to see a glimpse of Mikhail.  Meanwhile on Alcatraz, Jack told Ben that he knew what was going on, Ben told Jack that he intended to “break him”, and Juliet told Jack that she wanted to organize a coup and kill Ben.  Also, we got to see Smokey in action, and possibly we saw Jacob judging Eko (possibly).

8.5/10.0

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07
Nov
08

304 – Every Man For Himself

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Review:

A moderately good episode, I think the right words are: not bad.  More is revealed about The Others and their perspective on what happens on the island.  Juliet is completely honest in this episode (I think).  Jack finds out why he’s been taken to Alcatraz.  Sawyer finds out he has a daughter (maybe).  We find out that there are two islands.

This episode had a few interesting moments, but it seems to lack the dynamic that we felt at the end of season 2.  There doesn’t seem to be any urgency in anything that happens anymore.  People just wander through the plot points.  It’s really a shame that these first few episodes of season 3 suck so badly because the rest of the season is very good.  I’ll give this episode 4.0/10.0

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05
Nov
08

303 – Further Instructions

Review:

A Locke episode, usually that means we’re going to get a stellar flashback.  This time it wasn’t so good.  I do value this flashback, but only because it gives us a glimpse at a moderately happy memory for poor John Locke.

On the island we see the four people who were in the Hatch and what happened to them a day after the implosion.  Locke woke up mute and needed to confer with the island.  Eko was taken by the polar bears.  Charlie was seen in the season 2 finale, but he ran around in this episode too, pretending that he’s important.  And Desmond came back naked and with the ability to see the future.

We also saw Paulo and Nicki for the first time, and saw into the polar bear caves.  All good fun.

In all a pretty enlightening episode, even if it lacked the usual Locke-episode shine.  It lacks the memorableness that some of the other Locke episodes have, but it was still good.  8.0/10.0

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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

03
Nov
08

302 – The Glass Ballerina

Review:

Who the hell cares about a glass ballerina?  Worst opening ever.  Unless it was incredibly subtle, I don’t think it had anything to do with the rest of the episode.

Kate meets Alex, Alex tells her nothing of importance.  Juliet and Sawyer have some tense moments.  They start to work on the runway (or whatever that thing is).

Seriously, this episode was a waste of space.  Jin and Sun episodes are obviously my least favorite, but this one is the worst of the worst.  Luckily Ben saves the episode from complete oblivion by having a tense conversation with Jack.  1.0/10.0

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