Thursday, March 29, 2007

Lost: "Exposé"

Re: last night's episode of Lost.


There was a point near the middle at which I turned to my wife and said, "This is either pretty clever or the worst episode in the history of the show." Two loser wannabe characters fighting desperately for significance in a show they don't belong in. We've been wondering all season why the Lost writers would want to stick two brand new characters in the show as if they've been an important part of things all along. Yeah, I know there are lots of other survivors from the crash that don't get mentioned, but I'm perfectly comfortable with their just milling about in the background providing color. By the third season, I don't need for any of them to suddenly become important.

And I especially don't need their importance to be "validated" by an episode that goes back and re-tells the entire series from the beginning, only sticking Nikki and Paulo into memorable scenes and having them secretly discover all of the island's secrets before anyone else did. Lame.

And seeing Shannon and Boone again? Just reminded me why I didn't like them in the first place. I grew to like them over the course of the first season, but we got none of that here, just whiny Shannon and her jerk of a brother Boone.

It was nice to see Ethan and Dr. Artz again though. And Lando Calrissian makes everything better.

And by the time I got to the end of the episode, I actually liked the unexpected -- by me, at least -- ending. It turns out that it was pretty clever, because it wasn't actually trying to show how important Nikki and Paulo suddenly were. It was just trying to tell a cool little one-shot horror/mystery morality tale (a la those old EC horror comics) in the Lost universe. My assumption of what I thought they were trying to do almost ruined it for me, but what they were actually doing was pretty darn cool.

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