It’s hard to express the increasing level of disappointment I feel with this show which once was my favourite on the air. As a baseline I need to admit that I hold this show to a higher standard than shows that I consider pure fluff, say The OC or Boston Legal. Last night’s Lost episode fell far short of that standard.
If you haven’t seen the episode, stop reading now because I’m going to feature spoilers.
So, they killed off one of my favourite characters on the show, Mr. Eko or Adibizi as I still call him. For those of you keeping track, outside of Bernard, all the castaways from the tail are now dead. A year ago when they introduced the characters I liked the concept and thought it had all kinds of possibilities. Now they’re all dead, they had no impact on the core story, they had almost no impact on the other characters and bottom line – the writers have just wasted time that would have been better spent developing the core story. I’m not sure if this is the reality for a successful show that needs to drag out its premise to last a few extra seasons or not but I’m frustrated by this turn of events. The death was not shocking but seemed a little too matter of course for this show. I would rather have had them keep Eko, Libby and maybe even Ana Lucia than to add 2 new no-name characters who appeared out of nowhere as if we’ve known them all along. I defended the show last season to those who thought it slowed down but with these deaths most of last season’s developments have been erased from the show.
If Lost was a soap opera that had multiple episodes a week rather than 24 a year there would be room for greater character development and an extended story. But it’s not! The show needs to stop meandering and start showing some cards. I’m not someone who needs it all revealed but more focus would be good.
On the other hand I did like the Jack story. So Ben needs surgery and Juliet wants Jack to kill him on the table. How much do you want to bet that Juliet is really the bad guy of the story? I don’t need the answer next week but I need the “fall finale” to start to bring us some focus on the main plot and at least a few answers. It’s not the end of my love affair with the show but the honeymoon is definitely over.
Avi’s Episode Review: B-