Lost Season 4 Premiere Satisfies And Annoys

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lost season 4 Lost Season 4 Premiere Satisfies And AnnoysLost has finally returned, and this episode was an odd mix of satisfaction and, at the end, frustration.

It satisfied because there was actually some sense of forward movement in the story. It felt like something was actually happening. The “rescuers” will soon be coming, there are actual conversations with someone on the freighter via the uber-satellite phone, the castaways learn that Charlie has died and that the rescuers may actually have some nefarious purpose related to the island.


The “flash forwards” are here in full force, showing Hurley freaking out for some unknown reason that is revealed near the end of the episode, and I did NOT like what was revealed at all. I’ll refrain from major spoilers in this article, but feel free to discuss details of the episode, spoilers and all in the comments.

What more did I like? Hurley is finally starting to “man up” and it fits him. The death of Charlie hit him hard and that combined with his rescue of those on the beach last episode has caused him to grow (not physically, although that seems to be happening as well). It was a very Hurley-centric episode and one thing that bothered my wife after a while were all the extreme close-ups on his face. I’m sorry, but a dirty, un-shaven, nasty hair overweight face that close up on a big screen got to her after a while. icon smile Lost Season 4 Premiere Satisfies And Annoys

So what wasn’t satisfying?

The fact that just as we finally get to meet someone from the ship, the episode is OVER. I was waiting the entire hour to see some interaction with them or some sort of reveal, and just when it happens – BAM! Tune in next week.

Yes, I realize this is episodic television… but the soap opera techniques get to me. At least on 24, although every episode ends with a cliffhanger, during each episode we see plenty of significant things happening with the story.

Overall, it felt good to be back into the show, although it was in the nick of time. It was to the point for me that if it never returned I would have just forgotten about it – and I think that remains a problem for the series with the upcoming short seasons and long hiatus periods in between.

So, let’s hear it, folks: Did you love it or hate it?

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  1. Nagging questions-

    Why did Locke apparently look smokey (“the island” he later says) in the eye?

    Why was Ekko able to look at smokey once, but then later was killed? (He struck me as the only one to resolve his past.)

    Why was Walt released? (If he truly was.) Could he channel the island’s power? Was he a threat to it? Did he come under its control?

    Minutia like the white and black rocks (Season 1) may never be explained, but see a great symmetry in the story arc. Vic, I think a pivotal episode title answers your concern: Man of Science, Man of Faith. I think the show is a Mobius Strip of science fiction AND metaphysics.

  2. Ha ha Steve! Why are you the heartless cynic and I’m the drooling fan? Did we get switched like in Farscape?

  3. Very insightfull posts Jim!
    ^
    We have been duplicated like in season 3 of Farscape. Whata great show!

  4. Could Matthew Abaddon be the smoke monster? Look at this screencap when he walks out of the door. http://gallery.lost-media.com/displayimage-1364-355.html

    That doesn’t look like a human’s shadow. It looks like it is smokey. A quick wikipedia search shows that the word Abaddon is a version of the Hebrew word Avaddon, meaning “destruction”. Smoke Monster has caused its fair share of destruction. It would also explain Charlie as we have been given hints that the hallucinations happening on the island may be manifestations of the monster and with these island hallucinations more then one person can see them (ex the horse that both Kate and Sawyer saw) and they can also be felt, it would explain why the other mental patient was able to see Charlie. Could it be possible that whatever happened on the island caused the smoke monster to somehow escape the island?

  5. Nate, I’ll have to watch the scene again. I’ll trust Charlie’s discernment that he was more than an attorney.

    An easter egg I noticed: Hurley’s vision of Charlie swimming towards him ended with “They need you” written on Charlie’s open hand. (Clean-shaven Charlie said this to Hurley later).

    Maybe someone could list the apparitions. Those I recall were on balance neutral: Jack’s father, Kate’s Horse, Walt, Hurley’s imaginary friend. OK, Locke’s father was not very neutral.

    Have the apparitions served as lightning rods for our friends to release/overcome their sadness, fear, anger, betrayal, shame?

    This week’s clip show narrator (Michael Emerson/Ben) confirmed that the island is a catalyst for our friends to confront unresolved issues.

    To what end?

  6. Why did the clip show have such a different sound effect for the recap of the “monster’s” first appearance? Also, the clip version seemed downplayed and parenthetical.

    I loved the original scene–the rustling jungle, the snapping trees, the mechanical fifties-style “work break” whistle!

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