‘Lost’ blogging: “Lighthouse”

(previous: “The Substitute”)

There’s no way to “review” or “analyze” or even “discuss” this show on an episode-by-episode basis — it’s more like you just have to react and try to guess what the hell is going on. So I’m not even gonna try to impose any sense or reason upon it: I’m just going to react. Maybe when it’s all said and done there will be something cohesive to say. Till then…

Perhaps needless to say, Lost doesn’t make much sense while you’re watching it. My ramblings will surely make even less sense if you haven’t seen the episode… and something may get spoiled for you that you don’t want spoiled. You have been warned.

So, here are the thoughts I jotted down, pretty much in order as they occurred to me as I watched:
When I look at Lost compared to say, Caprica, I see a show that is no longer interested in character or plot, a show that is interested only in tricks, surprises, and jerking the audience around. Every time there’s a song playing in a radio, or a closeup on something like the sheet music on Jack’s son’s desk, I can’t help but think that this is a “clue” that I have to research, and it’s annoying me. And yet I keep watching anyway…

So, Jack’s appendix scar is not what it should be? So, Jack had a kid? WTF? How could Jack never have mentioned a kid all that time on the island? Or is this LA version of the plane that landed meant to be a much more distant alternate universe in which a helluva lot more is different than just “the plane didn’t crash”? How unfair is that?

“Everything is an option,” the mysterious Japanese temple guy says. I’m afraid this is the operating principle the show is working on.

Is Jacob dead, or is Jacob not dead? I don’t get it…

Creepy island Claire with the creepy phantom baby cradle… *sigh*

All this stuff about people like Jack and Hurley being “candidates”… doesn’t it mean that the plane crash was not an accident in the first place? That Desmond had to not complete that number sequence and let the EMP or whatever the hell happen so that the plane would crash? Does the notion that the crash survivors were chosen to crash on the island sorta negate all the stuff about the island we’ve seen?

Now there’s a fucking lighthouse on the island! Jack says: “I don’t understand. How is it that we’ve never seen it before?” Exactly. “I guess we weren’t looking for it,” says Hurley? Bullshit. Oh, wait! The lighthouse! It’s totally right out of Mist/Riven! Last week I said Lost is Zork, now it’s Mist/Riven, next week it’ll be SimIsland. Unbelievable.

(Watch full episodes at ABC’s official site for the show.)

(next: “Sundown”)

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