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part of a small rebellion | by maryann johanson

‘Lost’ blogging: “The Candidate”

(previous: “The Last Recruit”)

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:
Island-Jack is dreaming about not-Island-Jack’s life? Oh, crap, I just know that someone’s gonna wake up as Bob Newhart in the last episode…

So now Jack just happens to run into Bernard, and at last, people are starting to notice that something freakin’ weird is going on. I’m not sure if that helps the situation with this show feeling like it’s gotten totally derailer, but I’m only a few minutes into this episode, so we’ll see how it goes.

Oh, and just so’s you know, Locke — just like River Tam! — can kill you with his brain…

Smoke monster attack! At last, something exciting. No, wait: the smoke monster’s gotten kinda old, too.

Not-John Locke is immune to bullets. Convenient.

Hey, gang, let’s steal a submarine! Bob knows how to drive a sub, right?

Kate gets shot, but it’s only in the shoulder. That is the survival movie-and-TV wound, so it’s all good. Oops, but there’s a bomb in her shoulder. That would have been cool, actually. Then I might have believed not-Locke is God or Satan or whatever.

And it’s still all okay because Sayid is still alive and not blown up somewhere. Also: there has to be a morning aaaafter

Or maybe not.

(next: “Across the Sea”)

MPAA: rated TV14-LV

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  • roger

    Hi MaryAnn, I really enjoy your site, so I don’t normally complain when you have a running feature I don’t care for (like this one). I just don’t read them when they pop up in the RSS feed.

    So.. could you just do us the favor of leaving the snark like “I’m so bored with *Lost*… ” out of the feed itself? “Lost blogging” is pretty sufficient for us to know what’s inside.

    That way we can choose to read the blog post or not, depending on whether we enjoy this stuff or not.


  • Yeah, I don’t want to complain either, because I think whining about blog posts is generally pretty stupid. And I’m not someone who feels the need to defend something I like if someone else says they don’t like it. I couldn’t care less if another person likes the exact same things as me. It’d be a boring world if we all liked the same thing, right? But seriously, what are you doing? You’re clearly not even paying attention this season, and then you’re holding that against the show. The latest example being:

    “Not-John Locke is immune to bullets. Convenient.”

    This is not new. This has been established like a half a dozen times this season. He’s the smoke monster, he can’t be shot to death. And I don’t get the anger at the “coincidences” in the alternate universe. They’re clearly not coincidences, and they’re clearly not meant to be. All of these people meeting up with each other and starting to remember the island is on purpose, and presumably we’ll be seeing the meaning behind all of that in the last few episodes.

    If you don’t like the show, that’s fine. If you’re bored with it and want to stop watching, that’s fine. But I don’t get why you’d sort of half pay attention to the episodes, and then rant and rave about how things don’t make sense. I know it’s a convoluted back story, and there’s a lot to keep track of, but when you’re forgetting about things that happened one episode ago you’re not even trying.

    I want to be clear here, I’m not upset because I like Lost and you’re criticizing the new episodes. I’ve been reading your site for something like 9 years now, and I don’t mind when you dislike a movie I like. The reason for that is because you usually have good reasons for disliking it, and even if I disagree with you, I can understand your point, and see where you’re coming from. Hell, sometimes I’ll even agree with your point, but like a movie despite that, whereas for you it was a dealbreaker. But these posts, they just come across as lazy. You don’t like Lost anymore, but you’re not pissed or angry, you don’t hate it. You just seem disinterested, and I don’t get why you’d want to write a weekly post on something you clearly don’t care much about one way or the other. It does not inspire your best work.

  • I’d agree with the previous post. Given your obvious lack of interest and the trite writing it produces, I wish you’d just avoid discussing “Lost” altogether. Leave it to people with the patience for such things.

  • stryker1121

    I second (or third) The Count: What exactly is the point of this half-assed stream-of-consciousness ennui? Hell, I’m kind of bored w/ how the show’s played out, but these weekly posts of yours are in no way funny, thought-provoking or interesting.

  • Amy

    I’m going to echo what has already been said. I’ve been wondering for awhile now why you even bother with the Lost posts when you clearly no longer care about the show. Give your energy to the things you are interested in writing about.

    I miss the thoughtful recaps you used to do for the show, but what it has devolved into isn’t worth reading anymore.

  • MaryAnn

    Geez, is no one else as bored with the show as I am, yet still is hanging in for the last few episodes to find out what happens?

  • There are people complaining about the show out there but still hanging in to see what happens, sure. But there are lots of us who are far from bored and still hanging in too.

    But that’s not the problem. There’s plenty to criticize Lost for, and all but the craziest fans are well aware of that. I read the Onion A.V. Club’s recap every week, and it’s a mixture of criticism and praise. And their criticism is interesting, and usually valid. It’s not just, “Eh, I was bored and wasn’t really paying attention” every week. You’re better than that.

    The Jin and Sun thing this week didn’t do anything for you? I thought that was so well-done, even if it was tremendously sad. Even if you didn’t feel that way, how could you possibly write a recap of this episode that doesn’t even mention the most important thing that happened in the episode?

  • MaryAnn

    Message received. I won’t write about *Lost* anymore.

  • JoshDM

    The terrorists win?

  • Well that wasn’t exactly the message. I’d love to see you write about Lost, but the way you write about other stuff. I’d love to see that same intelligent critical analysis applied to Lost, for good or ill. But if it’s just going to be, “Meh, I wasn’t really paying attention, I was bored”, then yeah, I’d prefer your efforts elsewhere, on one of the many other things you write that are much better. But this is not to say that I feel like I should be the one calling the shots on your blog! I just felt like giving some feedback, and clearly I wasn’t the only one feeling that way about these posts.

    I hate feeling like this got unnecessarily harsh, and I am compelled to point out that you’re still friggin’ awesomesauce otherwise, MaryAnn.

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