“Lost” Season 2 (2005-06, ABC), episode 1 – “Lost” is not the best show on TV (it’s not even the best show in its time slot). The weaknesses became apparent last season when Claire (Emilie de Ravin) was kidnapped and Jack (Matthew Fox) and his gang couldn’t be bothered to seriously search for her even though they didn’t have anything more pressing to occupy their time. (They eventually found her while searching for Walt’s dog.)
“Lost” Season 1 (2004-05, ABC), episodes 1-11– I was hooked on “Lost” (7 p.m. Wednesdays on ABC) from the get-go. The pilot came complete with a plane crash and a monster; if it had been a summer blockbuster, it’d be topping my year-end movie list. But “Lost” is a TV series, and the key to its longevity is, as with “Veronica Mars,” back stories.
So what’s the next “Lost?” I’ve argued in the past that it’s “Fringe,” but I recognize there’s apathy toward it from the public rather than passion like there was for “Lost.” (Water-cooler discussion with other people is more fun than with yourself.)
I kind of feel sorry for Jacob and the Man in Black after watching this week’s episode of “Lost” (8 p.m. Central Tuesday on ABC, followed by the two-and-a-half-hour series finale at 8 p.m. Sunday, May 23). We learned that they are twin brothers who were raised by a crazy woman who claimed to be their mother, but actually was the killer of their mother. And we learned that neither of them are inherently supernatural, but rather that they gained their supernatural powers from the island.
A recent issue of Entertainment Weekly examined networks’ efforts to find the next “Lost,” in terms of both quality and ratings, and determined that nothing fits the bill. I disagree: “Fringe” (8 p.m. Thursdays on Fox) — like “Lost,” produced by J.J. Abrams — is as good as “Lost” (maybe better), and it’s successful enough that it has been renewed for a third season.
I’m not an awards-show guy. If you’re perusing my blog archives looking for analyses of Oscars, Emmys or Grammys, you won’t find any. That having been said, someone needs to give Nestor Carbonell an award (even if it’s a worthless award like an Emmy) for his performance as Richard Alpert in “Ab Aeterno,” Tuesday’s episode of “Lost.”
The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly has a nice chart comparing the “Lost” (8 p.m. Central Tuesdays, ABC) characters’ lives in the Island World to their lives in the Sideways World. The evidence points to Jacob being the bad guy and the Man in Black being the good guy — which is the opposite of what one would initially assume.
Are TV shows getting dumber or am I getting smarter? I’m not talking about TV as a whole, because obviously it’s dumber than it was 10 years ago. This is because of the influx of cheap TV — reality shows, game shows and talk shows — taking over primetime slots.
It’s appropriate that “Lost’s” two-hour final-season premiere (8 tonight, ABC) airs on Groundhog Day. Like the Bill Murray movie, “Lost” has done a lot of circular storytelling. First the characters were in 2004, then they jumped back to 1977, then we jumped ahead to 2007 to follow the characters who didn’t go back in time, and now we all want to know what will happen to everyone in 2010 — the show’s future, our present.