So I just finished Lost Season 1 a few days ago and here are my thoughts now that the season wrapped up.
I really liked the idea of the hatch because I knew that one day or another, the characters were going to interact with technology and find modern appliances, I just didn’t know how. I like the idea of the Hatch because there are so many routes the show can take. So many things are still undiscovered about it, but I can't wait to find out more.
I think the doomsday clock is really not a good idea, and I really hate the Jack vs. Locke dichotomy. Jack is seen as “reason,” while Locke is a man of “fate.” Locke believes that everything that happens on the island happens for a reason, and he sees the island as a test of his faith. He complies with anything given to him on the island because the island restored the use of his legs. Whereas Jack needs a reason for everything and anything that happens on the island. He doesn’t want to work the button at first because he doesn’t believe in fate, destiny, or doing anything without good reason. But he takes the leap of faith anyway because peer pressure. I think that that binary is so old and tired, and really unnecessary to the plot.
I hate how much the show enforces that Jack is the perfect guy and the best person on the island. Like OK WE GET IT. He’s a doctor. I also don’t like how the show wants to make sympathetic killers. Kate for instance, is a criminal with deep psychological issues, yet we’re supposed to root for her?! She’s our main female protagonist and she has no character other than broody hard core fighter and small little lamb that faints at the sight of blood. The love triangle between Kate, Jack and Sawyer is also so unnecessary! Do we really need a love triangle?! We’re in the middle of nowhere and they still try to shove that plot hole down our throats. We also never figured out why the hatch lit up in the episode where Locke’s faith was tested.
I’m glad that Boone got killed off, and I think the romance with Shannon and Sayid was interesting, but in no way compelling due to the fact that Shannon’s character is so unlikeable. I thought the raft idea was also dumb, but I had a feeling they would try that sooner or later. I’m glad Michael and Walt finally got a backstory, even though it was sort of random and kind of lame. But Walt's interesting powers could go somewhere cool. I think having “the others” is another good idea, but only if their motivation lives up to the stakes the show has set. Overall, it was a solid first season even though the characters are still insufferable. I HATE Claire and Charlie. Mainly because Claire’s acting is extremely hokey and phoned in. Secondly, Charlie’s addiction storyline is compelling, but should be saved for another show. Lastly, there's Hurley. I have no words for Hurley. I think it's wrong that his mental illness is seen as a sort of joke on the show, and that his obsession with the numbers is a little weird, but they needed to tie him into the story with the island somehow, and that was their desperate attempt. At least they made Sawyer more likable, surprisingly. They use his character to show that the other islanders haven't lost their humanity. Like Michael and Jin still risk their life to save him, even though they could have easily left him since he was just dead weight.
I can’t wait to share my thoughts on Season 2! Stay tuned.
23 year old English major and ESL Teacher. Currently living in Fortaleza, Brazil. Feminist and kill joy with a cause.