So far, I’m on episode 11 of Lost and it’s only gotten better. The characters are still annoying, but the episodes have gotten a lot more high stake, especially since we’ve gotten to know a little bit more about Dharma and the shaft, as well as the other survivors. Ana Lucia is annoying the same way Kate is annoying. They both have checkered pasts and have killed multiple people before the plane crash, and they’re both portrayed as “badass women.” However, they’re shown having low moments a little too much in the show, mainly because they’re shown as killers and then we have to start feeling sorry for them and we can’t. They break down at the smallest things because “they’re not really strong after all, all they want is to be held.” Kate goes on this beyond irrelevant rant that she was born bad because her father was a drunk and an abuser, so she can’t be with Jack because he’s too good for her, but she also can’t be with Sawyer because he reminds her of her father. Like okay?! Do we really have time for this love triangle when Walt is presumably being brainwashed by “the others.” I like Mr. Eko though and think that his backstory is the strongest by far. Mainly because his story actually connects with the island and faith.
I’m glad the Korean couple got more of a back story too, but it’s still hard not to see Jin as an abuser and manipulator. Almost all of the characters on the island are bad people in the real world, negligent fathers, abusive husbands, criminals, killers, murderers, etc. but we’re supposed to feel bad for them because we shouldn’t wish this fate on anyone. And I don’t, but to make the majority of your cast unlikeable is really bad move. I’m so sick of their back stories, because what matters is what’s happening on the ISLAND! I also hate how they constantly play the pronoun game to extend story arcs, and how they keep things hidden from one another for so long just to build tension. It doesn’t build tension, it just makes you frustrated with the show. I do however like that they’re trying to connect everyone on the island to show that maybe they were chosen to be there. But who really knows at this point.
I was disappointed that the villainous monster was just this black smoke because it could have been something so much cooler. Like a big monster or robot or alien, but I guess that would be too gimmicky. I do like that they show all the happy/sad moments in slow mo because it gives the happy moments time to sink in, and it’s good sometimes not to hear the character get bad news and break down, but rather to see it visually. TV is after all, a visual storytelling medium. At this point, we’re still trying to find Walt and the Others, and learning about the new characters that were from the tail end of the plane. I hope we find Walt and the others soon because I’m tired of them dragging that plot thread out. At least we saw the monster, but now we need to know what the “incident” was. Stay tuned for when I finish Season 2 so I can give my full thoughts on it.
21 year old English major and ESL Teacher. Currently living in Fortaleza, Brazil. Feminist and kill joy with a cause.