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|Director:||J.J. Abrams, Jeffrey Abrams|
|Leading Role:||Matthew Fox, Evangeline Lilly, John Larroquette, Naveen Andrews, Josh Holloway, Jorge Garcia, Terry O'Quinn|
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Take a couple handfuls of survivors -- some family, mostly strangers -- crash them onto an island with a traumatic plane wreck, and give them little sign of hope, a mystery in the jungle, and no sign of rescue; add a pinch of Gilligan's Island, a smidge of Survivor, a sprinkle of grownup Goonies, a dab of 24, and a generous serving of originality to taste. This is what being LOST is all about.
Each episode adds a building block to the mystery surrounding the survivors. Viewers are slowly introduced to the past of each character with flashbacks to what led them onto the fictitious Oceanic Airlines Flight 815 and eventually, to the island. Slowly, we discover their fate was no accident, and there are connections between the remaining passengers.
The blend of mystery and drama is enthralling and tends to overshadow any violence that occurs along the way. The storyline was strongly built over the first season; love triangles are in place, a pregnant survivor gives birth to the beginning of the first generation of the island, a mysterious hatch is found and opened (though the discovery of what or who is inside will have to wait until season 2); a polar bear is discovered to be living and terrorizing the sunny isle; and finally, the survivors have discovered they are not alone.
The series delivers a range of characters including Dr. Jack, who collected the prescription meds from the luggage, made supply carts out of snack carts, and bandages out of clothing. A married couple, Sun and Jin, only one of whom speaks English, have caught fish for food, assisted in making a boat, and planted a garden from passion fruit seeds. A former Iraqi soldier, Sayid, has attempted to repair a radio signal with some success while Boone, the resident boar-hunter, finds solace in the unknown.
The interlocking puzzle of characters, secrets, and endless discoveries can make for an enticing family drama. Lost could be considered the television version of a board game. There are compelling questions left at the end of each episode, and vast amounts of room for interpretation. Parents may find there is plenty of room to discuss serious issues of death and loss, but the overall mystery and weekly disclosure of "clues" presents an opportunity for light-hearted conversations with teens: What do you think is on the island? How do you think the survivors are connected? And most importantly, after a cliffhanging season finale, what do you think is in the hatch?
I loved watching the first season of Lost. It was different, cool, and it made you think. But it wasn't too complex that if you missed an episode on TV that you couldn't figure out what was going on, still it helped a lot if you watched them all. I missed 1 episode of the first season when it ran on TV, and when I watched it on DVD, it answered a lot of questions that I was wondering about during the 1st season. OK that covered a few questions I had, but even after watching the entire season, Lost Season 1 opened a Pandora's box of what, who, why, and how. There were a lot of unanswered questions that needed to be resolved.
That's what Season 2 is for. Season 1 left us with the castaways blowing the hatch and that was it. Good way to try to make sure people watch next season, but man, you have to wait how many months to find out what happens. That part kind of sucks, especially after going through extended periods of waiting at times between episodes (they took a couple weeks off here and there, and if I remember correctly, I think they even took off nearly month). That's why the DVD set is much better. No waiting, go at your own pace. Watch it all in a day or two, or take a month to watch them. Anywho, Season 2 answers the question of what's down the hatch, and a big part of Season 2 involves the hatch, but it opens many more questions and conspiracy theories. A lot of the questions are answered, but of course many are left for Season 3. And what's the deal with the numbers? Is everything a coincidence, is everything all somehow connected, or is everything that's happened a figment of someone's imagination?
Season 1 also leaves us with Jin, Micheal, and Sawyer getting thrown overboard on their boat; and Walt getting stolen by Others. We quickly learn that Others are around on the island, not just the French chick from the first season. Some others are good, some are bad, but you don't know for sure initially who's good and who's bad, which makes for good mystery. I don't want to get too much into the Others, because I don't like spoiling the cool mysteries of movies or TV shows. Just take my word for it. There's a lot of guessing games, some easy to solve and others leave you wondering.
The first season only had Boone as a major character dying. Season 2 has a few more dying off, but some more characters are added to the forefront as well. Plus, some of the castaways who've hooked up together actually have sex. No more beating around the bush and making us wonder who's going to end up with who. Well, I guess they do, some still end up being island virgins, at least to the viewers. This season also has plenty of flashbacks that add some more insight into the castaways' history, which I totally enjoyed on Season 1.
Lost has so many twists and turns that'll keep you guessing from episode to episode. It has a little romance, some comedy, a lot of drama, and of course action. The extras are alright on this season. There's deleted scenes and more flashbacks (flashbacks are better than the deleted scenes), conspiracy theories, insights into making the show, and (my favorite) Sawyer mannerisms. It just goes through a bunch of the sayings and nicknames he has used over the 2 seasons.
I can't see getting sick of this show anytime soon. I hope this show goes on for several seasons, but still, how many more ideas can the writers come up with? They keep surprising with each episode and each new season.
After Oceanic Air flight 815 tore apart in mid-air and crashed on a Pacific island, its survivors were forced to find inner strength they never knew they had in order to survive. But they discovered that the island holds many secrets, including a mysterious smoke monster, polar bears, a strange French woman and another group of island residents known as "The Others." The survivors have also found signs of those who came to the island before them, including a 19th century sailing ship called The Black Rock, the remains of an ancient statue and bunkers belonging to the Dharma Initiative, a group of scientific researchers. The band of friends, family, enemies and strangers must continue to work together against the cruel weather and harsh terrain if they want to stay alive. But as they have discovered during their 60-plus days on the island, danger and mystery loom behind every corner, and those they thought could be trusted may turn against them. Even heroes have secrets.
The hit ABC drama series, Lost, was created by JJ Abrams (Alias) and Damon Lindelof. The series airs Wednesday nights at 9pm Eastern/Pacific and 8pm Central and premiered 22 September 2004. Here is your chance to watch the entire second season without having to wait from week to week for the show's signature cliff-hangers to be revealed.The phenomenal popularity of Lost continues into it's second season of mystery and intrigue that seems to be woven from both reality show, "Survivor" and the classic castaway tale of Robinson Crusoe. Lost entwines real and fictional 21st century technology, captivates the viewer with timeless fascination with mystery, and pits human survivors against each other and "the others" in a detailed verisimilitude allowing us to believe in the situation. Robinson Crusoe is a fictional character, like Sherlock Holmes he has crossed over from fiction to fact in the minds of some people. Undoubtedly, the characters of Jack (Matthew Fox) and Kate (Evangeline Lilly) too will become timeless heroes. Other main characters are Locke (Terry O'Quinn), Michael (Harold Perrineau), Walt (Malcolm David Kelley), Jin (Daniel Dae Kim), Sun (Yunjin Kim), Sawyer (Josh Holloway), Charlie (Dominic Monaghan), Hurley (Jorge Garcia), Shannon (Maggie Grace), Sayid (Naveen Andrews), and Claire (Emilie De Ravin)
Season two continues to tease the viewer with clues to unraveling the mysteries of the island while delving deeply into each character's personality.
The much-awaited third season of Lost will air on its Wednesday 9e/8c timeslot starting on October 4. Be prepared, catch up by watching season two now!
Everyone has an opinion of course. Reading the other reviews, it seems that there's some consensus that Season 2 is not quite up to the same standard as Season 1. Personally, I disagree. I love everything about both seasons - I'm hard pressed to find anything more compelling on TV. I think there are three reasons why people may feel a little let down with Season 2...
First, there are several more cast members added to a show that already has an island full. With the addition of survivors from the tail section, it starts to feel a bit crowded with not enough time spent on your favorites. Many people dislike Ana Lucia - the hotheaded ex-cop who tends to shoot first, but I like the characters being rather complex. Yes, she's nasty. Yes, you want her to get her just reward. But you'll have to admit that when she's face to face with an known "other," literally passing her knife back and forth without ever flinching, you have to admire her nerve. An interesting, if unlikable character.
Second, even though there are many things revealed in the show, including what caused the crash, what's in the vault, why there was a plane filled with drugs and priests, what was Kate's real sin, what happened to Walt, and why Jack is no longer married just to name a few, there's a feeling that this rabbit hole just keeps getting deeper and deeper! For me personally, I love that. With each new unexplainable twist, I'm pulled in that much further. When the black smoke swirls up to Mr. Eko, and they meet face to face, I'm thinking... "Cool, I wonder how this is going to play out." I can't begin to say that I understand everything, but that's what keeps me coming back.
And finally, perhaps people are a bit let down by Season 2 because nothing ever goes quite the way you think it will, or perhaps would like it to. The characters all have unique personalities - intentionally imperfect and complex. Like the classic soap operas, the writers have pulled you in, tied you to things in a personal way. The dynamics are such that things are always turbulent... there is little time for catching your breath (save for the single episode where Hurley gets to give out food at the end of the show). You toggle from side to side... should Jack and Kate get together, or does she fit better with the bad guy Sawyer. Will Mr. Eko and Locke combine forces to be the powerful jungle-savy team they could be, or will ideology force them to become enemies. Will Michael ever find his son, or could it be to everyone's benefit if he remained lost.
At the end of the day, you will of course have to be your own judge. But for me personally, I find LOST to be a fascinating piece of television. I hope you'll enjoy Season 2 as much as I did. I also think that Season 2 gets better as it goes along.
Posted by CK-Auctions
Season Two begins with "Man of Science, Man of Faith", and almost immediately it tells us precisely what is in the hatch. We don't know why it's there -- in fact, we don't know a great deal about it -- but over the course of the first three episodes, we learn quite clearly what it is supposed to be (at least from one perspective), and that revelation changes everything for many of the lostaways, particularly Jack (Matthew Fox) and Locke (Terry O'Quinn). These two men have spent their time on the island, and much of the time before that, facing internal struggles between science and faith. While Jack leaned closer to the former and Locke to the latter during the first season, there is a duality within each of these men, and the significance of the hatch places even greater strain on those internal battles. Each of these characters has faced the harsh realities of the world, and yet each has been a part of an event that can only be described as a "miracle". How they cope with their past and face the challenges before them on the island -- most notably the hatch -- is one of the more compelling aspects of the series, and it is a running theme for the entire second season.
While further setting up the mysteries of the hatch, the second episode of the season ("Adrift") seeks to tell us what happened to the raft that was under siege in the first season's finale. Jin (Daniel Dae Kim) is nowhere to be found, Sawyer (Josh Holloway) has a bullet lodged in his shoulder, and Michael is distraught over the kidnapping of his son. Adrift on the ocean with no land in sight and no sail to guide them, Michael and Sawyer have to fend for themselves in what is largely a two-person piece. Unfortunately, the considerable talents of these two men are completely wasted, as the episode is packed with motivationless bickering, unreasonable character actions, and a lot of whining from Michael. In fact, for as interesting as his character can be for short bursts during this season, Michael's contribution to the show has devolved almost exclusively to yelling, "WALT!!!!" or growling, "they took my son" before disappearing for episodes at a time. He pops up now and then for an interesting scene or two, but the character struggles of a man trying to connect with a son he barely knows that made Michael so compelling in the first season are all but gone. He has two flashback episodes, and neither of them presents any new information that we didn't already know or couldn't figure out through context. Sayid (Naveen Andrews), too, is largely wasted, underutilized with a single flashback and saddled with his nonsensical "love" of Shannon (Maggie Grace).
Herein lies the major obstacle that the second season of Lost faces. So much of the first season was driven by character development, through flashback woven into the fabric of the present, and it worked very well; but after a while, unless it is a truly great character, you start running out of interesting stories to tell from the past that actually relate to the events on the island. This was evidenced most prominently with Kate (Evangeline Lilly) in the first season, when by her third flashback, viewers were simply bored with her. To their credit, the writers pull back on her quite a bit, giving her one lone flashback episode and almost conceding defeat with the straight-forward title "What Kate Did".
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