casiguapa wrote:S4 was great and S5 has surpassed S1 for me.
See, I thought this season has been the worst one yet. It's got so convoluted and illogical at some points I've struggled to sustain suspension of disbelief, not to mention keep interest (talking it over with friends and colleagues it seems I'm not the only one). Though the last two episodes have been better I feel; hopefully we're seeing a return to form.
One thing I've really disliked about this series is the "second" plane crash. It just seems to reduce the importance of the original crash and seems more about giving the writers a whole new bunch of redshirts to kill off. The original plane crash was meant to be the focal point of the series, the survivors were the audience's eyes to their adventure, in a sense. Confused, and trying to make sense of what was going while trying to survive and get rescued. That was, and should be, the core of the show. Now we've got most of the Oceanic lot dead, a handful rescued - but only temporarily, kinda (!) - and a whole new bunch of people introduced every other episode (can anyone tell me what was the point of Charlotte, and did anyone care when she died, really?). A similar thing happened in Battlestar Galactica and it suffered for it, especially towards the end.
Maybe I've just never recovered from the lame reasons given for the Oceanic Six's code of silence. That whole thing was terribly handled. Spend an entire series leading up to the answer of why the survivors are lying, and the answer turns out to be "some bad soldiers did some bad things, and though nearly everyone's dead now anyway, we decided to hush it up." I mean, it was the complete logical opposite of what any sane person would have done in that situation. Personally, I would have told the entire world's press about what went on, got the political and scientific establishments involved and ended the damn mysteries and powerplay once and for all, instead of doing exactly what Widmore and Ben wanted
- maintaining the code of secret silence about the island.
I realise I've been complaining a lot but I really do like the show, I just hope the writers can get it back to where it needs to be. I'll shut up now
I'm with you on the whole Oceanic code of silence thing, but I think that was to show that all of them are easily persuaded, from Locke who was told by Ben to keep it quiet, to Jack who decided to keep it quiet. Also, it's arguable that any of the six were actually a) sane or b) logical people. I mean, Sayid and Jack are renowned for making stupid decisions, Kate is so wishy-washy it's painful, and Sun had just lost her husband. Hurley always followed the group anyway and Aaron was just a little baby.
I think the point of Charlotte was that none of the people Widmore chose to find the island again were *random* like it was presented to them. All of them had, in one way or another, a connection to the place. Lapidus should
have been the pilot for Oceanic 815, Daniel's mother is the one who leads everyone back to the Island, Charlotte was born there, Miles's dad worked in the Darhma Initiative.. all of them had links to the Island. Besides Charlotte is far less annoying that Paulo and Nikki.. I mean seriously, where the fuck did they come from?
I think the need for the second crash will be revealed eventually...the last episode really highlighted that it wasn't just a plot device or a means to get them back onto the Island.
There was only so much of the will they/won't they, survival in the jungle kind of thing they could really do. Two seasons of that was plentiful. After that people want to know "where did the others come from? Who built the hatch? Was the crash random, or caused by something else?, what are the whispering voices? Is Smokey good or evil? What happened to the Darhma Initiative? Why can't women give birth on the Island? How are sick people being healed on the Island?"
All these have been hinted at or answered already, and we're now going into the home stretch of the show. Could it have been done in 3 seasons? Probably, but it would've cut out a lot. It's interesting though, that the character of Henry Gale/Ben Linus was originally only a 3 episode guest-stint, which turned to 8 episode arc and now Benry is one of the pivotal characters of the show.
Stick with it! It's shaping up to be an awesome end to a really good season. There's only been a few episodes this season that I thought were just blah, compared to half of season 2 and most parts of s3.
Also, Richard Alpert is a reason to continue watching no matter how bad it gets.