Ah, Find This

… feeling better, by the way. The Cold-Eeze? worked.

CAUTION: LOST season 3 spoilers (I guess) in this post…

The other night was the final “fall” episode of LOST. Now they’re on a hiatus until February, during which time we are going to be treated to a ridiculous-looking show featuring Taye Diggs, which, I’m sorry, I already wrote, and (I’d like to think) wrote more interesting. But I digress.

Over the course of 6 fairly non-descript episodes, I just want to make it clear to anyone who missed it: we did not find out shit.

THINGS THAT WERE POUNDED INTO OUR HEADS WHICH WE ALREADY KNEW
– Sayid is a soldier
– Sawyer is a conman with a heart of gold
– The Others are creepy
– The Black Smoke Monster makes no sense
– Jack is a control freak
– Locke is a tool
– Kate runs

NEW REVELATIONS THAT WE EITHER DIDN’T CARE ABOUT OR JUST PISSED US OFF
– There are actually fucking two islands
– Some dude with an eye patch is in another fucking hatch
– Desmond’s mutant ability is to see the future
– “What else should we do with Eko? Ah, piss on it, he’d dead.”

QUESTIONS WE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE ANSWERED THAT STILL AREN’T, OR LOOSE ENDS THAT ARE STILL HANGING AROUND
– Why the hell did The Others want to kidnap Walt, and if he was so important, why let him go so easily?
– If you really, really needed a surgeon, you probably could’ve just asked.
– The numbers? Any relevance to the numbers? Anywhere?
– So if Mike and Walt got away, when is the rescue plane showing up?
– How did the Others get there, why are they still there, what is their connection to the Dharma Initiative?
– When did Locke stop walking?
– What the hell is the Black Smoke Monster?
– Why the hell was Eko building a church?

That’s all I’ve got for now, but I’m sure I could think of more. On a related topic, though, what is with this trend in popular TV now where they actually start out with an interesting movie-type premise (i.e., a plane crashes on a creepy, weird island, or a guy gets himself sent to prison with the intent of busting himself and his brother out)?

The way I see it, these shows start out with pretty spectacular potential, but how can they not peter out when that first, cool story arc is completed? You can try to do what they’ve done to LOST, which is to just stretch it out to an obscene and frustrating length, or you could change the way you think about making television—instead of trying to come up with a perennial ratings blockbuster, try to come up with some really great 1-season ideas year after year…

I dunno, I don’t work in TV.

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