Lost: Season 2 - First 4 hours reviewed
Review by Jack Foley
THE second season of plane-crash drama Lost is now four episodes old in the UK and the verdict isn’t all good.
The show is still consistently entertaining but the lack of answers continues to give rise to the suspicion that viewers are being led up the jungle path without any hope of ever finding a satisfactory explanation.
Season 2 picked up from where its predecessor left off – with the hatch being blown open. But far from offering any answers, it merely set up more questions and seemed to take the show into ever more surreal realms.
The hatch was inhabited by an Irishman named Desmond, whom Jack (Matthew Fox) had met early in his medical career while out running. It was Desmond’s task to re-set a computer every 108 minutes or face the end of the world.
Once infiltrated, however, Desmond seizes the opportunity to escape, thereby leaving Jack, Locke (Terry O’Quinn) and Kate (Evangeline Lilly) to debate the merits of seeing the task through.
As they do so, the remaining members of the island colony are forced to band together amid the continued threat from The Others.
While out at sea, the occupants of the raft are in very bad shape. Sawyer (Josh Holloway) has been shot, Michael (Harold Perrineau) has witnessed his son being kidnapped by The Others, and Jin (Daniel Dae Kim) is missing.
Once reunited back on the island, Michael, Sawyer and Jin are taken captive by another group of survivors, led by Ana Lucia Cortez (Michelle Rodriguez), who immediately rubs Sawyer up the wrong way.
By the close of episode four, viewers are still no closer to finding out the relevance of the hatch to world safety, or how or why it has taken so long for the new group of survivors to find their counterparts.
Of the flashbacks which mark each episode, we get further insights into Locke’s turmoil at being conned into donating a kidney to his father, as well as the early stages of Jack’s relationship with his wife (then a patient) and Hurley’s (Jorge Garcia) Lottery win.
Eagle-eyed viewers will revel in the links that are gradually being formed to key events and flashbacks from season one, while the show itself has lost none of its ability to provide characters worth caring about.
But it’s playing a risky game by choosing to play its cards so close to its chest. Viewers will only wait for so long before expecting some form of payback (witness the demise of The X-Files), while the sudden emergence of a host of new characters could make things needlessly confusing.
Of the newcomers, Rodriguez looks to be the most intriguing, having already been introduced fleetingly in season one chatting to Jack at the airport. Her obvious bad chemistry with Sawyer should also be entertaining to watch develop.
But there are several unexplained presences that will probably have their own back stories – a plot device that might become tiresome if it gets in the way of developing what’s happening on the island.
As for the ever-increasing theories surrounding the show – a new book has recently been published by a fake author whose name serves as an anagram for “purgatory”, while there are those who believe it could be some form of sinister reality TV much like The Truman Show (especially in light of the hatch’s discoveries). Read more
Whatever, Lost continues to have us hooked for now even if it has yet to reach the high standards set by the first series.