Lost: Season 3 - Review
Review by Jack Foley
DVD SPECIAL FEATURES: Contains All 23 Episodes From Series 3 On 7DVDs; Audio Commentary On The Following Episodes: Tale Of Two Cities, I Do, Expose & The Man Behind The Curtain; Lost On Location Featurettes; Lost In A Day – Featurette; Cast In Clay: Creating The Toys Of Todd McFarlane; The World Of The Others – Featurette; Book Club – Featurette; Evangeline Lilly – Featurette; Video Game Featurette; Terry O’Quinn: Throwing From The Handle; Flashbacks; Deleted Scenes; Fish Biscuits.
AFTER the relative disappointment of season 2, the third season of Lost marked a significant improvement and really put the show back on track for the long haul.
Tantalising clues were provided regarding the secrets of the island, characters clashes, some of them died, and there seemed to be a greater sense of urgency surrounding each episode.
We’re still no closer to figuring out what the hell is going on, of course, but the show seemed to have more direction and there was less reliance on tedious plot devices such as The Hatch and more on character development.
The release of Season 3 on DVD is therefore welcome news to anyone who fancies revisiting the clues provided, or who hasn’t got satellite TV. So, if you’ve not seen the series, then be warned – the remainder of this review contains some spoilers.
One of the strongest attributes of this third season was the new focus it provided on Jack (Matthew Fox), Kate (Evangeline Lilly), and Sawyer (Josh Holloway) as they faced up to their imprisonment by the Others and their feelings for each other.
Aside from intensifying the love triangle that existed, it provided some fascinating insights into The Others (led by the suitably sinister Michael Emerson) and their history on the island.
Emerson’s complex portrayal of Ben Linus, in particular, provided one of the season’s highlights, veering from calculated manipulator to scared leader with casual ease. We’re still not sure whether his motivations are honest, or merely the delusional actions of a potential sociopath – but it’s been fun finding out and his story played an integral part in the exciting season finale.
Strong, too, was another of The Others, Juliet Burke (Elizabeth Mitchell), who brought more complications for the Jack and Kate love story, and who once again toyed with viewers’ perceptions of her true role in proceedings.
Of the season regulars, Locke (Terry O’Quinn) continued to be one of the most interesting (especially when battling his past demons and following a darker path), while Jin and Sun Kwon (Daniel Dae Kim and Yunjin Kim) continued to break our hearts as they rebuilt their relationship.
Jorge Garcia’s Hurley balanced most of the show’s comic relief with some genuinely poignant asides and shone in the handful of episodes devoted to him, while Dominic Monaghan’s former rock star Charlie played an increasingly significant role and contributed to the emotional finale to the season.
Don’t forget, too, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s Mr Eko who surprisingly perished during one of the season’s earliest surprises, or the memorable stand-alone episode featuring Rodrigo Santoro and Kiele Sanchez that provided some insight into Paulo and Nicki (as well as a genuinely shocking outcome).
All in all, the third season of Lost succeeded in recapturing the early allure of the show in its prime and generally got the balance right between providing some answers and posing more questions.
What’s more, the questions it provoked made you want to stick with the show at least for another season, if only to see whether any long-held suspicions are realised.
Best of all, the season finished on a high with an absolute humdinger of a cliffhanger that really pulled the rug out from under you. It made the prospect of a fourth season all the more exciting and should ensure that Lost continues to grip for a long while yet…
What do you think?