Friday, February 19, 2010

What Does This Final Season of 'Lost' Seem Like to a Newbie?

Why anyone would attempt to start watching Lost -- a TV drama renowned for its complexity, its onion-like layers, its sometimes (oftentimes) confusing means of storytelling (flashbacks, flashforwards, sideways flashes) -- during its last season is a mystery to me.

A friend of mine, to whom I've lent the set of first season DVDs, e-mailed me shortly before the final season began and asked me whether I thought he should tune in to the new episodes. Absolutely not, I said, he wouldn't understand what was happening and he'd likely get frustrated ( . . . not that that experience would be signficantly different than the confusion I often experience each week while watching the show even though I've seen every episode).

Then I learned about this blog, called, cleverly enough, "The Final Season of LOST as Seen by Someone Who Has Never Seen." (Damon Lindelof, a Lost executive producer, Tweeted about it. Called it "awesome.") So, naturally, I had to take a peek for myself.

The blogger, "John," said he plans to write recaps of what he THINKS happened on each episode. He has no plans to research anything. He'll just revel in his Lost ignorance, including whether he gets names, places and details correct. The only thing he asks is that readers not be "haters."

Below is a sample from his review of the most recent episode, "The Substitute," (*Warning: Spoilers, y'all*) about the scene in the cave with post-Jughead/post-crash/dead Locke/Man in Black -- who he calls "Sad Day Monster" -- and Sawyer:

"There’s auditions to take over the island. Everyone has a number. Dead people are crossed off. I got excited when I saw '8 – Reyes' because I thought that meant Jose Reyes was on the island somewhere. But alas, Jose is #7. Clearly Jack is #23 because he is the Michael Jordan of being handsome. The Sad Day Monster gives Sawyer 3 choices. 1) Do nothing (sounds great to me. I’m gonna go back to getting drunk and listening to rock music on a tropical island.) 2) Protect the island from nothing. (sounds like option 1, I’m in.) 3) We just go. Thelma and Louise style.

Drunk Sawyer votes that they hit the bricks. Not what I would have chosen."

Throughout the review of the season premiere, he called Jack by the name Jake, and for the Kate-centric episode, called Kate "a bad person who robs a cab with a pregger lady in it."

Image credit: Mario Perez/ABC.


Vixen said...

I am cracking up at the just excerpt, going to have to head over there and book mark it to see what he says next, lol.

Meredith said...

It's a really novel idea. Bold too. Hope he doesn't get too many haters and that everyone there has a good sense of humor.