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ETA, May 18th: Okay, that was close! Just a short few days after posting this editorial the series (arguably) redeems itself, with a more-than-good episode May 18th. That still doesn't make the below editorial about the disappointing May 11th episode worthless. Read on to see Techtite's immediate reactions just hours after seeing the episode that, much like the episode's namesake, nearly made any hope of a decent series finale disappear "Across the sea"...!
Okay, SPOILER ALERT time, because there are many things I would like to discuss about the now (in)famous episode of Lost, "Across the Sea," and there is no time to coddle the spoiler police, who insist on waiting until the release of the DVD set before they are "spoiled." This editorial presumes you already saw the episode, or would appreciate an editorial of what I thought of it, whether you saw it or not. Got that? SPOILER ALERT. Last warning, okay?
Let's offer the obligatory screen grab of good old "Jacob" from the series, to give the non spoiled time to leave before I get down to business...and make no mistake: there is a LOT I have to say about this one!
First let's cover all of the whoopla that surrounded this episode before its television debut. In short: this was supposed to be "epic." Answers were to be given. Major questions were to be resolved. Yet the biggest hype of all was a little mini "spoiler" online, from a reputable source, that insisted that this episode was not only great: it was like a cinema movie. I would link that comment with a source, though all links to that comment, and all references to it, have suddenly disappeared. How...curious.
Let me stop beating around the bush as I say: this episode was disappointing. This is coming from the biggest apologist that Lost still has in the "fanboy" camp...which, frankly, is dwindling fast. My own mother, who is an even bigger fanboy than I am, talked to me about the episode the next day. When I jovially asked her what grade she would give the episode, not only did she think it deserved an "F"...she thought its grade should be "S." Let your imagination run wild as to what "S" word she was referring to...!
However, as is the whole theme of lost: everyone, and everything, has two sides: good, and bad. So let's be defensive for a bit and cover the "good." For one: it was a major coup to get Allison Janney to guest star in the episode. Without her, this episode would've indeed been an "S"...or perhaps even a "Z," as in: Zzzzzzz!
To be equally fair, early spoilers for this episode were correct: we did learn everything promised. We learned the motivations of the "smoke monster," how he became the smoke monster, the origins of the infamous time-altering donkey wheel, and how Jacob became the protector of the island. All these answers were given. Were they given poorly? Perhaps, and perhaps not. Just because you didn't like the answers does not mean answers weren't given.
Yet the episode was still over-hyped, and therefore, even more disappointing than it needed to be. As some fans have said: this would have been perfect as a season 6 premiere, or as a mid season episode. With only 2 episodes remaining; there was no place for an episode with none of the main characters, especially immediately after an episode when four main characters seemingly died. Did we need to see a glowing cave that "showed" the island's power? No. Did we need to see that Jacob became the protector of the island, quite simply, because nobody else was available? No. In fact; it kind of ruins the whole mood of the series to know that Jacob was just some guy who stumbled by dumb luck into his role as island protector. Boring...!
I will not, however, whine about the donkey wheel "explanation." Look, kids. It is a wheel that can manipulate time. Did anyone really expect this to be "explained" in logical terms? Of course not. Peter Pan cannot fly. A Star Wars "TIE Fighter" cannot sound cool, since there is no sound in space. Oh, and a cartoon animal cannot possibly survive a fall off a cliff and an anvil to the noggin. We know all that. It was stupid of the series to try and "explain" how a wheel could become a time travel device. It's even stupider, however, for the nitpickers to whine about the "explanation." It's science FICTION, people!
Then there's the Adam and Eve reveal. In short: it was dear old mom, and the physical form of Jacob's fraternal twin brother, aka The Cloud Monster. We then see a shot of season one when these corpses were discovered by Jack and Kate, which is supposed to mean that this story was planned since the beginning. Cynics say this is nonsense, and I reluctantly agree. I will admit that the concept of good and evil and one side "dark" and one side "light" has been a focal point of the series since episode one. Yet if the series is now insisting that it was always planned that these bodies would be The Cloud Monster and his mom: I don't believe it. That's a bit of a stretch to me.
Yet here's what I found the most troubling: this "antepenultimate" episode was supposed to pave the road to a show stopping finale, and it was nothing special. Regardless of the above-average acting (especially Janney), it was a big fat...meh. Maybe the finale will be better. However, given how hyped this episode was, and how much it was nothing like what was promised: I am suddenly looking very un-forward to the finale, for the first time since it was first announced three years ago. Maybe they can prove my doubts wrong that the eleventh hour. They haven't yet...and that's troubling.
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