Smartpop asked me to cover all the season 6 Lost episodes for their site, and I agreed. Every week I will link from here to my post over there. But because my review for them has to be written in the like 90 minutes after the show airs, I expect to find myself with more to say when I wake up in the morning, as I did today. So when I do link there, I will also give some slightly more cooked thoughts here.
In my review of Lost Season 6, Episode 1 "LA X" I wrote the following for Smartpop (click the quote for the rest)
"As Lost continued, the normal story began to wear away, revealing the sci-fi fantasy comic book underneath more and more. People’s tolerance for the show depended on what their tolerance for this kind of material was. The show often felt like it was designed to slowly indoctrinate people naturally resistant to sci-fi fantasy comic book insanity to creatures made of black smoke, nonsense electromagnetism, four footed statues, moving islands, and alternate universes. A sister of a friend who stopped watching around the opening of season two was appalled to learn years later they were traveling through time."
Random extra thoughts not on Smartpop
Brad said to me that the real John Locke has to return in the island universe to save everyone. I thought -- maybe he will be the only one to escape the Parallel Universe into the island universe. That would be a cool way to kind of redeem that character, who died a pointless death after so much struggle.
Also -- it occurs to me that one of the reasons that I had a bit of trouble getting into the show was Locke was my POV character. The normal guy like who became the hero. Without him my investment is a bit more blurred among various characters I like a lot less.
My friend Lucas made a funny point in his Facebook status: What kind of self respecting screenwriter can type the following exchange and be satisfied: "JULIET: Sawyer, I have something important to tell you. SAWYER: What is it? [Juliet Dies]." Juliet's role was very pointless -- she had a great death last season, then she comes back to die again, then Miles talks to her after she is dead, kind of dragging the thing out in the worst way. It sort of fits thematically with no one staying dead in any way in the episode (symbolized by the Ankh): Dead Juliet comes back from the dead, dies again and talks; Jacob dies and comes back; Sawyer dies and comes back. Locke dies and comes back. All the dead people are back in the Alternate Universe.
Brad thinks the island is a spaceship and the Man in Black is an alien who wants to go home -- not off the island, but off of THIS! ISLAND! EARTH! after Jacob developed affection for these humans. This could easily dovetail with the religious stuff as the famous crackpot theory about how aliens built the pyramids.
I said the underwater island thing was a little lame because they did not have the budget for it, but if you think about it what were they supposed to do? They HAD to take the island off the table in the Alternate Universe because if you don't then the whole Alternate Universe becomes about how they are going to return to the island, and you can't have that or you get a repeat of the worst part of Season 5.
Also, Paradise Lost goes into the famous Christian paradox about free will and god's knowledge. In Christianity submission to God's will is actually the only kind of freedom; the Freedom Satan wants and offers is paradoxically the worst bondage. The man in black seems to be Satan in this regard, and Jacob, God.
And where the hell was Charles Widmore, who was also absent from the Season 5 finale? I thought he was sort of a big deal? I hope he comes back huge.