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LOST: Season 2

LOST: Season 2

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Season 2 is all about a couple of things. First, we get to know more about those mysterious “Others” we heard so much about – and briefly saw – in the first season. Additionally, we are introduced to The DHARMA Initiative – the mysterious group that seems to have had a large presence on the island at one time, but appear to be MIA now. The final focal point of LOST’s second season is the Tailies; the group of survivors from the tail section of the plane.

Last we saw the Losties, they had split into two groups. Most of them remained on the island carrying on business as usual, while others (not to be confused with The Others) deal with their sinking raft.

LOST: Season 2

Against Jack’s wishes, Locke (Terry O’Quinn) and Kate (Evangeline Lily) enter the long dark tunnel the hatch was covering. Jack’s (Matthew Fox) curiosity gets the best of him and he eventually goes after them. They discover a man named Desmond (Henry Ian Cusick) has been living down there and overseeing some kind of experiment. There are some very old looking computers, some other scientific equipment, and a bunch of other stuff you wouldn’t expect to see down there. Most importantly though, there’s the button. He informs them he was instructed to press it or….well he’s never actually told what would happen. The only thing he’s ever told is that his safety – and just about everyone else on the planet – depends on him pushing that button. There was some kind of accident and pushing the button was the best solution for dealing with the problem. The only problem is it has to be pressed every 108 minutes; so it requires almost constant attention. Jack is very skeptical, while Locke continues to believe this is yet another important task the island has put in front of him; furthering the rift between these two very different characters. Jack thinks it’s all some big psychological experiment, while Locke has faith there’s value to the whole thing. The wonderful dynamic between the two characters that started in season one continues throughout this season. Desmond sees this as his opportunity to get the hell out of Dodge. He tells them the button is their problem and takes off.

LOST: Season 2

Meanwhile, Michael, Sawyer, and Jin have to deal of the aftermath of their encounter with the Others. Recap time. In case you forgot what happened at the end of last season, I shall bring you up to speed. Michael (Harold Perrineau) built a raft to get the survivors rescued. He also notices he son Walt (Malcom David Kelley) was becoming closer to some others on the island than he was with his own father; furthering Michael’s need to get off the island. So as a result of this, he built a raft in which he, Walt, Sawyer, and Jin try to find some kind of ship to get them all rescued. The only problem is the Others are aware of their every move and intervene.

Walt has been kidnapped, Jin (Daniel Dae Kim) is missing, and Sawyer (Josh Holloway) has been shot. Worst of all, the raft has been blown up and Michael and Sawyer are left floating in the middle of the ocean. Michael is absolutely inconsolable. He watched his child get taken and he is overwhelmed with grief. Getting his son back not only becomes his mission, but an obsession throughout the rest of the season. It doesn’t take long before he begins lashing out at Sawyer; who he never had a good relationship to begin with. See, Michael is a father. He knows what it is like to care about someone else more than you do yourself. Sawyer’s the kind of who usually thinks of himself first. The two are at the opposite ends of the spectrum personality wise, so when the two are put into a stressful situation, they lash out at one another. Though when they have to, the two of them will band together and help one another. Once they make it back to the shore they – along with Jin – are captured by the Others. 

LOST: Season 2

It turns out their captors aren’t actually the indigenous people we’ve come to know as the Others, but rather additional survivors from flight 815. Yep, that’s right, the tail section of the plane landed on another part of the island and some of them even survived. Most notable amongst the survivors are leader Ana Lucia, Mr. Eko, Libby, and Bernard.  Ana Lucia (Michelle Rodriguez) is the leader of this new group. She is a hard-ass to and initially as suspicious about Michael, Jin, and Sawyer as they are her. In fact, when they first meet she throws them all in a makeshift prison. Sawyer and her hit it off wonderfully and there are some amusing exchanges between them. Mr. Eko is a silent and mysterious type. The only thing you really know about him is he seem to respect Ana’s leadership and he’s not the kind of guy you want to mess with. Of this new group of survivors Libby (Cynthia Watros) and Bernard (Sam Anderson) seem to be the most normal. They aren’t former cops, soldiers, or conmen, but are just trying to survive. The two factions eventually earn one another’s trust and agree to make their way back to the main camp. This makes for one of the more emotional and memorable scenes of season 2.  The reunion isn’t a happy one for everyone though, as someone accidentally meets their demise as a result of some confusion. This leads to some tension between some members of the two different groups.

LOST: Season 2

After the dust settles, the newbies begin settling in and making friends. Hurley (Jorge Garcia) becomes very fond of Libby.  Hurley is an easygoing guy with a friendly demeanor, but he’s not without his problems. This season we learn more about some of his past problems, and how Libby serves as something of a supporting system for him. Jack also seems to bond with Ana Lucia. Each is the leader of their respective group and care for the safety of their fellow survivors. Notice how this scene mirrors this one from season 1; when Jack was also rescuing his fellow survivors. I love that they took the time to do something like this even though Ana’s introduction wasn’t shown until the second season. The two also bond over their belief that the Others are a dangerous threat that needs to be dealt with and dealt with aggressively.

Though they have suffered losses, things seem to be looking up for the Losties. They are living much more comfortably since gaining access to the hatch. They have gained access to much needed food, guns, and other important supplies. Additionally, the discovery of this new group of survivors has replenished the ranks. But little do they know, they are about to meet somebody who will affect all of their lives.

LOST: Season 2

Remember the crazy French lady who lives in the jungle and pops up every once and a while? Well she’s back. Danielle Rousseau has resurfaced and this time she’s not alone. Rousseau (Mira Furlan) shows up on their doorstep claiming she has captured one of the Others. She takes a group of them to his location, but he denies her claims. He says that his name is Henry Gale and that he and his wife crashed on the island in a hot air balloon. Henry (Michael Emerson) says he has absolutely no idea what Rousseau is talking about. The Losties aren’t quite sure what to make of him. The guessing game over who he is was truly some great stuff. It was an important part of season 2 and one of the better story arcs of the entire show. Emerson is fantastic and stuff like this and this as example of that. I remember the first time I watched this season and how intrigued I was over this particular storyline. LOST  was still at the top of its game during season 2 and stuff like this is exactly the reason why.

Speaking of “Henry Gale”, I wanted to touch on a particular point of the show. The character’s name was just another one that kept up with the tradition of having little references to literature, philosophy, or spirituality. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, just think about that name. Now think of how he claims he came to the island. It’s a reference to The Wizard of Oz. Henry Gale is Dorothy’s uncle, and the hot air balloon is a reference to how the Wizard first came to Oz. Some of the other characters I’m talking about are Desmond, Locke, and Jack. The first two being philosopher’s and Jack’s last name being Shepard. Shepard, get it? LOST is loaded with stuff like this and I have only touched on character names.

Above I mentioned that Henry’s presence would impact the survivor’s lives in a big way. If you haven’t seen the show then you might want to skip this paragraph. Those of us who have seen the show know his name is Ben. Not only is Ben one of the Others, he’s their leader; and one manipulative SOB to boot. Even before we find out his true identity, he’s playing mind games with people. The character is written and acted so well. He’s easily one of the most memorable villains in recent television history.

Diagnosis: Thumbs up.

This movie review was written for your reading pleasure on August 12, 2012.

Below is a recap of season 2. Be sure to check out my review of season 1 if you haven’t already.

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