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LOST: Season 3

LOST: Season 3

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I remember when season 2 concluded (review here), I was livid. Not because I thought it was a bad, but because of how much I was into the whole thing. A lot happened in the finale. The big three (Jack, Kate, and Sawyer) had just been captured by the Others!!! In addition to that, the mysterious Henry Gale (AKA Ben) was not only revealed to be one of the Others, but also their leader! My first thought was, to quote Sawyer, “Son of a bitch!” It was at that moment that my hatred of Benjamin Linus (Michael Emerson) was solidified. Sure, I didn’t like him when I found out he was a member of the group trying to kill the Losties, but when I found out he was their leader, I flipped my shit. There was also that little incident in which the hatch imploded and it appeared as if their world was about to end.  With so many new revelations in the final episodes, I was looking forward to the season 3 premiere quite a bit.

Speaking of which, season 3 kicked off with a bang. This has to be one of my favorite scenes from the entire season – if not the show – for a multitude of reasons. This was our first introduction to Juliet. We thought we were seeing something off-island. I remember thinking she was a friend or relative of one of the main characters. I thought maybe she was about as important as Jack’s ex Sarah (Julie Bowen). Who was this random woman and what does she have to do with LOST?  There was also revelation that the Others weren’t a bunch of mysterious jungle people. We were still at the point where we thought the Others were a bunch of savages living in the jungle. Finding out that they had clean clothes, books, CDs, and homes to keep all of it in was a huge discovery! That was a hell of a way to kick off the season. This kind of jaw-dropping surprise was what made the early seasons of LOST a top-notch TV show.

LOST: Season 2

Last we saw the Losties, Jack, Kate, Sawyer, and Hurley were kidnapped by the Others. Michael (Harold Perrineau) had successfully led his fellow survivors to the Others in exchange for his son Walt (Malcom David Kelley). Hurley was let go with the instructions to return to his camp and never attempt to rescue his friends. I think my hatred of the Others was at an all-time high at this point. They were the ones who started the conflict between the two groups, but they had the nerve to warn the 815 survivors to stay away or there would be ramifications? Gah! They had the Losties from every possible angle. At the end of the first season, they pretty much took Walt because they felt like it, and tried to kill Michael, Sawyer, and Jin just for being there. But now since they needed something from him, they blackmailed Michael into doing their bidding; which he did because they had his kid. Then instead of letting the rest of them all go like they did with Hurley they kept them hostage for their own gain. Ugh! I hated them for that. Everyone involved really did an exceptional job at making me hate the villains.  The writers and actors both played an integral role in really selling this aspect of the story.

We find out that Ben really only wanted Jack (Matthew Fox). If you remember, Jack is a doctor, and Ben just so happens to have a tumor. As Ben goes on to point out when revealing all of this to Jack, it’s a eerie coincidence that fate just so happened to drop a spinal surgeon in his lap not long after finding out he has a tumor. Jack being Jack, refuses of course, but is quickly forced to comply when Ben uses Kate (Evangeline Lily) and Sawyer (Joshn Holloway) as leverage. Also typical of Jack, he has a plan to get his friends out of this situation. After agreeing to help Ben, he is able to secure Kate and Sawyer’s freedom.

The two of them arrive back at their camp and Kate immediately begins to plan a rescue. Par for the course, Sawyer refuses to go back and rescue Jack. Kate is not happy with him, but doesn’t let that stop her from leading Sayid (Naveen Andrews), Locke (Terry O’Quinn), and Rousseau (Mira Furlan) back to where the Others are holding Jack hostage. This is where things get a little confusing . When they arrive at the Others camp, Jack is not only walking around with no restrictions, he seems happy. Kate and the rest of her group are totally baffled. What did they do to Jack? I share your confusion Kate, because my jaw dropped when I saw that for the first time. The group is thrown another curveball when Locke announces that they are on their own and rescuing Jack was not his goal.

LOST: Season 2

This is what always killed me about that character. The more we learn about John Locke’s past, the more you want to sympathize – if not pity – the guy. He had an absolutely terrible life before coming to the island. He was the victim of some really awful stuff courtesy of his own parents. So, you really want to root for the guy, but his selfish actions on the island make it really hard. Almost immediately after landing on the island, Locke thought he found some purpose in life. In the beginning, he was one of the biggest contributors to the group. He hunted and gathered whatever supplies he could. But not too long into their time there, he begins disappearing into the jungle, talking about destiny, and generally ignoring the safety of his fellow survivors; and at a certain point he even joins the Others. I was livid with him. Not even Sawyer – who is pretty damn selfish – would do something like that. Locke voluntarily joined the group that tried to capture and kill them the second they arrived on the island. He did so for such selfish reasons too. He had a crappy life pre-island, so he goes and joins a group of murderers because he thinks he found some purpose in life? Do not misunderstand me though, I wasn’t rooting for the character, but Terry O’Quinn did an excellent job at playing this fragile and damaged man. His performance was awesome. You often found yourself sympathizing with Locke because of what happened to him in his past, but wanted to strange him because of what he was doing in the present.

I felt similarly about Mr. Eko in season 3. Eko (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) started out as one of the biggest contributors to his group. He seemed to find meaning in helping the group, but also like Locke, he dropped the group for the sake of his own destiny the second he found on the island was no regular island.

Some shit goes down, but Jack, Kate, and Sayid eventually make it back to their camp. They are not alone though as Jack has brought Juliet along. Juliet (Elizabeth Mitchell) is one of the Others and nobody trusts her. They are also leery of Jack now because of the time he spent with the Others. Seeing him roam around amongst them seemingly free has rubbed some of the 815 survivors the wrong way. It also doesn’t help that he comes back with one their enemies.  

All of this combined is probably the biggest conflict the group has faced up to this point. They don’t trust their leader, Locke is now the second one of their own to betray them to join the Others (Michael’s excuse was a little more valid), and now Juliet is defecting to their camp.  There was trouble brewing in the 815 camp and I remember how conflicted it made me feel when I first saw it. Prior to this it was the 815 survivors vs. the Others. It was easy to pick a side back then, but now we had dissention amongst the home team.

LOST: Season 2

Things only get worse when the 815 survivors get word of a boat that has discovered their whereabouts. Naturally, they are ecstatic upon hearing the news. There is also some other news they have recently discovered. Ben has decided to send a group of his people to wipe them out. The Others have more guns, technology, and the advantage of being familiar with their surroundings. The Losties decided to flee into the jungle as a means of keeping their people safe, as well as improving their chances of being rescued by this mysterious boat. If that isn’t enough to deal with, they then have to deal with rumors that the people on the boat are not friendly. Both Locke and Ben tell them the people on the boat will try to kill them when they arrive on the island, so they should stop their attempts to contact the freighter. Of course, since its Ben and Locke, nobody believes them. All they can think of is another getting rescued. The drama was at such a high point. One minute Ben is trying to have the Losties killed, the next he is pleading for them to ignore the call for help (from the freighter). Your emotions are all over the map at this point. You don’t know what to think.

Season 3 starts off being about the Losties vs. the Others. This wasn’t’ anything new – the Others had been after the survivors almost the second they crash landed on the island – however everything is out in the open at this point. Prior to this season, we thought the Others were a group of mysterious savages. That’s pretty scary, but finding out they are some kind of cult that seems to have an endless flow of resources – both on and off the island – is even scarier. We don’t know everything about them at this point, but they seem to have a belief system that they will go to any lengths to protect when they feel it is threatened.

We also start to hear a little more about their mysterious leader, Jacob. We don’t know anything about him other than that they will do anything he says.

The biggest downfall of this season was the creators need to throw new characters at us really started to make itself known this season. It’s not that you should never introduce anything new, but the way it played out wasn’t so great sometimes. Nikki and Paulo were prime examples of that. They were universally despised by fans for their forced appearances.

Rating: Thumbs up.

This review was written for your reading pleasure on January 7, 2013.

Here’s a nice little recap of season 3 that some fan made over on YouTube. There’s no words in it, but it actually does a really good job of summarizing this season.

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