LOST: Season 5
What He said:
It’s been a while since I reviewed a season of
LOST. I think that’s because LOST is such
an in-depth show, that I want to give each season a proper
review. There’s so much to cover that even in a detailed and
lengthy review, there’s still a ton I’m not covering.
Plus, as much as I love the show, sometimes you just need
a break after watching something so detailed. There is so
much going on that after watching each season, I go back and
read a recap of it before I write my review, so it’s like
going through the whole experience twice. Sometimes you just
need to give your brain a rest.
Anyway, I promised myself that before I wrapped up my
viewing of LOST with season 6, I’d get my review for
season 5 online.
I believe I’ve said this in some of my other reviews, but
the previous season ended with a jaw-dropper. Some people had a lot of
complaints about LOST by the time it was all said
and done, but there’s one thing the show did well and that was
cliffhanger endings. The end of every season just left me
shocked and wanting more. Season 4 was no different. When Ben
(Michael Emerson) turned that wheel and made the island
disappear, I was blown away.
Well it turns out he didn’t make the island disappear, he
moved it. It would seem that the wheel was built
into/connected to the same mysterious energy that gave Desmond
(Henry Ian Cusick) his time traveling abilities he gained
when he was exposed to when the hatch exploded at the end of season 2. As
a result, the island and its inhabitants are jumping
throughout time. Think of as a record player where the needle
is skipping all over the place. Locke, Sawyer, Juliet, Jin,
and a bunch of other people who are still stuck on the island
are jumping through time and space and experiencing past
events from the island’s history.
This was my biggest problem with season 5. What started
out as an interesting plot device quickly got stale. It was
neat because we got to see the history of the Others, the
Dharma initiative, and some other people or things that had a
long history with the island. But the novelty of it worse off
after a while. The time travel aspect of the show was way
cooler when Desmond was the only one who could do it. It’s ok
to have other people involved, but they skipped around way too
much after a certain point.
Plus, it started to create plot holes and other stuff that
generally didn’t add up. Jin meets Rousseau in the past, but in
previous seasons when she meets the survivors of flight 815 in
the present there is no indication she recognizes him. While
it was shocking and intense, Sayid shooting Ben did not make any sense
either. Ben nor any of the Others knew about this event in
past seasons when they first encountered Sayid. Now you could
say that they changed the past and that would be fine, except
Farady (Jeremy Davies) is running around the Island saying you
can’t change the past (when he actually did at one point). Whatever
happened, happened. No, it didn’t! Jin never met Rousseau
(Mira Furlan) before and Sayid (Naveen Andrews) never shot
Ben. None of that happened until Ben turned the wheel and
they all went back in time. Stuff like that just bugged me.
It’s just sloppy writing that can easily be avoided. The
show even seemed to acknowledge it didn’t totally make sense.
The main storylines of season 5 are as follows.
Locke (Terry O’Quinn) is still trying to figure out his
purpose. He doesn’t care about much of anything else. He
spends most of his time seeking out Richard each and every time he
makes a jump throughout time. It seems like every time they
meet, one of them is extremely confused. Like I said earlier,
it started off pretty cool, but got old after a while, was
generally confusing, and created more than a few “Wait a
minute” moments. O’Quinn’s portrayal of the character is
great. John Locke is kind of a tough guy to cheer for. In his
pre-island life, he was a nice man. But get him on the
island and he turns into something else. He turns into a man
obsessed with finding his purpose in life. That’s fine. That’s
his right. But siding with the Others (murderers) preventing
the survivors of 815 from leaving – it’s fine if he wants to
stay, but don’t prevent your fellow castaways from leaving –
is unacceptable. He’s an interesting character. It’s easy to
pity John Locke, but just as easy to dislike him too. O’Quinn
does a good job at portraying those conflicting feelings.
Also stuck traveling throughout time on the island are
Sawyer (Josh Holloway), Juliet, Miles, and a few others. They
skip throughout time meeting various inhabitants of the
island, but their most memorable period of time was spent as
members of the Dharma Initiative. That’s right, some of the
Losties joined Dharma. Boy was that kind of trippy.
Things got particularly confusing when some of the people who
escaped the island come back. It throws a wrench into their
lives. Sawyer and the rest seem content with the fact they’re
stuck in 1977 and members of the Dharma Initiative and they
are not necessarily happy with Jack, Kate, and Hurley’s side
when they return.
Speaking of those who escape the island….
Jack (Matthew Fox) is a complete wreck. He is bothered by
the people he left behind. He feels guilty for not getting
everyone off the island. Things get worse when Ben tells him
the people he left behind are in danger. He’s also a little
bored by everyday life. After the extraordinary events of the
island, he seems like he feels he has no purpose anymore,
since there’s nobody to protect.
Kate (Evangeline Lily) seems generally happy posing as
Aaron’s mother, but all is not well. A mystery person is
seeking to prove she is not Aaron’s mother.
Sayid has been recruited into working for Ben. Ben has
told Sayid that his friends are in danger as a result of his
ongoing war with Charles Widmore. Widmore has been involved
in a violent conflict with Ben ever since Ben kicked him off
the island. Ben told Sayid that Widmore would expose and use
his friends as a means for his endgame: getting back to the
island. Sayid reluctantly agrees to work for Ben. Hurley
(Jorge Garcia) is roped into it too.
Sun (Yunjin Kim) has aligned herself with Widmore in an
attempt to kill Ben, whom she holds responsible for Jin’s
It’s interesting to watch all of these characters align
themselves with Ben, who had tried to kill many of them in
previous seasons. Their logic is that he’s the lesser of two
evils between him and Widmore, and since they are stuck in the
middle of this war, they have to pick a side. I’m not sure I
agree he’s the lesser evil. Widmore never really went after
the Losties, Ben did. But that’s what’s great about Ben’s
character. He is a master manipulator and managed to convinced
the Losties they were safer with him than Widmore. Imagine
that. The guy tries to kill you and still tries to tell you
he means you no harm, while Widmore wants them all dead
I also really enjoyed seeing just how deep Ben’s network
of followers is. He has allies all over the world, both on
and off the island. The more I saw it, the more I understood
and appreciated it. The Others are like a cult or any
fanatical group with a strong set of ideals. They are
fiercely loyal, radical, and willing to do
anything for the cause, especially
when he throws in a little Ben Linus manipulation tactics
that he’s so known for.
The acting in season 5 was every bit as good in past
seasons. The things I mentioned directly above were also some
of the positives of the season. However, as I also pointed
out, the skipping throughout time got very stale after a
while, and caused confusion, created plot holes, and it
really wasn’t necessary to take it to the degree it was used.
I found that it was distracting and diminished from the
enjoyment of the show.
Rating: Thumbs half up.
This review was written for your reading pleasure on
August 25, 2013.
Here is a recap of season 5 for your viewing