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LOST: Season 5

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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.

LOST: Season 4

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 death.

LOST: Season 4

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 pleasure.