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Promo for this week's Lost

Okay, this is the first I'm hearing that ...


Someone is going to die this week. I keep joking they should kill off the characters that bore me but good grief, is it time to kill off characters again? Oh yeah, right, November sweeps. So predictable. The first time, it was shocking. The second time was still wrenching but ended up being completely gratuitous. And the next two were just "Eh."

That said, if it's an Eko ep and Eko goes, I can't say I'll really miss him. He looked dead in the Locke ep and I was fine with that. I like him, he just seems like he's in his own separate show. It's just not Lost when it's one of his episodes. *shrugs* I also don't see how an Eko episode would fit into anything that's going on right now. That would seem to be losing any momentum with the current storylines. If this were really an action-oriented show, the rescue would be number one on the survivors' agenda. Although maybe there is a rescue effort ...?

They could very well be killing someone else off and there's really only a few people I'm attached to at this point: Sawyer, Jack, Kate, Desmond, Sayid, Hurley. You can't have a show without Locke ... That's pretty much it. I wouldn't mind seeing anyone else go, honestly. (No offense to fans of the characters I didn't mention.)

Their rotating door policy does irk me. I fail to see why we need two new castaway characters, other than the flashback format requires new backstories and they can't figure out how to tell fresh ones for the existing characters. The flashbacks are crippling the show. Every once in a while, the flashback is better than what's going on on the island. Sometimes they complement each other nicely. But so often it's just a painful slog, a complete retread with the same old characters. It just kills me that there's dozens of new people we keep meeting on the island but in the backstories, it's been the same two or three people for most of the characters. Boring! I am so sick of the continuing backstories. And no new characters will ever be as interesting or as integral to the show as Shannon and Boone were. (Okay, apart from Desmond.)

I'm sure they're not killing off any of the major characters. Can it please, please be Claire? And her baby? Thank you! Or Maybe Michael can show up again and they can kill him!

ETA: You know, when other shows kill off characters, it doesn't feel as calculated as this. *thinks* Okay, on 24, I never knew who was going to go and when they did, it was VERY shocking. Same with MI-5. But because they didn't announce it ahead of time, it didn't feel like a cheap ratings stunt. Other shows, you tend to hear who's going ahead of time because it gets reported before they leave. I think the worst part about killing off characters on a regular basis is that it's such a gratuitous device. Boone's death made sense and helped deepen the show and the remaining characters. Shannon's death was so easily swept aside as to be completely pointless. And we all know the other two were mandated by ABC, even if it did end up driving the plot. I really do feel that the Lost writers don't even like their original show anymore, not the original concept or the original characters. Dudes, if you don't like your own show, you can always QUIT! It's not like you're maintaining any sort of level of integrity by staying, the way things stand.

Maybe it's just ABC insisting they advertise "someone will die!" and it's not quite as crass as all that. But it's not like those deaths are meaningful or have any repercussions. It's just out with the old, in with the new. And that's sad. It's also sad that I'm at the point where they could kill off about half the cast and I wouldn't bat an eyelash.



So this must be what's bumming out my flist? If you know specifics, I don't want to know.

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zelda_zee
Oct. 30th, 2006 08:08 am (UTC)
Yes, this is one of the things that has been bumming me out. Altho themoononastick provided some background that at least made it make sense in this case, in terms of the actor to go. But still, I'm just weary of killing off characters, for whatever reason.

I am very fond of Eko, and his backstory is really interesting to me, so I would miss him a lot more than you. Truly, I don't want to see any of them go, even Claire, who is certainly the least compelling character on the show, thanks to the way she's written.

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halfdutch
Oct. 30th, 2006 08:15 am (UTC)
Yaay, Halloween! ;) And more Gary Baseman!

I do like Eko, it's just his backstories leave me curiously cold. They really seem like it's some anthology show that's kind of like Lost, but just isn't Lost. I think, for me, there's a strong argument to be made in just keeping some characters but not giving them additional backstories. Maybe that rule should apply for everyone!

And maybe this one won't feel so gratuitous but it's like the boy who cried wolf, after a while, your reaction is just "Oh yeah?" On 24, I never saw it coming and it always was shocking and had an impact on the remaining characters. Then again, it's a fast-paced action show so no one has that much time to dwell, but they manage to make each death count more than Lost has.

Yeah, it takes a lot of air out of the balloon of fandom, doesn't it? :-/

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