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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.



Oct. 30th, 2006 04:08 pm (UTC)
I'm STILL not completely convinced that Boone's death was warrented, but whatever. It seems so funny to think that I once stayed awake all night with a knot in my stomach agonizing over who was getting killed (back when the fucking promo monkeys were convincing us that Sawyer had brain cancer or something). Now I'm basically like, "meh, whatever."

I read an interesting review of Desperate Housewives in USA Today that critiqued the whole show so far, and it's kind of eerie how that show's progression in terms of quality mirrors Lost's. I mean, the second season sucked, and the third season thus far has, according to this reviewer, redeemed the show, but still hasn't brought it back to its glory days. And what I don't get is that while critics and even DH's creator will freely admit that the show fucked up and isn't what it used to be, NO ONE outside of the fans and the viewers will admit to Lost's decline from season one, especially the smug bastard writers. I just wish someone in charge would get their head out of their blissfully ignorant asses and realized they're slowly ruining one of the best shows on TV.

Okay, it's still way too early in the morning for me to rant like that, but yeah. :P
Oct. 30th, 2006 05:30 pm (UTC)
Agreed. It's a big shrug anymore when they say they're going to kill someone off. (And yes, omg, the angst back when it seemed they wanted to kill off Sawyer. AUGH!) They're training us not to get invested in any of the characters anymore.

Y'know, I'm still waiting on that apology for S2 that's just not forthcoming. If you ask me, DH wasn't as bad in its S2 as Lost was and yet Marc Cherry has been apologizing all over the place. JJ apologized for the horrific S3 of Alias and he really needs to do the same for Lost S2. (S3 of Lost remains a mixed bag for me, so far. It seems like they're making the exact same mistakes of S2 all over again!)

It's funny, I was just thinking about how Sawyer is suddenly so easily fooled and Sayid is suddenly incapable of planning a decent ambush -- and what show did that remind me of? And then I realized it was Alias, where Vaughn married a woman who seemed to be evil, so of course she was. For a whole season, she fooled them all and always got away from any tight spots. And then the second they're onto her, they can't fool her once! It's one thing to have clever villains, it's another thing entirely to stack the deck by making your main characters look like pathetic chumps. (And yes, the more I think about it, the more flawed that Sawyer story was.)

I just wish one of us could get in that writers' room and give them some cold, hard truths. They're eroding their audience and their audience loyalty. How can they not see that?


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