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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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themoononastick
Oct. 30th, 2006 10:39 pm (UTC)
I just fail to see why the killing of a character is always (seemingly) touted by ABC/tptb as a reason, if not the only reason, to watch an episode.
It's bad enough that they are falling into such an annoying pattern - hey, it's November sweeps, time to kill someone - but do they have to do it with such glee? *sigh*

I dunno, yeah killing off characters is done on every show, whether it's because a character has reached the end of its usefullness or just to drive the story forward but most other shows seem to do it so much better than Lost. Like when the mother died on Buffy - that was gut-wrenching, so well done and such a shock, Hell it even made me feel sorry for Dawn and I hated her! But when Lost does it I just end up feeling angry at the potential being wasted because it always seems like there's no long-term plan involved, death for shock value as opposed to anything else. And the thing is, if they keep doing it over and over again, it stops being a shock and just becomes a waste. bleh.
halfdutch
Oct. 31st, 2006 03:30 am (UTC)
God, I know. :-/ I don't see how that's a marketing hook either. Now, if they promoted people having sex!! "This week ... two (or more!) of these castaways will DO IT!" Heh.

Just about every other show I can think of (outside of ER or soap operas) manages to kill off characters with dignity and in an intelligent, meaningful way that isn't immediately forgotten about. And how many times can you play that card before everyone shrugs? I'd say the third time was a big shrug already, so the fourth time ... meh.

And OMG, as if I didn't need another reason to love you: God, I hated Dawn too! SO MUCH. I actually stopped watching for a few eps when she came on. Same with Connor on Angel. New characters (almost always) suck!! Especially mystical, bratty teens. *sighs*

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