So, it’s been not just a year, but 18 months. And instead of getting the full “mini-season” as planned, I believe it will just be eight episodes. Lost better deliver some great storytelling in that time, and it better be better than last year.
So far I’m not that optimistic. Last night’s premier had many issues and holes in it, but my main issue is Jack. I’m tired of his character, and I’m tired that we get Jack being shoved down our throats as the great savior of the island. This guy is probably the worst leader in TV history, he has bungled the Losties down so many wrong paths, and yet, no one seems to mind and usually look at him with some great hero worship in their eyes.
Which is why I am so on John Locke’s side in this. Sure Locke really has his own reasons for not wanting to leave the island, and he’s a little bit crazy, but at least he makes his plans known to anyone who will listen. Jack tends to keep everything to himself, which more often than not, winds up hurting whatever mission he is on at the time, not to mention usually puts people in danger.
Normally I can let my Jack hate go, there are times that I can appreciate him, that arrogance, judgemental, sanctimonous voice can be ignored. But he crossed a line last night. He tried to outright kill Locke, right in front of the Losties.
For once he shared his plan to someone else, Kate, and let her know when he saw Locke he would kill him. Kate didn’t seemed to please at what Jack said, but probably thought he didn’t mean it, was just letting off some steam. It’s interesting that Jack was voicing his murderous intentions to her, being the convicted murderer of the Losties. That alone would make this a premeditated murder and though I am glad the gun was empty and we still have Locke, the fact is, this is a way to get Jack out of what would have been a death toll on his character. The Losties who chose to go with Locke probably did so because they were horrified to see what Jack tried to do. Sure, Locke’s actions have angered them but he was attempting to explain to him why he did them, and regardless, it’s different with Locke. He is one of them. Not that the show will ever acknowledge that.
Another issue with the episode of course is how we are most definitely going into a “Jate” season. Jack and Kate are the worst pairing on primetime TV since Grissom and Sara on CSI. Jack doesn’t love Kate any more than he loves Juliet. He’s obviously transferred those unresolved feelings of losing his marriage to her, and they just don’t work when you take away the intense drama around them. Maybe that’s what the writers meant when they revealed last season’s finale and Kate and Jack were estranged. Maybe we will find out they tried to give being a couple a shot, and realized without the island, they can’t make it a go. Even if they do let Jate live happily ever after, it’s really too late. Do the writers not konw how badly Kate looks, hopping back and forth between two men, usually on a weekly basis. I can respect Jack for walking away from her when he did, but I lost any respect I had for Kate when that apparently was all it took for her to want him now, instead of Sawyer.
I really do like the flash forwards. The flashbacks had gotten old by last season, so this is fresh and certainly gives a new suspense element on trying to figure out what the hell is going on. Poor Hurley, preferring to live in the hospital rather than the real world. I imagine if events from horror movies were real, survivors of such films like Scream, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Halloween would wind up in the same place. And really, the Lost Island is a great place for a horror film to be set.
There wasn’t enough of Sawyer, Sayid or Desmond, and I really hope the show gives us an episode at least to one of them. The three of them are my favorites but they also are the more complex and layered characters. I think overall last night’s episode was rather a weak beginning, and in a normal run season it’s probably not a big deal, but this season is going to be about a fourth of what we are used to. If the show improves, it needs to do it by next week.