Sunday, March 23, 2008

Thoughts on Season 4 of Lost

I don’t want to draw too many conclusions about Season 4 of “Lost” at this point, since the season isn’t actually over, but I do think that we are currently in the middle of the best season ever.

The last two episodes have been fantastic, and the only real clunker this season was the Juliet-centric episode, which not only broke up the flow of the show, but focused on a character that I just don’t care about.

As it stands, here’s how I’d rank the episodes this season, in order from best to worst:

1.The Constant
2.Meet Kevin Johnson
3.The Beginning of the End
4.Ji Yeon
5.Confirmed Dead
6.The Economist
7.Eggtown
8.The Other Woman

And Eggtown is closer to The Constant than it is to The Other Woman -- really, aside from that one episode, there wasn’t anything to dislike about this season.

Focusing on the last two episodes, in Ji Yeon I loved the juxtaposition of the flash-forward and flashback. A lot of people are complaining about that gimmick, but there are giveaways throughout Jin’s flashback (his hairstyle, the cell phone he uses, the year of the dragon reference, etc.). Also, I’m of the firm belief that Jin is not dead. The date on his headstone was Sept. 22, 2004 -- the day Oceanic 815 crashed on the island. My assumption is Jin’s “death” is part of Jack’s well-crafted cover story, and the reason Sun is so emotional at the end is that she believes she’s never going to see him again because he’s chosen to stay on the island.

As for “Meet Kevin Johnson” -- this might turn out to be the most important episode in the series. At this point, we’ve now connected every group (the freighter people, Locke’s camp and Jack’s camp) through a single person: Michael. After watching that episode, I feel confident that the next set of developments will directly lead to the Oceanic 6 getting off the island. At this point, we have some understanding of what’s going on, who is working for whom and the motives of the various people involved. I feel like after 3 and a half years of watching this show, my investment is starting to pay off.

The only thing that sucks (aside from “The Other Woman”) is that we won’t get a new episode until April 24th. Still, if those episodes are as good as these have been, then I’ll happily wait for them.

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