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A Resetters Guide to Re-watching

By Fishbiscuit,

  Filed under: Lost Recaps
  Comments: 15

I’ve been too busy this too short summer to hop on board any of the great rewatches happening around Lostwebbia. By now the hunting parties are deep into the jacktastic jungle of Season Two, so that’s a road untaken for me. But I think it’s for the best. Slogging through five long seasons would be too, too much work for this Fishbiscuit. And besides, I’m not sure it’s necessary. I was struck by some of the quotes issuing forth from our dear leaders when they were doing the press rounds during Comic Con.

Things like:

“Season six will feel a lot like season one,” says Lindelof. “The focus comes back to the characters with whom we began. We’ve been winnowing away everyone else who came along. “

And like:

“That was a conversation that started back between seasons one and two of the show,” says Lindelof. “We are following the plan pretty much to the letter, although there is room for improvisation.” Lindelof says next season – which will be the Emmy- and Peabody Award-winning series’ last – will bring things full circle.

Let me connect the dots from these quotes to the last sight we had of Jacob’s chosen few being bombed back to the beginning, and here’s how it all reads for me: Is it possible that everything we needed to know about Lost was contained in Season One? At the end of Season One, the creators of Lost decided on exactly the ending to their story that we are about to have revealed to us in Season Six. All the intermediate seasons were a case of slowboating it to a port that wasn’t all that far away at all. They were elaborate distractions, if you will, designed to deliciously prolong the agony (and keep the ad revenue pouring in) while the writers waited to unleash the story they really wanted to tell. And now it’s time!

Season Six is almost upon us. But I’ve realized, if it’s going to be a reprise of Season One, then I for one am woefully unprepared. I haven’t seen the magical first season since the first time I watched it. I’ve forgotten everything!

I need a refresher course. I’ve forgotten what it felt like back when shock endings were worth their weight in WTF.

I’ve forgotten when characters drove the plot and they intrigued me more with every new thing I learned about them.

I’ve forgotten when the themes seemed simple

even if the questions were not.

I’ve forgotten when the mysteries made the hair stand up on the back of my neck.

“In the first season, the characters were running around the jungle, things felt intense and surprising,” said executive producer Carlton Cuse. “We have a way that we’re going to be able to do that in the final season too.”

Carlton says they can do that again. They can recapture the magic. Is that even possible? I don’t know, but I know that if it is, then I want to be prepared. I want to look back at Season One to see which clues were laid out for us early on, which ones have come to fruition and which ones have died on the vine. I want to look at the ways the writers have developed their characters and their relationships and try and figure out what that might mean for our final (sob!) trip to Lostylvania. I want to try and winnow out the themes that have lasted, the ideas that were always meant to be important, to try and understand – using all the knowledge we now have from Seasons Two through Five – where this great big magical mystery tour might be headed now that it’s circling in for the landing.

As always, I’m not afraid to guess wrong. I’m not even afraid to guess stupid. I’ll try to guard against the Lostmaniac’s affliction of apophenia. (Look it up, we all do it.) And of course, I’ll do my best to keep it fun. Over the next weeks and months, I’m going to review all the Season One episodes in various groups of 2 or 4 or 6, depending on what feels right. I won’t be on any timetable, and updates are likely to be erratic, so if you’re interested, keep checking back in.

And so, with no further ado….Avast! Ahoy! All aboard for Fishbiscuit’s Reset Rewatch!

Let’s see if there’s anything new to discover before all our discovering is through.

From TVFrenzy:

  • Hmmm

    I can’t say I appreciate the tone of the entry. There were plenty of great twists, interesting character revelations, and WTF moments in Seasons 2-5. I love that the show may be going full circle, but I have also loved every season of Lost.

    Maybe on a re-watch of your own you will too.

    • SharkTaco

      I dont think Fish knows what shes talking about either, Hmmm.

  • Marc

    although i understand what fish is sayin and to a large extent agree with her as far as season ones importance. I will stand by my long standing opinion that the most important moment in lost history is the opening to season two. When watching that scene immediately after watching season five as desmond looks through the mirrors and up the hatch to see jack and locke standing there, it really ties things together. I guess that can be argued to be season one also in away since its the very next scene, but i still think that is the most pivitoal moment in the shows history everything that happens happens because they go down into that hatch.

    i know this really has nothing to do with anything, but i really just felt like saying it.

  • Andy

    Yes, but this all misses the real point: Who’s hotter, Juliet or Kate?

    (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.)

    I, too, don’t agree that season one was where all the important stuff happened. I think seasons 2-4 were incredibly vital, and had some of the most amazing moments in the series history. Season 5, I felt, was rather disappointing, but it still held some very powerful chapters in the series.

    • Creepy Phil

      Well, Kate of course!

      (Sorry, I couldn’t resist either.)

    • Marc

      I think we all know the answer to that question is Boones Mom.

    • AR

      I completely agree with you Andy. I felt Season 5 was missing the something special that LOST usually has… IMO it was the character development. One of the things that threw me the most was how Season 5 skipped over all the little character moments that made this show so great in the previous seasons.

      Like I would have loved to see Penny and Desmond’s reactions to finding out they’re going to become parents (instead of just skipping straight to Penny having the baby), or seeing more about how the Oceanic 6 lived back in the real world (instead of just skipping straight to them trying to get back to the island, which IMO happened much to quickly felt VERY rushed and relied to much on coincidence). The plot of Season 5 felt like it had big holes missing and the little character development we did get was very strange (like Jacks motive for wanting to blow-up the bomb).

      Season 4 is my personal favorite as the writers perfectly balanced the character development with the overall story in a way that felt real and made sense while also steaming ahead at a fast pace. It also contains my 3 favorite episodes! (The Constant, The Shape of Things to Come and There’s No Place Like Home)

  • Alaine

    I look forward to reading your observations about season 1.

  • Before Lost got picked up for a full season, the writers were asked to write only 12 episodes. They decided to write the best 12 episodes while dropping hints and clues that they thought were never gonna be answered. Not until the ratings of the Pilot came that the writers decided to fully expand the mythology of the show. I believe that the first 12 episodes of Season 1 hold many clues to the overall mythology (adam & eve, Rousseau’s ‘sickness’, backgammon, charlie’s guitar, etc)

  • Okan

    I strongly believe that season 5 distracted our attention from what actually Lost is. So we will keep going season 1 !! How ? They are not the same people. They changed. Mayba an other plane will crash and our folks will be Dharma inititative. kidnap women or…

  • SeeYouOnMadManPhil

    Great entry as usual, my dear Fishby. I too agree.
    Looking forward for your unique pen (er.. keyboard) to tell me about s1.

  • Absz009

    I too agree with this article. I think Fishbiscuit talks a lot of sense. Season One in my opinion is still the best season not to mention near-perfect television. That’s not to say the following seasons were not near in quality to Season One because they wern’t far behind, make no mistake about that. But I just feel Season One had a much more dangerous and intense feeling that any of the Losties could die at any given time because they were still learning how to survive and anything could happen, and that excited me a lot – Season One also had a altogether better and different tone because they (the Losties) were new to all of it and were still getting to grips of being stuck on an Island… an Island with a Smoke Monster and ghostly apparitions not to mention a crazy bunch called The Others who like to kidnap little kids, mind. Nowadays, the mention of ghosts and monsters doesn’t effect the Losties one bit.

    By Season Four and onward, the Losties had become Masters of the Jungle and veterans. They’re not new to the game anymore like Season One. And because of this, the show has lost a lot of its intensity and danger. Not that I’m blaming Darlton – that’s not exactly their fault. I mean it’d be pretty stupid if the Losties were stuck on an Island for months and didn’t learn how to survive better. But I think Darlton have noticed this problem also and that’s why I believe they are trying to bring Season Six closer to Season One in tone and character-wise. And obviously the other reason is to bring some nostaglia to Season Six and bring the epic story of Lost full-circle.

    This is my list of Lost seasons in order of my fave season:

    Season 1
    Season 5
    Season 2
    Season 3
    Season 4

    Hopefully Season 6 will be number one and I’ve got full confidence it will be the best season of Lost ever if not television.

  • dolce

    I know that we’re still 4+ months out and maybe it’s because the new television season is around the corner, but seeing the names of some familiar contributors and commentators has got me really excited and feeling that all is right with the world. Nice work as usual Fb. Looking forward to more.

  • Wow that was strange. I just wrote an extremely long comment but after I clicked submit my comment didn’t show up. Grrrr… well I’m not writing all that over again. Regardless, just wanted to say wonderful blog!

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