We’ve got a problem here. This season, LOST has forgot that it is an ensemble show, with many interesting characters, complex plot arcs and fans that care about these things. Instead, what I have seen is “damn the torpedoes and full speed ahead,” and to hell with all of the holes we are leaving behind.
LOST is a fictional world, and what has made it come alive in the past, is a fully realized stable of characters, who have reasoned motivations due to clever scripting and a unique storytelling technique combining flash forwards, flash backs, time skipping, correlating plot lines and certainly a scope that transcends time and world history, and maybe even space.
But this wonderful world starts to fall apart when the writers start to short change their own body of work. They are cheating themselves, royally.
The believability of the show starts to wobble when characters just drop off the face of the story. To wit, Bernard and Rose, the Others at the Temple, Frank Lapidus, Desmond and Penny, Widmore and Paik and even Faraday. And what about Pierre Chang and Caesar?
To wit, we don’t need a 8 minute segment of what’s happened to Faraday, but at least show use that he is still around and babbling to himself in front of a blackboard at the Dharma grammar school.
And here we are, smack dab in the middle of the Dharma Initiative, and we still don’t know much of anything about why they exist (apart from the Alternate Reality Games, which are not canon). So far, all we see them doing is fixing vans and having meetings. What is the scraggily band of hippies really doing on The Island? So far these folks don’t appear to be major players in the fate of the world.
It seems to me the writers are rushed. They are jumping to major plot points, at a pace that leaves the nuanced world they created left behind.
Maybe LOST has become to big for it’s own good. It seems that the story has become more important than the characters, which makes for cheap, pulpy styled writing. I hope the producers are not going to forget what has made this series such a refreshing break for standard network TV fare, and close out the show with some drab histrionic writing. What’s happening to LOST?