All of the intrigue and momentum established in the finale of season 5 and the premiere of season 6 was brought to a sudden and unexpected halt with this week's episode of Lost. A Kate-heavy, nonsensical narrative without any meaningful revelations and filled with repetitive and frustrating scenes between Jack, Sayid, and this new, obnoxious batch of others, it's simply difficult to believe the writers would do this so late in the game.
Though I didn't previously mention it, I'm shocked and annoyed by the inclusion of any new characters whatsoever. I don't care if the Temple Leader and his translator become amazing characters...they simply shouldn't exist. There are already too many characters and too little time.
Throughout the course of any series it's very obvious when the writers are trying their hardest and when they're taking some time off to save their creative energy. One would think, seeing as how season 6 is the final season of Lost and that there aren't 22 episodes, that every single episode would be filled with meaningful answers, shocking moments, and interesting scenes of dialogue. Both stories in this episode were cringe-worthy. Teeth-pulling, nails on the chalkboard level awkwardness and discomfort and downright boredom. I wanted to turn the episode off because I knew, from the moment it spent one too many scenes on "alternate reality Kate and Claire" that it was going to be useless.
I thought we'd had our fill of "the others" being unnecessarily vague and refusing to answer questions, and lead characters asking useless questions or resisting simply for the sake of resisting.
The big reveal at the end of this episode is that Claire is still alive and that she has "a darkness growing inside her" just as Sayid does. Dun, dun, dun. Not only is this lame, SyFy channel-worthy dialogue, it's simply uninteresting considering what's going on with Richard, Ben, and Locke. I suppose she's been a question in people's minds since her odd scene in the cabin after being lured away into the night by "Christian", but the way it's handled (and by handled I mean it's barely handled at all and yet the entire episode revolves around it) leaves one thinking: really...that was it...that's this week's episode?
I definitely have faith in the show. But this episode is entirely forgettable and unworthy of the series at this stage. The episode might as well been devoted entirely to Arnst. Or Neal. Two characters that are showing up far too often in the alternate reality. How many times does Leslie Arnst (the guy who blew up in season 1) need to make a cameo. Do fanboys really laugh when Arnst shows up? Is it good writing? Is it necessary? Does it advance anything? Or is it just resultant from the writer's sense of self-importance, in them thinking they're being cute, in them continually bringing in obnoxious characters to kill them off as a fan service. A much better practice than satisfying fans by killing off useless characters like Nikkie and Paulo because they suck, is by not creating the awful character in the first place. Think about the time that was devoted to Expose, the millions of dollars that went into that episode, that could have gone into another Mr. Eko episode, another Jack episode, another John Locke episode etc. It's disheartening to see the writers revert back to season 3 antics, posing obnoxious new little mysteries while seeming to ignore the real concerns of the audience, almost as though they purposefully want to anger us.
Any other show and I'd walk. But I hope, for the sake of the show, and for the fans, that this is the last misstep Lost takes. It would be unfair to the overall greatness of the show thus far and to the fans that have poured hours into it, to have it disrespected with another, similar episode.