Because You Left
There is a flashback to the Dharma Initative. Daniel lurks, lord I detest him and the other freighter twats. Locke’s dead. Ha ha. Matthew Fox over-emotes. Ben makes moronic plans. Sawyer is shirtless. Daniel is smug. Sayid kills a guy with a dishwasher. People walk and talk. Richard lurks. Locke is gormless in flashbacks. There is wastefulness and there are too many characters. Nobody gives a specific reason for doing anything and everyone has an inability to communicate. This was dull.
“Primary purpose is to develop defensive strategies and gather intelligence on the island’s hostile indigenous population.”
“The drill melted?
“They’re not my friends anymore.”
“It was Ethan who shot me.”
“Well, what comes around goes around.”
“It points north John.”
This was mediocre. Hurley has a vision of Ana-Lucia or was it? There is comedy and WTF is a hot pocket? This operates outside the traditional story arc but was not structurally audacious. There is no eerie quiet and was not bold. Cheech Marin shows up as Hurley’s dad and he watches ‘Expose’ and shoves food in his mouth. Kate and Hurley just miss each other at a petrol station. Who is Jill? Hurley throws a Hot Pocket at Ben. I fast-forwarded through any scene with Charlotte. I’ve no sympathy for Sun. Hurley tells his mother the events of seasons 1 to 4. His mother listens, something no one else ever does.
“How does lying protect them?”
“There’s no calling my father off.”
“Libby says hi.”
“John’s casket is outside in a carpet can.”
“Why is there a dead Pakistani on my couch?”
“He’s not dead, ma.”
“On this crazy island. And we waited for rescue and there wasn’t any rescue. And there was a smoke monster and then there were other people. We called them the others and they started attacking us. And we found some hatches. And there was a button you had to push every 108 minutes or well: I was never really clear on that. The others didn’t have anything to do with the hatches. That was the Dharma Initiative. They were all dead, the others killed them and now they’re trying to kill us. Then we teamed up with the others because some worse people were coming on a freighter.”
Daniel is smug to Richard and is a ridiculous character. He has no social value. Ellie and Widmore and their crap UK accents prance around the island in the 1950s. There is a nuclear bomb on the island and that would be seen again. I don’t care about Widmore. TPTB forget that compasses don’t work on the island. This was a yawner and was not talismanic just bizarrely sketchy. Daniel and his obsessive, intransigent personality is caustically annoying.
“Richard’s always been here.”
“How old is he?”
The Little Prince
Ben is shouty and intimidating. Tom Irwin guest stars. People walk, talk, row, plot, squint and whine. What about the 2nd island? Jin’s alive and in with Rousseau and her crew. This was disfavoured and does not provoke a compelling reaction. Season 5 has not been embraced with respect.
This Place is Death
There are competing narratives. This left one frustrated. There are out of date phones and Ben ranting. Charlotte babbles about her back-story on the island. NOBODY CARES! Charlotte dies, Daniel cries and NOBODY CARES. I don’t care about the darkest innards of Charlotte or TPTB endless fawning over Daniel. He has no ennobling qualities and she was just moany.
“You’d never stop thanking me.”
There are exposition dumps. Frank is the pilot of the Ajira plane. All the red shirts on the plane are doomed. None of the stars care. Was Ben praying? Sun abandons Ji Yeon. They’re back on the island. Matthew Fox is all wet. Not powerfully effective. The stars are not shown in a flattering context.
“How can you read?”
“My mother taught me.”
The Life And Death Of Jeremy Bentham
This is all surface weirdness that the script refuses to follow through on. Annoying new characters from the Ajira crash prance around. John Locke lives (well, not really - it is the big bad pretending to be John Locke but that won’t be revealed for awhile). There are loads of John Locke flashbacks. Helen’s dead. Ben is the absolute worst. Ben acts out with an enthusiasm that the script scarcely justifies. The show faced vituperation for the toxic issue of its illogic and lack of answers. My bitterness at season 6 is still palpable.