The Moth

Speaking of cancellation: I don’t want to scare any of the “Lost” fans, but I started watching the series on DVD. And I like it. There’s a good chance I won’t jinx it and get it cancelled though, because I’m not crazy in love with it; I’m merely enjoying it. I’m actually two discs into it already, and I hadn’t realized how many episodes I’ve already seen. Without context, I didn’t like them as much, and so I just remembered all the initial spoilers.

The pilot is still phenomenal, two of the best hours of television ever made. Seriously. The others I’m liking but I’m not blown away yet. I noticed that Paul Dini is a story editor and wrote a couple of the episodes; whether it’s his influence, or just because I know who he is and am making connections that don’t exist, the episodes remind me a lot of the Batman animated series. Tightly written stories with a clear message and interesting symbolism, but a little too “neat.” I don’t want to sound overly critical, because I think they’re very, very good, but there’s just something keeping it just short of great. The symbolism is a little too blatant (Charlie digging out of the cave is just like that moth digging out of a cocoon and look! there’s a moth right there!) and the message is a little bit too clear. But I’ll say again that that’s me being over-critical because the show is so well done otherwise.

And the music is perfect. Unless I’m reading it wrong, it’s by the same guy who does the music for “Alias.” The score doesn’t draw attention to itself, but just works perfectly for setting the mood. And even their song choices work — in “Alias,” whenever they would start playing a song and show a montage of people thinking, it just seemed sappy and obvious, but the couple of times they’ve done it so far on “Lost,” I didn’t even notice it was happening.

Also, I’m going to have to add a couple of things to my “Llorando” post below, apparently: the end of Locke’s story (in “Walkabout”) and the end of Sun’s story (in “House of the Rising Sun”).

Crap, I was just looking on imdb and saw another spoiler in the cast list. Dammit. I’m going to have to hurry and get caught up.

And I’ve got a question for those who’ve already seen season 1: The first few episodes have a lot of flashbacks to the plane crash. Do those go on throughout the season, or are they kept mostly to the beginning of the series? I don’t want to be watching an episode during a plane flight and then all of a sudden have another one of those flashbacks pop up and freak my shit out.

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  1. The plane flashbacks are not as frequent later in the the season, but they do pop in now and then. If you tell me which episodes you think you’d be watching on the plane, I could tell you whether or not there’s plane footage in them…

    And while I DO think the series is great, I agree it has its weak moments. The Charlie-moth episode being one of them…

  2. ….anything “Charlie” being a weak one. Why do I hate him so much? Maybe I just like to channel all the petty things I find weak about the show (of which there are only a few) into one character and make him scapegoat central. But of course that could be Claire too.

  3. Well at the rate I’m going, there won’t be any left to watch on the plane. I’m already up to disc five, thanks to insomnia and a couple of all-nighters. I hope I can get caught up before they start running new episodes again; until then I’m going to have to dig through the TiVo to see how much of season 2 I have.

    Charlie and Claire don’t bug me, although when I first saw the pilot I thought Charlie was the character who’d be most annoying. Turns out for me it’s Sawyer. Or Boone. Would’ve been Shannon, too, except there’s that episode where she sings “Beyond the Sea” at the end.

  4. He’s kinda gross, and his character’s kinda predictable. It’s like he’s annoying, but I can tell that he’s supposed to be annoying, and that annoys me, and then I can tell that he’s supposed to be charming too, but I don’t think he is, and that annoys me.

    Kate, on the other hand, is preternaturally hot. I wish she’d stop doing the thing where she looks like the Madonna (the classical art version, not the pop superstar version), but other than that, yowza. And also: Sayeed is hot; I wish he were more interesting.

  5. A lot of the time I can’t tell if the actor that plays Sawyer is just a bad actor, or it’s just that his character is written badly. Sometimes the dialogue he has to speak is just, yeeash, but then I wonder if a better actor would be able to pull it off. I dunno.

    I think Kate is extemely cute and pretty, but I just don’t think she’s hot. Like Angelina Jolie or someone who just exudes sex. She’s cute and all…but I don’t think she’s sexy.

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