LOST: “Lighthouse”

I got disappointed with LOST’s “Lighthouse” episode last night. Three reasons:

1. This episode is AGAIN about the Losties learn that they are “candidates”. The previous episode dealt with the exact same thing. I simply found the episode redundant because of this. That’s what happens if you don’t plot ALL your episodes and seasons at the very beginning and based on the story you got, and instead you have to listen to the network about “how many episodes they want this season” or “how many seasons”. In my opinion, LOST should have ended last year. The second part of the 2nd season and first part of 3rd season should have been merged. Ideally, LOST should have only been 3 seasons of ~24 episodes each.

2. So there’s a lighthouse. CLOSE to the fucking caves. That no one seen before? What type of bullshit is that? That was a total cop-out. Even the writers knew that this is a total cop-out, and that’s exactly why Jack was put to say “how come we never seen it before”, and then they had Hurley to say “I don’t know dude, maybe we weren’t looking for it before”. Total fucking cop-out.

3. And Jack has a kid in the alternative universe. Like we care. The 6th season is too late to bring such characters into the main character’s lives. Even Dogen is. He should have at least been *mentioned* in the past by Richard or Ben in order to stomach him in the 6th season. Like the bomb last year. Another such major element that should have been mentioned before the 5th season (cryptically, of course).

All that shows not poor planning, but how that industry works. Yes, the writers have written the GENERAL story of what’s going on in LOST, but not the details. The details are written when each episode is written (usually 3-5 months before the episode is aired). And that’s where the problem lies. For a show like LOST to be REALLY cohesive, everything, every important detail, had to be written by 2004 already.

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Adam S wrote on February 24th, 2010 at 5:24 PM PST:

There’s no question that last night’s episode was retro-fitted. There was only really two major details: Jacob watched them all for a long time and Kate was on the list (#51). You could argue that Claire being in with the man-in-black was a big reveal too.

Totally agree about Lighthouse and Dogen not being mentioned being storyline boo-boos. But I can overlook that stuff.

The rest was padding to fill out the episodes, and frankly, I think it was pretty obvious. Hopefully, next week lives up to the hype.


Marc MERLIN wrote on February 26th, 2010 at 8:14 AM PST:

Which brings us back to Babylon V.
Too many people missed it, but this show was actually written, and Michael Straczynski had the entire plot figured out way before it aired (years early for that matter).

It all fit together, they were no bullshit after the fact additions, it was just perfect.

I still miss the B5 universe…


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Eugenia wrote on February 26th, 2010 at 8:55 AM PST:

I don’t believe that B5 was actually *written* before shot. They simply had the general plot ideas figured out, just like LOST has. But what I’m talking about here is a much more precise level of not only how many seasons, but also how many episodes per season (dictated by the writers and not by the network as it is now), and what happens exactly to each of these episodes. This way, they can make each episode count, without being a filler.


Michael C. wrote on February 28th, 2010 at 9:47 PM PST:

I don’t think that all three parts of Back to the Future have been written at once. Lost? Still haven’t watched it.


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