Consistency, Consistency, Consistency

Good “Lost” episode tonight. But attention to detail was really lacking. Here’s why:

It appears that because the helicopter group were about 1 hour away from the beach camp (according to what Juliet said), it means that they were actually pretty close to the camp. The island is pretty big. It takes OVER A DAY to walk to the Other’s village (that’s pretty clear from previous episodes). And yet, we see Sayid and his group entering the Othersville just a few hours after they left, and they even came back before the end of the same day. This is not possible according to what we know about the island locations. This was poor writing.

The reason I love “Lost” it’s because it has a realistic quality to it. But when there are “logical” bloopers like that (rather than normal visual bloopers), it really pisses me off.

The producers said that now the strike ended they will shoot 5 more episodes for this season instead of the original 8 they wanted to, and that they will “accelerate” the plot to fit in 5 episodes. Well, if that’s the kind of “acceleration” we are going to see, then I don’t want it. Plus the ABC decision to move “Lost” back to 10 PM at the end of April, that soured the milk even more.

Update: Amazing, scientific-based theory about “Lost”.


Thom Holwerda wrote on February 15th, 2008 at 2:18 AM PST:

How do we know it took them a few hours…? Maybe they were imprisoned much longer – as in, overnight.

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Eugenia wrote on February 15th, 2008 at 2:27 AM PST:

No, they weren’t. Because we see Juliet coming back with Desmond towards the end of the episode just before Sayid comes back. And Juliet said that it only takes a couple of hours to go AND come back from the beach. Plus, Locke and Danielle go “around” much into the jungle. If it was so close they would have found the othersville eons ago. But they didn’t, because it was far. Also, the people at the helicopter would need to eat and stuff and we would have seen their story too, but it was CLEARLY shown that everything happened within a few hours time.

Trust me, that was just weak writing. They tried to accelerate the timeline.

Jacob wrote on February 15th, 2008 at 7:11 AM PST:

Another detail that annoyed me in last night’s episode was when Sayid and Kate entered the house in Othersville and Kate had better handgun form than Sayid. Kate enters a room with both hands on the gun and held at eye level while Sayid (who supposedly has professional experience with weapons in the Iraqi Republican Guard) just kinds of drips into a room with his gun in 1 hand at waist level all Rambo style and what not. THAT detail ticked me off.

Adam S wrote on February 15th, 2008 at 9:23 AM PST:

I read that theory, and it’s REALLY cool, but it misses one thing. Why all the secresy? Who so many secrets after the sub AND the Flame station were destroyed? It would make no sense given those circumstances.

jeff wrote on February 15th, 2008 at 11:24 AM PST:

Wouldn’t “stranded” have been a better name for the show than “lost”?

Thom Holwerda wrote on February 15th, 2008 at 12:11 PM PST:

The theory is great and detailed, certainly the most encompassing.

The only weakness is its complexity. How the hell are you supposed to explain this using only imagery? Simply showing a shot of the ‘moon’ drifting across the surface won;t do, 99.9% of the people won’t have a single idea what that means.

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Eugenia wrote on February 15th, 2008 at 1:55 PM PST:

They don’t have to explain everything in this detail. The thing about Lost is that after they give you the hint, you go buy the science book to understand it more.

Adam, I don’t think that they trust newcomers much. They believe that many losties were “bad” people, not in Jacob’s list, so they didn’t want them in their idealistic little community. They see the island as the garden of Eden, for select few. So when the losties came, they only took with them (abducted) the “good” people.

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Eugenia wrote on February 15th, 2008 at 3:09 PM PST:

Jeff, no, stranded means that you are stranded in a known place, and just others don’t know you are there. But Lost, means that even yourself don’t know where you are, and that you are completely “invisible” to others. Additionally, “lost” is a good name for the other meaning of the show, as the characters themselves are lost in their lives.

memson wrote on February 15th, 2008 at 7:00 PM PST:

The most significant thing I got from last night’s episode was that the Island is not conforming to the laws of physics. The experiment that the new guy performed proved that time on the island runs at a different rate. The trajectory, when leaving the island, is also seemingly important. I know Ben told Michael this when he let him leave, but it was reinforced last night. The “supernatural” nature of the island is getting established in fact, rather than implied.

l3v1 wrote on February 16th, 2008 at 11:01 AM PST:

“and the messianic cross formed by the scars and his right eye” […] “I think the island as a nexus of wormholes or an almost magical center of electromagnetic activity are good bets” […] “smoke is light from our world “kinetically mixing” with photons on the island” etc

“Amazing, scientific-based theory”

Amazing. Yes.

Thom Holwerda wrote on February 16th, 2008 at 12:20 PM PST:

You’re right of course, l3v1, this is pseudo-science, at best.

Still cool, though.

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