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LOST: “Sundown” Review

Submitted by on March 3, 2010 – 3:23 am 3 Comments

by Sarah Carbiener

Lost has almost lost its hold on me, to the point where the clunky dialogue nearly ruins the show. Some may call me a writer Nazi (ahem, @xoxoGG), but no character on this show should ever ask another character, “What’d I miss?”

This was one of the better, if not the best episode this season, and that one line almost ruined all forty-two minutes of it for me. One of my absolute favorite things about this show from the beginning is how everyone who crashed on Oceanic Flight 815 has been in the audience’s shoes because they didn’t know what the hell was going on, either. The mystery was revealed to them at the same time it was being revealed to us, and I was glued to the television for hours and hours because it was almost never expositional or heavy handed.

I know they all ask “What?” a lot (check out video below), but this year, one character will ask another, “What happened?” right after we saw exactly what happened! Kate says, “What’d I miss” as if she took a bathroom break without the benefit of a DVR.

Anyway, this episode was all about Sayid, and given that he is a man of action—ultra-violent action—it was a whole lot more about moral ambiguity and a body count than about getting any answers. I know the ABC promos promised that this week was the one for answers, but they lied once again. And frankly, that’s okay with me.

During last week’s episode, I realized why this season hasn’t been resonating with me the way the first five did. Up until now, I’ve always felt that the mythology was secondary to each character’s journey. Sure, the mythology drove a lot of the action, but the subtext was always Jack’s God complex, Locke’s myopic desire to fulfill his destiny, or Kate’s constant squinting. This year, mythology and character arcs have traded places because it’s all about answers, but if I stop caring about the characters you can bet I’m not going to give two shits about the answers.

Thankfully, this week’s episode ignored the ABC promos, and we got to see Sayid try to deny his nature. No matter how good he tries to be, he’s still a killer. Jacob, the black smoke monster, and whom Kate chooses to sleep with all took a back seat to one of the main characters wrestling with impossible choices on and off the island, which made for riveting TV.

Now if Kate would just keep her stupid mouth shut…

What did you think of this episode? Did you want more answers?

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