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Every Man For Himself Review
November 07, 2006
I can see where you're coming from, Stephen because it's something I've been hearing from alot of Lost fans at our forums here.
First, "Every Man For Himself". I thought going into this show that I would hate it solely on the fact that it seemed from the previews of last week to be yet another round of the Kate-Jack-Sawyer Love Triangle. Kate's being passed around by the writers like errrrr "something promiscious"...
I'm not sure about others but I don't watch Lost to see relationships and woes of love between one girl and two men. I wish they'd settle that and get back to the main storylines revolving around the consequences & actions of the Island vs Survivors. That or one of the many other main storylines.
In other words, I wish the writers would stop with the love triangle WB-Teen drama aspect they've been giving us. If I want to see that, I will switch it to those type of shows.
Thankfully, "Every Man for Himself" didn't give us that, no matter what the previews from last week indicated. The scene revolving around the "I love him!" comments from Kate was brief and to the point from the consequences of losing an important female "other".
Good. Great. Done. Phew.
Like you and many others, I questioned the whole Pacemaker subplot of this particular show but I have to admit if it was possible, it would be a very handy way of controlling Sawyer's character for the rest of this series. The writers have certainly hammered down he only cares for himself in most areas(unless it means caring for his future sexual desires in turn caring for Kate's character...blah blah blah, we get it writers. ). At any rate, that kind of hinderance would work for Sawyer's character if their medical facilities and staff were that capable.
I'm happy they gave us more from Desmond as well, showing earily how his character has new powers. Here's a question in relation to that though...Where was Locke and Eko? It seems since the new season began that all 3 of these characters are going to have some new abilities that come from being in the imploding hatch from the last season's finale. What's more, they will be getting more supernatural aspects from the island's forces which has been one of those many questions from the fans.
Every few weeks, the writers will try and ground the storyline back to reality like explanations but then just when were letting our guard down, they throw something more supernatural back to it. I think we all noticed how all Locke, Desmond, Eko awoke from the implosion in different parts of their island area under different circumstances. Desmond was the closest to the core of the hatch so he was more exposed to any side effects...Naked, no less.
Overall, I didn't mind the show since they didn't focus on the whole love triangle thing. I think there's better storylines to focus on for the writers(and for us fans) then that love angle.
As a fan for the long dead drama genre show X-Files, I've been thinking of how much it applies to the woes of some fans of the series "Lost". Part of the problems with the X-Files was how many questions they gave their fans without any sort of explanations. The hole got so large with gaping questions that by the end, there was NO answers that would please the long time fans. Nevermind that it would have taken alot of effort from the fans to survive all the way to the end of the series after the two major characters became secondary characters to startup characters.
Alot of people despised the ending of the Xfiles series because of the whole "Questions vs Answers" quandry.
Here's what I think about that whole affair. While I like getting answers from writers over story questions, I don't want them all answered. Truthfully, I think the answers the individual fans come up with in explanation to key questions of a series story arc is much more interesting then what a key writer from the series itself is libel to give us. I realize that if they keep giving us more questions upon more questions, we will have the "X-Files Effect". Of course, I think some answers shall be given and I mean soon!
I just think that for quite alot of storylines over the last 3 years, the mystery of not having it answered is better for our own theories and solutions then any answer the writers come up with...
I like alot of the mystery aspect of it all. I don't think they should stretch it too far
but I'll continue watching it to see if I get some credilbe answers for the short-term story questions to keep me happy for any long-term questions about the series as a whole.
All we can do is wait and see if the short term questions can be revealed to appease for any of the long term answers we all seek. Click here to read the staff review by Mania.