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Lost: Writers doing better.
February 17, 2007
There is no doubt about it, Stephen.
Last week's Desmond focus episode reminded me why this show sucked me into its mysterious vortex in the first place.
The week before on Juliet was of course good but last week's was even better. I'd have to rate it as one of the best in the last two seasons.
Irony was halfway through I was questioning whether they were going to go from Desmond's backstory back to the island or if we were going to see any more of the beach islanders. I said it aloud and thought it was a negative.
However, by the end of the show, I was greatly invested into the storyline. The ending quote from Desmond had me laughing and had me appreciating the show much like I was in the beginning of the series(season 1).
This is the quandry with understanding "Lost".
I admit to being peeved at the writers focusing solely on the Kate-Jack-Sawyer love triangle as I wrote it in our Lost Forum here at Mania.com. I also get a little tired lately of Kate crying every single week this current season.
The quandry is that the writers seem to get in a stalemate over the "holy trinity"(as we call them) and yet those same writers perform so excellent on additional characters like Desmond, Juliet, Locke, Jin & Hurley. Lindeoff and Co. give us such wonderfully written episodes like the last two weeks after the initial beginning of the season where there was 7 straight episodes focused on the holy trinity having the fanbase questioning the direction of their favorite show.
There needs to be a happy medium between the other characters and the main "3" characters where the writers do not lose their focus and do not get bogged down in just one storyline(focusing on a love triangle).
If the writers continue shows such well written as "Not in Portland" and "Flashes Before Your Eyes", then ABC and the executive producers of Lost have absolutely nothing to fear. The fanbase will not abandon it and the great writing /acting will offset the occasional "miss" every few episodes that crawl under the skin of that same fanbase.
I'd give "Flashes Before Your Eyes" an A too. It was very well acted and even more well written. Click here to read the staff review by Mania.