TV Preview: Lost, Season Finale

>Wednesday’s the big night—the finale for the second season of ABC’s Lost! The promos for the finale are promising to answer many questions, which will be a relief. But I think it’s safe to say that the network isn’t planning on taking this show off the air any time soon, so I’m expecting an excruciating cliff-hanger that introduces a whole new set of questions which will hopefully be more intriguing than the current mysteries.


On the surface Lost is a castaway show about a group of people who are stranded on a tropical island after their plane crashes. But this is no ordinary island, there are strange creatures and people in the jungle, a series of hatches scattered on the island by the scientific organization the Hanso Foundation for their Dharma Initiative.

This show also has great character development. We see how everyone is different as they interact on the island, but also through flashbacks we learn what has happened to these people to make them the way they are.

This is a very unique method of story telling that really provides something for people with all kinds of tastes. If you like episodic drama, you get it in the flashbacks—they usually have a story that wraps up at the end of the episode. If you like science fiction, there are all kinds of strange things happening on the island that very much fall into the science fiction category. If you like continuing stories with great mysterious cliffhangers, this show has more than it’s fair share.


In last week’s episode, they had just buried Ana-Lucia (Michelle Rodriguez) and Libby (Cynthia Watros) when a sailboat appeared off the shore and they appeared to have hopes that finally they might be rescued.

What happens now? There are still many questions that have yet to be answered. What happens if the button isn’t pushed when the timer runs out in the Swan Hatch? What are the others going to do if Michael (Harold Perrineau) is able to bring Jack (Matthew Fox), Locke (Terry O’Quinn), Kate (Evangeline Lilly), Sawyer (Josh Holloway), and Hurley (Jorge Garcia) back with him? Does Sayid (Naveen Andrews) have a plan to protect the main five from the others?


And if all this isn’t enough, for everyone who loves gathering clues to unravel the mysteries of the island, there is the Lost Experience. This is an official effort by ABC and it is made up of a series of web sites and even a book that is all made to add depth to the experience and to provide clues about what is really going on.

The book is Bad Twin, by Gary Troup (who’s name is an anagram for purgatory). Some of the sites include www.thehansofoundation.org, www.oceanic-air.com, www.sublymonal.com and a few others. It’s really fun to see how much detail and back information is being put into this show.

I only hope that everyone remembers that it is just a show and we do have to get on with our own lives sometime.

One more thing. If you just can’t wait until the show airs tomorrow night, there appears to be a rather complete synopsis of the finale on Wikipedia. But be warned, if it is correct, there are significant spoilers for this episode. The link to the site is here. If you get spoiled, don’t come crying to me… ’cause I’ll be sitting here, weeping silently.

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