Wednesday, March 17, 2010
TBG TV: Lost -- "Recon"
Three Things I Dug:
Detective Sawyer - The First Scene: This episode started out with a firecracker opening sequence that included a note-for-note homage to a Sawyer flashback from several seasons ago, the Bizarro cop twist and an opportunity for Miles and Sawyer to show off the chemistry their characters displayed during last year's "1977" storyline. For the first few minutes, I was eating it up with a spoon.
Charlotte - Every Scene: Rebecca Mader briefly revisited her "Charlotte" character for the alternate timeline story. In what would turn out to be an exceedingly uneven episode, Mader killed in the little bit of time she had. In rapid-fire succession, she pulled off (1) sexy blind date who won't suffer Sawyer's B.S. (2) A six-second love scene that was more (television) sensuous than all the other Sawyer-conquests combined. (3) Target of Sawyer's cartoonish mood swings. (4) Rejecting Sawyer's reconciliation attempt with an iciness worthy of any of my ex-girlfriends.
A Few Feet of Miles: Well, it wasn't much, but I'll take "sidekick cop" Miles over the neutered, two-scenes-an-evening version we've gotten all season. I liked how his detective mind always seemed to be "on" -- not unlike Batman -- as he was suspicious of every syllable that spilled from Sawyer's mouth. Running his partner's credit card was an absolute douche move...and one that I'd have expected from "Island Miles", too.
Three Things I Didn't Dig:
Detective Sawyer - Every Other Scene: In Josh Holloway's defense, last night's script did him no favors. I was cringing -- practically convulsing -- when Detective Sawyer punched the mirror in the locker room. And, when does his epiphany occur? During a rerun of Little House on the Prairie?! Michael Landon helps Sawyer see the light?! REALLY? Viewers were then subjected to Holloway's "conflicted face" as he squirmed in his seat while coming clean to Miles. Let's be kind and call his performance "rough".
Untwisted: Yes, the endgame is approaching and the time for long, drawn-out storylines is winding down. But, the revelation of Zoe's true intentions (and boss) and the alternate-timeline Kate reveal were obvious from the start of their respective scenes. That's not to say I have a better idea on how they should've been shoehorned into the story, but the choppy camera shots of Kate -- face obscured -- running from the police was just silly when every viewer knew it was her. And, it sure seemed like it took Island Sawyer -- professional con man -- a few too many minutes to figure out Zoe wasn't one of the good guys.
Sorry 'bout That Knife Thing: So, m'girl Killa Claire has a knife to Kate's throat. Kinda-sorta intense. Dark Locke has to pull Killa off'a Kate and then he explains to Kate that Claire's gone cra-zay. Cut n' dry, no ambiguity here. In their very next scene together, Claire apologizes to Kate and hugs her. Here's my issue: there's no way in the world this woman (Claire) gets within 50 feet of me. She had a knife to Kate's throat! Kate had even armed herself, but still allowed herself to stand within Claire's established stabbing radius.
The Verdict: The winning streak ends at two, as Lost served up a table-setting episode instead of a continuation of the main course. Points for the forwarding of the Widmore angle, I suppose, but this one peaked for me in the first five minutes.