Wednesday, May 12, 2010
TBG TV: Lost -- "Across the Sea"
There's really no point in adding my voice to the cacophony of critical negativity that's swallowed this episode like few others during its six-year run.
Don't get me wrong: I'd spent part of my lunch hour plotting my "piling on Lost" strategy. I was especially looking forward to pointing out how I didn't have an issue with the episode's all-out immersion in mythology and biblical allegories. "Across the Sea" was, simply put, an unwatchable hour of awful acting (even by "Hurley tries to cry" standards), poor production and uneven "reveals".
Instead, m'man Hansen posted this link to his Twitter feed, which pretty much…yeah.
Speaking of Twitter, I posted the following to my own feed last night:
If tonight's Lost had been the very FIRST episode of the entire series, would you have come back for the following week? Me neither.
This prompted replies from frequently unwitting TBG contributor Joe Reid and my former colleague over at Inside Pulse, Michaelangelo McCullar.
Right, but it wasn't the first episode. It had 6 seasons worth of show to reflect on and show in a different light. - Joe
That's a ludicrous question. - Michaelangelo
From where I sit, mine was a perfectly cromulent question. "Across the Sea" was THE prequel episode that everything we've been watching for the past six seasons has ostensibly been built upon. I concede the obvious point that the writers and producers couldn't have possibly envisioned an "origin" story back in 2004, but this episode – WITH those six years of history – was positioned as "chapter one" and it was an absolute mess.
This [episode] was a litmus test. People who have enjoyed the season, like me, dug it. People who are down on the season hated it. - Michaelangelo
On this point, I couldn't possibly disagree more. I'm far from "down" on this season. And, the litmus test was last season's time-travelling storyline. That was the point where the show's writers gleefully released their tenuous grasp on "reality" and went all-in on fantasy. For the record, I freaking LOVED last season.
While I was leery of the potential for a time warp "reboot" with a dash of deus ex machina, I appreciated the writers essentially telling the fans that they could no longer dictate the direction of the show (Nikki and Paulo). Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof would be doing their show from then on, so like it or lump it, America.
Hey, it's the proprietor of my favorite New York-centric blog and one of 300 people still watching V, Tom Daniels…! Chime in, won't you?
"Knew you'd hate it. I didn't love it either. I wish it had been earlier in the season but they had to do it eventually."
Did they? I mean, sure, the viewers needed the background, but the suggestion from the "42-Inch Television" blog linked above has merit: tighten it up and air it as flashbacks during the series finale. Save for the birth of the boys and the subsequent clubberin' of their natural momma, how much of this episode's first 30 minutes were really needed?
"I figured you'd hate it because of too many child actors." - Tom
I do hate them so, Tom. None of them act. They just take direction. They're like bipedal Benjis from Benji the Hunted.