OK, now I just think the producers aren't getting it. Despite the fact that last week's Flashes Before Your Eyes shed 2 million viewers and Not In Portland apparently shed another 2 million the week before. And yes, I'm aware that these episodes are already shot and everything - but it sounded from the podcasts that viewer angst was being factored into post-break episodes. The first three episodes, it sounded like, would shine light on lots of things. About DHARMA, the Others, the Island, etc.
Instead, we've had a lot of things dangled before us and the slipped away. Jack has access to the Others - but whenever Tom wants to chat about the Purple Sky Event or anything, actually, something shuts him up. Kate and Sawyer get Karl safe and sound ... and Karl seems rather willing to talk all about Otherville and their daily lives ... and Sawyer tells him to get lost. Jack meets a whole group of people abducted by the Others ... and yells at them to go away.
Yells at them to go away. Honestly, the only good Cindy's appearance had was to give them something to put into the teasers. I understand that next week Ben will offer Jack a copy of "The Idiot's Guide To The Others And Why You're On This Island" ... but he'll burn it in an act of defiance.
Look, I like the flashbacks ... I really do. It's just that I think Lost is missing a Sunday Edition. You know how in serial comics very little happens for six days and then bam ... on Sunday the mystery gets solved. It feels like the show needs to - every now and the - cut the flashbacks and put enough emphasis on the island itself to get some questions answered. Jack's story about a killer tattoo was decent enough - but so barely connected to the larger picture that it just makes things like Cindy cameo that much more annoying. I know more about Jack's kite making abilities than I do about Cindy's fate on the island.
And I just don't care about Jack's kite making abilities. Heck, I'm not even sure the end of Jack's flashback made any sense. Why did Coke Boy know about his new tattoo? Lost seems to constantly confuse mysterious with simply not explaining anything. One is complex ... the other is nonsense. Considering we started this fable with the concept that it could be explained through science and now have smoke beasts and time travelling prophets ... I'm guessing we've got the latter.
Get this from Wikipedia:
How annoying is that? I'm not even sure how the origin of Jack's tattoos ranks in terms of Lost mysteries ... if it even does rank. It certainly ranks lower than Juliet's mark. Which again, Jack didn't even ask what the significance was.
Update: In a recent EW interview (spoilers), Lindelof describes the fact that Juliet wasn't born on the island "maybe a surprise" to some of the audience.
Really? I think this is the disconnect. The producers/writers have come to feel that virtually any tidbit is a satisifactory morsel of information. Juliet wasn't born on the island. Ethan wasn't born on the island. Jack's tattoos have a significant meaning to him. To me, these don't even feel like much more than background noise. Maybe the scrutiny that every Lost show gets (like trying to decipher every symbol or number in any frame) is actually getting counter-productive. The viewers' attention to minutiae is leading to ... a sea of minutaie.
Still, I don't think that excuses the blatant pulling away of the rug via questionable writing. Tom's abrupt interruption. Sawyer's lousy logic in telling Karl to go get himself killed.
So far this season - we've gotten two major factoids: the smoke monster is connected to the "apparitions" and time travel is probably a factor. Some of the other clues - like Mittelos and aged wombs - are interesting, but get drowned out by the rest of the noise.
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