What’s Up With LOST Season Six?

lost-the-final-season-poster So there I was, all ramped up after the season finale of LOST Season Five.  I hugged my wife as she screamed as the white screen gave us our inverted logo signifying the end of the season and the beginning of our wait.  Not a week later, I started rewatching the season with my dad, eagerly absorbing anything I might have missed on the first watching.  When it finished the second time, it was my turn to scream.  Not because of the cliffhanger, but because of the knowledge that there was only one season left.  The final season.

And now, that final season is well underway.  And while I make sure I catch it on Tuesday nights come Hell or high water, I can’t say that I’m as psyched about it as I know I should be.

I mean, come on.  To be a fan of LOST at this point denotes a certain lack of rationality and craziness.  It’s just inherent in the show’s fanbase by now.  And every other season, I’ve had that fervor.  I’m a bad nerd because something has changed this season.  I kind of suck at being a LOST fanboy.

The LOST Supper

The LOST Supper - A Season Six Symbol or Red Herring?

I thought at first that it was because it was a lackluster season.  I was not the biggest fan of how the season began.  While I was intrigued by the so-called “flash sideways” segments (from here on out referred to as the alternate reality because I hate the official term even though there is no guarantee there is anything alternate about it), I was more irked that the season is drawing to a close and instead of wrapping things up and resolving issues, the writers just introduce more characters and situations that need explaining.

But whatever, I can deal with that.  That’s LOST, after all.

But when the next episode comes on, instead of answering any questions, the writers spend one of our precious (said in a Gollum voice, if you must know) hours having characters argue about what’s inside that itty bitty pill Dogen wants to give Sayid.  A whole episode.

And then in the atply titled “Lighthouse” episode, Jack and Hurley find a deus ex machina lighthouse they’ve never seen before, even though the survivors have sailed the entire perimeter of the Island and never caught a glimpse of it.  But that’s okay because I think the quote they used was “we weren’t meant to see it until now” or something along those lines.  See, desinty/fate/predestination/free will stuff, right? Sigh.

But then the season one-upped me.  It played its (first) trump card.  The episode “Dr. Linus” aired this week and gave me almost exactly what I had been hoping for out of the season.  While there were not any explicit revelations or loose ends tied together, “Dr. Linus” finally took long-running threads and gave audiences something to do with them.  While doing my best to avoid spoilers, “Dr. Linus” let us  inside Ben’s head like never before and offered quite a few possibilities for how the two timelines this season interact and potentially impact one another.

LOST Final Season The more I think about the episode, the more pleased with it I become.  Yet somehow, I still can’t rile myself up into the frenzy of checking The Fuselage or even watching Doc Jensen’s Totally LOST series on EW.com.  Heck, I cannot even make myself take the time to read his weekly previews and recaps, which is my favorite part of LOST nerding out.  Even though I was finally able to push past the idea of the season itself lacking something, I still cannot delve into it like I want to.

But why?  I wish I could tell you for sure.  I wish I could tell me for sure.  I have had a lot of personal drama and issues going on for the past few months as well as just finishing up an intensive 8-week night literature survey course.  My brainyparts hurt (thank my wife for that term, by the way) from overstimulation and exhaustion, and I feel bad that I just do not seem to have it in me to get all crazy obsessive over LOST.  And that makes me sad because it’s one my favorite shows—if not my favorite show—ever.  It deserves me going a little crazy over it.

Maybe as the season draws to an end (I still have over half the season left, after all), I will develop that ridiculous fanboyishness I want to have.  Like I said, “Dr. Linus” proved to me that this season is not all about drawing things out and withholding answers.  So maybe there’s hope for me yet.

lost-the-final-season-poster And if I don’t seem to find my nerdish pressure point while the season is airing, I am keeping all the episodes on my DVR so I can rewatch them serially rather than episodically and see if I can get more out of them as a season.

One thing I hope kindles a little craziness out of me is this here bloggity blog.  I’ve never been able to watch LOST as it airs while my blog has been up, so now that I am back from my literature-induced hiatus, there should be some wacky fun theories/commentary about the show a time or two a week.  Heck, I hope all of my TV writing ramps up with the return of V, FlashForward (as soon as I catch up), 24, and Fringe.  And yet, for all those shows, I do not worry about not being a ridiculous fanboy.

There’s just something about LOST that I want to go nuts over.  But this season, I cannot.

So for you other LOST-philes out there, am I the only one feeling this way? I know my wife and at least one student has expressed a little disconnectedness/frustration with this season,too.  Have you?

Comments

  1. I think very early on this season I decided the flash sideways weren’t that great, but they started with the characters I perhaps like the least ;p

    I agree that Dr Linus was the best episode yet. It made me so very happy, in the same way that the previous episode made me incredibly sad. Maybe it’s because it’s the final series, but I don’t want to give my emotions free rein – I want to enjoy the journey, and yes, get annoyed at stupid bits.

    I’m hoping the quality of the last two episodes are the real sign of things to come. I don’t mind if we don’t get ALL the answers, I just want to enjoy it – and then look forward to watching all 6 series again!
    .-= Arbitrary´s last blog ..What I’m up to =-.

    • The only one of the original flashes I’ve not liked was Kate. I just don’t like her. Well, and Jack, but despite not liking him and all but loathing his character, I understand he’s the “mythology” posterchild.

      I tend to enjoy the journey a lot more with seasons on DVD than I do as they air. When I’m watching episodically, I chomp at the bit for more narrative. On DVD, I can set my pace and enjoy it in just-my-size chunks. I look forward to S6 a second time around a great deal. I had planned to rewatch all of the current episodes while I was on Spring Break this week, but too many other things got in the way.

  2. I actually find myself finding excuses not to watch. This season just feels empty, adding more mystery, and no real conclusions to anything…it seems to drag.
    I have not watched “Linus” yet, so not sure how I will feel after that…but, I have an episode of House to watch, Community, 30 Rock, Modern Family and Moon on DVD from Netflix.

    Guess I can postpone the mediocre LOST just a little longer.
    .-= openedge1´s last blog ..The Secret World – The experiment! =-.

    • I can’t make myself find excuses like that. I have too much invested in the series at this point to stop. One series I did that with, however, was Heroes. I just could not justify watching its current season, so I stopped and began DVRing much more entertaining shows on Monday nights.

  3. You know, the one thing that irked me the most about Season 5 (there were a lot – A LOT of things) was that I hated knowing where it was going to end up. It’s almost like watching the Star Wars prequels. Being in the past you knew what was going to happen to the characters and you were just watching it, waiting for some answers that just weren’t coming. The same effect was noticed by me in Season 4 too as the flash forwards essentially told you who got off the island and who was stuck. Just another “how” scenario.

    This time however things are back in perspective for the most part. Everyone is in the “present” and going forward on the same page, generally. The flash sideways while sometimes entertaining haven’t really given any insight into their usefulness or meaning. Quite honestly they’re WAY too convenient at times. The amount of people that live in Los Angeles that didn’t even hail from the United States for example. It takes its liberties, and lot’s of them. I’m asking myself “why on earth would things have steered these people to this plane crash if they’d never gone into the past to trigger the events that lead them to -” ugh.

    Still, it keeps me religiously watching week to week, but if it was going to be on any longer I would’ve done what I did last year and just waited for it to finish airing before I bothered. This show was a nightmare week to week. I can bear it now because it’s ending.
    .-= Brian´s last blog ..“Art of the Week 3/10: ‘Assault Suits’ by Jim Hatama” =-.

    • I think there will be insight and meaning in the flashes this season. I don’t know what they are, and the liberties that the writers are taking with some characters makes me wonder about the canonical legitimacy of the situations (for example, French Alex being an American high school student).

      The show is a nightmare to watch each week. I by far prefer it serially on DVR or DVD. However, with it being the final season, I absolutely refuse to stockpile for one fell swoop. I won’t do it.