Friday, March 21, 2008

hello, Kevin Johnson ...

Note: this is the second in a series of posts where I try to figure exactly what in the hell is taking place on ABC's "Lost." For the first post, click here. Also, if you haven't seen the most recent episode, STOP READING RIGHT NOW. I cannot stress this enough. Spoilers are about to occur. DO YOU UNDERSTAND? STOP READING! I MEAN IT!

Kevin Johnson came to "Lost" last night. Sadly, it wasn't this guy ...

... it was this guy.

For the complete episode synopsis, click here.

And with that, here are my list of things I think I think:
-- As detailed in this column on Entertainment Weekly, the "Lost" writers apparently found a way to salvage Michael's character -- making him a psychological wreck who hears voices, tries to kill himself at least three different times and sending him back to the island on a boat. I had difficulty finding Michael interesting from the show's very beginning, even when he was setting up four of the castaways to be kidnapped at the end of Season 2. I can't explain it -- maybe I just have too dull an intellect to follow 78 different plot lines at once.
-- How many more times does Ben have to set somebody up to die before people realize how dangerous he is? Isn't the definition of insanity doing the same things over and over again and expecting different results? This is beginning to look a lot like those moment on "24" when a supposedly-impervious counter-terrorist unit sends an important witness out on assignment with two guards who are only carrying .9 mils. Give me a break.
-- More questions: what's the time lag between Mr. Friendly's visit to New York and his sneak attack on the beach? Is Ben's daughter as evil as he is (she has the genes, right)? If you were Jack, wouldn't you be trying to wrangle some sort of tryst with Kate and Juliet? Is that why didn't see any of them this episode?
-- Finally, as TBL asks, who are, in fact, the bad guys here? We know that Ben keeps insisting "we're the good guys," but we also know he's a terrifying individual, as I outlined in my earlier entry. Both Ben and Mr. Friendly insist Charles Widmore staged the plane crash, although the Captain told Sayid and Desmond that it was Ben who did that. The only thing we know for sure is that the people on the boat want Ben. Everything else is unclear at this point.

Oh well. We have until next month to find out.


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