Monday, June 15, 2009

Lost Re-Watch Weeks 1&2

The Lost re-watch has begun! It's been two weeks, starting with season 1. I had my concerns going in, "what if I can't keep up?". Well, it turns out that 4 episodes a week is almost not enough. The most challenging part so far is pacing myself! I find myself watching two episodes in a row and desperately trying to find a way to distract myself as to prevent myself from getting too far ahead of myself. If you haven't started yet, don't be afraid to start... I promise you'll catch up in no time!

With that said, here's a list of episodes watched so far:

1. Pilot part 1
2. Pilot part 2
3. Tabula Rasa
4. Walkabout
5. White Rabbit
6. House of the Rising Sun
7. The Moth
8. Confidence Man

You can't help but notice how scrawny half the dudes are in the pilot compared to later seasons, i.e. Sayiid. He actually bulks up a lil' by episode 3 even, but no where as near the end of season 3. Kate wears dude pants, and is not at her hot peak yet. Sawyer's hair is also dramatically shorter in the pilot as opposed to episode 3, and Sawyer is also one of the most fun characters, especially now that we've experienced his arc. This show has the BEST character development, and it's been extremely enjoyable thus far.
It's fun to watch and think about all the things that are taking place on other parts of the island as shit is going down in the foreground. Like what Ben is up, or any of the others in fact, since they are not featured in the first season. We know that Ben is ordering Ethan to infiltrate the camp, and make lists. Juliet is hosting a book club, and Desmond has just recently failed to push his button 'causing the plane crash (as we all know now as the very thing Jack hopes to prevent by nuking the pocket of energy in the swan station rendering it "inert" - Daniel Faraday R.I.P.)
These are the things that you consider, but try not to dwell on as some of the best Lost moments are happening right in front of you. I was yelling at the T.V. screen, demanding my Locke after 3 episodes with a lack of, when he shows up on screen with a suitcase full of knives and more confidence than you could shake a stick at. So fucking awesome. Speaking of, "Walkabout" is one of the best and heart braking episodes of the whole damn series. Locke introduces backgammon to Walt as "a game older than Jesus, with two sides: White, and black". At this time we are to suspect him as a creepy pedophile. Awesome. Fake-Matt wondered if Locke mistakenly calling Kate by the name of the girl he frequently calls on a hot-line (pre-island) is a jab at Evangeline Lilly's Hot Links past! Is it!? Awesome.
White Rabbit is where Lost gets all Losty. The dead starts showing up, Locke saves Jack! and tells him that he's looked into the eye of the island. Shit gets spooky. Remember when Lost was spooky?
The next few episodes are full of old Lost goodies: Charlie doing heroine, flashing back to Drive Shaft days. Sawyer being an asshole, getting tortured by Sayiid. Weird relationship between Micheal and Sun, Jin being a dick. It's all great. I could write forever on the awesomeness of season 1. But I have to stop here, due to my other "life". I'll leave you with this question:

Is season 1 so refreshing, so awesome, so good... because season 5 was so bad?


madewell said...

if season 6 is to mirror season 1, then will things be righted?

Cody said...

Damn dude, reading your post got me totally stoked to stop slacking and start rewatching. I thin Season one is so good just because it's so good. Season five wasn't all that bad...was it? Stop making me question my own opionions!

madewell said...

yeah, I agree. This post really made me want to be rewatching right now and not working.

lil' maxwell said...

I agree that season 1 isn't just good because season 5 was bad. It was just good... but in all honesty season 5 was bad. It had it's moments, but there were only 16-17 episodes? and there's only a few episodes I would watch again and feel like I would get some pure Lost type satisfaction. That's one thing that season 1 re-watch has going for it, that satisfaction that doesn't seem to get old... even after re-watching it a million times.

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talkaboutcharles said...

Yeah, success can really ruin a good thing.

Myself, Christine, her brother Patrick and mother Julie have started our own rewatch schedule: Every episode by the next season.

We watched the pilots last Tuesday and it was great. Was 5 that bad? Really it's just mediocre TV at worst, right?


ps. I am keeping a running talley of "I'm going with you"s & "Now why would I want to do that"s

pps. From now on to save typing time, I will refer to Myself, Christine, Patrick and Julie in the context of this website as the Feline station. I hope I spelled Feline correctly.

madewell said...

feline looks right.