I have to agree with Tycho on this. LOST is standing frighteningly close to the ledge of Plummeting Ratings. I have been an avid fan of this show since the pilot episode. I have clung to the hope that there was a cohesive story, complete with a fully satisfying ending. I clung to this hope even when a polar bear appeared in the middle of a tropical island. I didn’t lose hope when black smoke started making industrial sounds and acting as if it had intelligence. I kept the faith when… oh wait, can’t say that one because my friends across the pond are a season behind us and I’m not big on blurting out spoilers.
Thing is, I expect at least some answers to any of the myriad of conundrums which have been put in my face these past two-and-a-half seasons. But all I’m getting are more bizarre-ass mysteries and redundant backstories and it’s starting to feel very familiar…
I used to watch this little program back in the early 90s called Twin Peaks. It was filmed here in Washington state and co-created by filmmaking giant David Lynch. Now, I absolutely loved Twin Peaks. The relationship ended badly, however. I started to get bored, then I became distracted, then finally outright apathetic. By the time the show was cancelled in 1991, I had long since had enough of the drawn-out storyline and what started to seem like weirdness just for weirdness’ sake. I resented being strung along. I had lost interest in the characters. I had stopped caring. Then they made a Twin Peaks movie in 1992 — a movie that only made sense to long-time fans of the TV show (and even to us only just barely). I didn’t actually see it until it was out on video; 134 minutes of Why Should I Give a Crap?
So you see, I’m starting to get this familiar feeling as LOST reaches the middle of its third season. I feel like, well, like I’m being strung along with a drawn-out storyline and shown what’s starting to look like weirdness for weirdness’ sake.
Just like in 1991. I don’t want it to happen all over again.
If I’m not mistaken, LOST is taking a break for several weeks after next Wednesday’s episode. I’ll be using that hiatus to seriously consider if my time wouldn’t be better spent watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I’m on season four now and haven’t lost interest once.
UPDATE: New York Magazine’s Adam Sternbergh has a short and sweet summation of how I think we’re all feeling about LOST. Check it out.