If you've been following BNFOS you'll know that previously we've posted reviews of episodes of Lost, but have recently stopped doing so. Oh, we still watch the show around these parts, but our heart just isn't in it.
Lost has officially jumped the shark.
Even though this final season seemed to get off to a bit of a rocky start, we think we can pinpoint the exact moment of said shark jumpage: when Faux Locke told Sawyer that HE was the Smoke Monster. And Sawyer didn't bat a conman's eyelash.
Sawyer knew John Locke was dead and the "man" who appeared to be Locke was not only NOT Locke, but was the freaking SMOKE MONSTER - the writhing, twisting, mechanical-noise-making, tree-knocking-over, SMOKE MONSTER.
Just look at those two words: SMOKE. MONSTER. Put 'em together now: SMOKE MONSTER.
Sawyer didn't stop to consider this mind boggling revelation, or even ask HOW is this possible? or a very simple WHAT are you? You know, stuff NORMAL people would ask. But they just went through time travel last season, you say, so Sawyer is used to weird stuff.
Well, there's weird stuff and there's time travel but THIS IS A SMOKE MONSTER THAT HAS TERRORIZED YOU FOR SEVERAL YEARS AND NOW IT'S STANDING IN FRONT OF YOU IN THE FORM OF A DEAD FRIEND.
Another thing that's bothering me is I fell in love with a great cast of characters in Lost's first season. Can anyone tell me WHO the frak is the show's central character? Lord of the Rings had a list of characters longer than your arm, but they all supported Frodo's story. He was the central figure. On the show ER, Anthony Edward's character was the linchpin of the original cast, George Clooney even admitted as much. So who is Lost's main character out of the ensemble? Jack? Jacob? Ben? The Man in Black? Sayid? Locke? Desmond? Vincent the dog?
The Lost ensemble grew SO HUGE that it went from a character-based show to a story-based show (that's the inverse of The X-Files which was all business (story) at first, but then focused more on Mulder's and Scully's relationship). There is so much story to put out there - we loved the episode that featured Richard Alpert's backstory, but as good as it was, Richard is NOT one of the main characters. The producers have been dragging out the "story of the island" and this episode revealed more about Jacob and the Man in Black (why the f--k doesn't he have a real name yet?) but for us it's simply too little too late.
We will watch this show to the very end, but our heart just won't be in it. (Unless they do one of their patented slow motion "reunion" sequences with Michael Giacchino's lilting string compositions, in which case we will weep openly.)