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The Plot Has Been Lost
on 19 January 2016
As with Season 3, the fourth Season of Lost gives an overall impression of clutching straws on how to keep momentum going and viewers interested.
While it’s not a bad season as such; you’re left with the feeling that the show has forgotten why it existed in the first place.
The familiar pattern of island/flashback cuts is replaced with something that’s supposed to be completely different, but ultimately amounts to something a bit crass and maybe even desperate. The new structure does tie-up nicely in the last 3-parter episode; but by then it feels as if the horse has bolted.
So while the hangover of the first three seasons is enough to see you through to the end, you realise that Lost has actually been stalled over a still-not-apparent plot point for the last two seasons without actually going anywhere.
But it’s not all bad: a half-decent batch of new characters adds some spice - although they are arguably not used enough - and the finality of a long-coming divide in the main group finally gives the story some credibility. There are some good set-pieces too, and the pace is enough to keep you attentive.
Alas, the regrettable state-of-mind at the end of the Season however is, ‘well I’ve come this far so I might as well finish it’. It’s by no means the worst show in the world, but after the attention the show received during its initial run, discovering that it is distinctly average is a bit of a disappointment.
Once more, unto the breach...