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Lost - Season 2 - Part 1 [DVD]
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The first 13 episodes from the second season of the acclaimed drama series. In this season, the survivors of the Oceanic Flight 815 discover they are not alone in their battle against 'The Others' and a contested decision to open the hatch reveals a new realm of mystery and intrigue. Episodes comprise: 'Man of Science, Man of Faith', 'Adrift', 'Orientation', 'Everybody Hates Hugo', '...And Found', 'Abandoned', 'The Other 48 Days', 'Collision (a.k.a. Old Habits)', 'What Kate Did', 'The 23rd Psalm', 'The Hunting Party' and 'Fire and Water'.
If you were one of the many complaining that the ending of the first series of Lost was something of a damp squib, that fear not. Going against the more measured and tempered pacing of what had gone before, the first few episodes of the second season waste little time getting down to business, cleverly setting up a selection of fresh posers to consider. In true Lost fashion, there are more questions asked than questions answered, and the twelve episodes in this box set capture much of the spirit of whats made the show the success it is.
Continuing the formula of dividing each episode into a flashback and current events, theres plenty to get your teeth into. Fresh characters are brought in, some more of the Islands mysteries are discovered, and the relevance of those numbers continues to puzzle. There are some fairly sizeable developments to watch out for too, none of which well spoil for you here.
Whats clear is that the show has very much found its feet. While some episodes frustrate, seemingly moving things on not a jot, theres a lot of careful layering at work here, and that gives much of the material in this set added rewatch value. And, when the show does hit top form--as it frequently does across these twelve episodes--then its highly compelling television. Dont expect all the answers just yet though, eh?--Jon Foster
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I've been lucky enough to see every episode so I feel I can give a balanced opinion of it. I've never been one of these people who obsess and theorise for hours on end about Lost. I simply watch the show and that's it.
So what can you expect from Season Two? I won't reaveal too much because I don't want to spoil things. The Others feature a lot more (answering a lot of questions but posing several more), new characters appear and there are some fatalities. I'll say no more... watch for yourself!
Season Two starts off quickly, taking off right from where Season One ended, but things go down hill as we approach the middle of the series. I felt that nothing really noteworthy happens in a few epsiodes - there were one or two episodes that have no real effect on the overall storyline (they don't seem to move the stroy forward). Season Two only really picks up again towards the end, particularly the last 4 or 5 episodes (but obviously they don't feature in this box set).
I've always preferred Lost when it focuses more on the island and what's happening on and around it, as opposed to the episodes that focus more of the characters backgrounds via several long-winded flashbacks (which we get every episode but not always as the main focus).
Overall, Season Two is a bit hit and miss, much like Season One in my opinion (an opinion that might not please many). I've never been completely taken in by the show like many. I found some episodes to be slightly lacking but when things step up a gear Lost is gripping TV. At it's best, fantastic. At it's worst, average. Lost can be extremely clever and the way that things link together is very effective but it just loses its way slighly in the middle third of the series.
And in the episodes towards the very end you actually get answers to some of the mysteries of the island, which is welcome, but also you get more questions to take their place and that is why we all watch lost anyway isnt it!?! trying to guess why they are all there etc
There are two minor downfalls in the season. The ending doesnt have the excitement and shock that the first season had. It made me think 'oh,ok' and that was it.
It also appears that JJ doesnt know what to do with his all star cast. Jack, Sawyer, Kate, Lock and Anna Lucia now appear to be the major 5. Charlie, Sayid and Hurley are downgraded and shown less attention. If the story line seems to be slowing or losing excitement he decides to kill someone off, and introduce someone else.
The major highlight, like the first season, are the episodes that explore Hurley's past.
In conclusion, as good as the ground-breaking first season, without the ending.
The things that made the first series of Lost a word-of-mouth phenomenon do not fizzle out in series 2. Instead, they get stronger. Big questions are answered with even bigger questions. Clues are everywhere - on the belly of a shark, on the label of a medicine bottle and in the total sum of adding Hurley's lottery numbers together. New characters appear with a great twist and some of their back stories are the best so far.
If you've seen series 1 and you're considering buying part one of series 2, there's no question as to whether or not you should. I have seen the first 12 episodes of season 2, and its much more compulsive and addictive. I watched the 12 shows in marathon sessions, waiting patiently for answers. I would recommend buying the box set because when you see things like the dead priests in the private plane linking up with a great back story and when you see things like a missing reel of film from the hatch's initiation/welcome film, you just have to keep going. You can't possibly wait another week for your next fix!
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