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Lost: Season 2 (2005)

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Adventure, Adventure Drama, Drama, Fantasy, Jungle Film, Prime-Time Drama, Psychological Drama, Sci-Fi Adventure, Supernatural Thriller

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The past, present, and future lives of surviving Oceanic Flight 815 passengers are dramatically intertwined as a fight for survival ensues in a quest for answers after crashlanding on a mysterious island. Each discovery prompts yet more secrets, as the hastily-formed colony search for a way off the island, or is this their home? --IMDb
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Review by Chad
Added: August 25, 2009
It's sort of funny how I went from "I'll check out an episode or two to see what the fuss is about" to "Holy shit, I just found a new favorite show" over the course of... well, over the course of that episode or two. It sure didn't take long for me to fall in love with the show during that first season, and I had to immediately dive into season two after seeing the huge cliffhanger that they delivered in the final episode. Season two picks up directly where season one left off, and even though some will say that the show starts to lose steam as it goes on, I'm going to tell you right now that I'm still just as in love with the show as I was when season one wrapped up.

Standard disclaimer: I'm going to be spoiling the shit out of season one, so if you're reading this without having seen that first season for some ungodly reason, you may want to stop now. Also, while I won't be presenting any major spoilers for the second season in this review, I will be discussing some of the events that lay the groundwork for this season; after all, it would be sort of hard to talk about the season at hand without pointing out where the story goes.

As mentioned, this season picks up directly where the first left off at, and we find that the boys have blown open the hatch door and are about to finally discover what's inside. What is inside, you may ask? Why, it's a fellow named Desmond (Henry Ian Cusick), and he soon lets our crew in on a little secret: he is living down there, saving the world every 108 minutes. You see, there's a computer set up down here that is attached to a timer, and he must put in a sequence of numbers every 108 minutes in order to prevent a catastrophic event. It's a hell of a discovery, and it only gets worse when he runs off into the jungle, leaving our heroes with the unenviable task of keeping an eye on that button.

Meanwhile, Michael is still mourning the loss of his son as he and Sawyer drift across the ocean aimlessly. They won't drift for long, however, as the current brings them back to a familiar island... but they wind up on the other side of "their" island. There, they meet up with who they believe to be the others, a small group of people who turn out to be another group of survivors from the plane crash. Rounding out this new group of people is Ana-Lucia Cortez (Michelle Rodriguez), a former cop who is now the unquestioned leader of this group, Mr. Eko (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), a hulking man of faith who has a secret or two, Libby (Cynthia Watros), a timid young lady who follows Ana-Lucia's every order, and Bernard (Sam Anderson), a man who just wants to find his wife. This new group of survivors will eventually meet up with the main group from the first season, and from there... well, I think I've outlined this season enough. Suffice it to say that new alliances are made, old ones are broken, people die, and numerous major secrets are revealed - some that will make a huge impact on the future of the show.

Even though I'm in the process of working through this show for the first time, I've heard the little rumblings from its fans: "It goes downhill in season X", "It starts to get stupid in season Y", and similar claims run rampant with this particular series. I can't say anything about the seasons past this one, but the show is still a winner with me after having sat through this particular season. Is it as good as the first season? Not quite, but it's not much of a step down either.

I thoroughly enjoyed the changes that were made to the storyline, as in this particular season, the main emphasis is on what takes place down in that hatch instead of out on the beach. It may sound like a minor change, but the secrets that this hatch reveals throughout the episodes really does a great job of keeping things interesting throughout the near-seventeen hours that the season runs for. We learn more about the lives of these characters prior to their coming together on this island, we learn more about the other inhabitants of the island, and yes, we learn a thing or two about what has been going down around here over the years.

Now, with that said, I did have some complaints about the season. My main gripe centers around the "seed" problem that I mentioned in my review of the first season: various storyline arcs are raised and new facts are discovered, but some of these are dropped and forgotten about with no explanation given. It almost seemed as though the writers were trying to raise as many questions as possible in each episode to keep the audience guessing, and by doing so, they didn't really have enough time to give an answer to each mystery that they created. I can allow a little leeway in this regard as I'm sure that they were wanting to keep things mysterious while also leaving room for plot arcs in later seasons, but they came dangerously close to taking this mindset a little too far.

The characters are still as interesting as they were in the first season, and yes, the acting is still top-notch from all of the main characters. Just to make things even more interesting, some of them also get attitude and outlook adjustments as the season moves along, and thus, you may find that your personal favorites are constantly getting switched around. The injection of the new characters definitely shook things up, and each one of these characters brought something exciting to the table; the underrated Michelle Rodriguez brought her usual "badass chica" character and made it work yet again, while Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje managed to find a spot in my favorites during his first appearance on the screen. Another character shows up later in the season who is also quite good in his role, and I was once again thoroughly impressed with the quality of acting found from all of the characters throughout the season.

I'm still a huge fan of the series, and truth be told, I'm sort of rushing through this review so that I can get started on season three. Does that say anything about how much I enjoyed this particular season? I'll go ahead and ignore that huge cliffhanger that makes one want to immediately watch the next couple of episodes, but even with that out of the equation, I'm going to go ahead and say that this is one of the best shows that I've seen in years... in fact, it may be the best show. Here's hoping that season three is more of the same. 9/10.
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Tristan #1: Tristan - added 08/31/2009, 04:16 PM
Just finished watching this season today. Like Chadders said, almost as good as the first season. I really don't have too many complaints aside from Michelle Rodriguez (who I despise to no end) and the obvious fact that there is so much left up in the air. But there's 4 more seasons to go, and that's the charm of the show to begin with, so I can't really count that as a complaint. Solid acting, solid storyline, and the addition of the new characters was certainly welcome. Really looking forward to season 3.

9/10
Crispy #2: Crispy - added 06/19/2010, 02:46 AM
I didn't like this season nearly as much as you did. It wasn't until the very of end of the season that I started to find myself truly enjoying it again. Also, I REALLY didn't like that one major arc with Charlie and the other one with Hurley. With that said, I really liked how Sawyer and Kate were fleshed out. High 6 from myself.
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