scattered Lost thoughts, also, unladen swallows
So I’m up to the bit where the woman parachutist needs rescuing and <shock> she’s not Des’ girlfriend. And I’m wondering how I managed to get addicted to a series in which it’s surprising when the ludicrous coincidence doesn’t happen.*
The most amazing moment for me so far in Lost, though, is in that basically disposable episode where we discover that new characters Paulo and Nikki are thieves and murderers. And in telling their story we’re sent back to the day of the crash, to see Nikki coaxing Paulo out of shock and reminding him of the diamonds. And Nikki picks through the wreckage of the plane, with that whining engine and all the other characters we know staggering around in the background.
So that means, I guess, that they shot footage of Nikki and Paulo at the same time as everyone else in the opening. And withheld it for two seasons, and didn’t call the actors back until they’d decided to work out their plot? Wow. My wife suspects it may all be digital. Maybe, I dunno what’s easier, actually. But I wonder how many other people are in that initial scene, how many of them got their own minutes of camera time that we haven’t seen yet. And how much of the whole plot was already written when they shot that opening.
* My frustrations, let me tell you them. Alas, how stupid and careless the Others appear to be. Perhaps that’s their charm, that they don’t have to be competent to pose a threat to a bunch of fractious and self-absorbed PTSD sufferers. But: assuming everything Ben says is false, still we have several problems. There are 8 hatches on the island. One of them may or may not contain a ticking bomb that can, at least, disrupt the Others’ communications and wreak havoc on their home comforts and… they can’t be bothered to tend it themselves, instead entrusting the task to whichever randoms happen along. Interesting. They discover that two things they desperately want – a pregnant woman and a spine surgeon – have been dropped on the island, and their response is to try to kidnap both and subject them to drugging and deprivation, having made themselves unambiguously into enemies through other acts of violence, in order to gain their cooperation. Hum. They’re master manipulators, but they don’t seem to be able to parley. I’m guessing there’s a great reason for all this, right?