Getting 'Lost,' Week 2: I Want My Australian Accent Back!
Getting 'Lost,' Week 2: I Want My Australian Accent Back!
The "Getting Lost" series is about a Lost newbie's attempts to watch all five seasons of the show for the first time, just as the sixth (and final) one rolls along.

What I Watched in Week 2: Season 1, Episodes 7-12 ("The Moth", "Confidence Man", "Solitary", "Raised by Another", "All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues", "Whatever the Case May Be")

"You're moving too slow!" my friend, Alyssa, told me.  She's the one who lent me the season 1 box set, and was checking up on my progress.

"I'm just trying to take it in," I answered.  "Besides, I have to write about it."

"Point taken," she said.  "Then again, you're still in the first season.  It only gets really complicated by the fourth.  That's when I let the forum posters do the thinking for me."

So, I thought, maybe I was moving too slow.  One week, including a long weekend, and all I've seen are six episodes?  Sure, we're still in the middle of establishing who the castaways are before the crash, but my attention span was starting to kick in--the bad thing with already knowing what's in store, more or less.  And that means I'm a bit lost on some details, and the surprising thing is, I'm pretty much aware of it.

I'm getting the idea, though, that Lost is trying to give some sort of redemption to the characters.  Sawyer's flashback--him being a con-man and all--tried to show that he has a heart, but I wasn't really convinced; he is still that (bleep!) that plays around with everyone, especially Freckles.  Oh, I mean Kate.  I actually want to describe him as more "useless" than Shannon.

Claire--as much as I, oddly, find Emilie de Ravin being pregnant and having an Aussie accent sexy--ended up looking like a fickle girl whose life depended on that psychic's phone calls.  I wanted to like Sayid's flashback but it struck me as being too ordinary.  Charlie--now, I was wondering whether they named his brother after Oasis vocalist Liam Gallagher, especially since I watched the episode when his brother Noel just left the band.  I knew he wanted to play nice, but why he decided to do drugs after that confrontation, I don't understand.

So maybe that is the point.  As one of you said, I'll love some characters, then hate them, then love them again.  I am on the right track.  Oh yeah!

And then it picks up.  Cue Rousseau and her story about the "others", which seemed initially far-fetched (and that's me pretending I don't know anything before watching Lost) until Ethan popped up and took Claire away.  The island is turning out to be a pretty weird one, if only because of that metal thing that Locke and Boone found.  So many people are stopping them.  And what's the deal with grabbing Claire for the baby?  I'm missing my Aussie accent big time--and it's only been a couple of episodes!

With the closing moments of episode 12--that reference to Finding Nemo, one I spotted because I love that film--I was trying to put two and two together.

But I'm regretting having some knowledge of what will happen already, because my mind keeps on going there.  Baaaaah.  I think, halfway through the season, I'll start suffering piercing headaches just thinking about whatever's happened.  Thank you for the warning, Aly.

One of you also pointed out the technical aspect of the show, and yes, I do see it.  To be quick about it, I'm starting to look back at my college years: all those lessons, and me attempting to do it.  There are times when I go, "why didn't I think of that?" whenever something suddenly tied in with something, like Jack's flashbacks on episode 11.

But that, I think, is for another week--unless, of course, the next six (or hopefully more) episodes start giving me headaches, too.

The series so far:
Week 1: An Introduction and the First Six Episodes

- Henrik Batallones, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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