Getting 'Lost,' Week 4: All These Numbers Are Giving Me A Headache
Getting 'Lost,' Week 4: All These Numbers Are Giving Me A Headache
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 on Week 4: Season 1, Episodes 20-25 ("Do No Harm", "The Greater Good", "Born to Run" and "Exodus"); Season 2, Episodes 1-3 ("Man of Science, Man of Faith", "Adrift" and "Orientation")

I've been catching up on Lost (and writing this series) for the past four weeks now, and for the most part, it's been a weird experience: speculating about things where answers have already been given, and asking for clarification to people who'd encourage you instead to fish further.  Well, it's been fun anyway, so thank you.
And no, I'm not saying those things because I'm pulling the plug on this prematurely.  In case you haven't noticed, I'm finished with the first season, and have started working through the second.

For one, I'm happy because I've finished a significant chunk of the show, and that means I can return the first box set and borrow the second.  While I liked the way it's been presented, some episodes bored me, and apart from a few surprise developments (which I definitely caught), I still have a feeling that I missed something because of my boredom.  But I'm happier because I finally heard some happy music on the show--the tense orchestrals have given way to a more jubilant score, at least until the Others caught up with the raft and took Walt away.  But, of course, this is Lost, and so far there hasn't been a really happy ending.

And I'm even happier because they're really digging through things.  Wheee!  Sure, I can glean that Jack and Locke will never meet halfway--a doctor versus someone whose leaps of faith seem more like blind decisions--and the dynamic between the survivors will definitely sway how each of the island's mysteries unfold.  Must be the problem with having some idea of what to expect.  I'm the type who likes seeing how things work (which is why I play a lot of SimCity) so I'm admittedly more interested in how the hatch, and by association the Dharma Initiative, plays out.  Watching all three hours of "Exodus" is perhaps the most satisfying moments of my Lost-watching life so far.

Besides, the idea of an island dedicated to studying (exaggerated?) natural phenomena and the possibility of a utopian society sounds cool.  All those plans from two scientists and that rich Hanso dude?

I'm three episodes into the second season, and already I'm feeling boggled.  How many stories am I exactly following?

One, of course, is the Dharma Initiative.  The hatch is finally open, we've been introduced to Desmond, and the idea of entering Hurley's numbers, for lack of a better term, into a computer every 108 minutes or so has been established.  (All these numbers are giving me a headache.  I actually dreamt of the code last night, although I only know four from memory.  And I'm math-challenged, for the most part.  I'm going crazy!)  I don't think it's a social experiment, because so far I don't think anybody's watching, not to mention the island's too weird to make it purely a social thing.  (Although all that electromagnetic speak confuses me.  Will the island topple over after 108 codeless minutes?)

And then there's Desmond himself, he who suddenly decided that he won't be running the race and will, instead, punch in a series of codes for the rest of his life.  For some reason I don't think him knowing Jack is a coincidence.  Although I hate destiny, Jack being "him" does sound a bit sinister, unless I'm presuming.

Then there are the other folks in the island.  So there are the front section people, and the tail section people, and the Others, and Rousseau, and... huh?  So Rousseau's a separate entity, and the Others are a separate entity, and the tail section are a separate entity that possibly managed to co-exist with (at least some) of the Others?  And the Others that took Walt are part of the Initiative?  And they're different from the tail section's Others?  At least I'm asking questions.  I feel a bit proud of myself.

And then there's Locke.  So he's the guy who takes all these leaps of faith as if they're chocolate bars that would help grow his kidney back.  A part of me thinks his instinct is kicking in and he's somehow in tune with whoever's with the Initiative.  A part of me thinks he's nuts and is out for an adventure, his "don't tell me what I can't do!" mindset kicking in now he's no longer bound to a wheelchair and is pretty much alone.  My thoughts are going towards Locke being the one factor that's making all of this possible, which should explain his zen-like outlook in life.  Or whatever.  As another Lost fan-slash-friend, Jessica, told me, "you have a really long way to go."

Michael Emerson, congratulations on winning the Emmy, although I have yet to encounter you.

The series so far:
Week 1: An Introduction and the First Six Episodes
Week 2: I Want My Australian Accent Back!
Week 3: The Week I Felt Like Locke

- Henrik Batallones, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
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