What They Hate For

I'm writing this as a so-called hater. You'll note I'm also writing this as a first-time blogger. The fact is I've lingered around Lostpedia for a long time--at least since season 4--reading up on articles and on blog entries just to pick up on some interesting theories that other fans might be tossing around. I've also been an avid Lost watcher since the very first episode, so with these facts shared, hopefully whatever credibility I bring to the table will not be too discredited by the giant blue 1 atop this post.

First, objection to the term 'hater'. This is akin to the commonplace political tactic in the US of identifying anybody with differing views from one's own as "hating America" or somehow subversively seeking to bring about its downfall. In both cases, this couldn't be further from the truth. Consider, instead, that instead of hate, what you're dealing with is disappointment, and it's disappointment that could not exist if it weren't for a deeply-rooted love and appreciation for the show. It stems not from a petty dispute with what the writers' and producers' have in mind, but instead with an overwhelming--rather, underwhelming--sense of what used to be a compelling and well-woven piece of television magic slowly unravelling as its focus is narrowly and stubbornly centered on one trite and simplistic storyline and the mythic aura it once possessed has been discarded for rushed and immature storytelling. You see? While some of these statements are undoubtedly opinion (which, last I checked, we are entitled to have), they are in no way related to us not getting enough answers, or not getting the answers that we want. I don't think it's about that at all. Speaking for myself, I don't really even care about that. It's about servicing the story in the best way possible, which we don't see happening. Some things, quite frankly, would have been better left unanswered. Bringing us to our second point.

Adam and Eve. Now I'm going to quote from an excellent IGN article because every time I sit down and try to write cohesively about this subject I get so frazzled and end up throwing something Across The Room. Instead this summed up all of my thoughts beautifully. Observe.

"The conclusion was uncomfortable to watch. The revelation that the MiB... and his mother ... are actually the Adam and Eve skeletons from way back in Season 1 felt incredibly forced. Cutting to Jack and Kate's discovery of the skeletons didn't help at all either and seemed more like Lindelof and Cuse trying to reinforce the fact that they had this all planned out from the beginning. Well, for those of you who have watched House of the Rising Sun recently, you would probably remember ... the fact that Jack mentions that the remains look no more than 40-50 years old. Now, maybe we'll get some sort of weird time travel explanation for this, but as it stands this looks really sloppy. They should know their audiences' meticulous attention to detail. Conveniently dismissing Jack's important bit of dialogue in that scene makes it seem as if they are now covering their tracks."

This is at the core of our discomfort and, while not the only issue with the most recent episode, certainly the most outstanding one. The writers have always given keen attention to any newcomers to the show but have never done so at the expense of compromising the solid foundation of its storyline and the avid viewers who have been there to witness it all unfold from the beginning. Until Season 6. Last episode, in particular, seemed to be a diluted sugar pill version of the episode that we deserved, tailor-made for the casual fan who is just hitching along for the ride because of how aggressively ABC has advertised the finale.

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