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Lost vs Highlander - John C. Kirk

Apr. 1st, 2007

11:52 pm - Lost vs Highlander

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From:sulkyblue
Date:April 2nd, 2007 09:22 am (UTC)
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The sloppy first aiding is one of the many many problems with Lost at the moment, and another example of writers assigning character knowledge based on what they need for the plot, not what makes sense. The characters completely fail to ask sensible questions thereby keeping pools of knowledge isolated with different people. I'm pretty confused at this point about who knows what and what on earth is going on. Plus I find I don't really care that much.

I'm a bit behind due to apathy about the whole thing, I just watched Tricia Tanaka is Dead and the Sayid episode that followed and thought they were considerably better than the previous ones, mostly 'cos they were fun to watch and didn't drag so much. the first half of the season suffered really badly because they concentrated too much on Jack, Kate and Sawyer who are apparently popular characters, just not with me.

I loved season 1, but season 2 got too confused with too many characters. Then rather than fix what everyone was complaining about they added yet more characters and a completely new location just to spread everything about even further.
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From:johnckirk
Date:April 2nd, 2007 12:57 pm (UTC)
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Yes, I enjoyed the "Tricia Tanaka" episode; I like Hurley a lot more than Jack/Kate/Sawyer, probably because I'm not doing the whole "shipper" thing.
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From:elvum
Date:April 2nd, 2007 01:07 pm (UTC)
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Is there a problem here whereby American series value getting recommissioned far more than they value writing a finite, well-constructed story?
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From:johnckirk
Date:April 2nd, 2007 02:49 pm (UTC)
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I'm not sure whether it's specifically an American problem, but it does depend on what your goal is. For instance, most soap operas seem to be intended to run indefinitely; how many years have "Eastenders" and "Coronation Street" been going for? By contrast, "Babylon 5" was a US series which was always intended to fit into 5 years.

At the same time, there is a risk of setting up a finite story that never gets finished because the series doesn't get renewed. I'm thinking in particular of "Dark Skies" - the idea was that it would run over 5 years, where each year would cover one decade (starting in the 60s), and eventually the episodes would catch up with the present day (of their screening). However, it was cancelled after season 1, so that plan never came to fruition.
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