Most of it is due to the over-reliance on flashback as a way to drag out the A-story to daytime-TV-level slooowwwness. Can we recap the information we have about this Island?
- Transmission sent for 16 years by a woman looking for her 'child.'
- Unspecified 'sickness' on island.
- 'Monster' on island.
- Island 'makes' Locke's legs work.
- At least one polar bear live(s/d) there.
- There is a 'bad guy.'
After TEN WEEKS. Meanwhile, each week I learn tons of information about what one of the principal characters was up to in the months before he or she got on the plane. This relates to anything how? I'm not sure, but the creators think we need about 22 minutes of backstory per episode.
For example: Sawyer has a complicated backstory involving confidence man operations and lots of money, and I'm-gonna-kill-yous, and he's so hurt because of something that happened with his father, waaaa. Now, he did not change his on-island behavior due to remembering this story in slow-motion. He did end up changing his behavior a little when Hurley made the golf course and Kate was nice to him. Every character is like this. Their backstories are irrelevant.
Remember the beginning, everyone? When the plot moved along, when pilots were getting flung into the air, before the writers forgot that Hurley was totally there when they read from the passenger manifest and so obviously knew about it except his amnesia was important for ensuring that the big reveal of the Bad Guy would come hilariously timed with the Bad Guy staring scarily at the Former Oasis Member and Irrational Pregnant Psychic-Believer?
I feel like the show has become Rosencrantz and Gildenstern Are Dead and every character is playing Questions: "Who are you?" "Why do you want to know?" "Don't you know about the girl?" "What girl?" "Is it OK if I go now?" Scene. Gems like 'rape cave' keep me around, but I'm really getting worried. Share the disappointment with me. Wallow in our collective misery and deep, dark bitterness.
Edited by Dan Kwa, Dec 6, 2004 @ 7:56 PM.