Lost season three highlights
Now that I've pointed out some of the disappointments of Season Three, it's time to give the show its due praise. This season, Lost returned to its Season One glory, and it was a joy to experience. Loyal fans were rewarded with serious answers, killer performances, and one of the biggest game-changers ever. Let's get to it!
Answers, Answers, Answers: If there was one thing I couldn't complain about in my Lost letdowns post, it was a lack of answers. We got plenty of answers to questions that were raised in all three seasons of the show. We learned how Locke ended up in his wheelchair, one of the most intriguing questions of Season One (certainly more so than the origin of Jack's tattoos). Fans' theories about Claire's real father were confirmed. A piece of the DHARMA Initiative's history was revealed, and we even got a look at Jacob. As if that wasn't enough, we learned the identity of the original Sawyer--and so did James "Sawyer" Ford. Thank you, Lost writers!!
Charlie's Death: I'm not glad that Charlie died, but his death was incredibly well-done. Several character deaths have been unsatisfying (Shannon) or controversial (The Tailies and DUI-gate), but Charlie went out with dignity. Dominic Monaghan gave several touching performances ("Greatest Hits" was my favorite) as a man struggling to accept his destiny. After all the build-up created by Desmond's flashes, Charlie had to die. Anything else would have made the whole Charlie-death arc a total tease.
The Others: At first, the Others seemed like creepy menaces, but that was before we really got to know them. The development of characters like Ben and Tom, along with the introduction of characters like Juliet and Mikhail turned the Others into major parts of the show. Now I cannot even picture the final three seasons without Ben. Other-flashbacks like "Not in Portland" and "The Man Behind the Curtain" were the best flashback episodes of the season. I loved watching the Others talk circles around the 815ers, answer their questions with more questions, and make them doubt themselves (and each other). I'm keeping my fingers crossed for a Richard Alpert flashback sometime in the next three years.
Guest Star Billy Dee Williams: The brief appearance of Billy Dee Williams as Himself/Mr. LaShade almost made up for the Bai Ling episode. Lost is full of Star Wars references, and what could be better than getting Lando Calrissian on the show? It would have been great to see him in a non-flashback role, but I don't see Billy Dee Williams taking orders from Ben or hanging out on the beach with Rose and Bernard. The discovery that LaShade was really a villain called The Cobra may have been a useful clue for Lost fans as well. Razzle Dazzle!
Award-Worthy Performances: This year, it felt like the Lost actors were competing with one another to deliver the best performance of the season. Several of the actors brought even more to their roles, including Josh Holloway, Dominic Monaghan, and Yunjin Kim. Elizabeth Mitchell's performances in "Not in Portland" and "One of Us" kept me guessing about whose side she was really on. A single facial expression from Mitchell would change my mind again. Michael Emerson's ability to transform Ben from an all-powerful leader to a desperate murderer was one of the best parts of Season Three. I could go on and on. Lost had better clean up at the Emmys this year.
The Snake in the Mailbox: Just when I thought that nothing could shock me more than Walt's kidnapping in Season One, Season Three's flash-forward came along. It was a brave move on the writers' part to reveal a gigantic piece of the show's future. I was spoiled for the game-changer, but it was still exciting to watch it happen. The flash-forward forced viewers to approach the show in an entirely different way, and set a new standard for season finales. Can the writers top themselves next season? I truly hope so.
What are your favorite Season Three moments?