Lost season three letdowns
So Long, Eko: After Season Two ended, I thought that the writers would take a break from the Tailie-killing. Eko was one of my favorite new characters, and I had hoped that he would stick around a bit longer. What really bugged me about Eko's death was that fact that he survived the hatch implosion only to get killed by the Monster five episodes into Season Three. I know that Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje wanted out of the show, but his death seemed so random.
The Winter Hiatus: Several of my favorite shows went the midseason hiatus route this year, and it was like death. Jericho was basically destroyed by its hiatus, and the winter break did some harm to Lost as well. The first part of Season Three almost felt like its own mini-season. For my money, the break could have worked had it been a few weeks shorter. I'm definitely looking forward to a break-free Season Four.
Nikki and Paulo: I actually liked the idea of seeing past Lost seasons through the eyes of the other 815 survivors, but Nikki and Paulo were a disaster. Perhaps it was the way they were introduced--as though they had always been a part of the group--that rubbed fans the wrong way. All of a sudden, there they were. Going on outings with Sayid and the A-Team. Sassing Sawyer at the ping-pong tournament. Who would have thought that Kiele Sanchez and Rodrigo Santoro, two incredibly gorgeous actors, would be unwelcome on a show with so much eye candy?
Guest Star Bai Ling: "Stranger in a Strange Land" featured one of the worst flashback sequences of all time, and Bai Ling was largely to blame. There didn't seem to be any chemistry between Bai Ling and Matthew Fox, and their romantic scenes merely caused me to roll my eyes. The woman has destroyed every role, every TV episode, and every film that I've seen her in. I'll give a million dollars to anyone who can reasonably explain this woman's appeal.
The Island and Sperm Count: Season Three answered a lot of questions about DHARMA, the Others, and the island in general. The oddest revelation had to be that a man's sperm count is five times greater on the island. I can handle a four-toed statue, but super-sperm? I still don't know what to think. This fact seemed to exist only to explain Sun's pregnancy, which was another less-than-compelling plot development. I'd have no problem with the writers ignoring this detail in later seasons.
Mikhail's Nine Lives: When Locke threw Mikhail into the sonic fence, it was one of the coolest death scenes I'd ever witnessed. Unfortunately, Patchy wasn't really dead. It's one thing to leave a character in peril to create suspense, but making him look dead only to bring him back later is frustrating. Compare Mikhail's "death" with Locke's gunshot wound in "The Man Behind the Curtain." We didn't see Locke die, but he looked hurt enough for fans to be worried. His reappearance in the season finale was thrilling. Mikhail just looked dead, and his reappearance was explained in an unremarkable bit of dialogue. Patchy pulled another fake death when Desmond spear-gunned his chest, only to kill himself with a hand grenade minutes later. If he shows up alive in Season Four, I'm out (OK, not really).
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