I know that everyone's all, "Blah, blah, blah answers" and "Blah, blah, blah characters we like" and "Blah, blah, blah Nikki and Paolo are Satan," but I liked this episode. Even if I'm the only one on Earth who did (and, honestly, Libby wasn't enthralled with it at all, so I'm probably all alone out here), I liked just how weird the whole thing was, how meta and how self-loathing it was.
At this point, Lost's main mystery is such a huge tangle that the producers either have to drop it entirely for weeks at a time or just resolve the damn thing. Since they're going to run for at least another season, they've got to do the dropping it thing. Hence, we get the episode where Hurley fixed up a van or weird morality tales (ripped from the Twilight Zone) like this one. I'm not sure this is a particularly GOOD episode, but it's at least something different. It's odd that in a season when everyone's bemoaning just how serialized shows have gotten, the show that made everyone go serialized is aiming at being less serialized (though that doesn't seem to have been popular with fans).
I'm not sure I like how the show blatantly inserted Paolo and Nikki throughout its history (though I have to admit the effects work in inserting them into the crash sequence was pretty
seamless), but I'll wait to see if they do anything more with it before declaring it an outright dud (and would Ben really lie out his entire plan like that for Juliet -- I don't think it's very likely at all). It just seemed. . .odd to have Paolo and Nikki discover all of this stuff before the regulars, but I think it was also a weird commentary on both fan fiction and the way we make ourselves the centers of our own stories. Paolo and Nikki just didn't think to tell anyone because they were the only two they cared about.
Random note: Kiele Sanchez looks very nice in a bikini top.
Back to the commentary.
I don't want Lost to suddenly turn into the standalone show, but I think hours like this are necessary to keep the central mystery from becoming any more labyrinthine. The hour didn't necessarily rehabilitate Nikki and Paolo (who were doomed from the start, even though they were introduced the exact opposite way of the Tailies, whom fans also hated), but it did put them in a new context (though if spoilers a friend told me are accurate. . .I don't even want to think about it).
Anyway. Being buried alive is one of my greatest fears, and here was an hour that built to it with a nicely chilling ending that effectively made the regular characters the villains of the piece. It wasn't perfect storytelling, but it was good junk food TV.
Or, as Alan Sepinwall pointed out, it was better than the tattoos episode.
Thursday, March 29, 2007