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A Few Questions about Lost on a Thursday Night

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I'm watching (re-watching, in my case) Season 4 of Lost with The Princess, who is still looking for a new blog nickname, by the way, and we have a few questions:

  • Why do the writers of Lost associate the character Kate so closely with Patsy Cline's music? I'm very fond of Patsy and not so fond of Kate, and I don't see Kate as a Patsy-like, ill-fated, good-souled genius.
  • Despite all that, why do I like her with Sawyer? Is it possible I just like Sawyer SO much that any scene with him in it is good?
  • Or is their very simple and beautiful musical theme? (Which you could call "The SKater's Waltz," I suppose, though maybe not.)
  • Does it amuse you to know that I am a bit obsessed with this show, despite its lack of overt religious themes? (Those are usually my excuse for watching things.)
  • How can Aunt Zelda, who we love, be so hateful as Kate's mom?
  • Could we be more tired of John Locke?
  • And could we be more immediately fond of Daniel Faraday?
  • And, really, this is not a question, but since we said these would be questions, could there be two people prettier than Jin and Sun?
  • Sawyer is a good bad guy; Jack is a bad good guy. What's your type?
  • Wait! Is that Kate's music, rather than Skate's? Isn't it playing while she's with Jack? (It's still pretty. That's not a question. I wish I didn't like it if it's Kate music.)
  • Why did they even bother to shoot an episode with neither Sayid nor Desmond?
  • If you don't watch, is it possible you're still reading?
  • And, finally, why did they have to use a time conundrum? I hate that. In the immortal words of Kathryn Janeway: "Time travel. From my first day on the job as captain I promised myself
    I'd never let myself get caught up in one of these God-forsaken
    paradoxes. The future's the past, the past is the future. It all gives
    me a headache." I fear this is only going to get worse, but I think anyone who knows me can predict, I will keep watching.

12 thoughts on “A Few Questions about Lost on a Thursday Night”

  1. I don’t watch either. I saw a few episodes in the first season because my daughters watched it. It sounds like there are a lot more characters now? And what is the first of the British Empiricists doing on a tv show? Is Daniel Faraday Michael’s brother? (You can probably tell I do like time travel — but only into the past).

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  2. I don’t watch it, so maybe I have this wrong. But I believe I married a slightly bad good guy and dated a lot of good bad guys.

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  3. I never really thought of Jack as a bad good guy. Hmmm. I’ll have to share that with Ray. We are both “Lost” fans. Christianity Today actually has a Bible study/discussion guide using “Lost.” Does that make you feel any better?

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  4. I recently began watching for the first time from Season 1. I allow myself one episode a day on my laptop while I do 2.5 miles on the ‘dreadmill’.
    I can’t say I’m hooked, like I was with both “Big Love” and “Six Feet Under”, but I am definitely intrigued, and it does get me on the blasted thing every day!

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  5. I am an obsessive Lost fan as well.
    Tired of John Locke myself. And without Sayid or Desmond it’s just not right.(I want Penelope’s part in this show!) Sawyer’s best scenes are without his shirt. Jack’s become annoying. As has Kate. Claire’s just gotten much more interesting. Always liked Juliet, even when she was “bad”. And Daniel Faraday just doesn’t work for me.
    Cannot wait till it starts up again. Even if that is far in the future.

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  6. Songbird, you’re the first person I’ve known who likes Faraday. One friend and I call him Charlie Lite (minus the accent). I’m with you on the Kate thing – while I can’t stand her, I have to admit she works better with Sawyer than with Jack. (Deep down I think I just want Sawyer to prevail over Jack.)
    The show might not have had overtly religious tones since Mr. Eko’s days, but the core has always been Faith vs. Logic, so it makes sense that you’re drawn to it. (But since Locke’s the face of Faith, it’s too bad people are getting tired of him.)
    Oh – The Princess just needs Sawyer to give her a proper nickname!

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  7. I miss Charlie.
    I don’t like the bad good guy Jack much anymore, and I like the good bad guy Sawyer much more than I used to.
    I miss Claire too.
    There’s so much space between “seasons” now that I lose track of the story line. By the time I get myself caught up, the “season” is over again.

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