Wednesday, 22 January 2014

Review: Lost 2.2: Adrift

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Michael and Sawyer make it back to shore after bonding.
Lost - Season Two, Episode Two - Adrift
Written 5/7/13

The season finally feels as though its getting underway, and we address the finale's plot points with the finesse that we expected of last week. Considering how little actually happened last week, the way that this episode rehashes the plot of the first episode from a different (more entertaining) perspective makes me almost feel like the first episode of this season can be ignored completely. Never a good thing, really. It's also a Michael episode - the last Michael episode before his character development in this series sees the only adult African-American in the cast turned into a villain. Funny that.
     The episode picks up from the end of Exodus, with Michael and Sawyer on the raft, with Walt kidnapped and Jin floating out to see. Michael and Saywer argue as they float on the wreckage, stalked by sharks; Michael blames Sawyer and then himself for Walt's kidnapping, whereas Sawyer recognises that the boat that The Others were using could only have come from The Island. Kate falls down the Hatch shaft and Locke goes after her. They are met by Desmond, who is paranoid and as well as asking about the survivors and whether they're "sick", he also forces Locke to input The Numbers into a machine to prevent a 108 minute countdown from reaching 0. Jack enters and we reproduce last week's cliffhanger. The raft crew come ashore and find Jin tied up, running away from mysterious people he calls "Others".
     The conversations that play out between Desmond and Locke are interesting, and hint towards the nature of his situation on the Island that won't really be explained until the season finalĂ©. Henry Ian Cuisick is a refreshing addition to the cast now that we get to see him in action for more than five minutes, and there's the intriguing question as to what happened to him to turn him from helpful runner to paranoid Island hermit. I wish that the story had advanced beyond the cliffhanger, which is really annoying if you're watching episodes in quick succession because you see it happen three times .
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Kate is locked in The Swan's pantry.
     The issue regarding Michael's custody of Walt and the desperation he had to maintain it, as I mentioned in my review of Special, .is one that I find fascinating. The flashback in the episode shows Michael's attempt to prevent his wife and child from going to Rome, whereafter he thinks he'll never see his son again. The defence uses the fact that Michael doesn't know much about Walt against him, but the reason why he doesn't know anything about him is because his mother Susan kept Walt out of his father's life and prevented him from being the father he wanted to be. On the other hand, she has a valid point when she says that she would be better suited to looking after him. It's a complex issue and I like that in a show.
     Adrift felt like things were getting back to the way they were supposed to be, and as we're presented with the beginnings of the Tailie storyline and all the juicy homegrown goodness that comes with it, it's clear that Lost is moving in an exciting new direction. Adrift was a signoff to the old ways, getting the last of the catching up done so that next week we can move on to see what exciting new twists the second season cna offer.

Thanks.

NEXT WEEK: It's Locke-centric, so prepare yourself for some tragedy. We find out about DHARMA and Locke's obsessions in Orientation.

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