Thursday, September 29, 2005

Deft Touch on the Remote

Last night was another big Red Sox game (another miserable loss)plus the season premiere of Veronica Mars and a chance for me to catch last week's Lost before the new episode, I'd dutifully avoided reading anything about it, or any teasers for episode two, so it was all new to me.

VM was disappointing. I got hooked this summer and had high hopes for the new season. Pretty much dashed. I think it was a mistake to try to jam in a bunch of exposition to pick up from where the last season left off -- the waitress job, breaking up with Logan, getting back with Duncan, all in flashback was just too much. None of it was handled convincingly. And the bus crash at the end didn't sit quite right. And is the ghost of Lilly Kane going to keep showing up to save her life? This episode had sophomore slump written all over it.

Lost, on the other hand, hit the ground running. From last week's premiere, I knew right away that the other runner in the stadium was the guy down the hatch, so I was listening for something that would tip off his being from the island already but the only thing that struck me as possibly having double meaning was his "lift it up" comment -- vague enough to mean anything, or nothing. As for Desomond saying he's training to race around the world, I suppose that could be a hint he left the island to meet with the future castaways before they got on Flight 815, or it could be an explanation of how he ended up on the island? Episode 2 didn't really add much, felt like a stretcher episode, padding between the episodes where something actually happens. Hugo's numbers stop a countdown, but a countdown to what?

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