March 25, 2007

BUT NOW AM FOUND:

No mystery why he's at the heart of 'Lost' (Maria Elena Fernandez, March 25, 2007, LA Times)

IN the last two episodes of "Lost," John Locke told a few lies, killed an "Other," blew up a hatch full of communication devices and then set off more explosives in the Others' submarine to prevent anyone from leaving or arriving on the island. It's a far cry from the weeks he spent in a hole in the ground last season, punching computer buttons, only to emerge feeling like he wasted his time.

"Lost" mythology has cast Locke, played by the Emmy-nominated Terry O'Quinn, as the show's most enigmatic character. When Locke has his mojo, it seems, so does "Lost." In fact, the arc of Locke, and even O'Quinn's own story, closely parallel the highs and lows of the ABC serialized ensemble drama that changed television three years ago. Now, 80 days into the journey of the plane crash survivors, what most viewers intuited from the beginning seems to hold true: Locke is one important dude.

But is he the most significant castaway? The creators of "Lost" would never say anything that definitively, but they were willing to offer a glimpse of the way they've embedded some of the series' most telling elements in his story from the beginning. Co-creator Damon Lindelof confirms that in the end, Locke will be among the ones who matter most. Executive producer Carlton Cuse added this, with all the finality he could muster: "The character of John Locke is just the very heart of the show."

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Likewise, during the extended time they've spent pursuing other storylines --with the singular exception of Hurley's (see in particular the episode where he restores the VW microbus) -- the show has had no mojo.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 25, 2007 8:55 AM
Comments

They've also wimpified Sayid (sp?). Not a good move.

Jack & Juliet are even more boring than Kate and Jack's father showing up as Claire's father and the presumably the grandfather of her baby is just silly unless they're doing a six degrees of separation to show that all the people on the plane and all the "Others" are just one big (un)happy family.

Posted by: erp at March 25, 2007 9:50 AM
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