LOST: Season 5 Premiere

“Because You Left” “The Lie”
Wow…  I have been waiting a long time for this premiere, and the opening was the most exciting reveal since the first episode of season 2. Other critics have stated that this is the best since the pilot episode, but I think that it’s even better. The pilot had no expectations, no rules to break. This season has a lot riding on it, and it looks like it’s going to deliver.
The writers have talked about the difference between viewers invested in the mythology of the island (DHARMA, the Hostiles, Widmore, four-toed statue) and those looking for character (more love triangles!). I am definitely one of the former, and I am very happy to see that this season, there is going to be a lot of focus on the island backstory. The reveal of Pierre Chang was honestly the last character that I was expecting.
It looks like LOST will follow the trend of last season by making the show even more Ben-centric, something that excites me very much. Also, the introduction of new characters has been more smooth since the Nikki/Paolo debacle, and we have met a couple of them in these two episodes.
Some notes:
I am liking Hurley more in this season than I have for a long time. His desire to escape from everything island is interesting to contrast with others who are more physically and personally powerful, but at the same time are more chained to the power of the island.
I hope Frank Lapidus stays in the story for the rest of the season. He was not used very much last season (probably a bad sign), bu the writers have done a very good job keeping the new characters interesting.
Is Locke dead? Methinks not.
It seems like every character has their moment of badassery. I am glad to see that Sun is finally getting hers.
Are the British soldiers related to Charlotte?
Is it too easy to say that Mrs. Hawking is Faraday’s mother? The physics connection is a little obvious.

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