Won’t Get Fooled Again
My best friend just spent his alloted three minutes venting his frustrations over the season finale of Lost – a show I did not realize he watched. As I listened to him tick off theories, plot holes and disappointments I calmly asked him, “What other kinds of shows do you watch?”
This was an honest question. He and I actually don’t talk much about interests that don’t overlap. He cited shows that, for the most part, seemed to be cohorts of Lost and before he could veer back into his rant, I stopped him.
I’ve watched a lot of television. More to the point – I’ve watched a lot of different kinds of shows. I already knew the big reveal of Lost and I had only seen about twenty minutes of the pilot a couple of months back. I knew it instantly because I had seen versions of it in lots of different mediums. Sure it was utilized for different reasons and under vastly different circumstances; nevertheless it was still the same trick. I don’t care what the producers said; show runners are notorious tricksters. I don’t care what kind of lush tropical disguise the trope wears; I always recognize it. I don’t even care how well prepared I am for it. I rarely find it satisfying.
Based on my best friend’s rant – which I’ll spare you – I got the impression he felt scammed. This made me chuckle. For six years he had been furnished with what I am told was a compelling character drama – complete with lush surroundings, heart pounding acting, moral dilemmas, puzzles to solve, taut writing and superb acting. On a network channel! Considering all the garbage on network television he ought to be a lot more grateful.
Or, he should expand his viewing habits to include shows reflecting genres other than sci-fi. Perhaps, then he won’t be so damn bitter when Mr. “Plot twist/spoiler.” arrives to shepherd one of his beloved shows to its final resting place. As I said, I find this kind of plot resolution troubling.
Mr. Miyagi said, “Best way to avoid trouble is no be there.”
Penpusher’s exceptional analysis as a longtime fan of the series. Dean is my personal pop culture analysis hero, so you’re in for a TREAT.