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Lost - The Complete Second Season
Lost - The Complete Second Season
DVD ~ Matthew Fox
Price: $19.96
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Faith vs. Reason Taken to a New Level, July 18, 2006
Season 2 of "Lost" stayed riveting, for the most part. Many people, while watching on TV, felt annoyed by the constant long breaks between episodes. While I agree that it did hurt the enjoyment of the season, the fact that more people are complaining about the break that they did last season, where in fact the episode count is almost the same, shows that people are more eager to watch the next episode. So in my opinion, TPTB are doing their job well.

The beginning of the second season showed to many people that The Powers That Be still got it. The first 3 episodes followed the events of the night where viewers were left at the end of Season 1. It was frantic, exciting and riveting. Surprising answers and easter-eggs sent thousands to the message boards, trying to analyze what it all means. The episodes following, with the introduction of the new cast members, cut into the screentime of the core group of survivors, but it was still compelling television.

The middle part of the season disappointed some fans. The flashbacks were getting repetitive and some character were being "reset" to their former past. The introduction of Henry Gale's character brought new life to the show, and Michael Emerson stole every scene he was in.

Season 2 lacked a defying plot (unlike Season 1, that was all about survival on the island). Was it the merge between the two groups of survivors? Was it the clash with the others? Or was it the discovery of what's in the hatch, and the DHARMA Initiative?

As we got to know most of our main characters well enough, their flashbacks were becoming less intriguing, but it still didn't hurt the quality of the episodes. The writers began to write more out-of-the-box flashbacks, like an on-island flashbacks, an all-island episode depicting the lives of new characters, and a flashback episode for a couple who aren't even regulars.

Lost is a show about faith, and so, it is fitting that not only the characters will have tests of faith, but also the viewers. There are those who trust the writers, who say they know where they're going with the story. And there are those who are frustrated with the luck of answers, and accuse the writers with making it up as they go along.

I fall on the camp of the believers. And season 2 didn't show me I'm wrong.

Arrested Development: Season 2
Arrested Development: Season 2
DVD ~ Jason Bateman
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Show Where Comedy and Continuity Rule, August 7, 2005
"Arrested Development" is probably the best new series of the last few years. The show, along with other Laugh-Track Free shows like "Scrubs" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm", reinvented the sitcom world after many believed the death of "Seinfeld" meant the death of sitcoms.

In it's second year, the show doesn't disappoint, and IMHO it gets better. I found myself caring for characters I didn't really was fond of in the first season, like Buster. And my love for already-favorite characters like GOB and Tobias continued to shine.

Aside from the gut-busting and side-splitting aspects of this magnificent series, the thing I found to be most unique about this show is it's great continuity, along with foreshadowing. What other sitcom foreshadows events that will occur 10 episodes later? In an age where even serialized drama shows like "24" don't plan ahead, it's refreshing to see a comedy show that also has a great thought-out plot. This is all credited to Mitch Hurwitz, the creator and show-runner, whose attention to detail is extraordinary.

The continuity and call-backs to previous episodes are extremely rewarding to fans, but after watching the Season 2 episodes I could understand why the show may be hard to follow if you didn't watch the first season. That's why this DVD will be great aside the Season 1 set.

Fox atypically renewed the show despite the not-so-great ratings, so I hope the show will find its viewers next season like other classics found theirs in their third year. If it won't, the sitcom world would find itself in an arrested development of it's own.

Lost - The Complete First Season
Lost - The Complete First Season
DVD ~ Matthew Fox
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Like Nothing You've Ever Seen Before on TV, March 27, 2005
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"Lost" is probably the best new show of the season, and one of the best in television (I can only think of "24" as better, but I can understand people who think it's the best drama on TV).

JJ Abrams created a magnificent world for "Lost", full of mystery, beautiful scenery and strong characters. It takes only 10 minutes into the Pilot to see the show is not like anything previously seen on television. The production value in the pilot amazed me, and the thriller part grabbed me. But since the third episode, I was hooked for the characters, and the mystery aspect of the show. I sure hope all the questions the fans asked all season long will be partially answered by season's end (the powers-that-be promise they have a "show bible"), but with this show, after every questions is answered, a new one arises.

There's a big cinematic feel to the show (The Hawaiian landscape dosen't hurt), great directing, writing (JJ assembled great writers to create great team), and masterful acting. The casting is almost perfect, for example Terry O'Quinn as spiritual Locke, Josh Holloway as con-man Sawyer, or Jorge Garcia as lovable Hurley (fantastic comic-relief, far surpasses Marshal on "Alias", another Abrams show).

The DVD is really worth it: Seeing previous episodes in second-viewing after you get to know the character's stories (through the flashbacks, a great narrative the show uses almost-always successfully) is really interesting. I hope the show continues to fascinate in further seasons, cause it looks like we've got ourselves a winner.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great site for a comments system, December 5, 2004
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 24 Stays Strong In It's 3rd Season, July 1, 2004
The third season of the hit Fox drama "24" opens with an ultimatum made to the LA Counter Terrorist Unit (CTU) to free a prisoned drug dealer (Ramon Salazar, played by Joaquim de-Almeida) or else his brother, who has terrorist ties, will infect Los Angeles with a deadly virus.
Once again, Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland), who went undercover between the 2nd and 3rd season to arrest Salazar, co-siding with Tony Almeida (Carlos Bernard), lead CTU to try to stop this virus. The tradition for office-affairs continue at CTU, as Kimberly Bauer (Elisha Cuthbert), who joined CTU as a computer analyst, has been dating her father's new partner Chase Edmunds (James Badge Dale). Also, during the 3-year time-frame Tony and Michelle Dessler (the magnificent Reiko Aylesworth) got married. President David Palmer (Dennis Hasbert) survived the failed assasination attempt, and is now campaigning for re-election.
In the beginning of the season, it appears the format of the "day" will be similar to that of Season 2: trying to stop a deadly weapon before it's too late. Only this time the story is much more complex, and the plot thickens with each hour, with 24's famous surprising twists. The season's not perfect (as witnessed in the the baby sub-plot, and the Anne sub-plot), but I truly believe that as a whole, this season is the best one yet. The arc of episodes from the 15th episode up until the fantastic 18th episode, are all top-notch, with amazing performences from all actors, especially Reiko Aylesworth.
The DVD features (commentaries by Kiefer, Carlos & co, deleted/extended scenes and 3 featurettes) look very promising, and so is the box cover, so there's no reason not to purchase this box-set.

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