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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Season, May 16, 2008
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This review is from: Lost: Season 4 - The Expanded Experience (DVD)
This seasons twists and turns have renewed my interest and respect for Lost. There were no fillers due to the (mostly planned) reduced episode count and even with the writer's strike it was a solid season. There were really only 2 hours lost to the writer's strike anyway, which ABC has stated they will "give back" by giving 1 extra hour to the next 2 seasons. The quality of the show this season more than made up for the reduced episode count.

It was interesting in the final show of the 3rd season to see Jack's focus change (seen in a flash forward) from getting off the island to getting back on it. This season was spent giving a set up to the reason why without really answering the question but creating enough suspense to make it worth finding out...next season I hope. This season is about who gets off the island (the Oceanic 6, as they're called) and how, and a bit about what they're going to do back in the real world. A few other people also get off the island but they aren't included in "the Oceanic 6" and you'll also get a partial reason why by the last episode, as well as finding out who was in the coffin in the final episode of the 3rd season that had Jack so upset (but not why or how.) Jack finally finds out who Claire is to him, but we still don't know what actually happened to her. Ben's character becomes more complex, as we start to see how he manages to go from outcast to leader and gets people to do what he wants (such as Locke, Sayid, and even Jack,) even if they are uneasy in their association with him. Clearly some other Oceanic refugees have escaped the island but we don't know how yet, and it doesn't seem like the "Oceanic 6" are necessarily even aware of them.

Another interesting addition this season is the newcomers, the "freighter folk," who may as well be the new "others." Some are decent people and some are evil, and one will be familiar face from previous seasons. Speaking of "the others," who they are, where they came from, and what is their nature became a new set of unanswered questions this season. I wasn't thrilled with Rosseau's or her daughter's storylines, but it seems what happened was done in order to develop Ben's character.

What is planned for extra features is below, it is subject to change since it wasn't released yet. If you want to see more info for yourself on planned extras, run a search for TV shows on DVD, you should be able to find the site I got my info from.

Features:

Lost Bloopers
Oceanic Airlines Safety Guide
The Lost Flashbacks
Audio Commentaries
Deleted Scenes
Lost on Location - Go on location with the cast and crew of Lost for a behind-the-scenes look at the making of some of Season Four's hottest episodes.
Freighter Folk (working title) - Where did the folks on the freighter come from? Get to know them and find out what the show runners looked for in new cast members.
Transforming Hawaii (working title) - From the deserted beach to urban Los Angeles, Hawaii serves as a global backdrop for the excitement and intrigue of Lost. Join the small army of technicians that transforms Hawaii to the Island as they go about their duties.
Gun Tracking (working title) - Lost features a formidable array of firearms Get real life gun profiles and find out what it's like working with so much firepower.
The Music of Lost (working title) - The Honolulu Symphony performs Michael Giacchino's award-winning score live for the first time ever. Witness the power of the show's many musical themes as well as its innovative use of instruments-and learn how music affects the production, from writing to directing.

I recommend this season for anyone who ever enjoyed this show. You won't feel the writer's strike when watching the DVDs.
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Initial post: Dec 9, 2008 8:31:01 AM PST
Can someone answer this question. I am new to Lost and I am watching all episodes of Season 4 on the Internet. Season 4 has only 14 episodes on the web site. 7 of them are enhanced (which are basically repeats). This leaves only 7 actual episodes on the web site for Season 4. How many actual number of episodes were broadcast for Season 4? How many episodes for Season 4 are on the DVD?

Thanks

Posted on Dec 10, 2008 10:32:32 AM PST
540 says:
You say there's only 2 hours missing but the product description states 5 discs w/a runtime of 604 minutes for season 4 and season 3 was 7 discs for 991 minutes...season 2 was 7 discs for 1056 minutes...and season 1 was 7 discs for 1068 minutes...360+ minutes seems like a little more than 2 hours missing from season 4. The season was good but it was still significantly shorter than normal due to the strike.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 10, 2008 11:25:50 AM PST
J. Stein says:
To answer your question Keyboard Mike, there were 14 episodes in Season 4 and there are 14 episodes in the Season 4 DVD release.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 10, 2008 11:55:01 AM PST
J. Stein says:
Well Wuo Shi Wu Si Ling there were two factors to the short season.

The first was during (or after maybe) the 3rd season the studio had reached an agreement with the Lost producers/creators/writers for a planned end date to the series. They announced that there would be 48 episodes spread out over 3 seasons starting with season 4. This would mean each of the 3 remaining seasons would consist of 16 episodes. One of the reasons they did this was due to the long production times which are longer then average hour long TV programs. Less episodes and a planned end date gave the writers/directors a better idea of how to tell the story they wanted to tell (or so to speak). The studio also planned to air all 16 episodes in consecutive weeks instead of having long breaks between several episodes.

The second factor was the Writers Guild of America strike during 2007-2008 which cut into the production of episodes after episode 8. Shooting resumed after the strike ended in February after the first two episodes of the season had already aired. They were able to finish up the season with 6 more episodes giving us 14 episodes instead of 16 (this is what is meant by the missing 2 hours). The remaining two seasons will each have 17 episodes to make up for the shortened season 4.

I actually like the idea of having 10 or so less episodes during the season. I thought that season 2 and 3 had some episodes that were probably considered "filler" episodes where not a lot of significant plot development happens. Don't get me wrong, some "filler" episodes are entertaining and amusing but if there are too many of them you start to lose focus. The planned 48 episodes was great because now the writers/directors have focus and can plan out how the show will end and take us on the journey which is how I felt about the first season.

Hopefully I answered your question.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 11, 2008 11:51:23 AM PST
540 says:
I did not know that...thanks for the info Stein.
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