Lost: Season 4 - The Expanded Experience
Complete 4th Season
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DESCRIPTION:After Oceanic Air flight 815 tore apart in mid-air and crashed on a Pacific island, it s survivors were forced to find inner strength they never knew they had in order to survive. But they discovered that the island hold many secrets, including a mysterious smoke monster, polar bears, a strange French woman and another group of island residents known as The Others. The survivors have also found signs of those who came to the island before them, including a 19th century sailing ship called The Black Rock, the remains of an ancient statue, as well as bunkers belonging to the Dharma Initiative a group of scientific researchers who inhabited the island in the recent past. END
Season four of Lost was a fine return to form for the series, which polarized its audience the year before with its focus on The Others and not enough on our original crash victims. That season's finale introduced a new storytelling device--the flash-forward--that's employed to great effect this time around; by showing who actually got off the island (known as the Oceanic Six), the viewer is able to put to bed some longstanding loose ends. As the finale attests, we see that in the future Jack (Matthew Fox) is broken, bearded, and not sober, while Kate (Evangeline Lilly) is estranged from Jack and with another guy (the identity may surprise you). Four others do make it back to their homes, but as the flash-forwards show, it's definitely not the end of their connection to the island. Back in present day, however, the islanders are visited by the denizens of a so-called rescue ship, who have agendas of their own. While Jack works with the newcomers to try to get off the island, Locke (Terry O'Quinn), with a few followers of his own, forms an uneasy alliance with Ben (Michael Emerson) against the suspicious gang. Some episodes featuring the new characters feel like filler, but the evolution of such characters as Sun and Jin (Yunjin Kim and Daniel Dae Kim) is this season's strength; plus, the love story of Desmond (Henry Ian Cusick) and Penny (Sonya Walger) provides some of the show's emotional highlights. As is the custom with Lost, bullets fly and characters die (while others may or may not have). Moreover, the fate of Michael (Harold Perrineau), last seen traitorously sailing off to civilization in season two, as well as the flash-forwards of the Oceanic Six, shows you never quite leave the island once you've left. There's a force that pulls them in, and it's a hook that keeps you watching.
Season four was a shorter 13 episodes instead of the usual 22 due to the 2008 writers' strike; nonetheless, the set comes with two discs of extras. One of the best features is "LOST in 8:15," which is a rapid-fire summation of the series thus far in eight minutes, 15 seconds. Narrated by a hilariously droll female, it includes lines such as "Jack meets Kate. Kate stitches up Jack. They bond." and "They see Jack play football with Mr. Friendly. Mr. Friendly throws like a girl." The featurette "The Right to Bear Arms" takes a fun look at the prop masters responsible for supplying the castaways with guns--and keeping track of who has one and who doesn't (best here is Sawyer's (Josh Holloway) assertion that characters often cock their guns just to look cool). Cast members Lilly, Garcia, Yunjin Kim, and Daniel Dae Kim provide a few of the commentaries, and the set even comes with an amusing safety guide for Oceanic Airlines. (Example: "if you notice black smoke emanating from the plane, please alert the captain. It is either a problem with the engines or a mysterious creature.") Finally, for those who bought the standard-def DVD, take a closer look at the front cover after you've removed the O-sleeve; you'll notice the entire cast has been blacked out save for a few: the Oceanic Six. --Ellen A. Kim
Stills from Lost : The Complete Fourth Season (Click for larger image)
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How do you even review the plot, my god, it is the most all over the place mess you cannot imagine, well, someone imagined it. I can't decide if the writers had good drugs or refused to take hallucinogens to keep the story going semi-coherently. Normally I would say that this was not a show for me, about nothing, haha. But, the acting is so fun and tight that you are mesmerized by what is transpiring here or over there. The show is really about the people of LOST and whatever you make of the plot is yours to hypothesize and own and share if you dare.
I came late to the LOST world and glad I came to it. I had other friends that followed it and helped me enter. If you need to have closure at the end of a TV episode, this is not the show for you. Somewhat like X-Files, the plot meanders from week to week and year to year, and maybe has an ending. The journey is the enjoyment here. Where these people are going is immaterial. Another show that seems pertinent to mention here is Fringe. Very similar in many ways. The people and acting are excellent and the plot is craziness.
This is a strike shortened season, so I treated my self to a Blu set of the fourteen episode 4th year. This show was made for Blu Ray. The scenery is the best of any TV show ever. I don't usually use the word spectacular, but the views are. The price was right, and there is always quality used sets available for many of these Amazon purchases. Hey, we need to save where we can. The gov. is gobbling it up faster than I can spend it.
Season 4 of lost was shortened by the writers strike so there are 14 episodes instead of the usual 22-24. This season puts the focus back on the "main" castaways instead that was lost somewhat in season 3 because of the heavy focus on The Others. While that storyline still exists and we learn more about the island and who wants to find it, a lot of the fate of the main characters is revealed.
This season picks up where last season kicked off. Most of the flashes in this season are flash forwards, revealing the fate of the 6 characters who make it off the island. In the season finale we find out exactly how they made it off. Jack finds out about his sister and we discover that revelation sent him into the tail spin that took him to where the flash forward at the very end of season 3 showed him to be. However the flashes in the beginning of the season basically progress up to that point so we see how he and the other Oceanic Six try to reintegrate into society. We also learn more about Ben's motives as the season goes along. As with prior seasons there are people that get killed off, but that does not mean you see the last of them.
As far as the discs go. The A/V quality is great. There are a ton of bonus features, that total well over 2 hrs. The best being a "documentary" about the Oceanic Six conspiracy. There are also deleted and extended scenes, commentary, and a great featurette that uses scenes we did not see (whether they were deleted scenes or things that were filmed later) to fill in the gaps of things that actually aired. So for those who like all the extras there is definitely enough there to keep you happy. They also went back to the version of season play that told you the episode you left off in and how far into it you were. And at the end of each disc it had the find out what happens next pop ups. Not anything big, but they were missing from the season 3 discs.
Granted, the way they ended the show was not spectacular, but it worked...sort of. I can forgive it because the producers kind of painted themselves into a corner. They should have broken through the wall behind them to find a better ending for the series.