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Lost: Season 2 [Blu-ray]
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|Format||Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, Widescreen, Subtitled|
|Contributor||Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Malcolm David Kelley, Yunjin Kim, Jorge Garcia, Daniel Dae Kim, Naveen Andrews, Josh Holloway, Evangeline Lilly, Dominic Monaghan, Matthew Fox, Terry O'Quinn, Michelle Rodriguez, Harold Perrineau, Emile de Ravin, Cynthia Watros, Maggie Grace, Mira Furlan See more|
|Language||English, Spanish, French|
|Number Of Discs||7|
LOST: COMPLETE 2ND SEASON: BLU-RAY
What was in the Hatch? The cliffhanger from season one of Lost was answered in its opening sequences, only to launch into more questions as the season progressed. That's right: Just when you say "Ohhhhh," there comes another "What?" Thankfully, the show's producers sprinkle answers like tasty morsels throughout the season, ending with a whopper: What caused Oceanic Air Flight 815 to crash in the first place? As the show digs into more revelations about its inhabitant's pasts, it also devotes a good chunk to new characters (Hey, it's an island; you never know who you're going to run into.) First, there are the "Tailies," passengers from the back end of the plane who crashed on the other side of the island. Among them are the wise, God-fearing ex-drug lord Mr. Eko (standout Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje); devoted husband Bernard (Sam Anderson); psychiatrist Libby (Cynthia Watros, whose character has more than one hidden link to the other islanders); and ex-cop Ana Lucia (Michelle Rodriguez), by far the most infuriating character on the show, despite how much the writers tried to incur sympathy with her flashback. Then there are the Others, first introduced when they kidnapped Walt (Malcolm David Kelley) at the end of season one. Brutal and calculating, their agenda only became more complex when one of them (played creepily by Michael Emerson) was held hostage in the hatch and, quite handily, plays mind games on everyone's already frayed nerves. The original cast continues to battle their own skeletons, most notably Locke (Terry O'Quinn), Sun (Yunjin Kim) and Michael (Harold Perrineau), whose obsession with finding Walt takes a dangerous turn. The love triangle between Jack (Matthew Fox), Kate (Evangeline Lilly) and Sawyer (Josh Holloway), which had stalled with Sawyer's departure, heats up again in the second half. Despite the bloating cast size (knocked down by a few by season's end) Lost still does what it does best: explores the psyche of people, about whom "my life is an open book" never applies, and cracks into the social dynamics of strangers thrust into Lord of the Flies-esque situations. Is it all a science experiment? A dream? A supernatural pocket in the universe? Likely, any theory will wind up on shaky ground by the season's conclusion. But hey, that's the fun of it. This show was made for DVD, and you can pause and slow-frame to your heart's content. Just try and keep that head-spinning to a minimum.---Ellen Kim
- Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : Unrated (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 6.5 x 5.25 x 1 inches; 9.12 Ounces
- Item model number : 5075398
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, Widescreen, Subtitled
- Run time : 17 hours and 36 minutes
- Release date : June 16, 2009
- Actors : Matthew Fox, Evangeline Lilly, Dominic Monaghan, Jorge Garcia, Maggie Grace
- Subtitles: : French, Spanish
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
- Studio : Buena Vista Home Entertainment
- ASIN : B001AQMBKA
- Number of discs : 7
- Best Sellers Rank: #79,992 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Reviewed in the United States on May 3, 2006
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After buying the first two seasons of Lost, and liking it, I bought the rest of the series. I laughed at the crazy Jack character and some of his silliness, but overall the series was very entertaining. The ending didn’t live up to the hype. Some reviewers said that “Everybody” was at the church in the last episode. Not true. Mr. Echo, Libby, Lucia and a ton of other characters were not at the church. The church was mostly empty. I think the church represented Purgatory.
If you’re looking for good stuff to watch consider miniseries like The Astronauts Wives Club (2015), Band of Brothers (2001), Frank Herbert’s Dune (2000), Frank Herbert’s Children of Dune (2003), Into the West (2005), Lonesome Dove (1989), Manhattan (2014-2015), Return to Lonesome Dove (1993), Pride and Prejudice (1995), Taken (2002) and The 10th Kingdom (2000), which are all terrific because they have clear beginnings that establish an objective, then strong middles and conclusive endings where the goal is achieved, like a good novel.
Other shows I’ve really enjoyed include Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009), Breaking Bad (2008-2013), Cowboy Bebop (1998), Downton Abbey (2010-2015), Firefly (2002), Game of Thrones (2011-2019), Granite Flats (2013-2015), The IT Crowd (2006-2013), Jericho (2006-2008), Merlin (2008-2012), The Prisoner (1967-1968), Rome (2005-2007), Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (2011), Spartacus: Blood and Sand (2010), Stargate: SG-1 (1997-2007), Stargate: Atlantis (2004-2009), Star Trek (1966-1969), Star Trek Voyager (1995-2001), and The Tudors (2007-2010). I didn’t list any contemporary series I’m following that don’t have an end date yet, not conducive to binge watching from beginning to finish.
If you like reading try some of my favorite fantasy and sci-fi authors: Richard Adams, Palo Bacigulupi, Suzanne Collins, Abe Evergreen, Diana Gabaldon, Hugh Howey, George Martin, Brandon Sanderson, John Scalzi, and Andy Weir.
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The first quarter is not as gripping as the first series and I felt like giving up as the story ‘arc’ becomes even more haphazard. Stick with it and after the half way this develops a stronger story arc and in places is more gripping than the first. The plane crash is redundant as everything now concentrates on the mysteries of the island itself and the more intrusive ’others’ whilst any realistic ‘survival’ portrayal soon ceases to exist.
The 24 episodes are held on 7 discs which are in individual slimline cases within a stiff card outer carton. The first six hold 4 episodes each and the seventh holds a host of extras. The discs open to a menu offering English and most European languages, then goes to main menu offering play all, set-up and some extras. Rated as a 12/15 these discs do contain some graphic injuries, sexual references and drug addiction.
There are seemingly abundant flaws and many ridiculous decisions as the central characters seem to fall back into their old habits but despite a weak first quarter pulls itself back from the edge and still remains worthwhile entertainment and remains a good piece of ***** entertainment in which some viewers may have figured out the islands purpose by the end.
The first episode continues straight on from the cliff-hanger finale of the previous Season - Jack, Locke and Kate head down into the bizarre hatch they found buried in the ground of the island, whilst Michael, Sawyer and Jin attempt to stay alive on the remains of their raft, blown up by the sinister group of Others who stole Michael's son, Walt. The first four episodes take place over the events of this chaotic night, and there is some play with the narrative structure, with overlapping stories which might annoy people as it feels like there is no real advancement at first.
The main threads for the season are Michael's hunt for his son, Walt, who remains captive, the discovery of a new group of survivors and whether Locke's faith in the island (specifically the contents of the hatch) is misplaced or not. As a whole, this season works really well although it did attract a lot of criticism at the time of broadcast for the change of pace from a character-driven show into a more science-fiction based drama. Some of the episodes are less vital than others and the flashback sequences begin to repeat character motifs that we already knew from the outset, such as Jack's `father issues'.
There are some answers to the mysteries that bugged viewers from the first season. We find out what happened to Claire during her abduction, during one of the more riveting flashbacks of the Season. We also learn what crime Kate committed to earn those handcuffs on the plane. Not all the mysteries about our Losties are answered, however, such as the cause of Locke's paralysis prior to the island.
I really enjoyed this season as I found the dynamic of the Losties vs. The Others to be more compelling this time around, with the introduction of more antagonists, and the slow drip-feeding of information. We also got introduced to some new cast members, as well as seeing some others get killed off, proving that the island is not a safe environment.
Key episodes include: The opening few episodes which introduce the state of play for the season and the new location for most of the action: The Swan Hatch. Another favourite is Episode 11 - `The Hunting Party', where a group of survivors are met by an opposing group of Others, and they have a tense conversation at gunpoint over just whose island this is, and what happens to those who become too curious. Episode 15 - "Maternity Leave", is an interesting glimpse into the events that happened during Claire's abduction and provides some answers. The lead-up to the finale is particularly satisfying, with a real action-movie feel, particularly the two-part finale, `Live Together, Die Alone' where all the key threads tie together, and leave us wondering what next.
The existing actors are all comfortable in their roles, and the additions to the ensemble are all pretty good, especially Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje imposing turn as the quiet, yet threatening `Mr. Eko' and Michael Emerson's `Henry Gale', who manages to teeter on the edge of innocence and sinister for the majority of the season, before revealing his true motives. Michelle Rodriguez plays her usual stock character of the butch tom-girl for the cop `Ana-Lucia', but does open up towards the end, showing a bit more depth to her character (and acting set!).
Overall, this is a great season and while it does have its lulls in the middle, it benefits from the box set treatment and not having to wait a whole week for a new episode. The themes of the Season seem to be about Faith, in particular highlighting the faith that Locke has, but Jack doesn't. Jack is the Man of Science, who refuses to believe in the fantastical elements of the island, whilst Locke is ready to accept the supernatural and believe. This season does a good job of weeding out the casual viewers by introducing certain elements to the storyline, which increase in complexity with each forthcoming season. If you find the sci-fi elements in this season to be off-putting, then it is unlikely you will enjoy the next four seasons as the focus moves further from the characters and deeper into these complex themes and ideas.
People could argue that in places season 2 literally lost its way and the writers struggled to define where they were heading. And granted at 24 episodes this is a very long season and it is very easy to see which are the mere filler episodes. Part of the reason Lost managed to step up another gear in seasons 4,5 and 6 was because they condensed the amount of episodes down. However I can overlook these minor issues and appreciate the season for what it is.
So whilst not perfect it more than amply sets the scene for things to come and leaves you wanting more.
After all Lost was one of those rare programs that come along every now and then which you just have to sit back and admire. Blu-Ray was made to showcase shows like this.