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Late "Lost" Thoughts
2007-04-02 18:31
by Mark T.R. Donohue

I just got around to watching last week's "Lost" yesterday, and on the whole I agree with the prevailing opinion. The show has gotten its momentum back, finally. This season's arbitrary killing of random belatedly introduced cannon fodder characters was way more entertaining than last season's.

However, though, does it strike anybody else that whenever "Lost" does flashback shows set on the island, it skirts dangerously close to "newpeat" territory? That was not a whole recommended weekly allowance of episode, people. Also, while I don't know exactly what I would have done differently (I sure wouldn't have kept them alive), the demises of Nikki and Paulo seemed like the most cavalier, gruesome dismissals of unwanted cast members since Poochie was literally yanked off of "Itchy and Scratchy." If you're going to cycle in new characters strictly for the purpose of having additional people to kill without relative consequence, just killing them off in the nastiest way imaginable doesn't excuse the creative laziness that led to their introductions in the first place. I'm just saying.

2007-04-03 17:49:47
1.   Agronox
You see it as lazy, I see it as actually kind of daring.

You have these two characters, introduced as if they were going to be permanent additions to the cast. They didn't have much to do, and as a viewer you think, "Ah, okay, they're just easing them in, and they'll probably be part of the main Lost group as time goes by." Then the writers pull the rug out from under you by killing them off. It's an audience fake-out, and such a good one I can't help but admire it.

I also doubt that they were killed off because of audience reaction. Contracts were signed and it's entirely possible Expose was filmed before Paulo and Nikki's first appearance even aired on ABC. They planned to do it this way from the beginning.

2007-04-03 22:11:41
2.   Mark T.R. Donohue
1 Or I bet the writers deliberately introduced N & P in as dismissive a way possible to MAKE us hate them! How next-level of them!
2007-04-04 00:10:38
3.   Agronox
It wouldn't surprise me. These guys like to tweak their noses at the audience and expectations.

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