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Lost - Season 6 (DVD)
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Lost - Season 6 (DVD)
Advantages: Conatins some brilliant episodes. Fun extras on the DVD.
Disadvantages: Is depressing and possibly controversial.
I have always been a huge sci-fi and cult television geek and when Lost started in 2004 I was hooked after only a few episodes. It was the most ambitious and intelligent show I'd seen in a while and the cast were brilliantly talented and believable in their roles. Lost begins with a plane crashing on a mysterious, deserted and possibly magical island and subsequently each episode revolved around revealing a little more of the puzzle as to why these people crashed and what the island might be. Of course, with around 24 episodes in a season fans began to get twitchy about being strung along. "How long is this show going to last?!" and "This episode is soooo filler!" came the cries mid way along the journey during season 3. In order to keep their audience and enter an unprecedented pact with fans the TV moguls behind the show then allowed the producers and directors to set a definite end date for the show. It would end with season six.
Each season of Lost has a particular character and feel to it and all of them have a 'flashback' scenario in common. However, due to the ambiguous nature of season 6 the flashbacks were renamed by fans as 'flash-sideways'. The nature of these segments is not revealed until the last episode. Season 6 is not my favourite season of the show but it contains my favourite episode and one of my favourite story arcs. It feels very much like we are at the end of something from the moment season 6 begins. There is a deliberate attempt to mimic scenes from the first season for nostalgia purposes but also to create a kind of symmetry concerning destiny within the storyline too.
The end of season 5 sees the much loved character Juliet attempt to change history with a heroic act of self sacrifice. Season 6 begins exactly where we end on the island. The 'flash-sideways' reveals a strange new world where the characters we know and love are suddenly quite different and uncomfortably strange. Once you know what these segments are all about you can appreciate the storylines more but until that final episode I found these portions difficult to swallow and enjoy. It was almost a step too far into oddness and I never thought I could say that about one of the craziest shows ever created.
I mentioned my favourite episode was in season 6. This is the episode 'Ab Aeterno' which is one of two special episodes in the season which finally reveal the history of the island and it's original inhabitants. The other episode, the penultimate, is called 'Across The Sea'. 'Ab Aeterno' is one of the more beautifully shot episodes and it unfolds like a mini-movie. Visually it looks perfect and as though a lot of time, money and effort has been spent to create such artistry. One of the shows longer standing cast members, Nestor Carbonell, who plays possibly the most enigmatic character, Richard (or 'the ageless one', as I liked to call him) finally gets his moment to shine and his acting in this episode is brilliant.
There are actually several outstanding acting performances in the last season with Matthew Fox, who plays the lead Jack Shepherd, being the most effective. Other excellent performances come from Michael Emerson, Terry O' Quinn, Jorge Garcia and Elizabeth Mitchell.
The season 6 DVD is a mini boxset style creation. There are 5 discs featuring all 17 episodes of the season. The fifth disc also contains some extras. These include:
A special post Lost segment called 'The New Man in Charge' showing what happens to some of the characters after the show is finished. This is an excellent little piece and one that even answers a left over mystery that might have left fans scratching their heads at the end of the show.
A documentary style piece about how the Lost team set about creating the final season.
'A Hero's Journey' - the characters explored.
'See You in Another Life Brotha' which unlocks the meaning of the 'flash-sideways'.
Lost on Location - as with the other seasons we get to see behind the scenes on certain episodes and how and where they shoot.
Lost in 8:15 seconds - a very quick condensed version of the show!
Lost gag reel
There are also audio commentaries which can be accessed in the menu for each separate episode as well as hidden easter eggs on some discs which you can find by fiddling with your remote control!
My UK DVD is in English or it can be set to Italian or Spanish. Alternatively it has subtitles in nine languages.
Although I love Lost, since the show ended in 2010 I have not been able to sit through the entirety of season 6 again as I find it too upsetting. I can look at a few episodes randomly and I am always able to watch 'Ab Aeterno' and 'Across The Sea' though. The final episode 'The End' is epic in it's scope and really brings the show to a definite close. There is a lot of talk now about whether people think the show ended well and whether the final episode was satisfactory. I have to be honest and say that, for me, I think most of season 6 is a bit depressing and needlessly so. It serves no point to the ultimate plot. However, as the bookend to the show it's well constructed, well written, brilliantly acted and offers answers to questions posed in earlier seasons.
I would definitely recommend this DVD if you are a fan of the show or if you've never seen it - watch the whole thing as it's a cathartic and mind-blowing experience!
Summary: The last season to one of the best shows ever written.