Shannon Stacey

Lost and the 3:10 to Yuma


***I MEAN IT***


I went into the season premiere of Lost feeling less than optimistic. I’ve felt for a while the show jumped the shark when they blew the hatch and watching two hours of recap followed by an hour of recap squelched my enthusiasm before it really bloomed.

Boy, am I glad I watched it. I guess they realized they’d killed the flashbacks, so now they’re doing flash-fowards and I’m 100% hooked again. Especially by the phrase “Oceanic Six”. Ooooooh. Which six? (I lost track of how many went with Locke and how many with Jack.) (We saw Jack, Kate, and Hurley in the flashes, right?) Who’s in the coffin? (Locke is my guess, but that doesn’t work with my theory on the six.)

Now I’ll be waiting all week to see the further adventures of the survivors, the Others and the other Others.

We also watched 3:10 to Yuma. Once I got past the hangup over a war veteran riding his children toward the Gatlin gun, I was totally engrossed. The casting was brilliant, the characterization amazing, and watching Ben Wade work his magic was awesome. It was on its way to being one of my all-time favorite westerns.

Until they arrived in Contention. Then it all went to shit for me.

I get that the place they chose to hole up in was necessary in order to have the “running of the gauntlet” so to speak. One of those cheesy plot things you overlook for the good of the kick-ass entertainment.

But their motivations all fell apart. At least they did for me. And when the time came for Evans to make his choice, he made the wrong one as far as I’m concerned. Granted, I understand why he felt the need to make the choice he did, but—as the wife of a man who lost his dad when he was young—I feel it was so wrong, and it ruined the movie for me.

We bought this one rather than rent it, and I’m glad we did. Besides just being a good movie, there’s a LOT that could be learned from the first 7/8 of it but the ending slightly tainted it for me.

2 comments to “Lost and the 3:10 to Yuma”

  1. tf
      · February 2nd, 2008 at 11:55 pm · Link

    Hi Shannon,
    I’ve been reading your blog for several weeks now, and I love it. You have interesting opinions and anecdotes.
    About Lost…what is your theory on the “Oceanic Six”?

  2. Shannon
      · February 3rd, 2008 at 2:12 pm · Link

    Hi, tf!

    The Oceanic Six…well, it’s not a totally coherent theory in my head, so it’ll probably be a real mess written out.

    I think “Oceanic Six” implies six survivors, so…does everybody else die? It seems like they’re trying to make us believe the other survivors were left behind, though, and they need to go back and help them. My thought at this point is that those who stay with Jack somehow get off and those who went with Locke don’t. But more than six stayed with Jack, I think. I know Bernard and his wife did.

    Jack, Kate, Hurley, Bernard, Mrs. Bernard…there had to be more. Plus, I think Locke was in the coffin. (Are you friend or family? Neither.) AND, when Kate says “He’s waiting for me” or whatever, we’re supposed to think “he” is Sawyer. So my theory about Team Jack being rescued and Team Locke not being rescued doesn’t really hold water.

    I’m also wondering if Charlie’s pestering future-Hurley not because they were friends, but because they left Claire and Aaron behind and Charlie wants them to go back.


    I don’t know. I’m looking forward to next week’s episode, though, and some more flash-forwards. The show had kind of lost me (no pun intended) for a while so I got in the habit of writing or bloghopping and stuff during the show. If I missed something, oh well. But now I’ll have to start paying attention again.

    Any other theories? :groucho:

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