***SPOILERS FOR LOST AND 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.