LOST: THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON
MOVIE: ***** (out of 5)
DVD EXPERIENCE: **** (out of 5)
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as MR. EKO
Naveen Andrews as SAYID
Emilie de Raven as CLAIRE
Matthew Fox as JACK
Jorge Garcia as HURLEY
Josh Holloway as SAWYER
Daniel Dae Kim as JIN
Yunjin Kim as SUN
Evangeline Lilly as KATE
Dominic Monaghan as CHARLIE
Terry O’Quinn as LOCKE
Michael Emmerson as BEN
Elizabeth Mitchell as JULIET
Created by: Jeffrey Lieber and J.J. Abrams & Damon Lindelof
BY KEVIN CARR
Let’s just get this out there… I love “Lost.” I have loved the series ever since I watched the first season on DVD and got swept into watching it on the broadcast channel. While there are parts that bog down, and some things don’t happen with the logic they should, I absolutely love the show and hope it never goes away.
Sadly, that won’t happen. After the third season took a break in the middle and lost viewership, they planned on running season four straight through… until the writers strike killed that. Now, the future of the show is up in the air, and I hope things are resolved so that we can continue to see what happens to the modern-day television castaways.
In the mean time, I can lose myself in “Lost: The Compete Third Season.” While it is one of the best shows on television today, the “Lost” DVDs are also some of the best DVDs released. This release comes in a seven-disc set that gives all the episodes from the year and includes an entire extra disc of bonus features.
I know that some of the audience complained about this season, claiming that things got too complicated and nothing was resolved. However, I wasn’t one of those people. Each year of “Lost” is another step through a maze. Some things are explained, but more questions are discovered around every corner.
The third season focused on the “Others,” especially Ben (Michael Emmerson) and Juliet (Elizabeth Mitchell). We realize that this is more than just a tropical island, but a station for experimentation that has connections to the mainland. We see the castaways split again, with Jack, Kate and Sawyer in custody of the Others. We also get flashbacks into Juliet’s life – and Ben’s life at times – that shows us more secrets in the “Lost” universe.
The DVD set comes with oodles of special features, including cast and crew speculations of the Others, missing flashbacks, a featurette the locations, background on the toy development, deleted scenes and bloopers. Select episodes throughout the other discs include audio commentaries as well.
My personal favorite features include the “Lost Book Club” which analyzes the choice of reading material in the series and how it relates to the show. There’s also a feature called “Lost in a Day,” which follows a documentary crew as it examines how multiple episodes are produced simultaneously.
I will be keeping my fingers crossed into the new year that the ongoing writers strike doesn’t kill the series. Because aside from dropping everything and saying, “It was all a dream,” it’s going to be hard to lose me on this show.