The season three finale of Lost was aired on Irish TV on Sunday night. Fantastic. Really, really excellent. The first half of the third season was weak – still good compared to most prime time TV, but just nowhere near as accomplished as the previous two series of Lost. However, the second half of the series has just been fantastic.
***** spoiler alert*****
If you haven’t seen this yet and consider yourself a Lost fan, probably best to not read on. Anyway, they killed the hobbit. Charlie is dead. Sorry to see him go, but his character’s reason for being there had been resolved as he kicked his heroin habit, and so there wasn’t much left for him. Desmond’s premonitions have turned out to be accurate and the story has taken a fundamental shift with the introduction of ‘flashforwards’.
Flash backs have been part of the show for the last three series, filling in the back story of all the major characters on the island. But now we’ve been shown Jack and Kate three years AFTER they get off the island. Jack is a drugged up mess and Kate is shacked up with Him, whoever Him is –we don’t get to fid out yet. It’s not Jack at any rate.
And who’s funeral did nobody turn up to? Interesting, but the most intriguing question was raised when Jack ranted at his new boss at the hospital. He’s accused of being drunk, and Jack shouts back “Get my dad down here and if I’m drunker than him, you can fire me!”
From previous flashbacks, we know Jack’s dad was also an alcoholic and used to be Jack’s boss – but he died. In fact, the reason Jack was on that fateful oceanic flight to Australia was because he was going to collect the body. So is he dead or isn’t he? Or is Jack just so messed up he doesn’t know? Quality television. 72 hours of broadcast TV and I’m not even vaguely bored yet. Whoo hoo!
EDIT – I’ve just received an irate phone call from a friend, complaining that I’d broken some kind of unwritten blogger’s code, by revealing that Charlie bites the big one. Come on? What serious Lost fan in the US or Europe hasn’t seen the Series Three finale? This episode was shown in Ireland on Sunday and in the US last week. I feel no shame and am unrepentant! (Besides, I’m not entirely sure Jon wasn’t just bored in work and felt like making a crank call.)
EDIT – I’ve talked it over with Jon, and he’s got a point. I can see how this could annoy Lost fans who haven’t seen the show yet, so I’ve changed the headline and added a spoiler notice.