LOST: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON
Review by Gordon Justesen
Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Naveen Andrews, Emilie de Ravin, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia,
Maggie Grace, Josh Holloway, Daniel Dae Kim, Yunjin Kim, Evangeline Lilly,
Dominic Monaghan, Terry O’Quinn, Harold Perrineau, Michelle Rodriguez, Cynthia
Creators: J.J. Abrams, Jeffrey Lieber, Damon Lindelof
Audio: DTS HD 5.1, Dolby Digital 2.0
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78:1
Studio: Buena Vista/ABC Studios
Features: See Review
Length: 1056 Minutes
Release Date: June 16, 2009
“I repeat, do not use the computer for anything other than entering the code.”
How does one follow such an innovative and chilling introductory season of television like that of Lost? There’s no question that it would serve as a tricky act to follow in terms of surpassing the WOW factor. At the same time, Season One ended on such a riveting cliffhanger that you could already sense more nail-biting tension promised in the next season.
Sure enough, Season Two lived up to that promise. If it wasn’t exactly able to knock us out like the first season, due to the sheer amazement from discovering this unique series environment, it more than makes up for with brilliant doses of shock and terror in each of its 24 episodes. In other words, an entire season of Lost has enough genuine suspense to split amongst 22 movies.
Season One introduced us to the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815, which crashed on an island in the middle of nowhere. In addition to being stunned by the sight of their situation, we also got to know each and every one of them through individual flashbacks. Each episode would focus on one specific character, revealing a crucial event from the past which led them to their current predicament.
For me, the cliffhanger of Season One could very much be considered the mother of all cliffhanger endings for any season of television. Jack (Matthew Fox), the doctor always looking out for everyone’s safety, along with the uber-eccentric but very resourceful Locke (Terry O’Quinn), found themselves looking down into the opening of a hatch. Though Locke knew of its existence about midway through the season, the final shot of them looking downward spelled a huge turn for the future of the series.
And Season Two wastes no time in getting to the bottom of the mystery as Jack and Locke make their way down into the hatch. What they find is a fully functional underground facility, along with a mysterious figure from Jack’s past. The facility, we learn, has a few tricks of its own, including a crucial act that must be executed every 108 minutes.
But the hatch discovery wasn’t the only major plotline hanging in the balance at the end of the Season One. Michael (Harold Perrineau), as he was sailing out for help witnessed his son, Walt, being kidnapped and taken away by a band of pirates. We know from learning his back story that Walt is the one and only important thing in Michael’s life, and the question “How far will he go to save his son” plays a big factor in this season.
Another major plot development involves the island residents crossing paths with a secondary group of survivors who were sitting towards the end of the plane and thus crashed onto a different section of the island. Among these people are Ana Lucia (Michelle Rodriguez), a former cop, Dr. Eko (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), an African priest and Libby (Cynthia Watros), a shrink. Another crucial character arrives mid-season in the form of Henry Gale (Michael Emerson), who may belong to the same group who kidnapped Walt and who the survivors hold captive, hoping for a prisoner exchange.
All of the new characters have their own personal demons, which are indeed revealed in various episodes throughout the season. Not only that, but we also get glimpses into the lives of a few characters that were simply in the background during Season One. And though we thought we knew all there was to know about Jack and the rest of the survivors, more details about their past are revealed as well.
I heard from a few that Season Two was perhaps the weakest season of Lost to date. While I don’t think it surpasses the sheer awe that the first season had to offer, I certainly don’t think the second season is weak in any way, shape or form. There are so many in-your-face story developments and ultra-creepy moments (the instructional film found in the hatch is a great example) that it’s difficult for me to count this season as inferior.
All I can say is at this point, Lost has me fully addicted. I’ve already went and ordered the third and fourth seasons on Blu-ray, and will be eagerly awaiting the release of Season Five in December. It’s easy to see why this show has such a dedicated fanbase. Rarely does a single television series leave you wanting more at the end of every episode!
With its sheer and amazing production values, Lost is a series that was made to be experienced in HD, and this Blu-ray release from Buena Vista illustrates that perfectly! The 1080p brings the island setting to vivid life with a phenomenal amount of image detail in episode after episode. There is equal doses of day and night sequences, and both are given outstanding treatment. Colors continue to marvel as well, adding even more detail to the island’s surroundings. It provides perhaps the closest thing to an actual island getaway, even though it’s one place you’d rather not be!
If anything, a show like this deserves nothing less than a fantastic DTS HD 5.1 mix, which is exactly what we get! As was the case with Season One, the island setting is the biggest character in the show and illustrated even further by the various eerie sounds that lay within its surroundings. Both that and the suspenseful music provided by composer Michael Giacchino (who recently provided the scores for Star Trek and Up) sound nothing short of astonishing in the lossless audio mix. Just about the highest sounding quality a TV series could ask for!
You can always count on a season of Lost to bring with it some terrific extras, which is what you get with this 7 Disc Blu-ray package from Buena Vista. Included are never before seen “Lost Flashbacks”, as well as “The Official Lost Connections”, which offers a number of intriguing character connections. We also get a number of featurettes including “Secrets From the Hatch”, “Mysteries, Theories and Conspiracies”, “Lost on Location”, and “Fire + Water”, as well as Audio Commentaries on selected episodes, Deleted Scenes and Bloopers.
And Blu-ray offers the exclusive feature of Season Play, which allows you to create a profile and basically never lose your spot in the season. Even when you take the disc out, your bookmarked spot will still be there when you pop it back in.
Lost remains an amazingly stellar piece television that can hardly be rivaled, as Season Two offers more jolts of terror and surprises. The writing, acting and unrelenting suspense are key factors in the show’s overall quality. And Blu-ray provides the best possible way to enjoy what is easily one of the most unique experiences in all of television!