It's such a genuine treat and thrill discovering where the beyond ridiculous and enthralling story arcs on the show end up. I'm rarely ever disappointed and Season 5 is no exception. Maybe it's because of the somewhat recent announcement of the series' final countdown of episodes that kind of forced the creators to begin giving us the juice on some of the bigger mysteries (which I feel was a brilliant notion). The pull of the ongoing story is so powerful that even the most outlandish of explanations, such as an actual "moving island", are told so cleverly that I can't help but find them feasible. It comes as no surprise that it was brought to us by J.J. Abrams. I truly feel as though the man can do anything and it's because he sticks to the most simplistic of story-telling ideals: nicely developed characters, a true sense of adventure, a sense of humor, and respect for the audience.
The man also knows what it takes to inject new life into an idea on the verge of becoming tired. Getting half the LOST castaways off the island and back to civilization was a true stroke of genius that really opened up so many interesting new possibilities. It's like, what if only Gilligan and The Skipper got off the island? You know they'd have to do something to rescue The Professor, Ginger, and the rest, right? Therein lies the wide open realm of fantastic potential. Thankfully, Abrams had the courage and the verve to push this idea forward.
Let's not forget that he's also got one top-notch cast to deal with. The range of fascinatingly diverse characters feels unmatched by any other show on tv. By now, I'm sure you're all well aware of the "main" characters, but I can't help but single out Emmy-winner, Michael Emerson, whose Ben Linus is such a revelation in the embracement of a fully fleshed out role-playing spectrum. At first, I hated him. Then, I loved him. Now, I'm just not f*cking sure! All I'm sure of is that the dude just plain rocks, much like most every other character that's still alive (or a ghost) on the series.
One last little tidbit that I really appreciated from Season 5 was a clear willingness to push the envelope in terms of gore on television. There was a scene in Episode 5, I believe, where a dude's arm gets ripped clear off and the whole action is shown in glorious detail! No fast cut-aways, no avoidance of the appendage. It shocked the shit out of me because I just wasn't expecting that kind of carnage from a tv show. Really adds to the suspense and fun factor! From icky dead bodies to blood-splattered shootings, this series is clearly Arrow in the Head-worthy!
Audio English 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital with subtitles, French Canadian 5.1 Dolby Digital with subtitles
Four Featurettes include On Location stories, a "Home Office" video with Michael Emerson, a mini-doc on the last day of shooting Season 5, theories on the DHARMA Initiative, and more!
A nice assortment of Deleted Scenes.
Some very humorous Bloopers.And super informative Audio Commentaries.
This review is dedicated to the most fanatical "LOST-ee" I know: Erin S.