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LOST-SEASON 5
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Reviewed by: Mike Catalano

Directed by: Jack Bender, Stephen Williams, Paul Edwards

Starring:
Matthew Fox
Terry Oquinn
Michael Emerson

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What's it about
After seven of the Oceanic Flight 815 survivors finally get off the mysterious island, wouldn't ya know it, they all have to go BACK in order to save those that stayed behind from some sort of temporal, magnetized time-warp. At least along the way, they'll find out loads of wild secrets behind the island's powers.
Is it good movie?
There's absolutely no way the creators of this show could have possibly conceived where it was going to end up by Season 5... could they? There's no f*cking way! How could anyone have the hindsight, the creativity, the patience?! I'm sorry, but with the success rate of television programs these days, I just can't comprehend the colossal amount of mental capacity needed to be able to weave such an intricate quilt of plotlines that have to be intact in order to produce mysteries as monumental and confounding as the ones we've viewed on LOST. But, that's probably why I'm not the one writing it. And I'm so thankful for that!

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!

Video / Audio
Video Widescreen 1.84:1

Audio English 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital with subtitles, French Canadian 5.1 Dolby Digital with subtitles

The Extras
Here's the gravy if you're a big-time fan of the show!

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.

Last Call
What I wanted most from LOST was to not be so damn lost in the vast mythology and mysteries of the show. Then, Season 5 came swooping down from the sky and crash landed on my island of highly enjoyable entertainment! And the best thing about it is that the plotlines are all so elaborate that you notice more clues and details with repeat viewings. Hence, this DVD set is definitely worth rescuing!

This review is dedicated to the most fanatical "LOST-ee" I know: Erin S.

ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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