Thursday, May 05, 2005

JJ Abrams does it again... Lost and Alias shine

Well, after a very long hiatus, Lost is back in full force. Last night's episode, "The Greater Good" contained all the elements we Lost fans have come to love about the show. It had great character development in that we got to see some of Sayid's past through flashbacks, showing us more of his motivations for his actions on the island. We got to see the islanders mourn Boone's untimely death, which was so moving I actually got tears in my eyes. The episode set up the perfect situation for the season finale, which is coming very soon. Lost fans wait impatiently for the finale and dread it at the same time, because they know Lost will be gone for the summer when the finale is over.

One big reveal in this episode has to be the fact that Locke hit Sayid on the head way back in the beginning of the series, when Sayid was trying to get a signal on the transceiver. It has been a mystery since that episode and now it is solved. Many fans were surprised. Another surprise was the fact that Shannon went after Locke to avenge her brother's death. She shot him, but not fatally. In fact, it was only a flesh wound. Oddly, it was Sayid that kept her from killing Locke. The episode ended with Sayid insisting Locke show him the hatch that Locke and Boone have been working to uncover. The set up for next episode was amazing, and the next few weeks are going to be incredible. Stay tuned to Lost for more excitement.

Directly after Lost, another of my favorite shows comes on. Last night's episode of Alias was the best I've seen in a good long while. Jack Bristow was suffering from radiation illness because he exposed himself to radiation in order to save Sidney's life. Sidney found out about it and wanted to help find a cure for him. He was having hallucinations about something that happened in the past, about someone who could help him in the present, and Sidney had to pretend to be her own mother in order to get the location of that someone from Jack. It was heart renching. It was the most emotional hour of TV I've ever seen. Jack was telling Sidney (who he thought was Sidney's mother) how much he loved Sidney and wanted to be at home with her. He said he was going to quit his job so he could be with Sidney more. Sidney had to stand there and listen to this, pretending to be her own mother, crying and wanting to tell her dad that she loved him too and she understood. It was so well done. Of course, they got the location of the man who could help Jack and at the end it appeared that he will be cured eventually. It was an awesome episode and I can't wait to see what happens next.

Wednesday nights have never been better with the powerhouse team of Lost and Alias. I just hope ABC realizes what it has and doesn't mess with the formula next season!

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