Lost: The Complete Third Season (2006)
|Genre(s): Action / Adventure / Drama / Fantasy / Mystery / Science Fiction|
|Buena Vista || NR - 991 minutes - $59.99 || December 11, 2007|
|Reviewer: Kushmeer Farakhan || Posted On: 2007-12-14|
Writer(s): J.J. Abrams, Jeffrey Lieber, Damon Lindelof (creators)
Cast: Matthew Fox, Josh Holloway, Evangeline Lilly, Jorge Garcia, Emilie de Ravin, Daniel Dae Kim, Yunjin Kim,, Terry O'Quinn, Dominic Monaghan, Maggie Grace, Michael Emerson
Theatrical Release Date: NA
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“Lost” is my favorite TV show. There's nothing else like it on tv now and there really never has been. Is it my favorite of all time? No... but it's in the top 10 (which is saying a lot cause I COULD write a list of about 100 TV shows that I like a lot).
For those who've never seen the show (and if you haven't watched a least one or two by now, shame on you), “Lost” follows a group of survivors of an plane crash who get stuck on an island and their personal trials and tribulations as they try to figure out how to get home and how they're going to tolerate each other while they wait to be rescued. That's a very basic description but there's a lot more to it than that. For starters, every episode is an combination of what's going on with our characters on the island interspersed with a flashback sequence of one of the main cast members. Through these flashbacks, we learn about the characters' backgrounds and personalities, it makes the characters much more interesting and it allows us as viewers to get more emotionally invested.
Season 3 picks up where season 2 leaves off (small spoilers here if you haven't seen seasons 1 or 2). Jack, Kate, and Sawyer have been kidnapped by the Others, a group of people who live on the other side of the island (well, not really but I can't say more than that) and who seek to dominate, experiment, and all and all mess with the Survivors we've been following for 2 seasons for various reasons. The season plays out as more or less, an war between the regulars and the others with various little mini-battles and side plots in-between including: Desmond believing Charlie is going to die, the ongoing triangle between Jack, Sawyer, and Kate becomes a rectangle in the form of Juliet, Sun and Jin's marital problems get worse in ways, and Locke... well... Locke's into some SH*T to be frank.
During it all there are tons of answers and questions about the Dharma initiative and why the gang's plane crashed there in the first place and many other things that cumulate in an 2 part season finale with a shocking twist (which I can't go into here but wow, one of the best episodes of television ever filmed). The season has its problems though. After the 5 episode mini-arc that kicks off season 3 is over, the show slows down a bit too much for a couple of episodes but that's really the only problem I have with it. Originally, I viewed Season 3 as a major step down from the wonderful first 2 seasons but viewing it over now, I have to say it's just as good (and depending on the episode) better. “Lost” remains amazing.
- Four Commentary Tracks are slightly disappointing but not bad. I learned that I would probably date Elizabeth Mitchell (Juliet) :p. They're not bad but I didn't feel they were quite as informative or as entertaining as the first 2 season boxes were.
- Deleted Scenes and Flashbacks are EXCELLENT and I'm lumping them together because they both function in the same way. They both pad out some already excellent sequences. My favorite extra flashback was the one for Sun (which made that scene even DEEPER if that's possible) and my favorite deleted scene is the one where Jack saves the little girl on the playground (again adds more weight to that episode). For my money, most of this stuff had to be cut for time because otherwise, I don't see why a lot of it was.
- The World of the Others is another great featurette that gives you interviews with the actors playing the Others as well as the writers opinions of what these characters mean and why they're on the show.
- Lost: On Location is by far the longest feature on the set and it's actually several features. What we get are several mini featurettes (each between 3-7 minutes long or so) about specific episodes. You can view them separately or all together. They're good but I would've preferred just one long hour overview of the season than a bunch of mini-docs.
- Crew Tribute with Evangeline Lily is an short little tour where the actress who plays Kate introduces the audience to various crew on the set.
- Lost in a Day is a VERY good (but tragically short) featurette on what a typical day of production is like on Lost in every aspect. We go inside the writing room, we see the set, we see phone conversations between writers/directors, and we follow some of the actors (particularly Michael Emerson as Ben) on their way to work in the morning and see how their day goes.
- Terry O'Quinn: Throwing from the Handle is the actor who plays Locke demonstrating a stunt that the producers apparently let him do himself all the time. Impressive, most impressive.
- Blooper Reel is what it is. It's a bit too long here though.
- The Lost Book Club is a decent little feature about the constant literary references the show makes (“Alice in Wonderland” being the most prominent one). I liked it but I did feel that this could've easily been on the other two sets and wasn't specific enough to this season for me.
- The Next Level: Inside the Video Game is about the making of the upcoming Lost video game for various consoles. Like the toy featurette, I think your enjoyment of it will depend on your interest in the product. I love collecting figures, so I prefered the other one to this but it's still worth a look.
- Cast in Clay: The Toys of Todd Mcfarlane is all about the line of Lost action figures (I own 4 of already). It's pretty cool. I had no idea it was that complicated to duplicate the actors' faces.
.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.
ABC always does a really fantastic job on their recent "drama" box sets and this one is no exception. Of particular beauty to me was the scenes in the episode entitled "I do" with the rain coming down on Kate, Sawyer, and two of the Others. Looked absolutely beautiful with all the greens and blacks and such being so vivid.
The audio is also very good and Michael Giacchinno's score sounds great. It even vibrates your speakers a bit when the opening logo pops in.
“Lost” Season 3 is an excellent box set for fans and non-fans a lot. There's a lot to like in this show and this season and it sounds and looks excellent. The features are good but not as great as in previous sets but that's not really a big deal when the show itself is such a winner. Highly recommended.