Lost: The Complete Second Season (2005)

Genre(s): Action / Adventure / Drama / Fantasy / Mystery / Science Fiction
Buena Vista Home Video || NR - 1056 minutes - $59.99 || 2006-09-05
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2006-10-18


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
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Special Features

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Audio and Video

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): Jeffrey Lieber & J.J. Abrams & Damon Lindelof (creators)
Cast: Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia, Josh Holloway, Daniel Dae Kim, Evangeline Lilly, Terry O'Quinn, Dominic Monahgan, Emilie de Ravin, Harold Perrineau, Maggie Grace, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Michelle Rodriguez, Cynthia Watros, Michael Emerson


Theatrical Release Date: NA


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Cast/Crew Commentaries
  • Fire + Water: Anatomy of an Episode
  • "Lost" on Location
  • The World According to Sawyer
  • "Lost" Flashbacks
  • Deleted Scenes
  • "Lost" Bloopers
  • Channel 4 UK Promo
  • "Lost" Connections
  • Mysteries, Theories and Conspiracies
  • Secrets from the Hatch


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 7
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English

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.::THE FILM::.

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The obsession with “Lost” over the span of only a year has grown exponentially, especially on the Net where countless sites and message boards of sprung up with thousands giving their opinions on what the hell is actually going on. I am not in the obsessed group but I am interested in the little things the writers have sprinkled in.

In this second season, polar bears and strange monster noises are nothing compared to the mysterious numbers the crop up (4 8 15 16 23 42), why they need to be entered into the computer every 108 minutes and where the hallucinations (or are they) are coming from for each survivor. That’s not to mention the strange warnings from Walt who had been captured by ‘The Others’ as well as a new group affectionately known as the ‘Tallies’ join the camp, and provide their own mystery and, eventually, shock.

Mixed in with the chaos and weirdness on the island, we also learn more about the cast-aways as the love triangle between Jack (Fox), Kate (Lilly) and Sawyer (Holloway) heats up and also through more flashbacks that not only give more info on what drives them (the dynamic between Sun and Jin change). We also are introduced to new characters, two of them being Bernard and Rose in truly one of the most heart wrenching episodes of the season, “S.O.S.”. One cannot ignore Locke’s own opposite in the strong but haunted Mr. Eko (Akinnuoye-Agbaje), a character who has quickly become one of my favorites.

We also get our first (possibly) human villain in the form of Henry Gale (Emmerson), an annoying fellow with the kind of googly eyes that creeps out even the most disturbing individual out there. He himself provides more exposition to our heroes and their psychological state of mind.

The biggest problem I have with “Lost” isn’t due to poor acting, for a television series it’s actually good, and it isn’t for the lack of production values, but instead it’s because with all these new questions they present, they don’t seem to be answering many of them (and most of the time, those “answers” just bring up more questions). I believe that while at first this grabbed the audience, it could one alienate them as well. I certainly hope they’re not just making this up as they go along... ;)

Here’s the episode breakdown:

1 - Man of Science, Man of Faith
2 - Adrift
3 - Orientation
4 - Everybody Hates Hugo
5 - ... And Found
6 - Abandoned
7 - The Other 48 Days
8 - Collision
9 - What Kate Did
10 - The 23rd Psalm
11 - The Hunting Partyv 12 - Fire + Water
13 - The Long Con
14 - One of Them
15 - Maternity Leave
16 - The Whole Truth
17 - Lockdown
18 - Dave
19 - S.O.S.
20 - Two for the Road
21 - ?
22 - Three Minutes
23 - Live Together, Die Alone Part 1
24 - Live Together, Die Alone Part 2



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Commentaries - Like the season one set, this second season includes tracks with various members in the cast and crew. This time around, five episodes get the treatment beginning with ‘Man of Science, Man of Faith’ (executive producers Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse, Bryan Burk and Jack Bender), ‘What Kate Did’ (director Paul Edwards, director of photography Michael Bonvillain and co-star Evangeline Lilly), ‘The 23rd Psalm’ (Lindelof, Cuse and Burk), ‘The Whole Truth’ (writers Elizabeth Sarnoff and Christina M. Kim and co-stars Yunjin Kim and Daniel Dae Kim), ‘Dave’ (director/exec producer Jack Bender and co-stars Jorge Garcia and Cynthia Watros).

The tracks all around are informative and fun to listen to and it’s nice to see episodes pairing up some of the actors. The selected episodes are also good choices like ‘The Whole Truth’, which expands on Sun and Jin’s relationship and ‘Dave’ that gives more insight into Hurley’s state of mind and his relationship with Libby. I am disappointed, however, that the season finale wasn’t included or that creator J.J. Abrams didn’t sit in on one of them. In any case, with this and the first season, they are slowly getting through the cast (season one had Terry O’Quinn, Dominic Monaghan, Maggie Grace and Ian Sommerhalder), so hopefully next season we’ll get Matthew Fox (already early on in the third season, he has a good flashback), Michael Emmerson and Josh Holloway.

Fire + Water: An Anatomy of an Episode (31:46) - This featurette takes an extensive look at one episode from the writers coming up with a story, plotting out connections and character growth to the actual filming on location and finally to post-production where actors (most of the time) will have to come in and record their lines. In this episode, Dominic Monaghan’s character is the focal point as he’s gone a bit mad and in one particular scene he’s back inside his childhood home where to one side his father, a butcher, chops up some bloody meat.

“Lost” on Location (44:44) - Ten episodes get a glance at, each running between three and five minutes. You get some insight from the cast and crew for certain scenes.

The World According to Sawyer (4:24) - Clips with various sayings from Sawyer (Josh Holloway) over the past two seasons calling various people names like Kate “freckles” or Jin “chewie”, all intertwined with the cast talking about Sawyer’s unique talking style.

“Lost” Flashbacks - Three interesting, though useless flashback scenes from episodes ‘Abandoned’ (The Wake, The New Au Pair) and ‘Lockdown’ (Locke’s Father) that, like the deleted scenes (see directly below), are well done, losing them didn’t take away from those episodes. All together, they run a little over 3 minutes.

Deleted Scenes (19:16) - There are 14 scenes, most excised for good reason only because it didn’t offer anything new in terms of story or character. The only good thing is, it does flesh out the characters some. Like deleted scenes in movies, you won’t find anything revolutionary or unknown that will shed light on the mysteries of the island.

“Lost” Bloopers (4:06) - Various cast member flub lines, mock each other and in one case, a crewmember switches places with Michelle Rodriguez and seductively opens the door at a hotel. Compared to other blooper reels, it isn’t as funny as most, but still fairly humorous.

Channel 4 UK Promo (1:06) - This minute long commercial for “Lost” was directed by David LaChappelle and, as the title suggests, aired in the UK. Filmed in an overly dramatic way, the promo almost had a daytime soap feel with the main cast slowly moving/dancing around with each other, dressed in tattered clothing and, with Kate, mascara running down her face.

“Lost” Connections - Via a matrix system, you can find where most characters coincide with each before and after the crash. Each mini-television is connected with wiring to other characters beginning with Jack who apparently has the most in common. On the surface, this feature is pretty fun as you get to see clips from the show with each encounter (be it big or small), but after a bit of clicking, it does get a tad old.

Mysteries, Theories and Conspiracies (10:16) - This featurette gives insight into what the cast and crew believe is really going on, along with various fans and webmasters of those earlier mentioned message boards and sites. What’s most interesting is while I didn’t expect the cast to know anything (of course, if they did, they would say anything), but much of the crew didn’t either, and that includes some of the producers. Now, obviously they could be lying, but my theory/conspiracy is that they haven’t a clue what’s going on and are just making much of this up as they go. I realize the creators might have the overall plan set in stone, but I’d hope they would have the actual goings-on in mind well in advance (I’m not too worried about the characters and their back stories as that is easier to tailor to the overall plot).

Secrets from the Hatch (15:47) - With the hatch being such a fundamental character in this second season, I’m glad to see how it was made, the choices of how to decorate it (with the 80s in mind), including the computer hardware and the actual set construction prior.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

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The season’s only track is a solid Dolby Digital 5.1 track that features a good balance between the score, character dialogue and the nature sounds of Hawaii. Other than the song in the first episode, where we’re introduced to Desmond, there wasn’t anything all that impressive, but still good overall.

For those who’ve watched the show on a standard television (where it airs in full screen), you can see it in widescreen, 1.78 aspect ratio, and, after seeing one special feature, there are easter eggs featured in some episodes (one shows the drug plane crashing in the background, but it couldn’t be seen in full screen).



.::OVERALL::.

When “Lost” first aired, there were so many “WTF” moments, beginning with those haunting sounds of the jet engines to the polar bears roaming about the jungle and culminating with the hatch. Well, season two went above and beyond that with the countdown clock, introduction of the “tallies” and the shocking twist near the end. As for the DVD, this set has everything for the “Lost” fan that delves into the world, although I would’ve liked some more serious speculation. How about a featurette centered on some “Lost” fans sitting for a round table discussion of the events that transpired over the past season?