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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 22, 2004
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7

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  • Summary: The answers to when/where did the island go and how Locke died are to be answered this season as the show approaches the end of the series (slated for 2010).
  • Genre(s): Drama, Action & Adventure, Fantasy, Suspense, Science Fiction
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Lost is a different genre, one that may infuriate even the loyalists, but there's something impressive and rewarding in its density.
  2. 100
    This is an epic big-screen adventure done for the small screen--and done in a way that makes most big-screen versions pale in comparison.
  3. 80
    The feverish action is as tantalizing as ever, and so is the script.
  4. Reviewed by: Micah Towery
    The show's flashback/forward structure has provided an interesting commentary on the relationship between time and narrative, but it also struggles against its 40-minute playing time and the expectations of a weekly network audience.
  5. Reviewed by: Thomas Conner
    As the fifth season opens this week, the time-travel training wheels are coming off--and the path thus far seems blissfully free of the usual stumbling blocks.
  6. You can either let this annoy you, or you can try to work out the meaning, or you can just enjoy the flow in a noncommittal way that does not preclude your being stimulated, shocked or held in suspense--like a fun-house ride. I am of the third disposition, and have also been of the first.
  7. 60
    The truth is, for someone who thinks Lost is wildly overrated, I'm still rallying around it, in part because I think it should gain momentum in its home stretch, in part because I'm curious about how thoroughly the writers will clean up the enormous, unfathomably complicated mess they've made.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
  1. Jan 12, 2011
    I've had the benefit of watching the DVD sets having never seen a single episode beforehand and only hearing things in passing. I can keep up better with no commercials or weekly and seasonal breaks. While 4 was a bit of a downer 5 was better for me. There is some letdown when you come to find out some secrets of the island aren't as mysterious as we're led to believe. I'm halfway through 6 and a couple of characters I held in high regard are downright mortal after all. Expand
  2. Oct 9, 2013
    I was so engaged and fascinated with Lost, each season was exhilarating and offered us more things to ponder and mull over. So many intricate layers were placed upon each other and it is overflowing with secrets and curiosity. Season five is definitely one of the best seasons and is certainly fast paced. Expand
  3. Dec 3, 2013
    Awesome t.v. series! The best I have ever seen. Great acting from an enormous ensemble, interesting characters with plenty of character development, cool mysteries, and intense action all add up to a great show that beats the hell out of Breaking Bad. Expand
  4. Feb 4, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. While I feel Season 4 of Lost found a perfect balance between character moments and plot, the 5th Season seems to gravitate towards the latter. It's hard to fault the writers too much though. They handle the convoluted time travel issue with great mastery. If Lost was a lesser show, the time travelling would be jumbled and possibly even unnecessary. But ironically, the biggest complaint weighed against Lost (its lack of explanation), is turned on its head, making Season 5 another noteworthy Season in Lost's impressive run.

    Disappointingly though, the first half of the Season isn't all about the interesting time travelling trek across the island. We're also given a separate, less interesting tale about how the Oceanic Six made it back to the island. It's really quite madcap when I look back on it with full 20/20 vision; it had a bit too much of Jack, Kate, Sayid, Hurley, and Sun running around doing few meaningful things. And one of the more frustrating moments of Lost came when Ben gave Sun Jin's ring to prove that he's alive. Doesn't that prove... the exact opposite?

    I did say above that Season 5 benefits from being more forward with the audience, but I have to say, keeping Desmond and Claire away from us was downright annoying. Desmond's given little screen-time in his quest to find Faraday's mother, and I don't believe we had a single scene with Claire this Season after her peculiar appearance in the cabin last year.

    Anyhow, the story picks up when the Oceanic Six (or five) make it back to the island. Sawyer, Juliet, Faraday and Miles were all perfectly happy in the three years they spent tin the 1970s. Jack and co. had good intentions, but they ended up making life worse for them in the end. The relationship between Sawyer and Juliet is shocking when I first heard of it, but it's retroactively believable. And even after the death of Juliet, I hope this squashes the love triangle involving Sawyer, Kate, and Jack, as it was one of the series' weakest and generic aspects.

    Most of the Season's best moments are on island, with one exception: "The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham". John Locke episodes tend to be the best, and unfortunately, this may be last considering that we saw Locke's corpse again in the finale. This exceptional episode follows John as he tries and fails to convince the Oceanic Six to come back. Hoping his suicide would be the only way to save the island, he is stopped, then promptly strangled by Ben Linus after giving up some key information. The episode sadly fits John Locke's life off the island. It's spot on -- he even has another wheelchair! -- and an appropriately sad end to Locke's life... or so it seems. You can never tell with this damn show.

    I was definitely fooled by the new John Locke. I though that death at the hands of Ben had Locke become a new person, no longer falling for his deception. It now appears, that this Locke is a manifestation of the smoke monster, getting revenge on Jacob. It's undoubtedly connected to the man talking to Jacob at the beginning of "The Incident", if he's not smokie himself.

    The Season once again provides us with a breath-taking finale. First of all, the variable vs. the constant was handled deftly. After Faraday's random change in heart on the past, Jack thoroughly believes he can prevent the plane from ever crashing. His determination is so strong, that not even the chance of never meeting Kate changes his mind. Jack's obsession with fixing things is at its boiling point here. Whether Faraday's plot worked or not is a question that will be left for next Season. I do doubt, however, that the final Season will take place entirely off the island.

    Regardless of some of the flaws, this Season builds a great narrative. It's genuinely amazing to see so many loose ends covered, along with new developments. It's clear that the pieces of the final puzzle are beginning to fall into place. The sixth and final chapter of Lost is going to be one hell of a ride.
  5. Oct 16, 2013
    Although still very interesting this season of Lost did venture into the absurd. Between the nuclear bomb and just certain characters being 50 years in the past. It doesn't quite have the realism or the tangibility of the previous seasons. Expand
  6. May 25, 2013
    From the very start Lost always featured strange goings on but it was season five that really saw the show step head first into the realm of science fiction. Introducing disappearing islands and time-travel into the mix at such a late stage in the shows mythology seemed unnecessary at the time and ultimately (having now seen season six) left too many questions to be resolved satisfactorily.

    The story of the Oceanic Six (the six survivors who escaped the island in season four) and their attempts to get back was also slightly dull compared to the mystery of the island itself that was the sole focus of previous seasons. A lot of time was devoted to this story but it ultimately lacked the mystery audiences had come to expect from Lost.

    Despite these added complications however Lost continued to tell a truly intriguing tale that for the most part kept audiences on tender-hooks hoping for answers to the ongoing question of the islands true purpose. Workplaces and forums were constantly alight with speculation and the amount of discussion generated by the show was clear testament into just how deeply involved audiences had become in this unique piece of television.
  7. Nov 19, 2010
    Absolutely fantastic first season. The premise was unique and fascinating, and the ensemble cast was wonderful. I honestly couldn't believe how good this show was. I was hooked, but then their best writer left after season 1, and they proceeded to make those OTHER seasons. The fact is that the remaining writers never even came close to recapturing the clever storytelling of season 1. The additions to the cast starting in season 2 were all disasters, and from that season onward the writers just seemed to have no solid direction whatsoever for the story. By the end of the series, it established itself as one of the greatest disappointments in television history. Expand

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