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Lost is a drama about a group of plane crash survivors. They land on an unknown Pacific island and have to learn to live together. ABC 2004-2010


Episode 6 - Abandoned

3 April 2017

Present: Sayid builds a private tent for Shannon which they promptly have sex in. She then sees Walt again. She takes Vincent to smell Walt’s clothes and heads off into the jungle followed by Sayid. Shannon thinks that eventually he will leave her and see her as worthless. He says he loves her. Then they both see Walt and run after him. Meanwhile Locke helps Claire with Aaron. Tensions are growing between Claire and Charlie because he seems to know more about babies than she does. But when Locke hears that Charlie has one of the heroin statues he gently challenges Charlie’s right to teach someone else about responsibility. Across the island and Sawyer’s wound and fever are preventing the tail section survivors from travelling safely. Ana explains to Michael that the Others took most of the other survivors and have been hunting them since day one. Michael insists on building a stretcher for Sawyer though. Suddenly Cindy is taken and the whispers appear. Ana cries out for them to all run and tragically shoots the incoming Shannon.

Flashback: Shannon is chosen for a prestigious dance internship just as her father dies. Boone’s mother (her stepmother) refuses to give her any of her father’s money. Boone tries to give her some but she refuses as she is determined to prove to them all that she can get by on her own.

The Good: Shannon was a vacuous bitch throughout the early episodes of season one. We now see why. We had had hints of her relationship with Boone’s mother before, but now we see the injustice which led to Shannon wandering after various guys seeking ways to get her father’s money back. Sabrina Carlyle is well cast and plays her role well. It seems pretty obvious why the tall blonde business woman would resent her husband’s equally tall blonde spoilt daughter.

On the island Sayid’s faith in Shannon seems to be rewarded by him being able to see Walt too (see The Unknown). Sadly this leads to Shannon’s death. It’s not quite as shocking a moment as you might expect, but should surprise most viewers. Her death is pretty sad, as just like her brother Boone, she seemed to have turned a corner.

Ana Lucia’s explanation of what the Others did to her group is solid. It builds further on the picture of terror which was explained well in the previous episode. Cindy’s sudden disappearance seems to add the perception of the Others as silent deadly enemies. Assuming of course that that is where she has gone. Eko’s concern for Sawyer further establishes his Jin-like moral credentials (“It is the only way I know”). Sawyer’s bullet wound would naturally lead to infection and illness which is good to see too.

Back at the beach Locke’s character is consistently developed. He offers his wisdom once more to Claire before tactfully feeling out Charlie about his heroin addiction. The tension between new mother Claire and would-be father Charlie are also logical developments.

The Bad: By killing off Boone and Shannon, Lost is certainly picking on its least established characters. Shannon’s death lacks a certain impact because she isn’t Kate (as it were). Of course death’s in television shows are as important as they are treated after the fact. Boone’s death (120) had quite a few implications (while Arzt’s had none, see 123) and so perhaps Shannon’s will drive the plot forward.

Sayid’s character could use a little more definition though. Isn’t he supposed to be in love with Nadia? There is still the possibility that she is dead, as he claimed to Rousseau (109). But she didn’t seem to be when he got on the plane (121) and so his claim that he will never leave Shannon is a pretty bold statement. We won’t have to hold him to it of course, but it’s not yet been established that Sayid is a hopeless romantic or some other explanation for how quickly he seems to have forgotten about the woman he spent years searching for. Sayid also seems very presumptuous when he builds the tent and then pounces on Shannon. And I don’t suppose I should ask about contraception?

We haven’t seen the hatch in two episodes. Aren’t any of the other survivors clamouring to see it yet?

The Unknown: The whispers appear again, both to Ana Lucia and company and to Shannon and Sayid. It’s not clear whether they are accompanying the apparition of Walt or the presence of the Others or some other force. That mystery continues to grow.

It’s worth asking at this stage whether there is something strange about Vincent the dog. When Shannon asks him to find Walt he drags her straight to Boone’s grave. While that might seem like simple dramatic license, he previously dragged her out into the jungle where she saw Walt (201). He also appeared in the pilot episode, walking past Jack and then watching him as he walked to the cockpit. Could he somehow be possessed by something on the island?

We know that Jack saved Sarah (his wife) at the expense of Shannon’s father (201). What we don’t know, is if there is any greater significance to that than the obvious implication of how life would be different if he had chosen otherwise.

Best Moment: The final shot. As Sayid clutches the dying Shannon in his arms he looks up to see the look of horror on Ana Lucia’s face. Then his own face turns to a combination of grief and rage as you wonder what will happen next.

The Bottom Line: Lost has been essentially filling time until this moment. We have followed the slow build for Michael’s return by learning more about the Others, which has been fine. But back at the beach the characters have been in limbo, not showing the urgency and excitement that should have followed the discovery of the hatch. But now with Shannon dead and the tail section survivors arriving, I assume the story will pick up at a pace and we will get the show back on track.

Season one of Lost was so impressive that these first six episodes have been largely disappointing. This one is no exception. While much of what happens is perfectly acceptable, there is something missing. That feeling is reflected in Shannon’s death which doesn’t feel very important. That’s largely because she hasn’t been important. Her death feels more like a plot device than an essential story, which Boone’s death came to be. We’ll see where the producers go with the show from here, so far it has been a worrying start to their sophomore year, at least by their lofty standards.



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  • This episode had a much better pace and had a couple of good stories throughout.

    I agree that something is missing in this season and it's lacking the spark it needs. There is no urgency and the story feels at a standstill like in season 1. It was fine back then since we were just getting introduced, but now it feels like the story should be moving but it really isn't. I also agree about Shannon's death lacking impact and Sayid's unclear mindset.

    The Charlie and Locke scenes were good and I was happy to see some natural conflict blooming there. Unfortunately I remember that the storyline had some really awful payoff later this season.

    Even if it wasn't excellent, this episode was still enjoyable, well-paced and told a good story so I think it deserves a higher score than you gave it.

    Viewer score: 67 / 100

    Posted by Aaronic, 28/03/2017 7:34pm (4 years ago)

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