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Old May 27 2010, 07:33 AM   #10
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Re: This season and this finale: one last thing to ponder...

Hober Mallow wrote: View Post
Ryan8bit wrote: View Post
See, this is what I don't get about these characters-only claims. Essentially these characters and what they do is now tied into the mythology, so the rest of the mythology becomes important by extension.
Fan point of view is a big part of it. For instance, who built the ruins on the island? To some fans, the question hasn't been answered at all, to others it has. To some, it's enough to know that the ancient peoples have been coming to the island for centuries and obviously saw the island as a divine place. To other fans, no answer could be thorough enough. The thing you have to ask yourself is what, realistically, can our characters actually learn the answers themselves in a believeable way? Are they going to stop trying to survive or fleeing the smoke monster to go on an archeological dig or translate hieroglyphs? Of course not.
No, but as the show has repeatedly demonstrated there are entertaining and effective ways to fill the audience in on things that the characters never learn of or would look deeper into.
Combine that with the show presenting itself as mythology driven and it's clear that there needs to be a balanced focus on both. Where that balance lies becomes the most difficult part to achieve.
The show has never been "mythology driven." Hell, for the first three seasons, half of every single episode is nothing but a character study of a single main character.
Season one was character-driven. Season two was a mess. S3-5 were much more plot-driven with a lot of mythology focus. Even Lindelof and Cuse admitted that in an interview that I was reading today. Those years there was so much going on there wasn't time for much character focus.
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