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DVD Review: Find Yourself With Lost (The Complete Third Season)

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Mr. Friendly: “Because ever since the sky turned purple…”

The third and most intriguing season of Lost will definitely go down in fan boy history as the tale of two seasons (the first mediocre six episodes originally aired in the fall of 2006 and the final awe-inspiring sixteen episodes began their run in February of 2007). But for any fans who jumped ship mid-Oceanic 815 flight, now is the perfect time to catch up with one of the best shows on television.

More so (all mind-bending Dharma experiments aside), now that the entire third season of Lost is packaged in a beautiful seven-disc DVD collection (loaded with a plush jungle of extras to satisfy even the most diehard enthusiasts), you can judge for yourself whether the third season of Lost was good, bad or like “the Others” …just misunderstood.

Make no mistake about it, this season was all about “the Others” and their relationship to the mysterious island, The Dharma Initiative, and (last but not least) our beloved sun-soaked castaways. So, attention passengers, please be prepared to strap yourselves in for some mind-blowing episodes that shake the very space-time continuum of the Lost mythology. And, thankfully, this DVD has arrived just in time for you to relive all the excitement before the season four premiere of Lost (which debuts January 31, 2008 on ABC).

Terry O’Quinn won an Emmy for his role as John Locke this season, portraying the once-paralyzed (both mentally and physically) account executive of a box company, but it was truly Ben (Michael Emerson) and Juliet (Elizabeth Mitchell) who stole the show in season three – along with the eerie, Other-world, presence of that spooky cat in the shack, Jacob.

But, like the perceived timeline of Lost itself, that’s neither here nor there. The show rejuvenated itself creatively in season three despite a few cosmic speed bumps (Nikki and Paulo, anyone?) along the proverbial way. Some characters were eliminated (whether it was the result of contract negotiations gone bad, adverse reaction from the show’s fan base, or just happening upon an angry Smoke Monster out in the woods), but once Lost 3.0 truly got rolling along toward its dazzling destination, it was truly a thrill ride all the way to its jaw-dropping, season finale, conclusion.

Whatever the case, the third season of Lost had many magnificent moments and here are a few of the best episodes:

1. “Not In Portland” – The "comeback" episode that was solely responsible for recapturing the magic of Lost (a strangely satisfying, action-packed space opera blending the best worlds of Star Wars, Stephen King, and Raiders of The Lost Ark) that showcased the "devious" Juliet (Elizabeth Mitchell, you were robbed of an Emmy nomination, darling) and featured a flashback of her chilling “corporate recruitment” into the shadowy underworld of the Others.

2. “Through The Looking Glass (Parts One and Two)” – A shocking, sensational end to a spectacular season of Lost that featured a new underwater Dharma-station known only as “The Looking Glass” and a final few moments of the cliffhanger that still has fans scratching their heads in absolute amazement – and suspended disbelief. Not to mention a heroic, heartfelt "goodbye" or two along the way.

3. “The Man Behind The Curtain” – This episode featured a fantastic backstory of a young Benjamin Linus (with a pre-Darth Vader transformation in his journey towards the Dharma-Dark Side) arriving on the island for the first time. Ben begrudgingly reveals a few of the secrets about the island to an eager John Locke as the two set off on a trek towards a mysterious shack in the woods to meet the fabled “Jacob“ (or as Locke put it, “The Wizard of Oz”). Who is Jacob? The caretaker of the island and all of its sordid secrets or just a spooky figment of a madman‘s imagination? Be sure to knock before you go inside, okay?

4. “Flashes Before Your Eyes” – This episode was a trip (to say the least) that featured hatch-dwelling, doomsday button-pushing Desmond (Henry Ian Cusick) and “opened our eyes” for the first time that time travel may indeed be an essential part of the Lost mythology (and why Desmond’s soul mate and object of his obsession, Penelope “Penny“ Widmore, is so damn intriguing – in a splendid, saucy, kind of way).

5. “A Tale of Two Cities” – The premiere episode of season three that features Dr. Jack Shephard in an abandoned shark tank being “deprogrammed” by Ben and Juliet in their secret, dolphin-safe, underground lair. In the meantime, Sawyer and Kate are held captive in separate cages in a nice sci-fi homage to Planet of the Apes as the two plan their “escape” from … well, where the hell are they exactly?

In addition to the hours of pure entertainment, the added DVD extras are also interesting as a “behind the scenes” look at season three for fans, including “Lost on Location” and the equally intriguing “The Lost Book Club” which offers a few tantalizing tidbits of its own (hint: A Brief History of Time and Space by Stephen Hawking may play a significant – if not literal – role in the remaining seasons of Lost … and beyond).

Regardless, Lost: Season 3 is a DVD-must for any soul-searching, adventure-seeking, island enthusiast, to be sure. If nothing else, the tropical, breath-taking, background scenery of Oahu is worth the price of admission alone. So, now more than ever, what better way to find yourself, ay?

Namaste!

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About Chris McVetta

Chris McVetta is a writer and comedian from Cleveland, Ohio. He is a graduate from Cleveland State University and an alumni of The Second City comedy writing program. His first job in journalism was as an Editorial Assistant working with Harvey Pekar ("American Splendor") at The Free Times. Most recently, his was invited to speak at the Ray Browne conference on Pop Culture at Bowling Green State University.
  • the guy in the hatch

    Nice article goofball. Any thoughts on season 4 so far?

  • Chris McVetta

    So far, Season 4 of Lost ROCKS!!! Thanks for commenting …I owe you 5 dollars …unless this is J.J. Abrams …then you owe me a job in Hawaii!

    Dare to dream. Regardless, I hope to scope out a preview of the new season SOON! I miss “Smokey” the Smoke Monster, nonetheless.