-This didn't feel like its own season at all, weirdly enough. It felt like a 14-episode addendum to the season 3 finale. Anyone else here get that vibe?
-I can't help but wonder how pissed off Lost fans felt about the show cutting down to 14 episodes for season 4. I don't know what the reasons why, and I find reading about off-camera contract disputes boring, so if that's the reason why, tell me and I'll just shut my brain off and never care about that again.
-I know someone here said that "an early season 4 episode about Desmond Hume" was considered the show's finest moment, and I think I saw something similar to that on a list once, and "The Constant" was pretty good I suppose, but I'm not sure why it'd be the show's very best. It has a heavy dollop of heartfelt emotion and a lot of time travel silliness that I suppose trying to figure out would be a waste of time, but I'm not sure how it's supposed to beat those season finales.
-In reality, the episode I ended up liking the most was, of all things, the Michael flashback episode where we found out how he ended up on the freighter. Not sure why--I think Harold Perrineau is pretty good at walking the tightrope with the Michael character, if he couldn't sell the various emotions the character would be beyond annoying. That episode also had a decent sense of cloak and dagger.
-I know that they're playing with ambiguity regarding Ben Linus, and I suppose that was inevitable, but I think it's an annoying downstep that the bad guys ended up being a bunch of military goons and an anonymous British accent billionaire.
-Sayid is now one of the least interesting characters on the show. They didn't get much mileage out of Sawyer in season 4 either.
-Ugh, it's Doug Hutchison. I only associate him with creepy things--The X-Files, his Green Mile character, marrying a 16 year old bimbo in real life...I suppose he's there to draw that X-Files connection or something? Especially since his character's a ghost and he tells Locke to find his dead body, just like the classic Vince Gilligan-penned "Paper Hearts" episode. Which reminds me, so far, Lost actually has X-Files beat at holding the mythology together...so far.
-I know I've already said this in response to Hail, Caesar!, but Fisher Stevens looks more like a bobblehead doll than any other person ever.
-If you'd told me at the beginning of season 4 that Jeff "Lawnmower Man" Fahey was going to survive the season I'd have died laughing. Of course I suppose there's always room for him to die anyway. Jeremy Davies is still alive too. Wow.
-Season finale: I guess the device linking the freighter bomb to the military goon was a decent device. Michael Emerson's performance has mostly been excellent so far, but the part where he wimpishly sneered "You killed my daughter!!" was one of the five dumbest moments on the show, easily. I think I've already read somewhere that Jin isn't really dead (since we didn't see a dead body anywhere, that'd be obvious) but I don't know that I'd miss him if he were gone.
-Who I will miss, is Rousseau. RIP. Woefully underutilized character that I liked a lot. They killed the worthless emo boy too, guess that was inevitable. Of course, they blew it partially by telegraphing it all with Rousseau telling the girl she loved her. Ben's daughter getting killed was actually a well handled shock moment, since it involved Ben failing to trick the military goon with his lies.
-Whelp, Ben Linus turned the wheel, the island disappeared, this is where Pugeye told me to stop. I'm not going to, but I take it what could turn someone off from this point on is a lot of crazy time travel shit?