History YMMV / Lost

18th Jul '16 2:01:37 AM murlough23
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** Libby's untimely death was a sore spot for fans who expected that late season 2 might finally give them a glimpse into her backstory. The other prominent Tail Section survivors - Ana-Lucia, Eko, and Bernard - all got episodes filling in a good chunk of their story, while Libby only appeared briefly in a few other characters' flashbacks. A canonical reason was never cited for her being in the Santa Rosa Mental Institution (though the flash-sideways in season 6 hinted at one), or for her being on the plane. The writers may have initially had plans to flesh out her character more, but due to the negative fan response to Ana-Lucia, they decided that her death alone would not be tragic enough, and decided to have Michael accidentally kill Libby as well.
** Ilana, being a prominent recurring character in Season 5 and promoted to the main cast in Season 6, was set up to be important to the mythology, with the writers even planning to reveal that she was the daughter of Jacob, until they realized they didn't have enough episodes left to tell this part of the story and they [[DroppedABridgeOnHim killed her off rather abruptly, Arzt-style, with an errant stick of dynamite]].
** Frank Lapidus, despite being one of the few main characters to survive the entirety of Season 6 and escape the island, basically spent most of that time hanging around the other Losties and snarking on the general weirdness of the story unfolding on the island. He never got his own centric episode, nor did we ever see him in a flash-sideways.


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** Jack's idea to build up an army with Ana-Lucia in Season 2. This is introduced as a big cliffhanger after a confrontation with the Others, but nothing really comes of the "army" other than Sawyer snarking about it. By the time another confrontation with the Others rolls around in Season 2, it's initiated by Michael, who is secretly working with the Others to kidnap specific survivors in exchange for Walt, and who deliberately turns down willing participants like Sayid. Presumably with everything else going on, Jack never had time to get the whole army thing off the ground, but the writers knew at that point that Sawyer was plotting to steal the guns (see the other wasted plot mentioned above) and Ana-Lucia would be dead by the end of the season. So what was their purpose in even bringing it up to begin with?
** Walt's storyline in general could be seen as a waste, given how much emphasis was placed on his apparent psychic abilities, his tendency to appear as a vision in the middle of the jungle, the Others kidnapping him and running some sort of tests on him, etc. A lot of this was emphasized ''after'' Malcolm David Kelley was removed from the main cast of the show due to the actor aging too fast compared to the pace of the story. For the rest of the series, viewers got the occasional rare appearance from Walt (including one after a TimeSkip when story time had caught up to the actor's age), and the occasional reminder that he was important from other characters mentioning him, but we never truly found out exactly why he was so "special".
** Michael's ability to communicate with ghosts, and how this may or may not have had anything to do with Hurley's similar ability after leaving the island, was never really explained.
** The outrigger chase, in the midst of all the time flashes in Season 5. The writers had actually penned the other side of that scene, that would explain who was shooting at the Losties, and then decided they didn't have enough time to circle back around to it later in Season 5 or 6.


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* WhatAnIdiot: A great deal of the fan backlash against Kate is due to her seeming inability to think through the consequences of her actions, or explain what she's doing to others. Certainly she couldn't have disobeyed Jack's instructions to not follow him into the jungle and ended up needing rescuing ''that'' many times, but her stubbornness on insisting "I'm going with you!" is probably the #1 screw-up viewers tend to remember her for, and it's even lampshaded by both Jack and Sawyer later in the series.
** Michael makes a string of increasingly poor decisions in Season 2, starting with crashing through the jungle screaming "WAAAALT!!!" at every opportunity despite being instructed to keep quiet by fellow survivors who have been terrorized by the Others. By the middle of the season, he's holding his friends at gunpoint and insisting he's got to run off into the jungle [[ThisIsSomethingHesGotToDoHimself all by himself]] to find Walt, despite Jack offering to help and not trying in any way to prevent Michael from looking for his son. When this plan results in him being manipulated into doing the Others' bidding in exchange for Walt, he ends up fatally shooting two of his fellow survivors (which he was never explicitly asked to do) and framing Ben for it by shooting himself in the arm and letting Ben escape. Then in a feeble attempt to get the specific survivors to come along with him that the Others requested, he doesn't even come up with a good explanation for why he wants Hurley involved and not someone like Sayid who has actual combat experience, which tips Sayid off that Michael might be selling them out. (Which in turn leads to a "What an Idiot" moment for Jack and Sayid when they decide to play along with Michael's ruse, resulting in the Others kidnapping Jack, Kate, and Sawyer, and Michael making a clean escape from the island.) Pretty much all of this could have been avoided if Michael had let Jack and/or some of the other survivors come with him in the first place.
** Ana-Lucia's worst decisions can pretty much be chalked up to her blood running extremely hot all the time. She wants revenge on the man who shot her, so she persuades her captain (who is also her mother) to let the perp go so that she can hunt him down and kill him in cold blood later, without much of a real plan to cover her tracks. On the island, she further agitates and already terrorized group of survivors by constantly bossing everyone around, and her response when she thinks the Others are nearby is to shoot at the first sound she hears coming her way in the jungle, resulting in the death of Shannon and a less than ideal introduction to the rest of the survivors (and of course she spends half the season moping about how they all probably hate her). She eventually signs her own death warrant by being unwilling to kill Ben despite his attempt to strangle her, by not communicating to anyone else about this attempt on her life, and by handing the gun she went to so much trouble to steal from Sawyer over to Michael, who she knows to be unstable and willing to do anything in order to get his son back. He then shoots her. The end.
21st May '16 1:21:40 PM erforce
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*** Oh ho ho, it wasn't just ANY principal bastard. IT WAS THE ASSHOLE FROM Film/{{GHOSTBUSTERS}} AND [[Film/DieHard2 DIE HARD 2]]!!

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*** Oh ho ho, it wasn't just ANY principal bastard. IT WAS THE ASSHOLE FROM Film/{{GHOSTBUSTERS}} [[Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}} GHOSTBUSTERS]] AND [[Film/DieHard2 DIE HARD 2]]!!
20th May '16 9:22:29 AM SunriseWarrior
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** Matthew Abaddon, the mysterious figure from Locke's flashback who turns out to be working for Charles Widmore. His surname is a reference to Judeo-Christian entity that is either an angel or a demon (usually a demon), and he is hinted to know a lot more than he lets on. He is killed in his second appearance and ''nothing'' about him is ever explained or elaborated on.

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** Matthew Abaddon, the mysterious figure from Locke's flashback who turns out to be working for Charles Widmore. His surname is a reference to Judeo-Christian entity that is either an angel or a demon (usually a demon), and he is hinted to know a lot more than he lets on. He is killed in his second fourth appearance and ''nothing'' about him is ever explained or elaborated on.
21st Apr '16 12:00:08 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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*** Oh ho ho, it wasn't just ANY principal bastard. IT WAS THE [[HeyItsThatGuy ASSHOLE]] FROM Film/{{GHOSTBUSTERS}} AND [[Film/DieHard2 DIE HARD 2]]!!

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*** Oh ho ho, it wasn't just ANY principal bastard. IT WAS THE [[HeyItsThatGuy ASSHOLE]] ASSHOLE FROM Film/{{GHOSTBUSTERS}} AND [[Film/DieHard2 DIE HARD 2]]!!
12th Apr '16 7:08:14 AM Nohbody
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* PutneySwopePanic: Will invariably occur to first time viewers and those who have missed an episode... Hell, not even those who have seen every damn one as well as the deleted scenes and web content will be safe from this.
5th Mar '16 7:30:09 PM ading
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* ItWasHisSled: Even if you haven't finished Season 1 (or just haven't bothered watching the show), by now you should know that [[spoiler:the monster on the island is made out of smoke]].

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* ItWasHisSled: Even if you haven't finished Season 1 (or just haven't bothered watching the show), by now you should know that [[spoiler:the the monster on the island is made out of smoke]].smoke.
4th Mar '16 11:32:10 AM SorPepita
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* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: By the same coin, Jacob can come across as this. When discussing the episode as part of the web series "Totally Lost", [[WordOfGod Mark Pelligrino basically admits that Jacob knew sending his brother into the cave would have dire ramifications for his brother's well-being. But he did not care, as he wanted revenge for the death of their mother and since he could not kill him (and had been given vague warning that going into the cave would have dire consequences from his mom), he chose the next best thing to harm his brother and permanently trap him on the island.]]

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* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: By the same coin, Jacob can come across as this. When discussing the episode as part of the web series "Totally Lost", [[WordOfGod Mark Pelligrino Pellegrino basically admits that Jacob knew sending his brother into the cave would have dire ramifications for his brother's well-being. But he did not care, as he wanted revenge for the death of their mother and since he could not kill him (and had been given vague warning that going into the cave would have dire consequences from his mom), he chose the next best thing to harm his brother and permanently trap him on the island.]]
4th Mar '16 11:23:47 AM SorPepita
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** The worst part is that the writers ''swore'' that they had the answers. As a [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19043_6-classic-series-you-didnt-know-were-made-up-fly_p2.html Cracked.com article]] put it - "In a 2005 interview, co-creator Damon Lindelof said: ''"Every mystery that we present on the show ... all of those are questions that we know the answers to."'' He also said that ''"nothing in the show is flat-out impossible"'' and that everything so far could be explained by science. Sure, he was talking in the present tense -- but the present tense included the Smoke Monster, who ended up being the ghost of a 2,000-year-old guy who can impersonate dead people, and Michael's 10-year-old son, Walt, displaying supernatural powers that turned out to be ... actually, we have no idea, because that was never explained."

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** The worst part is that the writers ''swore'' that they had the answers. As a [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19043_6-classic-series-you-didnt-know-were-made-up-fly_p2.html Cracked.com article]] put it - "In a 2005 interview, co-creator Damon Lindelof said: ''"Every mystery that we present on the show ...show... all of those are questions that we know the answers to."'' He also said that ''"nothing in the show is flat-out impossible"'' and that everything so far could be explained by science. Sure, he was talking in the present tense -- but the present tense included the Smoke Monster, who ended up being the ghost of a 2,000-year-old guy who can impersonate dead people, and Michael's 10-year-old son, Walt, displaying supernatural powers that turned out to be ...be... actually, we have no idea, because that was never explained."
4th Mar '16 11:22:47 AM SorPepita
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* BeamMeUpScotty: Sawyer's "You too, ''Brutus'' ?", from Shakespeare. Actually, [[Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar Caesar]] is supposed to have said "You too, ''my son''".

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* BeamMeUpScotty: Sawyer's "You too, ''Brutus'' ?", ''Brutus''?", from Shakespeare. Actually, [[Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar Caesar]] is supposed to have said "You too, ''my son''".
29th Feb '16 4:28:12 AM fgenzo159
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* BeamMeUpScotty: Sawyer's "You too, ''Brutus'' ?". Actually, [[Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar Caesar]] is supposed to have said "You too, ''my son''"

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* BeamMeUpScotty: Sawyer's "You too, ''Brutus'' ?". ?", from Shakespeare. Actually, [[Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar Caesar]] is supposed to have said "You too, ''my son''"son''".
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