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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

My Top 12 Lost Episodes EVER! #4 - Greatest Hits

I don't really know what context this photo is in, but I'm not complaining.

Continuing the countdown to Lost’s final episode. Here’s my top 12 so far:
#12 – Two for the Road
#11 - Some Like It Hoth
#10 - The Shape of Things to Come
#9 - Ab Aeterno
#8 - The Candidate
#7 - The Long Con
#6 - Deus Ex Machina/Do No Harm
#5 - In Translation
and number #4 is……..

Greatest Hits
Season: 3
Character-centric: Charlie

Before I get to the top three, I want to point out that I realize this is a bit of an odd ball choice to go so high. I just want to remind you that over the past two weeks or so, this list has represented MY favorite episodes. That’s why you have some critical darlings (Ab Aeterno) ranked lower on the list compared to some more obscure choices from the earlier seasons (In Translation). The great thing about Lost is that every episode has something to offer, so to a fervent watcher, any of them could qualify in anyone’s top 10.

That being said, I assure you that this one (number 4) will be the last odd ball choice and that the top 3 are indeed stellar episodes and critical favorites.

Season 3 of Lost is easily the most underrated. It got flack at the beginning of the season for being slow and lost a few viewers in that steam, but once you get to “Par Avion,” the season becomes one of the best, churning season 1 quality episodes like “The Brig,” “Left Behind,” and “DOC.” And Nikki and Paulo died during this time, who could argue against that?

Charlie owns this episode. It’s kind of funny. Up to this point in Lost, I really hated Charlie, almost as much as I hated Kate. Both characters were completely inept at everything. You told them to do something, they couldn’t do it. You tell them not to do something, and they do it. They can’t follow directions. The only thing that Kate has for her is that she’s really hot.

But then this episode came up, and I completely liked Charlie. Everything, every small little scene, made you feel for our Oasis wannabe. First, you liked him because you knew he was going to die, and you admired him for the way he was handling it. He took it like a man. He didn’t go into a heroin induced tailspin, instead he spent his last few days trying to help the greater good and made amends with the mistakes he’s made.

This episode also has some of the most poignant scenes in all of Lost. They’re not necessarily tear jerkers, but they do make you sit back and think about the good things in life. Example’s include Charlie’s last talk with Claire and how a reluctant Charlie had to tell Hurley to fuck off, only to say one last “I love you man” to our favorite fat man (awww). Scenes like this really touch an emotional core to help you appreciate the strengths of friendships and relationships.

Lastly, there’s Charlie’s list. It must be hard knowing you’re going to die, but creating a Greatest Hits list is a nice send off. All of Charlie’s moments helped say a lot about our short statured rock star. And when he added “the night I met you,” it was the cherry on top to an already compelling flashback series.

The only gripe I really have about this episode is that it didn’t really have an impact later on. Charlie died, but Claire didn’t get rescued. She didn’t even get his list. Way to screw things up, Lost writers. Oh well. By itself, this episode is one of my favorites, as I wonder what it would be like to have my own greatest hits list.

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