1.19.2008

Lost Character Analysis Part 2

I'm working my way through all the major Lost characters from A-Z (by last name). Check out Part 1 here. Now enjoy Part 2:

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Ana Lucia Cortez - In retrospect it's a little ironic that Michelle Rodriguez got to play a disgraced ex-cop, but she's made a career out of tough chick roles and the character of Ana Lucia was no big departure from her previous work.


Ana Lucia was at her best as the militant, tortured (slash torturer -- zing!) leader of the "tailies" in "The Other 48 Days." I'd even go so far as to say that that was one of my all-time favorite episodes because it captured much of the same horror and fear of the unknown that we saw in the original series pilot. In fact, "The Other 48 Days" may have been better than the pilot in some ways since it was like watching all of Season 1 condensed into a single episode and then mashed together with the violence of a survival horror flick. Ana Lucia was a great leader for the "tailies" because she seemed to have a bead on what was going on, but in reality she was as vulnerable as her less aggressive survivors and their dark fate was a nice contrast to the relatively easy-going existence of the "middlies."

I'm going to pause a moment here because I think the Season 1 version of the Others deserves special mention. Remember how they were barefooted boogeymen with super strength and a disturbing, but nameless, purpose? Back then the Others were almost like a physical manifestation of the island's strangeness -- made even more threatening than the smoke monster because the Others pretended to be like you.

It's pointless to imagine Lost going in another direction than the arrogant, talkative bunch they later morphed into but I still get shivers remembering the way Ethan looked at Claire with his dead, cold eyes before absconding with her and Charlie and then leaving him to test a tree branch's tensile strength with his neck.

Pause over.

Once Ana Lucia made it to the "middlie's" camp her character was pretty much dead in the water. Other than killing off dead wood like Shannon, she floated by on the periphery without making much of a splash except for that time she raped Sawyer. Good times.

Ana Lucia's backstory was never completed before her death at Michael's hands, but I don't see her contributing in any significant way in the rest of the series. R.I.P. muchacha.

Biggest Questions: Did she get caught for shooting that dude in cold blood? Does it even matter if she did? Do you miss the old version of the Others as much as I do?

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Michael Dawson - I'll admit that I grew tired of Michael's oft repeated line: I want [gasp] [gasp] my son [sad eyes] back! [spittle leaks from mouth] so I was perfectly fine with his departure in Season 2.

Back in Season 1 I was never entirely satisfied with the Michael-Walt domineering parent dynamic, but at least their relationship progressed some (I'm looking at you Kate and Jack). And when we saw more of Michael's back story in which his wife forced him to give up custody of Walt, I actually developed a soft spot for Michael. Let's just say that my family's ties are pretty darn strong so watching Michael's wife ask him to give up his son and then suggest his reluctance was borne out of selfishness made my ears practically smoke. The nerve of that woman!

I also liked the emotional impact Michael suffered through in Season 1's cliffhanger when Walt was taken by the Others. Like I said before, this was back when the Others were mysterious and threatening and "Mr. Friendly's" laugh was pretty damn spooky.

Unfortunately, by Season 2 Michael was like a robot that could only scream and moan about his son and all the respect and empathy I had built up for him over the first season got blown out like the "smoke monster" erupting from my hienie. Then he finally went psycho and killed off Ana Lucia, who didn't serve much of a purpose at that point, and Libby, who was just becoming interesting, and then he ran off again with Walt. Good riddance, I thought at the time.

But by now you've probably heard how Michael will return as a full cast member in Season 4. One big question now is whether Michael will play his part in the "present" or the "flash future" or both. Of course, there's also the possibility that Michael was the body in the coffin which would also account for Kate's dismissal of him, though like I said before there are simply too many variables to settle on just one dead body definitively.

My guess is that Michael will return to the island in the "present" because the flash forwards, and even the flash backs (I've read they'll both be in Season 4), won't offer enough air-time to warrant full time cast membership. In storyline terms, Michael will probably be messed up emotionally and I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that Walt died or that they're somehow separated again because if Michael and Walt are together, then Michael would have nothing to do with the other "losties." Something is going to have to drive him back into the lives of Jack and Kate and that something has to be big to reunite a guy with the people he sold out and left for dead.

Biggest Questions: What has Michael been doing since he left the island? What will he do when he comes back, wherever, and whenever, that might be? Will he ever shut up about Walt?

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Nikki Fernandez - Nikki is my personal, hands-down winner for hottest Lost castaway. Sure she was a greedy, manipulative she-dog of a woman, but what a great looking she-dog she was.

I watched Season 3 in maybe three or four days, so I didn't have an issue with her and Paulo's sudden appearance on the island though I can understand the regular audience's anger. Everyone must have felt they were wasting time on these newcomers while more important mysteries remained unsolved and more important relationships remained unconsummated (that's you again, Kate and Jack).

I did enjoy Nikki and Paolo's death episode if for no other reason than we got a short breather from the heaviness of the other island mysteries. Seeing Nikki in a sequined bikini didn't hurt either. I thought her death was very Edgar Allen Poe-ish and it felt almost satisfying to see the "Losties" killing somebody else for a change, even if it was one of their own.

Biggest Questions: Will anybody else on Lost wear a bikini as well as Nikki did?

[More to come]

26 comments:

BrentD said...

I get lost just trying to keep up with it all. It would probably help if I watched the show, but then again maybe not.

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Fletch said...

You got busted for hotlinking, mister. I'm glad I didn't have to look at a nasty pic, at least...

The tailies turned out to be a terrible addition, though I doubt much blame can be laid upon the writers/producers, seeing as how most of them got in trouble with Hawaii law and Eko (shorter than his real name) just up and quit. A shame - he was one of the best characters...

Adam said...

I never liked Anna-Lucia to be honest - don't really think we'll need to see her again. Lilly might show up though, in flashbacks...

As for Michael, he's coming back to season 4 - but I'm kinda "eh" on the whole thing - doesn't seem that essential to me anymore.

And nikki, well she was hot - but everyone hated her and paulo, and who can blame them.

Matt said...

brentd - That's what I said. And then I watched all three seasons in a couple weeks.

genesisceo - "Beautiful." I like that.

fletch - I replaced the picture just so you can check out Michael's handbag.

A lot more could have been done with the tailies like have them compete in games of athleticism and willpower for the all important "immunity."

As for Eko, I'm with Ana Lucia. I liked him better when he didn't talk.

adam - I've read that Lilly is definitely showing up in future flashbacks. Part of her appeal is that she's so interconnected with everyone else; I think she's appeared in the greatest number of other characters' flashbacks. And most importantly, what the hell was she doing in the mental hospital?

imaguestage said...

I love this! Great analysis so far. Spot on for all of them. I will be interested to see what you have to say about Locke.

Juanita's Journal said...

Actually, I got tired of fans "complaining" about Michael's concerns for Walt. It was like communicating with a group of immature prats incapable of dealing with a parent as a fictional character.

I hated the way Lindehof and Cuse wasted Michael's character in Season 4. It would have been a lot more interesting to see if he could rejoin the Losties' community on the island, following Ana-Lucia and Libby's death.


By the way, Ana-Lucia used Sawyer for sex. She didn't rape him. I don't recall Sawyer saying no or trying to push her off.

I'm glad to see that Michelle Rodriguez is returning. The female population on the island has not been the same since her departure. Especially since we're still stuck with the barely talented Evangeline Lily as the show's leading lady.

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