Friday, September 26, 2014

Podcast #135

Commentary for Episode 3.05 "The Cost of Living"

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Commentary for Episode 3.05 "The Cost of Living" (with episode audio)




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Anonymous Fiona said...

(I know this is kind of late, but it's taking me a while to get through these!)

I think I might disagree with what you guys said in this episode about how they didn't make MIB evil enough, I actually really liked that aspect of the show. In fact, I think they made him a little too evil. I recently started re-watching with a friend who hasn't seen it yet, and for the first few episodes when we were meeting the characters she kept asking "So is he/she the bad guy?" And of course the answer was always no. I really like how, especially in the beginning, there were no good-guys or bad-guys, it was just a bunch of people in a crazy situation.

Even later with Ben and Widmore and all those people, after you get to know them a bit you wouldn't classify them as "bad-guys", like you guys said, we're certainly not rooting for them to die at the end. And it was almost like that with MIB, for most of the last season they make him ambiguous, you're supposed to be debating whether or not he's doing the right thing. And then I feel like they kind of ruined it at the very end of the season with the sub thing and all that--with him you are rooting for him to die at the end.

I think it could have been much cooler if they had gone all the way with it and left him not evil. I kind of feel like them making him more evil was just to make to make it easier for themselves to end that part of the story with the classic good-guy-kills-bad-guy-and-we-cheer ending. Might've been cool to see it a different way.

10:13 AM  
Blogger Justin said...

Yeah, they didn't balance it right. They didn't make him evil enough for the story they told, but they didn't dial down the evil enough that we could really consider being on his side versus our main characters. I just thought with the dream-sending, hallucination-inducing, mind-reading, dead-person-imitating, fear-and-guilt-exploiting monster that some called "evil incarnate", they had the chance to produce a genuinely scary and memorable character, a true abstraction that should have no name (like IT). Instead, they couldn't resist humanizing him, giving him a small, domestic, simple backstory in which he is the victim of unfortunate circumstances, and is only doomed because he wanted to do what our main characters want to do for the majority of the show (escape the island).

7:21 AM  

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