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Lost - The Complete Third Season - dramatic television series DVD review
LOST - THE COMPLETE THIRD SEASON Unrated by the Motion Picture Association of America curledupdvd.com rating: 4 stars
Actors: Matthew Fox, Evangeline Lilly, Josh Holloway, Terry O'Quinn, Dominic Monaghan
  Studio: Buena Vista
DVD release: 11 December 2007   Runtime: 991 minutes
(7 discs)
Format: Closed-captioned, NTSC
Features: English/Dutch/Spanish, 19 episodes, The World of the Others, Lost Flashbacks, Lost on Location, The Lost Book Club, Lost in a Day, Deleted scenes, Lost bloopers, audio commentaries

There are songs that hold appeal and demand repeated listens because they offer a mystery, a mystery that is open to interpretation and not resolved by the end of the song. Bob Dylan's "Blowin' in the Wind." It asks rhetorical questions, but something about the way the questions just hang there unanswered compels us to listen to the end, over and over again. Lost is like that. Each season comes up with new questions, and though some of them are at least partially answered, new questions arise and call into question the previous solutions. What began as a series based on the crash of an airliner has turned into so much more.

Season two left the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815, Sawyer (Josh Holloway), Jack (Matthew Fox) and Kate (Evangeline Lilly) in the hands of the Others, having been betrayed by Michael (Harold Perrineau). They are being held at the Hydra Station, a zoological research facility that looks a bit unkempt. Sawyer and Kate are being held in bear cages, while Jack is being held below sea level in the shark and dolphin research department. If none of this makes sense to you, do not continue reading this. Go back and see seasons one and two. Lost is not an easy show to jump into the middle of. Even having seen all episodes aired, my brain struggles to keep up with the minutiae. In this season, we find out almost all we need to know about the Others. We see their facilities, learn their history and how they relate to the Dharma Initiative. Furthermore, we get a glimpse of some other Others.

While the whole season answers many questions (and brings forth many more), there are some outstanding episodes that just stick with you. ExposŤ (episode 14) details the deaths of Nikki (Kiele Sanchez) and Paulo (Rodrigo Santoro); essentially background characters until now, they come to the forefront just in time for their funerals. The ending made me gasp and cover my mouth like an adolescent girl. Ben's flashbacks in The Man Behind the Curtain (episode 20) show us the chilling end to the brave commune that was the Dharma Initiative but makes us wonder where the Others came from.

While Season three is quite compelling, it may not hold the same suspense as the first two seasons for some. That's to be expected. We understand so much more about the island now and its mysteries. We don't have a button to push in this season, we hardly see the smoke monster at all, it may all be a little less intense. In my eyes, though, it's just as riveting as its predecessors. If you're a Lostie, you need to have this - if only for the freeze-frames and slow-mo run-throughs of compelling scenes. We've got only three seasons left, so savor every juicy morsel of this intriguing series.
 

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reviewed by Eric Renshaw
   
         
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