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Lost - The Complete Fifth Season - dramatic television series DVD review
LOST - THE COMPLETE FIFTH SEASON Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America rating: 4 stars
Actors: Matthew Fox, Evangeline Lilly, Josh Holloway, Terry O'Quinn, Dominic Monaghan
  Studio: ABC Studios
DVD release: 08 December 2009   Runtime: 731 minutes
(5 discs)
Format: Box set, Color, Dolby, DVD, NTSC
Features: Aspect ratio 1.78:1, Audio tracks (Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, Spanish, French Canadian), Subtitles (French, Spanish), Lost on Location, Building 23 & Beyond, An Epic Day with Richard Alpert, Making Up for Lost Time, Mysteries of the Universe: The Dharma Initiative, Lost bloopers, Behind-the-scenes, Audio commentaries

Listen: the survivors of Oceanic flight 815 have come unstuck in time. This phrase, borrowed and altered from Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five, has bounced around my head since the beginning of season five. At the end of season four, Benjamin (Michael Emerson) turned a subterranean donkey wheel and "moved" the island so that it could not be found. Season five reveals where the island went. Those who remained on the island at the end of season four spend several episodes bouncing around in time. This kind of storytelling is tricky, and the creators of Lost pull it off in an entertaining, fascinating and believable (well, within reason) way. With this narrative, Lost viewers can see some of the Island's past (including the heyday of the Dharma Initiative), how and why the Swan Station was built, and what happened to Pierre Chang's (François Chow) hand.

The Oceanic Six, freed from the island last season, need to return to the island (or at least most of them do). We saw their reluctance in season four, and now we discover how they are compelled finally to return. We also learn how John Locke (Terry O'Quinn) died and why he's using the pseudonym Jeremy Bentham. The most compelling story in the season is how many of Oceanic 815's survivors have created a home for themselves with the Dharma Initiative in 1974.

Season five answers many questions that Lost has posed over the years. We know the Dharma crowd better than ever, but what remains mysterious is the origin of the Others. Are they the descendants of Jacob? We finally meet Jacob in the finale, but we're also introduced to his brother. More questions arise. Jacob warns that "they" are coming. Who is this "they"? Jack (Matthew Fox) follows through on Daniel Faraday's (Jeremy Davies) plan that may well make it so that Oceanic 815 will never crash on the island... or he may have followed through on a plan that guarantees that they will. The cataclysmic finale leaves us eager for the final season, more answers, more questions, and more adventure. After five years, we know much, but are still lost.

Extra features include commentaries and behind-the-scenes footage from many episodes, but most important of all: Does Richard (Nestor Carbonell) apply guyliner?

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reviewed by Eric Renshaw
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