By Kevin J. Guhl
As Lost fans prepare for the tonight's premiere of Season 5, it's possible that the excruciating wait and anticipation for new episodes have made viewers forget some of the show's problems. Many people have the idea that Lost is an intricately-plotted tale with story points that have been in place for years. And it is...mostly. But for all their planning, Lost's writers have left a pile of loose ends as large as Hurley himself which clearly indicate they've been making it up as they go along to at least some extent--and here are 10 reasons that prove it.
10) Claire's Mom Is Very Opinionated for a Woman in a Coma
When Claire found out she was pregnant, as detailed in Season 1, she and her friends were terrified that her mother would disown her if she found out. Yet, in Season 3, it was revealed that Claire's mother was in no position to disown anybody at that point or even know Claire had been knocked up -- she was in a coma after being injured in a car accident.
9) The Disaster of Nikki and Paulo
The writers of Lost had the bright idea in Season 3 to introduce two new castaways, pretend they had been there the whole time, and then insert them as obviously and annoyingly as possible. The producers said the creation of the characters was in response to fans wanting more of the background castaways to receive screen time. Perhaps if they had thought to do that earlier, it wouldn't have been an issue, but that late in the game it was horrible. The one redeeming factor was the totally creepy demise that befell Nikki and Paulo.
8) The Other Others Who Died Off-Screen
When viewers finally got to see the inner workings of the Others' little civilization in Season 3, the makers of Lost made sure to introduce some intriguing characters at the Others' camp. There was Isabel, the hard-nosed "sheriff" who you wouldn't want to cross. And hapless Aldo, who was once fooled into giving up information by Alex, Sawyer and Kate in a hostage gambit ripped off from Star Wars. These and other characters from the Others were never seen again, but many fans figured they would show up at some point. Nope. The producers of Lost announced that most of the Others they had bothered to introduce has been killed off-screen during the beach raid in the Season 3 finale. These days, the Others are pretty much decimated and a non-factor other than Richard Alpert, who seems to have preceded Ben's perfect little community.
7) The Wasted Tail Section
A good portion of Season 2 focused on the "Tailies," the Oceanic Flight 815 survivors who crashed miles away from the beach. Looking back, it's a wonder the makers of Lost even bothered. Ana Lucia (Michelle Rodriguez), after a huge build-up, was shot dead prematurely along with Libby (Cynthia Watros) by Michael, who really didn't have much of a reason to kill them other than to sabotage his character--think about it. Couldn't he just as easily held the gun on them and threatened to shoot them unless they released Ben? What was the point of him sticking around the camp, anyways? The producers said the drunk-driving arrests of the actresses who played those characters had nothing to do with it, but the timing of Ana Lucia and Libby being written off in a fell swoop sure was amazing. Additionally, Mr. Eko, the most interesting of the bunch, died way too soon, but that was because actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje wanted to leave, apparently. So, the only lasting effect of the Tailies saga is that Rose got Bernard back. That's fine and dandy, but altogether the storyline was pretty pointless.
6) Boone's Transformation from Leading Man to Sacrificial Lamb
Ian Somerhalder was originally the third-billed star of Lost and seemed to have a future as the brash, wannabe leader of the survivors. This all changed when the writers decided at the last minute to have him accompany Locke to dig up the Hatch, which would ultimately lead to Boone's death. It's documented that this wasn't the original plan and that Somerhalder was devastated at his early exit from the show. The writers decided that having Boone be "a sacrifice the island demanded" would fuel tension between Locke and Jack; also, Somerhalder turned out to be a terrible, terrible actor. The show's first main character's death was shocking, admittedly. But Boone's absence made his sister Shannon irrelevant and led to her death, but that wasn't necessarily a bad thing, since Shannon's character had no redeeming qualities whatsoever, and Maggie Grace was an even worse actress than Somerhalder.