Here’s a little bit about shows we’ve all seen, and will be seeing again next season…

First, Lost: Lost has not quite lost the plot, so to speak, but it is getting there. True, creator JJ Abrams is more self-indulgent than Mr Creosote; true, Matthew Fox needs a great big smack in the face – almost as much as the character he plays; and yes true, the plot has become so convoluted that, unless you’ve watched every episode ever made, you won’t be able to tell your Dharma from your Others. But it hasn’t yet left behind all that made it great: Lost’s best technique is borrowed from the Jewish approach to discourse – answer every question with a question. The problem now is JJ Abrams’/Carlton Cuse’s/Damon Lindelof’s unrelenting appetites for nonsense; (more…)