Lost: Complete Second Season, 7 Blu-ray discs (2009)

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Lost: Complete Second Season, 7 Blu-ray discs (2009)

Starring: Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Josh Holloway, Evangeline Lilly, Terry O’Quinn, Michelle Rodriguez, Henry Ian Cusick, Michael Emerson, many others
Executive Producer: Carlton Cuse
Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment 100835
Video: 1.78:1 for 16:9 color, 1080p HD
Audio: English DTS HD 5.1, English or French DD 5.1, Spanish Dolby 2.0
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Extras: Audio commentaries, Featurettes, Deleted Scenes, Bloopers, Season Play feature
Feature Length: 1056 minutes
Rating: ****1/

As addictive as I found Lost Season 1, I could never have imagined the twisted turnings that unfurled in Season 2. Season 2 opens with one of the most memorable sequences of the entire series, with Desmond rising from his bed, showering, putting on a Cass Elliot record (Make Your Own Kind of Music), exercising, cleaning up after breakfast, and typing a code into a computer every 108 minutes. About that time, the lid blows on the hatch, and things get really crazy as Jack, Kate and Locke invade Desmond’s otherwise tidy world (for the last three years, anyway). This is our first exposure to the remaining remnants of the Dharma Initiative, a scientific study on the island from the seventies. Apparently, there are numerous “hatch-like” stations scattered about the island, and this particular one has a very important function – to quote Desmond, “saving the world!” Of course, there’s a scuffle and gunfire, and a very tense 108 minutes as Desmond, Locke and eventually Sayid all take a shot at repairing the damaged computer to prevent whatever will happen if that all important code isn’t entered on time. The “hatch” dynamic occupies a great deal of the focus throughout Season 2.

We’re also introduced to some interesting new characters; Michael, Sawyer and Jin, whose failed attempt at escape from the island with the raft in Season 1 make their way back to shore and are promptly captured by people they think are the “Others.” Enter Anna Lucia and Mr. Eko, who, as it turns out, are also survivors of Oceanic Flight 815’s tail section – a group of twenty-plus additional survivors in all. They’ve also had encounters with the Others, and we’re soon introduced to Henry Gale, who as it turns out, isn’t a marooned balloonist as he purports, but the leader of the Others. Henry plays mind games with Locke and Michael; he not only convinces Locke to eventually not enter the codes at the hatch, but also talks Michael into releasing him in exchange for Michael’s son Walt and the opportunity to leave the island. All in all, I felt the quality of the writing wasn’t diminished one iota in the second season, with the storylines and ever-present flashbacks helping to craft a truly cohesive continuation of the story and development of the characters.

As with Season 1, the technical content of these seven discs is staggeringly good. The 1080p image is really sharp, offering a superb color palette that really shows off the eye-popping Hawaiian locations to incredible effect. Blacks levels are intensely deep, with excellent contrast and highly detailed images. The audio content was superb, even though the box information incorrectly stated that an uncompressed 5.1 PCM track was used, while the actual surround track in place was a DTS HD lossless 5.1 codec. The sound quality was near reference in terms of dynamics and the nearly seamless surround presentation. As expected, the sheer quantity of interesting and informative extras was darn near overwhelming – there’s a bountiful bevy of entertaining viewing to be had here!

As with the Season 1 set, my only real complaint stems from the access menus; while the main menus are visually striking, the pop-up menus just weren’t very intuitively designed – I’ve seen many more discs that were infinitely easier to navigate! Regardless, this seven disc set makes for some essential watching – as with the Season 1 set, once I switched it on, I found it very, very difficult to turn off. Highly recommended – Lost fans will be hard pressed to find any faults with this excellent collection – the Blu-rays far surpass the already excellent DVDs in every aspect  of the home theater experience.

— Tom Gibbs

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