I loved Lost season 1--the show was so fresh, the ideas so different, and the characters so unique and multi-dimensional. We came to understand each person to an almost intimate level, and the show was most successful because we believed in them. The island's mysteries, while intriguing and so involving, were secondary to what was truly a character-driven show. I couldn't wait to view season 2, and always wondered whether they could top the first, or at least maintain the quality.
Honestly, it did not. That is not to say the show became terrible or unwatchable--quite the opposite. Unfortunately, season 2 suffered from a very slow start, and on more than a few episodes, I couldn't help but notice that very little was advanced in the way of plot, the island mystery, or about the characters themselves. Additionally, there was so much footage repeated early on, it became maddening--it felt very much like stalling, or filling up the required time it needs to take. It was disappointing, but I stuck with it--the show provided such thrills and chills before, I was convinced it'd pick up.
And it did. Around mid-season, and *particularly* towards the end, Lost redeemed itself with their by now trademark cliffhangers and astounding revelations. New dynamics, new characters, and new discoveries accelerate the previously lagging pace. Some things are at last answered from season 1, but in typical Lost style, newer questions always sprouted. While the whole series, when analyzed from a distance, is fairly preposterous, Lost presents everything in such a manner that it feels natural--not like the writers are making everything up on the spot. This was vital to the success of season 2--with so many questions, viewers wanted answers. To be reassured that we're in capable, confident hands is a relief.
By the end of the last episode, you'll be howling for more, but I have to recognize the fact it definitely began shakily, and truly wish I could give it a more representative 4.5.