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Lost: The Complete Second Season (2005)

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Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: "Man of Science, Man of Faith" -- Executive producers Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse, Bryan Burk and Jack Bender Rating:6.8/10 (4 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by iwantmytvm on January 30th, 2021:Find all reviews by iwantmytvm
For this second season premiere, the writers slash executive producers mostly discuss the resolution of the cliffhangers from the end of the first season. They used a three episode story arc to tie up those loose ends. Going into the second season, they sought and were directed by the network to make the show accessible to new viewers who had not watched the first season. They also spend time delving into the Jack character, his reconciliation between faith and science as a doctor. There are some production details but not many. An interesting coincidence was involved in the casting of Desmond.

Not listed here, but the writers slash executive producers also provide commentary for the 23rd Psalm episode. This track focuses on the origins and casting of Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje as Mr. Eko. They also point out how they do indeed plant and payoff plot points and twists, rather than stumbling blindly as some fans accuse. Also revealed here is one of the elements incoporated into the sound for the Smoke Monster has a cool connection to New York City. There are also reminders of the balancing act needed to put a few characters into the spotlight for each episode, as well as that almost all of the show was filmed in Hawaii, even though the action in flashbacks is supposed to be occurring across the world.
Commentary 2: "What Kate Did" -- Director Paul Edwards, director of photography Michael Bonvillain and actor Evangeline Lilly Rating:5.5/10 (4 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
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This one is more anecdotal. Evangeline Lilly dominates this track, talking about how the Kate character differs from her own personality, she had to learn to ride a motorcycle for this episode, and other anecdotes and feelings about this episode and the season as a whole. They also note how they always tried to show the ocean and mountains in each episode. Otherwise, they may as well be filming on a studio set. The director of the episode was in that role for the first time after working as a camera operator for the series previously. They talk about some cuts that needed to be made for length as the script was too long. The participants here do not know in which direction the series is headed and offer their theories on where the writers may take them.
Commentary 3: "The Whole Truth" -- Actors Yunjin Kim and Daniel Dae Kim, writers Elizabeth Sarnoff and Christina M. Kim Rating:5.5/10 (4 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
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Also very anecdotal with the writers of the episode and actors Yunjin Kim and Daniel Dae Kim who were central to this episode. They recall the circumstances around filiming certain scenes, and delve a bit into their processes for writing and acting. They comment on the relationships and conflicts between some of the other characters on the series. There are a few silent gaps.

Also not listed here is a commentary for the Dave episode, with Jorge Garcia and Cynthia Watros on point to discuss their story arc, along with executive producer Jack Bender who was also the director of the episode. This one is a little awkward given the direction taken for the Watros character. The commentary is a bit listless with some shooting anecdotes, but also silent stretches and much narration of what is happening on screen. There are also spoilers for similarly plotted films.