6 Ways the Final Season of Lost is Just Like the Final Season of Buffy
If the final season of the mythologically dense Lost feels a little bit familiar to you, there might be a good reason: It's a whole lot like the final season of the mythologically dense Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Here are six ways the two shows' last arcs dovetail, mimic, and flat-out pilfer from each other:
The season's primary villain is a shape-shifter
Perhaps the most obvious similarity the two seasons share is that each is concluding its series with a shape-shifting archenemy. On Lost, that'd be the Monster, which has transformed into Locke, Ben's daughter, Eko's brother, Jack's dad, someone's nagging mother-in-law almost certainly, and Deadwood's Titus Welliver, among others. Buffy had its own transforming baddie in the First Evil, which could shape-shift into prior seasons' Big Bads based on guest star availability (though producers eventually decided, eh, let's just have it look like Sarah Michelle Gellar a lot).
Everyone hates the show's lead character
Both Lost and Buffy are taking unsympathetic and oddly similar routes with their lead characters in the final homestretch. Like Jack, Buffy went through a demoralizing penultimate season then, upon summoning leadership from deep within, found herself constantly questioned and glared at by the over-it supporting characters. Will Jack have to face a mutiny later in the season, mirroring the late-in-the-game moment where Buffy's friends turned on her? It's hard to be the leader, guys. Let's see Hurley or Anya try to do it!
The villain can't directly kill its biggest enemy and must recruit followers
For some reason, Lost's Monster couldn't just waltz in and behead his rival Jacob, no matter how annoying that guy's beatific manner got over centuries of living on the island together. Presumably, we'll find out why that is later on (might it have something to do with how enemies Ben and Widmore also can't lay a finger on each other?), but until then, the Monster's taken cues from the incorporeal First Evil, recruiting morally weak human followers to do its dirty work.
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