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Lost’ may be losing its edge

October 25, 2006

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Maybe I've been a little distracted by October baseball, but I'm beginning to lose track of "Lost" (8 p.m., ABC). Or maybe "Lost" is beginning to lose me.

I've been with it through the initial survivors, I grew to like the folks from the other side of the plane, I jumped like a white rabbit down the hole to the hatch and even got slightly caught up in the filmstrip antics and Kaypro-era computer chicanery of the Dharma Initiative. But now I'm confused. So, the Others live on the other side of the island in a condo community? What's up with the book club? Why do they always listen to Petula Clark? At least they have CDs over there.

Faced with so much odd, unexplained ephemera, I find myself craving flashbacks to the inner life of some of our old friends. Is it a good thing or a bad thing when an interlude shot entirely with Korean subtitles is the most compelling part of a show, as it was two weeks back?

I've invested this much time in "Lost," so I can handle new weirdness. But what really disturbs me is the amped-up soap-opera angle between Sawyer and Kate. We always knew "Freckles" had a thing deep down for the bad boy. But sequestering them in bear cages and making them work the rock pile (he shirtless and she in a skimpy shift) is too much. The tight close-ups of their sweating faces and longing looks framed between the bars of their bear-cage prisons seems like something out of a bad adaptation of an overwrought romance novel.

Last week on "The Office," Dwight dropped a line about the "Dharma Initiative." This is at least the second time that the strange and nerdy sycophant made a "Lost" reference. It says something when one show cites another, even as comedy. The first time was a tribute, but the second crack almost seemed like ridicule.

Tonight's other highlights

¢ A violent pulse short-circuits on "Jericho" (7 p.m., CBS).

¢ The Cardinals host the Tigers in Game 4 of the World Series (7 p.m., Fox).

¢ "Secrets of the Dead" (7 p.m., PBS) looks into a theory that a cataclysmic explosion triggered the Dark Ages.

¢ Small-town murders loom large on "Criminal Minds" (8 p.m., CBS).

¢ A killing strikes close to home on "CSI: NY" (9 p.m., CBS).

¢ Scheduled on "Dateline" (9 p.m., NBC): a girl with everything to live for attracts a stalker.

¢ Lizzie wants to make a stand in court on "The Nine" (9 p.m., ABC).

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