Here is how I experienced LOST 6x06 "Sundown",
--Sayid flash-sideways:I love Nadia (yeah we know)In a nutshell, it was Sideways Sayid doing what Sayid always does (killing people and loving Nadia) followed alongside Sayid walking around back and forth from the temple, and concluded with the smoke monster attacking the camp. LAME.
--flash-sideways: I love Nadia
--Sayid not banished
--flash-sideways: I love Nadia
--Sayid leaves temple: No cool, revealing answers. We found out why Dogen sent Sayid out, which was a question posed this episode. An example of the "answers" being revealed in season six.
--Sayid flash-sideways:I love Nadia and I kill people
--Sayid comes back to temple
--Shit actually happens except its all crammed into a frantic, sloppily edited seven minutes.
Anyway, the point is, I say its time for some pay-off. I mean REAL pay-off, things that are clearly fundamental to the bigger picture. I don't mean answers that leave us with new questions, I don't mean answers to shit that was introduced an episode prior, I am talking about answers to what is at the heart of the story.
Everything in season six seems like set-up. We've had five season's of set-up. It's season two and the beginning of season three all over again; the writer's buying time until they "make their move". Do the show-runners think that the only thing of value they have left to keep people watching are the answers? Obviously not, because they keep wasting my time with lame character flash-sideways bullshit. Yet its as if they know that once the viewers have a clear understanding of what things are, the people won't tune in for their excuse of an episode that consists of Jack going to get a haircut only to see Locke in the background! OOOOweeeeeOOOO!
I am starting to think the writer's know they can't do anything compelling without some mysterious connection and once that is gone the flaws will become apparent. When addressed most critically, LOST is about uninteresting, annoying characters acting out a story that is a mishmash of various cultural "homages" (some near-plagarism) masked behind a vale of mystery and "innovative" non-linear story telling that does nothing but confuse the unassuming Joe-everybody viewer into thinking it's something original and entertaining.
I am sorry, but LOST's storytelling and characters are not good enough - despite some people's opinions - to keep me going. My faith is wavering because the producers have said shit is going to make sense and be cool in the past, only to have it become one of the lamest things ever. Nikki and Paulo, anyone? The only thing keeping me in the game at this point is my quest for answers and the social aspects that come with watching the show.
I know I am not the only one feeling this way. Hell, I have hung on a lot longer than many people: I didn't lose faith and quit watching when season two and three dragged on with no apparent reason. But now I have waited long enough. STOP STOP STOP doing character shit! I KNOW the characters. I don't need more flash-anything!
Phew...anyway, my friend Francesca summed up my attitude best: I am not enjoying the ride and I'm in it for the payoff. She on the other hand is enjoying the ride and could care less for the payoff. I think this is a fair assessment. She likened it to One Piece (which, since only seven people watch, will be irrelevant to most). I enjoyed the Skypeia arc for the ride, even though it didn't have any direct repercussions to the overall plot. Francesca was frustrated by its lack of apparent relevance; especially with the knowledge of what follows.
In the end, I suppose I am just not invested in LOST's characters enough to enjoy the journey. If you like LOST's characters and more of the same flash-whatever crap, then you are probably enjoying season six. If you are more concerned with answers and the bigger picture, you are probably frustrated like me.