"Lost" has found a devoted fan in me!
I was sitting at home one night, watching ABC when I saw a promo for a
new series called Lost. The big selling point for me was seeing Dominic
Monaghan utter those ominous words, "Guys, where are we?" Being a total
Ringer, I was sold, and couldn't wait for the series to start. Talk
about being worth the wait!
From the first fifteen minutes to the commercial break, I was captured,
entranced, excited, mesmerized and dazzled. The crash, the fuselage,
the pieces falling all over the place, nameless people trying to make
sense of an impossible situation, were incredible to behold and I was
breathless. Back from the break, the magic continued to unfold and four
months later, it hasn't stopped. The way this series slowly discloses
the details of the lives of the stranded is nothing short of brilliant.
As with real life, we don't get to know a person in a single
conversation, but over the course of our time with them. I LOVE those
maddening teases, the cliffhangers, the unanswered questions because
that's the point! Too many series give it all to you upfront and
there's nothing to wait for. Adoring surprises, this keeps me coming
back for more all the time. I can honestly say that this is Appointment
Television at its finest, where nothing short of nuclear holocaust or
family disaster is going to make me miss this, and in the age of
reality TV and dreck that passes for sitcoms, it's been an age since I
found a series this compelling. JJ Abrams and Co., thank you from a
very grateful viewer.
I have a theory about the island and its effects on the people. The
island has a regenerative quality to it (SPOILER'S ALERT!). As well, it
appears the island is giving everyone what they need, whether they know
it now or not.
Jack: Has overwhelming guilt for turning in his father for his drunken
mistake on the operating table, leading possibly to his father's
drinking himself to death. Chasing down the vision of his father helped
him find the caves and fresh water for everyone. Like Spock's body in
Star Trek 3: The Search for Spock, when Jack found his father's coffin,
it was empty. Like the Genesis project in ST3, the island also has some
fairly violent nature cycles.
Kate: Is a fugitive. The island has forced her to stop running, as she
has nowhere to go, nowhere to hide. Emotionally, she is being made to
live amongst a group of people without the option of leaving.
Sayid: Feels horrible guilt after torturing people in the Iraqi army.
Let a loved escape from the prison. Was tortured himself by the French
woman, somehow enabling him to come to terms with the brutality of his
Locke: Was borderline suicidal and needed people desperately, as
witnessed by his "covert" activities in his office drone job and paid
sexual services by a prostitute. Denied the Walkabout experience
because of being wheelchair-bound, he has been reborn as a capable,
respected member of a team, being able to use his legs and mind with
equal skill. For a guy who worked for a box company, he thinks outside
the box quite effectively.
Charlie: Truly needed to be recognized and valued for who he is, rather
than a member of DriveShaft. He called attention to his "celebrity"
status, but in flashback, music and his Catholic faith were his driving
forces. Drugs helped to mask the pain of his abandonment by his
brother. Becoming clean, he was able to be a help to Claire, save
Jack's life and gain real respect from his island mates. Throwing the
drugs into the fire, he transformed from the flames to the moth!
Sun: Was going to leave her husband. Crash left her unable to do so,
but in the end, she is finding her true strength in slowly standing up
to him, exercising her independence. When Shannon was asthmatic, her
skill with herbs created the eucalyptus poultice Shannon needed to
breathe, finding a purpose and identity outside being a trapped wife.
Sawyer: Needs to stop treating everyone like they are the person who
conned his family and destroyed his childhood. Like Kate, he can't just
disappear after the con is done, but co-exist with his actions and the
people around him. This is proving to be a difficult thing (time
telling the tale), but he does keep a lot of others on their survival
Michael & Walt: Father and son who need each other. Back in LA, Michael
would probably have been too busy to have spent much time with his son.
The island is giving them crucial quantity time. The cave-in provided
Michael a chance to use his construction site skills to dig out Jack
and Charlie safely, and win the respect of his son. Walt has a very
eerie skill at wish fulfillment. When he was playing backgammon with
Hurley, he rolled everything he needed to win. The comic book he was
reading had a picture of a polar bear. One appeared a short time later.
More details about this father-son team will be a delight to see.
Hurley: Needs to be seen as more than just the fat guy. Provided food
and sustenance to his island mates, and came up with the idea of
checking the manifest to get to know everyone, making the group get to
know each other in a more-than-skin-deep fashion. This led to the
discovery that Ethan wasn't on the plane. Knew that fun was a vital
component for the group and designed the "exclusive" golf course.
Claire: Needed to feel that people were really there for her and not
just the baby. She is finding that in Charlie, who is proving to be
more of a true friend than her psychic, boyfriend or girl friend. Is
exercising her own independence by standing up to Jack, not just
accepting that her attacks were in her imagination. Perhaps with her
abduction, she will find the strength she needs to fight for her child
and her competence as a parent.
More details are to come, and I can't wait for 2005! So, if you want a
fabulous entertainment experience, take my advice. Get LOST!.
Getting slow, and slow, and slower.
I am getting tired of watching lost. I was hooked the first season,
until I watched the last episode, where nothing was resolved,
everything was just left on the air. I mean, there was absolutely no
season finale. It seemed like just a regular episode had ended.
Now, on the second season, we just keep watching how new things happen,
and the old things keep getting by unresolved. There is a fine line
between leaving mysteries and cliffhangers to keep an audience
interested, and between just opening new subjects every time and making
the audience tired of waiting to know what will happen. I'm about to
cross that line, and stop watching lost. Especially when there are so
many other good series going on right now, like Commander in Chief, 24,
Nip Tuck or Desperate Housewives.
I also think that the show is taking a real slow pace. Half of the
episode is irrelevant. Stupid dialogs involving fate and cheap
philosophy, or just panoramic views of the island, as well as a great
deal of close ups and silences between dialogs which are starting to
I'll give the series this season. If there's not something interesting
happening, and the pace doesn't speed up double time, I'm sure lots of
viewers will start thinking like me, and the show will start to decay.
Competition is tough on television. Unless they wake up and realize
they are making huge mistakes, and forcing the plot too much, they will
soon enough face with a rating problem that could get the show
canceled, and I'm sure that if that happens, we will have tons of
questions that will be left unanswered regarding the plot of the show.
The music is terrible too. That very, very slow piano is driving me
crazy already, as well as those "pretend to be freaky" violins. JJ
Abrams should remember what it was like when he created "Alias", a
great show at first, but as its seasons went on, it decayed so much
that has made ABC announce its cancellation. What a shock, and guess
what, Lost was created by the same guy, so I guess my theory is not
I sincerely hope that Lost can get back on track, because it's a show
which has great potential, and from what I can see, if they do make it
right, it can go on for ten years or more easily..