I thought there was something to it, but no, it's a farce.
It seemed like an interesting premise. For a handful of episodes it was
very enjoyable, and I liked the idea of flashbacks filling us in on the
lives of the people before they ended up there. But around halfway
through the first series the cracks became really obvious.
The actual main plot tends to advance at the rate of a few minutes per
episode. The rest is filled with tedium of life on the island and a lot
of flashbacks. Eventually I realised the flashbacks could be anywhere
and could tell us anything about anyone; it wouldn't matter because it
was in the past. Just a plot device so the writers wouldn't have to
worry about messing up the continuity of the show, which funnily enough
they've done and continue to do anyway.
Having a lot of characters could have made the show incredibly
interesting. It could have been like 24 on a grander scale, with lots
of carefully constructed plots interlocked, done well enough so the
audience could follow the bigger picture but still be rewarded by
repeat viewings. Instead, characters pop in and out when the writers
feel like it. Some get killed, usually the ones who were on the way to
discover something you thought was going to answer one of the hundreds
of questions about the island. Nope, he or she is worm food... you're
not allowed to know what the island is all about because the writers
don't know themselves.
Instead of answering questions about the island, the writers distract
you by posing other questions. Instead of developing the existing
rather dull and uninterested, uninteresting characters they just dream
up new ones. They hint about hidden secrets and you think 'oh, this is
going somewhere, wow!' but then they pull it back by having one of the
characters not involved in this secret do something else, or get
killed. Basically the writing is a skilled magicians trick, all smoke
and mirrors and sleight of hand. Of course, when you see a magicians
trick enough times you can see through the illusion.
I don't hate Lost. It hinted that it could be 24 meets Lord of the
Flies with a few Biblical overtones thrown in. It's more like David
Copperfield meets ER. It's still watchable, but you can tune it out
quite easily. It doesn't _GRIP_ you. When watching television and film
I like to be gripped by the environment that has been created. It's a
damn shame it didn't work out that way.
The genius of the show is that it can go on forever. Like all the other
soap operas. 4/10.
Hopefully They Keep This One!
I love this show!
It's like watching a mini movie each week!!!
The first episode was so gripping and terrifying...so was part 2 of the
I'm definitely gonna keep tuning into this show!
This is the real Survivor!
I've looked at a few of the other comments and I can see that already
after just one or two episodes the morons here are already crying
Sorry if it's not another reality show, kiddies!
There was once a time where there were...now brace yourself! Actual TV
And this one is actually good unlike most of the crappy sitcoms today
or the ump-teenth carbon copy of a Law & Order or NYPD Blue or CSI
series they're dishing out...
Watch this yourself to form your own opinion, don't take one from the