So, LOST. The show that spawned a million theories, and even more questions. As a self-proclaimed “LOSTaholic,” I could talk about LOST until the end of time. But I also realize a lot of people out there have, amazingly, never seen the show.
By no means am I an expert, just a loyal follower, and appreciator of the show. In fact, anyone who enjoyed the show from start to finish knows that from 2004 to 2010, LOST took up most of our brain’s theoretical processing capacity.
I began watching Lost shortly after the completion of the first season.
After the first episode I was hooked, but this was quickly met with the complete bliss, and utter torture of waiting week to week for new episodes, and the unbearably long breaks in-between seasons. Although, waiting was agony, it was worth it as it gave myself, and a motley crew of rag tag misfits who named themselves “The Lost Boys” ample opportunity to swap theories.
Our group would meet and watch the new episodes and discuss the episode and the only rule? No talking during the show–discussion was for during commercial breaks, and after the final credits rolled. Rarely ever agreeing on anything, we worked theories, ideas, and concepts of the overall direction of the show. Some of the discussions got emotional, loud, angry, sad, but always satisfying.
Have you ever sat in a room and wondered, “how would I survive on a deserted island?” LOST, somehow answers your questions, with more questions. A testament to incredible writing, from the first episode to the final finale it leaves you questioning everything.
If you are looking for easy going, predictable television, LOST is not for you. This is a series that will make you think; it almost requires you to ask questions, to get involved.
The series starts out with a simple concept: a plane crashes and the survivors have to, well, survive. Within the blur of emotion and overall realism of the crash, characters begin to emerge–some you will instantly love, others, maybe not so much. Much like a rollercoaster, from the minute this car leaves the station, you best be ready for non-stop adventures, tragedies, love and betrayals.
More than all of the exciting episodes, and intricate storytelling, is the characters–they are what make LOST such an amazing program. There is such a real quality to every single character on this show that it is almost impossible to only relate to one. Throughout their journey, the characters make connections and breakthroughs that soften even the most callused of hearts.
The best thing to remember with each passing episode: things on LOST are never what they seem.
Don’t get me wrong, not every episode is an Emmy-winning, white-knuckle nail biter. There are very few that you will just have to power through to bring the story together (*cough* Season 3 *cough*). But what else can you expect from a six season show? Not every episode will be pure gold, but for the most part there was so much thought that went into making LOST that more often than not you’ll love what you see.
Why You Should Watch It
LOST is not predictable television. It is quality television, for the thinker, the dreamer, the skeptic, and the adventurer in all of us
I am currently re-watching LOST with my fiancé, and I cannot express how much I enjoy watching her go through the journey. I am really looking forward to talking through theories and speculations with her, without spoiling anything for her at the same time.
What made LOST stand out was its marvelous subculture–while the show was a ton of fun to watch, the actual experience spilled over the boundaries of a typical TV show and into each and every fan’s everyday life.
Anyone who knew what “the numbers” are probably tried them in their local lottery at least once. Anyone who spent endless hours watching the season finales probably spent the off-season gorging on behind the scene videos and interviews. Any LOST fan who has seen a stranger out running has to have thought to themselves, at least once, “see you in another life brother”–and it’s hard not to get on an airplane and wonder, “am I the Jack on this flight, or am I the Sawyer. If we crashed who would fall in love with whom?”
Unlike almost any other show on television in the last decade, with LOST the fans didn’t stop talking after the finale aired. They still talks theories and when they see Ian Somerhalder, no matter what show he’s on now, they can only think, “aww Boone.” There are so many of us out here. Keep the passion, keep the adventure, and keep the culture alive.