I’ve discovered Lost!
Posted June 18, 2016on:
I’m terrible at watching TV. I can barely remember what day of the week it is, let alone what time I’m supposed to turn on a specific channel. Anyways, now that I watch a lot of shows streaming, I can watch them whenever I want, watch a few episodes in a row, watch favorite episodes over again. I feel like a commercial for Netflix.
Netflix doesn’t get a ton of brand new stuff, but they get a lot of good older stuff and I recently discovered the TV show Lost. This show ran from 2004 to 2010, and I remember hearing about it and people going crazy for it, but I never watched it when it was new. I still don’t know much about it. I’m reluctant to look up information about the show online because I don’t want spoilers. LOL, I’m Mark Oshiro-ing Lost!
I’m about 10 episodes in, and I really dig this show! For those of you who don’t know this show, it follows the survivors of a plane crash on a deserted island. They need to survive, find food, deal with medical crises, and deal with each other. Among our survivors is Charlie the drug addicted rock star, Jack the doctor, a woman named Kate who won’t tell anyone about her background, Sawyer the grifter, Claire the pregnant single mother, Sayid the Iraqi ex-military officer, a Korean couple who doesn’t speak English, and Mr. Locke, who appears to be a big game hunter. The show has a huge cast, so the characters are introduced very slowly, often with long flashback scenes to tell viewers more about them. What’s neat is that nearly everyone is using this horrible event to start over in their lives. No one knows what the criminal did earlier in their life, so why should they tell anyone their secrets? No one knows that the guitar player is a depressed drug addict. No one knows that Locke the game hunter spent 4 years in a wheelchair. Another survivor asks you what your name is, are you required to be truthful? No, you are not. Is this an island of liars? Maybe.
Lost is a show of secrets. And the deserted island has secrets of its own. A huge terrible creature clomps it’s way across the island, terrorizing and sometimes killing people. Us viewers in our living rooms never see the creature, we only see how the characters on the show react to it. They mostly run, screaming. Is it Godzilla? Or a big bear? Or maybe some throwback dinosaur type thing? Based on how Locke responds when he sees it, I have my guesses. And that’s not the only secret this island is hiding. There is at least one other person on the island, someone who doesn’t seem all there.
It’s a fun, compelling, well written show. I usually watch two, sometimes three episodes in a row. TV is so much more fun when there isn’t any commercials!
J.J. Abrams was the co-creator and executive producer of the show, and what’s really funny to me is how many J.J.-isms the show has. Super attractive main characters (no ugly people survived the plane crash, apparently), disparate personalities that have to get past their distrust of each other and work as a team, an awkward love triangle between two men and one woman, the “what’s in the box” idea (what is the monster? What’s really going on here?), and a strong motivated female lead character but only one strong motivated woman surrounded by plenty of motivated guys. I’m not knocking the show, really, I’m not. I’m just very amused at how noticeable the JJ Abrams style is.
So far Lost fits the bill for exactly the type of I show I’m currently enjoying – a show with some plot complications that I can binge watch through a few seasons. And it’s really neat to see a show from earlier in Abrams’ career, before the world knew him as the guy who did the new Star Trek and Star Wars movies.
Maybe I’ll blog some more about Lost. and if I do, there will be spoilers ahead!
(By the way, the other shows I’m currently watching are Archer and Jane the Virgin. Watching Jane, Archer, and Lost back to back is the weirdest thing!)