Sorry, Adama, I’ve Gotten Lost in LOST

My previous favorite show, Battlestar Galactica, has been dethroned. Enter LOST.

Why, oh why, Stephen, did I not listen to you sooner? The owner and operator of Undeception has tried for a while now to get Lyndsay and I to begin watching LOST, ABC’s drama of a group of folks who have been stranded on an uncharted island via an airliner crash. The longer they go unrescued the more of the island’s secrets they discover which shock and bewilder the characters…and the viewers. Couple the already intriguing island secrets aspect of the show with flashbacks of individual characters’ lives prior to the crash and the fact that their previous lives intertwine in some amazing ways that the characters themselves were unaware of at the time, and you have got a show that will have you literally writhing with anticipation between episodes.

But we have our work cut out for us. In January season 5 of LOST will begin and we are currently watching season 2 on DVD. So between now and January we have to burn through two and half seasons in order to be up to date with the next season starts. Of course their are spoilers all over the internet so I practically can not read up on anything about the show online. So my constant companions have been the Jay and Jack podcast and the ABC Official LOST podcast. I just listen to archived episodes that go along with where we currently are in the season.

So what? It’s just a show
You have no idea. Heck! I had no idea. I previously thought LOST was basically Survivor made into a soap opera. Oh man! There is absolutely so much depth to the characters. You can never trust your first impression of anything or anyone. The overarching theme of LOST is Look closer because things are not always what they seem. I’m getting giddy just to thinking about it.

The characters are phenomenal. They are so real. You could totally imagine that these people exist. Aside from the extraordinary destinies they end up having, they are just typical people from various typical backgrounds with a variety of lifestyles: you’ve got a doctor, a fugitive, a young overweight guy who works at a chicken joint, an artist, a fisherman’s son turned business man, a musician, a unwed mother, a former soldier, a spoiled rich girl, a guy who works for a box company! And their nationalites are all very different which adds an interesting mix: American, Korean, African-American, Australian, British, Iraqi. The cultural differences make for some great personality clashes.

And this is no soap opera. It’s hard to give an analogy of what this show is like without giving to much away. Maybe if you mixed Robinson Crusoe with Diehard, add just a pinch of the clever humor of House, a dash of the Outer Limits (or if you’re all out of that you could use a dash of Twilight Zone), some conspiracy from X-Files for good measure, then you might have something like LOST. This is, however, a very insufficient analogy. LOST beats the pants off of any of the shows/movies I’ve just mentioned. There are mysteries to be solved, rescues to be made, secrets to be uncovered, plots to be discovered, and individual agendas of the characters to make all those things harder to do.

Just take a night off, rent or borrow or stream (from ABC.com) the first season of LOST and you will not be disappointed. If you can make it through the first season, you will be hooked. There is so much to theorize upon and figure out. I just love it and I think you will too.

Josh H.


13 Responses to “Sorry, Adama, I’ve Gotten Lost in LOST”

  1. October 21, 2008 at 7:34 pm

    Hmmm…maybe I’ll check this out in about 3 years.

  2. October 21, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    I am waiting to get lost in LOST when the show is finally over. Then my OCD self will watch all the series in about a week. So no spoilers until the show is over!

  3. October 21, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    Okay, okay, okay…MAYBE I will attempt the first season. 😉

  4. October 21, 2008 at 9:23 pm

    So 2 years for Heather.

    But Heather, I think Josh and Lyndsay will tell you that you’ll wish you hadn’t waited. For one thing, an OCD person is the one most likely to be spoiled because of simple, almost unrelated internet searches. This show makes even some fans of spoilers upset for being spoiled. Josh and Lyndsay are pretty sure they’ve been spoiled on one point simply by looking for a picture of an actor on the show (although I think they might be surprised). I can’t imagine the amount of spoilership (good word) that will become positively ubiquitous surrounding the series’s end in 2010.

    Besides, the obsessive part is what makes it fun; there’s nothing quite like speculating with your friends who just saw the episode you did and saying, “Whoa – huh?! What did that mean? Oh, remember that from last season? I think I know! Listen:…” If you’re watching it all by yourself, the temptation to go online and do a little bit of research (which will invariably spoil waaaaay too much) is difficult to rein in for normal folks, and utterly irresistible for OCD people.

    Come on Heather, you’ve got time to catch up before Jan/Feb: you can watch Season 5 with Josh, Lyndsay, Renee, and me!

  5. October 21, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    @Heather: So I guess I shouldn’t tell you that the island really is the same island that Gilligan and Skipper are on. oops, sorry. Anyway, Steve is right. Don’t wait. There are already too many spoilers out there as it is. Just watch the two-part pilot and then maybe the episode after that, then decide if you want to wait or not.

    @Angi: Go for it! Just take that plunge!

  6. October 21, 2008 at 11:36 pm

    Well see, the thing is, I saw the first 3 or 4 episodes of season 1. But I think I went into it with the wrong expectations, because as soon as extra island people started (what felt like literally) coming out of the woodwork, I got a little lost (no pun intended) and gave up.

    Psyching myself up to try again…

  7. 7 Nicki
    October 22, 2008 at 7:01 am

    I love that show! That is probably one of the only shows I watch faithfully. I hope you guys enjoy it!

  8. October 22, 2008 at 9:11 am

    Angi- yeah, at first you don’t realize that there’s gonna be a sorta scifi-ish element, so probably going into it now with a little different expectation will help you get into it more.
    Steve and Josh- I have tried and tried to get Heather to start watching it now, if you guys get her to give in you deserve a medal!

  9. October 22, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    @Angi: Now that you know that there’s just something about that island, maybe you should try again.

    @zeez: Heather’s a tough sell.

  10. 10 AB
    October 22, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    Zeez/Josh – Alright, alright. I’ll let you know how it goes. 😉

    (And I’ll even let you say “I told you so” if I end up liking it! How’s that for added bonus!)

  11. 11 Amy
    October 22, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    Josh, All I can say is it is about time! Oh and I told you so! It only gets better as the seasons come. I have faith that you can catch up I had to do the same thing with Battlestar Galactica. There will be lots of nights with little sleep, but well worth it. Now you know why Steven and I had all those discussion the day after we watched Lost. You must discuss your thoughts and hear others to see it from different perspectives. Very good show.

  12. October 22, 2008 at 8:01 pm

    Nicki – as in Stephanie? Just curious…

  13. October 22, 2008 at 9:07 pm

    @Amy: I know, I don’t know why I didn’t get on board with watching Lost a long time ago. I didn’t know what I was missing.

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