Abel is singing the praises of the TV show Lost.

I feel like a freak whenever this show comes up in conversation. I saw the first half of the first season, and though I found it a bit addicting in an oh-gosh-what-happens-next sort of way, I couldn’t find much good to say about it other than that. I dunno… it seems kinda needlessly melodramatic at points – if there is any plot that doesn’t need melodrama to be worthwhile, it’s one about being stuck on an island with monsters and freaks. The commentary also pinpointed another problem I had… they kept saying that you know everything you need to know about a character in the first bit of their introduction (Shannon painting her nails, Boone trying and failing to help, etc). I like characters that need more explanation. Only Michael seemed particularly interesting to me. I liked Locke, too, but doesn’t everybody?

Yet everyone else I know (except Clancy, who holds it in even lower esteem) seems to absolutely love it.

If it comes about that they really start answering questions later on, I will probably watch it all on DVD, but I fear it’s going the meandering, destinationless route that X-Files went.

Not to rain on anyone’s parade. I think it’s totally awesome to be completely captured by a television show.

Out of curiosity, though, Ethan mentioned one character as being a lottery-winner. Which one was it?

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6 Responses to Lost Is Lost On Me

  1. Becky says:

    It was Hurley that won the lottery before the plane crashed, and afterward, he had all these strange bad luck things happen. The numbers he used have been referenced in many other ways, which is one of the “mysteries” of the series.

    I really liked season 1, but I’m lukewarm on season 2 so far.

  2. trumwill says:

    I figured it was Hurley. He was the main one whose history hadn’t been looked in to when I stopped watching. But I figured there’s something that I might have missed.

  3. Ethan says:

    I won’t twist your arm about Lost. Either you’re into it, or you’re not. We (my wife and I) avoided the show like the plague, and after the Emmys, we wondered what all of the fuss was about. We rented disc 1, and ended up watching all of season 1 in a weekend.

    Even though it looks like it could go the X-Files route, it looks like the Lost crew has more of a sense of direction. Season 2 has been fairly plodding (compared to 1), but it seems like they have something up their sleeve that they allotted too long of a runway to reveal.

  4. abel says:

    I hope Lost doesn’t go the route of the X-files. (I loved that show too until about season six or seven.) I don’t think it will, however. From watching the extra features on the DVD first season, the writers and creators already know where the show is going and what’s really happening on the Island. They made it sound like they’re going to kill the show after five seasons and avoide the problem the X-Files had which was kept going long after most of the important questoins were answered.

    Anyway, I didn’t mean to make it sound like everything you need to know about the characters when you first meet them. They backgrounds they give different characters during the episodes makes you realize why they’re acting the way they do.

  5. trumwill says:

    The beauty of the DVD is that I can wait until it’s all over and then find out at that point, which is my plan. At the end of the fifth or whatever season, if we’re all still blogging or in contact, I’m going to want a 1-10 rating on the satisfaction of its ending.

    Whether it’s a Babylon 5 that wraps itself up nicely or an X-Files that doesn’t remains to be seen, but the fact that Paul Dini is one of the creative directors makes me think it might all work out. I stopped watching when I heard that the first season was going to end on a cliffhanger.

    Abel, when I talked of the commentary and short-rift characterization, I was referring to the commentary on the DVD, not anything you had said. They seemed proud of myself (not that they shouldn’t be, succinct characterization is an acquired skill), but it kind of summed up my problems with a lot of the characters.

    If they can pull through on the plot, I’ll definitely give it a watch. I’m a sucker for what-the-heck’s-going-on sort of things, as long as what’s going on isn’t solely there just to make you wonder what’s going on. I’m not convinced on that score, but time will tell and I’m certainly hoping to devour it the way that I devoured the first two seasons of 24 over the course of a weekend.

  6. Barry says:

    I’d love to watch the 1st season on DVD, but unfortunately my local Blockbuster has split it up into 4-episode sets, so I have to waste one rental on each set of episodes. Unlike where I was able to rent the whole 1st and 2nd seasons of The West Wing as complete units.

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