"Lost" -- Must See Television for the Past, Present, and Future
I've had many favorite television shows over the years. I like comedy, drama, romance, and people interacting with people in very human ways. I also like science fiction and the supernatural. Unfortunately, many of my favorites have been cancelled in such a short time, way before I was ready for it. My favorite at this time will definitely be cancelled before I'm ready, because I'll never be ready--it's the classic good versus evil story with many twists.
When "Lost" premiered my husband had just died and my daughter, a single mother, was working and taking college classes. She didn't drive, so I was driving her back and forth to college and work and taking care of my grandson while she was gone. I began to watch "Lost", but had to leave 20 minutes after the program began to pick up my daughter.
By the time the second season began my daughter and grandson had moved to Florida and I watched "Lost" avidly. There were many reruns that season. I never missed one. I began wondering about references to things that happened during the first season and visited video stores regularly to see if they rented out "Lost--the first season". They didn't.
Eventually, "Lost" became available at the library, but I didn't borrow the DVD's because I wanted to watch the episodes in sequence and could never find the first episode. I watched the third season still wondering what went on in the beginning.
I began to date a wonderful man, and mentioned wanting the "Lost" DVD. "Buy it," he said. When I told him it was too expensive, he bought it for me for Christmas. It was a great gift that put my favorite series into perspective for me. And it was special because he couldn't stand the show. He's a straightforward guy who didn't like the jumping around and flashbacks that are an essential element of the show. To this day, he tells me, "Enjoy your goofy show," as he goes off to bed.
What makes "Lost" so great? I love the characters. They are so human. They've done so many bad things, but are capable of so many good things. They experience love, jealousy, addictions, cravings, fear, and a desire not only to survive, but to thrive in their new setting. They have personality, strengths, and weaknesses that make them both unique and the same as everyone else. I can identify with them.
The writing is wonderful and the story is so well crafted. I predict some outcomes, but more often than not, the storyline goes off where I least expect it to. Friends that also watch "Lost" want to discuss it the next day. "What do you think it meant?" "Are they alive or dead?" "Maybe they're getting a chance to redeem themselves for the harm they did." "What do you think the monster really represents?" They talk about the acts and possible motives of their favorite characters and the deeds of the "bad guys", which on this show is really a relative term.
"Lost" contains all the elements I like in a television show. There's comedy, drama, continuous interaction between all kinds of people, a number of love stories, science fiction, and a touch of the supernatural. It's well cast, well directed, and I never know what will happen next.
The cast does an excellent job. I can't picture any one of the previous low profile actors or actresses being replaced by any other actor or actress. Each one plays their role to perfection, and they are all unforgettable. Even those that only appeared on a few episodes stick in my mind.
I hate to miss one minute of any episode because it might be crucial. When the network replayed the previous episode before a new one, I was glued to that, too, in case I had missed something when I blinked. This season, the episodes leap around, rather then jump around, but I want it to continue forever. I'm not ready for an episode to end, I'm not ready for the season to end, and I'm not ready for the series to end.
Now, that's what I call a good television show.
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