Thursday, January 6, 2022

My LOST review from 6 years ago

Not many shows on during the holidays. So I started watching LOST. I thought maybe I wouldn't enjoy this series again, since I have seen the series three times already. Within about 6 episodes, I was hooked again. There is something amazing about this series that makes you want to see what happens next, even if you have seen it before.

IMHO, there are good TV shows, great TV shows, and then there is LOST which stands in a category by itself. If you haven't experienced it, then you have no idea what I am talking about. However, the show is serial, so it has to be watched in sequence to fully appreciate it.

I think that some people aren't interested because they have preconceived notions about what the show is about. Is the show about people stranded on an Island? Yes. Does the monster on the island mean it is a horror show? No. The monster gets very little emphasis until the last season and it turns out there is an interesting explanation for the monster. Is the show science fiction? Not so much. There are some minor science fiction elements that come in the later seasons, but the show is more supernatural because the island has a link to the supernatural. However, anything weird or unusual about the island is merely a backdrop for great dramatic television. The show has wonderful characters and great stories to go with them.

The show is famous for having flashbacks. For the first three seasons, each episode would have one story on the island and another story about specific characters before they came to the island. Usually, the flashbacks were more entertaining than the main story. About midway through the show, the producers announced that they weren't going to have any more flashbacks, which I anticipated would mean a big change to the format of the show, but this announcement fooled us because they started having "flash-forwards" where they would show future events after certain characters got off the island. Then they had a season that dealt with time travel, which is when the show started to get even weirder than it already was. Finally, just before the last season, the producers announced that they weren't going to have any more flashbacks or flash-forwards", so once again I anticipated a major shift to the format of the show, but once again they fooled me. What they did in the last season was to have "flash-sideways", where the show would alternate between two realities, both of which were technically real, but only one of which was in the here and now.

This show seems like an undecipherable puzzle, but everything gets explained neatly at the end. However, many people I talked to misinterpreted the ending, where they think that all the characters were dead the moment they crashed on the island and that all characters were in some kind of limbo. Without giving away too much, I can tell you that this is not correct.

Best wishes,

John Coffey

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