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Great show, but did it really end?
The show had so much potential, and there was limitless directions for the show to keep going with the story, and it wouldn't have mattered.
What? a Lost II. That's right no one is...
How I came to it
When my mother watched Lost in it's original run I thought of it as some Robinson Crusoe rip-off with a dinosaur or something like that on the island (because of the moving trees) that only got hyped because of the popularity of that "survivor" reality show crap.
When I recently had some sparetime on my hands and looked for something to watch I came across Lost again but I still held myself back. The show had ended it's run by then and given all the voices on the internet stating that so much was left unresolved I refrained from watching it as I hate shows that have been chopped off.
But when a friend borrowed me the Season 1 DVDs and told me that it was good I finally started watching and it turns out I was wrong. Very wrong...
What it is about
A group of people survives an airplane crash on a remote island. While they get to know each other and their hope of being rescued fast diminishes they find out that they are not just on any island.
Over time they find polar bears, a monster made out of black smoke, remains of 20 year old underground research stations, a whole group of other people acting very hostile to them and ultimately find out that the whole island is there to keep evil itself in check.
I know this sounds crazy but over the course of 6 seasons a very detailed playing field of pure good (aka Jacob) vs pure evil (aka Man in Black) is revealed with lots of people in all shades of gray being thrown in and it all makes perfect sense within the mystical rules of the island the series establishes over time.
Usually TV characters gain depth over time when you get to know them. This also applies for Lost but through Flashbacks (and later Flash-Forwards and Flash-Sideways) you get to know the characters much more in-depth and you can understand their motivations, even when there are deep conflicts between two persons you will be able to understand them both.
You will meet a man who has hunted a con man responsible for the death of his parents all his life just be turn into that man himself. You will see a korean woman who tried to escape from her husband who has apparently turned into a mafia killer just to see him redeem himself and the two become a couple again so madly in love that they will die for each other.
Or how about a woman who spent the last years on the run from the police because she made a mistake in trying to save her mother from an alcoholic.
How about a guy using a strange set of numbers that originated on the island to win the lottery and have nothing but very bad luck after that up to an freaky asteroid destroying his newly bought restaurant?
Or maybe you would be more interested in a guy who nearly got killed by his own father, entered the airplane in a wheel chair and got out of the wreck on his own feet.
Lost makes it really, really hard NOT to care about these people. The show will make you feel with them, hope for them or make you appalled when they do something really, really bad - but for what they see as the right or only way to go and which you will probably even understand.
Some people might have dismissed Lost over seeing small scenes when it was on TV as being stupid. Seeing the wreckage of the plane and all those survivors I couldn't resist thinking "no way anyone could come out of this alive, let alone 40 people".
A short time later they get attacked by polar bears - on a tropical island? That's stupid, right?
Well, it turns out the characters think the very same way.
There are many things in the beginning of the show that seem silly at first but make perfect sense within the mythology of the show when you continue watching.
Of course there are those little things that remain silly because they probably are mistakes. For example: You cannot reverse a passenger airplane out of the jungle in order to turn it around and take-off on the landing strip you came down on because airplanes simply don't have a reverse. There's a reason they are being pushed away from airport terminals by those strange little cars...
But stuff like that will probably not even be noticed by most people, just like a modern watch in Gladiator or the occasional microphone hanging into the picture in any given TV show.
The first season reveals very little about the island and a lot of time is spent on getting to know the characters so Season 1 still is a bit slow but it gears up a lot towards the end. The remainder of the 6 seasons had a tendency to be weak after a season start but suspense will always grow and 2-3 episodes into a season you will have a hard time not watching episodes back to back.
Most of the time Lost goes really strong with revealing just enough to make you really interested and makes you want to see how it goes on. I often sat down to watch 1 episode and ended up watching 4 or 5 back-to-back.
An unresolved finale?
I've hinted before that there's a lot of talk on the internet about too much being left unresolved. That is not the case.
Lost finishes it's story lines quite niceley und more conclusive then most shows. Of course there are still mysteries unresolved and questions unanswered. There are NO scientific explanations of the mysterious properties of the island. All the explanations are mystical and as such they answer the questions.
There are some questions left open but they are minor and even most of those are answered in a 12 minute epilogue you will find on the DVDs (like why there where polar bears on the island). ALL important questions and storylines are being resolved in a satisfactory way before the end - a very emotional end that sees some people being rescued, others fullfilling their destinies but also leaves everyone at peace - even the dead.
So is it for you?
Lost is not a show for the casual viewer. With the ever advancing storyline missing a couple of episodes will probably become a huge WTF-experience for you. But if you stay with it you will be rewarded with a very smart show that is most definitely one of the best series ever, packed with mystery, suspense and lots of characters you will really understand and in most cases also care for.
I have no doubt that if you have even the slightest interest in mystery-, fantasy or scifi-themed stuff - you will just love Lost.
My only problem now is something to find worth watching after this experience. It was a great ride!
Lost is a show that has everything Drama, Action, Scifi, Family, Mystery. This show is one of the most confusing and most entertaining shows ever i remember when it started airing i didnt think it would last past 2 seasons not because of the ratings or because it wasnt that good at first but because i thought what can they do on an island for more than 2 seasons but the show proved me wrong and brought much to the table and it didnt disappoint me in any episode it aired and it got better and better and never stopped with the mystery's, i also remember waiting every week for a new episode of Lost and that i was going crazy over the summer with many questions in my mind what will happen next i cant wait for the next season to begin and so on, so for anyone who hasnt watched the show yet watch it because it is so good that you cant stop watching until you finish it all and because you guys are lucky now you have all the episodes on DVD so no need to wait for another episode to air. It has been two years and still i miss this show so much.
On the surface, Lost is a show about a group of people trying to survive on an island after a plane crash. However, after just one episode viewers will see this is no ordinary show. The unique thing about Lost is that the island itself is a character. Viewers quickly learn that this is not a normal island and immediately are hooked into finding out the main question of the show, which is, as Charlie's character asks in season 1, "Where are we?"
The manner in which this question is asked sends a chill down the spine. It is a small example of the simplistic but also complex themes that can be found in Lost. The show is also deeply character based. Each week a little light is shed on a certain character's past. The audience discovers that everyone on the island has a very troubled past, and in turn explains why the characters act the way they do. This creates a deep connection between the characters and the viewers which makes watching an emotional experience. Each episode will give the viewer a couple answers to questions he or she may have been asking, but not without asking even more. This style of episode creation is one of many things that makes Lost one of the most addicting shows in television history. However, there are also flaws in the way the writers try to hook viewers. As I previously stated, each episode raises new questions, which add up as the seasons continue. It would be nearly impossible to answer every question that was brought up, but still a disappointment when viewers find that some major mysteries of the show were never explained.
Some critics of Lost say that the ending did not live up to the rest of the show, and in ways that is true, but not necessarily a bad thing. The show was so great it would be hard to outdo the rest of it in the finale alone. Lost is a show that can make you laugh, cry, and scream all in one episode; it captivates audiences in ways I have not seen before. The thing that made Lost great was not the story, but the way it was told, and because of that, it will live on as a timeless classic many people's minds.
The best show ever! Lost is definitely missed by millions of people. It is by far the best drama that ever aired on tv. The show was full of twists and turns that shocked almost all of its viewers. All of the characters had such personality and star-quality. Emotions were all over the place whenever I watched this show. When someone died, I cried. When someone laughed, I laughed. When someone smiled, I smiled. It was a rollercoaster ride though all six seasons.