Saturday, April 13, 2013

Lost: The Series

I'm still sick, and don't have the energy to get too in-depth here, but I'm not going to let a nasty virus keep me from completing my A to Z challenge.  So, I'll take a minute to talk about Lost.

When Lost was on the air, I never watched it.  I'm not a huge television viewer, but a lot of people have mentioned the series to me over the years, and suggested I check it out.  A while back, I found a copy of the first season DVD set at a local pawn shop, and for $10 I figured, "why not?"

I sat down in the cold mid-winter and watched the first season, almost non-stop.  The show grabbed my attention in many ways, and I just had to get the rest of it.  I scraped together what little spare cash I had and bought the other 5 seasons off of ebay (used, affordable).  Since then, I've been moving through the show bit by bit, and find the series getting more riveting with each episode.  The complexity of the writing is fantastic, and there are enough unpredictable twists and turns that it can really surprise you!  It also has some touching human interest stories that make you really care about almost every character.

It starts out as a seemingly straightforward survival show, and slowly incorporates elements of science fiction and metaphysical experiences.  I'm just starting on Season 5 right now, and being sick gives me a pretty good excuse to sit down and run through these remaining episodes.  I hope I get better before I run out.

Coincidentally, the show has an uncanny resemblance to the first book I ever wrote, when I was 10.  My "proto-novel," involved people getting shipwrecked on a mysterious island that is displaced in time and space, appearing infrequently in the Gulf of Maine.  There were a lot of murders, subterfuge, unnatural natives, and hidden mysteries dating back to pre-history, similar to what we see on Lost.  Though, being only 10 years old, I didn't put it together into anything publishable.  I still have the very rough manuscript somewhere.  Perhaps someday I'll rewrite it to match what my imagination back then had in mind.  Unfortunately, readers would accuse me of ripping off Lost if I ever do write this book, even though I plotted the story in 1990.  Is that just a tad ironic?

In conclusion, Lost is a 5-star program in my book.  Check it out if you haven't already.


  1. Martinus:

    I had a very similar experience. I just started Season 6 yesterday, and despite a lot of people warning me that I would ultimately be disappointed, overall I've found the series to be very enjoyable. The back and forth between the island and off-island lives can be confusing, but as you said, it's still compelling and has some very memorable characters.

    Hope you're feeling better soon. Two weeks back I cracked a tooth and developed a bad infection that could have put me in the hospital, which delayed the start of my last story, since I was sick from the anti-biotics and the pain. Now I get to look forward to bridge work, and not the kind that involves a construction helmet.

  2. I don't like Lost. I think the writers just added crap with no explanation because they could get away with it and never even thought about trying to explain any of it.

  3. I watched the show when it was airing on TV, from start to finish. The only time I was disappointed was in the first season, strangely enough. But I got over that.

    There are parallels with the Jules Verne book The Mysterious Island. So I would encourage you to write yours if you feel like it.

  4. Hello, Martine! I haven't seen Lost, but I remember when it was a huge show. So many people were really into it.

    Happy A to Z-ing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines