Monday, April 27, 2009

Lost without LOST

I haven't written about any movies in a while, and there's a good reason, for about a month I haven't watched anything except the first 2 seasons of LOST. The show is something else, 1 big story that's being told over 6 seasons. The story focuses on a group of survivors from a plane crash in the South Pacific. Most episodes give you the chance to focus in on one character and see how their earlier experiences shape their reactions to the challenges on the island and their interactions with the other characters. My favourite character is a recovering drug addict, but everyone has a secret from the full time con man to the trigger happy cop. It's amazing how sympathetic the characters are - or maybe I just have too many friends in politics.

I found out about it the way I hear about most shows. For the last several years I've heard people in the office talking about in the lunchroom and on breaks. People talk about a lot of shows, and I just don't have much time for TV, so I've had to be content to sit out of those conversations. But there been something the intensity of the conversations and how long everyone has kept talking about it, that made be curious. When I heard one friend mention it to a colleague at lunch and I saw the guy's face light up and say, "That's my favourite show!" I decided it was time to give it a try.

I borrowed the first season from my cousin and it was engaging from the start. I told a friend about it and she smiled, clapped her hands and said, "I'm so happy for you!" I thought "Thanks, but it's just a TV show." Later that week I told another friend and got the same reaction minus the clapping. When our dinner guests a couple weeks later had the same reaction - clapping included - I knew we were getting into some quality entertainment.

I can't wait to catch up with the live series so I can trade stories with the other LOST fans and try to guess what will happen next. On the other hand, I'm scared of what will happen when the series winds up, I might be lost without LOST.


NorthernRaven said...

Why waster your time with LOST, when you can watch a 2 hour movie of Tom Hanks stranded on an island talking to a basketball.

Christian Conservative said...

It was a volleyball... "Wilson"

Patrick O'Neil said...

People, this is a serious conversation. There's a little more back story to these characters in Lost.