Why you should get LOST

As someone who is laughably prone to hyperbole, it may may seem inconsequential that I laud it as the greatest television show of all time.  You may be asking yourself: “What is so great about it?” or “How can a modern show compare to TV classics from other eras?” or “What kind of a weirdo, fanatical, booger eating, sci-fi dork would care so much about a TV show?”

These are all fair questions.  I am not sure if I will be able to suitably answer any of them for you (but I don’t eat my boogers, by the way).  It is my hope that this article piques your interest enough to watch the first episode for free online on hulu.com.  If you are not engrossed in the tale of Flight 815 after 8 episodes, then I ask your forgiveness for presuming your interest in the fields philosophy and sociology.  If you find your mind and heart constantly returning to the question of “What is the meaning of life?”, then prepare yourself for a vivid, elaborate, amplified discussion of that very question that IS the show:  LOST.

What the uninitiated know or (don’t know) about the show varies.  I will presume that you know (or consequentially, inform you of) that

If something on the show leads you to believe what you are watching is “unrealistic”, take comfort in the fact that you are experiencing a vivid, detailed, highly personal metaphor.  The line between fiction and science fiction is fine, but don’t let crossing it ruin the truth is being illustrated for you within the framework of the show.

LOST Recap – Pilot

The most expensive pilot in television history sets the stage for one of the greatest serialized story lines in any medium.  This article is written with the knowledge of the first five seasons of LOST under my belt.  The mosaic has not been revealed completely, but enough has transpired to produce a sense of nostalgia in me while watching this episode.  Partly because of the production value, and partly because of the timeless locale, the show doesn’t feel five years old.  While some things, like hyper-color t-shirts, don’t age well, it’s a good sign that LOST will.

One challenge of an ensemble show is to find the balance between individual character development with keeping the audience interested in the fate of the whole group.  With flashback being an integral part of the LOST storytelling process, the pilot episode starts in the middle, with Jack lying in the jungle, seemingly unaware of how he got there.  Soon enough, he emerges from the jungle and sees the wreckage of the plane he was just riding on.  We soon see a flashback with Jack on the plane, having a strong drink just before the turbulence hits.  With his future alcohol struggles, it almost feels like an Easter egg to see Jack drinking just before being brought to the island.

Charlie is right in the throws of heroin addiction, and it is quickly apparent.  He’s a likable character, but it would be hard to tell if it is his drugs that make him so.  The actor, Dominic Monaghan, was just coming off of a journey through middle earth with the rest of the Hobbits in Return of the King, so there were a fair amount of LOTR fans who tuned in out of a quasi-loyalty to the Trilogy.  Charlie sets up the end title frame perfectly when he asks the group:  “Where are we?”

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It’s great to see how quickly Kate and Jack connect with each other based on her finding him in need of a make-shift surgeon.  You wonder if this shared moment is what set the trajectory of their relationship.  What if another attractive female from the plane happened to stumble upon Jack at that time?

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Last night the show that started on September 22, 2004, nearly 8 months after the birth of my first child, ended it’s run with a finale that is sure to be heralded as one of the top last-episodes of all time. My oldest daughter is now 6, but it’s unclear exactly when she outlived the characters on the show as it was made “clear” in the last 10 minutes of the 2 and a half hour show that the cast in the sideways flashes were actually all dead. There was some slight clarification that the flash sideways were actually flash forwards to the afterlife, the most concrete being Jin and Sun’s remembrance of their death and Hugo and Ben’s references to being good number 1s and 2s respectively. Regarding the flash sideways/forward, what was the point of having such an intricate, separate life with the new and failed relationships, including children? And regarding Christian Shepard’s image, I though he was determined to be the smoke monster? The smoke monster can’t leave the island (Christian appeared to Jack at the hospital after he was rescued by Penny’s boat) and the smoke monster would not have sent the dog to wake Jack up as seen in the web additions on abc.com. Considering all of these facts, I am going to propose three scenarios, all of which could be true:

1. They all died in the very beginning in the initial plane crash and their collective conscious created the island and their new realities.
2. They all died in the nuclear blast.
3. They all died in the island-reality and the other reality (the flash sideways) occurred after the island-reality, not at the same time.

But how do you fix the problem with the island being underwater during the flash sideways? The only thing that would help this is that the island eventually does get destroyed in the future (either with Hugo or after Hugo). It falls under water. Everyone on earth dies and so everyone is in this alternative reality, where they are all dead, and then they remember each other, and then they meetup and the “Christian Shepard” opens the door to the light and fade to white.