This year marks the tenth anniversary of LOST. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be doing a series called Looking Back on LOST, reliving what I loved, and still love, about the show.
Ten years ago a tv show captivated me like never before. Okay, technically it was 9 years ago for me. I started watching season one of LOST after it came out on DVD, while the second season was airing. I actually bought the DVD’s without ever even seeing the show, but several friends had raved about it, and I decided to just give it a shot. It was late at night and I decided I would watch the pilot and then go to bed. That’s not exactly what happened though. I was immediately sucked in. That pilot is still my favorite pilot of anything I’ve ever watched. It’s so intense. At the time, it was the most expensive pilot ever produced. It was money well spent. Before putting that DVD in, all I really knew was that the show was about a plane crashing on an island. I didn’t know how many great characters I was about to meet, and about how many mysteries were going to cause me be scouring the internet to read theories about what was going on.
That was maybe the thing I loved the most about the show. The mystery. It’s been very well documented that a lot of people were unhappy with how the show ended. But it totally worked for me. One of the most fun things about the show to me was trying to figure out why things were happening. It’s really the only show I can think of that lead to countless discussions with friends, trying to figure out why things were unfolding the way they were. Everyone had their own theories. People were unhappy that not every little detail was explained in the finale. Do you really need EVERYTHING explained? Seeing every little thing ruins the fun. Remember how we all thought it was going to be so awesome to actually get to see just how Anakin Skywalker became Darth Vader. That didn’t exactly turn out how we wanted either. Sometimes leaving some things unseen is for the best. Plus, this way, we don’t end up with Jar Jar.
Look, I’m not claiming it’s the greatest show of all time. I’m just saying it’s my favorite. I’m just like everyone else. I absolutely loved Breaking Bad. It was the closest thing to fill the void when LOST was gone for me. But as terrific as it was, and yes, ultimately superior, it just didn’t have that totally obsessed factor that LOST had for me. Breaking Bad would end, and I would think, “that was amazing”. LOST would end, and I would immediately hop online and start reading people’s theories and reviews of the episodes. The show was just so fun for the die hards. So many subtle things you really had to pay attention for that will come back into play eventually. There are things you won’t even notice about the show with just one viewing. Re-watching the show after you have seen the whole series is quite fun. People loved to accuse LOST’s writers of “making it up as they go”. While I’m sure there is maybe a little truth to that, re-watching the show will prove otherwise. John Locke basically summarizes what’s coming in the very first episode. While explaining backgammon to Walt, he simply says, “Two players. Two sides. One is light. One is dark.” We don’t see Jacob and The Man In Black until the final episode of season five.
I haven’t even mentioned how great these characters were. Sure, there were a few you might have hated(Did ANYONE like Ana Lucia?), but I think John Locke is the greatest television character ever. His first flashback episode, the reveal at the end might be one of my favorite moments in tv history. The episodes that would focus on Locke were always my favorite. Or were they? That Richard Alpert backstory episode in the final season? I was waiting years for that one, and it didn’t disappoint. And then there was Desmond. His episodes gave them both a run for their money. I think season two might be my favorite season overall. Introducing Desmond in the hatch was when things really, really got interesting to me. What about Hurley? Ben Linus? Sure, you probably wished Ben had died several times, but you can’t say he wasn’t a great character. And played so convincingly by Michael Emerson. If an actor can make me hate someone THAT much, they’re good. Really good. Just sitting here typing all of this is making want to give the series another run through. I need a spare 121 hours.
The four toed statue. The numbers. What’s in the hatch? Is Henry Gale a liar? Why is Richard not aging? How is Jack’s dad on the island? I miss getting to discuss all of these things. And as much as part of me wants to see some more LOST, I’m glad it ended when it did. I don’t want it all spelled out for me. I still like to imagine what happened. I think we could all use a little more imagination these days.
Teaser trailer: Tomorrowland
From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s “Tomorrowland,” a riveting mystery adventure starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.
Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, “Tomorrowland” promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.
The film also stars Hugh Laurie as brilliant scientist David Nix, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Judy Greer, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key and Thomas Robinson.
“Tomorrowland” is produced by Damon Lindelof, Brad Bird and Jeffrey Chernov and directed by Brad Bird, with John Walker, Brigham Taylor, Jeff Jensen and Bernard Bellew serving as executive producers.