OT-Any LOST Fans?

Submitted by The Shredder on April 6th, 2010 at 11:55 AM

Lost for me has become maybe my favorite tv show of all time. It's just a awesome giant long saga of great sci-fi and good writing. The acting is good 90% of the time.

So far this season has been great. The only thing I haven't liked is that there are a lot of main characters who have nothing to do. They are just sitting in their respective camps waiting for the man in black and Jacob to have it out.

The best one of the season was Richard's story on how he ended up on the island. It may have been the best one ever, a top 3 for sure.

So any fans? I will be watching tonight with my wife like always and eating the same Lost dinner. Tonight should be good since I expect it to be centered around Desmond, one of my favorite characters. Plus he has all the time travel story lines which I like.

Lost is like chicken, if you don't like it there is something wrong with you.

Comments

neoavatara

April 6th, 2010 at 12:01 PM ^

I am a Lost addict. This fall, while waiting for Lost to restart, I watched the entire series again.

The only problem with the series is that it is almost impossible for people to join in midstream. I have friends that only wanted to see it a couple seasons in, and it makes no sense to them. You really need to start at the beginning.

That said, these last few episodes are pure joy for me.

UNCWolverine

April 6th, 2010 at 12:03 PM ^

I missed the first 3 and picked up watching live in season 4 during the writer's strike. I then went back and watched 80% of season 1 just before this season started. I know I missed a lot in seasons 2 and 3 but I don't think I'm really in the dark on anything.

03 Blue 07

April 6th, 2010 at 2:36 PM ^

I picked it up mid-stream, and have seen some earlier episodes. To get caught up, I actually read the episode summaries from each episode online- lostpedia or whatever it's called, and I think wikipedia. I also am now hooked, and read the recaps on EW.com and stuff. Great show; the episode where we got Halpert's backstory was outstanding- my favorite one in my brief experience (a couple seasons) watching the show.

It IS a great show, for sure. For me, though, nothing tops "The Wire," which I also picked up midstream- saw seasons 4,5, then 1,2,3, and still thought it was amazing.

The Shredder

April 6th, 2010 at 12:06 PM ^

I bet going back a lot of things connected. I watched some old ones on G4 and a ton of stuff made sense. You are also right about jumping in the middle. You have to watch from the start.

Having netflix streaming is pure awesome for anyone who hasn't seen it since you can just watch them all in a row with out stopping.

ken725

April 6th, 2010 at 12:43 PM ^

I actually got Netflix jus to see lost. I have pooh-poohed the show until this season, and do I regret doing that. I actually saw all the season leading up to this one in less than one month. I got turned onto the show from a podcast I listen to called Pretty Good Podcast, which is an offshoot of the old KLSX 97.1 FreeFM Tim Conway Jr. Show. The host of the show always talked about Lost and how it was a great show, while the other host caught up to the show just right before the current season premiered.

TheBigAC

April 6th, 2010 at 12:34 PM ^

I watched The Constant (one of the best all time episodes IMO), the episode with a friend when they auction of the journal of Hanso that related back to the black rock. After that I was hooked and went back and watched the first 3 seasons online in 2 1/2 weeks to catch up. What a great choice, this show is incredible, and having the episodes available online to watch for free is a great choice by ABC.

UNCWolverine

April 6th, 2010 at 12:01 PM ^

Agreed, the Richard Alpert (sp?) story was very well done. It was like a 30 minute movie within the show. It was also one of the most anticipated storylines to unravel as the writers have kept his back story such a mystery for 5+ seasons.

The flash sideways has also grown on me. I enjoy the parallel universe and the subtle, and not so subtle (see Sawyer as a cop, what?) differences in the characters.

wolverine1987

April 6th, 2010 at 12:02 PM ^

but I agree with you. I honestly think that Lost is the best commercial TV series (as opposed to movies or things like HBO series) that has ever been on television. I can't think of another that even comes close IME.

Pea-Tear Gryphon

April 6th, 2010 at 12:17 PM ^

I love Seinfeld. Greatest comedy ever. Still watch the reruns whenever I have time. What I have started to notice over the last few years is that it is becoming dated to the point of notice. No cell phones, the clothes and hairstyles. It hasn't detracted from it's greatness, just saying it's becoming more and more noticable with each passing year.

learmanj

April 6th, 2010 at 12:39 PM ^

I actually watched some Seinfeld this morning and thought the same thing about cell phones. People from the next generation won't be able to appreciate the show because all they remember is a world with cell phones. They are so used to getting a hold of someone at any time.

Six Zero

April 6th, 2010 at 12:46 PM ^

I've noticed it as well... so many of the storylines revolve around waiting for a phone call, or not being able to get a hold of someone, or checking messages to hear from someone, etc. Still legendary television, but it hasn't aged as well as others.

Pea-Tear Gryphon

April 6th, 2010 at 12:58 PM ^

I'm going to be watching the episode where Jerry and George try to exchange the answering machine tape in the woman's apartment that George is dating with my daughter and she is going to look at me and ask, "Dad, what is an answering machine?"

A couple more that don't age:

- Jerry videotaping Death Blow for Kramer's sketchy friend to bootleg
- George getting pissed in the Chinese restaurant when he can't use the payphone.
- The 3-way calling fiasco where they hear through the lines
- The IQ test. When was the last time you took a hard copy IQ test?

I won't kill the show any more. I like it too much. I'll use it as a history lesson for my kids.

learmanj

April 6th, 2010 at 12:03 PM ^

I have heard that Desmond is going to be one of the main characters of the final season (but who knows) so I am glad he is finally arriving. I disagree about the time travel stuff (I hate it) but it is more of a personal thing I guess. I loved (LOVED) the first three seasons of LOST and then just thought the other three were good not great. As you stated...this season is great again. The Richard episode definitely was one of the best ever. What I love about the show is that you never know what is going to happen. I was told that in the original pilot episode, they were going to kill Jack at the end but the reviewers hated the idea...but that is the kind of stuff I love about it...you just never know who will be killed next.

TheLastHarbaugh

April 6th, 2010 at 12:05 PM ^

I'm excited for tonight's episode.

The only thing that concerns me is that they keep adding new mysteries and WTFs, which is all fine and good, but there are only 7(?) episodes left.

The ending can't possibly match expectations. I hope it does but at this point I'm in self preservation mode.

joeyb

April 6th, 2010 at 12:06 PM ^

I love Lost. You could tell that they wanted to do Richard's story for a long time. Once this whole thing is done and over with, I am going to go back and watch every episode again so that I can see where they put in those glaring hints as to how it's going to end.

Who do you think will take over for Jacob? I would say Hurley because of the whole talking to the dead thing, but I don't think he has enough backbone. It will probably end up being Jack. That would be the logical but boring choice.

ken725

April 6th, 2010 at 12:25 PM ^

That is a pretty interesting theory. Do you think that the current time line on the island is somewhat connected to the flash sideways or do you think they are independent of one another. I used to think that the flash sideways were the lives of the people once they got off the island.

03 Blue 07

April 6th, 2010 at 2:42 PM ^

What about the idea that the Sideways world is this alternate reality that they can go back to/flash to once/if they get off the island? No, that probably isn't it.

In reading stuff about the show and watching it, it seems that the Sideways world may be just an alternate reality- one they could've had if they'd never gone to the island, or if their lives had not been predestined to take them to the island, etc.

Oh man, what am I doing? There are so many theories on what the Sideways world is, it's almost impossible to say. I read the stuff at EW.com and Alan Sepinwall's blog about the show, as well as at chud.com, and suffice to say, there are a ton of plausible/possible explanations. . . which is one of the things that makes the show so great- the "what does it all mean?" aspect.

Pea-Tear Gryphon

April 6th, 2010 at 12:06 PM ^

Lost is the one show where, when watching, we'll pause in the middle to take in what just happened and ask each other questions. Who, what, huh? It moves so fast sometimes that it takes a second to digest what the hell just happened. I love TiVo. Watching this show live would be a pain in the ass.

Great, great show. One of the best ever.

Todd Plate's n…

April 6th, 2010 at 12:10 PM ^

love it...if you don't, I would recommend reading the guy over at entertainment weekly's episode review...typically a long read, but makes me appreciate the show even more, or at least the writers and the layers of literary, historical and cultural items that they weave throughout the show's themes and plots.

ken725

April 6th, 2010 at 12:18 PM ^

I am a Losty and totally addicted to the show. I must say that I am excited to see Desmond back. The island was not done with him yet?

One of the great/ sometimes hair pulling things about Lost is that they answer questions with about 5 more questions.

I thought Ab Aterno was one of the best episodes this season. It answered many questions about Richard Alpert.

I also love the short cameos of old characters in the flash sideways.

Six Zero

April 6th, 2010 at 12:20 PM ^

But if I knew you were some freak of nature who could turn into a deadly cloud of black smoke at a moment's notice, and then you and I started hanging out for hours at a time, well DON'T YOU THINK AT SOME POINT I'D BE LIKE "DUDE, SO HOW THE HELL DO YOU TURN INTO BLACK SMOKE AND KILL PEOPLE??"

ken725

April 6th, 2010 at 12:50 PM ^

One character that I want answers to the most is probably Walt. I thought he played such a major role in the show, but there has been no mention of him thus far.

I also found it funny that the actor that played Walk had a growth spurt in between seasons. People would say, "I just saw Walt...and he looked taller."

Quail2theVict0r

April 6th, 2010 at 12:58 PM ^

the one part I haven't liked is that they are getting rid of characters that a lot of people like. I was a huge Locke fan but now he's some weird black smoke guy. And I loved Sieed(spelling?). But now even he is a different personality. I like where they went with the story I just wish they didn't ruin some of the great characters they spent 5 years developing.

Take Locke for instance, I sure hope he comes back because think about all the stuff he did and uncovered. Will we ever find out why he was handicap and then wasn't on the island? Or did that side of the story die with him? Obviously there are questions to be answered, but I hope they do answer them rather than leave that side of the story forever dead.

And then they are leaving characters just waiting, as you said. It seems to me that they developed all these people for 5 years and now they are just throwing them to the side. Heck even Ben, once a great mystery, is now nothing. Did they ever explain how he just went to wherever he wanted to get the other cast members? Why doesn't he just do that now? My problem is that I'm coming up with more questions as old questions from the first season get answered.

Mattinboots

April 6th, 2010 at 1:16 PM ^

They have explained Locke's handicap (although if you're question is did his accident happen differently in the new sideways reality, that is a good question).

Ben, while I agree has been reduced in his importance, was able to get off the island as the others had access to the sub.

The biggest question for me that I don't think will ever be answered is why were all of the pregnant women dying (i.e. why was Juliet needed on the island?)