70 airline passengers trapped on a deserted island after their plane is ripped in two mid-flight. There’s espionage, danger, secrecy, and more back-story and intertwined histories that can’t help but weave an intriguing story that leaves you waiting for the next twist. Hurley is my personal favorite – the lovable bear that just tries to be friendly and hold everything together, even though his curse keeps him alone and frustrated. Dr. Jack Shepherd is the typical thinks-he’s-God surgeon trying to “save the world” while taking charge of 40+ people both as physician and leader. Sawyer is the con man with an almost ridiculous perception of what property is – whining about his stolen stuff was stolen from him.
The first 4 seasons I was on the edge of my seat. I laughed, I cried, I was truly inspired and really enjoyed the series. And without painting too pretty a picture of it, season 5 went straight to crap. Being so emotionally invested – not to mention having devoted so much time into it (about 60 hours by this point) – I finished the series anyway, while slowly developing a true loathing for having started.
What a waste of time. Now I’m frustrated because it didn’t really answer some of the questions and it was obviously closed up just to tie everything together with a bow and without a thought for how the viewer felt about the characters. I fully expected the cast to sing Kumbaya at the end with the Locke/not-Locke characters carrying the bass range in perfect harmony of each other and Charlie ditching his Ovation guitar for a banjo.
The worst of this was that the it ended much like the TV series “Dallas” from the 80s. Oh how that entire series became a punchline overnight after the “Dream Sequence” ending. While Lost didn’t end as a dream, they did manage to tie the whole time-travel/alternate-reality chain together in much the same way in mind-numbingly-slow near 2-hour finale. Sigh.
Was it worth watching?
Yes. Watch the first 4 seasons. They’re awesome!
But stop after season 4. Seriously, if you continue through 5 and 6 you’ll have sunk another 25 hours into it and have only additional frustration to show for it. Don’t waste your time.
Is it any coincidence that season 4, where things started turning to crap, coincides with the 2007-2008 writer’s strike?