90 hours of TV is a serious time investment. So why bother? It's a fair question. And here are some answers:
Really, really good writing and very, very fine acting bring this intricate ensemble of characters to life. And THAT’s what you’re really investing in… them. Jack and Kate and Sawyer and Locke and Hurley and…
Too many people to keep up with? Not really. The first season’s chapterrific formula deftly introduces all the people we need to care about. And care about them you do. Because – for the most part – they look, feel, act and sound real.
Which is certainly why they’re capable of the most staggeringly poor decisions at times – because that’s what people do; that’s what we’d do (we instinctively know this to be true and we didn’t need thousands of hours of reality TV shows to prove it).
A mega-budget per episode means that the show always looks fabulous, and the serpentine storyline is crafted with more questions than answers, but the ride we take with this (probably) random group of fascinating people is the thing.
And it's a ride that does reach a conclusion, you won't be left high & dry by a cancelled series. At the halfway mark, at the end of Season Three, LOST turns for home. It remains loaded with twists, turns and about-faces, of course, but these latter three seasons are all shorter, and they're moving unstoppably, inextricably, towards The End.
Here are ten more reasons to get lost in LOST...
JJ Abrams’ company is synonymous with clever, rewarding and really entertaining TV (Alias, Fringe) & movies (Star Trek, Super 8). Abrams helped create LOST, but swiftly handed on to showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse – intelligent writers who assume that we, the audience, are intelligent too.Watch now
Just watch the opening 7 minutes. Stunning, ground-breaking stuff. Dropping us onto a strange island, without a star-name safety net or the anchors of (overly) neat episode wrap-ups. In fact, the first season itself also refuses to wrap-up, climaxing with not so much a cliff-hanger as a well-dangler…(!)Watch now
Before roaring off into a jungle of plottery, Season One devotes its first half to the main characters, revealing their pre-island lives via delicious and tantalising flashbacks. It becomes rapidly apparent that even when a bunch of strangers are dumped on a deserted island, histories have a habit of squirming to light.Watch now
...Even If You’re Just One Of The 30-Odd Survivors We Never Really Learn Much About. The island is the ultimate get- away-from-it-all destination, with a tropical combo of beach, sea, lush greenery and soaring mountain wonder. Plenty of fresh fruit and exercise. And maybe the world’s best links golf course.Watch now
He was going to be Michael Keaton (and he was going to be dead by the end of the second episode). Thankfully, a rethink on all fronts delivered Matthew Fox as Jack Shephard: enduring, square-shouldered, and resolutely heroic even when dragged repeatedly through the wringer.Watch now
Ah, the "yeah, but it gets bit crap and slow in...(insert point where accuser bailed)" line. OK, so a. no, they’re wrong, and b. having the entire story on tap means that when a character-heavy episode leaves you thirsting for a bit of action, you can just crack straight on with the next one.Watch now
Brought to life by the excellent Terry O’Quinn (promised a REALLY tasty part while jobbing for Abrams in a supporting role on Alias), John Locke is the driving force, the x factor, the key: protagonist, antagonist, complex and magnetic. Don’t ever take your eyes off him. Ever.Watch now