Ten years later, season 1 of Lost is as good as if not better than I remembered.
Given it’s summer, I’m running short on quality TV shows to watch at the moment. Friends and family praise Falling Skies, but despite it featuring two awesome things: aliens and Noah Wyle, I couldn’t get into it. The final season of True Blood is back, but it’s not very good. I was left with a void. I can’t not be hooked on a TV show. Not having a programme to be addicted to makes me antsy. I don’t know why, but Lost popped into my mind. Unlike other shows I’ve enjoyed through the years like Roswell, Buffy, Dark Angel, ER, Friends and The X- Files, I only watched Lost once, week after week as each episode aired in Ireland, all the way back in 2004 when I was doing my Arts degree.
I wondered what I’d think of the first season a decade on, so I sat and watched all season one in a couple of weeks. Wow. I remember enjoying Lost (until it started to suck in the latter seasons), but the second time around it hit me what a unique, mysterious and entertaining show season 1 was filled with in-depth characters. I also realised I’ve grown up somewhat. Ten years ago, I fancied Sawyer like mad and didn’t think much of Jack. Give me the bad boy over the good (and who I considered to be bland) doctor any day on the island, is what my younger self though. Now it’s Jack I’m rooting for.
I enjoyed the flashbacks. Each episode focused on one character’s background, carefully revealing snippets of Kate’s, Hurley’s, Sayid’s, Claire’s, Charlie’s, Sun’s past etc. Hurley’s numbers were intriguing, why did the Others kidnap Claire, why were there Polar Bears on the island… All that combined with the interesting dilemma of how to survive on an island cut off from the outside world kept me glued to the screen.
I know things went downhill later. I think the beginning of the end of my love for Lost started with the flash forwards. And then came the flash sideways! Even writing those words makes my blood start to boil. Why the writers felt the need to use them is beyond me. Even one of the creators, JJ Abrams jumped ship long before the end. Not a good sign really when an important person behind the show exits early.
For those of you who watched Lost, did you stick with it till the end, do you think the writers were just making it all up as they went along, did you love or loathe the finale?