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A to Z 2013 : LOST

(An A to Z 2013 Challenge Entry)

All week I’ve been excited about “L” so that I could talk about LEGOS. It seems strange, but considering they were among my favorite toys during my childhood — along side my army men and G.I. Joes — it felt fitting. I wouldn’t have been able to promise anything in depth. Though after my random stream-of-consciousness-esque post for “K” yesterday, I imagine it best not to delve too deep into my crazed mind today.

I wanted another short entry. I’ve lots of catching up to do, since falling behind on blogs I follow. I sat here and I just couldn’t think of anything. It's only 7pm — no big deal, right? — but I’ve disliked how close I’ve come to almost missing the daily deadline. Not that there are any repercussions or that anyone would care; except me. I would know, and I would undoubtedly care.

Sitting here, in contemplation, I’ve been struck by the overbearing feeling of being lost...

LOST & Found

LOST is one of my most favorite television series. Possibly my number one, which was once held by Alias (both series have the same creator: J.J. Abrams). What’s not to love about it? It has action, drama, mystery, romance, sci-fi elements, and even Polar Bears! POLAR BEARS!

If you didn’t already know, LOST is a show about a group of people that survive a plane crash and become stranded on an island. It isn’t too long into the pilot episode that we discover that the island contains its fair share of mysteries, and that the survivors are not alone.Throughout the series these castaways fight/struggle amongst themselves, their inner demons,  and unexplainable forces — all the while, discovering an abundance of secrets the island holds —  as they try to find a way back home

The series is very heavily character driven (just the way I like them) and continually explores the inner workings of each main character, piece by piece; their past, their demons, their dreams. There are many great characters, and many times when watching a show/movie I like to pick one I like — in a way, to represent me. It’s something I've done since a child. Will my character end up good or evil? Will they survive? It’s fun, don’t judge.

Locke & Load

While some would expect me to pick Jack Shephard — given my name obsession — my character is John Locke. It was tough to choose between the two, each having their own draw to me. Jack and Locke had many differences of opinion/philosophy, which were mirrored in the series recurring theme of Science Vs Faith. He was arguably the heart of the show, at least for me. Being one of the most tragic of characters, his initial “reveal/secret” and journey of self-discovery after crashing on the island was one of the strongest elements keeping me glued to LOST.

Simply put, Locke is a badass. In fact, in my Liebster Award answer regarding what fictional character would I be, I feel dirty he wasn’t listed. I'm going to fix that right now! Maybe the fact he was played by Terry O’Quinn (who I’ve been a fan of for a long time) added to this perception. I don’t think so, though, as Locke is a series favorite for many. The part is so well written and acted, the character’s story arc thought-provoking and inspirational.

If I was stranded alongside the survivors of LOST, John Locke would be an individual I would want in my corner. Showing me how to hunt, talking about philosophy, and screaming into the night. I’m pretty sure he’d have my back. As long as I didn’t tell him what he couldn’t do.

All Good Things Must Come to an End

Unfortunately the series came to a close after six seasons. By the final season, many viewers — including myself — were distraught there may not be enough time to wrap up all the story arcs and explain the countless mysteries uncovered during the shows airing. We (the viewers) had been told that the end was planned from the beginning, and that while most mysteries would be explained, not all would. That the unanswered questions were part of the show’s “magic” and appeal.

This concerned me, but I wasn’t going anywhere. Like most, I had invested too much time to just walk away. The creators knew this; bastards. In the end, it was like they said, most major mysteries were explained. I use “explained” loosely.

And what about the ending itself? All I will say is that I thought it was an incredibly beautiful/poetic, fitting end for the series. I don’t think I could have imagined it any other way. I am trying to refrain from saying “perfect,” but it may have been, within the context of the series.

There Can Be Only One

So, Is LOST number one? King of my favorite television series? I came into the series at the fourth season. This was literally like a double-edged sword. I could watch the first three seasons straight through (marathon style), but had to wait weekly/yearly for the last three. It was torture. I couldn’t wait for more, I wanted more, I needed more LOST. I spent countless hours reading forums/discussion boards, discussing with family and friends — hypothesizing/debating — and having my thoughts and dreams invaded by it.

It would be a fitting champion.

I am catching up on so many series, though — Battlestar Galactica, Dexter, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead — it’s hard to say which will eventually reign supreme.

One thing I know for sure is that LOST will always rank among the top, and hold a secure place in my “database” (memory), even if some of the specifics were... lost... over time (Give me a break! I’ve only seen it through its entirety once, which is a crime on its own... I know, I know).

It’s about time I went back and got... lost... on the island, once again.

“We have to go back!”

Don’t judge.

So so so so much more I could/want to talk about, but being brief... Keep it short... Breathe...

Did you watch LOST? If so, who was your favorite character? Did you love or hate the series finale? Do you have an all-time favorite TV series? If so, which and why?

18 comments:

  1. I have never seen one episode of it. I didn't see it from the beginning, and it wasn't the sort of show to jump into midway through. I know you didn't until season 4, but I don't even know where/how to watch old seasons. I'm OK with that.
    I did watch a hilarious bit the LOST people did before the finale. They did a 4 minute or so recap of the entire series. It was super-fast, so you couldn't even come close to keeping up with what they were saying, but it did make me want to watch. But then the feeling passed.

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    1. Gah! You shouldn't be okay with that :) Being serialized makes it a lot harder to get involved with. I think those are my favorite types, though.

      That short you describe sounds familiar, but I am wondering if I've never seen it. I will have to check it out.

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  2. I skimmed this entry...I don't really do TV.

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  3. I have heard several people say that they really liked this show, but I've never seen it. I'm not a real big TV watcher in general and go for months sometimes without even turning it on.

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    1. I don't watch TV except on Mondays, but I cheat with Hulu & Netflix!

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  4. I've not seen the show but it's on my "to watch" list for sure. My mom was addicted to it and would slaughter anyone who dared try to speak to her while it was on. I know, I tried calling her a few times only to hear "Lost is on. It's nearing the final show. I must watch."

    I love that I can now sit down and watch it all back-to-back, which is how I like to watch a show. Waiting every week like I'm now doing for Game of Thrones is so frustrating because I always want to know what happens right away. I'm one of those people who will watch 6-10 episodes in a day. I did it with a few already, like when I was introduced to Game of Thrones and when I discovered Dead Like Me.

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    1. Awesome Kristen :) For some reason I didn't see your post go through. That is hilarious about your mother! My dad and grandmother would watch it with me. She would record it. She became increasingly confused, but still kept up with it. My dad and I would theorize all the time.

      You are definitely lucky being able to watch it back-to-back. There are a few series I can do that with I forgot to list like Breaking Bad.

      I'm in the same boat with Game of Thrones! Love it, but it is excruciating waiting weekly then yearly :( I love to marathon series. Did it with season one of The Sopranos. Loved it, but yet... haven't watched the rest >.<

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  5. It's sort of baffling to me how many times I've watched the entirety of both Lost and Battlestar Galatica. I can't think of any other shows of that length or density that I would rewatch that many times. They're both terrific examples of a strong ensemble cast. Aside from the obvious story aspects, that's one of my favorite things about Lost.

    One of my least favorite things about the end of the series was that for the last season and a half Sun became a walking broken record, "Where's Jin?" "I need to find my husband." It was disappointing. But I was very happy with the series finale. I thought it sealed up the soul of the show very well.

    And as previously stated, my favorite character is most definitely Benjamin Linus. His arc is so satisfying, and Michael Emerson is a brilliant actor.

    The Pleasantest Life

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    1. I will definitely be watching it for the second time soon! I need to finish up BSG first, though. A friend keeps getting on me about it.

      Game of Thrones will be one I could watch multiple times. Already seen Season 1 twice. I don't recall the Sun/Jin thing I'd have to check for it the next time through.

      Ben is a badass!

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  6. I watched the first two seasons, and then quit after that. It just became too much for me. I appreciate it was an amazing show, so I'm not saying it was bad, I just started getting confused, and didn't want to invest the brain power :)

    Right now I lOVE Game of Thrones, which I only just started watching. I've finished the first two seasons, and can now catch up to the third. That is some awesome stuff, and doesn't require more brain power than I'm willing to give :)

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    1. Yeah it is definitely a show that did well to confuse people. Even up until the very end, people didn't know what was going on.

      I'm glad you are so into GoT! That series is so sweet. So many characters too! They have their fair share of shocks/surprises as well.

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  7. Lost - probably also my favourite show of all time. Even though I also love watching hows back to back I would say I'm actually glad I did watch it weekly, mainly so I could watch each episode again before the next one, sometimes more than once. This helped with catching those little seemingly innocuous bits of action and realising they actually meant so much more. It also gave you more time to try to puzzle it all out as the series went on.
    Favourite character? Well, Sawyer, for very superficial reasons ;)

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    1. Welcome DayDreamer! I've only seen a handful of my favorite episodes multiple times. I watched it some on Hulu (I think?) and it mainly consisted of finales. Some of them were a lot more impacting than others.

      Aha a Sawyer fan. He was is in my "likes" I technically like many of the characters.

      I liked watching all the stand alone connected videos/site associated with the show. Made for additional entertainment.

      Thank you for stopping by.

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  8. Hi Jak, Here in the UK I watched the first series but stopped because nothing ever seemed to happen - only an unseen threat. Plenty of questions and not enough answers. I now wish I had stuck with it as, by all accounts, it got a lot better!

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    1. I think the "unseen" threat added to the whole mystery/suspense, but it definitely shifts some. You should check it out again :)

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  9. Also, my favorite Lego is the 2x4.

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  10. I liked Lost. Best opening sequence on television, along with The Shield and any other show whose intro doesn't go over 15 seconds.

    I've watched most of the series twice, re-watching in buildup to the final season. After the ending, I've never really wanted to revisit it. I don't think it's a bad ending, but I didn't like it. I tried starting it again on a whim this year, but I couldn't get past the first episode one I realized I was still sick of all the characters after having spent that much time with them, years ago.

    My favorite character is the island.

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