4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42
Never trust the numbers, ha!
From time to time, I’d like to go back and give you all some of my recommendations when it comes to movies and TV shows. You’ll definitely be getting book recommendations but because I’m a bit of a film nerd and a lover of great storytelling, I want to share my thoughts on my favorites of the screen.
This is all subjective, of course, and I don’t expect everyone to agree. That’s totally fine. You have the right to my opinion. I would even say these are not for everyone. Some are a bit on the edgy/grim side when it comes to content. To each their own. Everyone has their limits and preferences and I respect those of you who would rather not invest their time in something they choose to abstain from. Good? Great!
Onto the show! Lost. Such a divisive show now that we’re years removed from its run. From 2004 to 2010, this show was number one. For those not initiated, it involved a mixture (a potpourri if you will) of plane crash survivors who ended up on an island in the South Pacific. The first season focused a great deal on these survivors doing all that they could to survive and hope for rescue. If you read that and you’d never heard of the show before, I’m sure you’re saying, “Oh, so it’s Gilligan’s Island but with drama”.
Throw in the wrinkles of strange things happening on the island and the fact that each episode focuses on one of the survivors and presents flashbacks to the days before the crash and you’ve got compelling stories about individuals and their interactions when faced with a horrible dilemma like being stranded on a mysterious island with a bunch of strangers, not knowing how quite to adjust.
So here’s the thing… I watched the pilot episodes (it was a two-parter if memory serves right) of Lost back in 2004 when it first aired. I remember thinking it was interesting and a fun new show. Then, I didn’t watch it again. It’s been over a decade since then so I can’t say for sure why I stopped. Jump a year into the future (so 2005, not 2018) and I was working at Hollywood Video (ah, remember the home rental experience? That sweet sweet memory) and I had free rentals as an employee perk. The first season was out on DVD (Blu-ray was not there yet) and the second season was either going to start soon or had already started. Well, I was always looking for something to watch and I came across the first season while putting recently returned rentals back in their proper places. I thought sure why not see what happened.
And that’s how I became a “Lostie” which is the dumbest name for fans of the show but what can you do. I missed the day where we all voted on that one.
To talk about the show in any kind of great detail would be to give away a lot of the greatest parts of the show so I won’t be doing that. What I will do is tell you why this is and remains one of my top three favorite shows ever. If you’ve been reading my blog since I started, you’ll probably be able to guess or at least not be surprised by why I love this show and barely care that the entirety of its run divides a lot of fans. I love this show because of the exploration of people.
Jack, Kate, Sawyer, Hurley, Locke, Charlie, etc. These are the people that were introduced in 2004 and whose lives were so well written in six seasons that I still go back and watch this show from time to time. Most are tragic characters who lack any kind or semblance of happy upbringings, yet they grow throughout their time on the island and become favorites who grow, mature, love, win and so much more.
I could take any one of the characters listed above and go into a long dissection of the character beats they go through both on the island and in their flashbacks. Without them, the show would have fizzled out really fast. Yeah, I know all about the problems with the show and some of the writing when it came to the plot. I don’t disagree. I hate some of those directions and choices just as much as the detractors. I get it but there is absolute satisfaction in watching these characters find redemption and closure at multiple points throughout the series. This is what makes the show better than the problems.
Call to Action: It would be easy to encourage you to watch the series but its quite the endeavor nowadays. We’re talking hours upon hours. I guess I would encourage you to try out a little at a time. So, instead, tell me who your favorite character is. NO SPOILERS! I’ll delete your comment (I’m making my serious face) if you do.