May 23, 2010, - 8:26 pm
I don’t get the draw of “Lost,” the ABC serial drama, which ends tonight.
A few years ago, just before the show began, I was intrigued by the PR about the soon-to-air new series and watched the first two episodes. But then, it lost me. The idea of a commercial airliner (Oceanic Flight 815) crashing on a mysterious island, with most of its passengers surviving, interested me. But it seemed like the writers were making it up as they went along, with monsters and flashbacks and other things I cannot describe as anything but stupidity.
So, it wasn’t for me. Plus, I hate a show to which I must play slave. If you miss one episode, you’ve missed everything. But people who follow this show are fanatics. They are slavishly devoted. Has the show gotten that good since I left after only the second episode? Is it that exciting and suspenseful? In reading all the hype, I feel like maybe I missed out. Did I? (Well, there’s always DVD.)
At 7:00 p.m. Tonight, a tribute show, featuring the show’s many actors, aired, followed by a synopsis of the story. And then the two-and-a-half hour finale begins. Plus, after that–if you’re not “Lost”ed out–there’s a special latenight episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” dedicated to the show’s finale.
If you’re watching, you probably aren’t reading this. But in the off chance that you’re a “Lost’ devotee and you read this (or are in a different time zone in which it isn’t airing yet), why–what’s so great about this show? Why do you like it? What is it about “Lost” that made it must viewing for you for the last five years?
On another note, I’m glad the show created jobs for so many Americans in Hawaii, where the show was filmed. Here’s an interesting Wall Street Journal article about the depressed Hawaiian employees, who are unsure about their futures, now that their TV cash cow has died. A Hawaiian foam producer says the show was his second biggest account.
Exit Question: What the heck is the “DHARMA Initiative”? Not kidding. I really wanna know.
Exit Question 2: Do they ever get rescued?
Tags: ABC, DHARMA Initiative, finale, Hawaii, Lost