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Lost Returns… You Don’t

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So, Lost returned last night.  Now, if the ratings are anything to go by, you weren't that interested.  Yes, some of you watched, but far fewer than watched last year.  I'm not quite sure how that could be though.  How is it that you started watching this show, that you really paid attention to what was going on, and now you feel like you can just drop it?  Seriously, that's something I just don't understand.

Let's examine that idea a little more fully, shall we.

You sat down during the first season of Lost, you were like "smoke monster?," "where'd the dog go?," "wait, Locke was in a wheelchair?," "I don't get it, but I so want to know more."  And then, at some point you decided that you'd had enough.  Maybe you cared about The Others and what was in the hatch, maybe you didn't.  Maybe you fell off the train when the show started to flash forward instead of flash back.  Maybe you were good with that, but simply couldn't take the idea that Ben was going to use whatever was under The Orchid to "move the island."  Whatever the case, while a decent number of you are still watching the show, it's way less than the number of folks who used to watch.

Now, I've fallen off the train on other shows in the past, most notably Alias, which I really liked for several seasons, I simply couldn't accept anymore by the final batch of episodes.  But, Lost still intrigues me, every bend, every twist, every slight change in the story intrigues me even more.  I didn't watch the recap last night, but I definitely felt as though a mere two hours of the show last night was way too little.  What I want is a marathon of new episodes, I want to sit down and watch 12 hours of Lost in a row.

For me, Lost is compelling television, it is, I am reminded after watching last night's episode, perhaps the most "appointment" show around.  When there is a new episode on, even if it's not the greatest episode they've done, I am intrigued, I am entranced, and I will be watching it live (with the necessary delay so that I can skip through the commercials, of course).  There are few shows I feel that way about.  Yes, I do watch most shows the night that they are, but there's a difference between watching them the night they air and as they're airing.

Frankly, that's why I'm completely and totally shocked that more people don't at the least, the very least, want to watch the show.  Fine, don't feel as strongly as I do about watching the show live, but watch it, how do you not want to watch it?  I don't mean to harangue you or anything, but how is it possible, even a little bit possible that you once watched the show and gave up on it?  Is it simply too intriguing?  Is it that the mystery is too deep?  Can you simply not afford those 45 precious minutes?  Is watching Simon yell at some poor person for being delusional about their singing about really that much more intriguing to you?

There are a ton of people who have dropped Lost from their viewing schedules, and I'm truly flabbergasted at how that could be, simply flabbergasted.

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About Josh Lasser

Josh has deftly segued from a life of being pre-med to film school to television production to writing about the media in general. And by 'deftly' he means with agonizing second thoughts and the formation of an ulcer.
  • Whatever

    “I didn’t watch the recap last night, but I definitely felt as though a mere two hours of the show last night was way too little. What I want is a marathon of new episodes, I want to sit down and watch 12 hours of Lost in a row.”

    Yeah, that’ll happen for sure. On primetime TV, the networks will say… “You know what? Who gives a damn about the rest of the shows on TV? Lost gets a full half-day.”

  • Josh Lasser

    I wasn’t suggesting that it’ll happen, I was merely stating that it’s something I’d like.

  • Shannon Howard

    I think Season 5 was an effort on the part of executive producers and writers to be generous with the viewers–people who didn’t tune missed out on that generosity and the loving gifts of exposition that characters finally gave us. I found every minute of the chaos to be, for the first time in while, productive and informative rather than off-putting. The recap hour was formed in the same spirit.

  • El Bicho

    People are giving up and have less faith in the writers answering the questions, and it’s not hard to see why. Notice that none of your questions from season one have been answered.

    The show’s strength was in its stories about the characters. All the island mumbo jumbo is just foolishness that will not be completely answered or will just be a disappointment when finally revealed. They are making it up as they go because the rules constantly change, the characters don’t stay true to who they are, and most the deaths are arbitrary.

    The show is better viewed on DVD, which is how I watched the first four seasons, but there’s no way I would have survived season 2 dealing with the hatch every week and would have been long gone. Now I am sucked in with the finish line so close.

  • Whatever

    I don’t give a shit about what you stated, Josh. People aren’t watching the show because they don’t see it is on TV (it was late here in Canada) or because they tape it on DVR or wait for the DVDs. Some have lost faith in the writers (they feel it is like another Twin Peaks with no answers), but the core is still intact.

    Instead of offering a decent solution to the problem, the article itself suggests that it should be put as a full marathon. “What I want is a marathon of new episodes, I want to sit down and watch 12 hours of Lost in a row.” If you want this, buy the DVDs or download it online. The article is very poorly written because, although it suggests why viewers are turning out, there are no potential solutions given. People want to watch American Idol (let’s face it, music and talent shows won’t go away) because of its implied social “coolness” and because the media exploits it to hell.

  • Whatever

    How did you get a Masters degree? Really.