Lost (2004 -2010)
Year: 2004 -2010
Genre: Adventure | Drama | Fantasy |
Runtime: 44 min/episode (5,445 min)
Creator: J.J. Abrams, Jeffrey Lieber, Damon Lindelof
Starring: Josh Holloway, Yunjin Kim, Naveen Andrews
The past, present, and future lives of surviving Oceanic Flight 815 passengers are dramatically intertwined as a fight for survival ensues in a quest for answers after crashlanding on a mysterious island. Each discovery prompts yet more secrets, as the hastily formed colony search for a way off the island, or is this their home?
ON THE EDGE BUT NOT THAT SHARP
Even after eleven years, the mystery-sci-fi drama Lost had finished its run it still reconnects with the audience fascinated enough. The new golden era of modern Television has probably passed and ended with Breaking Bad in 2013. Game of Thrones had a great run but shot itself in the foot. But during the first decade of 2000, the best modern TV-series were to come. That was when we got 24, Prison Break, The X-Files, Six Feet Under, Dexter and not to forget; Lost.
The series is built on mystery, complexity with flashbacks telling a different story than the present one, characters coming back from dreams and endless cliffhangers, and eye-opening sequences. No, literally! A lot of episodes start with a close-up on an eye. About forty-eight passengers were stranded on an island after a plane crash where everyone survives, but we only get to know barely fifteen of them. They change the extras in the background for some reason for no apparent reason. People do radical things for no reason and they have random people show up which is part of another great mysterious conspiracy. It’s like an endless loop from beginning to end.
Jack, Kate, Sayid, John, Sawyer, and Charlie take up most of the screen time. Ironically, it’s only Josh Holloway’s performance as James’s ‘Sawyer’ Ford, that feels authentic throughout the whole series. Matt Fox’s Jack doesn’t resonate whatsoever, and Evangeline Lily seems to become a struggle for the writer, to find something for her to do. Jack becomes in love with every girl he can find. Matthew Fox’s words and reactions to some of the scenes are so deeply flawed. Sawyer has more of a fun charisma as a conman as he shows a more sensitive side as well. The writing for the character feels real just like Holloway’s performance. Naveen Andrews who plays Sayid Jarrah is also pretty good throughout. He does not show up in the episode as much as Jack and Kate but he’s still interesting to follow.
Henry Ian Cusick stands out as the lunatic stranger in a hatch, who been trapped there for three years after a shipwreck. Cusick’s portrayal of Desmond David Hume is another great addition to the cast. Dominic Monaghan (Charlie) and Terry O’Quinn (John) have an interesting relationship playing out during the first two seasons due to Charlie’s drug addiction.
The two first seasons of Lost, created by J.J Abrams, Damon Lindelof, and Jeffrey Lieber were the best. After that, the quality slowly goes down the drain. As it’s becoming popular rather quickly, the questions ahead and the mystery keeps unravels with new questions. A lot of is not clear at all and other does make sense in a weird way. The first season is probably the best and the strongest as the showrunner tries to complicate things to keep the mystery of the Island and the story alive. It works for some season but not all the way through.