I’d like to note, one of the “problems” with a show like LOST is that you need to watch every single episode in order to understand what’s going on. What you find out is even when you are up to date; you can still be a bit lost and confused. I can’t speak for everyone, but it was a good confusion. It’s a show that got you thinking, and kept you thinking after an episode was over. So to fans of the show, it’s like a long, great movie.
Other shows that follow this heavy serialized method are Heroes, FlashForward and 24, just to name a few. Sadly, some people might miss a few episodes then give up since falling behind. Or just lose interest because the story stinks [cough] Heroes [cough]. Serialized TV is fine, but if you don’t have people watching, you aren’t going to make it very far. And one way to make sure of this is to make sure you have a good story and characters to keep the viewers coming back. LOST fell victim to some bad episodes too [cough] season 3 [cough], but overall, it was worth sticking with. I am understating the fact that the writing and character developments were top notch. This show had always been more about the characters than about the island itself. But of course, this was a mystery show at heart, so by keeping the audience guessing was paramount too.
Once my friend and I started renting the DVDs and watching online, we couldn’t stop. Any free time was spent watching this show. Then after a season, we’d talk about what just happened, and then continue watching. A few days at a time, people couldn’t find me because I’d be in my room watching this show. That is one of the best ways to watch this show, by the way. By then I understood why people loved this show. I understood the hype and experienced it first hand. Over the course of a few months, I became a Lostie. However, during those months, I had to completely ignore websites and magazines that were also big fans of the show. Avoiding spoilers was a difficult task, but I succeeded. And once we were completely caught up, we patiently waited for the 6th and final season to begin. Unlike the devoted fans, our season 5 ended in December ’09, so we didn’t have to wait like everyone else did in May. Prior to this, I managed to acquire the first 5 seasons on DVD for my collection, and brought my parents into the world, with me acting as their guide should they have questions to many of LOST‘s questions. I’d either answer, tell them nothing (because the answer was coming), or (at the time) tell them it’s still a mystery.
So from February to May, I found myself plotting to be home by 9PM every Tuesday. I got to enjoy the agony of waiting a week until the next episode since before, I never had to wait. The fun part was being speechless with other Losties about what we just witnessed. With my parents, I may have had to explain a few things that only made sense if you’ve seen every episode and completely up to date. While I was rewatching every episode up to the finale, they were watching it for the first time getting filled in. So I was also their guide for season 6, filling them in on important details so they could understand what was going on. However, no one I knew could explain the Sideways world until the finale. And with so many questions left unanswered, I’m still trying to wrap my head around what really happened with Jughead at the end of season 5. Success? Failure? Or the universe self-correcting itself? [Dramatic drum beat] LOST.