Question about LOST: what is it about? no spoilers, please

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  1. Feb 23, 2010 #41 of 122
    MickeS

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    I read the threads here, and the articles in EW, but other than that I don't keep up with anything "Lost" outside the episodes. The show is definitely self-contained, IMO.

    And it IS just escapist entertainment. :)

    I can see the point with the mysteries though, but they eventually get around to "solving" most of them... the ones that need solving.
     
  2. Feb 23, 2010 #42 of 122
    gchance

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    They're pretty close. The scope of B5 is epic, starting out on just the station, then 10 years (more detail about the war), expanding out to the different cultures, then a thousand years, then milennia. Lost is becoming more epic with every episode, I can't say more than that without spoiling it. :)

    Your experience was much like mine, ABC did a tremendous job of barely giving us a smidgeon of what it was about. I wouldn't have even bothered to watch, especially since Matthew Fox was in it, but it did show:

    - The Stepfather was in it! (I've always loved Terry O'Quinn)
    - A hobbit was in it! (I remember thinking it was neat he got work so fast)
    - There appeared to be a dinosaur!

    So I gave it a shot. That first episode left me breathless, there wasn't any question about watching any further.

    The Tivo screwed up and I missed Walkabout in its initial airing. It was to be centered around Locke, a character they hadn't shown much of up until that point, so I worked very hard to download it. It took 3 days to download the torrent, and once I saw Walkabout? Lost became my favorite show.

    You know, Desperate Housewives changed a bit after the first few episodes. It was set up within the first 5 minutes as a black comedy, but they didn't follow up on it. That's a shame.

    At its core, Lost is great drama. The writing is great, the acting (for the most part) is top notch, and they really make you care about these people.

    I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.

    Greg
     
  3. Feb 23, 2010 #43 of 122
    DevdogAZ

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    Desperate Housewives was actually a very good show in its first season. There was an overarching mystery, some dark comedic elements, as well as some drama and soapy type elements. They basically wrapped up the mystery at the end of S1 and then tried to start a new mystery at the beginning of S2, which really didn't work very well. By that point, they had to keep the character drama going despite the lack of a good mystery, so it basically turned into a primetime soap.
     
  4. Feb 23, 2010 #44 of 122
    justen_m

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    I noticed that too. I watched the first season of DH. It started as a black comedy but then just turned too soapy and I gave up on it.

    Lost is definitely not like Desperate Housewives in any way. Well, other than having many attractive female cast members. ;)

    I don't feel the love for Lost that many do. I don't want to spend more than an hour a week on the show, so don't read any online articles, take advantage of online extras, or even read the lengthy discussion threads here on TCF. I'm probably missing quite a bit of depth that makes the show enjoyable for others. It is still good, but not must-see-tv.

    I watched seasons 1-3, got frustrated with the slow pace and skipped season 4, watched season 5, and have season 6 recorded but still unwatched. I just don't feel a desire to watch it now with so many other options (especially with Netflix having entire series I haven't seen before, like Friday Night Lights, Torchwood, 24, etc).
     
  5. Feb 23, 2010 #45 of 122
    jeff125va

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    I quit Desperate Housewives at probably the exact same point that you did. Enjoyed season 1 because of the murder mystery aspect and once that was over it became pretty much 100% soap opera and I quit probably 5 or 6 episodes in. And I rarely quit watching a show that I've stuck with for at least a full season, so that's saying something.

    I was a bit skeptical about Lost before the Pilot because of the hype but I've never been as hooked on a show from the first few minutes as I was with Lost. One of the best aspects about it IMO is the intricate way in which the stories are told out of chronological sequence. Namely, the flashbacks throughout the first few seasons and then in other ways in later seasons. Also, as some have mentioned, the character development is excellent.

    If I were in your position right now and started watching from season 1, if you get anywhere near as hooked as I did you'll be caught up before the series ends. I'd actually recommend setting up an SP right now just in case you end up liking it.
     
  6. Feb 23, 2010 #46 of 122
    hummingbird_206

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    Hey, this week's DH thread is up to 11 posts! :mad: But only because we're discussing the hot new chick.:D

    Back to the OP, I liked S1 but gave up a couple of eps into S2 as I thought it got way off track. But the show stayed really popular and I heard it got back on track, so I gave it another try. Watched the DVDs of S2 & S3 and then back on the weekly schedule after that. It became my favorite show.
     
  7. Feb 23, 2010 #47 of 122
    Anubys

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    totally off-topic (hey, it's my thread and I'll do what I want!)

    I get the feeling you would like "Windmills of Your Mind" by Jose (spelled H O S E for those who watch TAR :D) Feliciano

    I think Sting also recorded it more recently...great lyrics...
     
  8. Feb 23, 2010 #48 of 122
    janry

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    No spoilers, please. :D
     
  9. Feb 23, 2010 #49 of 122
    MonsterJoe

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    I've never read anything about lost, outside these threads, and I barely ever do that.

    The extra stuff is completely irrelevant to the enjoyment of the show, if that's not the type of thing you're into...and the show appeals to a much wider and less intense viewer base than is evidenced by the zealotry here.
     
  10. Feb 23, 2010 #50 of 122
    cheesesteak

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    It's a riddle wrapped up in a puzzle.
     
  11. Feb 23, 2010 #51 of 122
    whitepelican

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    Wrapped up in a burrito. [Hurley fires burrito at Ben]
     
  12. Feb 23, 2010 #52 of 122
    Steveknj

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    That is what I do. Actually you guys all read that stuff for me and tell me the best parts. What I find interesting is if I NEVER read anything outside of just watching the show, I'd probably STILL love it. But coming here after each episode adds to the enjoyment and usually plot points I have missed are explained. So usually I read the threads until someone starts comparing things that happen to some obscure Sci Fi show and then I tune out.
     
  13. Feb 23, 2010 #53 of 122
    stellie93

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  14. Feb 23, 2010 #54 of 122
    latrobe7

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    I actually wanted to leave it a little ambiguous so as not to telegraph-the-punch, so to speak; not that it matters now.

    The division of the Pilot into two episodes is arbitrary and just for time; I don't know why they did that on the DVD.
     
  15. Feb 23, 2010 #55 of 122
    BobB

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    I'm another minority vote here, but maybe closer to your situation since I also didn't get into it when it started and tried to decide later (about a year ago) whether to try it. I too posted here asking for opinions, and based on the consensus started getting the DVDs from Netflix.

    Maybe I'd just heard too many random, potentially spoiling details (it has pretty well permeated the zeitgeist around these parts), but I never really got that into it, and partway into the second season I bogged down completely and gave up on it.

    It's not a question of complexity or ambiguity - I'm a huge fan of shows like The Wire, and thought the finale of The Sopranos was utterly brilliant. Nor was it the implausibility - I'm also a major Buffy/Angel devotee. In the end, it just didn't grab me.
     
  16. Feb 23, 2010 #56 of 122
    danterner

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    But the definitive version is still the one from The Muppet Show, IMHO:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xu_6hdGZ6gU

    (I can't seem to figure out the new in-line YouTube tag...)
     
  17. Feb 23, 2010 #57 of 122
    DancnDude

    DancnDude Thrice as nice TCF Club

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  18. Feb 23, 2010 #58 of 122
    dianebrat

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    Agreed, that clip while amusing if you've watched, is spoiler central.
     
  19. Feb 23, 2010 #59 of 122
    alpacaboy

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    That clip was great! (and yes, very spoileriffic) I stopped watching sometime in season 2 when **mmmph** died, and this was a great way to catch up. I've even found wading through wiki summaries to be too time consuming. Still left me with a couple questions, but a great 8.25 min summary. I can't imagine wading through 100ish hrs to get that.

    One question though:
    It felt so official, and yet a little bit snarky. Was it originally a DVD extra or something?
     
  20. Feb 23, 2010 #60 of 122
    TivoFan

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    Me too! I watched the first season and while I really enjoyed the flashbacks and backstories, it was pretty obvious they really didn't have any idea what to do with the "mysteries" of the island. And that they were just spinning more random elements into the story.

    My wife still watches this show and periodically I ask her what is going on. I swear it's like listening to someone on crack describe Gilligan's island except they changed the channel to Rocky Horror Picture show halfway through and nobody noticed.
     

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