It’s not that I got stranded or ship-wrecked but I have recently found myself a little piece of ‘the island’ and got turned around. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, I’m talking about the tv show ‘Lost’.
Now, it’s been a while since the show was on our free-to-air television but I never watched it back then. Certainly, I had heard of the show and I remember there was a lot of talk about it, the characters, the meaning of it and all. I must have been watching something else those times, maybe ‘Dexter’??
Well, thanks to our subscription to Netflix and having an internet television now we are catching programs that were lost to us previously. Of course we could have bought the DVD but what if we didn’t like it? Well, never fear ‘Lost’ was not one of them, it is one of those shows we have recently enjoyed, somewhat intensely. There is the whole series, all 6 seasons that we watched over the course of a couple of weeks, the show had an average of 20 episodes per season although the last had 16 and the episodes were on average 40-50 minutes long. So, it goes to show how much we had to view, how much of a time commitment we put in to savouring this series.
We have just finished watching and OMG was it a good series but I just can’t help wondering about the ending and what it all means. One of the big questions for me is: Were they really all dead all that time and the whole thing was played out in some sort of limbo?? I don’t think I’m giving anything away here, am I? So, let me get this straight, ‘the island’ was some sort of sorting station for the good and evil of humanity and those that were on the island were waiting to be judged?? If that’s the case
what was the ‘Dharma Initiative’? Why did other people want to find ‘the island’??
One of the most enjoyable but probably least liked was the character who called himself ‘Sawyer’.
I found him to be funny, smart-arsed and self-centred mostly and good to watch playing off the others such as Jack and Kate, Hurley and Locke. In fact, some of that character’s dialogue was hilarious in its simplicity, things like his inability to call anybody by their name and instead he uses nicknames such as ‘chuckles’
for someone who took life too seriously, ‘freckles’ for someone with reddish hair and ‘daddy-o’ for someone who just found out they were to be a father. At first, you would judge him harshly because he was a con man looking for revenge on another con man wouldn’t you? However, in the alternate reality at least, turns out he was a cop who was still looking for the man who conned his family. On the island sometimes he was a bad guy but then a good guy so it shows the duality of humanity, doesn’t it??
It was a multicultural show in some ways, there was a Korean couple, a French connection and a mix of Australian, English and American characters. Imagine, a show that starts with a plane crash and people landing on a supposedly deserted island. From there, it just gets weirder and weirder with all sorts of sideline plots, romantic triangles and leadership battles. The plane that crashed was a flight from Sydney to Los Angeles and it ended up on some unidentified island somewhere or so we thought.
The finale was well done despite being a little confusing to me. Let’s
just say it was way better done than the finale of ‘Dexter’ but less action than the finale of ‘Breaking Bad’. Not bad for a show that had supernatural elements, psychological experiments, alternate versions of reality, religious and moral overtones, thrilling moments, much drama and a lot of enjoyable characters. I could see many things in this series including issues in philosophy, psychology and the realm of what we perceive as our physical presence. As a side-note has anyone tried
those numbers playing lotto? I bet there were heaps of fans trying that...