Wednesday, December 24, 2008

I am Lost until January 21

By far, my favorite drama on television has to be the opus known as Lost. I know a lot of people (read: my wife) who find it too weird and to sci-fi-y and now too far down the rabbit hole to enjoy. I have to disagree. While yes, I am a bit of a geek (Collected comic books? Check. Sat on line for multiple hours for a Star Wars movie? Check. Get a little too excited by the name J. J. Abrams? Check.), lovers of well-written dramas of all types will enjoy Lost as well. Its themes of science v. faith, redemption, and purpose, as well as some kick-ass explosions and gun-fighting, and even a little sentimentality and love, offer the show mass appeal. If you've never seen the show, or if you once watched and allowed it to fall by the wayside, please watch the pilot episode by either buying the Season 1 DVD's, or watching it online -- I honestly feel these are the best two hours (90 minutes without commercials) of television during my almost 31 years on this planet. If you don't like it, feel free to tell me so in the comments below.

If you do like, watch the rest of Season 1, power through some dull moments of Season 2, and watch as Lost recaptures its place in the pantheon of TV in Seasons 3 and 4. You won't regret it. Also, do yourself a favor and take a trip over to Long Live Locke. Erika provides some really funny and thought-provoking recaps of each episode. Being able to read someone else's ideas about what is going on and what it all means thoroughly enhances your own viewing experience by challenging what you think the "truth" is. In the same vein, check out Doc Jensen's recaps, article and theories over at Entertainment Weekly. He LOVES Lost, and really gets down in the weeds of the show, which if I got paid to watch Lost, I would do as well.

Oh, to be paid to watch TV.... My life's ambition.

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