Introducing….Getting Lost (Redux)!

There are very few episodes of Lost that I’ve seen twice. This is not because I dislike the show, obviously, but merely because re-watching Lost often seems pointless. Unlike other, denser shows on television, like The Wire or The Sopranos or Breaking Bad, Lost does not seem like a show that would reward repeat viewings. It’s not layered with the same subtlety and depth as those shows, and a lot of the suspense of certain episodes is drained when you know, for example, that Jin has not been captured by “the Others” but by the survivors from the tail of the plane.

The mystery aspects of the show certainly lend themselves to repeat viewings, but there are entire websites, and plentiful YouTube clips to help with that. Looking at old episodes in the hopes of answering questions is just as likely to remind you how many questions ended up being totally irrelevant (“Why was Libby in the mental hospital?” “What does Ben use that creepy brainwashing room for?” “What’s the deal with Kate’s horse?”) to the overall mythology of the show as it is to actually provide answers to the questions you want answered.

I don’t mean to belittle old episodes of Lost—quite the contrary. It’s easy to forget how much the show has evolved over six seasons, and how different in terms of structure and tone the early episodes were from the newer ones. Throughout all this evolution, though, the show has remained consistent to its core characters and themes: Lost is both a totally different show than it was in 2004 and, in many respects, exactly the same.

In honor of the rapidly approaching end of the series, I’m going to look back at some of the key episodes from the show’s past. Getting Lost (Redux) will allow us to see how certain episodes hold up over time. I’ll be interested in determining how much of the suspense of the episode is still there, and how much of the plot still seems relevant. I’ll be looking for any old mysteries I may have forgotten about, or any old habits of the show I miss and/or am glad they dropped. Basically, this is an opportunity look at how one of the most intriguing and culturally important shows of the last six years has evolved.

Tune in tomorrow, when we begin at the beginning, with the two-hour Pilot…

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by aaron on May 13, 2010 at 5:09 PM

    WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLLTTTTTTTTT

    Reply

  2. Posted by yliram on May 14, 2010 at 9:31 AM

    In this last season, this show has taken my 6 years of loyalty and flushed it down the toilet.

    Yet, I still watch it.

    Reply

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