Friday, March 6, 2015
Show Review: Lost
Summary: The survivors of Oceanic Flight 815 were 1,000 miles off course when they crashed on a lush, mysterious island. Each person possesses a shocking secret, but they've got nothing on the island itself, which harbors a monstrous security system, a series of underground bunkers and a group of violent survivalists hidden in the shadows.
Thoughts: Ok, few people with TV haven't at least heard of the impact LOST made on American Television. The directors brilliantly decided to simply follow where the story lead and pretty much made it all up as they went, season by season. The acting was superb, the characters...well, they started out mysterious but after spending 120 episodes with them you become familiar enough to know who you like and who grates on your nerves by simply standing there. For anyone to feel that way about fictional characters, you know they had to be pretty well developed (even if you didn't like their developments). I won't fill this up with ramblings of who I did and didn't like since I don't want to give out preconceived ideas (I'll try to restrain from this most of the time but may just slip a little for favorites!) but I'm pretty sure everyone found someone likable in the main group which means there ought to be someone for everyone's tastes. And Hurley, it's impossible to not at least like Hurley. Sorry, I won't start. Point being, the characters are well done. The plot on the other hand...is interesting. The things that get resolved and the things that get dropped mostly counter-balance each other, after all most of the ideas, when first introduced, were only ideas with no real direction yet. Some of the results are disappointing and others feel a little slap-dash and unbelievable (it's all fictional obviously, I simply mean it doesn't fit with the story). But because you never know what to expect it keeps things interesting and fresh.
Content: Oh boy! Well, aside from a plethora of colorful words (thank you Sawyer...and a few others, but mostly Sawyer) that range all over though Son of a ***** was usually the worst it ever got, there were plenty of skip-scenes, if you know what I mean. Small (usually) scenes of intimacy are shown usually in flashbacks between the married Korean couple, and the unmarried Sawyer (again) and Kate among a few others and there is a character who is unwed and pregnant though nothing is actually shown. Also drugs are talked about a lot and openly used on screen but never in the light of something good. In the present times (they go all over in time here!) you get even more scenes mostly still with Sawyer and Kate but not just them. And then the violence. Dead bodies galore and, because the main character is a doctor, we get plenty of bloody surgical scenes and stitching people up. We have scenes of torture that don't usually get too terrible but imply much more. It's quite a list and fluctuates with amounts per episode, but most can be skipped and this show can be watched with a younger audience if they are mature enough to not copy certain characters language and the adults present are good at skipping scenes. It can be a very enjoyable show over all if you manage to simply muscle past all that!