Salute to \'Lost\'

A television program that quickly became my favorite in its debut season - Lost - begins its second season Wednesday night.

Created by JJ Abrams, who also gave us Alias, the show is a sort of coctail of the X-Files and Castaway, with clliffhanger plots and subplots to keep the audience wondering each week.

A group of 40 people - although the series really only keeps close track of about 10 of them - survive a plane crash on a deserted island in the South Pacific. Never mind how an island that lush and large went un-noticed by developers, but the survivors had to rely on their individual talents and intuition to create a new home for themselves as they await rescue. A reason why I loved the film Castaway, a film detailing sudden isolation and survival instincts.

It's not too long before we find out that the island may be hiding something supernatural (in a sort of M. Night style, we never really "see" too much that gives anything away). Jack sees an apparation of his deceased dad, Sayid hears whispers in the woods, polar bears come out of nowhere, "unlucky" lottery numbers are discovered on a hatch door, a wheelchair-bound man suddenly walks again... Is it purgatory? A freak of nature? Vivid imaginations? It'll be fun to find out.

Mixed into the present day storytelling are flashbacks detailing every castaway's life story in the 'real world', each with their own complex skeletons in their closets. Some survivors opine it's all a coincidence, some believe - especially Locke - that they were brought to the island for a reason.

At the end of Season 1, we're left wondering who exactly the French woman is, where Walt was kidnapped and by whom, if Sawyer survived the gunshot, if Charlie will go back to heroin, and what exactly is down that mysterious hatch.

My weekly fix of Lost begins tomorrow. :cool:

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"the show is a sort of

"the show is a sort of coctail of the X-Files and Castaway."

Though both solid references for the obvious reasons, I think the two shows that Lost draws most heavily from are Patrick McGoohan's The Prisoner and HBO's Oz. Like the Prisoner, Abrams and Co. have established a perfect framework -- people stuck in a strange land, apparently completely unconnected to the outside world, with only the subtlest hints of why they're there and no apparent hope of ever getting out -- that allow them go extra heavy on the cryptic and the absurd. And like Oz, the real driving emotional thrust of the show lay in its use of flashback sequences that reveal the backgrounds of the various protaganists, and to compare and contrast who they are, and who they were before ending up in a place where all the rules have changed.

Catallarchists should like

Catallarchists should like Lost. It has a character with the oh-so-subtle name of "John Locke", widely regarded as the coolest character on the show. :)