LOST! A new watchers account of watching seasons 1-5

I don’t want to toss any spoilers out there, so there are no season 6 spoilers in here.  I wanted to give a brief opinion piece from the perspective of someone who hadn’t watched Lost until recently.

When Lost first aired in September of 2004,  I watched the first 40 or so minutes and thought “meh, this isn’t going anywhere” and turned it off.  I can admit when I’m wrong.  I was wrong.  By the time I decided Lost might be worth watching, it was already season 3 and I thought to myself “I’ll wait until the show is done and then I’ll watch all at once on DVD”.  I did my best (and I was pretty successful at) ignoring all things Lost for YEARS, so when I finally broke down and started watching them just before the season 5 DVDs came out, I started with a pretty clean slate.  What I was confronted with felt pretty monumental.  We’re talking 103 episodes at roughly 43 minutes an episode.  That’s almost 74 hours of Lost! That’s more than 3 days of doing nothing but watching Lost!!  I started my journey in late October/early November with the pilot episode and my first thought was “Was I high? How is this not awesome??!?” Right from the get go I was mesmerized by how good it was!

As I was traveling on my way down Lost Street, I kept hearing “oh yeah, season 1 and 2 are great”, implying that season 3 and 4 were not so great.  When I asked about this I was told “yeah, those seasons start to drag some”.  Well let me say as a recently deflowered Lost virgin, those seasons are easily as good as the others.  No, not “The Others”, but the other seasons.  Who knows if The Others are good or not, what with everybody on the island claiming the be the good guys!  I think you folks who watched it at time of airing probably started suffering from Lost fatigue.  I couldn’t imagine either a) watching those episodes with commercials or b) watching those episodes with a week or in the case of seasons months apart.  I suppose I’d better learn to imagine it as I’ll be watching season 6 as it airs.  I’m not looking forward to it.

I think the story is a good one.  I started out thinking Jack was great and now I can’t stand him.  He’s a big fat jerk.  I have no idea what to think of Ben.  Kate sucks too.  As much as I disliked Sawyer in the beginning, he’s become the guy who I like the most.  My opinions on Jin and Sun have reversed as well.  I don’t like Sun much, and while my first impressions of Jin were ones of anger and frustration, he’s now one of my favorites as well.  To me that’s the beauty of the show… The characters you’re SUPPOSED to hate, you love, and vice versa.  Let me repeat: Jack is an asshole.  I hope he dies in a plane crash.

The whole time travel thing didn’t bother me at all.  I heard some folks complaining about it, however I really enjoyed getting to know the Dharma folks.  It was interesting to see their role on the island and how the “Hostiles/Others” interacted with them.  I also loved meeting Pierre Chang.  After seeing him on all those grainy Dharma Initiative training films, it was great to finally meet the man.

In the build up to season6 it has been nearly impossible to not hear rumors and speculation, even if just in words.  “Alternate reality” “Fake Locke” “Smoke monster” all have new meaning to me.  Personally, I love spoilers and have actively sought them out.  I won’t share anything here, but they’re not hard to find if you go looking.

To sum up, I watched 74 hours of TV in just under 3 months (with 2 major holidays in the middle) and I think Lost is one of the best things to ever happen to TV.  I never got sick of it and I think that seasons 3, 4, and 5 were incredibly relevant and great to watch.  I’m just wondering how the f*ck they survived a hydrogen bomb going off under their feet.  I guess we’ll find out tomorrow when flight 815 lands at LAX.  oops… SPOILER!

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