I admit it. I was a Lost fan. For all of one season. I
was bitterly disappointed when Season One ended with...a hatch being opened.
Oooh, how exciting. The sad part is, that was the most exciting thing that has
happened in 2-1/2 seasons of Lost.
Yet, still I watched.
I Googled "Lost Sucks" and visited the top sites. All the "Lost Sucks" sites
seem to be the same: incessant whining about how terrible Lost is and how
nothing ever happens. I can't help but wonder: then why are you still watching
it? Then I asked myself: "Why was I still watching it?!?!". I think it's because
the first was so different from anything else on television at the time. Weird
stuff happened. Flashbacks gave tantalizing clues into the survivors'
backgrounds. The characters were interesting in their "ordinariness". It was all
so refreshing that one just couldn't help watching to see what happened next.
Problem is, nothing happened next.
Still I watched.
Season Two had a whole lot of nothing. The weird stuff became routine. The
flashbacks became an excerise in "so what?" and "who cares?". A lot of seemingly
unrelated and unresolved plot lines appeared and disappeared. The characters
increasingly just...stared. At nothing. I find it hard to remember just what,
exactly, happened in Season Two. Probably because nothing of consequence did.
Still I watched.
Season Three began interestingly enough (well, the first 15 minutes of the first
episode, anyway). But then The Others were revealed to be some sort of weird
cult-like group that lived on the island and liked to mess with the survivors'
heads for no apparent reason. It was all so...ordinary. I felt ripped off. It
didn't help that The Others were such unpleasant characters that watching them
made me uncomfortable. And - espisode after episode - nothing kept happening.
Then the plot lines seemed to become desperate and careered into the laughably
absurd. Like Eko being killed by a smoke monster. Like Sawyer getting the crap
kicked out of him one minute, then lugging around rocks without a mark on him
the next minute. Like Kate managing to escape her cage, yet choosing to stay
locked up rather than run for help. Like Dominick suddenly becoming psychic,
then just as suddenly, not.
Still I watched.
A few episodes into the third season, Ben (of The Others) spoke that
death-sentence line "You've been here for 66 days now". Huh? Wha? 66 days?!?!
I've been watching for nearly three years during which only 66 days have
passed?!?! And nothing much happened in those 66 days?!? I felt even more ripped
off. Downright betrayed, actually. And very surprised at my strong reaction to a
middling television show.
I'm done watching, now.
I've invested 2-1/2 years in this stupid show and I'm no closer to figuring out
what's going on than in the beginning. That would be fine if I was still
remotely interested in figuring it out. I'm not. It's one of the most boring,
lamest dramas on television and I won't be wasting an hour watching more nothing
when it returns. 24 will be on by then (Lost could learn some
lessons from 24: It takes an entire season for one day to pass
and, yet, never lags) as will American Idol, a few new shows and new
episodes of favorite shows. Shows in which stuff actually happens. Every.
With hundreds of channels and thousands of shows available to viewers, people
have short attention spans, and the network seems to know it. Sort of. ABC
boasted how they'd run "clues" to the returning Lost during its
replacement series Daybreak. That failed rather spectacularly when ABC
suddenly cancelled Daybreak - a show where stuff happened! Over and over
again, maybe, but happened just the same. I swear, ABC is trying to kill itself.
But I digress...
It's time to put up or shut up when it comes to Lost. Have some mysteries
solved. Have some clue about what is going on. I won't be watching, but there
are still plenty of frustrated viewers hanging in, waiting and desperately
hoping something will actually happen. And not some teeny, inconsequential
tidbit at the end of the season, either. If viewers don't get some choice
answers soon, they will join me in the ranks of ex-viewers and Lost will
be lost for good.
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