This is just a very quick post to inform everyone that I’ve started watching Lost. I guess it’s going to become a fixture of Friday game nights; a few episodes of Lost, an hour or two of Rock Band, then whatever game we’re playing until 2-3 a.m.
I realize this show is all about mysteries and questions and plot twists. Part of the reason I avoided it during its run is I was not convinced it was going to be given a satisfying conclusion. I’ve since been informed by fans of the series that the conclusion was satisfying enough to make the whole run worth watching, which is fine by me. I just know better than to get involved in these week-to-week thrillers anymore.
(…says the guy who is counting the hours until the fifth season of Dexter.)
What worries me, though, is that the ratio of real, interesting plot twists and manipulative drama-bomb episode cliff-hangers is going to be skewed too much towards the latter. When it was revealed that Locke used to be in a wheelchair in episode four I didn’t think, “Whoa! Nice plot twist!” but rather, “I wonder if that’s at all important, or if it was just done for shock value.”
These little shock value twists are a great way to end an episode when the viewer has to wait another week to get the next bit… but they tend not to serve the overall story very well. So I hope the series isn’t full of them.
Anyway, wish me luck as I embark on this journey to watch a TV series everyone else has already seen. Maybe when I’m done with this I can go back and watch 24.