Wednesday, May 26, 2010

the culmination of my thoughts on lost

mild spoilers ahead, not too bad i think, just purposely vague references.

today, i watched the two hour preview that abc broadcasted before the series finale of lost. it brought back the memories of what lost was about and gave a quick plot summary of what happened on it. i kind of wish i saw it before i saw the series finale, but the truth is by this point, i wasn't really that invested/obsessed that i had to know everything before going into it. i had already accepted that it would be useless to peruse every available material available to me and to revisit all the possible websites/blogs/lostpedia/sources in order to piece together what actually happened.

after thinking about the finale some more, i came to accept that not everything would be resolved satisfactorily no matter what they did for the finale, and in some ways, they dug themselves into a hole a bit too deep than they could really climb out of in a reasonable time frame. so i think now after i've digested it, i think that i do actually think the finale, while not completely awe inspiring, was satisfactory.

i remember hearing about lost and the hype surrounding it, and i was skeptical. plane crashes and they get stuck on an island. great premise? meh. it wasn't until one cold winter when i came back from college my senior year depressed about my job prospects that i found lost and went through major catharsis after going through the first season.

the preview made me remember what i liked so much about lost. the first season of lost, as with the first season of all the television shows i love, was the most powerful. the way it was cast, in an almost spontaneous manner, creating parts for the actors that they found, gave way to an organic feel that made it believable that these were indeed strangers from different walks of life that came together on this island.

all the characters (the major ones at least) that come from the plane crash, have some sort of past that they were seeking redemption from. you come to realize that they needed the island as much as the island needed them. each episode of the first season explores a specific character, and goes into why they are the way they are, and how that affects their interactions with the other members of the island. one thing that stuck with me from the preview was that people take joy in flying with each other, but there is also bonds formed when they fall together as well.

what intrigued me the most was how you almost understood each character's motivations and desires, how they hoped to be redeemed or changed or accepted by the others, against the stress of trying to survive and understand the new land they had come across. the character development on lost is probably second to none from any tv show i've ever come across. even after the inclusion of the confusing nature of destiny/time travel/mythological stuff into their stories, the writers managed to keep the aspect of constant soul searching and self discovery alive throughout the series.

after reflecting upon it further, i come to realize that it is indeed an actor's DREAM job to work on something like this, where you explore a character's deep psyche in an intense and constantly emotionally charged environment. and you get to work in hawaii, i mean how freaking sweet is that. i went through some of the profiles of the people afterwards, and found that some of the actors were around my age when they were first cast for their parts. to have that kind of opportunity would truly amazing. looking back, i think that this show on a subconscious level, inspired me to become an actor, to be able to experience the powerful emotional experiences that they had in this kind of environment would be a "high" that would be unparalleled to anything i've experienced so far.

towards the end, the island started to touch upon HEAVILY on christian themes. my favorite quote: "Christian Shephard? Really?" i won't go into all the references it makes, but i will say that it reminded me how much we are all looking for some sort of redemption and purpose in life; jacob and the island served as a guiding force that healed the broken people that it brought to the island in a way the real world could not. i enjoyed the way they presented the idea of faith in a truly intellectual manner, instead of how it typically is derided in american media.

as for the finale itself? to be honest, i wasn't as emotionally connected with the characters by this point because much of their stories were kind of exhausted and already told. there is some satisfaction of the redemption that the characters are offered at the end, but in some sense, i was already ready to move on a while ago, and would have enjoyed a bit of clarification with respect to the many plot holes that the show left behind. there is some disappointment in the sense that it feels like the writers somewhat cheated at the end by using an exhausted literary technique, but overall i have to say that they did a pretty good job given the series as it existed up to that point.

well so marks the end of a relationship with me and lost. it truly does feel like a relationship with respect to the amount of emotional involvement i have with the characters. it's been a good ride.
well except for like the second half of season 2/first half of season 3 which sucked.

tune in soon for my thoughts on 24.

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