Well… I've got to confess. I'm not really into this whole blogging thing. My earlier attempts have been all too few and all too random. You see I've never really had the motivation do such a thing as a blog. But today is special, today I have motivation, today I find myself contemplating "Lost".
Lost. The American TV show following the lives of the survivors of a plane crash on a mysterious tropical island. First Broadcast on September 22nd 2004, Lost has garnered wide spread Love and also hate. Loved for it's exciting characters --who lives off-island were shown to us through Flashbacks – and it's constantly evolving storyline, Cliff-hanger galore one might say; Hated for it's confusing stories, it's evolution into something completely different that what it began as and also not to forget, it's tendency to kill off those characters that seem to be on the brink of explaining and answering all those questions that we found ourselves constantly asking.
There are many well loved and well hated characters throughout the history of Lost; From Jack the "do-good" doctor, Locke the hunter, kate the "woman on the run" , Sawyer "the dashing rogue", Hurley " The comic relief", Ben "the manipulative ****" even down to some more obscure and short lived characters, the highly explosive Doctor Artz (forgive the pun) and the incredibly grounded Nikki and Paulo(oh I did it again!). There can be no argument opposing the fact that all these characters have very interesting, gripping stories to their lives and it is these great characters that have kept viewers gripped for the 6 seasons( 121 episodes) that this show has lasted for.
Lost has really left it's mark on the world, affecting people throughout. From the 18.6 million viewers who watched the pilot episode to the 51 awards that the television show has received to date. There have been internet viral campaigns, mass websites set up in it's honor and to catalogue the massive amounts of detail given to each episode, action figures of the main characters, tie in novels, board games, video games, jigsaws… This is a show which almost everyone in reach of modern communication technology has heard of.
Although this is not some mindless soap opera or repetitive crime drama, Lost is a television show which has dealt with good, evil, mythology, death, life and thousands of other issues. From the constantly recurring elements of Black and White and Good versus Evil it has tapped into those childlike responses we have to the "goody" and the "baddy" while constantly keeping us guessing to who actually is good and who is bad.
With the Finale of this show finally approaching, many fans are letting out sighs of relief and others cries of anguish. Although not all have stuck with Lost to the end, some felt disillusioned with it's constant cliff hangers, and creation of new questions while still not answering those that have been nagging at us for what would seem like an eternity. They have left. I will not judge them here, I can see why the would do such a thing but in my opinion this television show is just something that you had to stick with until the end, even if the storyline, answers and issues that will be dealt with at the end will appear completely different to that which Lost began as.
And in the end while the phenomenon that is Lost is finally coming to an end, many of those who have followed this great television show to the end find ourselves contemplating. What will I do now? Now that the most gripping, interesting television show I have watched for years is gone? I don't have the answer. I don't even know if we are going to cheer or boo this upcoming Finale. Although I can say one thing. It's been one hell of a ride and I have enjoyed every second, minute, episode and season of it.