Let me play it safe: I’m not objective when I have to talk about LOST, for me it should be seen and reviewed and revised again in Winter, Spring, Fall and Summer !
It is, despite the millions of productions seen in the elapsed time, still my favourite TV series (even with the worst final ever, almost as bad as “Batman vs. Superman”).
Flashback, flashforward, mysteries, brilliant characters!
Many many characters!
Too many characters!
However, if among you there is still some muggle who has not seen this amazing TV series, I suggest you to watch it combined with the summer sun, a nice club sandwich * and a cold beer, possibly Dharma, but alternatively a Schönramer Saphir Bock will be fine as well. If you are on an island it is just perfect, but for those who stayed in the city or country, my suggestion is to immerse at least your feet in a basin of water and salt (which apparently heps with water retention, too) and pretending to be with our castaways on the more absurd, mysterious, and less deserted … Island on the tv.
In what is only apparently an isolated island in the flight path of Oceanic 815, the castaways are drinking water (and so far we can admit it!), they find glasses and books (ok, the suitcases in the crash have fallen, well), food (and here we begin to wonder whether it is really an uninhabited island ..), polar bears! (Wtf!) And …. beer!!!!
A little hot, a bit fuzzy, but … beer!
This shows us that it combines more than four genres (fantastic, science-fiction, comedy, mystery, romantic etc.) it has rewritten the rules of serial products:
<< Is it still possible today to speak about traditional narrative? Aren’tthe stories sometimes taking a broader esthetic communication form than what was intedended by the single medium to transmit, originally? […] LOST created the so-called “precedent” and now the story of a TV series, trans medial or not, can no longer be the same. >>
What at that time made me go into raptures was that LOST was not just a program to follow on TV (or streaming because it’s impossible to wait for the dubbing), but a real invasion in my personal life!
I was so influenced and subjugated to have had the bad idea to write the closing argument of my university career on it! It had become a real obsession, it was not enough to watch the episodes I had to play the game, find spoiler, chat in forums with other fans!
LOST introduced the phenomenon that now we all know well: the addiction to TV series !!!
And I have to say that I didn’t even liked the pilot !
6 seasons, 114 episodes, 4 brilliant minds: JJ Abrams, Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse, Jeffrey Lieber, 1 island, 11 Primetime Emmy Awards, 10 Saturn Awards, 5 Golden Reel Award, Satellite Award 1, 1 Golden Globe, 1 Writers Guild of America Award, 1 NAACP Image Award, 1 Screen Actors Guild Award.
Are some of the LOST numbers. Not the most important ones, those are 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, and 42, numbers that often appear in the series, both individually and in succession. Their sum is 108, another number that appears in several occasions.
I do not know if after all this time it makes for the viewer the same drug-effect that it had when was played the first time, but I think so because with its crazy narrative structure it can only fold each time-space rule, and you’llfind yourself, 15 days later, with the crumbs of the sandwich scattered everywhere, the water evaporated and an amnesia about who you are and where you are, after a monstrous recuperation of the entire series!
And yes, if in the end your face is an expression of incomprehension and confusion don’t worry, it is quite normal and you are not alone!
In addition to the expert explanations, the fan hypothesis and your personal thoughts on the final, to fully understand this show you cannot just watch it nor know it by heart like me, you have TO LIVE IT.
That’s why between the second and third season, the producers created the LOST Experience, a separate chapter that explains much of the Island mysteries and its inhabitants.
<< LOST was built as a collective narrative, in which the viewer is taking an active part in the production, and the fictional universe gets to the real and vice versa through trans mediality formulas. >>
If you approach LOST for the first time ,I would highly recommend you to protective cover your mind and arm yourself with notebook because it is an all-encompassing experience, wonderful, satisfying, but also a bit frustrating (it would have been better if they had done with the fourth season as it was planned from the beginning!). But in my personal and modest view, seeing this show is part of the 100 things to do before you die.
(the recipe is from my English friend, John)
-12 slices farmhouse wholegrain & oats bread
-1/3 cup aioli
-2 large tomatoes
– 6 iceberg lettuce leaves, finely shredded
-1 tbs olive oil
-2 chicken breast fillets, cut in half through the centre
-4 rashers rind less bacon, cut into thirds
-8 thin slices roasted turkey breast
– Potato chips, to serve
We heat half the oil in a large non-stick frying pan over a medium-high heat until hot. Then we season chicken fillets on both sides with salt and pepper and we add 2 chicken pieces to the frying pan, we cook them for 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown and fit to be eaten through. We transfer to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm, we add the remaining chicken fillets to pan, adding more oil as required. We move to a plate too, and we insert the bacon to the pan and cook for 5 minutes or until golden and crisp. Then, we transfer the bacon to plate with chicken. We toast the bread slices and we place 8 slices of toast onto a chopping board, spread each with aioli and top 4 of the slices with chicken and turkey; we need to top the remaining 4 slices with bacon, tomato and lettuce. After this passage, we stack the bacon ones on top of the chicken ones and finish with the remaining toast. In the end, we cut in half diagonally and position club sandwiches onto serving places. We serve them with potato chips.
Curiosities about LOST:
– While on vacation with his family in Hawaii in the summer of 2003, the then-chairman of ABC Entertainment, Lloyd Braun, watched the network’s broadcast of Cast Away and thought the concept would make for an interesting show.
– Braun had liked the name Lost ever since an NBC reality show launched with the name in 2001.
– The room fell “dead silent” after he pitched the idea during an ABC corporate retreat shortly thereafter.
– Jack’s death scene instead went to Oceanic 815’s co-pilot (played by Greg Grunberg, Abrams’ friend since kindergarten and a former star of two of his other series, Alias and Felicity).
– Forest Whitaker was originally cast as Sawyer, but backed out to direct First Daughter, which coincidentally starred Michael Keaton as the president of the United States.
– The only member of the principal cast who didn’t have to audition was Terry O’Quinn, who had worked with Abrams on Alias. (He played FBI Director Kendall.)
– The two-hour Lost pilot cost a reported $13 million.
– Of the six numbers, 23 is used the most.
– Locke’s coffin is transported from the funeral parlor to Ben’s Canton-Rainier Carpet Cleaning van in “The Little Prince” (Season 5, Episode 4) — “Canton-Rainer” is an anagram for “reincarnation.”
– No cast member appears in every episode of Lost.
– They did write a scene that explained who the people were during the outrigger chase in Season 5, Episode 4 (“The Little Prince”). But ultimately, Lindelof said, they decided: “This is cool, but it would be much cooler if we never answered it.”