Kristen’s Top Five Shows: #4 – LOST

Lost Season 6 Cast

With all the hoopla surrounding the LOST finale last May, I’ve been experiencing a bit of Lost fatigue. Still, I knew I had to include it in my top 5 TV shows of all time because I can’t think of another show I’ve spent so much time talking about, analyzing, and just plain obsessing over.

What the show is about
On the surface, Lost is about a group of plane crash survivors trapped on an uncharted tropical island. The island is full of mysteries and science fiction goodness, like the DHARMA Initiative research stations and the castaways’ ability to time travel. The show also has a spiritual element and explored themes of good versus evil and science versus faith.

Why I liked it
Pretty much everything I loved about Lost fits into three categories:

Mysteries
The mysterious island is what sucked me into Lost and then kept me busy speculating and theorizing over six seasons. What do Hurley’s lottery numbers mean? Why is there a polar bear on the island? Why doesn’t Richard Alpert age? And what’s up with the four toed statue? You can spend countless hours trying to unravel all these mysteries. I don’t think any other TV show has ever had as complex a mythology as Lost.

Characters
While the mysteries got me hooked, it was the characters who made everything matter. After six seasons, I really came to be emotionally invested in characters like Hurley, Kate, Sawyer, Juliet, and Jack. Who didn’t cry when Sun and Jin died? Who wasn’t rooting for Rose and Bernard? I love when I can connect with a show like that and care so much about the characters. The characters on Lost weren’t without their flaws, which just made them that much more believable and complex.

Storytelling
Part of the reason the characters felt so real was thanks to the flashbacks where we saw their lives before they ended up on the island. I still remember when I first saw the episode “Walkabout” where it was revealed that John Locke was in a wheelchair before the plane crash. Blew. My. Mind. Yeah, all the flashbacks and flashforwards got a little confusing toward the end, but the storytelling on Lost was still way better than anything else on TV.

Why you should watch
If you aren’t already convinced, here are a few more reasons to watch Lost:

The twisting, turning plot is pure entertainment and you will be in for an exciting ride.

There’s something for everyone from science to time travel to spiritual questions to love triangles, you’ll probably find a compelling reason to watch.

Eye candy – Expect to see hot, shirtless guys like Josh Holloway running around the island, not to mention the jungle setting looks amazing in HD.

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