5 Reasons Why LOST Was A Great And Groundbreaking Show

It’s no secret to my friends and family that I’m a huge (emphasis on the word huge) LOST fan. I started with the show from its pilot back in 2004 and watched all 6 seasons passionately, even through the not-so-great moments that made many of my friends turn their heads for awhile.

It seems weird to say that a television show changed my life, but LOST definitely did. I could talk forever about what it meant to me on a personal level, but let’s take a minute to talk about the show itself – which was more than just a pop culture fixture – it was a phenomenon and a game changer in the world of television.

1. THE MYTHOLOGY
 

LOST structured itself the same way that the popular show The X-Files did – serialized mythological arcs, with a few “monster of the week” episodes thrown in here and there to break up the heavy amount of information tossed at the viewer. But the difference – and what set Lost apart – from the way other shows had presented a mythological-based series is the way in which this information was presented.

The show’s mythology was so in-depth and complex that it constantly left people with something different to theorize. The amount of overlapping information combined with the sheer intrigue of what was being presented essentially re-invented the method of storytelling for television, something no other show has been able to successfully achieve since.

2. THE CHARACTERS
 

As with any show that we become heavily invested in, characters play a huge part in our attachment to a series – and LOST was no exception. We cried when these characters died, and we got angry when they made choices that we didn’t necessarily agree with. LOST‘s hook was giving each character a flawed background that we were always able to relate to and find a common ground with.

Flashbacks also helped delve into each character’s life stories, where we were treated to glimpses of their lives before (and after) their time on the island. Sometimes, seeing how these characters lived or what they went through helped us to better understand a character that we had harbored certain feelings towards. The great thing about LOST is that it made its characters the crux of the story – always making sure the relationships between them were the most important aspect of the show, up until the very end.

3. THE TWISTS AND SURPRISES
 

From surprises to jaw-dropping twists to puzzle pieces, we were constantly bombarded with mysteries, connections and new reveals. And sometimes, just when we think we had everything figured out, we would be shocked with a game-changing twist that was entirely different from anything we would’ve ever expected (time travel flash forward, anyone?)

Each episode found new ways to shock us. Small tie-ins, like connections with other passengers off the island or instances where the “cursed” numbers found their way into different scenarios helped keep the viewer interested, invested, alert and always guessing

4. BREAKING THE MOLD OF TELEVISION
 

LOST didn’t just break the mold of television in the way it told stories. Aside from being produced entirely in Hawaii, the scope of the show was so intense that the level of the work done each week by the crew and the cast rivaled the efforts of producing a mini movie. LOST consistently delivered episodes week after week that were laden with special effects, shocking moments, and strong acting.

Perhaps one of the biggest ways the show broke the “mold” of television was by its diverse casting. LOST employed multiple characters of different nationalities and made efforts to accurately show the differences in cultural lifestyles. Additionally, the creators took their diversity one step further by creating episodes that were done almost entirely in Korean (with English subtitles), a successful venture that had never really been undertaken before.

5. FROM CAST TO FANS: INTERACTION AND SOCIAL MEDIA
 

The devotion of LOST‘s fans reached beyond regular week-to-week viewers. Famous bloggers and other entertainment enthusiasts became involved with the show, which led pop culture to embrace it in an extremely intense way. Talk show host Jimmy Kimmel even devoted a specific episode to the series finale, where he interviewed cast members and screened the final episode for his studio audience.

With social networking becoming popular right around the time of LOST‘s premiere, message boards and interactive websites, along with fan pages dedicated to the show’s theories, popped up everywhere. Jorge Garcia, who played fan-favorite Hurley, even kept a blog where he would converse with fans on a regular basis and where he would host his own podcasts. From viewing parties to radio shows to debates to blogs, LOST spawned countless instances where people could interact with each other and involve themselves in what truly became a community of those who had an intense love for the series.

 

It seems hard to believe, but May 23rd will mark one year since LOST went off the air for the final time. While the day will be a bittersweet moment of remembering the ending of my favorite show, I’ll also look back fondly on how lucky I was to be a part of the journey that was special to me in many ways.

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