So, no, Lost doesn't work as a character drama. It does work very well as a twisting, turning, wild-ride of a show. Many of its episodes are very strong when viewed as self-contained episodes and it often strikes a enjoyable balance between cool character moments and mind-blowing Island craziness. Each season brings up a number of themes that viewers can wrestle around with in their minds, from season one's exploration into the responsibilities we have with respect to our loved ones, to season 2's War-on-Terror-charged political overtones to season 6's discussions of the power of faith and its ability to help you let go of life's baggage. At its best, the show is paced like pulp entertainment but with a pleasingly hefty intellectual weight. And you know what? I don't have a problem at all with the sci-fi insanity. Things like the polar bears were ****ed up at first but eventually explained. Sure the Island's explanation as a cork for all the world's evil and good and whatever is pretty much the Force but I can readily accept this show, Smoke Monster and electromagnetism and fish biscuits and all. Because it is a genre piece and it is fun and it is entertaining. Its genre-ness doesn't diminish what good characterization there is, either.
Would I suggest that someone who was on the fence about the show (or even mildly antagonistic towards it like I was) go ahead and watch Lost? Yes. I think that I would. Thanks, Lost. You are deeply, deeply flawed but you aren't without merit. The world of TV is better off by your presence.
In honor of Jacob, here are some lists:
Favorite Episode - 1.) The Shape of Things to Come
2.) The Constant
3.) Flashes Before Your Eyes
Last) Stranger In A Strange Land
Best Actors -
Elite Tier (the stuff that Emmy nominations are made of):
Michael Emerson, Yunjin Kim, Terry O'Quinn
Great tier (not Emmy-good, but still damn good):
Daniel Dae Kim, Josh Holloway, Elizabeth Mitchell, Nestor Carbonell (once he got something to do), Henry Ian Cusick, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Harold Perrineau
Naveen Andrews (would have been in the Great tier but he turned in a disastrous season 6 in which Sayid's accent completely changed)
Best Seasons, in order from best to worst -
Best Pieces of Music -
1.) The S tooges, "Search and Destroy"
2.) There is no number two. **** you, Giacchino, for trying to upstage the show at every turn. There's another reason why Lost doesn't work as a character drama - instead of letting the characters do things that make the audience feel certain ways, Giacchino has to drive the audience to feel certain ways with his heavy-handed (though oftentimes beautiful when taken just as pieces of music) score. I might be the only person who feels this way.
Least favorite characters -
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