For my birthday, Agent Bun got me LOST: the complete series on Blu-Ray. As expected, we’ve dived in and started watching it again.
LOST is one of those rare shows, like The Wire, that the two of us loved equally. Even on nights where I’ve pondered whether any jury would convict, hostilities ceased for LOST.
I’ve written before about why the show works so well. It was an early eulogy since I wrote it as the show was nearing the end of its run.
It Brought Us Closer Together
Typically she fills her time with shows like Bachelor Pad, The Bachelor, The Bachelorette (there’s a pattern!) and just about any half-wit talent contest Fox can throw at her. (Also Glee, which is a positively awful show, regardless of how it makes you feel about your world-view. Don’t bother arguing the point.)
I, on the other hand, appreciate the sublime comedy of Aqua Unit Patrol Squad 1, The Venture Brothers and Futurama. For live-action fare I get a chuckle out of Red Eye, which is the best show you’ve never watched.
But we both stayed with LOST to the end, and we always had it as common ground for entertainment.
It’s Becoming an Obsession…Again
The funny thing is, we were originally going to make it like a “Date Night” thing. Once a week, and stretch the seasons out that way.
That plan has been replaced with the two-at-a-time option, just about every night since we decided to start. And it’s been so much fun to go back to those first moments and see the beginning of everything, knowing where it will go. Like reading a great book again, it’s revisiting old friends and great moments with that sense of revelation and dramatic irony that adds a whole new layer. Catching things you missed the first time.
It’s getting the opportunity to care again with Jack as he realizes someone has to lead. It’s a new chance to discover Locke’s pain and desperate hope for salvation.
It’s a chance to see all of the things that later tie in to season 3, or 6, or whenever, with that fun wish of wanting to tell the characters not to brush past its significance. Trying to remember who did what to whom, and why.
It will be the chance to meet Ben Linus, one of the greatest television characters of all time, all over again and learn his complex humanity.
See where science and faith meet, and ponder how they’re just flip sides to the same coin. Seriously, it’s a show with characters who are named for great philosophers, which openly ponders the underpinnings of faith while also contemplating the nature of quantum physics.
And what does your little show do? Oh, they solve crimes with DNA. How quaint.
So just as a heads-up, you’re going to be reading a bit more about LOST soon, but I’ll be careful not to give away too many spoilers. Because I think if you haven’t watched it yet, you owe it to yourself to watch it. You won’t be sorry.