For the record, I’m not watching the second series of Lost (currently showing on Channel 4. I’m not wasting my time on it anymore. I heard it was good. It look intriguing. I gave it a damn good go (I must have watched half to two thirds of season one – or be it sometimes whilst doing other things in the latter stages) but, no, sorry, I know that it is probably considered sacriligious to say so, but it’s utter crap. It’s non-sensical drivel.
That said, I do have a sneaking regard for the series and it’s creators in particular. What they have succeeded in contriving to create is ‘must see’ drama that people find compulsive to watch. It preys on our liking of drama with good-looking attractive characters, and on action and adventure, thrills, and mystery and intrigue. People watch it because they have set a story which they have to know what is going. My prediction is this: you are never going to find out what is going on.
To find out what is really going on in Lost is not, in my view, the point. It’s fantasy drama of the highest order. Fantasy, in that what you want to happen will happen in a universe where there are no rules. Everything will happen because anything can happen. I don’t think, as some have suspected, that it is all a dilusion or a dream in the mind of one or some of the characters, because that would emply that there will be an ending. I don’t think there will be an ending in so much as there will be a resolution – just one more incredulous cliffhanger. And fans of the series will love it for this.
I have a certain respect for the writers and producers of this series for creating a series which is so blatantly about nothing at all but which are compulsive to watch. In this way it goes beyond the likes of Casulty and ER in that stories come and go, themes and issues are explored, but it’s not really about anything. Oddly, my problem with Lost is that the writers are writing, so say a story, and introducing story arcs with not a clue where it’s going or how or if it will end. At least with Casulty or 24 or Dawson’s Creek, it’s about person’s fight against cancer, that guy’s broken leg or car accident, that terrorist plot, or that group of kids growing up in Boston – and whilst all the greater story arcs might never end, the individual stories come to some kind of end or resolution or finality. You can at least understand the open-endedness. With Lost you can’t begin to comprehend the open-endedness, you can’t work it out, and come to a conclusion that you can agree with yourself about the next day, because the writers don’t know what’s really going on.
It’s good to keep your reader/viewer guessing, but as creators/writers you at least need to have some idea what the hell is going on!
As I say, for me, Lost has lost the plot for me, but I probably will continue to respect the writers for being able to hook so many millions people on nothing…