Just got through watching Lost Season 1 (roommate bought it). I had gotten addicted after watching the Season 2 premiere. I had seen the very first episode of the show and wasn’t really impressed enough to keep tuning in. However, by the time season 2 began things were so intriguing I had to go back and catch myself up. What I found was one of the most ambitious network television series I’ve ever seen. The character development is amazing; paced out very well and nothing ever seems forced. The opening episode sets up archetypes and the rest of the series, through flashbacks helps to break those down. If you haven’t seen the show I’ll explain a little bit of what’s going on without revealing too many spoilers.

The Castaways

First we have Dr. Jack Shephard (Matthew Fox). He seems to be the character you would most expect to take center stage, but as the series creators have stated many times they want this to be a show that sets up conventions and then subverts them at every turn. Jack was in Australia transporting his deceased father’s body back to the States. How his father got to Australia and died is a very interesting story that you’ll have to see for yourself.

There’s Kate Austen (Evangeline Lilly). Kate was being transported, in shackles, by a U.S. Marshall on the plane. What she did to end up a fugitive is another very intriguing story revealed over the course of the first season.

There’s Sawyer (Josh Holloway), a con man in Australia on mysterious business. After the crash he quickly gathers up food, water, medicine, pretty much anything he can get his hands on and uses this as leverage with the other survivors.

Sayid Jarrah (Naveen Andrews) was a member of the Republican Guard (the Iraqi military) and specialized in interrogation. His reasons for being in Australia are also something you’ll have to find out on your own. Once on the island he uses his military training to work with pieces of transmitters, laptops, and cell phones to make a device that can send a distress call out.

Michael Dawson (Harold Perrineau) & Walt Lloyd (Malcolm David Kelly) are a father and son recently reunited after years of seperation. Their relationship plays a very major role in the course of the first season. Walt especially seems to possess a deeper knowledge than others might realize. Michael becomes obsessed with getting his son off this island and, using his background in construction, begins building a raft.

Jin and Sun Kwon (Daniel Dae Kim and Yoon-jin Kim) are a Korean couple who speak no English. Jin works for Sun’s father, a Korean mob boss and the two were on a trip to deliver wristwatches as tokens to two of the father’s associates. On their way to deliver the second watch to Los Angeles they board the ill-fated flight. Once on the island, Jin is extremely over protective of Sun and we begin to learn that Sun may be more capable than he realizes.

Shannon Rutherford (Maggie Grace) and Boone Carlyle (Ian Somerhalder) are stepsiblings and have great wealth. Boone’s mother is the “Martha Stewart of weddings” and Boone helps run some of the companies. Shannon gets involved with dangerous men which always results in Boone paying the guy off to never see her again and bringing Shannon back home. They were on their way back to the States after just such an event when the plane crashes. Once on the island, Boone become close to Locke while Shannon is forced to challenge the expectations she has for herself.

Charlie Pace (Dominic Monaghan) is the bass player and songwriter for the now defunct band Driveshaft (heavily influenced by the battles of Noel and Liam Gallagher). Charlie is a heroin addict who has managed to recover a small baggie of his stash after the crash. Charlie finds redemption in….

Claire Littleton (Emilie de Ravin), a young unmarried pregnant woman on her way to give her unborn baby up for adoption in California. How she decided to make this trek is a story I think reveals a little more of what’s really going on on the island.

Hugo “Hurley” Reyes (Jorge Garcia) is the “comic relief”. He was the recent winner of the lottery and is now worth over a $150 million. There’s a dark secret to how he won, a number overheard while spending time in a mental hospital. Using the number to play the lottery, he wins and then bad things begin to happen to people around him. His search for the origin of the number leads him to the middle of nowhere in the Outback. With no good answers he boards a flight back to LA. Once on the island he begins to realize the answer to his number may lie somewhere in the jungles.

John Locke (Terry O’Quinn) is the most interesting and intriguing character in the series. Remember how I said the creator wanted to subvert the viewers’ expectations? Well, if Jack is the character you expect to be the focus I think Locke is the one who will slowly become the key to the entire series. John Locke was wheelchair bound when he boarded Oceanic Flight 815. After the crash he finds he can walk but keeps this a secret from the other survivors. His dream was to be a great hunter/tracker and now, stuck on this mysterious island, he finds he has all the knowledge he would ever need. He’s able to hunt boar, set traps, survive on his own out in the jungle for days. He interacts with the rest of the survivors but you get the feeling he could make it on his own if he had to. A very revealing conversation comes near the end of the first season when Locke talks to Jack about the island as if it is a living entity. Locke believes that the island is challenging he and all the others and that whatever they were before the crash is erased. Here they start over and make themselves who they want to be. Locke’s own journey seems to be leading him deeper and deeper into the heart of the island, but what will he find when he gets there?

So check out Lost Season 1 on DVD and Season 2 on the air now. If allowed to stay on the air this show could turn out to be one of the most rewarding and creative network programs in a long time. It’s good to see that despite the reality TV glut there’s still great creative programming out there.


~ by Seth on November 11, 2005.

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