Yesterday I wrote a post about how I was just going to write, pretty much, whatever I wanted on this blog and I think this post is going to be a prime example of that. It just happened to pass that, as I was kindly informed by my friend Louise on my Facebook wall, the TV show LOST had it's eleventh anniversary. Eleven. Feel old yet? I do.
It wouldn't be an overstatement to say that my friends and I were obsessed with this TV show. From watching it religiously, to discussing it at every opportunity, to exploring the fictional world and websites it had created conspicuously on the computers at the back of our classroom. We lived and breathed it, but I must admit, even with that level of dedication, parts of the clever and intertwining storyline still went over my head. So recently, I re-watched the series from start to finish and it was one of those shows that was just so much richer and better the second time around.
As a LOST fan, however, and those of you who are fans will empathise with this, everyone always challenges your love with questions or criticisms about the show. "I just didn't get into it" after one episode. "It was too complicated" after watching it half-heartedly. So here, I am going to dispel the three biggest criticisms I always get as a LOST fan in the hopes that you will watch (or re-watch) the show.
1 - I just didn't 'get' it - why was there a Polar Bear?
See also "Isn't that the show with the Polar Bear?".
Yes. There was a Polar bear. In season one, I believe, there was a Polar Bear. For any of you put off from watching LOST because of the Polar Bear, please be assured that he did not remain a regular character.
In the 1960's and 70's the island was inhabited by a scientific research group called DHARMA. The research group knew that the island was special, not least because of the different magnetic frequency's it had, and they conducted scientific experiments on the island. Including experiments on a polar bear. Simple.
The wonderful thing about LOST is that it drops little easter eggs like that for you to figure out later. And with the intertwining storylines, there are plenty.
2 - It was all just a bit complicated for me.
Granted, LOST is one of those television shows you have to concentrate on. If you want something to watch while you scroll through Facebook or refresh your Instagram then, it's not for you.
The wonderful thing that my friends and I lapped up was that it was almost the PLL of it's day but better. Think, finding clues, listening to podcasts, looking up theories but with fake adverts implanted into the break and fake websites with clues. It was SO EXCITING.
3 - But didn't it turn out to all be just a dream?
Short answer is no. It was all real and it all happened. The ending just confused the hell out of a lot of people.
The final season was split between the present time and an alternate time, which confused a lot of people. The alternate time was a kind of limbo before the afterlife where all of the losties could find each other and pass over together. So in a way, the limbo wasn't 'real' which is where the dream idea came from. But it was all very real and all very worth watching.
Although LOST was full of clever storylines and mysteries, what the ending emphasised was that at it's core, LOST was a show about people. Characters you grew to know and relate to and love. They were all a little LOST and they found family in each other. So I bloody loved the ending and it seemed pretty fitting that they all found each other in the alternate ending and the afterlife.
And if I haven't convinced you, Sawyer was really hot.
Have I convinced you? Are you a LOST fan? Let me know!