And so it begins. It’s hard to pinpoint just when you realise how good Lost
actually is. Granted, the opening episode is an astonishingly assured way to start, replete with an almighty plane crash on a seemingly deserted desert island. Yet as those who have followed the hype are well aware, there’s far more on offer here, with carefully woven plotlines introducing a series of characters who are slowly and intriguingly fleshed out throughout the 25 episodes in this set.
At its best, Lost
is a delicately layered adventure, laced with some stand-out moments. You’ll find ample instances of them here, as well as umpteen examples of the quality of writing that underpins the show. Far fetched? Yes, occasionally, and you could also argue that it takes a while to recapture the energy of those dramatic opening episodes. But this is still a lavish, compulsive show that benefits heavily from its clearly substantial production budget.
Naturally as there are more episodes made and planned, there are plenty of building blocks being put in place for later on, both through the evolving life on the island and the plethora of flashbacks that back it up. Yet it’s at this point that the quality of Lost
really hits home, thanks to lots of short term excitement with plenty still to enjoy as the show progresses. That makes Lost Series One a rewarding purchase, and one that promises even greater things ahead.--Simon Brew Season 2
Season two of the television phenomenon that is Lost
is where the questions, in many senses, started to be asked. Picking up directly after that first season cliffhanger, it sets off at a belting pace, continuing the adventures of a group of people stranded on a desert island following a place crash. Only, as becomes increasingly clear, the island is a mysterious place, and the survivors appear not to be alone.
In true Lost
fashion, the second season of the show is far better at firing out fresh questions than resolving previous ones, although again, it delights in throwing out clues that the web-inclines can research across the legion of unofficial fan websites. For the viewer of the second series of Lost
though, there’s plenty to like, and plenty to tear their hair out over.
On the downside, after an intriguing beginning, too much of the second series settles into a comfortable rhythm, conforming too rigidly to a recipe of plenty of backstory, and not too much advancement of the main narrative. It’s a device that worked first time round, but becomes tiring during the saggy middle episodes. It’s a fair argument too that things move far too slowly and for little good reason.
The upsides? Again, quite a few. There’s little doubt that the premise still holds intrigue, and the top and tail of season two are excellent. The last quarter, for instance, is both meaty and very entertaining, even offering clues to how the whole show may eventually end. So while even the Lost
purest will surely conclude that season two is an uneven dish, there’s still much to feast on, albeit with the hope that season three gets round to answering a few more question. Please. --Simon BrewSeason 3
There’s a steady pattern forming to seasons of Lost
, where the narrative by turns manages to enthral and frustrate with equal measure. And the show’s makers are clearly wise to this, as while elements of the third season revert to type, there’s a clear and genuine effort to energise a programme that continues to stretch its simple premise as far as it can.
So while Lost
still compromises of a group of plane crash survivors marooned on a mysterious island, there’s plenty else being thrown into the pot. Season three finds new characters, greater exposition of the mysterious ‘others’, the obligatory background character work, and a pronounced fracturing of relations between many of the survivors.
It too also manages to hint at some answers to the many conundrums that it continues to pose, not least a concluding episode that itself should keep fan debates fuelled until well into the next series. And, chief among its accomplishments, Lost
still manages to keep us interested, and leaves plenty in the tank for the future as well.
In short, there’s little danger you’ll be short-changed by Lost
season three thanks to its ideas, its nerve, and the continued clues it teasingly leaves along the way. As fascinating as it always was. --Jon FosterSeason 4
Anybody whose faith in Lost
was beginning to waiver will surely appreciate the fourth season of the show. For this is Lost
firing on all cylinders, showing a willingness to answer a few more questions than usual, while not being afraid to deepen elements of the mystery of Ocean 815.
The big new idea for Lost
season four, as introduced in the cliffhanger at the end of the previous run, is flash-forwards, where we see some of the characters after they?ve left the island. This freshens the show immensely, and gives the writers some much-needed new meat to chew on. As a result, characters are more convincingly fleshed out, and more fun is had with the narrative in general.
There are still a few of the ailments that have hindered Lost in the past. Whenever Matthew Fox's Jack takes centre-stage, for instance, it still tends to be an episode to forget, while one or two sub-plots are allowed to meander a little more than they should. Yet it's a transitionary season, moving the show towards its final two years by beginning to fill in some of the blanks we?ve been lacking. And with a cliffhanger at the end that, once more, has the potential to firmly pull the rug from under your feet, it?s very clear that Lost
has plenty more tricks up its sleeve to come. A terrific season of an increasingly bold show. --Simon Brew Season 5
made its debut as a cult phenomenon in 2004, certain things seemed inconceivable. In its fourth year, some of those things, like a rescue, came to pass. The season ended with Locke (Terry O'Quinn) attempting to persuade the Oceanic Six to return, but he dies before that can happen--or so it appears--and where Jack (Matthew Fox) used to lead, Ben (Emmy nominee Michael Emerson) now takes the reins and convinces the survivors to fulfill Locke's wish. As producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse state in their commentary on the fifth-season premiere, "We're doing time travel this year," and the pile-up of flashbacks and flash-forwards will make even the most dedicated fan dizzy. Ben, Jack, Hurley (Jorge Garcia), Sayid (Naveen Andrews), Sun (Yunjin Kim), and Kate (Evangeline Lilly) arrive to find that Sawyer (Josh Holloway) and Juliet (Elizabeth Mitchell) have been part of the Dharma Initiative for three years. The writers also clarify the roles that Richard (Nestor Carbonell) and Daniel (Jeremy Davies) play in the island's master plan, setting the stage for the prophecies of Daniel's mother, Eloise Hawking (Fionnula Flanagan), to play a bigger part in the sixth and final season. Dozens of other players flit in and out, some never to return. A few, such as Jin (Daniel Dae Kim), live again in the past. Lost
could've wrapped things up in five years, as The Wire
did, but the show continues to excite and surprise. As Lindelof and Cuse admit in the commentary, there's a "fine line between confusion and mystery", adding, "it makes more sense if you're drunk". --Kathleen C. Fennessy
The complete seasons 1-5 of the hugely popular US drama series following a group of people who are stranded on a remote desert island after their plane crashes. Episodes in the first season comprise: 'Pilot: Part 1', 'Pilot: Part 2', 'Tabula Rasa', 'Walkabout', 'White Rabbit', 'House of the Rising Sun', 'The Moth', 'Confidence Man', 'Solitary', 'Raised By Another', 'All the Best Cowboys Have Daddy Issues', 'Whatever the Case May Be', 'Hearts and Minds', 'Special', 'Homecoming', 'Outlaws', '...In Translation', 'Numbers', 'Deus Ex Machina', 'Do No Harm', 'The Greater Good (aka Sides)', 'Born to Run', 'Exodus: Part 1' and 'Exodus: Part 2'. In the second season, the survivors of the Oceanic Flight 815 discover they are not alone in their battle against 'The Others' and a contested decision to open the hatch reveals a new realm of mystery and intrigue. Episodes comprise: 'Man of Science, Man of Faith', 'Adrift', 'Orientation', 'Everybody Hates Hugo', '...And Found', 'Abandoned', 'The Other 48 Days', 'Collision', 'What Kate Did', 'The 23rd Psalm', 'The Hunting Party', 'Fire and Water', 'The Long Con', 'One of Them', 'Maternity Leave', 'The Whole Truth', 'Lockdown', 'Dave', 'S.O.S.', 'Two for the Road', '?', 'Three Minutes' and 'Live Together, Die Alone'. In the third season, with Jack (Matthew Fox), Kate (Evangeline Lilly), and Sawyer (Josh Holloway) now prisoners of 'The Others', psychological mind games are the order of the day as the two rival camps battle for supremacy of the island. Episodes comprise: 'A Tale of Two Cities', 'The Glass Ballerina', 'Further Instructions', 'Every Man for Himself', 'The Cost of Living', 'I Do', 'Not in Portland', 'Flashes Before Your Eyes', 'Stranger in a Strange Land', 'Tricia Tanaka Is Dead', 'Enter 77', 'Par Avion' 'The Man from Talahassee', 'Expose', 'Left Behind', 'One of Us', 'Catch-22', 'D.O.C.', 'The Brig', 'The Man Behind the Curtain', 'Greatest Hits' and 'Through the Looking Glass'. The fourth season features both flash-backs and flash-forwards which show the characters before and after their experiences on the island. Episodes comprise: 'The Begining of the End', 'Confirmed Dead', 'The Economist', 'Eggtown', 'The Constant', 'The Other Woman', 'Ji Yeon', 'Meet Kevin Johnson', 'The Shape of Things to Come', 'Something Nice Back Home', 'Cabin Fever', 'There's No Place Like Home: Part 1', 'There's No Place Like Home: Part 2' and 'There's No Place Like Home: Part 3'. Finally, in the fifth season, the Oceanic 6 are forced to return to the island, where they finally discover the fate of those who were left behind. Episodes comprise: 'Because You Left', 'The Lie', 'Jughead', 'The Little Prince', 'This Place is Death', '316', 'The Life and Death of Jeremy Bentham', 'LaFleur', 'Namaste', 'He's Our You', 'Whatever Happened, Happened', 'Dead Is Dead', 'Some Like It Hoth', 'The Variable', 'Follow the Leader' and 'The Incident'.