on 1 January 2008
From the first episode of Lost i became completely addicted. Very rarely does a TV programme come along which blows you away, the last that did this for me was Band of Brother's.
The basic idea of the show has been done before, plane crash on a mystical island, passengers survive and hope for rescue but this is where the magic of Lost kick's in and all sort's of strange happening's start scaring and surprising the survivors.
Each episode is based on one of the main charecter's and with how they are dealing with the island while showing flashback's to their past so you learn about the type of person they were before the crash.
The mystery and suspense had me hooked, the location and scenery was beutifully shot and the music compliments the show perfectly. There's not one weak episode out of the 25 and the end of season cliffhanger was brilliant and left me gasping for more.
There's something for everyone in this programme and i would be amazed if you don't enjoy it! Brilliant!!
on 3 February 2009
Well what can i say, i never watched the 'lost' series on tv, work commitments left me unable to find time and we didnt have sky plus then but enough of the rabble.
I had heard so may people raving about the series and hell were they right, its so addictive, you find yourself having to watch the next episode, I have watched the whole of the first series over 2 days.
I have now also ordered series 2, 3 and 4, hopefully they will be here in the next few days. The boxset comes in a nice sleeve with 7 individual discs also in their own cases, its well presented and well worth the £18.
Anyone who missed the tv series and is thinking of buying this go for it you will not be let down, i was not a lost fan but i can quite honestly say that I am now.
on 6 September 2006
As many of the other reviews have said, Lost is a slow moving programme. Many of them say that nothing really happens but they seem to be missing the point of the show.
Firstly, the main story line is going to take six to eight seasons to complete.
But the main thing i feel people are missing is, although the events on the island are the most important parts of the show it's not what the show is about. it's about how the decisions in our lives lead us to where we are going. as with all the best tv shows, Lost is a character driven show and is nothing without the complex back stories of who these people really are. over time, i feel lost will become a part of TV history as it's this character depth that makes this show stand out above the rest.
If your one of these people who want everything spelled out for you, Lost is not the show for you. But for anyone who enjoys a show on a more personal level and not only enjoys what happens in the seen but how the characters are involved and affected by the events then Lost is the show made for you.
On a routine flight from Australia to Los Angeles, an Oceanic Airlines flight crashes. The survivors find themselves on an uncharted island, miles off course. If anyone is looking for them, they are looking in the wrong place.
If it were a matter of simple surviving, these survivors might have had a chance. But that's not all there is. A strange creature kills the pilot. A group finds a radio signal calling for help that's been going for years. And this group is not alone on the island.
Of course, as the group settles in, they get to know each other, and relationships begin to develop. Other relationships begin to fall apart in the stress of the situation. And everybody has a story, which is told to us in flashbacks, complimenting the action on the island.
I tuned in for the pilot for many reasons. Survivors on an island always interest me. And I'm a big fan of ALIAS, also from one of the creators of this show. I was hooked from the beginning and couldn't wait to tune in each week to see what was going to happen. With 14 main characters, some only get a scene or two in some episodes, but we might learn about them in the next episode with a series of flashbacks.
Everybody seems to have their favorite characters. Many people tuned in for Dominic Monaghan, fresh off of LORD OF THE RINGS. Matthew Fox was also a well-known name before hand. Personally, I was thrilled to see Daniel Dae Kim, who I've been watching show up on various shows since his days on CRUSADE. And I've also enjoyed seeing Mira Furlan from BABYLON 5 on another show, even if it's only as a guest star.
It seems the more we learn about the characters, the more questions that are asked.
Some people find that frustrating. The season finale leaves us with no answers to the questions we've had all season, and the number of questions have only increased. Personally, I don't expect all the answers until the show is over, so I'm willing to wait out the ride, hoping that Abrams won't give in to pressure to give us answers like he did in ALIAS. I also hope we get answers before the show ends and it's not dragged out needlessly.
So, is the set worth it for fans of the show? Absolutely! The show is presented in wide screen, which was what it was shot for. The surround sound is incredible. You can hear the bugs in the jungle or the waves on the shore. Yet the sound effects aren't overwhelming. They're just right to make you feel like you're there. There are five commentary tracks with various members of the cast and crew. And the seventh disc is nothing but bonus material, with documentaries on the creation of the series, casting (with interesting casting videos, sometimes of an actor auditioning for another roll), and creating the pilot. For fun, there's information on Driveshaft and bloopers. Plus nineteen minutes of deleted scenes. The set itself looks nice, but the way the discs are set in the case makes three of them hard to get out. You have to move out the one in front to get to the one behind. It's not a big issue, but it is annoying.
This shows combines an intriguing story with interesting characters and great writing and acting. I can't wait until season 2 starts.
on 15 June 2012
I have to confess that LOST is possibly my favourite Television show ever. With its huge budget pilot (known as the most expensive pilot episode ever produced), it set the tone for this genre-twisting drama, which combined supernatural mystery with in-depth character drama.
Most people are aware of the central premise, but I'll summarise it briefly here. A plane leaving from Australia crashes on a seemingly deserted island, with the survivors forced to band together, despite their differences and build a camp on the beach, whilst they await rescue. Unfortunately for them, there doesn't appear to be any sign of rescue, their plane was off-course before it crashed and a strange creature roars throughout the dense jungle.
The thing that attracted me to Lost in the first instance was the mystery nature of the show. Within the first episode, you are hit with several intriguing mysteries, such as: Who was the convict on the airplane? How did a certain animal get onto the island? What is the monster in the jungle and the biggest question, which is the last line of dialogue of the pilot, "Guys, Where are we?"
However, there are some brilliant character moments which instantly help you identify and love the large cast of survivors. This Season in particular focuses on our survivors and builds up their history through `flashbacks' which cut back to events before the plane crash, ensuring that the action of the island events is given some relevance against past memories of one of the survivors. Some of the characters have very interesting pasts, filled with enough mystery as the events on the island.
The cast of characters is pretty eclectic with a vast range of races, genders and classes amongst them. We have Boone & Shannon (the rich brats), Sawyer (a southern rogue), Jack (the brave Doctor), John Locke (the mysterious hunter), Kate (the feisty female), Michael & Walt (father & son), Sun & Jin (troubled Asian couple), Hurley (jolly everyman), Charlie (ex-Rockstar) and Claire (a very pregnant single mum). These characters are all well-written and the situation they are in allows us to grow to like and trust them, as they grow to like and trust each other. Out of all the Seasons, this is the one that spends time in developing these people, with later Seasons focusing somewhat more on the mysteries of the Island.
The action picks up in the middle of the Season, with the introduction of plot twist after plot twist, always leading to more questions than answers! Each episode has a strong enough cliff-hanger to tempt you to skip along to the next episode, and once you finish a disk, a screen full of questions pops up to recap some of the unsolved mysteries.
This box set contains the first 24 episodes of this series, with numerous commentaries from cast & writers on specific episodes, which are definitely worth listening to as they often drop hints for some of the key mysteries of the show. There are lots of bonus features and Easter eggs on these discs, but my favourites were the photos taken by Matthew Fox (Jack), which he narrates, and the Audition tapes, showcasing the actors sometimes playing other roles. One of the bonus features exclusive to Blu-Ray is the ability to Season-Play, meaning that you can start from the first episode of the Season and the Blu-Ray will remember where you are, regardless of whether you switch discs or not.
This is a tricky show to review, as some of the best moments are better experienced without prior knowledge. This is a truly shocking show, with some of the best twists experienced in Television. There might be some moments of frustration when some of the more intense questions go unanswered, but if you are a fan of smart-writing and complex storylines, this first season of LOST is a must-have!
Hopes were not terribly high for "Lost," the action-drama about a planeful of castaways lost on a tropical island. "Gilligan's Island" all over again? Not quite. This mysterious show rapidly turned itself into a runaway hit. Mystery, drama, the supernatural and horror seep into this series, turning it into one of the most intriguing shows on television.
The series opens with a wrecked plane on a beach, surrounded by panicking people who manage to escape the wreckage. Jack (Matthew Fox) manages to group the refugees into a makeshift camp on the shore -- but soon they hear strange noises and see palm trees being trampled by a gargantuan monster. And when he ventures into the jungle, with the mysterious Kate (Evangeline Lilly) and junkie rocker Charlie (Dominic Monaghan), they find the still-living pilot. The pilot reveals that they are hundreds of miles off course, and no one will be able to find him. Then he gets eaten by an unseen monster.
Now the island is occupied by a motley band, including a strange warrior-sage with a knife-throwing knack, a traumatized con man, a pregnant girl whose baby holds a secret, a secretive Korean couple, a snobby rich girl and her exasperated brother, an Iraqi ex-soldier, and a "dude"-talking chubby guy who has a dark secret of his own. Despite Jack's best efforts, the group splits into two camps, and tensions grow between them.
And there are even worse things coming -- the survivors are not the only ones on the island. A possibly crazy Frenchwoman (Mira Furlan) is hiding somewhere in the jungle, and the murderous "Ethan" kidnaps and nearly kills two of the survivors. The island itself has mysteries -- mysterious monsters, voices in the woods, radio towers, a metal hatch in the jungle ground, and a string of numbers that bring madness and ill fortune...
Yes, it's a weird show. But in the midst of shallow sitcoms and endless reality TV, it's refreshing to see a twisty-turny show like this one. J.J. Adams, best known for "Alias," outdoes his first hit TV show with something totally different. The best way to describe it is as "Swiss Family Robinson," as written by Stephen King.
The gorgeous Hawaiian landscape is a contrast for such a dark storyline. Adams never reveals everything, which keeps up the suspense -- the mysterious monster (a dinosaur?) is only briefly seen by the characters, and nobody knows exactly what it is. Nor are we sure who has been there, or what is up with the island. Adams keeps viewers guessing by slowly peeling away the layers.
What's really interesting is that "Lost" is truly an ensemble show -- Adams gives every character a chance to shine, and flashbacks reveal what makes them tick. Some, like ex-con Kate, are a bit more mysterious than others, but some like the Korean marrieds and the haunted, smart-alecky Sawyer get a lot more dimension and humanity.
Matthew Fox is given a lot of attention, and he is a good actor. But it's the secondary actors that really catch your attention: Dominic Monaghan gives a simply amazing performance as Charlie, especially when Charlie goes through withdrawal, Jorge Garcia is equally good at comedy ("Dude, that was a Jedi moment!") and drama, and Terry O'Quinn is stellar as the enigmatic cubicle-worker-turned-jungle-warrior. Evangeline Lilly gives the debut performance of a lifetime, as tormented criminal Kate.
"Lost" is a well-written, well-acted show that brings a bit of mystery back into prime-time television. Creepy, funny, romantic, tragic and sometimes just weird, it's definitely worth checking out.
on 7 January 2011
I'm a bit behind on all this. I've only just discovered and bought Lost Season One. Me and the wife sat down to watch the first DVD of 7 in total and were instantly hooked. By what? By the gradual introduction of characters. By the flashbacks to small parts of their lives before the crash. By the mysteries. By the discovery that a situation or even a character may not be what we originally thought. By something always happening. By a mysterious huge something or other which can be heard in the nearing jungle. By things happening which we just didn't expect. By the superb acting. Ok, you get the jist of it. Not only that, we're only on the first season and there are 5 more after this. Each episode is about 40 mins long and on each DVD Season there are about 28 episodes. BRING IT ON !!!! FANTASTIC STUFF !!!
on 30 January 2010
My partner loves this series and I just about tolerate it hence 3 stars. I am going to try to give a balanced review of why you might or might not enjoy watching this series that reviewers have reviewed as `absolutely brilliant' down to being `absolute rubbish' without giving too much away.
Why you would enjoy LOST
If you want something at the end of the day to take your mind off things then it will definitely do the trick. The basic scenario is interesting - plane crash on a desert island that is far from deserted - and the characters well-defined for the most part and interesting, with flashbacks to their lives before the crash helping you to understand them and why they do the things they do. None of them are pure blood goody goody brave heroes and most of them are at best flawed and at worst severely dysfunctional. Plenty of surprises in the flashbacks as you find out that what you thought they were they are not at all. In fact, if you like mysteries you will be up to your ears in them with plenty to think about.
Even in the quieter times the action is still quite fast-paced and the kind of camera-work used in Heroes is used here too. As long as you like sci-fi you'll be in your element by the middle of the second series. The overall situation is fairly realistic and be ready for a fairly high body count, even including central characters. The contrast between different characters and the dynamics are interesting and tend to be fairly fraught creating more drama than just the situation itself creates. The episodes are 40 mins so watching 1, 2 or 3 in an evening is possible giving you a lot of flexibility. Since it takes place on a tropical island you might also enjoy watching it for all the sunshine if, like us, you live under grey skies for most of the year.
Why you would not enjoy LOST
It isn't that any of the above is not true. In some cases it is that it is too true. For instance, you may find yourself suffering from `mystery overload'. The first series quickly generates over a dozen mysteries, very few of which are solved, even by the third series by which time several more have arisen. The dysfunctional nature of so many of the characters and their almost total inability to communicate may irritate you, especially when you would have thought that with their background they would have had better communication skills. The collective survival of such a group may strike you as highly improbable. You might find you don't actually like many of the characters and don't really care what happens to them. Unfortunately, or realistically depending how you look at it, it isn't always the ones you don't like who die. If you love HEROES you won't necessarily like this. It is less well structured overall and you'll probably find the characters a lot less likeable.
If you thought this was going to be a realistic account of survival on a desert island you'll be bitterly disappointed as the sci-fi elements kick in and take over in series 2 and doesn't let up. If you abhor plot flaws there are plenty. Here's an early example - a French woman who can speak good English and knows she is not in French territorial waters sends her distress call in French - Duh! If you can't watch surgical operations without cringing there are a fair few bloody ones along the way as the main character is a surgeon. You might feel cheated after watching an hour or two of flashbacks on a character and next minute they are dead and only pop up again in other people's flashbacks (there is life after death for a LOST actor!).
I hope that is a fairly good overview and will help you decide whether this is for you or not.
on 15 June 2009
This review focuses primarily on the Blu Ray transfer of Lost: The Complete First series; Lost itself seems to be one of those programmes you either love or hate, and I think it's extremely good, with the first two seasons being especially strong.
The transfer itself is excellent, and the increase in resolution is especially noticable on facial close-ups, the detail really is better than many BD films I've seen. There is grain noticable on some longer shots and darker scenes, but in no way is this detrimental to the viewing experience - this is definately a huge step up from the original DVD.
Moving onto the presentation, I was annoyed that after loading the disc presents a trailer for the Series 4 Blu Ray of Lost - if you were watching from the start, the last thing you'd want to see is tasters of what happens three years later. However, a BD-exclusive feature is the so-called "Season Play" which allows you to create a profile for yourself, and then whenever you return to the program, even after removing the disc, the show resumes from where you left off. This is a very useful feature, and well implemented.
Finally, the extras. Unfortunately, these are unchanged from the DVD release, and though they are substantial, they offer little incentive for those upgrading from DVD.
And that leads me nicely into my conclusion, which is that apart from the dramatic increase in resolution, excellent as it is, there is little reason for casual fans who own the original set to purchase this Blu Ray. However, if you're a massive Lost fan, or new to the series, then you won't be disappointed in this commendable package.
Ever since the early 90's (when TV peaked with TWIN PEAKS) had I to come across such an engaging Series! Weird (in a good way), Insightful and Intelligent - and with much better luck with scheduling and ratings.
The secret in my opinion: truly SMART writing; well-ahead planed plot and characters not only interesting but also one cares about to follow week after week!
Faith and Reason, Fate and Choice, Dogma and Intuition, Nature and Nurture, Good and Evil are in a constant dynamic equilibrium, raising everyday issues under extraordinary conditions to render all the hues discernible and debatable. Come for the story, stay for the Philosophy.
If you liked the X-FILES you will appreciate the mythology been interwoven with the action (instead of mythology episodes alternating with action episodes and, thus, pretty much ruining the rhythm of the series).
If you liked TWIN PEAKS you will appreciate the skewed reality and the blurry boundaries between reality and fantasy.
Although not by much, the 1st Season was the best of the three so far. The introduction of the characters with all the serendipitous path-crossing and the unpredictability of major characters getting killed made the difference.