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4.0 out of 5 stars As good as the first time round..., 10 Oct 2011
This review is from: Lost: The Complete Seasons 1-6 [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
When Lost first aired in the UK I was hooked. Like many who watched Lost in those early days, I fell for the cliff-hanger endings and wanted to know, after each and every episode, what would happen next. Six seasons later, not every question has been answered and while some plot arcs seemed to fizzle out without much explanation, the journey was one worth taking. In fact, it is the journey that has led me to buy this box set and watch the whole thing over again.

First time round I was so hung-up on who the Others were, what the Black Smoke was, what the fate of the main characters would be, that a lot of the brilliant sub-text, background, and fine acting got ignored. This time round I'm enjoying the characters and their development, the cinematography and the musical score, all of which makes Lost a superior TV show - Lost was always filmic in scope and production and, even half a decade later, many scenes seem like they've been cut from a recent Hollywood movie.

What is also interesting about the re-watch is that the early seasons (namely 1 and 2), which were longer than their successors, really do stand-up. I thought, what with the fast-paced developments of the shorter seasons 4, 5 and 6, that the early stuff would seem drawn-out and unexciting but no! The early seasons are as gripping as they were the first time round and the flashbacks, particularly those of Locke, Jack and Sayid are worthy of extra praise - to see my favourite character, Locke, evolve from the downtrodden and broken man he was to becoming the Island's Yoda is both exhilarating and touching.

For me, what made Lost so special was its ability to surprise but also to evoke a strong emotional response from its audience. Many TV shows, like The Wire, can impress with its cool characters, or Mad Men, with its authenticity, but none seem to hit the emotional response button better than Lost. OK, sometimes it can get a bit schmaltzy but there are some moments, such as Locke's despair at not being able to open The Hatch, which really hit you.

What also impressed me was the moral ambiguity of the characters - nearly every character messes up at some point (both in their past and their present) but this does not make them a right-off. In fact, an underlying sub-text of Lost is the characters' ability to seek, and attain, redemption. This is clearly the case with Kate and Sawyer - criminals with hearts of gold who find a better side to themselves on the Island. Other characters, such as the overbearing Jin, find peace and reconciliation, while others, such as Jack, realise their full potential.

There are a lot of Lost fans out there and also a lot of detractors. To those unsure of what to expect I would say, give Lost a go but don't expect miracles. Lost is, like every rug in the world, not without imperfections but it will not fail to impress. To the detractors I would say that there are few TV shows around with the originality and ambition of Lost. If you think about other shows, Sopranos, West Wing etc, these shows trod a very formulaic path - Mafia boss does some mafia stuff / White House team does some White House stuff. Brilliantly realised though these shows were, they do not have, for me, the je ne sais quoi of Lost.
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