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"Guys, Where Are We?",
This review is from: Lost - Series 1 - Complete [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
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!