Skip to comments.'LOST': What is with this series? (Save time, ask Freepers)
Posted on 10/09/2010 10:22:42 PM PDT by This Just In
As many of you know, my family and I do not watch television. Well, perhaps I should clarify. We do not watch televised programming. Needless to say, we don't keep up on popular programming.
Last week, during a family outing, we found a used DVD set of the first 'LOST' series. For those of you who are not familiar with my posts, as a general rule, I don't trust what is usually produced in Hollywood. I find a majority of the films and programs to be veiled Socialist/Communist, nihilistic propaganda.
The 'LOST' series did not disappoint. I found the liberal stereotypes to by typical, and J.J. and Co. didn't bother to veil their ideology in the series.
You have your typical "redneck"(Sawyer), "Conservative"(Shannon), "religious wacko"(John Locke), and the rest of the cast and motley crue of social rejects and garden variety criminals. To be "fair", we're also given your kinder-gentler do-gooders as well.
If I sound cynical it is only because I am. I found this series to be devoid of any transcending quality, and quite frankly, I feel as thoe J.J. is actually pulling the wool over the viewers eyes.
Must to my chagrin, some in our family finds the series to be very entertaining. So much so that after we viewed the first season, my loved ones bought the second. I find this program to be a complete waste of time, but I sit and view the episodes so that our family can share time together as well as discuss the series.
I am here to ask Freepers to help me out; bottom-line me here. I can no longer endure this series without finding out where the writers are taking the viewers.
Here is what I believe the jest of the story is. In just a few words, it seems to me that the island is either Dante's Purgatory, some place in the "after-life". I believe that everyone on the island is dead, but that the "Hatch" and underground dwellings like it are perhaps just another level of hell, or something like that.
I don't have the time, nor to I wish to waste anymore in expressing my opinion on what I believe is the overall message in the 'LOST' series.
So, would someone please provide me with a summary of what's going on, and what the conclusion to this story is?
What happens to Jack, Kate, Sawyer, Michael, Walt, Vincent, Charlie, Claire, Aaron, Rousseau, John Locke, Hurly? What happened to Jack's father? What is the source of the smoke and explosions in the jungle? What happened to Rose and Bernard?
You’re on the right track.
You haven't watched in a while.
Bottom-line me here, smokingfrog.
What happens to the individuals, as well as the dog, I’ve mentioned? When someone dies (Ana, Shannon, etc.) is this representative of final justice?
I have no desire to watch the next 6 or so seasons. I’m sure my family will, but I just can’t endure the bull.
Within the first two season we witness at least 5 suicides. And I find the offensive language is disgusting. ‘LOST’ is just another confirmation that we are not missing anything on television.
Ok here’s the summary:
Locke turned out to be transexual,
the hatch is where they conduct alien experiments,
Shannon is the wife of Locke
Sawyer becomes the President of the United States
Kate ends up in a mental hospital
the smoke monster is the ghost of a pirate who died on the island
basically the RN poster wants US who put in the time and effort to watch it..and he/she wants us to spill the beans making his/her life easier...
sounds like a liberal RN poster to me.
To each his own. You watch what you enjoy, and I’ll watch what I enjoy.
By the way, here’s a propaganda primer courtesy of a former KGB agent (just to put things into perspective, of course):
Soviet Subversion of the Free Press (Ideological subversion, Destabilization, CRISIS - and the KGB)
Edward Griffin and Yuri Bezmenov ^ | 1984 | Edward Griffin and Yuri Bezmenov
Posted on 10/01/2008 2:09:45 PM PDT by LomanBill
“Yuri Bezmenov on demoralization” Interview with Yuri Bezmenov (ex-KGB) by Edward Griffin - 1984
This shocking video transcription exposes KGB’s subversive tactics against western society. In this interview, Yuri Bezmenov explains how Marxist ideology is deconstructing America’s values, destabilizing the economy, and provoking crises in order to sovietize the free world.
ED GRIFFIN: (introduces Mr. Bezmenov)
Our conversation is with Yuri Alexandrovic Bezmenov. Mr. Bezmenov was born in 1939 in a suburb of Moscow. He was the son of a high ranking Soviet Army officer. He was educated in the elite schools inside the Soviet Union; and became an expert in Indian culture and Indian languages.
He had an outstanding career with Novosti, which was, and still is I should say, the press arm or press agency of the Soviet Union; it turns out this is also a front, for the KGB.
He escaped to the West in 1970 after becoming totally disgusted with the Soviet system; and he did this at great risk to his life. He certainly is one of the worlds outstanding experts on the subject of Soviet propaganda; and disinformation and active measures.
Well, you spoke before about “ideological subversion” and that’s a phrase that I’m afraid some Americans don’t understand. When the Soviets use the phrase “ideological subversion” what do they mean by it?
1. Ideological subversion is the process which is [a] legitimate, old word, and open. You can see it with your own eyes. All American mass media has to do is to “unplug bananas” from their ears, open up their eyes, and they can see it. There is no mystery.
It has nothing to do with espionage. I know that espionage intelligence gathering looks more romantic. It sells more deodorants through the advertising. That’s probably why your Hollywood producers are so crazy about James Bond types of films. But in reality the main emphasis of the KGB is NOT in the area of intelligence at all.
According to my opinion, and the opinions of many defectors of my caliber, only about 15% of time, money, and manpower is spent on espionage as such. The other 85% is a slow process which we call either ideological subversion, active measures, or psychological warfare. What it basically means is: to change the perception of reality of every American that despite of the abundance of information no one is able to come to sensible conclusions in the interest of defending themselves, their families, their community, and their country.
It’s a great brainwashing process which goes very slow and is divided into four basic stages.
The first stage being “demoralization”. It takes from 15 to 20 years to demoralize a nation. Why that many years? Because this is the minimum number of years required to educate one generation of students in the country of your enemy exposed to the ideology of [their] enemy. In other words, Marxism-Leninism ideology is being pumped into the soft heads of at least 3 generation of American students without being challenged or counterbalanced by the basic values of Americanism; American patriotism.
Most of the activity of the department [KGB] was to compile huge amount / volume of information, on individuals who were instrumental in creating public opinion. Publisher, editors, journalists, uh actors, educationalists, professors of political science. Members of parliament, representatives of business circles.
Most of these people were divided roughly into two groups: those who would tow the Soviet foreign policy, they would be promoted to positions of power through media and public manipulation; [and] those who refuse the Soviet influence in their own country would be character assassinated OR executed physically, come Revolution.
Same way as in a small town of Hua in South Vietnam; several thousands of Vietnamese were executed in one night when the city was captured by [the] Viet Cong for only two days; and American CIA could never figure out - how could [the communists] possibly know each Individual, where he lives, where to get him; and [in order that they] would be arrested in one night basically in four hours before dawn, put on a van, driven out of the city limits and shot.
The answer is very simple. Long before communists occupy the city, there was extensive network of informers; local Vietnamese citizens who knew absolutely everything about people who are instrumental in public opinion - including Barbers and Taxi Drivers. Everyone who was sympathetic to United States was executed. Same thing was done under the guidance of the Soviet Embassy in Hanoi, and same thing I was doing in New Delhi. To my horror, I discovered that in the files were people who were doomed to execution. There were names of pro-Soviet Journalists, with whom I was personally friendly.
Yes, absolutely. They were idealistically minded leftist communists who had made several visits to the USSR; and yet the KGB decided, that come Revolution, or drastic changes in political structure of India - they will have to go.
Why is that?
Because they know too much. Simply, because, you see the useful idiots; the leftists who are idealistically believing in the beauty of Soviet or Communist or Socialist or whatever system; when they get disillusioned, they become the worst enemies. That’s why my KGB instructors specifically made the point, “never bother with leftists, forget about these political prostitutes - aim higher” this was my instruction. Try to get into, uh, large circulation, established conservative media. Reach filthy rich movie makers, intellectuals in so-called academic circles. Cynical, ego-centric people who can look into your eyes with angelic expression and tell you a lie. This are the most recruitable people; people who lack moral principals - who are either too greedy or too, uh, suffer from self-importance, uh, they feel that they matter a lot. Uh, these are the people who KGB wanted very much to recruit.
But to eliminate the others; to execute the others, don’t they serve some purpose - wouldn’t they be the one’s to rely on?
No they serve purpose only [up] to the stage of destabilization of a nation. For example, your leftists in [the] United States; all these professors and all these beautiful civil rights defenders. They are instrumental in the process of the subversion; only to destabilize a nation. When the job is completed, they are not needed anymore. They know too much. Some of them, when they get disillusioned - when they see that Marxist-Leninist come to power. Obviously they get offended; they think that THEY will come to power. That will never happen, of course; they will be lined up against the wall and shot. But they may turn into the most bitter enemies of Marxist-Leninists when they come to power; and that’s what happened in Nicaragua. You remember most of these former Marxist-Leninists were either put to prison or one of them split and now he’s working against the Sandinistas
It happened in Grenada when Maurice Bishop, he was already a Marxist - he was executed by the new Marxists who was more Marxist than this Marxist.
Same happened in Afghanistan, when, uh, first there was Taraki he was killed by Amin, then Amin was killed by Karmal with the help of KGB.
Same happened in Bangladesh where Mujibur Rahman, very pro-soviet leftist; was assassinated by his own Marxist-Leninist military comrades.
It’s the same pattern everywhere. The moment they serve their purpose, all the useful idiots are either executed entirely; all the idealistically minded Marxists. Or exiled, or put in prisons like in Cuba many former Marxists are in Cuba, and in prison.
So basically America is Stuck, with demoralization; and unless, even if you start right now this minute; you start educating new generation of Americans - it will still take you 15 to 20 years to turn the tide of uh, ideological perception of reality; uh back to normalcy and patriotism.
The result? The result you can see — most of the people who graduated in the 60’s, dropouts or half-baked intellectuals, are now occupying the positions of power in the government, civil service, business, mass media, and educational systems. You are stuck with them. You can’t get rid of to them. They are contaminated. They are programmed to think and react to certain stimuli in a certain pattern [alluding to Pavlov]. You can not change their mind even if you expose them to authentic information. Even if you prove that white is white and black is black, you still can not change the basic perception and the logic of behavior. In other words [for] these people the process of demoralization is complete and irreversible. To rid society of these people you need another 15 or 20 years to educate a new generation of patriotically minded and common sense people who would be acting in favor and in the interests of United States society.
And yet these people who have been programmed and as you say [are] in place and who are favorable to an opening with the Soviet concept - these are the very people who would be marked for extermination in this country?
Most of them, yes. Simply because the psychological shock when they will see in [the] future what the beautiful society of EQUALITY and social justice means in practice, obviously they will revolt. They will be very unhappy [and] frustrated people, and Marxist Leninist regime does not tolerate these people. Obviously they will join the [ranks] of dissenters; dissidents.
Unlike the present  United States there will be no place for dissent in future [2008, “Hate Speech” Colorado SB200] Marxist-Leninist America.
[Now] you can get popular like Daniel Ellsberg and filthy rich like Jane Fonda for being a dissident [and] for criticizing your Pentagon. In [the] future these people will simply be [he makes a squishy noise] squashed like cockroaches for criticizing the government. Nobody is going to pay them nothing for their beautiful [and] noble ideas of EQUALITY. This they don’t understand and it will be the greatest shock for them, of course.
The demoralization process in the United States is basically completed already for the last 25 years. Actually, it’s over fulfilled because demoralization now reaches such areas where not even Comrade Andropov and all his experts would even dream of such tremendous success. Most of it is done by Americans to Americans thanks to lack of moral standards. As I mentioned before, exposure to true information does not matter anymore. A person who was demoralized is unable to assess true information. The facts tell nothing to him, even if I shower him with information, with authentic proof, with documents and pictures. Even if I take him by force to the Soviet Union and show him the concentration camps...he will refuse to believe it.... until he is going to receive a kick in his fat bottom.
When the military boot crashes - then he will understand. But not before that. That’s the tragedy of the situation of demoralization.
2. The next stage is destabilization....
this time, subverter does not care about your ideas and the patterns of your consumption. Whether you eat junk food and get fat and flabby doesn’t matter any more.
It only takes 2 to 5 years to destabilize a nation. This time what matters is essentials; economy, foreign relations, [and] defense systems. And you can see it quite clearly that in some... sensitive areas such as defense and [the] economy, the influence of Marxist-Leninist ideas in the United States is absolutely fantastic. I could never believe it 14 years ago when I landed in this part of the world that the process will go that fast.
3. The next stage of course is crisis, which may take only up to 6 weeks to bring a country to the verge of crisis. You can see it in Central America now; and after crisis, with the violent change of power structure and economy, you have the period of so called “normalization” [which] it may last indefinitely. Normalization is a cynical expression, borrower from Soviet Propaganda. When the Soviet tanks moved into Czechoslovakia in 1968, comrade Brezhnev said “Now the situation in brotherly Czechoslovakia is normalized”. This is what will happen in [the] United States if you allow all the shmucks to bring the country to crisis.
To promise people all kinds of goodies, and the paradise on Earth. Uh to destabilize your economy to eliminate the principal of free market competition; and to put a big brother government in Washington D.C.; with benevolent dictators like  Walter Mondale [2008 Obama] who will promise lots of things - Never mind whether the promises are fulfilled or not. He [the dictator] will go to Moscow to kiss the bottoms of a new generation of Soviet Assassins. Never mind [nothing to see here, move along], he will create false illusions that the situation is under control.
Situation is NOT under control. Situation is disgustingly out of control.
Most of the American politicians, media, and educational system train another generation of people who think they are living at the peacetime. False. United States is in a state of war; undeclared, total war against the basic principles and foundations of this system. And the initiator of this war is not Comrade Andropov of course - it’s the system. However, ridiculous it may sound, [it is] the world Communist system, or the world Communist conspiracy. Whether I scare some people or not, I don’t give a hoot. If you’re not scared by now, nothing can scare you. You don’t have to be paranoid about it. What actually happens now; that unlike myself, you have literally several years to live on unless United States wake up. The time bomb is ticking. With every second the disaster is coming closer. Unlike myself, you will have nowhere to defect to, unless you want to live in Antarctica with penguins.
This is it, this is the last country with freedom and possibility.
Okay, so what do we do? What is your recommendation to the American people?
Well, the immediate thing that comes to mind is, of course, there must be a very strong national effort to educate people in the spirit of REAL patriotism, number one. Number two, to explain [to] them the real danger of socialist, communist, welfare state, Big Brother government. If people fail to grasp the impending danger; nothing ever will help the United States. You may kiss goodbye your freedoms, including [sending] homosexuals to prison inmate. All this freedom will vanish in 5 seconds - including your precious lives.
The moment at least part of [the] United States population is convinced that the danger is real, they have to FORCE their government, and I’m not talking about sending letters, signing petitions, and all this beautiful, noble activity, I’m talking about FORCING [the] United States government to stop aiding Communism....
Corporatism == Collectivism == Communism.
The purpose of Government, articulated in the American Declaration of Independence - is to secure the inalienable rights of the Individual.
Sounds like one of Hurley’s dreams. :^)
BTW, you’re not very helpful.
You have the right idea!
This. There was almost no politicking at all in the entire series.
Sayid’s character, and the bad American’s who corrupted him, is just one shining example.
I guess we’re reading the series through different glasses.
It is Exhibit A for me.
It’s probably too late for your family, since they’ve already watched the first season and bought the second, but if anyone were going to ask me whether they should watch this show, I would tell them not to bother (I watched the whole series). The first two seasons are pretty good, but all those mysteries that keep you intrigued? They will not be answered at the end. At all. The silly ending convinced me that the shows writers had no idea what they were doing the whole time - they were just making stuff up as they went. Supposedly, they knew what the final scene was going to be when they started the show, and I believe them, but that doesn’t mean that they had any idea of what they were going to do between the first and last episodes. The whole series was one of the biggest con jobs in television history, and most likely you and your whole family will be extremely disappointed by the time you reach the final episode.
It just get’s crazier and crazier, involving time warps and alternate realities, and that kind of thing. The consensus after it was all over was, “They were all dead the whole time”, or some quibbling version of that. My wife watched it, and I saw some of the first season episodes because she watched that straight through on DVD.
I had absolute no desire to watch the series, but some wanted to, and so I obliged. After all, compromise is sometimes necessary.
I hate the series. After watching the first season I figured the writers were just, as you said, conning the viewers.
I sit and watch with the family because everyone enjoys viewing films together. So, I watch, and I don’t begrudge my family. At least some of them are enjoying themselves.
I just wanted to find out what happened to the characters, and what the overall storyline is.
“I was particularly disgusted by their explanation of Sayid’s introduction to the business of torture. The Iraqi Republican Guards were some nasty folks - basically just Saddam’s evil henchmen, and things like torture and rape were a way of life for them, but the writers of Lost make the Americans responsible for forcing Sayid to become a torturer? Really? I can’t describe how much BS that is. And it didn’t even make sense within the context of the story - they forced it in because that’s how they see the world.”
Roger that, fr_freak.
I stopped watching it in the 2nd year. Recently I viewed the closing episode on Hulu.
It was exactly as I suspected — the writers were not expected to make any sense at all. So I felt vindicated in my decision to quit watching it.
It could prove entertaining if you watch the last episode and then when your family watches the others, you can point out, “oh, that doesn’t make sense because in the end, Jack just goes into the cave himself” or that kinda stuff and your family will see how ridiculous the series was.
If you want a good series, check out NCIS.
You might want to read the synopsis of each episode. Many sites, including Wikipedia go over every detail. It is a very convoluted story and is unlikely to be summed up in a couple of paragraphs:
The Island is NOT purgatory. Lostis not a show for people who want canned entertainment or shows where people get voted off, and I liked it. I also like 24, but they are completely different shows. If you’ve only seen the first or 2nd season on Lost, you know very little of the story.
I’m sure we’ll purchase the entire seasons. I don’t want to spoil the fun for some in the family, so I’ll just watch without trying to blurt out, “Give me a break”, or, “Well that’s brilliant”.
It’s as if the entire population on the island has gone “Idiot”. I’m surprised they can rub two sticks together and start a fire. The sub-plots are so far-fetched, and the character inter-plays so implausible that it borders on the satirical.
Shannon sunbathes on the beach just a short while after the crash, and within a few yards of the wreckage while survivors are running around screaming?!
And it’s amazing how all the young beauty’s look smashing and fresh as a daisy most of the time. They even manage to look chic when they’re dirty.
J.J. Abrams did not intend for this series to be a parody, but I view it as the perfect symbol of Hollywood; they’re ‘LOST’ on their own island of the mind.
For me, it was the best television series ever produced. Right now, I’m hooked on Fringe.
Five suicides? There were no suicides, in later seasons there were 2 characters who tried but failed...unless you count heroic sacrifices as suicide, which I don’t.
last I looked, every episode was available for free on Hulu.com along with clips of the writers explaining things.
Watch the series and you won’t be Lost. It’s was a great show.
“Lostis not a show for people who want canned entertainment or shows where people get voted off, and I liked it.”
The assumption is that we wanted “canned entertainment”. I have clearly explained why I dislike the series, and it has nothing to do with “canned entertainment”.
“If youve only seen the first or 2nd season on Lost, you know very little of the story.”
I know the first and second season, and that was enough.
As I stated earlier; to each his own.
You should review the first and second seasons because you don’t know that you’re talking about.
1. Sawyer’s father kills himself while the child is hiding under the bed.
2. When Desmond meets the officer from Irag in the Hatch he discover that the partner blew his brains out “with a shot gun”(remember the stain on the sealing?).
3. Jack’s father drinks himself to death.
4. Hurley’ imaginary friend, Dave, jumps off a cliff, and encourages Hurley to do the same.
5. Sayid’s friend shoots his head off when he discovers that Sayid was lying about wanting to be part of the suicide mission, and that Sayid was actually working with the CIA.
Visited the site. Thanks.
Ok in the flashbacks, yeah ok, I was speaking about on the island. Still, I guess if that bothers you, avoid the rest of the show (and 24 as well).
New Age crap..I wasted too much of my life on this show to find this out. Do not do the same (Plus J.J. Abrams is a big lib).
I’ve never seen a single second of ‘Lost’, but can I presume the “J.J.” you mentioned is J. J. Abrams? All I know about J.J. Abrams is that he/she is behind the show ‘Fringe’, which is the best show on TV.
Yeah, I recognized the slant immediately after the first two episodes.
I was not at all surprised when Eko told Claire, concerning the “baptism”, that John the Baptist cleansed Christ from sin. This is pure blasphemy.
LOST didn’t get cancelled. It finished it’s run.
Yes, it is J.J. Abrams.
We own Star Trek, and J.J. created a good project with this film, but I hate ‘LOST’. This is the first time we have ever bought a television series. I doubt I’ll be buying ‘Fringe’.
I may not be able to avoid the rest of the ‘LOST’ series because my family may purchase the rest of the seasons. Thanks for the heads-up.
It’s all blasphemy with a few smatterings of real Christianity (which does not make up for it’s overall satanic theological message).
Not to mention the cursing/bad moral content/and poor moral character of nearly everyone in this series even the so called “good guys”-if you can even figure out who those people are? Even at the end!?
(ALL I HAVE to say: Hollyweird must have been on soooooomeee kind of drug to come up with this crap)..like I said I ‘wasted’-(literally) too much of my life on this show (even bought the 1st and 2nd seasons, which I later threw away-in the garbage)!
My advice, go out do something better with your family and both of your time!~
“This is the first time we have ever bought a television series.”
I just remembered that we own some early comedy series (1950’s & ‘60’s?).
I wholeheartedly agree.
Perhaps you and the family would enjoy ‘Sons of Anarchy’.
It’s pleasant family fare and it’s only in its second season, so you could catch up fast.
No... that was Heroes...
Generally speaking, I do not watch television series’. I do not find much enjoyment in following any series which requires devoted viewing over a period of time. If we do, which is on rare occasions, we rent DVD’s because we do not have televised programming.
‘LOST’ lost me in the first season. I appreciate the recommendation, but after this series, it will be a while, I’m sure, before I watch another.
Thanks for the link, BunnySlippers.
I visited the page, but did not find all the information I was seeking. I was hoping to find more specific info. on the characters.