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?
I’m assuming Rose was, in fact, miraculously healed(?) Or did someone on the island treat her?
Well, watching the series with my family while keeping mum will be challenging, but I won’t spoil it for the family. Thanks for your time.
You have provided all of the answers I was searching for. I will no longer be lost while watching ‘LOST’. Salute to you.
Actually, as it was Jacob who brought them to the island, those incidences were deliberate, as destiny vs free choice was one of the background themes of the show. Jacob visited Jack, Kate, Sawyer, Locke, Sun, and Jin at various times in their lifer before the plane crash. It was supposedly this influence that was responsible for these coincidences. Jacob also visited Hurley and Sayid, but only after they got off the island, so they weren’t connected like the previous group. It’s not your normal show.
Rose was healed, which is why they decided to stay on the island. The extremely strong electromagnetic properties of the island cause the healing. Glad to help, as you can see I enjoy talking about Lost.
...to each his own.
Those were YOUR words, dummas, not mine.
You come onto FreeRepublic to gripe about a TV show you don’t like?
Find something productive to do, please, that doesn’t involve wasting bandwidth on your personal crap.
Your problem is that you didn’t get “Burn Notice” (or maybe “Rubicon”), rather than “Lost”. (Actually, I guess Rubicon is still in it’s first season.)
You gotta watch the show to find out.
Or "Breaking Bad" on A&E. Pulls no punches about Mexican Drug cartel violence.
For proof of how involved this whole tangle of characters really is, the Man in Black also appears in another movie, as "Inconceivable" as that might seem. [The Princess Bride, by William Goldman, directed by Rob Reiner who delivered a fairly good movie despite his political views.]
... or "Sons of Anarchy"
“And its amazing how all the young beautys look smashing and fresh as a daisy most of the time. They even manage to look chic when theyre dirty.”
Well, you’ve certainly made a good point there. Everyone has perfect gleaming bleached white teeth, too.
LOST is one of the siliest things I have ever seen on TV
As near as I can understand these people crash on a weird island with some supernatural properties and fall in love with it, and do stunningly stupid things to ‘protect’ it
And it gets worse from there
Kudos to Citizen of the Savage Nation for giving a honest step by step report on the series. Too bad you had to read so many stupid comments before he posted. There are couple of others but not enough to offset the idiots.
The writers of the show painted themselves into corners so many times that I stopped watching the show after three episodes. My girlfriend loved the show and we had marathons every weekend. We watched the final episode at a theater that was hosted by ABC. She owns an “Oceanic Airlines” t-shirt.
We created a drinking game where if a character asks another an “in your face, direct question” and the other character refuses to answer, you take a drink. We had to switch to mild wine coolers. LOL. I'm logging off.
Look right here on FreeRepublic. There used to be live threads which linked to detailed episode analyses. Just use search, if you are truly interested.
That said, yes, ‘Lost’ is incredibly theologically-impaired. There are indeed issues with causality and ordered-universe concepts.
That would be what the writers were playing with. I watched rather closely for five years, then realized that it had been an invigorating experiment with metanarrative which, because it was not grounded in an internally-consistent worldview, could never be satisfactorily resolved. Which was sad, because there were so many elements worth building up. They wanted to be transgressive rather than inspirational. So it goes.
It remains seminal in TV programming and narrative structure and would be a tremendous source for such things for a series that was actually grounded in an alternate reality having internal consistency.
...which were all presented as tremendously wrongful things to do. Given that, your problem therefore resolves to ‘don’t ever include suicide as a plot element’?
Somebody else already answered, but you are not correct. There is an element where the ‘characters...all died in the plane crash’ is included, but that is apparently not what happened. To say more is to provide a spoiler.
The origin of the Others (there is not just one group of them) is also a spoiler, which would ruin an entire season if said out. As I said elsewhere, go find the ‘Lost’ analysis threads if you actually want to know and are willing to read extremely long, intensely detailed studies, which trace the episodes shot-by-shot in order. I only read a few of them (having already seen the episodes) but I did find them interesting.
EVeryone dies eventually, but Vincent lies down at Jack’s side as he dies in the main timeline at the very end of the series.
It wasn’t cancelled, it ended—on THEIR terms.
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