Never lost yourself in Lost? Here’s why you should
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Lost is one of those TV series that’s better to watch sequentially without missing a beat from start to finish. Now that the complete series is available on Showmax, a Lost marathon seems inevitable, whether you’re new to the island or reliving every episode.
Watching it for the first time 16 years later, the series concept and characters have aged well, resonating with the crazy beautiful uncertainty that is 2020.
Malaysia Airline Flight 370’s tragic disappearance over the Indian Ocean makes the idea of 48 people on an island seem entirely plausible. Thankfully no volleyballs were harmed in the making of Lost, and it doesn’t mimic the cannibalistic Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 that crashed in the Andes.
Usually planes go missing over the Bermuda Triangle, but taking place in the South Pacific a thousand miles off Fiji, this Robinson Crusoe meets Survivor TV show is its own beast.
From the get-go, Lost has a King Kong meets Jurassic Park feel as the paradise island’s gargantuan residents make their presence known. Flashbacks to the plane moments before its descent give us a better understanding of the characters as we branch out to their lives well before the fateful flight.
Lost’s broad and diverse cast is refreshing, playing up the contrasts, prejudices, profiling and ignorance of its characters for dramatic effect as they form, storm, norm and perform.
Just as you’re starting to think Lost is a story about people living in harmony without 4G, it takes on an Alice in Wonderland dimension. The jungle is alive, a place where polar bears and wild boar co-exist and surreal moments involving angry trees, bees and a man in a suit create an uneasy Twin Peaks tension.
Lost’s broad and diverse cast is refreshing, playing up the contrasts, prejudices, profiling and ignorance of its characters for dramatic effect as they form, storm, norm and perform. Jack and Kate echo the doomed Titanic romance, tipping the hat to the Oscar-winning picture by blending the character and actor names.
Matthew Fox is an action-ready Luke Wilson essentially playing MacGyver MD. Jack’s “if we can’t live together, we’re going to die alone” speech ensures his hero status assuming the role of team leader. Starring opposite Fox is the elf-like Amazonian-in-training Evangeline Lily as the sly and double-edged Kate in a breakthrough role.
Naveen Andrews has top billing as Sayid, playing out the complexities of an elite Iraqi soldier and cultural counterpoint as Lost unearthed a new wave of acting talent. Terry O’Quinn’s role as John “Colonel” Locke recalls the enigmatic Colonel Kurtz from Apocalypse Now. They’re both bald, self-deluded and living their best lives in the jungle. Surely, casting Swooshie Kurtz as Locke’s mother is too funny to be a coincidence.
Josh Holloway plays Sawyer, the mischievous love child of 90s Brad Pitt and Kurt Cobain – and not just because of his untamed Legends of the Fall spirit or grungy choice of eyewear. Emilie de Ravin adds some baby-mama panic with Claire’s island birth looming. Dominic Monaghan compels Driveshaft Charlie, a Hobbit-esque Brit rocker nursing a drug addiction, while Jorge Garcia powers the spry Hurley, who adds chill, golf clubs, comic relief and the ill-fated numbers to the Lost crew.
It’s a multi-dimensional action-adventure drama and a rebirth for its characters who discover themselves and the secrets of the island. Trying to survive, thrive and connive, the microcosm of life blends the paradise gamesmanship of Survivor with the fantasy of The Lost World.