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Yes, I know this is a gaming site, but darn it – this slab of real estate is my personal Blog and I’ll write if I want to. As a Dad to two young kids, I find that by the end of each day, I prefer to settle down with a video game to soothe the stresses away. I’d much rather indulge in this hobby than mindlessly channel surf.
That being said, there have been a handful of television programs that have grabbed my peepers and instantly become appointment viewing. Lost is just the latest and while it certainly has its detractors, I think it’s a fun mish-mash of high adventure, sci-fi, character drama and conspiracy thriller. It’s entertainment and it knows it – and I love pouring over the various mysteries.
So, I’ve decided to run a segment where within a day following each episode, I post a piece recounting my thoughts on it. Hopefully we have some fellow fans out there and this will spur discussion. As those fans know, in a few short days we reach the Beginning of the End with the 6th Season premiere. And then, in a few short months’ time, we’ll finally find ourselves waking on the morning after the final episode of Lost airs with mixed reactions. No doubt, some will treat whatever finale is cooked up as a slight on par with The Sopranos’ Fade to Black. While others will spy pure genius in Damon Lindelof and Carleton Cuse’s swan song.
Personally, whatever dreams may come, I’m going to feel that bittersweet sting of melancholy. I firmly believe that regardless of what hidden truth lies at the end of this rainbow, the pure fun of this show has always been in the journey – not the destination. Therefore, I don’t demand that they answer every question, tie every thread and dot every ‘i’. Hell, I don’t even need a full discourse on what the island really is.
It’s the proverbial water cooler show even if we lost the massive constituency of Middle American mainstream when the show decided to fly its freak flag proudly. The second they stopped playing coy and let the Smoke Monster out to play, I knew this would go down as one of my top TV shows of all time. (#1 is The X-Files and while that show ended poorly it will likely never be knocked from its perch). With the mainstream gone, the cooler kids were left to set the trends. We’ve stuck with it all these years and now we’re a mere 18 episodes from the end. Starting Tuesday February 2nd, we settle down for our final leg of a whirlwind journey that started in Sydney, was meant for LAX, crashed down somewhere in the South Pacific and pinballed back and forth through time – all the while dragging us, the willing observers, along for the ride.
It will be nice to see how it all ends but I am going to miss the journey… miss it something fierce. As I mentioned at the top, I’ll be back on this site with post-episode recaps, so please stay tuned.
But ahead of that, and in anticipation of the February 2nd premiere of Episode 6.1 and 6.2 (“LAX Part I and II), I offer up My Top 10 Most Memorable Moments from Lost. I chose two per season and while these may not be the absolute best scenes, I feel they were memorable and spun the show in significant ways to warrant the spotlight. But with so many awesome moments, you are bound to have a different list which is exactly what the Comments are for below. So please – add to the discussion.
With that…on with the show.
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