Losing Lost

March 2nd, 2007

Ok, so TV bugs me. I spent a good few years not watching TV at all. I really enjoyed it. But, in the last couple years, I’ve been sucked in by a handful of shows that were my ‘gateway drug’ back into the world of television. Lost was one of those shows. I rented the first disc of season one from Netflix and bought the entire boxed set the next day. Tammi and I were engrossed. We watched the entire first season in 3 days.
Before I had even seen Lost I was impressed by the fact that it could juggle so many characters. Lost amazed me with its ability to juggle such a large cast without marginalizing any of them. Nearly every episode managed to include most of the cast even while delving into the backstory of one in particular. Characters developed individually, but the show never lost track of the rest of the cast.
That was then.
These days the show has so many dangling plot threads that no one can keep track of them. It’s made worse by the fact that this season months have gone by without central characters appearing. Where every show used to bounce between plot lines, advancing them all even a little bit, now it plods through single plot lines for weeks, occasionally reminding the viewer of others that were left hanging months before. Two weeks ago, at the beginning of the Desmond episode, Sayid and Locke were giving the news about Eko. They were just getting back to a plot from an episode that aired in October! And then it was forgotten all over again.
In the meantime, after killing off great characters who seemed deeply intertwined with the larger story, they keep packing in new random people who we’re allegedly supposed to care about.
And none of that even gets to the fact that they have not resolved a single thing. Ever.
Well, I’m done. I’m tired of wasting my time. I deleted every episode from my DVR and took it off of my scheduled recording list. If I ever catch the urge to watch it, I’ll go back to season 1 and maybe some of season 2. As of right now, though, I don’t care about Jack or Sawyer or Kate or cursed little Charlie. I’m sick of it.

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