Saturday, May 22, 2010
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I'm one of those people. One of the ones who watched "lost" from the very beginning and is sad to see it go.
"Lost" is interactive television at its finest. There are long water cooler discussions. There are blogs discussing theories and websites that detail every second of the episode and cross reference it with other episodes so you don't miss a single thing.
Sure "Lost" is confusing and to the outside person who overhears our "Lost" talk it is completely crazy. Time travel, alternate universes, flashbacks, flashforwards, flash sideways, smoke monsters, Egyptian statues. But that is what is so great about the show. Sure, it has great characters, but it is the craziness that really gets people talking.
What other show will get you and your coworkers talking for 20 minutes about one episode? Sure, the "Grey's Anatomy" finale was intense and crazy, but you know what happened. There aren't any unanswered questions, and that's no fun.
"Lost" was must-watch television so you could talk about it the next day. I'd look forward to the water cooler the next day. I loved talking about what we saw and how it fit into the grand scheme of the show. I would read the blogs and sites so that I could say, "Hey did you see they were drinking MacCutcheon whiskey in the bar scene?" I wanted to know every single detail so I could theorize with the best of them, and I wanted to know what other people thought about the episode and the questions it brought up.
It was fun to come up with theories only to watch the next episode and have your theory busted. It was equally rewarding when you find out you were right that Claire is Jack's sister. I'm still holding out for a T. Rex in the jungle and can't wait to find out what the island really is. I'm really looking forward to the finale, not because it might answer a lot of questions but for what it won't answer. And you know for every question it will answer there will be five more it brings up. I can't wait to get to work Monday to discuss who liked the ending and what we think some of the answers are.
And that is what I will miss most about "Lost," the big discussion the day after. I don't know how to watch regular TV after "Lost." There aren't too many blogs about "Modern Family" and "Community." I guess I'll have to start watching "Fringe." Fitting it is another show from J.J. Abrams.
Corinne Nicholson is deputy copy desk chief of the Gwinnett Daily Post. E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.