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14 February 2012 @ 10:28 pm
Thoughts about Being LOST and the New JJ Abrams' Shows  

First of all, I hope everyone had a good Valentine's Day. Next, let me just get right to the point of my post:

There will never be another show like LOST. Though I was not thrilled with the ending, I still loved that show and when it ended, so did my weekly expectations for watching shows. I faithfully watch the new JJ Abrams's productions of Person of Interest and Alcatraz, but none of these shows make me want to stay home and watch the weekly episodes. If, for some reason, I can't stay home, it doesn't bother me. I just set my DVR and watch the episode another day. I kept trying to come up with why LOST grabbed me to such an extent that I couldn't bear missing the episode as it was televised. Now, I did watch it in delayed time to skip the commercials, but I never agreed to go anywhere while LOST was televised. I even watched some episodes over and over trying to find that Easter egg or just watch it for the heck of it. It is not so with Person of Interest and Alcatraz. It is not that Michael Emerson and Jorge Garcia are not good as their prospective characters. It's just that something is missing. I find that there's no chemistry between Jim Caviezel and Michael Emerson, but maybe the roles are supposed to be that way. After all, they are hardly ever together. I like Jorge's interaction with Sarah Jones—though, again, the chemistry that the LOST cast had with each other is not there.

As I kept thinking more and more about this feeling I've been having, I found that the difference between LOST and these other two new shows is that LOST was about a story concerning human beings and their feelings, failure, and successes. These two new shows are about violence. There's no emphasis on the human factor. I wonder others who watched LOST and are now watching these other two shows feel.

 
 
 
Any further questions? Ask the shrimp!txvoodoo on February 15th, 2012 04:12 am (UTC)
It's almost impossible to have lightning strike twice with TV shows.
Rick Day: blazingrick_day on February 15th, 2012 05:23 am (UTC)
never watched one episode.

Should get DVD set some day//
Spicedogs: watching lostspicedogs on February 15th, 2012 05:44 am (UTC)
LOST was an amazing show. I didn't start watching it when it first cane out. I bought the DVD for Season 1 just before Season 2 started. I got so hooked that I marathoned it and caught up with all the episodes. Didn't miss one episode, except when I was ill in the hospital in a coma. But my family recorded the two episodes for me.

Edited at 2012-02-15 05:46 am (UTC)
Rick Dayrick_day on February 15th, 2012 05:56 am (UTC)
Er, comas can tend to mess with a person's schedule D:

You didn't post while you were in a coma I missed....


wait.
Leyosura: good things come in threesleyosura on February 15th, 2012 09:52 am (UTC)
I've seen the first two episodes of Alcatraz, but it didn't grab me at all. When you compare it to the two episode pilot of Lost .... no contest!

I agree with what you say, about Lost being about people. The most interesting thing for me was learning about them with each flashback and understanding how that affected their motivations - *that's* where it was so clever. Yes, there was the over-riding story arc, but that wasn't what kept us hooked - what kept us hooked was because we cared about these people, cared more about them the more we learned each week.

I think that's why the first two seasons (possibly three) of Lost are (imho) so much better written that the others. In later seasons, when the story arc took over, I don't think it was nearly as good - but, of course, by that time we were all hooked and had to see it through to the end. But if I had started watching in season 5, for example, I don't think I would have had the love for it that I did.
Spicedogs: watchingspicedogs on February 15th, 2012 08:09 pm (UTC)
Yes, that's exactly it. Season's 5 and 6 were not as exciting as the first 4. I'd even go as far as Season 4 being a bore had we not been "married" to the characters.
I am of the stars, I am called forever: POI: Finch steph2311 on February 15th, 2012 08:59 pm (UTC)
POI is what it's all about with me. I am addicted to the show. Sophie and I watch it together the next day via download.

Have to say I turned Alcatraz off after 25 minutes becuase it bored me.

I loved the first four seasons of LOST, 5 was OK but 6? OMG it should never have been written in my opinion and it completely dampened my feelings toward the show. If I do rewatch episdoes it's only of the first 4 seasons
what you're saying is you just didn'tbohemu on February 16th, 2012 12:44 am (UTC)
I haven't gotten around to watching Alcatraz, but I haven't found a show that intrigues me as much as Lost did. There are some that pull me in, but I'm not trying to pick them apart liek I used to with Lost. I think, perhaps, the bad taste of the Lost finale broke that desire in me and now I think every series will be just like every series before Lost, so I don't give anything the attention I'd love to get back from my days with Lost.
gl12gl12 on February 16th, 2012 03:10 am (UTC)
I agree that nothing will ever match LOST for pure magic. I agree that it was mostly the characters that made the show, but as for the experience -- there was more to it. LOST was the first of its kind, which means it didn't suffer from comparison, as do the dozen shows every year that are billed "the new LOST" and of course, aren't. LOST did the mystery thing so very well, and was comfortable with the slow burn and the slow, gradual revelations. It drove some people crazy but it was part of the joy for me. Sadly it did tank in the end, and I think it didn't have to. I read many fan theories that would have tied things up much more to my satisfaction.

For me it was also the online chatter, communities, fanfics, etc. that made it exciting. I was often as anxious to get online (usually at HGL and the Bookclub) to see what others thought as I was to watch the show itself.

As for what to watch to fill the void? I have Alcatraz dvr'ed but have only watched half of one episode. It just didn't grab me. Person of Interest is okay, although I wouldn't watch it if not for Michael Emerson. I do enjoy some of the side characters but it is too heavy on violence and light on thoughtfulness for my taste.

Have you watched Once Upon A Time? It is the work of Adam Horowitz and Eddie Kitsis, two LOST writers, and it has really grown on me. Really good characters and, unlike LOST, well-developed and layered female characters. Good villains (.....or are they villains after all???). Interesting mystery and intrigue. If you haven't watched it, give it a couple of episodes and see what you think.

I am also kind of a sucker for Terra Nova. It certainly is no LOST (although it was hyped that way) but it is a good bit of fun and adventure and has a sense of humor about itself.

One other show I am a late-comer to is Battlestar Galactica. It has some weird stylistic elements, but generally a good yarn with interesting characters.

If you find anything else that is worth the time, pass it on. As of now everything get watched on DVR when I get around to it. No reason to keep Wednesday evenings clear any more. *sigh*
Spicedogs: Charliespicedogs on February 18th, 2012 03:45 am (UTC)
I recently started watching Once Upon a Time. I'm only into episode 2. I will need to sit down and marathon it.

I loved Terra Nova. It pulled me in and I actually cared about the characters. Another show that I liked is Falling Skies, which is returning in May with Season 2.

I think the key here is to truly care about the characters. I truly don't care about the characters in POI and Alctraz. They could die tomorrow (the characters, not the actors) and I wouldn't care. With LOST, I cried with each character's death. I think that's the biggest missing factor.

Edited at 2012-02-18 03:45 am (UTC)