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Lost - Season 1

Lost, Season 1

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 4 out of 5

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES: The Essential Lost. The Genesis Of Lost. Designing a Disaster. Before They Were Lost. Audition Tapes. Welcome to Oahu: The Making of the Pilot. The Art Of Matthew Fox. Deleted Scenes. Lost at Comicon. Lost on Location.

LOST is the latest TV phenomenon to hit UK screens from America and rightly so. It has successfully captured the imagination of viewers with its gripping mix of fantasy and reality that consistently keeps you guessing.

Series producer JJ Abrams (of Alias and Mission Impossible 3 fame) wasted no time in establishing the scenario, kicking things off with the aftermath of a plane crash that left 48 survivors on an unknown island in the middle of nowhere.

As they try and comprehend what has happened, the question becomes not when will they be rescued, but how will they survive? And what secrets does the island itself possess?

The subsequent series dangled the preverbial carrot in front of viewers, tossing in elements of science fiction, riveting human drama and frequent flashbacks to the lives of each character before the crash.

As with most series of this nature, however (X-Files, Twin Peaks), the trick was to replace questions with more questions rather than any surefire answers.

Hence, Lost has kept us guessing through 12 taut episodes and looks set to continue stringing us along for a good while yet.

It remains to be seen how long the mystery can be spun out but for now viewers should enjoy the revelations that come with each episode as we continue to get to know each character.

And what a mixed bunch they are. From Matthew Fox’s heroic doctor, Jack, whose flashbacks reveal father issues and insecurities as a surgeon, to Evangeline Lilly’s beautiful Kate, who harbours a dark, possibly murderous secret.

But then secrets are rife on the island, with everyone protecting something dark about themselves.

Perhaps this is why US viewers were convinced that the characters were actually in some form of purgatory, atoning for their sins.

It might explain the fantasy elements of the show, which include the constant threat posed by an invisible beast, the odd polar bear attack and, at least in the case of Terry O’Quinn’s fascinating character, John Locke, the ability to walk on the island, despite having been confined to a wheelchair before the crash.

No matter what you think you know, the makers of the show seem to revel in their ability to pull the rug right out from under you.

Hence, the first 12 episodes of Lost represent riveting viewing, seldom wasting a minute or a character as it teases and tantalises towards an inevitably gripping season finale.

For those of you who enjoyed watching, therefore, the first 12 episodes represent an excellent opportunity to re-live your favourite moments and look for hidden clues.

While for those who missed out on catching the series on TV, it’s an unmissable opportunity to catch up with the show that everyone is talking about before it’s too late.

Whichever bracket you fall into, the trick is not to find yourself ‘lost’ amid a conversation about this cracking series. It’s popular for a very good reason.