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Lost - The complete first season

Lost - Season 1

Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 5 out of 5

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES: Audio Commentaries; The Genesis of Lost; Before They Were Lost; The Making of the Pilot; The Art of Matthew Fox; Lost @ Comicon; On Set With Jimmy Kimmel; Backstage With Driveshaft; Lost : On Location; The Lost Flashback; 13 Deleted Scenes; Live From The Museum of Television & Radio; Bloopers From The Set; 3 Easter Eggs; Tales From The Island; Lost Revealed.

HAVING been introduced to the central characters during the first 12 episodes of Lost, the second half of the first season is where the intrigue really kicked in.

Hence, as desperation among the islanders mounts, so too do the teasing revelations and the overall sense of foreboding.

As with all good series of this nature, however, the trick remains in giving something away, only to replace it with more questions.

And anyone expecting a neat and tidy resolution, or even some answers that might explain where the plane crash survivors are, or even why they’re there, had better think again.

With at least two more seasons in the making, the truth (to coin a phrase) is still very much out there…

The second half of season 1 does, however, boast some outstanding episodes and classic TV moments.

Many of these come in the first part of the three-parter that draws the season to a close, such as the moment between rivals Jack (Matthew Fox) and Sawyer (Josh Holloway), as the latter reveals that he met the former’s late father in an Australian bar during which he confessed his love for his son.

It was an expertly constructed scene that was touching without being sentimental and played with just the right amount of begruding respect between the two actors.

Emotional too was the final touching scene between the island’s Japanese residents, Jin-Soo Kwon (Daniel Dae Kim) and his wife, Sun Kwon (Yunjin Kim), during which he forgives her for not telling him that she could speak English. It was one of at least two potentially tear-jerking moments in the series.

Indeed, one of the strengths of Lost is its ability to mix genuine thrills with laughter and sadness, while keeping its eye on world-wide events.

The back story of Sayid (Naveen Andrews), for instance, is particularly relevant given his past as an Iraqi soldier and another flashback episode saw him joining a terrorist cell in Australia in an attempt to prevent an attack.

Further flashback episodes revealed the semi-incestuous relationship between Boone (Ian Somerhalder) and Shannon (Maggie Grace), the unlucky past of Lottery winner Hurley (Jorge Garcia) and the tragic history of John Locke (Terry O’Quinn).

Yet the programme remains at its most compelling when dealing with the events on the island and some of the key moments and biggest twists arrived during these sections.

The burning of the first raft, for instance, succeeded in raising tensions and delivering a neat twist, while the re-appearance of ‘the French chick’ provided a real excitment boost, particularly when she utters ‘the Others are coming’.

But perhaps the most significant moment came with the death of one of the lead characters, Boone, following the discovery of another plane crash site.

It meant that none of the islanders were safe and that the series creators would not be opposed to getting rid of key cast members for the sake of dramatic flow (even though they can bring them back in flashbacks).

So did we learn anything from the whole of season 1? Hell no. But are we still interested? Absolutely.

In fact, it’s safe to say that we’ll be lost without it on Wednesday evenings, so roll on season two in the spring…

DVD Extras

The second box set contains plenty of extras that merely seek to stoke up the mystery surrounding the series.

There’s cast and crew commentaries, blooper reels (which mostly show Matthew Fox slipping over on leaves) and the odd surprising revelation – such as the fact that Maggie Grace chewed up a lump of chopped garlic and onion before tonguing it into Ian Somerhalder’s mouth during their kissing scene.

Oh, and for people who simply cannot get enough until the second season, there’s even a selection of deleted scenes.

It’s certainly more of a worthwhile package than the first 12 episode box set of season 1, although those that held out for the complete season would do better just to buy all 24 episodes and enjoy it from the start all over again.