Lost: The show before its time


With polar bears and tropical islands; Lost is a show we need to bring back.

Lost is a TV show that aired on ABC in 2004, before most current high school students were even born, and is one of the best shows I’ve ever watched.

To anyone who has never seen or heard of Lost, it is a show about a plane crash on an island in the middle of the ocean. The show revolves around the characters who were on the plane and how they survive and navigate the mysterious island they landed on.

Directed by J.J. Abrams, Lost is a 6 season show with about 20-25 episodes per season with each episode averaging around 40 minutes per episode. In other words, it takes a long time to finish.

Many of the current shows today (with the exception of some outrageously long shows), hardly have 10 episodes in a season, let alone 25 which makes Lost the best show to binge, in fact, the only way to watch it. 

Unfortunately at the time of its release, there were no streaming services like Netflix, Disney+, or Hulu, so the show gradually lost traction after every season, as people could only watch the next episode as it ran on TV. If Lost were to be released today, it could very well be one of the most popular shows there is. 

Unlike many shows during its time, Lost is a story-based show where the watcher has to be up to date on the plot, unlike shows where you could tune in at any time and not be clueless, which is what made it difficult to keep up.

The cast has a couple well known actresses and actors, some being Evangeline Lilly, Ian Somerhalder, and Daniel Dae Kim, but at the time, most of them were not very well known. As a result of this, the show seemed like real life, instead of the kind of thing where the watcher recognizes the actor before they recognize the character. 

Part of what makes Lost so good is its character development. Every episode focuses on a certain character’s backstory through flashbacks and gives insight to their personality while engaging the watcher with the regular plot as well. This really creates a bond between the watcher and the characters, making happy times happier and sad times sadder.

One of the main reasons I love Lost is because of its music. Michael Giacchino composed the score and it is a truly engaging soundtrack that gives each character their own theme that alters throughout the seasons to keep up with the tone. Giacchino also composed the score for many Disney favorites such as The Incredibles and Up, as well as Ratatouille, Inside Out, and the most recent Marvel Spiderman movies. 

I always look at the scores in film and tv because I believe it’s one of the most important aspects of one because if the music isn’t good then the show isn’t good. Lost’s score is one of the best and it really enhances the watching experience.

But like any good show, Lost has its ups and downs. The finale of Lost was seen as underwhelming and confusing, giving the show a bad reputation after it ended. However, I believe that the ending was fitting and I applaud the producers for ending the show instead of dragging it on for even more seasons. 

Instead of having a basic ‘happily ever after’ ending, Lost’s ending did something that could only be appreciated if you took the time to think about it and analyze it and I find it to be one of my favorite TV show endings ever.

I greatly encourage everyone to watch at least the pilot of Lost because even though it’s an older show, it’s a very well done show and it will leave you speechless at the end.