Lost: Season One

Title: Lost: Season One
Year: 2004-2005
Network: ABC
Creators: J.J. Abrams, Jeffrey Lieber, Damon Lindelof
Directors: J.J. Abrams, Jack Bender, Kevin Hooks, Michael Zinberg, Tucker Gates, Greg Yaitanes, Marita Grabiak, Stephen Williams, Rod Holcomb, Daniel Attias, Robert Mandel, David Grossman
Writers: J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof, David Fury, Christian Taylor, Javier Grillo-Marxuach, Jennifer Johnson, Paul Dini, Lynne E. Litt, Carlton Cuse, Drew Goddard, Leonard Dick, Brent Fletcher, Janet Tamaro, Edward Kitsis, Adam Horowitz
Starring: Naveen Andrews, Emilie de Ravin, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia, Maggie Grace, Josh Holloway, Malcolm David Kelley, Daniel Dae Kim, Yunjin Kim, Evangeline Lilly, Dominic Monaghan, Terry O’Quinn, Harold Perrineau, Ian Somerhalder
Music: Michael Giacchino
Episodes: 25, at c. 43 minutes
Synopsis: an airliner crashes on a mysterious island
How I saw it: on video (rented from Netflix), November 2005
Subjective Rating: 8/10 (Great).
Objective Rating: 9/10 (1 point off for pacing) c. 3.2/4 (Very good).

My reaction at the time was that it’s very well done, but I didn’t think it lived up to the obsession people had with it. Too many mysteries were unanswered and seemed unanswerable, so I didn’t expect the plot to get anywhere for a few years at least (oh how wrong I was…). It was very refreshing to have a network show with good production values that wasn’t about doctors, lawyers or government agencies. That’s not so rare anymore, but still I’ve yet to see one since Lost that’s actually any good (although to be fair I don’t watch much recent television).

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