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My take on Lost

Catherine writes about her frustration with Lost and links to How ‘Lost’ is Ruining My Life. I feel their pain. That’s why when something occurred to me last time I was watching, it almost snapped into being as the only logical explanation.

I started watching at the second season premiere and haven’t missed an episode since. I’ve caught maybe two or three episodes from the first season but have yet to catch up. I’ve been sharing the same frustrations as time has gone on.

A week or two back, I was watching the scene with the new girl in the hatch, when she points out that there are more TV monitors than hatches. And I was just staring at her going, “Who ARE you? How could the writers just slip you in and not even take a second to explain?”

Then it hit me.

Lost is our Dharma Initiative. The writers are testing how far they can push the audience in crazy ways and still have them obey and watch. It’s all a social experiment to see what kinds of crap they can pull and still have people be addicted to watching, convinced that if they don’t, next week at work when they hear the next juicy tidbits, they’ll get reeled right back in and feel like such as idiot.

  • characters just appearing out of nowhere
  • death of major characters for no logical reason
  • mysterious happenings: healings, polar bears, killer fog

And the list goes on. But they are using us to figure out techniques for future shows, or perhaps a Lost movie.

What happens if you don’t push the button? If you stop watching?

They’re convinced that you’re too scared to try.

{ 4 } Comments

  1. Tones | November 11, 2006 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

    Oh, are you still watching that show?

  2. Jim B | November 12, 2006 at 1:45 am | Permalink

    Interesting theory. We still watch it, still waiting for something new to happen. It’s disappointing they’re now primarily focused on the pretty people.

    Truth is, the second they say: It’s all aliens. Or purgatory. Or Atlantis. Or a big snow globe, then I’m done. There is no point in watching a show about a love-triangle in a cage. The producers know this and just keep stringing us along, for as long as they can.

    Heroes. That’s where it’s at. If I had to choose between the two, it’s no choice at all.

  3. catherine | November 13, 2006 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    this is just j.j. abrams’ (and his crew’s) problem - they come up with really interesting concepts for shows without even halfway thinking through what a potential, satisfying resolution could be (i wrote about that a while back). trust me, they have no effin’ clue as to what’s actually going on. so i don’t feel too bad that i stopped watching after the first episode of this season.

  4. Veronica | November 30, 2006 at 4:03 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, I’m pretty sure the writers are clueless, too–the show’s been pretty frustratingly paced, I assume, to give them time to figure out just what the hell will fit into the “What’s Going On?” Hole.