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Addiction Strikes Again! 
7th-Oct-2007 09:32 pm

I get home from Ellerslie on Wednesday, and lo and behold Damien has acquired season 1 of Lost from a friend at work. After months of him cringing every Thursday when all of his coworkers would gather outside of his cube to discuss the previous night's episode and HATING it, the hot-guy-at-work finally convinced him to take home season 1 and judge for himself. So he did. He watched the first season over 2 days, then brought home the 2nd. I did a bit of research on the show before submitting myself, and found out that the show was co-created and produced by J. J. Abrams, who also did Alias, which is a damned impressive show. Plus, I like a lot of the castmembers. So I started watching as well.

UH... MAH... GAH...

I was incredibly surprised at how well done it is, frankly. These characters are considerably more emotional and deep than I imagined they would be. The backstory flashbacks on all the characters reveal their deeply rooted flaws and frailties, and you see how damaged they really are and what drives a lot of their choices. Several of them that I had already made my mind up about as being unlikeable end up with my respect and sympathies, not unlike the character Johnny Depp plays in Blow. Desperate people can easily be compelled to do desperate things. I know a lot about that, and can empathize. I can even see some of my friends in these characters as well as myself, which hit very close to home.

I understand the lengths you will go to for your children and how losing something precious can bring you to commit acts of vengeance that you never imagined possible of the most soulless of mercenaries, let alone yourself. I understand how substances can enslave you body and soul and enable you to legitimize the gamble of everything most precious to you in the world for another fix. I understand being so hurt by someone else's fuck-ups that you can barely breathe without it hurting and the pain written all over you reduces anyone nearby to desperately want to console you and knowing that they are powerless to. That kind of pain is palpable.

Two of the characters from my beloved Oz are in this - Harold Perrineau, (who played Agustus Hill on Oz and Michael on Lost) and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (who played Simon Adebisi on Oz and Mr. Eko on Lost) - as well as a guy called Sayid (although the one on Oz spelled his name Said and was played by Eammon Walker) but still, very interesting. Then while watching a marathon of season 2 there were two things that happened that cinched the deal for me. First, Bruce Davidson made a geust appearance. Then later on they used my favorite Otis Redding song (These Arms Of Mine) in an episode.

I really dig this show and cannot wait for season 3 to come out on DVD as I've never seen any of those episodes either.
8th-Oct-2007 01:49 am (UTC)
Another one joins the Lost brigade. :-)

Just a tip/fyi for season three - it starts out really slow. The first 10 eps or so almost drag, seem to be going nowhere, and could have been done in half the time. But the last dozen - holy wow, my personal opinion is it is the best the show ever has been. Just don't get discouraged by the slow moving first half of the season (it might be different when you watch them all consecutively, just waiting a week for each one was sometimes frustrating). I'm just glad they made the decision to not take mid season breaks anymore and just show them straight through at the beginning of every year now.
8th-Oct-2007 02:44 am (UTC)
Thankies, and nice Locke icon!
8th-Oct-2007 02:15 am (UTC)
Unfortunately right now I am the same way about LOST... I don't get it. I tried to watch some of season 1 when it had aired and was in fact lost myself. But then again I was standoffish about Alias till Renea had me watch season 1 on DVD which was when I fell in love with it, so I might have the same thing happen if I do that with LOST.

So this show gets Brad's stamp of approval?
8th-Oct-2007 02:19 am (UTC)
8th-Oct-2007 04:10 am (UTC)
8th-Oct-2007 02:18 am (UTC)
Yay! I love Lost. It's so addicting. :)
8th-Oct-2007 02:21 am (UTC)
I'm still surprised at just how emotionally taxing/vexing it is.
8th-Oct-2007 03:25 am (UTC)
Mwahahaha another one converted. Our cult is almost complete. :)

Just a warning, a LOT happens in Season 3, so I wouldn't suggest watching the new episodes (which start in Jan or Feb 08) until you see season 3.

Thoe Others man, they be trippy. Isn't Sawyer yummy?!
8th-Oct-2007 03:41 am (UTC)
The plan is to only watch them in succession so nothing gets left out.

EWWW!! No, I think he's positively revolting on every level! He's a bit too buff-guy-Kid-Rockish for my tastes.

No - Jack works fine for me, and Locke fills a nice Daddy fantasy for sure!
8th-Oct-2007 11:35 am (UTC)
OMG.. i totally agree with you here... i LOATHE Sawyer... Jack? Mmmmmmmmmmmm..... I personally thought Ethan was kinda hot, too...
8th-Oct-2007 03:26 am (UTC)
Yep...pretty good Kool-aid, innit?
Lots of action, mystery, and eye candy for all.
8th-Oct-2007 03:42 am (UTC)
Indeed, on all counts!
8th-Oct-2007 10:10 am (UTC)
Yay! More people come into the club! Season 3 outshined Season 2, so I think you'll enjoy it.
8th-Oct-2007 10:51 am (UTC)
welcome to teh LOST craze!
8th-Oct-2007 11:34 am (UTC)
Oh, we LOVE LOVE LOVE this show! the longer the show goes on, the more frustrating it gets, but it doesn't negate the great aspects. Now that the writers have a definite end in sight, though, I think it's going to get back on track...
8th-Oct-2007 01:49 pm (UTC)
welcome to the cult mah dear...wellllcome. muahahahahahaha
8th-Oct-2007 03:09 pm (UTC)
i am addicted! i can't believe we have to wait till january for the new season!!
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