Do We Like Being Lost?

Yesterday I managed to see Lost season 3 episode 11, entitled Enter 77. Having followed Lost intently since the very first episode, it’s now becoming clear to me that there are two types of episodes. There are episodes that reveal tiny tidbits of “Lost mythology”—those are the episodes that deal with what’s actually going on. Then there are the “fleshing out” episodes, episodes that mainly elaborate on the stories of each of the Lost characters. In that way, Lost is very much like Star Trek, which might indicate that Lost is here to stay for a while.

That almost brings me to my point. Like the two types of episodes, I think there are two types of viewers. There are those who are lost and have no idea what’s going on and love it and those who are lost but despise it.

While I’m slightly annoyed at having zealously watched three seasons, having had to drop countless theories, I’m still firmly in the first camp. I love Lost, even if they’re milking it this season. What camp are you in? To put it in another way, would you like the producers to announce an end date to the series? Or would you (like me), like the series to continue for two or three more seasons (as long as they do end the series at some point)?

While I’m at it, I might as well dive into that whole Lost mythology. If you’re averse to spoilers, you might not want to read on. There’s been talk of the island being some sort of buddhist Shangri-La (Dharma is a buddhist concept, by the way), so right now I’m holding on to that as my best bet of an explanation. What’s your best bet?

18 thoughts on “Do We Like Being Lost?”

  1. Chris says:

    I’m in the ‘never seen an episode’ camp.

  2. lm says:

    I’ve never seen Lost ( well a little bit at first when it started).

    The idea self seemed kind of too predictable at the time except of course you can do even more seasons then there were for Friends – making it to the mixture of Dr Who or Star Wars includes – it depends on how much imagination the crew has.

  3. Omar says:

    I love being “lost” in the mystery of being kept in the dark about what is really going on, but I also think that we don’t need 10 seasons of Lost.

    Preferably, I’d like to see the show wrapped up by Season 5.

  4. Joen says:

    I?m in the ?never seen an episode? camp.

    You deal with that! You deal with that now!

    The idea self seemed kind of too predictable at the time except of course you can do even more seasons then there were for Friends – making it to the mixture of Dr Who or Star Wars includes – it depends on how much imagination the crew has.

    The fact that it can go on forever, and that annoys you, fine. But predictable? Well maybe I thought so at first, but I’m telling you now it’s everything but predictable! That, I guess, is what I like the most about it.

    Preferably, I?d like to see the show wrapped up by Season 5.

    I agree, 5 is a good number. I wonder if they have the audience and the money to keep the actors for that long.

  5. lm says:

    “The fact that it can go on forever, and that annoys you, fine.”

    That is not annoying I just not into series where people “suffering” forever – that sort of movies should end after 2 hours at most. I rather watch comedies and thankfully they dont last much (ah some of them finished just after 2 seasons – like Green Wing and it is a bit of a pity) Sorry if i spoiled your Lost theme with this little bubble.

  6. Joen says:

    Sorry if i spoiled your Lost theme with this little bubble.

    Oh you didn’t. See this is the problem with commenting: It’s hard to communicate mood! I realize the “fine” may have sounded harsh, I did in fact mean “fair enough, I can accept that”, and not negatlively so. Don’t worry, it takes quite a bit more to offend me. You can even swear here, if you want to. šŸ™‚

  7. lm says:

    “fine” word was fine in fact – i was rather quite cautious about talking to another direction rather the Lost because Some blog’s authors quite keen to keep conversation to the subject.

    Also I think we all have quite a thick skin (on a net i mean), in any case we have a possibillity to correct ourselves (especially here on your blog where it is possible to edit our comments later on if being unsatisfied of reaction).

    And i dont support swearing šŸ˜€ : there are lots of another words to express emotions – the last resort will be: $%^%$ šŸ˜€

  8. Chris says:

    Don?t worry, it takes quite a bit more to offend me.

    Well… fuck.

  9. lm says:

    to Chris: feeling better now?

  10. Joen says:

    Yeah, so as you see, anything goes šŸ™‚ fortunately, this is not China.

    On the topic of Lost, I actually remembered the idea of Shangri-La wrongfully. It was Shambala which is similar. Apparently it means “place of peace/tranquility/happiness”.

    So, for a while I’ve been thinking this island, with it’s healing powers, strange botanical and zoological experiements, research in psychology, behaviour and even magnetism, is sort of a “research place for the improvement of mankind”. Basically, the guy from the orientation video wants to save the world, and starts here on this island. “The Others”, however, even though they claim to be the good guys, apparently drove the original Dharma people from the Island. Whether this was part of some “real world simulation” gone wrong, or just pre-Dharma employees wanting to take things in a different direction is interesting.

    The real interesting thing is, how are they going to explain mystical healing powers and three-toed statues? For that, you need some kind of mythical Shambala.

  11. Gareth says:

    I was really into the first season but now I can barely watch it. I think this sums up how I feel:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BRp8N5jS3R4

  12. Tristan says:

    Gareth, I’d have to agree with you there — I never got into it, so I don’t get a thing from watching it.

    That video, on the other hand, was hilarious! Thank you.

    And Joen, you’ll be pleased to know that subscribe to comments is enabled on my site now, but since you moved hosts it hasn’t been working for me on your site. I never get any emails, but I go back and check later and there are a whole bunch of new comments. I don’t block anything (I only do selective greylisting), so it’s not me šŸ™‚

  13. Joen says:

    As for Lost, judging by the response here, it’s unlikely to run for many more seasons… I just hope it doesn’t get cancelled.

    And Joen, you?ll be pleased to know that subscribe to comments is enabled on my site now, but since you moved hosts it hasn?t been working for me on your site. I never get any emails, but I go back and check later and there are a whole bunch of new comments. I don?t block anything (I only do selective greylisting), so it?s not me šŸ™‚

    Argh.

    That’s very strange. I am running the latest version of Subscribe to Comments, and I am getting WordPress comment notifications myself… What the hell could be wrong? You’re absolutely sure it’s not in some spam filter? I’ll have to try commenting on some old post here, like a “normie”.

  14. Joen says:

    Okay so now I’ve tested, and as a regular user, I gotta say Subscribe to Comments works with me.

    This just makes me boggle even more at why this isn’t working.

  15. Gareth says:

    still does not work for me :-

  16. Joen says:

    still does not work for me :-

    But it works on other sites ?

  17. Tristan says:

    Okay Joen, I’ve whitelisted your mailservers and checked my logs but I see no sign of emails from noscope… Try commenting here and I’ll tell you if it goes through…

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