Wednesday, February 28, 2007

LOST (within the span of about 2 weeks)

I have never been a big fan of network TV. Not much of any kind of TV for that matter save for movies that can be purchased or rented. Okay. I do admit that I, at one point in life, cherished the hour of 5:30 PM when I would partake upon a vodka martini and watch reruns of WKRP.
To get to the point, I am a newcomer to the show known as LOST. I had read reviews, but one always has to take those rantings with a grain of salt, or in this case salt water. But then came the advice from my wife’s sister that no episode of LOST should be missed. Usually, this woman has sound advice, but perhaps, I thought to myself, she slipped a bit in her discriminatory taste.
She then began to compare it to an old British show called The Prisoner. That comparison got my attention.
So off my sweetie and I went to the video store and rented the first few episodes of the first season. Everyone by now knows the premise of the show. A plane crashes on an island and things are not at all as one would expect. As in, why are there white bears running around loose in the jungle and who are the “others” supposed to be?
Can’t get into much more detail here without revealing a little too much plot, but the show, Bodega Train has to admit, works to an astounding perfection. There may be the occasional cliché line here and there, but it usually ties in with something that has either just happened or is a vague foreshadowing.
The characters are all intriguing and we as the audience are treated to glimpses of their past which gives insight regarding the unique personalities of each stranded victim.
The best thing is that no one is safe from being killed off on any given episode. Surprises abound.
Tonight will be the first of the show that we have actually watched on the network (ABC) as opposed to renting the DVD. We ran through the first two seasons in, literally, about two weeks.
The vodka is in the freezer, vermouth on a tray and a lemon ready for peeling. Martini time indeed. Looks like a new WKRP finally rode into town.
{ By the way, there is a connection of sorts between WKRP, LOST and Gilligan’s Island, but that can be saved for another time.)


Blogger The Stash Dauber said...

i only watch tv in bars w/the sound turned off, but i caught an entahr episode of LOST once while i was waiting to give andre the soundman a ride to the wreckroom. i thought, "da-a-amn, this thing sure moves fast." later i learned that what i was watching was the beginning-of-season synopsis of the previous season. duh.

nice to read new scrawl from you again. it's been too long.

5:08 AM  
Blogger ANDREW M. said...

my wife and 'ma-in-law are devout fans of that LOST - and these are two ladies who barely and rarely touch a remote. haven't seen it but i hear it's intense.

i'm an early season x-file fan myself. most of what's on the tube is a bore to me...

tv can be a great relaxer though -in moderation. haven't watched more than a few hours since the kid was born in the fall. now it's a lot of season 1 of the muppet show on DVD during the day - and crazy b-movies at night (bought and watched the original "the wicker man" at your suggestion - amazing! thanks for the heads up.)

glad to see you back in print. i eagerly await the explanation of the skipper/dr. johnny fever/lost crew connection...

4:54 PM  

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