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Binge Watchin' TV Review: Lost

07.01.2015

Welcome to Binge Watchin,’ where we take a look at some of the best TV shows available on streaming or disc that have a great catalogue of seasons to jump into and get sucked into the beautiful bliss of binge watching! From crime, action, comedy, drama, animation, etc., we’ll be evaluating an assortment of shows that will hopefully serve as a gateway to your next binge experience.

Series: Lost

Number of Seasons: 6 (121 episodes)

Where to watch: Amazon Instant, Netflix, Blu-Ray/DVD

What’s the show about?

That is a tough question. Lost follows a group of survivors after their plane crashes on a remote island in the Pacific Ocean. The group band together to try and survive until rescue but soon learn that the island is more than it seems. What started as a show about survival soon unravels into an elaborate and epic series about the interconnected lives of these people and how their destinies could determine the fate of the entire world. Part supernatural adventure, part science fiction soap opera, and part mystery, Lost is one of the landmark series in television history.

Why should I watch it?

If you haven't seen Lost, you are missing out on one of the greatest television shows of all time. From the mind of J.J. Abrams and producer/writers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, Lost redefined television when it premiered in 2004. Prior to it's massive ratings, network television was populated by standalone series that were not serialized to the level this series was. Lost quickly became destination viewing as clues peppered through every single episode would help lead to the solution of the countless mysteries within: what is the island? Who is Jacob? What is the smoke monster? Why are everyone's lives interconnected? What does it all mean?

Though there were numerous imitators, no other series managed to infiltrate pop culture the way Lost did. Now, some have claimed that the writers had no idea where they were going and just came up with batshit crazy ideas along the way. But, even if that is true, it doesn't discount how thrilling a ride Lost is the first time you watch it. Like a movie with a twist ending, every cliffhanger and surprise on Lost will still make you jump out of your seat in surprise. It is also worth noting that while viewers who watched on television had to wait week after week to see what happened next, Lost works incredibly well as a binge-watching experience.

Lost was also one of the first series to integrate alternate reality gaming into the narrative of the show.Some of these games and secrets are included on the DVD/Blu-ray sets for the show and others can still easily be found online. These additional resources add a lot to the viewing experience and make Lost even more interactive. J.J. Abrams rode the popularity of Lost after directing the brilliant pilot episode which is definitely one of the single best hour of television ever made. Abrams' frequent collaborator, Michael Giacchino, contributed the brilliant score that made use of unconventional instruments and single piano notes

Fans of Lost are usually very outspoken about the finale of the show. A very divisive closer, I personally love it and think it encapsulates the entire show exactly how I imagined it. Lost is not a series for those who want things wrapped up in a nice package at the end. But, if you are someone who likes the thrill of the journey, you should definitely watch this show.

Best season:

Each season has it's highs and lows, but the freshman run of the show is cinematic perfection. Each character gets a back story told in flashbacks that shows how they all link together. Twilight Zone-esque phenomenon appear hour after hour but none feel like cheap thrills. Once you get to the closing cliffhanger, you will immediately want to begin season two. The perfomances from Terry O"Quinn and Josh Holloway are especially memorable but Matthew Fox, Evangeline Lilly, Dominic Monaghan, Yunjin Kim, Harold Perrineau, Jorge Garcia, and Naveen Andrews are equally impactful.

Final thoughts:

The odds are that we will never see another series as unique as Lost but we have it's legacy in shows like Under the Dome, Fringe, Once Upon a TIme, Wayward Pines, Bates Motel, and countless other heavily serialized genre shows that owe their existence to this series. I would not be shocked if Lost were next on the remake bandwagon like The X-Files and 24. The nature of Lost's backstory makes it ripe for a new story following another set of survivors as they navigate the mysteries of  the island. Part of me hopes it never happens as the cast,showrunners, and production values from ABC Studios and Bad Robot have helped make Lost one of the best TV shows of all time.

Source: JoBlo.com

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3:28PM on 07/02/2015

I started watching the show in 2007.

I binge-watched the first 3 seasons on DVD, and that's the best way of watching a show like this. You see, a lot of people didn't like season 2 and most of season 3 because for every answer there were 5 new questions. It's a way to keep a show like this going, but it can feel like it drags. I didn't really feel that watching them back-to-back, though. I didn't care that it was after midnight; I had to finish each season.

I'm sure I would've felt the same way had I binge-watched all the
I binge-watched the first 3 seasons on DVD, and that's the best way of watching a show like this. You see, a lot of people didn't like season 2 and most of season 3 because for every answer there were 5 new questions. It's a way to keep a show like this going, but it can feel like it drags. I didn't really feel that watching them back-to-back, though. I didn't care that it was after midnight; I had to finish each season.

I'm sure I would've felt the same way had I binge-watched all the seasons.
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12:39PM on 07/02/2015

Loved this show!

I will never understand the group of people who were disappointed by the ending. I thought it was a fantastic way to finish off the series. I was hoping the whole time that everything that happened actually happened, and in the end, I was not disappointed! I got so connected to the characters, it had so many emotional and funny parts. Gosh this show was just awesome! If people haven't seen it, they should!
I will never understand the group of people who were disappointed by the ending. I thought it was a fantastic way to finish off the series. I was hoping the whole time that everything that happened actually happened, and in the end, I was not disappointed! I got so connected to the characters, it had so many emotional and funny parts. Gosh this show was just awesome! If people haven't seen it, they should!
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9:40AM on 07/02/2015

Great Show!

I'd be interested to see how this show would've played out in a binge... I got hooked on episode 1 and watched it religiously weekly with a group of friends, we used to sit around and come up with theories and talk about it all the time. There has never been a show like that since, where groups of people from all age groups were obsessed and talked online etc... Plus, Ben Linus is one of the best TV characters of all time!
I'd be interested to see how this show would've played out in a binge... I got hooked on episode 1 and watched it religiously weekly with a group of friends, we used to sit around and come up with theories and talk about it all the time. There has never been a show like that since, where groups of people from all age groups were obsessed and talked online etc... Plus, Ben Linus is one of the best TV characters of all time!
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9:22AM on 07/02/2015
Lost is my second all time favorite series (with Cheers being number 1). Lost has everything you can ask for in a TV series. It has overall strong Seasons in its entire run, except for the last season which was a bit of a mess in my opinion. Overall, Lost is a great series.
Lost is my second all time favorite series (with Cheers being number 1). Lost has everything you can ask for in a TV series. It has overall strong Seasons in its entire run, except for the last season which was a bit of a mess in my opinion. Overall, Lost is a great series.
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7:27AM on 07/02/2015
The first TV show to grab me absolutely 150%. Waiting for each episode week after week was so awesome, thinking up all kinds of theories and answers to questions posed in the previous episode. I loved everything about this show from the characters (who were never fully good or bad), the writing, the music, the acting and everything else. A once in a lifetime show. I have lost count on how many times I have rewatched the whole series.
The first TV show to grab me absolutely 150%. Waiting for each episode week after week was so awesome, thinking up all kinds of theories and answers to questions posed in the previous episode. I loved everything about this show from the characters (who were never fully good or bad), the writing, the music, the acting and everything else. A once in a lifetime show. I have lost count on how many times I have rewatched the whole series.
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7:16AM on 07/02/2015

My most favorite TV show of all time. And one of the most rewatched.

I'm also the one who is "guilty" of absolutely loving the finale. My most favorite season order would be 1>3>5=4>2>6
I'm also the one who is "guilty" of absolutely loving the finale. My most favorite season order would be 1>3>5=4>2>6
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5:51AM on 07/02/2015
The crappy, or at least utterly uninspired, ending (they should've come up with something that wasn't predicted by fans from the get-go) makes it easy to forget how good the show actually was. Around the time when they started time-hopping it all became a bit too much for my taste but I was thoroughly entertained throughout nonetheless.
The crappy, or at least utterly uninspired, ending (they should've come up with something that wasn't predicted by fans from the get-go) makes it easy to forget how good the show actually was. Around the time when they started time-hopping it all became a bit too much for my taste but I was thoroughly entertained throughout nonetheless.
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7:23AM on 07/02/2015
Please tell me you aren't part of the group of people who think they were dead all along. (I am just responding to your theory that the end was predicted from the beginning)
Please tell me you aren't part of the group of people who think they were dead all along. (I am just responding to your theory that the end was predicted from the beginning)
9:24AM on 07/02/2015
Carlton Cuse, "But the characters definitely survived the plane crash and really were on a very real island. At the very end of the series, though? Yep, they were all dead when they met up in heaven for the final church" scene."

All they did was move up the point at which the characters died. Which makes the lack of explanations for 95% of all the weird stuff on the island all the more scathing. There's no point defending it, it's a known fact that they were coming up with everything as they
Carlton Cuse, "But the characters definitely survived the plane crash and really were on a very real island. At the very end of the series, though? Yep, they were all dead when they met up in heaven for the final church" scene."

All they did was move up the point at which the characters died. Which makes the lack of explanations for 95% of all the weird stuff on the island all the more scathing. There's no point defending it, it's a known fact that they were coming up with everything as they went along. And it shows.
10:00AM on 07/02/2015
Carlton said everything that took place on the island really happened. It was all real. Only thing not real was the flashes in season 6.
Carlton said everything that took place on the island really happened. It was all real. Only thing not real was the flashes in season 6.
11:05AM on 07/02/2015
I know.
I know.
4:35AM on 07/03/2015
There are explanations for most of the mysteries, where some were explained unsatisfactorily sure, and some were left to the viewers to connect the dots. Yes, they made it up as they went, but damn it was still entertaining. I was satisfied with the finale since I didn't want every mystery solved and it actually makes rewatching fun, since you still can notice new things everytime. But the main thing was that the characters we grew attached to had their story arc completed. It really was an
There are explanations for most of the mysteries, where some were explained unsatisfactorily sure, and some were left to the viewers to connect the dots. Yes, they made it up as they went, but damn it was still entertaining. I was satisfied with the finale since I didn't want every mystery solved and it actually makes rewatching fun, since you still can notice new things everytime. But the main thing was that the characters we grew attached to had their story arc completed. It really was an amazing show.
11:16AM on 07/03/2015
Couldn't have said it better myself. Despite my critique I still absolutely love Lost. I'm not huge on rewatching tv shows but I will definitely revisit this somewhere down the line. I just wish they'd kept that on focus on the characters and their growth, which you mentioned, more than on the gimmicky stuff like the (too) many mysteries of the island, time travelling, flash sideways etc. Anyway, the good certainly outweighs the bad and that's what counts.
Couldn't have said it better myself. Despite my critique I still absolutely love Lost. I'm not huge on rewatching tv shows but I will definitely revisit this somewhere down the line. I just wish they'd kept that on focus on the characters and their growth, which you mentioned, more than on the gimmicky stuff like the (too) many mysteries of the island, time travelling, flash sideways etc. Anyway, the good certainly outweighs the bad and that's what counts.
3:36AM on 07/02/2015
I miss all the good characters from Lost. I could watch my Lost BluRay box, but I think I'll do that in fall or winter.
I miss all the good characters from Lost. I could watch my Lost BluRay box, but I think I'll do that in fall or winter.
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12:03AM on 07/02/2015
Lost not only had some of the best romances I've ever seen on TV (Jin and Sun/Desmond and Penny), but it also had the best character development I've seen on TV ever. The evolution of Sawyer, Locke and Jack as men were epic and the best season is by far three when everything begins to get nuts even for Lost and you had NO IDEA what was going to happen next. I've NEVER understood people who complain about the finale. It was perfect in so many ways and I've never thought about it in a negative
Lost not only had some of the best romances I've ever seen on TV (Jin and Sun/Desmond and Penny), but it also had the best character development I've seen on TV ever. The evolution of Sawyer, Locke and Jack as men were epic and the best season is by far three when everything begins to get nuts even for Lost and you had NO IDEA what was going to happen next. I've NEVER understood people who complain about the finale. It was perfect in so many ways and I've never thought about it in a negative fashion.

Lost was an Earth shattering show that I really should have watched while it was on the air. If you haven't seen this yet, stop wasting time without those memories in your head.
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11:42PM on 07/01/2015
Still one of my all time favorite shows. The cast, the score, the scenery, and the sci-fi/suspense nature of this show make it stand out from most other shows on tv. I understand why some people were disappointed by the ending, but overall I enjoyed the journey this show took me on.
Still one of my all time favorite shows. The cast, the score, the scenery, and the sci-fi/suspense nature of this show make it stand out from most other shows on tv. I understand why some people were disappointed by the ending, but overall I enjoyed the journey this show took me on.
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11:41PM on 07/01/2015
Arguably my favorite show of all time. The whole show was perfection and couldn't wait to see what would happen next, week by week. Just terrific storytelling in that it was able to progress the storyline while also giving very much detailed depth into each character while doing so in the same episode. And the cast was absolutely brilliant in all of their parts; with Fox, Holloway, and O'Quinn being my favorites as Jack, Sawyer, and Locke.

LOST was just brilliantly written, directed, and
Arguably my favorite show of all time. The whole show was perfection and couldn't wait to see what would happen next, week by week. Just terrific storytelling in that it was able to progress the storyline while also giving very much detailed depth into each character while doing so in the same episode. And the cast was absolutely brilliant in all of their parts; with Fox, Holloway, and O'Quinn being my favorites as Jack, Sawyer, and Locke.

LOST was just brilliantly written, directed, and performed and there will never be another show quite like it ever again.
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11:40PM on 07/01/2015

GREAT column!

I'm not sure how I missed the previous installments, but this is the first one I've seen. Great job!

For me, LOST was the first television show that I just lost myself in (pun intended!) completely. The characters, the mythology, the plot twists, the thrills, the mystery...EVERYTHING about it just sucked me in. After that phenomenal pilot episode (easily one of, if not THE, best pilot episode I've ever seen), I was hooked. The fully 3-dimensional characters are definitely the best aspect of
I'm not sure how I missed the previous installments, but this is the first one I've seen. Great job!

For me, LOST was the first television show that I just lost myself in (pun intended!) completely. The characters, the mythology, the plot twists, the thrills, the mystery...EVERYTHING about it just sucked me in. After that phenomenal pilot episode (easily one of, if not THE, best pilot episode I've ever seen), I was hooked. The fully 3-dimensional characters are definitely the best aspect of the show, second only to the tight scripts, clever directing, and twist and turning plot. It's a truly once in a lifetime event, though it does lend itself to binge watching too.

Seasons 1-3 are the absolute pinnacle of the show, although 4 and 5 are certainly worthy entries as well (despite being slightly lesser quality, only because the show raised the bar so high previously). Season 6 was...a mixed bag. It's most clear here that the writers really WERE just making it all up as they went along, and it finally caught up to them here. The ending is emotionally satisfying, but it leaves PLENTY of plot based loose ends that are incredibly annoying. And when you finally find out what the entire series was purportedly about...it's quite disappointing, to say the least.

But the journey was definitely worth it, even if the destination turned out to be a letdown. I still can't recommend this show enough to people who somehow didn't see it when it aired.
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11:42PM on 07/01/2015
The character development was astounding. Can't tell you how many times I was upset after they killed off a major character.
The character development was astounding. Can't tell you how many times I was upset after they killed off a major character.
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