There are a large number of things to say about Lost these days. TV critics have been up in arms, viewers are apparently turning away in droves, and the hype machine which once led Lost into the Stratusphere is allegedly disappearing at an alarming rate. Ratings are dropping, and an attempt at a no-rerun 6 episode start to Season Three simply provided more fuel to the fire. Well, most of the things I have to say on this issue were covered today by the Elder in a piece I pretty much agree with 100%.
It is my belief that Lost has been unfairly placed in front of a giant rolling ball of doom. I don’t think that anything about the show should have people up in arms, and people are being more unreasonable than they realize. The Elder focuses on pretty well all of the major points, but there’s something that he doesn’t quite hit on that I think is incredibly important.
I don’t know how anyone could possibly HATE Lost after having liked its first season. You could grow bored, which is reasonable if not my personal experience. You could find you no longer have time to keep up with its plotlines, and that’s ok too. Maybe the show’s new late US timeslot of 10pm EST is too late for your early morning schedule, and I completely understand. You could get frustrated with the show’s quality in your eyes, which I think everyone does.
But this backlash of hatred flying all over the place is ridiculous. It has gone past frustration, and become a downright concoction of anger and haterade. I’m starting to see it happen with 24 as well, as people start to spurn it for being “too slow” and instead switch to watching Heroes which is almost exactly the same pacing style at times. It scares me to see how many people can downright turn against a show: as the Elder points out, a show like Studio 60 went from popular to hated in about 3.6 seconds, even though the show really hasn’t changed from its pilot (And stagnancy is not worthy of hatred).
I don’t want myself to be one of those people, and I hope I never do it. I watch a lot of TV, but I don’t want to become someone who downright hates a show due to a stupid decision. I like to think that I’m patient, understanding. I weathered a few storms on Alias, watching to the very end. I’ve gone through some turbulent times on a show like 24 as well, but I keep watching to enjoy the fine work on display. And, in the end, I love Lost. It is well-acted, well-written, and one of the best mystery stories on television. I want to know more about its characters just as much as I want to know more about its plot, and this is a sign of a TV show that is capable of taking over my life.
At 8pm AST, thanks to some fancy CTV scheduling that for idiotic reasons places Nelly Furtado’s Primetime acting debut on CSI:NY at 9pm instead, I’ll be sitting down to enjoy an episode of Lost that may not make my heart race, that may not answer any of my questions, but one that I will enjoy because it will be well-acted, well-written, well-directed and a whole lot of things a good drama can be.
Visit McNutt Against the Music for the Elder’s more indepth view on why people shouldn’t be quite so fickle, and then enjoy Lost this evening. And, if you don’t, subject to reasoning, you could be on notice.