Talking Lost with TV on the Internet and The /Filmcast
May 29th, 2010
I’ve written a lot about Lost this week, but if you’re still interested in hearing more discussion about the series finale and the series as a whole I took part in a couple of podcasts on Thursday that might make for some nice weekend listening for those so inclined.
First, I was one of many guests on TV on the Internet’s special Lost episode, which collected a bunch of people who write and tweet about Lost to discuss the finale (including hosts Todd VanDerWerff and Libby Hill, Jason Mittell, Zack Handlen, Daniel T. Walters, Chris Dole, and myself). For the most part, we all liked it, which means that the episode was more of a discussion of the finale and the series as a whole than it was a deconstruction or a dissection. It was a podcast with some really intelligent voices, and it resulted in some cogent discussion on the final season, the characters and their journeys, as well as the cultural impact of the series on both television in general and in our own lives.
TV on the Internet, Episode 37: Lost [Media Elites]
I think both discussions are equally interesting, but the special /Filmcast bonus Lost episode is definitely a bit more dynamic due to both its free-for-all format and the presence of more diverse opinions relating to the finale and the series as a whole. I wouldn’t go so far as to call the episode an outright debate, but /Filmcast hosts Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley raise some legitimate concerns with the series which Katey Rich and I work to reconcile with our own enjoyment of the series. The result, at least for me, is an honest and frank discussion which in its confrontation gets to the heart of the ways in which viewers experienced Lost and its finale, and I think anyone listening would find some part of their voice within the arguments being made.
The /Filmcast Bonus Ep. – Lost Series Finale and Wrap-up [/Film]
I want to thank Todd and Devindra for both inviting me to the respective parties and doing a fantastic job in their capacities as moderator/host/whatever you’d choose to call it, and I truly recommend that those who are still contending with their feelings over the Lost finale give these shows a listen (although perhaps spread out a bit, since both are about two hours long and I can speak from experience that four hours of Lost podcasts in a single day is a bit overwhelming).
One response to “Talking Lost with TV on the Internet and The /Filmcast”
I finally finished listening to both podcasts, having downloaded them when they were released. I’ve got to say that while I found the /filmcast more dynamic, I also found it fairly frustrating. Most of Adam’s critiques of the show weren’t really about judging how successful the show was at what it was attempting to do , and more along the lines of how he would have done things differently if he was writing the show. That’s not what a critic should be doing. Furthermore, his issues with the show were hard to take too seriously when such a large part of his argument came down to not getting answers, expect for when he did, and didn’t like the ones he was given. Of course everyone’s entitled to their opinion, but I thought Adam came across more as a whiny fanboy, and you came across as a real critic of television