Wednesday, May 19, 2010

My Love Letter.

Has there ever been a program that so seamlessly united science fiction, literature, philosophy, religion, medicine, metaphysics, comedy and drama, along with helpings of romance and fantasy? An hour of television not only critically acclaimed, but also a pop culture phenomenon beloved by a completely fervid fanbase?


Doubful.

The zeitgeist known as Lost began on September 22, 2004, and I was hooked from the moment Charlie Pace questioned, "Guys...where are we?"

This week I've read brilliant summaries of the show, written by minds far sharper than my own, printed in publications such as Vanity Fair, Time, TV Guide, and Entertainment Weekly. I'm not going to do the same, because my efforts would fall embarrassingly short.

Instead I'm going to say thank you to the cast and crew of the show. Thanks for giving me six years of pure entertainment. When it comes to the heart of the matter, I don't care to know all the secrets of the island: polar bears, Dharma food drops, or all those notebooks sent via pneumatic tubes. Nah! I don't need to know every answer to every mystery.

My devastation at the completion of this series is that I'm bidding farewell to some of the most brilliantly written characters to ever grace the screen, big or small. These deeply flawed, hurting people, all of whom are seeking some form of redemption, all of whom have made me laugh, cry, scream, sigh, and applaud...all of whom I've grown to love these past six years.

I will miss them.

My favorite moment in Lost occurred in Season 3...

This clip, more than any other, embodies what Lost means to me. It begins with a huge measure of confusion, which rapidly becomes terrifying, before turning into an overwhelming release of joy and relief. ELATION! That, my friends, is the perfect summary of my Lost-viewing experience.

(Also...Three Dog Night. I mean, come on..."Shambala" is only one of the best, classic rock songs ever and perfectly synced in this scene.)

Thank you, Carlton Cuse, Damon Lindelof, and the entire cast and crew (both in Hawaii and California) of my most favorite television series of all time. Whether you go out with a bang or a whimper, I'll never be ashamed to admit that I am a Lostie! It's been a heck of a ride...and I'm glad I was there for it...hanging on with all my might.







Edited to add THIS:

"It's just a show but it feels like losing a friend."


Indeed.

20 comments:

Heather said...

You know all the rest of us Lostie fans are right there with you, and will be sobbing our hearts out at "THE END" on Sunday night.

Tuesday nights will never be the same.

Tina said...

You took the words out of my mouth! What an amazing ride!!
Lostie Fan

Shannon said...

Couldn't have said it any better myself.

Bekah Buttons said...

#LostisLife

i promise i'll watch the series some day.

maybe i'll come down with a long illness (but in the end be okay) and i'll have some time on my hands....

Ash said...

I'm just pretending it's not going to end. Maybe I'll buy the box set and start at episode one and go for it every Tuesday night - rinse/repeat.

Excellent post my friend. Kudos to "Lost." And Sussing Out Lost for offering a friendly place to chat it out. (Em)

Tony C said...

Wow...I will so miss this show.

I also miss the spot where that scene was filmed on the Southwest side of Oahu. Spent a lot of time there during the late 80's...absolutely beautiful.

kara said...

What a perfect description of the LOST experience. And that scene is the kind that is so full of joy it makes you weep. I can't believe it will all be over in three days.

Elena said...

As much as I'll miss this show, I'm also ready for it to end. I just want so stinking answers. I don't think I really know much more than when the show began. Maybe that's the point of the island...to just jumble and scramble my brain into craziness. :) Did you ever get over to visit and do your Lost tour???

Melissa said...

No truer words have ever been uttered. I have never been this emotional about a TV show. Crazy? Oh well. Thank you for all the time and effort you, Shannon and Cara have put in to the recaps. You all did such a great job!

olivia said...

So true, so true. I have to say that is one of my all time fav LOST moments...pure joy. I am so excited and sad for the finale....all emotions wrapped into one. BUT, I take joy in the release of the ultimate dvd collection of the entire series....we can relive the awesome whenever we want. score! xo

scargosun said...

Ya know, I have not watched for some time due to the nightmares I was having but I read the recaps. I will miss Lost in that way as well. I WILL watch the finale though.

Genie Marie said...

I will seriously be covering my mirrors in black to show my mourning...my Tuesdays will never be the same again! I honestly don't know what Ric and I will talk about now...just kidding on that one, but we LOVE this show!! Sunday night will be so sad!

CaraBee said...

Yes, yes, yes.

When they announced they would conclude the series in 2010, it felt so far away. And yet, here it is. What a journey we've been on.

Sunday. Two more days.

scargosun said...

Waiting to hear your thoughts. Me, I FREAKING LOVED IT!

foxy said...

What a great post! I loooooooved the finale and boohoo-ed through the entire thing. You know it's a well-written story when they have you feeling emotions about the characters... I will definitely miss it.

angie said...

I' ve STILL never seen LOST.

Live.Love.Eat said...

Leave it to you to make me see things in another light....

I have always been a fan of Lost as well but I got disheartened as it went along. Too many questions, not enough answers. And lately I couldn't wait until it was over. Part of me still feels that way BUT I like what you said about not needing to know all the answers in order to appreciate it.

I can't wait to see the finale, tomorrow eve!!!!!

Mama Dawg said...

Since I haven't been able to watch the show since season 3, I'm (sorry for the bad pun) lost on LOST.

However, as soon as the final season comes out on DVD, I WILL buy the remaining seasons and watch them from the first episode of season 1 til the last.

Live.Love.Eat said...

I JUST finished watching it and I cannot stop crying. It was soooo beautifully done, that I don't even care that all my questions aren't answered. I brought hubs back to read this eloquently written post of yours because he just watched my hysterically cry for 1 hr.

OK, I'll come back for your lard post tomorrow. Too emotional to think about lard right now.

Sun said...

Oh.. Lost. How I will miss you. How I will miss reading Lula's text's about you..How I will miss every single character...

Seriously, I don't think there will EVER be another show like it. ever.