One of the shows that helped kick off the latest Golden Age of Television, also referred to as Peak TV, was undoubtedly J.J. Abrams‘ sci-fi mystery series Lost. What started out as a compelling survival story following an ensemble of castaways turned into a maddening mystery that started raising way too many questions for its own good. Even after all these years, the island isn’t done with us, as evidenced by all the lingering questions on the Honest Trailer for the complete series run of Lost. Spoilers abound! Read More »
Ten years after the emotional and divisive series finale of ABC’s Lost, MTV’s Josh Horowitz hosted a New York Comic Con panel looking back on the phenomenal sci-fi adventure series. Showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse dropped by to confirm a new piece of canon and address how the show would be different if they were making it in 2020, what aspect of working on the series they’re most nostalgic for, and much more. Check out the full panel, or just get the highlights, below. Read More »
Even though the hit ABC mystery drama Lost came to an end ten years ago, we’re still slightly obsessed with the show here at /Film. Showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse became superstars during the show’s run, and behind the scenes stories were devoured by fans almost as rabidly as new episodes of the show itself. But in a new interview, Lindelof revealed some details about the making of Lost that I’d never heard before: namely, that the show was originally pitched as a three-season series, and that he and Cuse almost stepped aside as showrunners after the third season.
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(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)
The Show: Lost
Where You Can Stream It: Hulu
The Pitch: A plane crashes on a mysterious tropical island, and the survivors quickly realize they’re not alone.
Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: Even setting aside the timely aspect of the second season’s quarantine subplot for one of its characters, now is a great time to revisit Lost – or to get into it for the first time. In many ways, this series serves as the bridge between mystery-centric shows like Twin Peaks or The X-Files and sprawling, mega-budget, massively-watched epics like Game of Thrones. But while it’s fascinating to examine the show as a pop culture artifact of the mid-2000s, it’s also still so damn good that it’s all-too-easy to get genuinely sucked in by its story and characters. Read More »
As you have probably heard, bush fires have devastated Australia in recent weeks. Along with all the houses and forests that have been destroyed, 28 people have died and the wildlife has suffered immensely. Experts estimate that over 480 million animals have been killed in the fires, and those trying to keep the surviving animals safe from the fire need all the help they can get. That’s why Bottleneck Gallery has teamed up with Mark Englert for a new charity print inspired by the hit TV series LOST, and 100% of the profits will be donated to the Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park. Read More »
As we continue to barrel through Peak TV and into a realm of Far Too Much TV, one thing has remained crystal clear: Michael Giacchino‘s score for the ABC drama Lost is the best television score of all time. I’m glad we all agree on this.
To celebrate the show’s 15th anniversary, Mondo is teaming up with Hollywood Records for a Lost vinyl recording of Giacchino’s live performance of the show’s music during a concert in Ireland earlier this year. Get the details below, including the price and which tracks from the series will be included.
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Fifteen years ago, a television show changed Network TV and serialized genre storytelling forever. Combining Survivor with Twin Peaks, Lost quickly became a global phenomenon. It made its large cast overnight superstars, and it inspired dozens of copycats with its use of flashbacks, and its character-first approach to the story that was still sprinkled with a fascinating mystery involving smoke monsters, polar bears and eventually time-travel. We’re still living in the shadow of Lost, and when you watch Game of Thrones or This Is Us, you can still see its influences.
But what we’ve come to associate with Lost weren’t exactly there from the beginning. The pilot used flashbacks, sure, and episode two started the tradition of focusing on a single character’s flashback each episode. However, it wasn’t until episode three, ‘Walkabout’, which aired 15 years ago this past weekend, that Lost truly cemented itself as a ground-breaking new player in Network TV. ‘Walkabout’ managed to combine the show’s characters-first storytelling with a rich mystery by introducing the mystical properties of the Island, and by using the flashbacks to really flesh out the characters and take the audience by surprise with memorable twists.
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An eye opens, widening as it takes in its surroundings. A man with a five o’clock shadow is lying down in the middle of a forest, nearly gasping for air. He’s wearing a suit and looks entirely at odds with the remote setting. And then, a dog saunters by. The man gets up and seems to realize how he’s arrived here, his confused gait turning into a headlong run. Upon exiting the forest, he passes one person, then another, as silence turns into deafening background noise. There are the remnants of a commercial plane on the sand of a tropical beach, where the man and every other survivor of the crash has landed.
Such was the beginning of the ABC TV series Lost, and the beginning of a brave new world where the demarcation points between television and film began blurring. Read More »
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The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, take a look back at ABC’s captivating series LOST now that it’s been 15 years since the show first premiered on television. Plus, Disenchantment voice stars Abbi Jacobson and Nat Faxon provide a recap of the first part of the fantasy comedy animated series, and comedian Jim Gaffigan answers the web’s most searched questions about him. Read More »
Michael Schur, the creator and showrunner of NBC’s ambitious philosophical comedy The Good Place, has never been shy about acknowledging the inspiration he found in ABC’s seminal sci-fi action drama Lost. Though the two shows, on the face of it, would seem to be wildly different, you can not only spot references to Lost in The Good Place, but Schur both consulted with Lost co-showrunner Damon Lindelof early in the run of the comedy, and Lost writer Drew Goddard has directed a handful of episodes, including the pilot.
There’s one more place in which The Good Place needs to find some inspiration from Lost, though, and hopefully soon: it’s time for The Good Place to announce its end date.
This post contains major spoilers for all three seasons of The Good Place.
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