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Are You LOST?

Published October 18, 2004 in TELEVISION
By Ryan Parsons | Image from ABC
It pays to get Lost with good looking people.
ABC seems to be the power hitter when it comes to the new television series that are to close out 2004. I already reported on the ABC show Desperate Housewives without even realizing that my favorite new show is also on ABC. It seems that I am not the only one with this opinion either. ABC's big mini-series, LOST, is taking the network by storm.

Are You Lost

Those of you that have already seen LOST, know that the show offers up a strange formula that uses a as-many-twists-as-possible approach. The strength of each show is that it allows the viewer to see how these cast aways interactions develop and change over time. While doing so, LOST takes the time to look at one character in depth per show. Not one character is boring either, each has some amazing, strange, or just straight up crazy back-story. And each back-story has the ability to knock your shoes off, literally.

Here is ABC's synopsis of LOST:

From J.J. Abrams, the creator of Alias, and Damon Lindelof (Crossing Jordan) comes an action-packed adventure that will bring out the very best and the very worst in the people who are lost.

Out of the blackness, the first thing Jack (Matthew Fox, Party of Five) senses is pain. Then burning sun. A Bamboo forest. Smoke. Screams. With a rush comes the horrible awareness that the plane he was on tore apart in mid-air and crashed on a Pacific island. From there it's a blur, as his doctor's instinct kicks in: people need his help.

Stripped of everything, the 48 survivors scavenge what they can from the plane for their survival. Some panic. Some pin their hopes on rescue. A few find inner strength they never knew they had like Kate (Evangeline Lilly), who, with no medical training, suddenly finds herself suturing the doctor's wounds. Hurley (Jorge Garcia) a man with a warm sense of humor despite the desperate situation does his best to keep his cool as he helps those around him to survive. Charlie (Dominic Monaghan) is a faded rock star who harbors a painful secret. Sayid (Naveen Andrews) is a Middle Eastern man who must wrestle with the racial profiling directed at him by some of his fellow survivors. Jin (Daniel Dae Kim) and Sun (Yunjin Kim) are a Korean couple whose traditions, values and language are foreign and thus causes much to get lost in the translation. Sawyer (Josh Holloway) has an air of danger surrounding him, and his intense sense of mistrust for everyone around him could prove to be fatal to his fellow castaways.

Michael (Harold Perrineau) has just gained custody of his nine-year-old son, Walt (Malcolm David Kelley), after the death of his ex-wife they are a father and son who don't even know each other. Locke (Terry O'Quinn) is a mysterious man who keeps to himself, and who harbors a deeper connection to the island than any of the others. And self-centered Shannon (Maggie Grace) who actually gives herself a pedicure amid the chaos and her estranged controlling brother, Boone (Ian Somerhalder) constantly bicker and must learn to get along if they are to survive.

The band of friends, family, enemies and strangers must work together against the cruel weather and harsh terrain if they want to stay alive. But the island holds many secrets, including the intense howls of the mysterious creatures stalking the jungle, which fill them all with fear. Fortunately, thanks to the calm leadership of quick-thinking Jack and level-headed Kate, they have hope. But even heroes have secrets, as the survivors will come to learn.

ABC Wednesday

Lost is a heavily entertaining show that runs in a similar fashion of a soap but is much, much better. This is one of those mini-series that you cannot even afford to miss one show. Luckily, ABC has been replaying back-to-back episodes during the weekend. Refer to your local television guide to find out when Lost plays in your area.
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