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A great start to the series
on November 3, 2013
Lost is not for the instant gratification crowd. If you hate mysteries or need to have everything solved and worked out in a short amount of time, this series will frustrate the hell out of you. If you take the series Alias and mix it with the movie Castaway (except have an ensemble cast instead of just one person marooned on the island) you have Lost. The series starts out in the aftermath of the crash of a plane from Australia to the United States. From there it, in parallel, tells the back story of the characters stuck on the island through flashbacks and then tells the story of their attempt to survive.
If you look back at the first season there were two main things it did. First it developed the "main" characters, by giving you their back stories in dribs and drabs and secondly it introduced the secrets of the island. By the end if the season you have a pretty good idea of who the characters are, but you know little to nothing about the island and the things/people that were on it before the plane crash. There are tons of weird twists and turns throughout.
What was probably the hardest thing to pull of for a series like this was to give all the characters time to develop and make them interesting. There are some episodes where some characters are barely in it other than in the background. Each of the "main" characters get focused on though, sometimes with an entire episode devoted to them. I think they struck the best balance they could to get you to a point where you were invested in the characters you were supposed to be invested in.
The writing and acting in the first season was top notch. The story was a great blend of drama, mystery, suspense and very dark comedy. The season ends on two big cliffhangers and definitely leaves you wanting more. As far as the discs themselves for those who get the blu rays, the A/V quality is top notch. There are a ton of extras, including almost 2 hrs of behind the scenes, extended scenes and making of material on the last disc. Definitely enough to make the people who like to go through that stuff happy. All in all, if you like shows in this genre, it is definitely worth picking up.