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Commentary: Getting ‘lost’ in the hype?

Michael Escañuelas, Arts Editor

Michael Escañuelas, Arts Editor

Our generation has been both blessed and cursed with major events that have taken place during our lifetime. We were alive to witness an American tragedy, an eight year war, the first African American President, the rise and fall and rise again of health care reform and of course one of the greatest television shows to ever appear. I’m not speaking of “Two and Half Men.” I speak, of course, of “Lost.”

Upon learning of the series “Lost” when it first aired back in 2004, I was instantly curious, but I never followed through with my curiosity and did not follow the series until the end of the fifth season. During this time I was in the middle of my second semester at the University of La Verne staying up until 5 a.m. streaming one episode after another on

Season one pulled me in with its ability to completely confuse the hell out of me and yet keep me intrigued by the brilliant writing and character development. There was just something about “Lost” that just sparked my interest. Not to mention the show is littered with allusions to literature which makes the English major in me all giddy like a 2-year-old in Lego Land.

Upon watching season two of the series, my thirst for “Lost” became an outright addition. Somehow I became engulfed in the struggle of Locke’s destiny, Desmond’s role of pushing the button and the mysterious Others.

By the time I reached season three my confusion began to frustrate me and I began to question whether or not the writers of the show really knew where they were going with the series. This defiance came with ridiculous episodes that involved dumb characters like Nikki and Palo and a terrible episode that involved a certain tattoo.

The show that didn’t make much sense to being with, was beginning to make no sense in the bad way. Luckily season four took everything I knew about “Lost,” which honestly was not much, and turned it upside down. With a brilliant method of telling parallel story plots, one plot line being told in reverse order and the other in a normal linear fashion, “Lost” proved that the writers knew exactly where they wanted to take the series.

The fifth season of the show took it into a full science fiction direction dealing with time travel. The show developed a new sense of depth. Although this direction isolated less tolerant fans, I applaud the writers for taking the show in such bold direction.

The final season began Feb. 2 and will continue with 18 episodes, concluding on May 23. With only five episodes left as of today the show seems to only be growing better and better. Like how the ad campaign states, the time for questions is over. But in all reality I’m still just as confused if only just a tiny bit enlightened on the show’s overall plot line.

Unlike the previous seasons of Lost which held a heavy focus on the ideas of science fiction, the final season forces science to take a back seat to themes of philosophy dealing with the age old idea of the battle between evil and good.
Revealing some of the biggest mysteries in the show, the final episodes of Lost focus on one of the biggest and earlier themes in “Lost,” the concept of light and dark.

With the advertising campaign that ABC is using for “Lost’s” final season, the popularity of the show seems to be growing to a peak. Even advertisers who want their ad placed in the final episode of the show must pay nearly a million dollars. It seems that the self proclaimed phenomenon will finally live up to its six year promise of revealing all the lingering questions and mysteries.

Although I doubt that the show will honestly live up the hype it has created, I’ll still looking forward to May 23 when I finally get to see how some of my favorite characters get off that damn island.

Michael Escañuelas, a junior English major, is arts editor and editorial cartoonist for the Campus Times. He can be reached by e-mail at

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