(Bitter Script Reader challenged their followers to make a list of 16 Great Shows that have influenced them as writers and viewers. This is my list.)
Lost was one of the first serialized mainstream hits of the internet age. The internet had long been home for television forums filled with theories, debates, mutual admiration societies. But Lost was one of the most popular shows of its time to spur this amount of web traffic.
I saw an interview once, perhaps in the series retrospective that aired before the series finale, where the person being interviewed said something along the lines of “It was something so unexpectedly special and it will never happen again.”
And that’s true. Lost brought mainstream viewers unwittingly into high concept science fiction television. In the process, the show became one of the most diverse shows then and even now. It was a show that was just as much about the characters as it was about the concept. It was complicated and nuanced and it changed the television landscape forever.
No matter how you feel about the finale, the series as a whole was a spectacular showcase of what television can do. It opened so many doors while still remaining grounded in its most important element: its characters.
There’s really no way I can go into the specifics of this show because there would be no end. If you’ve watched the show, you probably know everything I could tell you about how seminal this show was.
If you haven’t watched the show, please drop everything and go watch it now. Binge that ish Portlandia style.