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Lost (2004–2010)

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The survivors of a plane crash are forced to work together in order to survive on a seemingly deserted tropical island.

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Series cast summary:
 Sayid Jarrah (117 episodes, 2004-2010)
 Jack Shephard (117 episodes, 2004-2010)
 Hugo 'Hurley' Reyes (117 episodes, 2004-2010)
 James 'Sawyer' Ford (117 episodes, 2004-2010)
 Jin Kwon (117 episodes, 2004-2010)
 Sun Kwon (117 episodes, 2004-2010)
 Kate Austen (117 episodes, 2004-2010)
 John Locke (117 episodes, 2004-2010)
 Claire Littleton (96 episodes, 2004-2010)
 Ben Linus / ... (78 episodes, 2006-2010)
 Desmond Hume (74 episodes, 2005-2010)
 Charlie Pace (73 episodes, 2004-2010)
 Michael Dawson (63 episodes, 2004-2010)
 Juliet Burke (55 episodes, 2006-2010)
 Miles Straume (48 episodes, 2008-2010)


Life is laid bare as a group of plane crash survivors find themselves stranded on a remote Pacific island. The trauma of the crash soon becomes overshadowed by the island itself, where unseen creatures stalk the jungle, paranormal happenings abound and astonishing coincidences reveal themselves. In this unique environment emotions swell as the survivors battle their inner and outer demons, and strive to live together - so that they won't die alone. Written by Tobias Stapleford

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Did You Know?


Originally, Michael Keaton was cast as Jack. In the first draft of the script Jack was to be killed by the monster after they arrived at the cockpit. ABC told the producers that they shouldn't kill off the hero so soon in the series and the script was changed. After the change, Michael Keaton backed out of the role since he did not want to commit to a regular series. See more »


At the auction for the "Black Rock"s journal the said it sailed and disappeared in 1845, 20 years before Alfred Nobel applied for his patent for dynamite. Yet the ship supplied dynamite through the series. See more »


[repeated line]
John Locke: Don't tell me what I can't do.
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Crazy Credits

The strange opening credits were designed by J.J. Abrams on his laptop in black and white as an homage to The Twilight Zone. See more »


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Restored what little faith I have in TV
8 December 2004 | by (Vancouver, Canada) – See all my reviews

With so many high-quality shows ending or getting cancelled recently (Friends, Frasier, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel), and with the decline in quality of many others (The West Wing, Smallville), not to mention the egregious rise of turgid and tasteless "reality" programming, I'd just about written off TV as an entertainment medium. I was seriously considering ditching my TV and cable subscription in favour of my computer screen and broadband Internet connection.

Then along comes "Lost". I missed the first few episodes, but was able to catch up thanks to BitTorrent. Now I'm hooked. There are several things to like about this show, but here's a quick list:

1) Outstanding, intelligent, layered writing. There are multiple mysteries here, and for every answer we get, more questions emerge.

2) Rich, complex characters. Just when you think you've got a character pegged, you find out something new about them that's often surprising or even shocking. I'm enjoying watching the various relationships emerge and develop.

3) Strong performances. This is a remarkable cast of mostly journeymen actors with a couple of newcomers, and they're all turning in star-making work. Even some of the cameos have featured recognizeable, talented actors (e.g. Mira Furlan, Victoria Hamel).

4) A mysterious and fascinating setting. Of the four main story elements you learned in school, plot, character, theme, and setting, the latter is often the poor, neglected cousin. Not here. The island is dangerous, beautiful, creepy, and undeniably intriguing. It's like a character unto itself. Part of the fun of this show will be unravelling the Island's secrets.

5) Thematic depth. This isn't just a soap opera on a desert island. There are rich metaphors and themes to be mined here, such as on the challenges of morality; on the nature of communities and civilization; on our relationship with nature/the environment; and on spirituality, even mysticism, as well.

I'm grateful to see this show is a hit. Too often lately I've committed to a quality show early on ("Wonderfalls" being the most recent and much-lamented example) only to have a jittery network cancel it prematurely. I'm hoping "Lost" will have a long, successful run--if its creators, cast, and crew keep up the level of quality they've shown so far, I'm sure it will.

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