I was late to the LOST party. I recognized sometime after the series premiered six years ago that it was a show I should’ve been watching, because I love twisty, unorthodox stories (Twin Peaks, anyone?), but I felt it was too late to catch up. At some point a few years back, I purchased the first three seasons of LOST on DVD, but I didn’t start watching them until last October. My family and I tore through them, ordered seasons four and five, consumed those as well, then counted down the days until the final season would begin. I know you’re not rock-dwellers, so I’ll assume you know the series finale played out this past Sunday.
And now it’s over. I’m already going into withdrawal. Twitching. Shivering. But there are no more fixes to be had. This post is my attempt to use my LOSTaholism for the good, by examining what I think made this show phenomenal.
Right move #1: developing a primal story
From the first episode, I was hooked, literally on the edge of my seat. Plane crash. Life and death. Extreme chaos. Authentic depictions. Vivid, memorable moments. I watched the two-hour premier and then another episode back-to-back, and easily could’ve kept going that night.
Remember Blake Snyder? I sure hope so. To pull from Snyder’s Save the Cat,
…primal urges get our attention. Survival, hunger, sex, protection of loved ones, fear of death grab us.
LOST nailed it, then maintained that primal urgency and increased the stakes throughout the series.
Right move #2: forging a unique path [Read more…]