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My love for ‘Lost’

Caitlin Ferraro | Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Along with many other fans I will sit down tonight in front of the television and watch “Lost” with ardent attention in hopes of gaining answers to the plethora of questions presented over the seasons. I have to know whether the Oceanic 6 return to the island and why. I have to know if and how Locke died. And I have to make sure Sawyer’s (Josh Holloway) shirtless body is okay back on the island. I love the show because of the tangled yet prearranged design of the “Lost” universe. The show is about more than the passengers of Oceanic Flight 815 crashing on a mysterious island. Yes, the nature of this show is a supernatural one, but it is predominantly about relationships. Each episode centers on one or two people, making the show a complex character study. And because of the show’s big cast, there is a character everyone can identify with or root for. The man in my corner is the heroic yet tortured Dr. Jack Shephard (Matthew Fox). Early on in the series Jack takes on the responsibility of everyone else’s lives, including siphoning his own blood out of his body in an effort to save a dying Boone’s life. Regardless of who you root for, “Lost” fascinates the audience because every episode gives a glimpse of a particular character’s life, usually off the island. And just when I was used to learning about the characters through flash backs, the third season finale tricked us and was instead a flash forward reminding viewers to expect turns and twists at every corner.”Lost” is certainly a complex mythology, and viewers have to be committed to every single episode, but the effort is worthwhile because the show is unafraid to be inventive. No one is safe, and anyone can die at any time. A piece of the magic of “Lost” is that there can be beauty in even death on the show. For example, the first single of Charlie’s (Dominic Monaghan) band is the last song he hears before he dies. Every detail whether it be a city, name, song or even a book in the background has a reason for being there. It is amazing that millions of devoted fans spend hours writing and reading blogs trying to decipher these clues at to understand what is going on.I love “Lost” because I care about the characters and their relationships. I am invested in Desmond and Penny’s love affair that transverses time. I will debate any Sawyer-Kate fan endlessly that Jack and Kate (Evangeline Lilly) belong together. I pray that Jin (Daniel Dae Kim) is somehow alive so that he can be reunited with Sun (Yunjin Kim). The characters even have connections to each other that they don’t know about such as the fact that Claire (Emilie de Ravin) is Jack’s sister. It is impressive and intriguing how every story is intertwined somehow.Although ABC wants more episodes, writers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse want to preserve its creative success and have set an end date for the series. Sadly, this means I only have so many more episodes to enjoy.”Lost” is series of unanswered questions, but although a single episode might tell me nothing, I am still excited by it. “Lost” is genuinely unpredictable but I have faith that all will be revealed in the end. The views expressed in this column are those of the author and not necessarily those of The Observer.

Contact Caitlin Ferraro at cferrar1@nd.edu