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article imageReview: Lost TV series — Time travel, drama and action on Netflix Special

By AR Vasquez     Dec 24, 2012 in Entertainment
When I was a child, I was introduced to time travel after reading A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle. I'm not particularly a fan of science fiction but I do love the genre of time travel.
The idea of being in the present one minute and then in a different time and place in the future the next minute. Or what if the present is on one plane and the past and the future were on two other different planes? Could our present self meet our future self or our future self go back to the past self and try to change history? Perhaps these unknowns are what fascinated me and led me to want to be a writer and film maker. In writing and in film making, I as an artist have the power to control time. I can start a story in the future and then transport the characters in the story into the past. I can make readers or viewers believe something to be real but then snap them back to reality. If done well, the story telling itself can be very entertaining.
Which is the case for the TV series "Lost" which provides action, romance, drama, sci-fi and time travel all wrapped in one. The story line is entertaining on multiple levels. Why? People can relate to the characters-- seemingly normal people who end up together when their plane crashes on a flight from Sydney, Australia to Los Angeles, USA. The basis of the story is that survivors of Oceanic flight 815 are stranded after crash landing on a mysterious island. The writers use multiple writing devices to create a spectacular world where reality, time travel, human nature and the elements weave multiple story lines for individual characters. What is unconventional about this show is that the story is told in the present, the past and the future throughout each episode. As a viewer, we are never let on what is the present, future, past, dream or fantasy? We are led to believe certain realities about the story and then have the rug pulled out from under us in the next episode. It is an exhausting ride, trying to understand if what we're watching is the present, past or future. Exhausting yes but entertaining nonetheless. What did writers, J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse, Adam Horowitz do to make this unbelievable story credible? They were meticulous with being consistent with the storyline. Since the story constantly sweeps into the past, present and future via multiple characters points of view, the writers had to be meticulous with detail and ensure continuity in all the scenes. The series lasted six seasons with high ratings and a large following.
I cannot recall a TV series that succeeded in making a plane crash story turn into a high action science fiction time travel thriller. Throw in some steamy romance and human drama and you have yourself a winner. Watch all seasons on Netflix or buy the box set on Amazon .
I give Lost Seasons 1 to 6, 5 out of 5 stars.
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