When watching a television show with someone, you want it to be one you both enjoy. If the show also invites discussion, all the better. However Lost takes this even further. Lost actually necessitates discussion to fully enjoy it. To get the most out of Lost you need to discuss it, examine it, take it apart, re-watch it and discuss it some more.
This television show has brought my family together more than any other. From the first season on, my sons and I would visit the message boards after each show to get more information. Figuring out what is really happening on Lost requires online reading. There are many people there that freeze frame or slo-mo rewind different parts to find things that the regular viewer never would. Since we each read different message boards, articles or reviews, we would yell out or IM each other with what we discovered (One of the best is Doc Jensen’s weekly article in Entertainment Weekly.
All of the above would not matter if Lost wasn’t also one of the most enjoyable, intelligent and exciting shows currently on the air. The combination of great producers, fantastic writers and an amazing cast are what make you want to watch it. The mysterious plot, literary and science fiction references that may or may not mean something and life or death situations are what make you want to discuss it.
There are a few others shows that we also watch that meet the above criteria, namely Heroes, Battlestar Galactica and Dexter. However, as much as we love these shows, and we do discuss them, the level of discussion never reached the same level as it does with Lost. I don’t know if it’s because we began watching Lost first or if it’s that Lost lends itself to more discussion because of all the mysteries and theories, but I think that will always be our favorite family show.
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