I don’t care who knows it.

‘Lost’ SUCKS.


Amy has been renting all of the past seasons from Netflix and I’ve watched it on and off, or I hear it in the background while I’m screwing around on Al Gore’s InterTrucks. I tried to give it a chance. I tried. But I hate it.

HAAAAAAAAAAAATE it. I thought the show was merely ok until they introduced ‘the others’, and then my indifference turned into flat-out, full bore, all-systems-go hate. Oh hi, we’re mysterious people on the island for mysterious purpose, and we have a shitton of supplies (that we don’t believe in sharing) and some sort of stupid hidden agenda because the writers needed some more spooky bad guys in case the (ooooooooo!) smoke monster and random horses and polar bears weren’t spooky enough. Also, a complete medical facility, and all manner of electronics that are powered by….? Hamsters?

Introducing more people from the plane as they’re needed? HATE. “Oh, hi, I just happen to be a science teacher at the exact moment you needed someone to tell you about science! My name is Deus. Deus Ex Machina!”

Everyone having sordid backgrounds? HATE. I know a lot of people. A LOT. And not one murderer. Weeeellll, ok, one. But only incidentally because my roommate was dating him. 40 people survive a plane crash and most all of them have killed someone, either on purpose or by accident? Seriously?

Why do people think this show is so brilliant? I just don’t get it. It seems to me like the writers have been careening around, fairly lost themselves.


31 Comments I don’t care who knows it.

  1. drspooky May 23, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    You are wrong and you smell bad.

    1. admin May 23, 2008 at 5:20 pm

      You, sir, have given me no choice but to imply something about your female-gendered parental unit.

  2. hotshotrobot May 23, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    I thought Season 1 was gangbusters awesome, but i got less invested in Season 2, and just gave up with Season 3. I hear Season 4’s been amazing, but whatever, i’ll try watching it in a big clump at some point to see what i think. I think you’re right about the writers being pretty scattershot and not knowing where things were headed all along. Unlike, say, BSG…

    1. admin May 23, 2008 at 5:50 pm

      There have been a few points where it seemed like BSG had lost its way as well, however, with a definitive end point in sight, it seems to have ushered them into a place of highly-focused clarity. Last week’s episode was amazing. Having to wait another week is driving me up the wall.

      1. hotshotrobot May 23, 2008 at 5:56 pm

        My understanding with a lot of those episodes (i’m guessing you’re referring to such craptastic schlock as “Helo Saves the Saggitarons from the Evil Racist Doctor Senator Kelley”) they were sort of doing them to placate Sci-Fi, because apparently the network demanded standalone episodes occasionally to compensate for all the serializing? I dunno, dumb. But yeah, with an end point in sight, i’m sure that takes the pressure off to do that kind of off-topic BS.

        1. admin May 23, 2008 at 6:01 pm

          That is exactly what I was referring to. That episode in particular, actually. It was about that point in Season 3 that I realized that I don’t like Helo much and could deal with seeing less of him and the moralistic rationalization he uses to justify everything he does.

          Current season? I could deal with less ‘Balatar as a Christ figure’.

      2. princessgeek May 23, 2008 at 7:00 pm

        i’ve watched the pilot of BSG a couple of times, and never really cared. I think it sucks. A couple peole told me it really gets good in season two but seriously. whatever.

        1. princessgeek May 23, 2008 at 7:01 pm

          so yeah I think your show sucks too.

          1. admin May 23, 2008 at 7:05 pm

            Everybody’s got different tastes. Personally, the pilot remains one of my favorite episodes.

            Unlike Lost, BSG has a point (the nature of humanity) and a purpose, and to me that makes all the difference.

          2. Anonymous May 23, 2008 at 8:14 pm

            Agreeing to disagree and then insisting that your opinion is superior to mine isn’t agreeing to disagree at all.

          3. admin May 23, 2008 at 8:20 pm

            I didn’t say I ‘agreed to disagree’, merely reinstating why I prefer one over another. Whatever crawled up your butt, don’t take it out on me, thanks.

    2. hal_obrien May 24, 2008 at 6:06 am


      “I think you’re right about the writers being pretty scattershot and not knowing where things were headed all along. Unlike, say, BSG…”

      Huh. I would’ve named BSG as an obvious example where the writers put out the idea that they knew where they were going (In that subtle way of theirs: “AND THEY HAVE A PLAN.”) — but never really did.

      F’r instance, I’ve noticed that we never see the PLAN line any more. And if you think about the BSG timeline, it’s increasingly difficult to sell me on the idea that there’s ever been a plan. The problem is, not unlike the incorrect number of replicants mentioned in the theatrical release of Blade Runner, now they’ve got me looking for one.

      I’ll watch it — on Hulu, late at night during my graveyard shift, for free. But it’s mostly to be conversant with my friends, not because I have any great enthusiasm for it.

  3. scearley May 23, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    there is so much truth in this it’s not even funny.

    I really don’t see why a show like this can be considered great. It’s just like a lot of what bullshit passes for “art” – people are afraid that because something doesn’t make sense that they are missing something that reflects a lack of intellect on their part. In reality, it’s just bullshit and just because there’s a bunch of stuff in it that you don’t get doesn’t mean that there is some higher meaning for you to get that you haven’t stumbled across.

    What makes it even worse is that these days, entertainment society crowns a person with a necessary following. Not just JJ Abrahms, but Spielberg, Joss Whedon, etc. That because something comes from one of these people that it as to be good.

    You know who else they said that about? Joe Ezsterhaus. David Kelley. The Wachowskis. et al ad infinitum.

    1. admin May 23, 2008 at 5:55 pm

      I just don’t buy into the “Oh, it came from soandso, it MUST be good” mentality…or the inverse, really. Stephen King taught me that lesson as a young’un. I loved some of his books, so I got into ‘read everything he put out’ mode, only to find that he’s put out a lot of utter shit, too.

      1. pretzelcoatl May 23, 2008 at 7:20 pm

        Stephen King is the PERFECT example. There are moments in which I’m reading the Dark Tower series and my face goes like this regularly:






        1. admin May 23, 2008 at 11:27 pm

          I’m pretty sure I’ve made that exact same progression of faces while reading his work.

          Basically, though, he needs to take a break and find a new muse. I really can’t deal with any more ‘autistic/developmentally disabled/whatever people with superpowers’ storylines. They’re the driving force behind:
          -Rose Red
          -The Stand
          -The Regulators
          -The Dark Tower IV and VII
          -The Green Mile

          and I’m certain there are more that I just don’t remember at the moment.

  4. strand May 23, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    You missed the part were Deus Ex Machina is exploded (exit stage left).

    1. admin May 23, 2008 at 11:15 pm

      We have no more need for your SCIENCE and EXPLAINING THINGS.


      1. strand May 23, 2008 at 11:17 pm

        <spoiler>My favorite character of this season is Daniel Faraday, a physicist who was dropped on the island from a helicopter. Of course his schtick is “science doesn’t work the same here…</spoiler>

        1. admin May 23, 2008 at 11:23 pm

          You can’t spoil what isn’t going to be watched!

          1. strand May 23, 2008 at 11:24 pm

            I’ll be sad when he suddenly, but inevitably dies of acute onset explodey.

          2. admin May 23, 2008 at 11:29 pm

            You get what I mean, though, right? The people who show up all of a sudden are always ‘useful’ people, skilled in various important-to-the-storyline disciplines. Where’s the lazy guy who shows up and says “I don’t want to deal with ANY of your shit, let’s just sit on the beach and eat mangos” or the paperpusher who doesn’t know how to do anything but sit at a desk and has had the most boring life ever?

          3. strand May 23, 2008 at 11:34 pm

            Oh god yes, LOST is terribly unrealistic. Part of me* could blather on and on about how LOST “deconstructs tropes of modern television with themes of conspiracy and paranoia…” but I pretty much don’t think it means anything. I do find it entertaining, but it was more fun to watch when I had a friend I could mock it with. There are tons of stupid plot devices, it’s never going to make any sense, and the writing is basically just absurd cliffhanger after absurd cliffhanger. And like cookie dough ice cream I love it.

            *The pretentious Postmodern asshole part of me.

  5. cheeserock May 23, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    i could not even make it through the pilot. THE PILOT!

    1. admin May 23, 2008 at 5:21 pm

      It blows my mind that this show keeps getting renewed and Firefly didn’t.

  6. starladear13 May 24, 2008 at 12:33 am

    I love lost, I don’t care how unrealistic it is, I find it mindless entertainment, which is all right by me.

    1. admin May 24, 2008 at 12:48 am

      That’s sort of how I feel about the Weekly World News.

  7. katura May 24, 2008 at 8:22 am

    I agree. I watched the first season and then pretty much hated it after that (or partway through it, actually, but I kept watching it, hoping it would pay off, and it never did). I REALLY hate how they have characters appear who were supposedly always there, and they insert them into flashbacks of times the show already showed. And I HATE “the others”, and the fact that they brought in a whole other group of survivors who were just on the OTHER side of the island, when they were running out of storylines for the initial characters.

    That all being said, I’m not totally opposed to watching it, just to pick out more things to hate about it.

  8. leighhyphenanne May 24, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    I can not tell you enough. ♥ ♥ AND HEARTS SEMI-COLONOMG!!!!

    I have never seen lost, but I had this similar train of thought regarding the program. DUMB DUMB DUMB DUMB DUMBOMG!!!DUMB


  9. jessetastic May 25, 2008 at 2:46 am

    I first only watched a few random episodes of Lost and thought the same as you. What the fuck is this shit? Why are there Polar bears? Who the fuck are these “Others”? And why does everyone love this piece of shit show?

    But then an ex and I started watching season 1, because he heard it was good and netflixed it. I was totally against it, but then I became a convert. I’ve watched every episode up until just into Season 4 and I LOVE the show.

    I know that it’s completely far-fetched and ridiculous, but you get sucked in, and it’s fun, and it’s funny, and you really feel kind of involved with some of the characters.

    So I am just saying, you know, that I really like that show. Even thought it’s dumb. It’s awesomely dumb. Like MC Hammer.

  10. suspiciouskay May 27, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    I have never seen Lost. So, there you go.

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