Dr. Jack Shepherd sifts through the wreckage for survivors
If you haven't yet discovered ABC's new series Lost, on Wednesday nights, then you are depriving yourself of this season's most thrilling new show. Relentlessly suspensful, lavishly produced, and pitch-perfectly cast, Lost is guaranteed to be a winner with critics and fans alike.
Somewhere over the Pacific ocean, a transoceanic jetliner tears itself apart, spewing human and metallic flotsom over the vast ocean before burying itself on an uncharted island where 48 survivors pull themselves from the gnarled wreckage. Traumatized, injured, and frightened, the survivors must band together and find some way to surmount their situation, their distrust of each other, and their own dark, personal secrets. If they cannot, they will die--lost either to their circumstances or to something monstrous that hunts them from within the dark jungle that surrounds the twisted remains of their downed plane.
J.J. Abrams, the creator of Alias has delivered yet another superb, action-packed adventure story. Lost is filmed in Hawaii and boasts breathtaking scenery and cinematography; production values that have rarely been higher (the pilot was the most expensive ever produced for television); a musical score that is both majestic and haunting; and acting from a top-notch ensemble cast: Matthew Fox (of Party of Five fame, but here clean-cut and reminiscent of L.A. Confidential and Memento's Guy Pearce) leads the cast as a heroic doctor. Newcomer Evangeline Lilly is an unlikely leader with a hidden secret. Dominic Monaghan (Merry in The Lord of the Rings trilogy) is a washed out rock star. Jorge Garcia is a man with an unearthly sense of calm and warmth despite the desperate situation. Naveen Andrews (The English Patient) is a Middle Eastern man embroiled in suspicion and racial profiling. Harold Perrineau (Matrix II and III, William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet) is a father who has just gained custody of a son he barely knows. Terry O'Quinn (JAG, The X-Files) is a loner with a spooky symbiosis to the island. Daniel Dae Kim (Spiderman 2) and Yunjin Kim are a Korean couple whose way of life gets lost in translation. Josh Holloway is a brash and dangerous malcontent. And self-centered Maggie Grace and her estranged brother, Ian Somerhalder must put aside their bickering and learn to get along if they are to survive. It is a lesson they all must learn.
After only two episodes (the pilot was two hours long but was broken into two stand-alone episodes and will be reshown in its entirety this Saturday, October 2nd) I find myself unmercifully addicted to this intoxicating new show. I strongly recommend giving the electrifying Lost a chance and finding out what so many people already can't talk enough about.