Let me begin by admitting that this show has been driving me nuts, bewildered, and is the only one ever I am absolutely hooked with. It is the only series that keeps me waiting for the entire week for a new episode, and an entire year for a new season. Fifth season of this series was aired only three episodes back. Let me say, the only way to catch up with this show is to watch it from Season One, and to watch it in high definition. It is a show that has the ability to get yourself in front of the television with each passing episode. It has love, romance, thrill, adventure, mystery, science, faith…and it is no nonsense. It is very rare for show to be so outstanding even in its fifth season.
So, what is this show all about ?
It begins with a bunch of people landing on an island when a plane crashes on it. In the mean time, while waiting for the rescue to come, they build their lives on it. They discover mysterious things, creatures, stations, hope and reason. What intrigues you in the premier of the series is how the lives of all these people are connected (be careful you are bound to miss a lot of them) – some of them are aware of these connections, while others are not. And as you watch a season after the other, whole lot of questions get answered, but not without leaving behind some more unanswered questions.
The island consumes some of them and they get buried by their fellow survivors; while the others get entangled in the island’s mystery. Some feel they are meant to be here, others are desperate to go back, some are saving the world by being on the island, others find hope on it..
The surprise and the plot deepens when the survivors discover that they are not the only ones on the island – there are the The Others and then there is The Dharma initiative.
The island has various Dharma stations, places where scientific experiments are carried out (This is where we meet Desmond, saving the world, crashing the plane…oops slip of tongue). While The Others have a leader – Ben. Ben, who has a troubled childhood, has an air of mystery surrounding him (which seems to be getting more clear but not without more questions.). We are led to believe that he is the “bad guy”. Maybe he is. It is only the hunch that makes us believe he is the good one.
And then there is Charles Widmore, away from the island, who is trying to find the island himself. He will do whatever it takes to get to it. You are once again led into confusion – are these good guys after all since, he has some animosity with Ben. Charles Widmore is also Penny’s father, who is Desmond’s girl and constant (You ought to catch the series for it.).
Amidst all these the survivors try to find answers – they find some connection to the island, and to each other. Their lives are intertwined in a seemingly unpredictable way. The survivors include a doctor – Jack, a fugitive – Kate, a Musician – Charlie, A million dollar winner – Hurley, Republican Guard – Sayeed, Conman – Sawyer, A Korean couple – Sun and Jin, a pregnant lady – Claire, a crippled man – John Locke…and lots more.
First few seasons leave behind more questions than answers…pieces that are not connected. More characters are revealed, some questions answered with more mysterious touch to it.
It is only in season four that some of the survivors leave the island as they finally find a rescue. The rescue is made up of bunch of scientists – Daniel, Miles, Juliet – trying to study the island, and some military men. They are Widmore’s people. Are they really here to rescue ? Six leave the island – famously called as Oceanic 6, some are left behind, and some choose to stay behind.
As they leave the island’s radius, it gets erratic in the space-time continuum.
And they will have to return back..