Thursday, July 19, 2007

13 Reasons Why I Love "Lost"




...even though it got robbed by the Emmys

Well, the Emmy nominations were announced today, and "Lost" got snubbed in the major categories. The good news, though is that Terry O'Quinn and Michael Emerson were nominated in the best supporting actor category--well-deserved!

This from Lostpedia.com:

The 2007 Emmy nominees have been announced and it looks like the rivalry between Ben and Locke continues off-screen. Lost picked up six Emmy nominations, but was surprisingly missing from the "Outstanding Drama" category. Michael Emerson and Terry O'Quinn were both nominated in the same category for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series. Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse share a nomination for outstanding writing for the season finale episode, "Through the Looking Glass". An Emmy nomination for outstanding directing goes to Jack Bender for outstanding direction for the same episode. The crew also picked up a third nomination for the season finale in the single-camera picture editing category. The final nomination was for Outstanding sound editing for the season premiere episode, "A Tale of Two Cities".


I've got to admit, I'm annoyed that "Lost" wasn't nominated for best drama and that Matthew Fox wasn't nominated for best actor--although my 101QFL co-host, Darren Marlar, reminded me that the Emmys don't mean that much, and everyone forgets who won anyway.

But in the spirit of being annoyed with the Emmys, I give you 13 reasons why I love "Lost":

1) It keeps you guessing.--If you saw this season's finale, you know what I mean. What could POSSIBLY be going on? I can't wait till February (what a long wait!) to find out.

2) Those jaw-dropping moments. --Remember when you first saw John Locke's circumstances before crashing on the island? Remember the first time we "saw" Jacob? Remember, again, the very end of this season's finale? Those "whoaaa" moments remind you of what a terrific show this really is.

3) Matthew Fox as Jack--I personally believe Fox should have been nominated in the best actor in a drama category. There were so many instances this season of great acting on the part of Fox. Remember the look on his face when he saw Kate and Sawyer through the video monitor? That moment alone was worth an Emmy nomination.

4) Michael Emerson as Ben--Yeah, we can't stand Ben, but don't we love to hate him? Emerson has to be one of the best actors on television. His Emmy nomination is well-deserved.

5) Josh Holloway as Sawyer--How many times have you gotten a good chuckle out of Sawyer's nicknames and pop culture references?

6) Terry O'Quinn as John Locke--Yes, John Locke is often strange and his actions inexplicable--take his behavior in the finale. What's up with that? Still, he's one of my favorite characters...and I also believe his Emmy nomination is well-deserved.

7) Naveen Andrews as Sayid--The character of Sayid has probably done more good for Iraqi PR than anything the UN could come up with. Face it, there are many, many wonderful Iraqi people, and the character of Sayid is very appealing.

8) Dominic Monaghan as Charlie--I am so, so sorry that the character of Charlie is dead. Some people would like to believe that's not true, but I have a hard time seeing him survive his fate in the season finale. Even though he started out as a drugged-out loser, Charlie was sweet and appealing.

9) Evangeline Lilly as Kate--She annoys a lot of my friends and family, but I do still like the character of Kate, and I think she's central to the show.

10) Jorge Garcia as Hurley--Hurley is absolutely vital to the show. For a while, I was watching "24" fairly regularly, and it's excellent--but there is almost no comic relief, if any. The intensity blasts you nonstop. But the great thing about "Lost" is that just when everything gets a little too spooky, scary or strange, there's Hurley saying, "Dude..." and bringing everything back down to earth. I totally love Hurley.

11) Henry Ian Cusick as Desmond.--Desmond has been a great addition to the show. I think we've yet to find out just how essential his story is. And as I've mentioned before, I could listen to that Scottish accent all day.

12) The soundtrack.-- Composer Michael Giacchino does a beautiful job scoring the show. Listen to his haunting "Life and Death" in the video below.

13) The characters and the writing.-- I've mentioned some of them already, but the characters are what keeping bringing me back, even when the show sometimes strains credulity. And the writing--the storytelling, the dialogue, the plotting--is just terrific.

Bottom line, "Lost" is my favorite TV show, and one of the only TV shows I ever watch.

If you haven't watched it, I suggest you start with the first season DVD set and then go on to the second (the most recent, the third season, won't be available until December.) If you can watch the first two or three episodes without getting hooked, I'll be extremely surprised.

And now, the video:

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15 comments:

Dana said...

Sadly, I have never seen that show.

Barbara H. said...

Lost is one of my favorites, too, for many of the reasons you mentioned.

I could listen to Harry Ian Cusick all day, too!

I still haven't quite forgiven them for killing Libby, though.

Just last night I saw Terry O'Quinn on a preview for a new show. I hope that doesn't mean he's off of Lost -- maybe it was just off-season work for him.

GarthTrekker said...

I enjoy Lost as well. Great story line - and they promise not to end it like the Sopranos! lol, Lyn from Bloggin' Outloud

jonny said...

LOST is so good, it makes all other television shows look like Kige Ramsey's vlogs.

Randy said...

Cindy,

Your comments expressed my thoughts on "Lost" as well. To me, it's the best thing going on TV. Plus, like you the orchestral theme is outstanding to say the least. I play that 'theme' in my car over and over. There's a certain, well, 'longing', 'sadness' or whatever that seems to grip me in ways I cannot explain. Somehow it even soothes me. Okay, I know I'm given to moments of sentimentality, but its still great.

Plus, I love most of the characters but I feel drawn to Sawyer the most. The tormented soul who has done wrong but I think wants to do right. Good post my friend.

Randy

ancsweetnsassygal said...

I, too, am a Lost addictee. I can't wait for it to return and am planning to buy the series on dvd. I heard that it was going to end in 2010, so I guess that means 3 more seasons. And I th ink you're right, the got robbed by the Emmys. Great TT list. Happy Thursday!

Randy said...

Cindy,

PS- Just read your comment on Kate again. Can't understand why some friends are annoyed by her! I think she is absolutely adorable in all aspects. But then again I'm overly biased. She loves me but just doesn't know it yet!(grin)

Randy

Cindy Swanson said...

Well Randy, I should tell you that the ones who don't like Kate are all female! :) I do like her, though.

Ann-Marie said...

We love Lost at our house, too!

Many Wednesday nights we’ll invite Candice over and three of us will devour the episode together and debate the plot for hours afterwards.

My favorite is the amazing Sayid (who, unfortunately, got mostly shafted in storylines this year). We loved Charlie, too, but this is the perfect time for his return to the big screen, so it’s all for the best.

Can’t, can’t can’t wait for next season! You just know Jack (not a Jack fan) made another big, stupid mistake and they got on the plane. Never, never get on the plane…with mysterious strangers, that is!

Ann-Marie said...

Oops..I did watch the season finale...I meant, "got on the boat" not the plane. The plane exploded! Duh!

Cindy Swanson said...

Not a Jack fan! Oh, Ann-Marie...I love Jack! But my son Justin agrees with you. :)

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Randy said...

Cindy,

Isn't it ironically funny how women and men will view their own gender differently? There are some women who may think a certain guy is 'all that and a bag of chips' and I think, "I don't get it!" That works conversely as well. So maybe that's the take on Kate. I don't know, there's just something about her that puts a spring in my step, so to speak! Viva Kate!

Be well my long-time friend,

Randy

PS- I may get back to a small amount of blogging, so don't be surprised if you see a post or two. Be well.

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