A man from central Massachusetts received a gift from his daughter a little more than a year ago. It was the season one collection of episodes from the television series LOST.
He put the DVD compilation on a shelf unopened because he never had an interest in the show back to when it first aired in 2004. At that time he was busy enjoying the collective works of the Boston Red Sox, which LOST actually referenced on numerous occasions.
After a few months, he decided to break the seal and begin watching the episodes. He talked his wife into watching it with him and soon they had become hooked. By the end of last year they had managed to find time to watch all five seasons, over 100 episodes in all. They then had to wait for over a month to continue their fixation on the characters and the storyline as the show was set to start its sixth and final season in February.
By watching all five seasons of the show, without commercial interruptions, these folks were able to get entrenched in the mysterious storyline and characters. The quick pace of action and the sudden time shifts were exciting. However, soon the shock of adding commercials to the show and having to watch it with everyone else in the world over the past few months found them relieved it had finally come to an end.
ABC clearly added the “extra” half hour this past Sunday to accommodate more commercials. The couple found out during the first two-hour episode of this past season that ads interrupted the action about every five minutes or so. That was also the case this past Sunday when one group of ads during the two-and-a-half hour finale seemed to go on for over five minutes alone.
People who endured this for the past six years are to be both commended and criticized. Commended for their loyalty to the show and criticized for wasting so much of their valuable time. However to paraphrase one clever hooked-on-the-show blogger, “The show stunk, I loved it and I’ll watch it over and over the rest of my life.”
In the end the couple found the epic series something they are glad they watched and shared together and with many more fans if only virtually. However as for the many (too many) advertisements, the only ones they vaguely remember seeing were a few cleverly crafted Target store segments that referenced LOST scenes.
Prior seasons are currently available on DVD, while the entire series will be available on DVD in August.
Above left: NEW YORK - MAY 19: Actor Jorge Garcia attends the opening the Vilcek Foundation's exhibition of LOST: A Showcase of the International Artists and Filmmakers at the Vilcek Foundation Gallery on May 19, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Anthony Behar/Getty Images)
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