I'm a little late to the party, of course: The TV show Lost ended some three years ago. Now, in a college literature class, you don't expect the curriculum to be based around a TV show, much less a show like Lost: to analysis and prepare presentations, and to see all of the episodes in a four month span seems a ridiculous goal.
Spoiler-alert: it is, but it's not without some great discussions about the characters, and about my man John Locke. To be honest, I still prefer the class on Breaking Bad, but to each their own.
Which is what brings me to this conclusion: after twelve episodes into the first season, I've given up on Lost, as a whole. Now, you can state that I haven't experienced the full goodness of the show and am a quitter: that's fine. I accept whatever label people give me for such a half-hearted effort.
The biggest problem I have with this show is through the abasement of an initial concept of a group of survivors trying to find a way to get off the Island with some mysteries thrown in, along with the flashbacks to various characters and their preceding back-stories.
A great concept, with some great characters and moments, and this TV show would be something I would go all in for: usually, that's the case. But, Lost, to have a cliche in this article, is lost most of the time, and most of the back-stories become more cumbersome and the mysteries, from what I've gathered over studying the show, don't really measure up to the buildup and the whole state of affairs quickly becomes grating, as a whole.
There is one character who I latched onto from the very beginning of the show: John Locke. A man who suffered and suffered and continued to press on and be a "Yoda", of sorts. To see him grow throughout the show, even within the first twelve episodes, that is something to really applaud the writers and Terry O'Quinn. That's the only reason for me to keep watching: a man named John Locke.