It's finally back. Lost has returned for its sixth and
final season and the diehard fans, myself included, are more than
ready to dive back into the mystery.
In the interest of full disclosure I have to admit that I wasn't
in it from the beginning. There was a time when I didn't
believe the hype.
But on a vacation with my husband a few years ago we decided to
bring Season 1 of Lost. It all started with that plane crash
- that ridiculously realistic plane crash. Characters were
introduced as they aimlessly walked the beach wondering where they
were and why they were alive.
This has been the enduring question
for the last five seasons. And really, isn't this the
question of all people? Who am I? Why am I here?
What is the purpose? That is the theme of Lost and that's
what keeps me coming back.
It's no surprise that I fell in love with a character named John
Locke. Not because of his good looks, but because of his
strong faith. Locke believes that there is a destiny to
fulfill, a reason for the group, a higher purpose for the whole
thing. He is a layered character and his choices are not
always good (sometimes they are downright disturbing), but I am
inevitably drawn to him.
Locke is my favorite, but Jack is not far behind. Jack is
a man of science, and he uses his mind to lead and solve
problems. Jack is a deeply tortured character - his lack of
belief keeps him out of his heart and inside his head which
demonstrates his smarts, but keeps him from truly understanding
people or having substantial relationships.
Locke and Jack have continually battled for leadership and their
sharp contrast results in the castaways choosing sides. If
they could just integrate each other's beliefs, trust inner wisdom
while knowing the value of the mind, it would result in a leader
that was really worth following. But I know, it's a show, so
Lost is about puzzles, time travel, relationships, and good vs.
evil with an occasional smoke monster or polar bear thrown
in. It would be difficult to write about every aspect or even
discuss every aspect of this show. Viewers are constantly
challenged to get their arms around the ever expanding details.
But that's what I love. I don't watch much television, but
when I do, it's usually something that doesn't require work.
It's an old episode of Friends, an occasional reality show or my
nightly Daily Show fix. As a mother of three my mind is
already mushy at the end of the day. I usually don't have the
stamina to take on anything difficult.
But I am willing to work for Lost. I am ready to watch
with my TiVo remote close by so I can pause and rewind when
necessary (to catch clues that Lost fans refer to as "easter
eggs"). I am ready to have long discussions with my husband
about the meaning of people, their choices, and what that big foot
on the island actually represents.
I am ready to bond with people I hardly know about these complex
characters, especially Jacob, who finally made an appearance last
season. I feel like we are talking about something greater
than a show. It stretches us to look at what we believe and
what we think is important. It asks us to be open minded,
forgiving, and sometimes just suspend what we might otherwise
believe for an hour.
I am ready to feel powerful emotion, like when Charlie knowingly
gave up his life, or when Desmond and Penny were finally reunited
(the episode with Desmond called The Constant is still my
favorite), and when Juliet so eloquently expresses her love for
Sawyer (otherwise known as LaFleur) as she falls down that
Lost makes me cry and it makes me think. It has tested my
patience and surprised me. It has opened up conversations
about purpose, destiny and the meaning of life. In a media
world based on shallow reality characters who want instant fame for
no reason, Lost's depth is a breath of fresh air.
So I am ready to get back to work. I am ready to revisit
those questions about faith and science and bring all the pieces
back together. I am ready to expand my thinking and hopefully get
Not to mention that my husband has been traveling for almost a
week so my mushy parenting brain is in desperate need of a
Are you excited for Lost, too? Please post a comment
and tell us why.
Cathy Adams is a certified parenting coach, yoga instructor and mother to three girls.
See more of Cathy's stories here.
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