it's a good show, though it's no dexter and it certainly is no battlestar galactica, but hey, it is addictive in a way that frightens me a little.
what is LOST, you ask? let me tell you!
a bunch of people survive a plane crash on a mysterious tropical island and proceed to get angry at each other. as the seasons progress, there is more and more anger. each episode features angry people lying, yelling, snarling and running, and pointing guns at each other's heads. then they briefly get over it, only to be angered by the next thing that comes along and the cycle continues. nobody ever tells anybody else the truth, until the truth comes out and makes more people angry. mr. monkey and i spend a lot of time yelling at the screen, "JUST TELL HER THE TRUTH ALREADY!!!!" this doesn't seem to work.
meet jack, he's the (self-appointed) head honcho, who happens to be a (brilliant, natch!) doctor. he also suffers from (obviously) a messianic complex and (boringly) daddy issues. he is the angriest of them all. he even pushes around a tiny thai tattoo artist who dares to tell him she is unwilling to tattoo his "true self" on his arm because it is against her cultural mores. he doesn't care and forces her to. i suspect the ink says "UPTIGHT ASSHOLE" but i could be wrong. perhaps it says "MISOGYNISTIC DICKWAD."
meet kate. she flirts with every man on the island. she killed her father for, what seems to me, not a particularly great reason. she runs away a lot. she is shown to be Good. we are meant to like her, and like her i do, until she starts with the uncontrollable flirting.
meet john. he is Mystical. he is Miraculous. he has an intense blue gaze and i really like him even though he occasionally does stupid things. at least he isn't angry all the time.
then there are the rest of the people, all of whom are gorgeous, slim, buff and very very well proportioned (except for hurley who provides comic relief, and rose & the dentist who, perhaps are meant to as well, although they come across more as a boring ad for divorce lawyers). there are the core survivors, and then there are the background survivors, who play the same role as the red shirted crew members on star trek. if a bunch of people are running and being shot at, the background survivors provide fodder for the bullets, thus sparing our stars the ignominy of death. of course, sometimes good people must also die, but if that is the case, we are forewarned by so many clues that in the end we pray for a swift and sure ending to stop all the hints already.
there are tropical fruit, there are mysterious creatures, there is a smoke monster, and so many coincidences that you just Know that there is Something More to this. we're hoping that unlike battlestar galactica, the writers of lost will actually take all of the hints and clues and built a nice reasonable conclusion out of them. and until they do, we'll just continue to feed our little habit. check it out, dude!