I am completely blown away with storylines that weave in and out so intriguingly and when they do come to an end, the outcome is a complete surprise. To draw in your readers from page one and keep their attention until the epilogue is not easy to achieve and particularly so when it comes to reeling in viewers to watch a new TV series. It is all too easy to change the channel.
I watch precious little television these days but I am really enjoying watching both Broadchurch (writer -Chris Chibnall) and Wolf Hall (writer – Hilary Mantel) which are currently being serialized on British Television. Both offer brilliantly crafted storylines and great acting. It is just as well these two brilliant series arrived when they did as I had just come to the end of six seasons worth of the American cult television series, Lost, and was feeling a little bereft to say the least.
Lost was originally aired on ABC TV from 22nd September 2004 to 23rd May 2010 when it came to an end after 121 episodes. The story follows the lives of the survivors of a commercial aircraft crash, Oceanic 815, which was on its way from Sydney to Los Angeles. The aircraft crashes on a tropical island which, as I have become a bit of a Lost groupie, I can tell you the series was actually shot in Oahu, Hawaii.
Lost was created by Jeffrey Lieber, J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof, who share story-writing credits for the pilot episode, which Abrams directed. As the story evolves it includes the supernatural, a touch of science fiction with a little time travel thrown in for good measure. The main storyline is based on the island, but flits and floats into the past, the future as well as an interesting parallel storyline which will keep you guessing.
To give you some idea how popular the show was, over 16 million viewers watched each episode during the first season. So it was no surprise that it won Emmys and Golden Globes and is ranked number 27 in the list of 101 Best Written TV Series of All Time – which is topped by The Sopranos (created by David Chase) by the way.
I have only watched 120 episodes of Lost. I really fell in love with the main, somewhat flawed and vulnerable characters and I don’t want to say goodbye to them. Two of my favourite characters, Jin and Sun, met their demise a couple of episodes before the end and I cried like a baby. I don’t remember being quite so hooked on fictional characters before. Brilliantly created and the casting spot on. So, Jack (Matthew Fox), Hurley (Jorge Garcia), Kate (Evangeline Lily), Sayid (Naveen Andrews), Sawyer (Josh Holloway), and even Juliet (Elizabeth Mitchell) – even if you were one of The Others to start with – I have to move on but, hey, it’s been good knowing you all. I love you guys.