Lost is back, which makes me a happy TV-watching girl. Others complained about the premiere, but I liked it. This is unusual for me, because I am really impatient, and I tend to get bored by long-drawn out storylines/mysteries (I gave up on X-Files after 1.5 years). Oh yeah, I usually HATE flashbacks too. They break up the story's momentum and are generally lame.
Lost is different though -- special. I'm willing to stay for the long, slow ride each week because of the journey is entertaining. And that is saying a lot. At this point, I don't even really care about uncovering the ultimate mystery of why. I just like watching what unfolds each week. I enjoy watching the characters develop. And I really love BenHenry Gale - who is so awesome in his creepy Other-way.
My only complaint, if I have one, is that only 60 days have passed on the island since this show first aired two years ago. I believe that the show wouldn't seem so slow, if they would just have time move quickly on the island. At this rate, Sun will be pregnant until 2020 and Claire's baby will be breastfeeding until my own kids are in college. Plus, we have already lived with these characters for two long years now, but they are stuck back in 2004 -- and that can be really disorienting and frustrating.
This pacing might be what is dragging down the show. Ultimately, I'd love to see the show occur closer to real time - and I'd love to move forward -- away from the initial crash. Perhaps that will ultimately be the big reveal -- time stopped on the island, but when our survivors go home, 7 years have passed.
The Nine -- Okay, so it didn't stink out loud, but it wasn't the greatest thing since the discovery of fire, either. There was enough there to intrigue me, but I'm not sure I'll be hanging around for 3 years to find out that Scott Wolf was a wussy during the robbery. The pilot was well-written, acted, directed, and plotted out. But it wasn't over-the-top impressive -- it didn't exactly re-invent television as we know it. It wasn't a pilot that had me gasping -- or wishing that I had written it. But then, Lost kinda upped the ante in the drama/thriller arena.
Of course, I didn't even watch Lost the first year it aired.
I missed too many episodes to keep up and then ended up watching the
entire first season in four days after receiving the DVDs for
Christmas. In some ways, I think that this is the way Lost is meant to be viewed -- in 2-3 large blocks.