ABC had one directive for its 2004 fall lineup: to find a breakout show.
“Lost” was this and so much more. Its premise may sound tacky, but it is the very mix of suspense, drama, sci-fi, and romance that keeps millions of viewers returning week after week.
The “Lost” phenomenon began when an airplane traveling from Australia to Los Angeles crashed leaving 48 survivors on an unidentified island with no sign of civilization or hope of rescue. Each week, viewers get a glimpse into one of the fourteen regular cast members’ pre-crash lives and the drama unfolds on the island.
The show’s writing team delivers crisp, puzzling storylines to keep viewers guessing. Show creators and ABC have perfected the act of media synergy, as “Lost: The Official Magazine,” starts bi-monthly publication this fall and an Official Club was launched with the premiere of season two.
Part of the show’s success is that each of the actors, including Josh Holloway, was virtually unknown in Hollywood and have since taken America by storm. The show is not perfect; there were several times during the first season that certain plotlines seemed too far-fetched and the writers seemed to have stretched their imaginations to the extreme.
The debut season often left viewers with more questions than answers, resulting in a fair amount of speculation from fans as to what the second season has in store. Season two will spotlight the escalating tensions between Jack (Matthew Fox) and Locke (Terry O’Quinn) as he continues to question his motives and obsession with uncovering the secrets of the mysterious hatch.
Viewers will find out what exactly happened to Sawyer (Josh Holloway), Michael (Harold Perrineau), and Jin (Daniel Dae Kim) after their raft was blasted away by “The Others”- who at the same time managed to kidnap Michael’s son, Walt (Malcolm David Kelley).
To draw in new viewers and appease current fans, “Lost” writers have added two more leading cast members (Michelle Rodriguez from “The Fast and the Furious” and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje from “Oz”) who have also survived the plane crash but have been living on the other side of the island, in a twist revealing that the tail section of the plane had survivors too.
QU freshman Greg Howe, is one of the fans who has been hooked on “Lost” since its inception. “I think it is going to be very exciting and I can’t wait to see what the new season has to offer,” Howe said.
The action of season two begins thirty five seconds after the season finale ended. All of the people on the raft have survived but may not make an appearance until later on in the season. Locke will have a love interest and Vincent the dog will have an integral part of the second season. This year’s Emmy Award winner for Best Drama may just be the hottest show on television.
“Lost” airs Wednesday nights at 9 p.m. on ABC.