September 22, 2004
'Lost' finds its way to adventure (Matthew Gilbert, September 22, 2004, Boston Globe)
This is a great piece of TV work, a tropical island adventure fitted with more than 40 characters, conceived with an eye to marooned-traveler classics such as "Lord of the Flies," "Castaway," and "Jurassic Park," and overlorded by one of the medium's most energetic and innovative talents, J.J. Abrams of "Alias."
Right from its opening minutes, after a flight to Australia has crashed on the shores of nowhere, ABC's "Lost" simulates the kind of dread we don't expect to find on the small screen. Dazed survivors wander aimlessly around the flaming debris, as if in suspended time. Explosions, silence, screams, silence. Jack, a doctor played by Matthew Fox, comes to consciousness and gradually joins the milling strangers, zeroing in on the injured, including a pregnant woman.
The show...speeds up, of course; this is action and adventure, not to mention fantasy, as unseen creatures make their Spielbergian presence known in the forest by the beach. Predatory and noisy, the creatures chase after Jack, Kate (Evangeline Lilly), and Charlie (Dominic Monaghan) when the trio goes looking for the plane's cockpit and its communications device. They keep the pulse of the show pounding as it introduces the large international cast of characters. Resourceful and athletic, Jack will become the island society's hero -- if first impressions are right, that is, and with Abrams they often aren't.
The adrenaline of "Lost" kicks in during the flashbacks, too, as crash victims recall their last moments in the air as they wait for rescue on the beach. These are the devastating sequences ABC has been clipping for its promotions -- the fast downward spiral begins, oxygen masks pop out, the plane cracks in half, and passengers are quickly sucked into the blue. Like the harrowing descent in the movie "Fearless," the plane disaster in "Lost" is not going to make the skies any friendlier to phobic viewers. During these disturbing flashbacks, the characters' back stories begin to emerge -- Charlie, for instance, who was fumbling with a little baggie when the plane lost its pressure and began to fall. One character is seen struggling to pull down an oxygen mask while wearing a pair of handcuffs.
If only 'Lost' could remain at these heights (PHIL ROSENTHAL, September 22, 2004, Chicago Sun-Times)
ABC's new drama "Lost" absolutely flies. At least for its first two episodes.
Beyond that, who knows? It is a show about survivors of a plane crash, after all.
Tonight's ***1/2 debut...is certainly an exhilarating takeoff. Be sure to remain seated with your seat belt fastened until the credits signal you're free to move about.
Whether "Lost" can remain airborne and continue to soar along at its initial clip is just one of the many unknowns involving the 48 passengers now stranded on a South Pacific atoll far from where rescue teams are likely to search.
This is a series brimming with shadowy characters, uncertain situations and mysterious monsters.
Even the remote island itself has secrets it's not yet ready to share.
"Lost" creator J.J. Abrams' most remarkable trick is in taking a set-up that sounds absolutely absurd and somehow making it click.
Entertainment Weekly too thought this the best new series. Posted by Orrin Judd at September 22, 2004 10:23 AM