Lost: The Complete First Season
DVD Reviews | Sep 5th, 2005
Starring Matthew Fox, Evangeline Lilly, Naveen Andrews, Terry O’ Quinn, Dominic Monaghan, Josh Holloway,Maggie Grace, Malcolm David Kelly, Jorge Garcia, Daniel Dae Kim
Studio: Buena Vista/ABC
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One of the many hits for ABC in 2004-05, Lost, is now available on DVD for the first season. Just in time too, since you will have time to get caught up before the second season premieres in late September. Starring Matthew Fox and Evangeline Lilly, Lost revolves around a group of Castaways from a plane crash that has left them all stranded on a mysterious island.
Oceanic Flight 815 was supposed to be just a normal flight from Australia to Los Angeles. That was definitely not the case. Opening up the show, we find the main character, Jack (Matthew Fox), lying on his back in the middle of the jungle out cold, and just like that, he’s up and heads to the beach. As he looks, one way is all calm and beautiful like a beach should look, then the other way, complete chaos. Burning fuselages, wreckage, people screaming, amongst a gorgeous setting is the way the show opens and immediately pulls you in. Executive Produced by Alias Creator J.J. Abrams, the show is a unique way of presenting a castaway show mixed in with elements of adventure, drama, suspense and sci-fi fantasy. Amazing how such a show can take a huge ensemble cast and make the viewer care about all these people. Intertwined with flashbacks & current events; Lost juggles back & forth, concentrating on one character each episode.
Jack, the central character to the show, gets the most attention with 3 episodes. Most of which concentrates on him being a doctor and living in the shadow of his father, who is Chief of Surgery. Kate is another great character, played by the beautiful Evangeline Lilly. Kate is quite the mystery. She is the sweet, hero of the bunch but has a trouble past. We first find her being an outlaw and on the run from the law when we first meet up with her in the flashbacks. What’s great about all the character flashbacks is that they leave you wanting to find out more by really only giving you peeks into each of their lives. Some of the secondary characters have the most exciting and interesting flashbacks such as Hurley (Jorge Garcia), the lovable big guy who is more of a comic relief character, but has one of the best episodes of the season. Obsessed over the mysterious numbers that won him the lottery and brought him bad luck, end up playing a huge part in why the castaways are on the island. Other characters that really give the viewer great insight are Sawyer, the bad boy, who at times has a good heart. Jin and Sun, the married Korean couple are another group of characters that really took on more a major role as the season progresses. Interesting back story and excellent acting help the actors really carry their roles further than originally planned. You will learn that from the making of documentaries on the extras disc. With over 40 survivors of the plane crash, 13 major characters were developed and given flashbacks to the first season. They definitely will concentrate more on these people in the next season, plus there are other people on the island the writers have not dealt with yet. It’s exciting to know what a great season the first was, and what is still unanswered and ahead. I would give more insight into what most of the character development was about but explanations would go on and on, and it’s more fun to check it out for yourself. Hey, 17-20 million viewers a week can’t be wrong. Lost is one of the most exciting adventure dramas on television, period.
The extras for Lost Season One are excellent. With so many things on here, this collection is a must have for fans, and people willing to check out the series. First you have “Welcome to Oahu: The Making of the Pilot – Behind-The-Scenes Featurette On Lost’s Premiere Episode” which takes an in depth look into the creation and making of one of the most expensive pilot episodes ever. Without even knowing if the show would be picked up, or last very long on the network, JJ Abrams and crew ventured onto Hawaii to create an action packed adventure that would leave Studio execs begging for a full season order before the episode would premiere. That’s not all. You get to see personal interviews with Cast members and their audition tapes, which would reveal, most of them tried out for other parts on the series. I’m glad the creators chose the actors for the roles they had. I couldn’t see it any other way. The other extras I enjoyed were deleted scenes, gag reel and Jimmy Kimmel Live segment, when he visited the Lost set. Very funny stuff. If that was not enough, you can also get Lost flashbacks, that did not air and reveal more secrets, Designing a Disaster featurette, and Commentaries.
I am proud to say I have been a Lost fan since the beginning and it was great to go back and see hidden secrets and hints in the beginning episodes all the way leading up to the finale. Though, I have to admit the finale was a bit of a letdown, it reveal several secrets but left viewers and fans in suspense over a very long summer. As summer comes to the end, the fall tv season is quickly approaching. As I hope any Lost fan would know, the second season is here and I can’t wait to see what is in store for the castaways and new cast members. So sit back and enjoy season one on DVD, and dig in for another great season.
-Lost Flashbacks – All New Unaired Flashbacks Reveal Additional Secrets
-Welcome to Oahu: The Making of the Pilot – Behind-The-Scenes Featurette On Lost’s Premiere Episode
-The Genesis of Lost – Series’ Creators Tell How The Show Was Conceived
-Designing a Disaster – Exciting Insights Into The Look Of Lost
-Commentaries – Observations From The Cast & Creators
-Before They Were Lost – Audition Tapes And Personal Stories From The Cast
-And An Island Of Secrets Still To Be Revealed
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 CC
Widescreen 1.78:1 Color (Anamorphic)
Favorite Scenes: Pilot 1 &2, Numbers, Solitary, Outlaws, Exodus 1, Exodus 2
Running Time: 1068 minutes