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The survivors of a plane crash are forced to work together in order to survive on a seemingly deserted tropical island.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Jorge Garcia ...  Hugo 'Hurley' Reyes 118 episodes, 2004-2010
Josh Holloway ...  James 'Sawyer' Ford 118 episodes, 2004-2010
Yunjin Kim ...  Sun-Hwa Kwon 118 episodes, 2004-2010
Evangeline Lilly ...  Kate Austen 118 episodes, 2004-2010
Terry O'Quinn ...  John Locke / ... 118 episodes, 2004-2010
Naveen Andrews ...  Sayid Jarrah 118 episodes, 2004-2010
Matthew Fox ...  Dr. Jack Shephard 118 episodes, 2004-2010
Daniel Dae Kim ...  Jin-Soo Kwon 118 episodes, 2004-2010
Emilie de Ravin ...  Claire Littleton 97 episodes, 2004-2010
Michael Emerson ...  Ben Linus / ... 78 episodes, 2006-2010
Henry Ian Cusick ...  Desmond Hume 74 episodes, 2005-2010
Dominic Monaghan ...  Charlie Pace 74 episodes, 2004-2010
Harold Perrineau ...  Michael Dawson 64 episodes, 2004-2010
Elizabeth Mitchell ...  Dr. Juliet Burke / ... 55 episodes, 2006-2010
Ken Leung ...  Miles Straume 48 episodes, 2008-2010
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Storyline

The past, present, and future lives of surviving Oceanic Flight 815 passengers are dramatically intertwined as a fight for survival ensues in a quest for answers after crashlanding on a mysterious island. Each discovery prompts yet more secrets, as the hastily-formed colony search for a way off the island, or is this their home? Written by Chris Cullen

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The truth will be revealed (Season 2) See more »


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USA

Release Date:

22 September 2004 (USA) See more »

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Dolby Digital

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Shannon Rutherford, Daniel Faraday and Eloise Hawking are named after famous physicists. See more »

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[repeated line]
John Locke: Don't tell me what I can't do.
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Restored what little faith I have in TV
8 December 2004 | by SisiutilSee all my reviews

With so many high-quality shows ending or getting cancelled recently (Friends, Frasier, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel), and with the decline in quality of many others (The West Wing, Smallville), not to mention the egregious rise of turgid and tasteless "reality" programming, I'd just about written off TV as an entertainment medium. I was seriously considering ditching my TV and cable subscription in favour of my computer screen and broadband Internet connection.

Then along comes "Lost". I missed the first few episodes, but was able to catch up thanks to BitTorrent. Now I'm hooked. There are several things to like about this show, but here's a quick list:

1) Outstanding, intelligent, layered writing. There are multiple mysteries here, and for every answer we get, more questions emerge.

2) Rich, complex characters. Just when you think you've got a character pegged, you find out something new about them that's often surprising or even shocking. I'm enjoying watching the various relationships emerge and develop.

3) Strong performances. This is a remarkable cast of mostly journeymen actors with a couple of newcomers, and they're all turning in star-making work. Even some of the cameos have featured recognizeable, talented actors (e.g. Mira Furlan, Victoria Hamel).

4) A mysterious and fascinating setting. Of the four main story elements you learned in school, plot, character, theme, and setting, the latter is often the poor, neglected cousin. Not here. The island is dangerous, beautiful, creepy, and undeniably intriguing. It's like a character unto itself. Part of the fun of this show will be unravelling the Island's secrets.

5) Thematic depth. This isn't just a soap opera on a desert island. There are rich metaphors and themes to be mined here, such as on the challenges of morality; on the nature of communities and civilization; on our relationship with nature/the environment; and on spirituality, even mysticism, as well.

I'm grateful to see this show is a hit. Too often lately I've committed to a quality show early on ("Wonderfalls" being the most recent and much-lamented example) only to have a jittery network cancel it prematurely. I'm hoping "Lost" will have a long, successful run--if its creators, cast, and crew keep up the level of quality they've shown so far, I'm sure it will.


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