“Lost” – I’m hooked. Are you?

Okay, I’m “out-ing” myself as a fan of the new TV series “Lost.”

But really, that shouldn’t surprise those who also know I got hooked on “Alias” the night of its two-hour debut. “Alias” and “Lost” are the brainchildren of the same inventive writer—J.J. Abrams.

Just as “Twin Peaks” went downhill when David Lynch got busy with other projects, so “Alias” has all but collapsed without the involvement of Abrams. There are reports that Abrams is getting back involved with “Alias” for its return to television next year.

But he hasn’t been wasting his time. “Lost” is a bit overcrowded with characters, and the cast look like a gallery of fashion models, but Abrams is doing a great job of making the show suspenseful, involving, emotional, and willing to dig into interesting ethical dilemmas. Moreover, the character development is more interesting than in most series. And the cast aren’t embarrassing themselves.

The most obvious reason to watch the show is Dominic Monaghan, whose work I enjoyed on BBC’s “Hettie Wainthrop” mysteries long before he became Meriadoc in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings.

But the best reason to watch the show is Terry O’Quinn’s performance as a brave, optimistic survivor… a much more interesting character than his formidable CIA officer he played on “Alias.”

This hour of television is better than four out of five two-hour movies in theaters, week after week. It’s still early in the series. Check it out. For more information, click here.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • Nicholas

    “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” as well as “Angel” weren’t slouches, either.

  • Neb

    Wow! You’re a Firefly fan, too?! We cancelled our satellite subscription when it was canned. I’m such a Firefly nerd that I even went to my first sci-fi convention (at age 41) because of it: http://nebblog.blogspot.com/2005/02/geeking-at-wondercon.html

  • Drew

    I don’t know what I think yet. The show just got picked up for two full seasons, so it may take quite awhile before we figure out exactly what’s going on.

    The episode that focused on Locke was fantastic. Great twist.

    My theory, though? Think Lewis’s “The Great Divorce.”

  • Matt

    Count me in the group. What a fantastic show.