At the recent San Diego Comic-Con, I made my way to a showing of “Lost”, part one of a two-part Pilot Episode. Created by J.J. Abrams (Felicity and Alias) along with the writing talents of Damon Lindelof (Crossing Jordan) and David Fury (Angel), “Lost” tells the tale of 48 plane crash survivors thrown together on a Pacific island. Starring; Evangeline Lilly, Ian Somerhalder (Smallville), Dominic Monaghan(Lord of the Rings), Jorge Garcia, Maggie Grace, Malcolm David Kelley, Naveen Andrews, Harold Perrineau, Josh Holloway, Matthew Fox (Party of Five, Haunted), Terry O’Quinn (Alias), Daniel Dae Kim (Angel, 24, ER), Yunjin Kim. Lost throws together a nice ensemble of characters whom soon discover that they are not alone on this island. What actually is in the jungle just beyond the safety of the beach?
Matthew Fox plays Jack a Medical Doctor who jumps right into the Leader role. Waking up on his back in the middle of a jungle, Jack is dazed and confused. He realizes as he wanders to the beach that he has been in plane crash and there are many injured people that need attending to. Rounding up some people to help him with the wounded and getting them safely away from the plane that continues to burn and fall apart. When things are more under control he decides to set out the in the morning to try and find the Cock Pit to radio for some help. Kate (Evangeline Lilly) and Charlie (Dominic Monaghan) decide to go with him. The night before, the survivors hear some very strange unexplained noises, and now the three have a frightening close encounter with some unknown creature in the jungle.
A very tense first hour of exceptional TV, leaving me wanting more. Getting to know these characters should prove to be interesting and fun. Many of them have some dark secrets that will unfold throughout the season. So many dramatic situations to explore and discover while watching these individuals adapt and except the situation that they have been literally dropped into. Throw in the element of strange and bizarre creatures roaming the jungle looking for their next meal and you got an E Ticket thrill ride. I was hooked from the very first frame to the last cliffhanger. With moments of pure spine chilling fear and anxiety during the plane crash sequences to the much, dare I say needed commercial breaks, just to catch my breath and calm down. If the writers are able to sustain this level of intensity, drama and intrigue the entire season, Lost will be well on its way to becoming a bona fide cult hit.
On a side note; there was a panel with some of the Actors and Writer/Producer Damon Lindelof. The crowd was mad Hobbit crazy for Dominic Monaghan and many of the questions were directed towards him. Not wanting to give too much of the plot away, they remained tight-lipped and did not reveal too much of the plot. In fact the actors were told to keep their personal character back-stories to themselves, so when secrets are revealed on the show, they would have honest reactions to them. Dominic who plays Charlie did mentioned that he one of the reasons he liked this role of a semi-known rock star with a drug problem, was to distance himself from the good guy Merry the Hobbit image that he now has. Damon assured the crowd that the creatures have nothing to do with dinosaurs and can all be explained in a logical way.
Pilot Episode: Part One airs Wednesday September 22, 2004. Check your local listings for airtimes.
Final Grade: W for Wow!