As Frances has been letting everyone know, big things are happening on lots of fronts now for The Resort on Isla Palenque. And I’ve been working pretty much non-stop since the start of the year, as the ramp-up has required more time than I expected. It’s exciting times.
But today I am especially excited: the final season of Lost starts tonight. I’ve been watching avidly since it began, and spent the last six months rewatching the first five seasons. This second viewing has made me much more aware of several of the overarching plots and themes of the show, and I’m now rabidly anxious to see this final season.
While I can agree that the show treaded water for at least half a season, and has had a couple of missteps along the way, watching all the episodes more closely together and a second time around has shown me that the creators and writers have actually done a pretty amazing job following through on some early themes and pulling lots of threads and storylines together, especially during the last couple seasons. So I trust that they won’t disappoint now.
To some extent, my enjoyment of the show rests on nothing more than the ways in which it caters to the 10-year-old boy in me who just can’t resist an epic tale with heavy doses of raw adventure, splashes of science fiction, a huge array of heroes and villains, all underpinned by an ever-deepening set of mysteries. (Not some people’s taste, I know, but I’ve been hooked on this kind of stuff ever since Raiders.)
But I think there’s something deeper about the show that interests me, and which should interest anyone with a touch of islomania or an interest in our project. Since I’m writing this at the start of Season Six I’m going out on a bit of a limb and trusting the writers not to do anything stupid… but, given the trajectory of the storylines and themes of the show, I think it’s safe to say that by the end of this season, Lost will be able to stand with the rest of the great island literature people have created over the millenia. In particular, I suspect that the notion of “island as a cosmological center” will come to the fore as the underlying/overarching theme of the show. But even if this prediction proves incorrect, the show has already tapped into a host of other “mythological” aspects of Islands, some of which I discussed in Thoughts on Islomania, some not.
Anyway, if you already follow the show, I’m just preaching to the choir. If you don’t watch it, or – if you watched the first season or two and then dropped out – I urge you to (re)start. Don’t start watching Season Six on ABC now, of course, that would be insane. But go get the DVDs or stick them in your Netflix queue. If the first disc doesn’t hook you, then maybe the show just ain’t for you. But if you like what you see in the pilot, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed in the rest of the show. And if the subsequent 150 hours of island adventure doesn’t make you want to come to experience a place like Isla Palenque, then I don’t know what will. (Maybe room service and a spa? We’ll have that too…)