Take Five

By George Rose

October 7, 2009

They are all within one degree of Kevin Bacon.

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Lost: Season 2 (2005 – TV)

Here I go, breaking the rules again. I don't do this too often but I do enjoy throwing in a full season of a TV show every now and then into the mix. Why not? Why recommend two hours of quality production when I can recommend 20 hours of it instead? And what better show to break the rules for than one of the best shows on television? When I was in Greece this past summer, I brought Lost Season 1 and fell in love. I had to wait nearly two months to watch the second season and, now that I'm back, I finally had the pleasure of watching it. Can I tell you something real quick? Lost is amazing. For those of you who didn't hear me, the other 15 million super fans in America or the countless critics who rave about the show – LOST IS AMAZING. Who needs a job when you can sit at home and watch several seasons of a TV show you unfortunately missed?

The thing is, I didn't unfortunately miss them. In fact, it was a blessing. I have no idea how people wait a week or even an entire summer to watch just one more episode of the show. When I watch, I watch no fewer than two episodes. Most of the time I watch an entire DVD disc of four episodes. There have been times – and times to come – where I have watched two discs (eight episodes) in a row. The show is THAT addicting. Nobody knows a well balanced story with a clever cliff hanger quite like show creator J.J. Abrams. Need I remind you, he directed this year's best action movie: Star Trek. Need I also remind you that I HATED the Star Trek series growing up because I was a born and bred Star Wars fan. It's sort of like the silly rivalry between Yankees and Red Sox fans. After seeing this summer's Star Trek (ONLY because of Abrams and Zachary Quinto), I want stand up and say, "can't we all just get along?" There really is room for both, especially with Abrams at the helm. And if that isn't enough to convince you of the magic touch that is Abrams, that's ok. Just go watch Lost.


Season 2 wasn't as earth shatteringly awesome as season 1, but that's only because the first season was so unique and unexpected. By the time season 2 hits, you get a good feel for the formula and can start to predict certain actions and one liners. That doesn't really matter, though, because the overall story gets more and more complicated with every episode, almost making it necessary for the supporting parts to be more manageable (if not predictable). The end of the season is far more intense than season one, as one would expect after the survivors of Oceanic flight 815 meet other survivors and other island dwellers. So many new faces! So much more drama! What makes it all the better is that I have a tad bit of knowledge of the future seasons (having seen commercials over the years and heard the water cooler talk). Apparently season 2 is the weak season of the entire show, and if that's the case then I am in store for some seriously awesome future seasons. I'm dead serious when I say this – quit your jobs and go rent Lost. Who wants to be Willie Lohman when you can get lost on the island with Jack, Kate, Sawyer, Locke, Hurley, Charlie, Claire and the countless other new faces? Did I mention Season 2 is where recent Emmy winner Michael Emerson's Ben character is introduced? Enough said.

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