Saturday, March 24, 2007

The Last Loyal Viewer

It seems like everybody these days has some sort of problem with ABC's Lost: the story isn't moving fast enough, it's too confusing, or that there aren't enough wild sex scenes with Claire--okay, maybe that last one is just me, but you get the point. Why all the hate? I have two theories:

1) Many people didn't start watching the show from the start. Instead, they heard that the show was good, so they found the DVDs somehow and began to watch the show on their own. Now that they are caught up, they get to watch the show with everybody else for free, but they have to endure the commercials. My theory is that people don't realize how annoyed they are by these breaks in the action, and they end up believing that the show is worse when really a third variable is the source of the problem.

2) My other theory is that in this results-obsessed society that we live in, many viewers cannot wait to get to the end. They want the answers: why can't anybody find the island, what is really on it, what happened when Desmond flipped the key, etc. etc. We are not willing enough to enjoy the ride. I just watched 3 episodes in a row on and while they may not have answered every question I had, they were interesting with some funny parts and some scary parts. Isn't that all we can ask for from a TV show?

Ultimately, the haters will continue to hate. But as long as they continue to air the episodes, ABC can rest assured that it will have at least one loyal viewer here in Mill Valley.