Tales such as Heart of Darkness and Catch-22 have allowed us to venture into the unknown and the unknowable. This sort of mental exercise doesn’t happen on television. With one exception…
Appropriately named, Lost is the famous cross between Cast Away, Lord of the Flies and Survivor. It captivates fans by integrating mythos from classic and popular literature—Catch-22, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, A Brief History of Time, To Kill a Mockingbird, Heart of Darkness, the Bible—with the lives of show favorites Jack, Kate, Sawyer, Hurley and Desmond. From time-travel to science, ethics and fate, Lost addresses them all. This is fiction at its finest and no show has spawned this much madness since Star Trek.
That’s why Las Vegans (and longtime friends who met in film school in the early ’80s) Jason Doucette and Charles Bejarano fell head over heels for Lost. The duo is hosting a Lost viewing party at Tommy Rocker’s with an expected 100-150 guests (see sidebar). Naturally, they are eager to share their own theory as to the mystique of the show.
“Lost takes patience, there’s no doubt about that,” says Doucette, a former entertainment businessman. “Not a lot of questions get answered. But for fans like me and Charles who’ve invested ourselves in this show, you can bet that [Lost] will live on through conventions and Internet forums for a long time.” So why the total geek-out? Because this show has a unique relationship with fans—the self-proclaimed “Losties.” While most TV shows have online fan followings, the Lost online community is more a forum to peel back concentric layers of plot than it is a place to gush over which castaway has the best tan. With online games, endless literary references triggering constant exploration and incessant message board discussions that dissect Lost’s every frame, fans don’t just watch the show, they live it. For example, sites such as the Lostpedia.com, DarkUFO.com and TheoriesOnLost.com offer fans a platform to discuss theories, clues and other thoughts concerning the series.
Amanda Nowak, former Las Vegas Pussycat Doll and current entertainer/model, got “addicted” to Lost after watching the first two seasons on DVD: “You literally are ‘lost’ from watching it, and for me, I crave it. … I need to see what happens next, how the show will end. The constant questions; it’s thought-provoking. You don’t see that a lot on TV.”
The show’s ability to grab viewers emotionally and intellectually—an accomplishment for prime-time network television in the age of reality shows—is a great testament to the future of entertainment. Undoubtedly the Lost mayhem won’t end with the Sunday night finale. The curtains may be drawn, but fans will never cease getting Lost.