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Advent Day 2, Part 1 - LOST

Ahhh, LOST - I still miss you. For six years, the hour you were on was the fastest hour of my whole week - it always flew by in what felt like half the time. Before you, I'd always said that I wished the X-Files and the surge in Internet use had been more closely matched because the off-season alternative universe games and chat forums would have been a thing of amazing beauty - and I'm sure X-files web stuff *is* 'Out There" (ha) but really, LOST is the one that came along and treated its most addicted viewers to worlds upon worlds of supplemental content the average viewer still has never even heard of.....

For those of us who gladly fell down the rabbit hole, we still remember dialing the Hanso Foundation voicemail a hundred happy times. We know who Joop was, what piece of literature Gary Troup was writing when the plane crashed and how he died on the island. We knew the whole backstory on the Dharma Initiative - about Alvar Hanso, and Karen and Richar DeGroot -  before S2E1 ever aired, and we know that the DI's mission had a lot more to do with the ultimate fate of mankind than it did with time traveling bunnies.

I could make a thousand LOST icons - maybe I'll make some more before December's out, for the fun of it. But for now I made eight of them (eight, for Hurley's number) and split them into shippy and non-shippy categories.

Non-Shippy icons first --- The clock to represent the suspense. "Put a ticker on it" is how writing teachers instruct their students - create a dilemma for your characters, then put a countdown clock to disaster on it. LOST did that so very literally, and the use they made of it (especially in S2, with Desmond and 'I think I crashed your plane' was sublime).  The map - to represent the layers and the labyrinth that all the plot lines formed. The tail section crashing into the ocean in "The Other 48 days" to represent the amazing CG for the time and the beautiful scenery. And Hurley's golf course for the fun - the 'slice of life' moments are maybe my favorite thing in any show.



And then my ships - Desmond and Penny, my only canon ship of the last fifteen years and probably my last one, really: Canon ships usually suck, but they were so wonderfully angsty and loving to each other and actually instrumental to the plot! That's how you do a canon ship. Followed by my OT3. They were so pretty together, and never simple or easy - also, always angsty. Not as loving, as Pen/Des, lol ...but they were each dealing with their own stuff, so.... yeah, they did their best. Awesome fic fodder, though, for sure.



Part of me hopes another show will come along and capture my imagination as thoroughly as LOST did - but it hasn't happened yet.

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asphaltcowgrrl
Dec. 2nd, 2017 08:29 pm (UTC)
I never watched Lost (these were the days before we had a DVR and I can't stay up that late haha), but I remember the conversations my husband and FIL had after it would air.

Excellent icons!
thatwasjustadream.dreamwidth.org
Dec. 3rd, 2017 05:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Someday you'll have to give it a shot - it is worth the time investment, they really created a whole little world.
asphaltcowgrrl
Dec. 3rd, 2017 05:50 pm (UTC)
You are very welcome! I'll have to find out if it's online somewhere eventually. It has such a large following, even now, that I know I'll eventually have to watch.

ETA: It's on Netflix and now in my queue. :D

Edited at 2017-12-03 05:52 pm (UTC)
thatwasjustadream.dreamwidth.org
Dec. 3rd, 2017 06:00 pm (UTC)
Eeee! How could I forget, of course it's on Netflix - I still watch an epi here and there. Will be interested to hear if it hooks you - I wish I could watch it, not knowing what will happen next! :)
asphaltcowgrrl
Dec. 3rd, 2017 06:12 pm (UTC)
I know how you feel! It's the reason why I have a hard time re-reading a book, even a really good one. But I will keep you updated! I tend to watch a season of one show, switch to another, and then back because I get bored easily. Maybe I'll start with Suits and switch between that, Lost, and H50 (since I'm close to getting caught up).
haldoor
Dec. 3rd, 2017 04:39 am (UTC)
While I have too terrible a memory and not nearly enough time to have indulged or to remember as much as you know about Lost, I did love it, and it will always hold a special place for me too as it's where I discovered slash; it's where I really started writing, and OH BUT THE MEN WERE SO DAMNED PRETTY AND ANGSTY. *sigh*

And your icons are wonderful! Thank you! ;-)

Edited at 2017-12-03 04:40 am (UTC)
thatwasjustadream.dreamwidth.org
Dec. 3rd, 2017 05:48 pm (UTC)
I think that's one of the great things about it, that you could hardcore geek out on the details or just enjoy it week to week and it was equally fun, They did so well reaching out to a wide audience. Not many accomplishing that anymore - shows feel more niche now.

And oh....yes. The eye candy per square inch was amazing, lol. ;). Josh, for one- I'll watch an episode now and then and catch a scene and think, 'damn, look at him....' :)
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