The whole concept of man on an island reminds us of who we truly are. "Three days ago we all died. We should all be able to start over," Jack says. Who they were before the crash was their old nature. This time on the island represents their chance at redemption -- if they want it. This show is easily one of the best new shows of the year.

(2004) Film Review by Maurice Broaddus

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Review by Maurice Broaddus
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CREDITS

Cast - in credits order
Matthew Fox ... Jack
Evangeline Lilly ... Kate
Ian Somerhalder ... Boone
Dominic Monaghan ... Charlie
Jorge Garcia ... Hurley
Maggie Grace ... Shannon
Malcolm David Kelley ... Walt
Naveen Andrews ... Sayid
Harold Perrineau Jr. ... Michael
Josh Holloway ... Sawyer
Terry O'Quinn ... Locke
Daniel Dae Kim ... Jin
Yunjin Kim¹ ... Sun

Crew
Jesse Alexander - Executive Producer
Bryan Burk - Executive Producer
Jeff Pinkner - Executive Producer
Damon Lindelof - Executive Producer
J.J. Abrams - Executive Producer
J.J. Abrams - Creator
Damon Lindelof - Creator

Original Music
Michael Giacchino (pilot)
Chris Seefried (song "You all Everybody")

Cinematographers
Michael Bonvillain (series)
Larry Fong (pilot and first season)

Edited by Mary Jo Markey

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SYNOPSIS
From J.J. Abrams, the creator of Alias, and Damon Lindelof (Crossing Jordan) comes an action-packed adventure that will bring out the very best and the very worst in the people who are lost.

Out of the blackness, the first thing Jack (Matthew Fox, Party of Five) senses is pain. Then burning sun. A Bamboo forest. Smoke. Screams. With a rush comes the horrible awareness that the plane he was on tore apart in mid-air and crashed on a Pacific island. From there it's a blur, as his doctor's instinct kicks in: people need his help.

Stripped of everything, the 48 survivors scavenge what they can from the plane for their survival. Some panic. Some pin their hopes on rescue. A few find inner strength they never knew they had — like Kate (Evangeline Lilly), who, with no medical training, suddenly finds herself suturing the doctor's wounds. Hurley (Jorge Garcia) — a man with a warm sense of humor despite the desperate situation — does his best to keep his cool as he helps those around him to survive. Charlie (Dominic Monaghan) is a faded rock star who harbors a painful secret. Sayid (Naveen Andrews) is a Middle Eastern man who must wrestle with the racial profiling directed at him by some of his fellow survivors. Jin (Daniel Dae Kim) and Sun (Yunjin Kim) are a Korean couple whose traditions, values and language are foreign and thus causes much to get lost in the translation. Sawyer (Josh Holloway) has an air of danger surrounding him, and his intense sense of mistrust for everyone around him could prove to be fatal to his fellow castaways. Michael (Harold Perrineau) has just gained custody of his nine-year-old son, Walt (Malcolm David Kelley), after the death of his ex-wife — they are a father and son who don't even know each other. Locke (Terry O'Quinn) is a mysterious man who keeps to himself, and who harbors a deeper connection to the island than any of the others. And self-centered Shannon (Maggie Grace) — who actually gives herself a pedicure amid the chaos — and her estranged controlling brother, Boone (Ian Somerhalder) — constantly bicker and must learn to get along if they are to survive.

The band of friends, family, enemies and strangers must work together against the cruel weather and harsh terrain if they want to stay alive. But the island holds many secrets, including the intense howls of the mysterious creatures stalking the jungle, which fill them all with fear. Fortunately, thanks to the calm leadership of quick-thinking Jack and level-headed Kate, they have hope. But even heroes have secrets, as the survivors will come to learn.

Review by MAURICE BROADDUS
Website: www.MauriceBroaddus.com Email: maurice@mauricebroaddus.com
Holds a Bachelor's of Science degree in Biology (with an undeclared major in English) from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis. He works as an environmental toxicologist by day and is a horror writer by night. Obviously his areas of interests includes religious studies, folklore, and myths. He is a notorious egotist who, in anticipation of a successful writing career, is practicing speaking of himself in the third person. Oh yeah, he's married to the lovely Sally Jo and has two boys: Maurice Gerald Broaddus II (thus, retroactively declaring himself "Maurice the Great") and Malcolm Xavier Broaddus.
Once again, Wednesday night is one of the best television nights of the week, with several great shows going head to head. The latest hit is the show Lost from creator J.J. Abrams, who also created the shows Felicity and Alias, and who's due to helm Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible 3. The premise of Lost: a plane crashes on an island, stranding 48 survivors. Oh, and there's a mysterious creature running around terrorizing them. Gilligan's Island this ain't. Survivor the scripted show, this ain't.

There are several things that characterize J.J. Abrams writing. He has a love op pop culture, but doesn't mistake pop culture references for good writing (very few shows can mix pop references naturally into the rhythm of the show and still produce interesting characters and dialogue and not give into in-joke winking at the audience. An example of the former would be Gilmore Girls; the latter, the movie Shark Tale). He loves witty, romantic banter. He loves strong women. He loves thrillers with constant twists and surprises, and he's not afraid to veer into science fiction territory, which means he writes above the expectations of the audience, never condescending to them.

No matter how intriguing the premise, if you don't care about the characters, no one's going to watch. Abrams focuses on just three folks, making us care about them while whetting our appetite to learn about the others. Based on his previous shows, I expect a love triangle of some sort to develop before too long. The other thing to expect is that no one is as they seem. Jack (Matthew Fox), the doctor, helps the injured and maintains order and civility. Kate (Evangeline Lilly) was a prisoner being transported on the flight. There is a member of the Iraqi Republican Guard; a junkie, British rock 'n roll bassist (The Lord of the Rings' Dominic Monaghan); a black father (Harold Perrinneau, from Oz) and his young son; and a squabbling, supposedly adult, brother and sister among the cast of characters. As a testament to how well the characters are developed, there is an Asian couple who don't speak English. Yet, despite the language barrier, we know that he is a domineering husband (who at one point orders her to button the top button of her blouse when she is talking to a man) and that she is submissive, but yearns for more (as she unbuttons that same button when he turns his back). Identity and motives all come into question as Abrams layers intrigue with the jockeying of alliances and constant deception.

The whole concept of man on an island reminds us of who we truly are. "Three days ago we all died. We should all be able to start over," Jack says. Who they were before the crash was their old nature. This time on the island represents their chance at redemption -- if they want it. When stripped of the conventions of society, without the veneer of civilization, are we the cast of Lord of the Flies waiting to happen or can we rise above our basic nature? Terry O'Quinn's character, when talking about backgammon, explains, "there are two players: one is light and one is dark," echoing the sentiment that there are ultimately two sides, good and evil. The mysterious creature on the island reminds me of the Bible passage "Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour" (I Peter 5:8).

If you like popcorn thrillers with an air of wit and intelligence, this show is easily one of the best new shows of the year.

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