Michael Stuart Kelly Posted March 8, 2014 Share Posted March 8, 2014 Thoughts on LostKat and I are Netflixing Lost.I've been studying storytelling techniques, from Aristotle (pile on pity and fear until catharsis--it's a shame he left out sense of wonder and awe) to Campbell's Hero's Journey and lots of other stuff. I decided to watch a long TV series to see if I could catch the techniques as they happened (and I have been able to for several).Kat and I settled on Lost after watching the first two episodes. Neither of us had seen it and it is complete. So we made a project out of it.Lost has the weirdest goddam story, a mix of Robinson Carusoe, Gilligans Island, slight allusions to Dante's Divine Comedy, reality TV, cop shows, cheesy science fiction (there's a black smoke monster, for Gods sake! ), and some other arcane references.But it is full of storytelling at its finest. Talk about a banquet of cliffhangers! Characters that entangle your emotions. Secrets galore. Mysteries to solve. Reversals. Reveals. Betrayals. More throughlines than anyone can follow. Oodles of conflicts, both external and internal. Symbolism up the giggy.And most of the main characters are seeking redemption in one form or another without showing their hand to the others.One cool thing just happened as we were watching (we're at the end of the Second Season). One of the main characters is a hunk named Sawyer. He is selfish in a bad way, a professional con artist. But he's also got a really good side he doesn't like to show the others too much. He secretly damns himself inside, but he's extremely competent and macho when the situation breaks bad. And he gets into the most oddball trouble, which always leaves him exasperated for comic relief.You can't help but like the dude, even though you don't want to. As we were watching, the camera stopped on him reading a book. Lo and behold, it was The Fountainhead. Here's a picture of it I found on the Internet:We are really enjoying this series.It's great to not have the commercials. And we sometimes watch 3 or 4 episodes in an evening (there are well over 100).After I watch the show, I like to spend some time alone reflecting on what I saw as if it were a case study for the storytelling techniques I am learning. This is more cool than I can explain. Fan-friggen'-tastic!And speaking of fans, J. J. Abrams (the director) certainly has a new fan in me.Michael Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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