The Island's real mystery
Do you have to be young or a loser to be obsessed with the Lost finale? Theclues point to YES!
Lost ends tonight, which is either a monumental deal or a world-changing one, depending on who you listen to (ABC execs are clearly in the latter camp). No one loves a good hype machine more than I, but sorry there are millions and millions of people who simply don't get it.
And are thankful for that.
I've been obsessed with a few TV shows in my life. TheBuck Rogersseries from the early 1980s comes to mind (of course, I was six at the time and had to beg my parents to stay up to watch the second half of many of Buck's spacey TV specials). The original V miniseries — so far superior to the current incarnation that it's almost laughable — and Miami Vice were the others who held me in their grips. Of course, I hadn't even reached high school when these all aired, which is sort of the point.
At some time, most of us simply move beyond the idea of a TV show — any TV show — holding that much sway over our lives.
Sure, The Wire is the greatest TV show of all time and the British Office and Arrested Development are arguably the two funniest, but by the time they came around, I wasn't scheduling life around them. I didn't have to watch them live and I certainly wasn't message-board debating their merits and deeper meanings. They were momentary diversions — you know, TV.
This is how it works for most people.
To be going bonkers over Lost, you either have to be well under 30 or something's probably lacking in your life. Sometimes the truth hurts.
If you're a-30-or-beyond adult with a meaningful relationship, kids or a cool dog (if you have a cat, you may have issues beyond TV) and your mood for the week is going to be set by whether you're disappointed or not by Lost's ending, you probably need to rethink a few things.
CultureMap Editor-in-Chief Clifford Pugh is a Lost fan for example, but he's not one of those Lost fans. You know, the guy who won't stop talking about it to everyone he encounters. There are limits to the Island, people. The Sideways world is no world to live in.