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Review by Suzanne 9/27/04
I didn't know if I would like this show, but it is really fantastic. It
is produced and written by the same team that does "Alias", another show I love,
so it shouldn't be a surprise, I guess. The show grabs you from the
beginning and just keeps going, packed with action, and then it stops, leaving
you to wonder what will happen next week. The premiere was very exciting
and seemed a little bit like it ended in the middle of the movie, so I can't
wait to see the second half, I mean, next show.
Matthew Fox, who starred in another good scifi drama I liked called
"Haunted", as well as "Party of Five", is our hero. The premise of the
show is that a plane crashes on a tropical island and the survivors are
stranded. That part is exciting enough; but this is not "Gilligan's
Island" with better acting. Something big and scary is out there in the
jungle as well. Dinosaurs, perhaps? If so, the show is already better than
the lame action-adventure show "The Lost World" because we still haven't seen
the dinosaurs, or whatever they are, which makes it even scarier.
So far the acting has been top-notch. Fox plays a doctor named Jack.
He helps to rescue people from the plane wreckage when others are standing
around wailing or in shock. Then he finds some privacy and takes off his
shirt to reveal that he has a huge gash on his side, with blood soaking his
shirt. He is a doctor, as it turns out, but he can't reach that part of
his body, so he gets another passenger who happens to be walking by to stitch it
up for him. She is reluctant to do something that scary, but he quickly
calms her fears and endears himself to her (and to us). She doesn't leave
his side after that, and who can blame her?
Jack and this woman, and another guy, an annoying (and suspicious) Brit named
Charlie, go to find the rest of the plane and its transceiver. They find
it, and the pilot, who is still alive. They are figuring out what to do
next when the monster attacks, grabbing the pilot out of the plane. They
later find his mangled body hanging from a tree.
I can't wait to see what happens next week, and I sure hope that ABC keeps
this show around. Tune in to keep the ratings up! Good science fiction is
rare, but successful good science fiction is even rarer.
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