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31 March 2006 @ 02:48 pm
So, I've started watching Lost. Have watched the first 4 episodes of season 1 so far.
This show officially joins Desperate Housewives as one where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

I mean, it's clichéd, it's extremely unbelievable1, it's silly, it's not particularly well acted and it doesn't have nearly enough Australians in it2.

On the other hand, it's compelling, it's intriguing, it's got some great moments and it's a lot of fun.

From what I've heard about this show, I can expect it to get even whackier as the season progresses. I look forward to it.

1For instance, all the injuries sustained in the plane crash are either fatal/mortal (like fatal but slower) or minor (cuts and bruises). Not one of the survivors has a broken bone.

2 OK, a plane is flying from Sydney to Los Angeles, and crashes en route. Approximately 50 people survive. Of those 50 people, one is an Australian. So, what they are saying is that one fiftieth of the people on a flight from Sydney to L.A. are Australian. OK, to be fair, they haven't actually introduced all 50 survivors individually, the show does have a lot of extras who just mill about in the background. But taking named characters as a guide instead, that still leaves us with something like one in fifteen. I reckon, in reality, at least a quarter of such a flight's passenger roster would likely be Australian, probably more.
Some guy called Lap?harkon on March 31st, 2006 12:52 pm (UTC)
I don't watch the show, but I think it would add to the whole freakiness of the situation if everyone that didn't die didn't have any wounds at all.
Jacobyak_boy on April 2nd, 2006 05:54 am (UTC)
As I say, nothing beyond cuts and bruises.

The show seems to have a real tendency to put story concerns over reality concerns. One might argue that a good story is realistic, but I'd put the genre of this show as "adventure" which gives a lot of scope for bending reality for effect.
Tombletomble on April 3rd, 2006 11:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, just you wait. It only gets better.

I noticed the crash injury thing as well, but I guess it's better than having most of the cast lying around with terrible wounds.

Also, the Americentrism is based on the fact that it's made for a US audience. Nice to hear a genuine Aussie accent rather than some pseudo South African accented pretend accent.
Jacobyak_boy on April 4th, 2006 12:02 am (UTC)
I find that maybe half the Aussie accents sound fake, and vaguely South African, and half sound genuine.

Also, they have a tendency to put too broad an accent on a lot of the people in Sydney. There was one guy, a cop, who sounded almost English, and to me that was probably the closest they had come to an accent you would genuinely hear in Sydney.

The Aussie girl on the island sounds weird, but I think that has a lot to do with the fact that she's not a very good actor.
Tombletomble on April 5th, 2006 02:57 am (UTC)
Actually, I'd forgotten about the scenes in Australia. Some of the accents are pretty bad, the English sounding cop was one of them. The other was the travel agent who used a couple of American phrases that sounded wrong.

I worked out that the Australian girl's accent sounds weird because it is amongst a lot of American accents.
Jacobyak_boy on April 5th, 2006 02:59 am (UTC)
I just watched the episode about Hurley and "the numbers" and the Australian woman he visited was by far the worst one yet.

I get the feeling that the makers of that juice ad got their inspiration from this show.
Tombletomble on April 5th, 2006 03:05 am (UTC)
Ooh yeah! I forgot about her! Her accent was appalling! What is the juice ad?
Jacobyak_boy on April 5th, 2006 03:17 am (UTC)
The ad's here if you want to watch it.

If you can't watch the video, basically it's got this Man From Snowy River type guy riding through the outback. He rides to a shack and a woman comes out and talks to him. The woman is Australian, but when the guy speaks he's obviously an American putting on a very poor imitation of an Aussie accent. Then the ad says "You can tell if it's not all Aussie" and it's for 100% Australian juice.