Lost vs Heroes

We are long time TV junkies. Unfortunately for us, not a lot of people we know are so we don’t get to talk about our favourite TV shows with anybody that much (but hopefully, that’s about to change as we just met another couple who are also into TV shows). Anyway, not having a lot of friends to discuss our favourite shows didn’t stop us from watching.

In months past, our favourite TV show was Lost, which was co-created by Alias creator JJ Abrams. Since we were also fans of Alias, we decided to give Lost a go when it started showing here in Australia. We almost didn’t even watch it because it was advertised as a Survivor-like drama. Although we both enjoy Survivor, I wasn’t interested in watching a non-reality-TV version of Survivor. Fortunately, it wasn’t anything like that at all. It was actually a mystery/sci-fi show and we both loved it. Personally, I love it for the mystery and the numerous arcane references.

It started with a group of people in an airplane flying from Australia (funny enough) to the US. On the way, the plane crashed in a desert island in what could be somewhere in the Pacific. Soon enough, weird things started happening such as a wild polar bear on a tropical island, a mysterious black smoke, dead relatives appearing, people with sickness were healed, and a lot more. I was hooked with the show because I kept on looking forward to answers to the mysteries introduced in previous episodes.

The need to know the answers to the mysteries seemed to be Lost’s way of hooking people to keep watching the show. However, it’s now in its third season and a lot of questions are still far from being answered. Raquel has already started to get tired of it all. And unfortunately, so am I. I really wanted to see it through but the very slow pace of the story is starting to get to me.

Well, now we have a new favourite sci-fi TV show: Heroes! It’s a story of different ordinary people who suddenly gained superpowers (like comic book super heroes) and their ordeals in handling their newly found gifts/curses. The characterization is just as good as that in Lost and it has a lot of mysteries and cliffhangers in it too. But unlike Lost, Heroes at least doesn’t keep a mystery hanging for so long. Although it doesn’t reveal all the answers to questions it brings up, it dishes out answers enough to keep viewers from getting tired of waiting for some resolution to loose threads.

So, I’ll probably still continue to watch Lost because I’m always still hoping to get answers to mysteries it had presented in the past despite my growing impatience with it. But I no longer look forward to it as much as I do Heroes.

Published in: on March 23, 2007 at 7:45 pm  Comments (4)  

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  1. Inggo: Same with me. I want to see the other guys too and not just Kate, Sawyer and Jack. I recently heard that there’ll finally be some answers to the show in the latest Lost episode in the US. I’ll just have to wait till that part gets shown here in Oz. And thanks for the congrats.

    alma: You don’t watch Ugly Betty? We actually like that show. I already got tired of Desparate Housewives. It’s still funny, sure, but I dunno. It’s starting to feel like Melrose Place to me. 😉 Grey’s Anatomy I never even watched. When it started showing, it was competing against House on Channel Ten and I rather preferred House because it was like a Sherlock Holmes story except with an arrogant doctor instead of a detective.

    I didn’t even know there was a Tagalized version of Alias. That must’ve been fun to watch. And if you still want to watch Heroes, just let me know.

    Linda: Yep. I loved Mysterious Ways when it was still on free-to-air TV. The main lead there is also Peter Petrelli’s brother in Heroes: the arrogant politician who can fly. As for Medium, I watched it for half a season. I sort of liked it but not enough for me to stick around with it. I actually preferred Ghost Whisperer starring Jeniffer Love Hewitt because it doesn’t always involve solving crimes (I already get a heavy dose of crime drama from watching CSI and Law & Order). And yeah, having Jeniffer Love Hewitt as the star of the show does help a bit. 😉

  2. Do you guys ever watch ‘Mysterious Ways’ on the sci-fi channel (wait, just trying to remember now if you have foxtel or not!!)?

    It’s one of Rob and my favourite shows! Really funny and interesting and out there. Rob’s also hooked me into watching ‘Medium’ too now – even though I really can’t stand Patricia Arquette. Medium is on right after Mysterious Ways, so now I have not one but TWO must see shows a week!! (Usually tape them though and watch them after Holly’s in bed).

    If you haven’t checked them out they’re really worth watching!

  3. The only shows I watch on free-to-air channels are Grey’s Anatomy on Sundays and Desperate Housewives, Brothers and Sisters and Boston Legal on Mondays. All on Channel 7. Other than these, it would have to be sports (and docus if there are on Foxtel).

    I loved Alias because the plots always take Sidney around the world. She is seldom in one place. I remember this was “Tagalised” when shown in Manila in early 2003. It was such a big hit.

    When I first saw Lost’s teaser, I thought it was just like another survivor-like drama show too. I never tried watching it even once. Didn’t realise it was sci-fi. I would have watched it. Too late now, I think. I like Heroes too but don’t watch it coz it clashes with some shows Shane is watching on Foxtel.

    Goodluck sa Blog awards.

  4. Hehe… Loved both the shows. I almost gave up hope on LOST too, because by the start of season 3, it’s like the whole thing is all about Matt, Kate and Sawyer.. till they had a long break by episode 5, which is a good thing coz by then, the following episodes started to get interesting again.

    Heroes on the other hand is a great show, no doubt about it, but it’s annoying enough that every episode leaves you hanging by the edge of your seat, but now, they are on a very long break… and they’re still on Season1! Darn it. I can’t wait to see episode 18!

    BTW, congrats on being nominated on the Philippine Blogs Awards. :d

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