September 22, 2004. As of writing, exactly fifteen years to this very day. The start of one of television’s greatest journeys.
Of course, now a decade and a half since its debut, the show has left a remarkable legacy – in the lexicon of television, writing in general and putting characters in unique, mysterious and life-threatening situations. Using the flashback device to inform characters’ backstories rather than having expositional dialogue.
Not too bad from being based on Survivor.
One example of a long-running series that was directly influenced by LOST isn’t even a television programme. Instead, a sequence of novels – GONE, written by Michael Grant.
Much like LOST, we follow a group of people who would not have interacted beforehand, thrust into a harsh new mutant world with no warning. Unlike LOST utilising plane passengers, these books feature kids aged fifteen and under from a Californian beach town. This is not to be confused with a recent Netflix series.
Some characters, some die. Most notably, however, is the central location Perdido Beach, with ‘Perdido’ being Spanish for the word Lost.
Other television series pay homage to an even greater degree…
Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse pushed boundaries over the course of six seasons, often throwing fans off with unexpected and often confusing narrative choices. Nonetheless, LOST was consistently entertaining, even in its weaker episodes.
The show also served as a training ground of sorts for Adam Horowitz and Edward Kitsis, who created another hit ABC television series — Once Upon A Time, with Damon Lindelof serving as an advisor to the pair.
Thanks to Damon, Carlton, the cast and many others behind making LOST for those six years. Remember: ‘I’ll see ya in another life, brotha!’