so Lost is a show I never thought I would watch. Reasons to not watch included; it was made
for a TV network so it probably will be boring, the story of being stuck on an
island has been done before (Lost Flight , Gilligan’s Island), the idea
of a monster is too Sci-Fi for me, Matthew Fox was boring on Party of Five so
he’ll also be boring here, and I don’t like shows where you need to see every
episode from the start to understand the story.
So those were my initial reasons for not watching Lost years ago. But then things started to change in the way
I watched TV shows. First off, TV shows
actually began to tell compelling stories that were addictive, and second the
internet allowed people to watch a whole season or series all at once. Like most people I became hooked to most of
these binge shows such as The Wire, Dexter, and Breaking Bad.
on the other hand was still a show I refused to watch. But then one day I heard the news that J.J.
Abrams would direct the new Star Wars franchise, and suddenly I became filled
with reasons to watch Lost. The biggest
reason being; how much I enjoyed Star Trek (2009), a franchise I never thought
I would like. With my faith that Abrams
was special, I decided to finally watch Lost and see what all the hype was
about. I was also hoping to gain a good
perception of what to expect from Abrams in the next Star Wars films.
that I have watched it, I have to say I didn’t like the ending. From the very first episode Lost is a show
that revolves around finding answers to mysteries. And while the final episode was supposed to
answer all the mysteries, I was disappointed by them and also confused. Yet despite not liking the ending, I found
the brilliance of Lost not in knowing the answers to mysteries, but in the
thrill of finding them. Lost should be
praised for the rush of an adventure that included fear, mystery, laughter,
hate, love and heroism. This rush is a
result of well constructed diverse characters within a story that is complex,
interconnected and intelligent. I
thoroughly enjoyed Lost, and highly recommend it because it gives us a glimpse
of what to expect from Abrams in the future.
The Force is with Abrams!
With the current Brazil
World Cup happening right now, I wanted to reflect on a soccer game I used to
love as a kid; FIFA International Soccer.
The game was published by Electronic Arts in 1993, and I played it on my
Sega Genesis. The game had an isometric
view (I had to look that up), that gave gamers a new angle to view a soccer
game. This allowed for an almost 3D like
effect that opened up a perspective to distinctly see what your players were
doing. As crisp as the graphics were, so
were the controls because they were simple to learn and allowed you to do what
you wanted to do. It didn’t take much
time to master the game, but once you did it created an intense environment to
play against your friends (up to 4 people at a time).
Other great features
about this game were the sound of the crowd cheering, a coin toss before a game,
the ability to choose a field type, the picture-in-picture screen that allowed
you to view where you wanted a long kick or throw to go, instant replay
(allowing you to gloat and mock your opponent), and the ability to shove and slide
tackle a player. I would like to
emphasize this last ability because it was similar to the same fighting option found
in EA’s NHLPA Hockey '93. It was EA’s
inclusion of details like this that made their sports games so revolutionary
game was also significant for me because I got it around the same time the USA
World Cup was happening, so I was able to actually see my favorite teams play
such as Brazil and Argentina. Though admittedly when I did master the game and
had won the World Cup several times using Brazil/Argentina, my next challenge was
to try to win it using the worst team; Qatar.
By doing that I was able to get so many replays out of that game by
adding a new challenge. And this is what
makes FIFA International Soccer so memorable for me and why I will always
regard it as the best soccer video game ever made.