Star Trek XI producer JJ Abrams greatest claim to fame is probably the creation of the hit show ‘Lost’ which premiered in 2004. He along with fellow Trek XI producer Damon Lindelof are credited as making genre TV cool again. Since then no one has been able to duplicate it, and each network did try and fail last season (including CBS’s attempt with Brannon Braga’s ‘Threshold’). Many feel that Lost dropped a bit in quality in its second season (during which Abrams was busy making MI:3). Tonight Lindelof and Abams are back as co-writers, which is their first Lost script since the Pilot two years ago. The script titled ‘Tale of Two Cities’ was written around the same time Abrams was writing the story for Trek XI (and right before starting the script) so we will see if he has ‘still got it’. Early reviews indicate that season 3 is off to a bang, here is what the USA Today had to say about it…
…there is just something about the show’s sweep, reach and audacity that lifts Lost so far above the run-of-the-mill norm, it might as well be on its own island.If you doubt that claim, all you have to do is watch the astounding opening segment of this episode, written by Lost co-creators Damon Lindelof and J.J. Abrams. In one eye-popping five-minute stretch, they and director Jack Bender encapsulate the show’s signature style and appeal: the contrast of beautiful scenery with hideous events, the note of tension that plays under even the most seemingly benign behavior, the images that seem to be one thing and turn out to be another, and the characters who cry out for further exploration.
If you are are Trek fan who has not yet got into Lost it is worth checking it out if for no other reason to see the level of quality that the Trek XI team are capable of.
Lost airs at 9 pm on ABC.
Check out the Lost Video Podcast on ABC.com (Featuring Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse)
If you miss the episode you can catch it online on ABC.com (starting Thursday)
Or start from the beginning with the DVDs from Amazon…