Characterization in Lost

One thing that’s actually pretty great about Lost is that they are constantly playing around with the characterization of the main characters. In the first season, they lead you to have particular first impressions, then they nuance or contradict these first impressions by giving narratives from a different angle. And when they have these revisionary narratives established, they go back and start messing around with the revised narratives, to sort of bring them in line with the first impressions. (I’m thinking of the way Jin goes from highly unsympathetic, to a stalwart good guy, to a bit of a dick again, without it feeling particularly rushed…) Lost has a lot of problems as a series, but the characterization on the show (especially in the first season or two) is very artfully done.

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