Friday, July 30, 2010

The Lost Room

***DISCLAIMER*** The following review is entirely my opinion. If you comment (which I encourage you to do) be respectful. If you don't agree with my opinion, that's fine. To each their own. I am just sharing my opinions and perspective. Finally, the reviews are given on a scale of 1-5. 1, of course, being terrible. 2, being not great. 3, being okay. 4, being good and 5, being epic!

The Lost Room - 5 out of 5

I remember when Lost first came out. Every episode was so interesting and addicting that I couldn't wait for the next episode. Then came season 2 and, although it lacked the magic of the first season, it was still okay. But then season 3 came out and everything went downhill for there. Every season got worse and worse as the writers vainly tried to draw out the story, calling on every scifi cliche you can think of (time travel, restless spirits, etc) all because the higher ups at ABC demanded the show go past its shelf life. This miniseries, The Lost Room, which aired on the SyFy network is what Lost could have been. It doesn't drag it's story out, pointlessly adding new characters (like Lost did in season 3. Seriously?!? Nikki and Paulo were on the plane the whole time, background characters for 2 seasons and NOW they're important. Shenanigans I call on that!). No, The Lost Room is a straight forward mystery of a seemingly lost in time and space motel room which has artifacts that have special powers in the real world. The miniseries is highly addictive and you can sit through the entire story in one afternoon. The acting is just as great as the story as Peter Krause portrays Detective Jim Miller as he tries to unravel the mysteries of the room and find his lost daughter. And to make an already cool story even greater, Kevin Pollak is in this series! The only real downside to the show was Julianna Margulies who, why not terrible in her performance, really doesn't bring much to her scenes. One other downside, and this one has nothing to do with the show itself, the DVD is of poor quality. On the first disc, the episodes will pixelate at times and the Play All feature doesn't seem to work on either disc. And then, for some reason, the subtitles come automatically when you play an episode. Other than the technical problems, the story itself is just awesome, telling a great science fiction tale without dragging out its premise or diving too deep into the scifi cliche well.

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