I wish I'd noted the column I read where the writers of LOST said they wrote the episodes for themselves first. (I'm pretty sure that column is somewhere on Entertainment Weekly's web site but can't find it.) I think most writers write to entertain themselves first. We write to find out what happens next. The stories are inside of us, wanting to get out, and we need to put them on paper so we can discover the end. At least that's what it's like for me.
Maybe that's why I've loved watching LOST from the first episode I caught on TV. Because the authors are so obviously having fun writing these stories. Because they have created such terrific characters and back stories for them. It isn't the mythology of LOST that captured me. It's the characters. It's all about the characters.
I actually avoided watching LOST during its first season. The promo for it sounded too much like "Survivor with a script," and I was certain I wasn't interested and never would be. Wrong! During the summer, I caught several episodes in reruns, the first one because there was absolutely nothing else to watch that night, and I was immediately drawn in. I purchased the first season DVD's that September and watched every episode before Season 2 began. I've been a fan ever since. DVRs were invented for a show like this one. Without it, I wouldn't dare leave the house on Tuesday nights for fear of missing something important.
Expectations are high for a great final season. I suppose it could disappoint some people, but I'm believing these writers will deliver on their promise. Out of five seasons thus far, only the third was a disappointment. It wandered a bit, felt aimless. But once they determined an end date, everything came back into focus. Seasons 4 and 5 were incredible. I'm believing that Season 6 will be a winner.