Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Categorizing 'Lost' Fans

Are you a ticked off Lost fan who's feeling as though -- in the words of a Boston radio talk show host -- your once favorite show has turned into a dramatic Ponzi scheme?

Do you love to hate the various romantic pairings on the show (Jack/Kate, Kate/Sawyer, Jack/Juliet, Juliet/Sawyer, etc.)?

Do you become obsessive about the program, spending hours looking up/analyzing literary and Biblical references, researching the title of a book you saw in a two-second shot lying on the floor of the Hatch and seeking out a recording of a song playing in the background in Dharmaville circa 1977?

Or are you resigned to being faithful to the show even though you know you'll always be confused about what's happening and that it may never make sense?

Well a writer over on has examined Lost fans and created five categories for them: 1) The Super Hardcore 2) The Skaters, Jaters, etc. (Sawyer-Kate-haters and the Jack-Kate-haters) 3) The Catching-Up-on-DVD Set 4) The Angry Lost Fans and 5) The Eternally Confused and Faithful.

Writer Tom Surette explained his categories thusly:

"Lost is a character study. But it's also an action show. And it involves some pretty hardcore science-fiction elements. And we can't forget about the romance. In short, it's a lot of things. Because Lost attacks drama from so many of these angles, it has attracted very different audiences. Audiences that, if our hypotheses are correct, can be grouped into five categories."

Which kind of fan am I? On the heels of the Locke-centric episode last week, which turned everything we knew about Locke on its ear, I was coming precariously close to morphing into a faithless, frustrated hater. But then, as you know from my recent review of "Lighthouse," I decided to change my attitude and have firmly planted my feet into category five, "The Eternally Confused and Faithful."

You? Which category fits you best?

Image credit: Mario Perez/ABC.