I agree that some things were predictable yet i have not seen a single tv series that didnt have predictable elements but then again i dont watch many so thats not saying much. Sometimes things were only predictable moments before they happened. For example, John Locke becoming paralyzed, it was predictable right before it happened but it was more of a revelation to me then "i know whats gonna happen" type of feeling. It was more like a "oh shit, i think i know how it happened". Like i said before, i liked how it was apparent with eatch revelation that the writers thought through all 6 seasons. Again, i really liked John Locke's character development, i felt like it was really well done, he went from one state of mind to another and stayed likeable throughou all his different changes.
Honestly if it wasn't for his character i wouldn't have liked the series as much it felt like he was the glue holding everything together. Although nobody matched him in the show, there were still some good characters behind him that kept things interesting between episodes except for a few stale characters (Kate, Claire, Charlie, and a few other characters who didnt develope much until the later seasons) who were far too predictable, immature, and lacked depth. Many of the characters i liked from the beginning but grew stale yet some who i did not like in the beginning grew on me over the seasons.
While you are righ about the whole mystery mess... There was always ambiguity as to what the hell is going on in the present but there was so much content for each character that it kept me going. I think one of the reasons things were so drawn out was because they invested a lot of time with eatch individual character with their own story as opposed to just following one or two main characters.
Do you really think lost was that bad or do you just feel like it was overrated? I feel like this is the Avatar situation all over again. Obviously things that are hyped up are usually not as good as they are made up to be once you break it down but there are still legitimate reasons as to why people enjoyed them so much. Like with avatar, comparing it to some of my favorite movies makes it look like shit but watching it i still felt like when i was a kid watching the lion king. Going Off Topic;Although its not similar to the lion king (more like Pocahontas) it gave me the same feeling of just sitting and watching a simple good vs bad with pretty awe inspiring visuals. Aside from its failed messages of oil and war, it was mostly accused of being cliche'... I really didnt mind it being cliche' since it kinda took me back to watching the cheesy movies i used to watch as a kid. Back on Topic : You were skeptical about Avatar because of its hype and ,if i remember correctly, your first read impressions were from a member here who broke down the movie to the standarts of some of the best movies in which case its kind of un-enjoyable by that point. Were you skeptical about Lost's hype and the outragious coments made about it that you did the same thing Line (was it line?) did with avatar by breaking it down to the standards of some of the best tv series you've watched there for making the con's of the show stand out ?
Maybe at its core, its not that great but there are so many tv shows that are not nearly as good yet are enjoyed by many, regardless of their downfalls. I used to watch firefly but i really couldn't appreciate it, i liked it but at that point in my life i couldnt really appreciate quality since i was young and had pretty low standards towards entertainment. I've never seen anything like lost before where there is so much involved where all the characters and story arcs are woven into an entire 6 season show. Hype can be a phenomenon where there are highly polaryzing opinions. The people who appreciate it get so involved that they make bloated claims that end up making the people who were neither here nor there end up hating the show/movie/game/band etc.. because they held the quality to a high standard due to the bloated claims to which it will almost always fall short.
EDIT: i couldn't watch the x-files coz i was young and it's theme freaked me the hell out at night.
Man i have a lot of spelling errors in here lol