I have become a television curmudgeon. I acknowledge it and accept it fully. There have been many times when I’ve posted on facebook about hating what they did to Glee or responded to someone’s blog post about American Horror Story with my reasons for why it already went downhill. I’m sure all think I just need to up my meds or something, but the truth is that LOST has ruined all dramatic television programs for me (except for Doctor Who, which is really pretty comedic anyway). I recently started rewatching the series and now realize that it has changed my brain chemistry to the degree that I can only like shows that are at least as good as it was. Sure the final season had some major ups and downs and the finale was a big resounding “meh,” but the key to LOST’s success (in my esteemed opinion) is that it tells great stories about flawed characters and it does so consistently. Remember the first three seasons, when each episode was constructed as a “present day” and a “flashback” about one of the main characters? Normally that sort of constant flashbacking turns people off, but here it worked. What the writers and producers of LOST did so well with these shifts was to reveal small bits of information about the character like they are peeling away at the skin of an onion. It is that sort of smart writing that makes us fall in love with a torturer, a con man, a struggling heroin addict and the rest of LOST‘s motley crew. Moral of story? Write something good and you won’t ever let me down. Change your characters on a weekly basis to fulfill whatever idea you came up with that week and I will give you my wrath. TV, you have been warned.