Recapping a show is, for me, a very different process than just watching it as a fan.
For the first four years it was on the air, I don't think I wrote more than 500 words about "Lost." At Ain't It Cool, Hercules the Strong was the TV guy, and "Lost" was a particular favorite of his.
More than anything, I just wrote e-mails to Herc to geek out about the show, which I loved. Right away. The pilot had me on a hook. And I have to say that as I sit here ready to put the show to bed, I love it still. I think I've got a lot to say about the way they stuck this particular landing, but for the most part... they did it. I think "Lost" is a show that will have a shelf life. It's a badass ride. It's a really, really well-told pulp story. It's got style and wit and character and big ideas just spilling out of it. It's overstuffed way past the breaking point. It's so full of good things that many of them are just dead ends.
That's sort of the nature of TV, though. TV, no matter how much you plan out where you're going, is going to be reactive to some degree. And some shows are very, very reactive. Those shows embrace the notion that community is important for a show's lifetime on the air, while longevity is important for an afterlife. I think "Lost" is a show that people will watch as an event in the future. I think it is so much fun as a story when it's cooking along, doing its thing, getting all weird and soapy and throwing SF big idea left hooks and Univision-level shameless soap opera right hooks with the occasional pop culture joke jabs thrown in. That's the "Lost" that I love, and that's the "Lost" that got its groove on tonight with a vengeance at times.