How we get LOST this season (No Spoilers)

LockeAs many of you might remember, Miles and I cancelled cable in September. The biggest reservation I had with this was knowing season five of LOST would return in January. We planned on buying the Season Pass on iTunes. I thought several things of this decision:

  1. Will the show still be awesome, even though it’s not on our big screen HD TV, but on our 24″ iMac?
  2. How are we going to stay sane, knowing every one of our fellow LOST friends are watching the show, and we aren’t?
  3. How are we going to keep from stumbling upon spoilers?
  4. How are we going to be focused at work the next day, waiting until supper time when we can finally sit down and watch the show?

Our solutions:

  1. It may not be on the big screen, but it’s iTunes’s HD quality and our computer screen is pretty frigga big. If we really had to, we could hook it up to the TV, but have not found the need as of yet.
  2. I go to bed early (see solution number 4 for explanation).
  3. Sign off Twitter, avoid Facebook, and any other way we could unknowingly discover spoilers. People tweet things and update their statuses about the show and if we didn’t do those things, we’d ruin the episode entirely. We can’t control their actions, but we can control what we stumble upon. I didn’t check my email in case someone wrote on my wall about it. Basically, we become nonexistent on the internet. And we told everyone we could think of that we knew that we wouldn’t be watching it on the night, so don’t talk to us. The premiere night, we even turned off our phones in case someone texted us that didn’t know.
  4. We don’t wait until suppertime the next day. I wake up at 4:30 and check iTunes to see if it’s available for download (it always is). I make sure it’s downloading correctly and go back to bed. I wake up at 5:30 and make sure it’s done, put blankets on the couch, start coffee, brush my teeth, and wake up Miles. We watch.

Typically, we finish it at about 6:30 or 6:40. Without commercials, it’s only 42 minutes long, but we pause it to discuss what just happened or make a prediction or freeze a frame to try to read something that seems like a clue or rewind it because we couldn’t understand what they said. Then we get on with our day and return home, eat supper, and watch it again. (Even for LOST, our heads aren’t always completely clear at 5:30 a.m.) You might wonder why it’s me who wakes up early, and not Miles. Several reasons: I don’t go to work until 10:00, so if I’m really tired from waking up at 4:30, I could technically take a nap before work. I can go to bed at 8:30 p.m. easily. I’m way better at waking up and focusing on something immediately. I have less patience than my dear husband, and simply would not make it through Thursdays without having seen the episode.

Why do we do this? Well, if you’re asking that, then I know you don’t watch LOST. Is it an obsession? Probably. But I really don’t know any LOST watchers that are just “so-so” into it. Like our friend Debra always says, go big or go home. We’re all obsessed.

Speaking of obsession, we’re probably going to have another LOST party, complete with Dharma food and drinks. It’s been a year since our last one. That was fun. For this one, we will be rewatching Season 5. Though, we’re thinking it will either be the weekend before the season finale or after the season is over. So you have time to catch up if you’re behind or need inspiration to start watching.

It’s an hour past my Wednesday night bedtime. I’d love to end this post with the sound at the end of every LOST episode, where you know it’s done. But Miles and I can’t figure out how to spell the onomonpoeia.

*Bad Robot*