There is a pretty good article over at styleweek.com about the new shows that are inspired by Lost.
Since ABC would never let its critical and commercial darling air anywhere else, rival networks have tried to find their own â€œLostâ€ this fall, with mixed results. CBSâ€™s â€œJerichoâ€ has gone all-out to clone â€œLost,â€ a little too transparently. The â€œLostâ€ island has been re-created in the titular town of Jericho, Kan., possibly the only place left in America after a nuclear attack. NBCâ€™s â€œHeroes,â€ for its part, borrows the â€œLostâ€-style large ensemble cast and ongoing mysteries, with several disparate characters developing superhuman powers and slowly discovering how they can save the world.
The big difference is that while â€œHeroesâ€ has successfully re-conjured that â€œLostâ€ magic in an original way, the poorly thought-out imitation â€œJerichoâ€ smells like desperation â€” like the unpopular girl at school who suddenly shows up one Monday morning (or in this case Wednesday evening) dressed exactly like the popular girl.
It’s fun that Lost is “the popular girl”, but what makes Lost stand out, is that it is the popular girl at the same time as it is the smartest person in school.
I watched the first few episodes of Jericho, but I quickly lost interest. Heroes on the other hand, is very entertaining and at the end of each episode I always want more, so I’ll keep watching.
While Heroes is great, Lost is still playing in its own league. The characters really feel like real persons with real problems and even though the island, the mysterious Others and the smoke monster are part of Lost, the show is very believable and truly feels like something that could be happening on the other side of the screen.