The opening chapter engages with the idea that the narrative of Lost hybridises some of the common narrative structures of mainstream television series with those employed by science fiction/telefantasy series that appeal to cult and fan audiences. Accordingly, the chapter opens with an analysis of the narrative construction of the series, identifying the ways in which its themes of mystery and enigma work as the structuring narrative code. It discusses the ways in which an arc story that never attains complete closure, whilst interweaving multiple character storylines across many timelines and dispersed locations, produces a rich diegesis. Further, it explores how the complex diegesis and (lack of) resolution contribute to the mythic scale in the narrative of Lost.
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