I've always wanted to watch the show during its regular run, but I missed practically every episode and didn't want to watch those recaps and jump in midway. So, when this was released, I snapped it up immediately, aware of all the critical acclaim and the huge fandom, but more than a little doubtful--can a show really be that good?
My family nearly went through the entire series from Friday to Sunday...and we're not couch potatoes! The show is simply riveting...the characters are all deeply interesting, and the show has like 16--their interaction and past are unpredictable, and the show's pace is brisk, but also full of reflective, beautiful moments. There is not a single weak link in the cast.
Perhaps the most fun is the suspense as the island's mysteries become revealed, entangling the survivors in its web. You'll scream when an episode ends at the most crucial of moments, and you'll find yourself watching "just one more" over and over! With all of the clues dropped in each show, you can't help but discuss them afterwards among friends, family, and internet boards if you have the time.
I was also quite pleased with what bonuses were offered in the box set. It's wildly entertaining to see all the tricks employed to make the show shine in its finished form, and it is priceless whenever the cast members have something to share.
Funny, engrossing, intelligent, and highly addictive, this show and the excellent quality of the DVDs deserve hearty full marks!