Watched the premiere of ABC's new TV show "Lost" last night, and was pretty caught up by this intense experience. Kind of a twist between "Survivor," "Gilligan's Island" and "The Twilight Zone," a drama about a plane full of passengers that crashes on a mysterious South Pacific island. The survivors have to deal with the usual stranded-on-a-desert-island business, but there's also some kind of strange, malicious beast or force in the island woods threatening to kill everyone.
Now, that doesn't sound like the most lofty of premises, but creator J.J. Abrams, the guy behind "Alias," pulled off episode 1 at least with style and great dread. The opening sequence, where we meet a doctor named Jack (Matthew Fox, giving a great performance) as he awakens in the jungle with no idea what's happened to him and gradually stumbles into the chaotic scene of the airplane crash, was incredibly powerful. A cast of more than 40 survivors of the plane crash, from a druggie rock star to a pregnant woman to a mysterious grinning man, all offer plenty of story potential in the weeks ahead as they try to survive their exile. It's hard to tell if "Lost" will live up to this great first episode in future installments -- the mysterious beast parts came a little close to cliched "Jurassic Park" territory -- but you definitely want to know what's happening next. The potential is near limitless for "Lost," and it's worth checking out.