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'Lost' promo image with the name in large capital letters, a city skyline visible inside them, rising up from a misty, craggy island

I’m not alone in being driven to enjoyable distraction by ABC’s Lost.

Even though the show has seen ratings drop considerably over the last few years, its die-hard fans are more committed than Hurley. (Mental-hospital pun; I think he’d approve.) You can still find viewers like my mother, tuning in purely for the wild television entertainment week after week — or waiting month after month, since Lost switched over to a no-repeat season that runs from January to May and goes dark the rest of the year. You’ll also find viewers who suffuse cyberspace, reading and often participating in discussions that dissect and speculate upon every nuance of each episode, the DVD extras, pronouncements from the show’s producers to journalists and Comic-Con audiences, interactive multimedia games, etc. You might even find other viewers like me, who are somewhere in-between.

The Internet is a big place, as vast as it is virtual. For a long time, including during the first few seasons of Lost, I didn’t have ready access to it and just watched Lost on TV. During the gap between the first and second halves of Season 3, however, I picked up Finding ‘Lost’ — Nikki Stafford's captivating look at the previous two seasons — and once I plowed through her next installment in the series, covering said third season, I knew that when I could I’d be visiting Nikki’s blog, Nik at Nite.

cover to Nikki Stafford's 'Finding 'Lost': The Unofficial Guide, Seasons One and Two' depicting the title and other copy in green over jungle foliage cover to Nikki Stafford's 'Finding 'Lost': The Unofficial Guide, Season Three' depicting the title and other copy mostly in blue amidst head shots of the cast over a background of water cover to Nikki Stafford's 'Finding 'Lost': The Unofficial Guide, Season Four' depicting the title and other copy mostly in gold over a bright sky above sandy desert terrain onto which falls the shadow of a stopwatch hanging from the top of the image

Now that I’m zipping along the Web via high-speed Internet more regularly, albeit subject to the whims of whatever’s causing my ongoing connectivity issues, I well understand that if one isn’t reasonably disciplined one could spend not just hours but probably days on Lostpedia alone, never mind the forest of other blogs and fansites. Should you be interested in sharing theories with fellow Lost watchers and prefer, like me, to have a home base, I highly recommend Nikki's blog for the witty and engaging episode recaps published each Wednesday night and the tantalizing discussions that ensue — and in addition to those for Season 5, which is only a month old, you’ll find all her posts on Season 4, which should further encourage you to pick up her books. When there’s a notable video created by fans or producers like the one from last summer’s San Diego Comic-Con featuring the Dharma scientist sometimes known as Marvin Candle, or a particularly insightful article somewhere else, you can rest assured someone will offer the link. I also follow geek journalist Jeff Jensen's top-notch analysis and speculation at Entertainment Weekly’s Totally ‘Lost’ hub.

Hopefully, I’ll share my thoughts about this season to date right here in the near future, but I didn’t want to wait any longer before giving a shout-out to one of my favorite new diversions. For those of us who have found Lost and stayed with it, things are really heating up, and it’s great being able to chew on it with friends old or new.

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