“Lost” is the first television program that owes its soul to video games. Remember the feeling you got the first time you tried a treasure hunt? For fans willing to “game” the show, it’s the same thrill.
“Unlike traditionally passive television shows, which expect viewers to zone out in a couch-potato haze, “Lost,” which returns with new episodes Wednesday night, has embedded clues throughout. It’s these recurring tidbits — and the patterns they form — that make “Lost” the first show to resemble a video game”