It's a strange feeling to contribute to this thread, since I missed the show completely during its network run. I just never seemed to find the time to watch it, and when I did tune in out of curiosity, it made no sense to me. This is one of those shows you have to watch from the beginning. I got Netflix about a month ago, and have spent a few weeks watching the entire show from beginning to end. Now I know what all the fuss was about. Just fascinating, compelling drama. I would watch several shows at a time, and never had to wait more than a day to watch the next episode. I can't imagine what it was like for those of you who had to wait a week or several weeks or even months for the next episode. What I take away from the show was how real the characters seemed to me. It was fascinating to watch James Ford change from a cares about nothing con man to someone who had done "a lot of growing up", and fallen deeply in love with someone. I thought of Kate as the woman a man would want, but never want to marry. I wanted to hang out with the warm, funny, geeky Hugo, and I could really feel the love between Jin and Sun. I'm going to miss those people.