After months of comparing the two shows, it looks like there may be a definitive answer to the question of which is better: LOST or Heroes? Both shows have been nominated for Best Televised Drama Golden Globe by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. Read on for our prediction on who will win...
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After an experimental period of grappling with the challenge of a split season, many think LOST failed to live up to its usual high-standards. The mini-season was ultimately regarded as a study in 'putting-off' and 'agonizing procrastination'. On the other hand, what other shows have been taking these risks, and how well did they perform? The fact that LOST emerged from the experiment with minor bruising and at least a couple genuine gems may work well in its factor. Add to that the tenacity of a production crew that was literally shut out from the Emmy's, and you might have a healthy mercy vote waiting in the wings. A well deserved one, at that. Indications are, though, the series will put its best foot forward in February, which is unfortunately a full two months after the final ballots will be cast. LOST's best chance is the memory of its brilliant - yet Emmy deprived - second season.
Heroes, on the other hand, while intensely popular in a most unexpected way (it was the least hyped of NBC's line-up and started the season with very low expectations) is the little-engine-that could; escaping its initial Lost-alike labeling to become a serious challenger to the LOST's serialized drama crown. Still, the show is pock-marked with its apparent inability to juggle an ensemble cast effectively and while high on conflict has not achieved LOST's signature level of character transformation; in-fact, some of the characterizations have become banal.
Taking that into consideration, there is really only one choice on the ballot: 24. Yep, look for both shows to be trumped by a veteran. Why? Consistent excellence plays big in the media and if there is one show that has escaped unscathed its 24. Being that this is a press oriented award, safe money isn't going to be on which show was the most amiable punching bag (which would have to be LOST), its going to be the one that remained the most topical and continued to deliver a high level of entertainment despite the absurdity ad infinitum plot repetitions. In terms of cinematic television, there just is no beating 24 in this category. Of course, Grey's Anatomy is no slouch when it comes to being consistently excellent either, and the wise wouldn't count out the pay-cable comforts of edgy story-telling afforded to HBO's "Big Love". January 15th will tell.