Back in September 2008, I wrote the following quote (below in yellow/tan) while devouring the amazing television series known as LOST, exclusively on DVD. I did this for the first four seasons, before finally giving-in to watch 2009’s Season Five on broadcast television.
This unfortunate event occurred while in the thick of the Season Two DVD (pictured at left). Beware of this, should you choose to follow my path (…usually a wise thing to do – but not in this case! )
“I’ve decided to avoid inadvertent spoilers by skipping the Audio Commentary tracks until the season set is complete – and then going back to replay them after absorbing the season as a whole. My failure to do this earlier resulted in the commentators spoiling a MAJOR turning point for the characters of [ CHARACTER NAMES OVERLAID TO AVOID ADDITIONAL SPOILERS ] that occurs later in the [second] season.”
Apparently, someone at Disney felt my pain – as demonstrated by this SPOILER WARNING that displays before allowing you to play an Audio Commentary track on the LOST Season Five DVD set:
“Spoiler Alert! The following Audio Commentary reveals specific story information from later episodes in LOST Season 5. For the best viewing experience, we advise against listening to this commentary prior to viewing all of the episodes in this collection.”
Options to go “BACK” and to “CONTINUE” are offered.
Earlier in the year, Warner Bros. took a similar approach with the FRINGE Season One DVD, as you can read about HERE.
It’s nice to see that DVD producers are now taking into consideration the notion that there are people (in sizable numbers, if the DVD forum posts I read are any indication) that may first come to a new series via DVD (…as I have done with LOST, HEROES, and FRINGE) rather than weekly broadcasts.
Just my view, but (if you’re willing to risk investing in a “blind-buy”) it IS the best way to sample one of today’s continuity-heavy ongoing series! Start from the beginning, and take it at your own pace and when your schedule permits. Try it, and you’ll see it works!
Oh, and LOST THE FINAL SEASON (where we, hopefully, wrap everything up) begins this Tuesday February 02! See you there!