I’m still fascinated by The Lost Room, even if the inconclusive final scene was a little disappointing, as Peter points out, although the open ending no doubt leaves open the possibility of a Lost Room series as several fans of the show have speculated. I still think the basic concept is interesting, in which a collection of mundane “Objects” left in a hotel room in 1961 take on mysterious powers and groups of rival collectors compete to collect as many of the Objects as possible (for a variety of reasons, of course).
In part, I’m intrigued by the idea that the Objects represent artifacts of a lost past, a point that comes up in Virginia Heffernan’ sreview of the show, recalling the old hotels and travelers who inhabited them. As Heffernan points out, “The series skillfully taps into the collector fever that has been kindled by that auction site, further conjuring a peculiar nostalgia for the isolation of the traveling loner in the days before cellphones, Internet and pay-per-view made motel rooms bearable.”
Not sure I have much to add right now, but I’ll be intrigued to see what happens with The Lost Room and whether it gets picked up as a regular seies.
Update: I also like John Joseph Adams’ reading of the mini, particularly his comparison of The Lost Room to puzzle-oriented video games such as Myst and Resident Evil. [Updated a second time to add a link–perhaps I shouldn’t blog when I’m so sleepy.]