"Lost" is truly lost

Have you been frustrated by Lost‘s endless parade of mysteries and loose ends?

Have you tried to convince yourself that J.J. Abrams knows where it’s all headed, and how all the mysteries tie together?

Have you been yearning to believe it’s all part of “intelligent design”?

Abandon all hope.

This may be nothing new to you, but it’s disappointing to me. Like Alias, this show’s indications that there’s a grand design, meaning to the madness, now appears to be just a bunch of hooey, and the only reason to keep wondering about the loose ends is to imagine who will improvise the cleverest excuses for the chaos.

Aren’t you glad life isn’t like that?

“There was absolutely no master plan on Lost,” insists David Fury, a co-executive producer last season who wrote the series’ two best episodes and is now a writer-producer on 24. “Anybody who said that was lying.” “On a show like Lost, it becomes a great big shaggy-dog story,” he continues cheerily. “They keep saying there’s meaning in everything, and I’m here to tell you no — a lot of things are just arbitrary. What I always tried to do was connect these random elements, to create the illusion that it was all adding up to something.” Many plot elements were concocted on the fly, Fury says; for example, they didn’t know Hurley won the lottery until it came time to write his episode. “I don’t like to talk about when we come up with ideas,” Lindelof demurs. “It’s a magic trick. But we planned that plot: We seeded references to it in earlier episodes.” Fury disagrees. He says scenes with those references were filmed much later and inserted into earlier yet-to-air episodes: “It’s a brilliant trick to make us look smart. But doing that created a huge budget problem.”


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  • David Habecker

    I was delighted to see that Lost won best TV series. My wife and I just finished watching the first season on DVD and LOVED it! Now the only problem is we need to wait until fall for the DVD release of season two — we’ve missed the first half already, and we’re enjoying the series too much to jump in halfway and miss whatever surprises await by watching the episodes out of order. I’m kind of a purist that way, for better or for worse.

  • CTDelude

    Arrested Development is a FAR better show than Desperate Housewives in that category. Heck, it gives Seinfeld and the SImpsons a run for their money in my humble opinion.

    Too bad the series is about to get canned (again) by Fox.

  • Chris Burgwald

    Re: Lost, I’m sure that many elements were developed on the fly, etc. etc., but that there is also a basic story arc as well.

    We Lost fans should learn from the X-philes (of which I am also one): don’t spend too much time trying to make Every. Single. Detail. regarding the mythology fit in a consistent manner. Carter had a basic story arc in mind but developed it in all sorts of interesting ways (while keeping most people happy); the same is (I’m sure) true for the Lost boys.

  • Sara Z.

    In re: Lost: Hello Twin Peaks. Realizing not even David Lynch knew who the hell killed Laura Palmer was one of the most frustrating moments in my TV viewing life.

  • Rob

    Jack: “Why do you find it so easy (to have faith?)”
    Locke: “I don’t!”

    I choose to believe that there is some semblance of a master plan, or at least a rough outline. It’s hard sometimes to keep believing, but then, that’s faith for ya. :)

  • opus

    My wife and I just finished up the first season on DVD, and went through all of the special features. Several dealt with the origins of the series, and Abrams et al. seemed to imply that things have been planned out for several seasons. At least, I hope so for their sakes, otherwise there are going to be a lot of angry fans on their tail.

  • Martin

    I suppose the ability to openly discuss doubts about religion in a film about the Crusades is a good thing … but maybe it would be even better to openly discuss doubts about the Crusades, doubts that are informed by a religious point of view rather than an agnostic one.

    And while Scott, being an agnostic, may be able to write a strong agnostic character, he seems to be missing the boat with his religious character: “He just talks about being a good man on a daily basis, and says that’s the beginning of religion.”

    Er, not quite.

  • Anlyn

    I’m not surprised Fury’s comments. There were too many “oh, wouldn’t that be cool!” moments, especially in the flashbacks, such as the Boone/Shannon revelation. It seemed like that the writers were just pulling things out of air.

    I agree, it is disappointing.

    Ann D.