Lost executive producers and writers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse are used to getting both praise and critique for their show. The latest trend among TV critics has been to complain about the many “unanswered questions” on Lost, but in a recent interview Lindelof tries to clear things up a bit and explains that since Lost is so successful, ABC is not likely to end it soon:
â€œBasically, if youâ€™re going to watch the show, you have to be OK with just going on the journey as opposed to working towards a specific end point.
Carlton Cuse continued talking about the unanswered questions and the challenge in satisfying the devoted Lost fans:
â€œItâ€™s fantastic that everybody is so involved and engaged in the show. I think that the one fundamental error that people make is they try to reduce it down, like hunting physics for a unified field theory. Itâ€™s not that simple. The answers or the mysteries of the show canâ€™t be summarized in one sentence.â€
Besides explaining Lost’s storytelling style, Carlton talked a bit about other shows with similar story structure:
â€œIf you look around the landscape of the television season already in the United States, the majority of the complex serialized shows arenâ€™t really catching fire. Heroes is the exception. But you know, Smith or The Nine, or Vanished, Kidnapped â€¦ there are a lot of shows that are sort of sprawling serialized, lots of characters, complex storytelling, and they havenâ€™t worked. I think that Lost will spawn imitations until somebody comes up with the next great idea for a TV show. And then that will start to spawn imitations. I think itâ€™s just the way network television works.â€
It’s interesting to read Damon and Carlton’s various thoughts about Lost and the unresolved mysteries. Make sure to read the entire interview.
In a perfect world it would be up to the writers when the show should end, and while it would be great with one or two seasons more, I think we all agree that every good story needs to come to an end sooner rather than later. Let’s just hope that the suits at ABC feel the same way.