There was an article in the Honolulu Advertiser a while back which never came to my attention until recently.
In the article, Naveen Andrews, Lost’s Sayid, explained that several of the original cast members of Lost are a bit upset that their characters aren’t getting as much screen time as they used to:
…Andrews said he and other cast members have been dismayed at the sporadic work they’ve been given this season, a product of the show’s fragmented storylines. Andrews’ screen time in particular has been noticeably diminished in the six episodes broadcast so far.
“It certainly becomes a drain,” Andrews said. “It has upset a lot of cast members. If this is the way it’s going to be, I don’t know if the viewers â€” or us â€” can sustain it.
“I honestly feel that if the audience isn’t given more than extraneous clues, we’re going to dip somehow,” he said. “The first season was truly unusual, but now we’re becoming just another show.”
Part of the problem, Andrews said, is that ABC has had “more input” this season.
In one way I understand and agree with Naveen, it kinda sucks that we haven’t seen more of the characters we know and love since the first season, and the addition of Paulo and Nikki didn’t help to solve the problem. It would be great to find out more about Claire and the psychic, and everyone wants to see more of Rose and Bernard (when was the last time we saw them?).
On the other hand, the story has to move forward and if Ben, Juliet and the Others hadn’t been introduced through Ethan’s appearance among the losties in the first season, Lost would still be a show about a bunch of people trying to survive on an island only inhabited by a couple of polar bears and boars. That would be like Survivor… with polar bears.
Anyway, what I want to say is that Lost is a great show and a big part of what makes Lost appealing are the twists and unexpected turns. With that said, I think ABC should leave the creative decisions to Damon and the writers, because it is their story and I hardly think they need someone to hold their hand.