I really like the interview since Jon asks some questions that I know many fans have been wanting answers to for quite some time. Among the things discussed is the importance of The Lost Experience:
BuddyTV: Is there enough information given on the show that someone could put together a fact-based theory that more or less explains whatâ€™s going on, on the island?
Carlton Cuse: I donâ€™t think so, I mean, the story is not yet complete. I donâ€™t think thereâ€™s enough that weâ€™ve put out there that would allow someone to draw a conclusive theory about the island and the show.
Damon Lindelof: I think that there are bits and pieces that someone could put together. Recently Carlton and I put out to the Yahoo community all over the world, what do you think the monster is? And some people came alarmingly close to what its origins were, how it functions, what its purpose is, but they werenâ€™t able to go the next level as Carlton says, deeper into saying, â€œThatâ€™s what it is but what does that mean in the grander scheme of what the island is.â€ It doesnâ€™t mean that someone couldnâ€™t accidentally back into it and anticipate something that they havenâ€™t seen yet. But sort of the real hardcore intel about the island is going to start to reveal itself towards the end of the season as we learn more about the others.
BuddyTV: One thing thatâ€™s a bit of controversy in the fan community is whether or not any of the information from The Lost Experience game is actually a factor in the universe of the show. Is that something you could clear up for us?
Carlton Cuse: I think that for us, yeah, I mean, all of Alvar Hanso and his relationship with funding the Dharma Initiative is part of the mythology. The details of the Hanso Foundationâ€™s demiseâ€¦itâ€™s tangential to the show but itâ€™s not unrelated to the show. We sort of felt like the Internet Experience was a way for us to get out mythologies that we would never get to I wain the show. I mean, because this is mythology that doesnâ€™t have an effect on the characterâ€™s lives or existence on the island. We created it for purposes of understanding the world of the show but it was something that was always going to be sort of below the water, sort of the iceberg metaphor, and the Internet Experience sort of gave us a chance to reveal it.
Damon Lindelof: I would say in terms of all theâ€¦ background that we did, in terms of the Valenzetti equation and explaining the formation of the Hanso Foundation and doing the other filmsâ€¦weâ€™d consider that stuff cannon to the show. Where thereâ€™d have to be wiggle room is the Rachel Blake story where sheâ€™s in the real world, in the outside world as we define it, the show Lost might be defined in an entirely different outside world so we canâ€™t vouch for the overall fit ability and veracity of everything that Rachel was doing. But we can say that all the factoids that she was uncovering were vetted, in fact many of them were written by us personally so they are cannon.