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Lost bigwig Damon Lindelof answers some questions

by Jay Black, posted May 25th 2007 11:22AM
LOST is an anagram for SLOT. Think about it.Damon Lindelof played a game of "False, True, or Hell No I Won't Tell You" with E! Online's Kristin. I'm not sure that what he reveals in the interview can be counted as spoilers, since he's the co-creator and exec producer of the show and I would think he'd avoid spoiling anything about next season, but if you're one of those people that don't like to know a single solitary thing about a show, do not click the link. Those interested in the (vague) direction Lost is headed next year, follow me after the jump!

Okay, here are the highlights from the interview:

1. The twist at the end of the episode was planned all along (which, if you're a Lost skeptic, you might be disinclined to believe.

2. The show is "shooting mostly in Hawaii" next season, which makes the theories that the show is going to turn into a quest to get back to the island appear false (at least for right now).

3. The love triangle will be resolved in a definitive manner. (Hopefully soon.)

4. The decision to kill Charlie evolved organically out of the storyline they developed for Desmond following the end of Season 2. This is very interesting to me because it means that major characters are vulnerable to the whims of the writer's room rather than the pre-ordained "plan" for the show. I don't know if I'm alone here, but I'm fascinated by what's planned on this show and what isn't. I hope that when this is all said and done, Lindelof and Abrams release the show bible they originally wrote. That's an instant purchase for me.

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Some called previously that not knowing what to write next for a character is 'Good Writing'.

I think it is in fact 'Bad Planning', very Bad Planning. Before the show started he was the main star, the only actor having shined in a previous production (Lord of the Rings). It is true that his purpose was to portray a drug junkie coming out of his vice, but still they could have thought: 'Jeeze, while we are writing about smoke monsters and apparitions, could we focus for 5 minutes on what to do with the actors we have working for us at the moment.'

I think the production of lost don't even know where they are heading. Wouldn't surprise me to learn that one of them runs off with the production money to this immaginary island.

June 01 2007 at 11:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

@Ken: totally right.

Jack is, like the new chief told jack "you are someone who needs to fix things".

We now basically saw that getting off the island does NOT fix things - this is what Jack believed while still on the island. He did everything to achieve this. He thought he could help everybody and later got back to the real world to find out that he could not help everybody and basically turned to alcohol and drugs over it - with a final contemplated suicide after that person in the coffin died AND loving Kate knowing she will be together with another man - who that is we don't know - it's just not Jack and basically after he "just" told her he loves her, this is why the future is complete and utterly BAD for Jack. Getting off the island is what is absolutely wrong for Jack. WE now know that. We like Jack. We most likely also want him and Kate to be together (and not with Juliet *yuck* and, because Sawyer is a petty murderer, most likely at the moment most of us also don't want Kate and Sawyer to be together). So now WE know that the only way for them to be together is if they stay ON the island.

If that is "useless", please tell me another way for the viewer to be told that Locke is right? That BEN is right? That Jack should NOT want to get off the island? How if not through a flash forward is THAT possible?

So honestly, basically, if you STILL think that this storytelling mechanism was useless, please oh please David tell me how that could've been done in a different way on a series where we should not believe what we see until one of the writers later on in an interview told us that it was, in fact, this or that way.

And again, saying that this was all for naught is just idiotic. At least think A LITTLE about it befor saying stuff like that. Or at least add that it frustrates you. At the moment, you absolutely have no point at all.

May 25 2007 at 5:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Re #1: "That's called good writing... lol"

Actually, it's very good writing.

When you're able to construct, develop and nurture characters that come to life and take the writers down unexpected paths, it's very damned good writing.

And there's not nearly enough of it on TV.

May 25 2007 at 4:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

just confused, mon

May 25 2007 at 4:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The flash forward wasn't useless, but I for one am glad it was cleared up that next season isn't Jack pulling a Mel Gibson in Los Angeles. The mysteries derived from this flash will probably be addressed in on-island events, which is good, and as stated by Lindelof before, without the island, there's no show.

May 25 2007 at 3:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

During Jack's argument with the other Dr. in the finale, he says something like "go upstairs and get me dad to see who's more drunk, then you can fire me..." If this is the future, wouldn't his dad already be dead?... Did he come back from the island too or is Jack just confused from anguish and drugs?

May 25 2007 at 3:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"The writers next season will pretty much ignore the flashforward."
Well, we don't know what the writers *will* do next season. It's possible that the flashforward won't be directly referenced. But our knowledge of Jack's anguish after leaving the island will hang in the background as we watch the Losties try to get rescued.

"A lot of fans started thinking that the show would become Jack wanting to go back to the island, it's not."
No, it's not. So what?

"Thus it's just useless shock value."
The flashforward was hardly usueless. Jack's depression and drug addiction post-island raise a moral question goes to the heart of the series: Should they be rescued? It appears that Jack sacrificed his well-being to get himself and the other Losties off the island. Does anyone else suffer because of the rescue? These questions will resonate over the next 48 episodes. I'm looking forward to all of them.

May 25 2007 at 2:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

@ David: why is it "useless"?

Are you kidding me? They just managed to show us how bad it would be to get off the island after they made us want for all of the survivors to get OFF the island for three years.

So why was that "useless"?

It's not even "pointless".

I can understand that this story frustrates you but that does not make it bad.

May 25 2007 at 1:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


Eko was supposed to die. He only agreed to appear on the show if it was a one-year thing. Ana Lucia's death was planned like that as well, the actress' DUI problems had nothing to do with that.

Eko's actor Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje in one podcast where he was interviewed said that he did not want to be tied to a TV series too long because he thinks that you should never do one thing for such a long period of time as well as he wants to do other things like movies. I personally think because Africa currently is on the rise when it comes to movies and because Agbaje wanted to transport more of his heritage to the "fist world" (let's call it DVD Region 1 and 2) via his acting he chose not to sign a longer lasting contract. Damon Lindelof in one other podcast also talked about Eko and Ana Lucia, strictly explaining that those two two storylines were planned exactly like this but with the difference that they asked Agbaje to stay on the show for a period that was a bit longer - namely that Eko would be carried over to season 3 to die there but pretty early on. Otherwise the two main "Tailies" (Ana Lucia and Eko) would've both died in season two and that would have been too predictable or you could say bland. It would have been "too easy".

May 25 2007 at 1:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The writers next season will pretty much ignore the flashforward. A lot of fans started thinking that the show would become Jack wanting to go back to the island, it's not. Thus it's just useless shock value.

May 25 2007 at 1:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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