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ABC says that four-toed Lost statue was "too weird"

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 20th 2008 2:24PM

Lost footSo tonight's episode of Lost is the last one finished before the writers strike. We'll now have a mini break and the show will return with five new episodes on April 24.

Let's take this time to talk about one of the past mysteries on the show that has never been explained (yet, anyway): the four-toed statue that some of the islanders found in the season two finale. What the hell was that all about? What did it mean? How come no one has pointed a gun at Ben and asked him, "oh yeah, what the heck is that statue with the toes?" In some ways it's more mysterious and funky than the black smoke and Jacob.

Now Lost producer Damon Lindelof explains why we haven't seen the statue on the show since then.

At the annual Paley Festival being held in Hollywood, CA, Lindelof explains that after ABC saw the episode with the statue, they got a note back from ABC execs saying that they thought it was "too weird." They actually wanted them to change the statue from being four-toed to being six-toed. And yes, like the rest of us, Lindelof has no idea why a six-toed statue is less weird than one with four toes.

So who knows if we'll ever get an answer as to what that was all about. I hope we do, since it was a big event that came in a major episode. Maybe the last line in the series can be Sayid saying "wait a second, we never did find out what that statue was..." And then the screen can fade to black and Journey's "Don't Stop Believin' " can play.

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Bryan

In their most recent podcast, Damon and Carlton said there would be an explanation for the statue by the end of season 4. So wait for it kiddies.

March 24 2008 at 10:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Robert E Smith

I'm thinking the island is a stranded time travel ship, possibly not of terrestrial origin. I'm betting that someone (perhaps more than one person) in the story will turn out to have 4 toes on each foot.

Don't believe anything you here from the Lost production company. They've completely figured out how to disinform.

March 22 2008 at 7:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Will

I'd rather know more important things, like what or who is behind the whispers or why The Others took Walt in the first place. The whispers played a major role in the death of Shannon & what was the point of taking Walt just to give him back & let Michael & Walt leave the island. Even in that single season-ending episode there were other, bigger mystries needing answers. The toe statue didn't really bother me that much. After all, we've all lived thousands of years with knowing what exactly Stonehenge is & that's here in the real world.

On a completely different note, did it seems odd to anyone else, while watching tonights ep, that for the plane crash survivors, it's really only been a few months since this all began. For me, it seems like they've been there for a very long time, especially given all that's happened to them & all the people who've died. It's hard to wrap my brain around the idea that, at least as far as they all know, it's just been a few months. (I say that because we really don't know, given how time seems to be messed up because of the island. But you know what I mean.)

March 21 2008 at 5:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Nicole

For anyone who played the online game (too many sites to keep up with) the statue was one of the clues hidden on the boat. It was a clue from season 2 along with "The Pearl Orientation Center Station 5" and the map that was found with the location of the parachute (I believe) where "the other" dude who's name I forget said he supposedly crashed with his wife. On the back of the map it says "The Brother Karamazov". The Brother Karamazov was the last book written by Dostoevsky. The book is complex and was meant to be part of a series but it contemplates the struggles of man with faith, doubt, reason...All the things the characters of Lost are dealing with. And in a way, all of us.

March 20 2008 at 11:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Marek Hryc

I nearly choked of laughter at the Journey reference.

March 20 2008 at 7:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
George Glass

I think the four toed statue came from Walt's imagination. Just like he was reading a comic book about a polar bear and a bear appeared, he imagined a statue with the wrong amount of toes (which is the way a kid might draw such a thing.)

Walt has magic powers!!!

March 20 2008 at 7:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joel

Wow, a Bob Sassone article that made me smile. Go figure...

March 20 2008 at 7:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
burl

check out this take- (adult lang- my favorite blog)

http://what-sucks.blogspot.com/2008/03/what-sucksthings-that-suck-about-lost.html

March 20 2008 at 6:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Oreo

Wasn't there a minor spoiler for the season saying we will be seeing it again this season?

March 20 2008 at 6:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Franklin

Use a little common sense and imagination here: It's a remnant of an ancient civilization that originally resided on the island. The statue is probably of an anthromorphic animal god, like the kind that the Egyptians idolized.

Remember: When we last saw The Others, they were heading to "The Temple" (whatever that is, it sounds like an ancient setting). Secondly, Charlotte (the redhead from the freighter) is an archeologist. I imagine that it will be next season in which the four-toed statue is answered -- there are probably smaller versions of it throughout the grounds of The Temple.

March 20 2008 at 5:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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