In our discussion on the Emmys selection for drama a few interesting items popped up. One of them is worth taking a deeper look at, I think, and that is whether or not Lost is gone forever. The Jack writes:
Lost started out as a show about these characters and how they interact with the island and respond to the mysteries around them – the characters came first. Now it‚Äôs about the island and the mysteries of it, and the now interchangeable characters come second. That‚Äôs not what I want, and it didn‚Äôt seem to be what the writers wanted at first, but since the audiences started complaining (the same audiences who only bother to catch the odd episode anyway) the writers have done everything they can to bend to their whims, which has started the show on a downward spiral that I hope to God they can get themselves out of.
I don’t really see how they can at this point. I do see a definite change from the earlier episodes. What was interesting back then were the backstories and how they informed who people were on the island. The time warp thing, the terrorist thing, the Oceanic Six – it’s just become interesting in a different way, perhaps more like 24. What it had going for it was uniqueness. Once the back stories started overlapping and becoming implausible they lost their value. I think you’ve hit it on the head, The Jack. It is now as if the characters don’t really matter that much and are only there to serve the weirdness that the island created in their lives. Either way, it’s still impossible to give up on.