Friday, April 23, 2010

What Will Be Answered, and What Won't

Damon and Carlton were recently featured in Wired magazine and they talked about what will and won't be answered by the finale. The interviewer asked if we will get an explanation for how the two timelines fit together. Damon's response: "That, to us, is the only answer we owe." Later he says "There’s still going to be plenty of room for debate when the show is over. We are going to take a stab at providing a conclusion, one that we hope will be satisfying. The bigger questions, we recognize, are not answerable."

And you know what? I'm fine with that. For me, the best part about LOST has always been the mystery. Getting a checklist of answers is anti-climactic. Like when we learned what the whispers were, or that the smoke monster was pretending to be Christian Shephard in season one. It's nice to know, but not nearly as fun as the first time we actually heard the whispers, or saw that eerie figure dressed in a suit and white tennis shoes. I will be perfectly happy if a lot of the mysteries of LOST remain mysteries forever.

That said, there are a few questions I really want answered:

-I want to know more about the Man in Black (an actual name for him would be awesome, especially if it ends up being something like Kevin, or Steve.) How far back his history goes with Jacob. How Jacob got him trapped on the Island in the first place.

-I'd like resolution for most of the characters. Not that they all have to end up happy and smiling with their lives tied up neatly with a bow on top, but some sort of semi-satisfying ending for them.

-I want to know what the sideways universe is, and to have the two timelines resolved - and it looks like we can count on this one happening. Whatever other loose ends they leave us with, the writers have always been good about wrapping up the plot within any given season, so I have no doubt they'll achieve that this time.

What do you guys think? Are there certain questions that you'll be disappointed if they don't answer?


Kacy said...

I read this interview too and I was happy with what they said. Also, I don't think they have actually admitted this but of course there has been some amending to the story throughout the seasons, right? And some "re-writing" of the mythology as they are tying things down here at the end. I'm fine with it. The overall picture is still really awesome and makes sense, even if a few little details get away from them.

Tanne Griffith said...

i agree! i just want the main big things to be answered. excited for tonight's episode!

Erin said...

Agreed. I am anxious to hear the backstory of Jacob and MIB. Who are they and why are they in their given roles on the island/cork. How long has the island been around as the cork to evil (and/or hell)?

I would love to see and know more about Walt. I didn't get much closure with this character. Sadly I don't think this will happen. Did we ever find out why Libby admitted herself to Santa Rosa Mental Health Institute?

I think it would be really interesting to know what the original plot lines were and what the intended direction was for the series, in comparison to what transpired (different writers, actor scheduling conflicts, writers strike, etc.). What would the series have looked like in a perfect J.J. Abrams world and Carlton/Damon world?

Holly said...

I agree with you. It's so anti-climatic. Almost like if they are going to give a simple explanation to everything, like the wispers.. it's just not worth it.

We were trying to watch season 1 over again but it's just not as intense as it is the first time when you have no clue what is going on. I honestly think that LOST has been such a sucess because it keeps people coming back. It makes people dive deeply into theories, create blogs, and totally obsess because it takes the story outside of the TV. How many other TV shows have you pondered this deeply? ( certainly not Greys Anatomy, or the Office...) Or anyone for that matter? Seriously, this show made people think on another level, and I highly doubt anything will ever live up to it.

I feel like I am losing a friend. I wonder how my husband would feel about a big poster of Desmond on the ceiling in our

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