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Lindelof Speaks!

By clueless1der,

  Filed under: Lost
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Okay so that title got your attention?

Lindelof ‘s speaks about the finale….
Here are some highlights from the  spoilery article from Lost Redux:

  • uses the Force as a metaphor for the Island (Seriously, how can you not love this guy?)

“There are certain questions about the show that I’m very befuddled by like, ‘What is the Island?’ or ‘What do the numbers mean?’ We’re going to be explaining a little more about the numbers, maybe significantly more about the numbers, but what do you mean by ‘What do the numbers mean?’ What is a potential answer to that question? I feel like you have to be very careful about entering into midi-chlorian territory…I grew up on Star Wars, I’ve seen the Star Wars movies hundreds of times, I can recite them chapter and verse, and never once did anyone ever say to me or did it occur to me to say, ‘What is the Force, exactly? Can you explain that for me, better than Alec Guinness does?’ I understand, ‘When are we going to find out about Libby?’ That’s a very finite question. ‘Who is Jacob?’ OK, yes, we’ve been talking to this guy named Jacob, so those questions then should have answers, but ‘What is the Island?’ That starts to get into ‘What is the Force?’ It is a place. I can’t explain to you why it moves through space-time, it just does. You have to accept the fact that it does.”

  • The show’s ending

Damon says, “There isn’t a perfect way to end the show, but the end inevitably approaches and so the show has to start answering more and more questions. To me the greatest thing about Lost, just in terms of writing it, was that [over the years] the show could ask a question, and everyone [watching] could say ‘Here’s what I think the answer to that is.’ And next year we’re basically going to spend the entire season telling you you’re wrong. ‘Here’s the actual answer to that question.’ And you’re going to say, ‘S–t, my answer was actually much better.’ “

  • The fact that Lindelof thinks that  M*A*S*H has the best episode series conclusion ever!
  • The idea that the show has always been character-driven instead of mystery-driven

“All of the character resolutions will be very defined. There is going to be no cut to black. The show for me and Carlton [Cuse] and J.J. [Abrams] and all the people writing it—it’s not about the Island. The Island is where it takes place. It’s about this group of people who crashed on the Island on Sept. 22, 2004, and how they influenced the history of the Island in some ways and had a very significant and pivotal role to play there. You’re going to see that role play out, and their fates will all be resolved by the end of the series—that’s the story that we’re telling. In terms of every little bit of minutiae about the Island itself…there will be questions [left unanswered] after the show [ends].”

  • Valenzetti and the ARGs….

This information, in more convoluted form, was leaked out via the online games rather than explained on the show itself, says Damon, because, “That would be the worst thing ever. We have to make the show for the hardcore fans who care about the numbers, but we also have to make it for my mom, who just wants Sawyer to take his shirt off.”

From TVFrenzy:

  • triangulatedsignal

    thanks for the info clue and i do love the guy!!!!

  • i can’t say enough about this new Jack we’ve been given. I’m so impressed with his fearful symmetry now as a renegade apostle. kate? not so much.

    • clueless1der

      I don’t know that I’m impressed exactly as much as I’m just so frustrated with him making poor choice after poor choice. But I guess, if he didn’t then hey would just be… um… boring. 🙂

      • well it’s definitely a series of poor choices…i’m just interested in how he’s gone from being patronized by his father for not giving someone a bit a hope to absolutely resting all of his hopes on an obvious paradox that, regardless, will blow up in his face.

        • neoloki

          I am getting more and more of a strong feeling that Jacks plan, or Dans, is going to work regardless of the paradox it creates. Maybe it was Richard saying I watched them die.

      • neoloki

        Whether he is making a poor choice or not is totally a subjective response. We will find out if new Jack will make up for the knuckle head who called the freighter. (hey, if he never called the freighter we would never had Daniel or Miles on the show and they have been the best new characters of the series.) I have been appreciating New Jack. I like his attitude and with his belligerence towards mysticism, maybe a better word would be destiny, gone he is much easier to listen to.

    • Calebspeaks

      All the main characters are turning into another character. Jack is becoming season 1 Locke. Locke is becoming Ben, Kate is becoming Jack, Sayid is becoming Boone.

      The interesting point is that these people who would have had nothing to do with eachother in the first season, are now becoming those people.

  • WLN

    This comment “but ‘What is the Island?’ That starts to get into ‘What is the Force?’ It is a place.” bothers me.

    During the writers strike, one of the producers was prancing around with a sign that said “don’t you want to know what the island is?”

    Yes, I do want to know what the island is. If he thinks that is not an important part of the wrap ups of this series, he’s nuts.

    This is looking more an more like they have written themselves into a corner on some major plot points and they are not going to even try to rectify that.

    Bad Lindelof, bad.

    • Ambivalentman

      I would not doubt that this answer is a bit of misdirection by Lindelof. A great magician never reveals his tricks.

      • WLN

        Well, maybe I’m mistaken, but all the LOST fans I know are very interested in the history of the Island, since they have embodied it with a personality and a purpose.

        So, telling us we just have to except the Island for what it is, saying this in public, is just like telling fans to sod off. Not a very good public relations move in my opinion.

        Right, tell the fans we are not going to have any rhyme or reason for the existence of the Island. That will keep them coming back in Season 6.

        No, I don’t agree with you at all.

        • Ryan

          Abrams may want to leave some unanswered questions for the sake of “LOST The Movie.” How sweet would that be to get a Movie about the origin of the island and Richard Alpert’s kind.

        • Thor

          So you want them to explain the whole theory of time-traveling? If they had done that, I mean going outside the simple WHH explanation, and also took time to explain everything about the island itself, then this show wouldn’t be suited for tv..

        • DezziesOtherLifeBrotha

          Pardon me, but you sir, are mental…

          Leave that to some ghostwriting geezer after the fact that ABC pays to write the meta-non-fictional ‘History of the Island’ book that all of us nerds will gladly pay $39.95 for in hardcover.

          You cannot attempt to explain every mechanism that drives the sciency elements within the narrative without forfeiting the story in the process…

          Damon hit it smack on the conk, MIDICHLORIANS…. absolute bollocks! is that the answer you really wanna hear? Do you want a pH level taken from the streams and a geological sample from the black rock beneath the surface?

          Here is my question to you… Would any answer to the question “What is the island, exactly?” satisfy you?

          If the answer is yes, there are likely a million other viewers who would rain sh-t out their poop chute upon witnessing your satisfying answer to that question. A million other viewers would tear it limb from limb… Websites would be launched… Books written… little Damon Lindelof’s burning in their gardens in effigy.

          Damon seems to know it doesn’t have to be that way…

          Evolution has blessed us with an IMAGINATION.

          And if filmmaking has taught us anything it is this: No explanation spelled out, spoon fed, or captured in HD detail and delivered to the audience can measure up to the image already developing inside the viewer’s imagination. We are more afraid of what we cannot see, what we cannot know. Likewise we are more enchanted. We are further moved. And if that is not the first official rule of storytelling, it very well should be.

          You see, if certain loose threads are left unraveled at the end, it is up to US to piece together the puzzle. Draw our own conclusions. We can revisit the same material a hundred times and interpret it a hundred different ways. What is the force? it is whatever you want it to be… It is whatever you make of it.

          All I can say is you might as well give up now, because if that’s the only reason you’re along for the ride… you’re only going to be sorely disappointed.

          • of course we need some mystery when the lights come up, but we’re also going to need just enough of it.

            So where’s the line drawn that they just don’t cross anymore? If they leave ALL of the island up in the air…that might be too much mystery for some fans.
            The joy of the show so far is that they’ve connected such a complicated scheme together so elegantly thus far…I don’t want to see them stop a bit too soon is all.

          • DezziesOtherLifeBrotha

            In response to you simple vincent…

            Obviously certain questions deserve answers…

            For instance, we waited 3 years to find out how John Locke was paralyzed. I remember at the time being wowed by that episode because it was probably the last BIG mystery regarding the pasts of the original Losties.

            But as for “What is the island, exactly?” That is over the line. I’m only saying if ANYONE is expecting an authoritative voice to boom, “The Island is….” then get off the bus, this ride is not for you.

            I am not saying that we won’t be hosted to a whole season’s worth of entertainment chock full of more evidence to form our opinions from, because I am very confident we will.

            I would be disappointed if we did not see a part of the narrative taking place during the time of the Black Rock or before. I would be disappointed if the natives relationship to the others was not addressed. Are they one in the same? Has the island always been fought over? Is anyone truly a NATIVE of the island? What is the connection between egyptian culture and the island? Those are all questions that have been set up to be answered. What is the island, exactly? I don’t agree we were ever promised that answer.

            Furthermore, I would be disappointed if any of the elements foreshadowed in the previous 5 seasons were not tended to. Desmond is special, Locke has a connection to the island, Jack will realize his true path and fulfill his destiny, etc…

            You can’t expect more than we’ve been promised.

    • icy_one

      I can’t say that I give 2 red cents WHAT the Island is. Or why it moves through time. Or how. The history of the Island goes far beyond its physical history. From a mythology perspective, it doesn’t really matter.

      You should be interested in the setting of a story, sure, but only so far as it provides conflict for characters and an anchor for the audience. Boom – the island moves through time and space. Is this the question you really want answered? Aren’t you more interested in how this revelation affects the characters?

      If I never find out why the Island moves through time, I’ll never lose a wink of sleep. Now, what I want to know is why it brought some passengers of Ajira back and left some behind. I want to know these things from the perspective of the time loop and not in an overarching “why did the Island skip from 2004 to 1954 to 2007 to 2002 to 1974 and not 2004 to 1957 to 1907 to 2007 to 1977?”

      It’s a story, not a science lecture.

      • Pat

        Sorry but I think you are wrong and so is Damon. We know that the Star Wars world was a fake world. There were different kinds of species of aliens living in the galaxy and so many things that will never happen in our world today. LOST takes place in the real world. All of the characters were living in OUR world and experiencing all of the things that we had to go to. Nobody in Star Wars had to miss the Red Sox winning the World Series. See what I mean? This point makes it extremely important to answer the question, ‘What is the Island?’ How can there be something like The Island in the world that we live in. VERY IMPORTANT to answer that question or I think a majority of the fans will be VERY disappointed! I think this is a cop out.

        • SweepLafleur

          The problem with this is, if they start providing “scientific” answers to every question (e.g., What is the island?, What is smokey?) the mojority of fans are going to be VERY disappointed anyway. Why? Because the majority of fans don’t know what they want. They’ve come up with answers to these questions on their own and, no matter how hard the creators try, they are not going to make anyone happy by answering these questions. I don’t care WHAT the island is. As far as I’m concerned, it’s one of this world’s mysteries like the Bermuda Triangle, Big Foot, and the Loch Ness Monster.

        • icy_one

          Incorrect. Star Wars took place long ago, in a galaxy far far away. It is no less real than the world Lost takes place in. There are lots of other things too – Heroes takes place “in the real world” but I don’t see mutants flying around and being all wishy washy. Knight Rider takes place “in the real world” and so on and so on.

          What is the Island? The result of an underwater volcanic explosion which overtime developed a tropical eco-system. I don’t think this is the answer you really want, but its the answer to the question you’re asking.

          SweetLafleur is right – the majority of fans don’t know what they want, so all you see online are questions like this one, instead of really interesting questions.

        • dbarrus

          Star Wars and LOST are a like they are both stories. Be it set in a galaxy far, far a way or on an island in 2004. Stories can be set in any time line or place,stories can have species of aliens, or be a story about a plane that crashed on an island in 2004 and the characters missed seeing the World Series game that year.That’s what stories do they draw you into each character’s life, they make you want to know everything about each character in the story. The best thing I like about LOST is that it’s like a good book. At the end of each episode you can’t wait for the next. The best ending I hope for on LOST is that I’m still thinking about the story and the characters. That’s what makes a good story, it’s the magic.

      • If this means anything at all, the producer of the Lost video (Gadi Pollack, and i’m not sure how closely Pollack worked with anyone on the shows side), he’s quoted in

        http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=172448

        saying that he understood it that “the island is a character.” So by that interpretation, regardless that Damon labels the island as merely a setting, it can also be perceived as a character and so “you’re going to see that role play out, and their fates will all be resolved by the end of the series” could very much be a clever way to tell us we’ll all be ok.

  • lostfanboy16

    Just because he said we won’t find out what the island is doesn’t mean we won’t see more of it’s past.

    • SweepLafleur

      This is a good point too. I’d rather see more of what happened on the island through the ages than WHAT it is.

      • WLN

        Funny, if LOST fans are not that interested in what the Island is, then it’s strange that there are multiple theories on Lostpedia, page after page, on the nature and history of the Island. On other LOST forums there are categories dedicated to the Island. Entertainment Weekly has written numerous times on the possible answers as to what is the Island.

        Seems like a lot of time has been wasted over the last 5 years if nobody is interested in what the Island is.

        Funny how that works.

        • SweepLafleur

          Yeah…I didn’t say that nobody was interested in what the island is AT ALL. Tons of people are interested in what the island is. All I said was I don’t care what the island is. Last time I checked, I’m just one person.

        • DezziesOtherLifeBrotha

          Again, you are careening into the median, throwing your meds at the television, shimmying down a drainpipe (to freedom!) MENTAL, WLN…

          We are obviously all obsessed with what the island is… OBSESSSED!!! But to ask for it to be spelled out for us like we are drooly-mouthed toddlers is like asking Ben to gas us all via the Tempest!

          That can’t be what you truly want, and if it is, I have nothing but pity for you and your way of life…

          The island will be to each of us, exactly as you say: page after painstaking page of theories… We will be left to contemplate it for the rest of our days. It will be whatever we want it to be. That is the beauty of it all.

          It’s people like you that thru continuous whining on your blogosoapboxes and demanding for spoon-fed ANSWERS, have rendered the storytelling muddled, the dialogue stilted, the character watered down and now every move suddenly seems so full of EFFORT, when once it was effortless. Just relax and enjoy the ride. And we’ll all talk about it when it’s over….

          But you can never KNOW anything can you? History is riddled with flashpoints when the body of knowledge we clutched like straws, as if they were concrete pillars, was torn down by men who were wise enough to know they knew NOTHING. We are constantly being challenged, constantly rewriting history, constantly evolving our perception of EVERYTHING… And at some point we may KNOW a great deal more about this universe we spin around in, but it will never be enough, will it? We will never know everything….

          And you, WLN, will never KNOW what the island is, exactly…

          Neither will the rest of us. We’ll only THINK we know. And that’s the most marvelous part of storytelling, and definitely the most marvelous part of Lindelof’s Lost.

          • dookieB

            Dude, don’t encourage him. We don’t need another facepalm article from this guy.

          • Thank you Dezzie, this is kinda of the other side of what I was trying to get at a few posts down but you were much more specific.

            Still though, you mean you DON’T want Richard to look into the camera and tell you that he’s precisely 31,549,473 hours old and that the Island is Eden before getting his head blown off by Libby whose wearing an “I used to be in the mental institution but then I started working for the In the Shadow of the Statue people” shirt? You’d be crazy not to want that, you’d have all the answers spelled out for you…

          • DezziesOtherLifeBrotha

            I do want that actually… hehe

  • congested

    “I understand, ‘When are we going to find out about Libby?’ That’s a very finite question…. so those questions then should have answers….”

    I hope he means that. 🙂

    • Shaun

      Bad news, if you read the full article:

      Libby Says Hi: Libby’s story will not be wrapped up on the show. Said Damon, “I have learned that if you kill someone off the show, they are less likely to cooperate with you.” Basically, Cynthia Watros is busy until further notice, and they can’t explain Libby without her, at least not in any way that shows her story rather than annoyingly tells her story. What’s the takeaway for us fans? Next time you’ve got Damon cornered, don’t waste your breath asking about Libby. Instead, bust his chops about another very important blonde: Claire! Where is that little minx, anyway?

      ————————————————————————

      That bothers me, not because Libby’s past it likely to answer any of the big questions at this point, but because they ended an episode with a shot of Libby at Hurley’s nuthouse. I mean, there she was and then LOST. That gave many of us the impression that it was something important. Not to mention, Libby’s conveniently being in the right place to give Desmond a boat? I have always felt that it wasn’t an accident, that Libby was working for Widmore and that Widmore always intended for Desmond to find the island. But either way, how do we reconcile “boat Libby” with “crazy Libby”? Oh well…

  • Bookhouse Boy

    I don’t know, after reading all that I’m still concerned about the direction Lost is taking.

  • tabletop1

    I was already getting a “jumping the shark” feeling from the last few episodes. This confirms it. They’ve painted themselves into a corner and we’re all just going to have to get ready for whole lot of disappointment. It’s the worst-case “Twin Peaks” scenario I feared when I started watching this show.

    • WLN

      You hit the nail on the head. And this is not just a singular opinion, here, on Doc Arzt’s. LOST fans have been very verbal in stating that one of the reasons that they watch this show is because of the apparent dedication that the producers and writers have had to the plot arcs themselves.

      But, lately, there has been a stinking feeling that this show may wrap up the way of B5 or Twin Peaks.

      And that would be to bad.

      • Thor

        Twin Peaks, like Lost, didn’t have an obvious ending. So there’s no reason to expect one. But I have higher hopes for Lost than Twin Peaks though..

    • I most ardently disagree with you and WLN. There’s a difference between not knowing what you’re doing and purposefully leaving things to the imagination, which if done correctly (and remember none of us have actually seen how the show is going to end) can be just as, if not more powerful than explicitly explicating the where’s hows and whys of every little thing that has occurred on this engrossing show. I think you’re grossly misinterpreting Lindelof’s words.

      Answer me this, which of the following shows would you rather watch. A show that dogmatically follows a strict story and mythology arc from inception to conclusion- allowing no room for ‘hey actually now that I’ve seen this character/plot line/setting on screen maybe this other idea would work better’ OR would you rather watch a show (like Lost) that has IN GENERAL the over arcing mythology, story lines and characters set but, by the very nature of its construction and execution practically begs for inconsistencies. HOWEVER this unique loose framework grants room for growth and improvisation. Remember, if Lost is a show that follows a rigid path set forth in a writers room long before a single scene is shot we do not have the brilliant Michael Emerson on this show in the way that he is and we do not get the superb interplay between his character and Terry O’Quinn’s. It’s very easy to point out the flaws in writing/producing/directing Lost in this way but it’s more difficult to spot the things you would lose about the show if its production was handled in any other way. We don’t know how many beloved story threads or moments on the show have been ideas hatched due to the creative environment fostered by the nature of Lost’s construction.

      Obviously I prefer the latter but that is down to personal preference. There’s no “right” answer on this issue it is just down to preference. I sincerely doubt that Lost is going to end in an entirely unsatisfactory way for everyone who watches it. What I mean to say is that I don’t think there is an overwhelming number of people who think this show is jumping the shark. Nor do I think there’s an overwhelming number of people who don’t think that’s possible. There’s group of Lost fans who are utterly convinced that this show is heading down the tubes. At the same time there’s a group of Lost fans who are utterly convinced that this show has never wavered in terms of overall quality and they expect nothing less of the final run of episodes. I think the largest group of Lost fans are in the middle of those two groups, whose opinion can be swayed in either direction depending on the relative quality of whatever episodes have recently aired. It would be dismissive of the intelligence of the community to claim that there’s a majority in either extreme camp. Remember too, not every Lost fan goes online and blogs about it, even though sometimes it may appear that way.

      • i’m with ryan…particularly when it comes to what we know has been showrunner-improvisation gone right (ben will forever be one of my favorite fictional characters). The Lost machine has played amazing jazz for an incredible five years, they’ve won the opportunity CHOOSE an end date and say just what and how much they want to…

        if any show has ever had the chance at flawless, it’s lost…and it’s they’re game to lose.

  • JimDD

    Alot of negativity going on around here. I thought this blog was supposed to be better than that. That’s what I’ve been reading in the past.

    • WLN

      WHat do you mean by that. It’s a blog, do you understand the nature of a blog. It is a place where people discuss something, a topic, ideas, opinions. The world is made up of different people and opinions, it doesn’t exist just for you. Sorry to break that news to you.

  • dust

    this guy says everything i want to say after reading all this depressing talk up here:

    Jay (http://www.eonline.com/uberblog/watch_with_kristin/b122630_Lost_Redux_Who_Causes_the_Incident.html):
    I don’t need to know how the island came into being. And I don’t need to know why it moves through space-time. Much like a main antagonist in a slasher film being less scary when you give him a big backstory and motivation, the island itself will lose mystique no matter how cool an origin you give it. Leave it at that. Michael Myers was scarier when he was just a crazy killer with no soul, because he was just born like that. The island is more magical knowing that it just IS, it just exists. With that said, I DO want to know about those who inhabited the island, the natives, and the how it ties in with all the ancient Egyptian mythology and symbols. Not getting an answer there will indeed disappoint me. Libby disappoints me to some degree as well, they messed up there, but I can forgive it. As for the episode, fantastic as usual, great set up for the finale, they built up the suspense wonderfully. Jack and the bomb, Locke and Jacob, Sawyer, Juliet, Kate and the sub, can’t wait!

    well said jay!!

    • Cecil

      Really? Finding out the island was once Atlantis or Mu would make it lose its mystique? I think it would gain mystique.

      • IamMr.Eko

        Atlantis? Really? After 6 years you would want Atlantis. I would much rather the island be a place of magic, something that should not exist in the real world yet does. A place, that when found can lead to miracles or tragedy. Knowing that it was once Atlantis makes it cooler. I can’t say I’m with you there. I’m perfectly happy with my own understanding of the island. I think we are supposed to have an idea of what the island is ourselves. It’s one of the great ways LOST lets you become intwined in the narrative.

        • i kind of agree with cecil…if lost had ties to atlantis (or any “real” mythical place with historical references) it would both give us an answer and yet fuel more questions into what’s an already established mystery. it’s kind of perfect.

          • DezziesOtherLifeBrotha

            I understand this desperation to plug-in Lost with something already inherent in the collective unconscious. It’s kind of the way some of my friends believe Lord of the Rings is real…

            I kid… but I don’t. If, when all is said and done, Damon has crafted a universe that can be plugged into what we know about our world already, what some people believe about our world, then that gives it resonance. I understand this, I really do. It’s easier for some people to believe a place like this may exist, somewhere… or at sometime.

            Maybe I just have more faith in Damon’s creative imagination satisfying my curiosities than I should. He has continued to intrigue us and go places creatively with this story that even the most ardent, dedicated theorists have managed to overlook. Although, many times he has lied to us (“there is no time-travel”) so perhaps in the end it will be purgatory or a sno globe or some bollocks like that. I just don’t see it happening that way. Damon has said it himself, they are constantly aware of the knowledge we have attained. As I sit here typing, they are paying multiple employees to read everything I am typing. And to their detriment I believe they have made some changes to the trajectory of the story out of spite, in order to keep us off balance.

            But sometimes those changes are a masterstroke. Many people believed the series would end with Jack waking up in the jungle, the camera focusing on his expanding aperture iris. Nope, they cut that one off at the knees by DOING it before the endgame even started (in ‘316’)

            I’m not sure if I believe this notion that they have the series finale already drafted more or less, that it sits in a lockbox in Greg Nations’ office and only a small group of people have even laid eyes on it. It certainly does make them seem deft, doesn’t it? But what I do believe is that whatever is up there in Damon’s head, it will be original, something we haven’t seen. It’s not going to be the ending to Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. And whatever it is about the finale that makes it unique, I believe they have had THAT in mind since the beginning. I believe that has long been their ‘ace-in-the-hole.’

            Mostly I believe this because of what’s lurking behind their eyes when the speak, this little glint of “I know something special you don’t know.”

            Who knows, maybe I’m mistaken… maybe it will be Dr. Chang “The island is a stack of turtles extending into infinity….”

  • Cecil

    Maybe I’m an asshole or not a “true fan” in some people’s esitimations (which is asinine) but I could really care less whether Jack resolves his daddy issues. I care a hell of a lot more about the island (which IS a character) – its history and overarching mythology – than I do about the contrived relationships these characters have. Outside of Des/Penny, Locke/Ben, Jack/Locke, Sawyer/Jack, none of the character storylines are nearly as important to me as the storyline of the island. The mythology is WHAT hooked me from season 1, not the characters, sorry to say. Locke appealed to me because of his connection to the island. I’ll take the backstory of the Black Rock over the Kate and Jack resolution anyday. Sorry.

    • Thor

      It’s a good point that the island is a character. Someone mentioned Twin Peaks here, and about for example the black lodge and the waiting room, we at least got a mythological answer from Hawk. As far as I know, we haven’t gotten anything from Lost about these matters. Darlton has only debunked fan-theories.. yay for that..

    • mustangdru

      I couldnt have said it better myself.

      I watch more for the clues and trying to solve th emystery of the island, than if jack has daddy issued or kate has all her issues. I swear to Jacob, if they end this show with out a explaining 95% of things like what the island is, where it came from, why it has powers, what smokey is, the numbers, the 5 degrees of seperation thing, etc… I will never waste my time on a JJ Abrams, Cuse, Cartton any of there shows and or movies again, I will not invest my valuable time and attention, and get my hopes up fpr something that in the end, they didnt have the balls to culture and explain.

      I have feared, everytime they open their mouth for something like that. When they say stuff like,oh, we dont know where its going, we are just making it up as we go along, I wish smokey was real.

      This is going to be like the Sopranos times 10. For them to write a show, based on a mystery, dangle that mystey in front of us every week and then in the end do nothing, they have just slapped us in the face, and laughed at us being morons.

      Thats like telling your kids, next week mommy will let you play outside, for xmas you’re getting an xbox, daddy loves you he will be home this time next year, i hear a puppy in the closet, then bamm!!!! Sorry, none of that stuff actually existed, but wasn’t it fun anticipating it, and thinking it was real? No mom, thats messed up and sadistic to make promises you cant keep and yes people, they promised us answers every week, and for them to cop out at the end is un forgiveable.

      Star Wars analogy? here is on…… no it isnt like explaining the force! Its like watching Yoda pick up and X wing and turn to luke and say, cool huh? and then walk away. They told us what the force was, they didnt just leave it hanging. ANd this show better not leave us hanging on all the things it promised us, because the writers got lazy, because they didnt pay attention to the things they were doing, because it got too complicated.

      I promise you, LOST will be a complete joke, if it doesnt answer to the real fans, because the show is the island, and anything less than complete reveal about the island will be a failure.

      thats all i gotta say about that

      • DezziesOtherLifeBrotha

        Hah! Yes, they told us what the force was, and wasn’t it RIVETING!

        good god…

        • mustangdru

          no you dolt, I meant thats like Yoda picking up the X wing and just walking away, and Luke says what was that? Yoda responds, this thing I do. It comes from…… well, its here. Obi Wan was nice enough to say it eminates from life force, hence forth. I dont mean over explaining like midochlorians, but def need to explain something the entire show is about

          • So you essentially are agreeing with Lindelof who said that they don’t want to run the risk of entering into the “Midochlorian” realm with answering mysteries on the show? That was the whole tenant of his argument that some things CAN have a full explanation and that some things CAN’T and are better left that way. His example was the Force being over explained which you even agree with.

            I can’t remember people rioting when Pulp Fiction came out and Tarantino deliberately left “What’s in the briefcase?” a question unanswered. You know why? Because sometimes in film, literature and television things are best left unexplained. CERTAIN MYSTERIES, not all mind you, will lose the quality that made them so cool in first place. If we found out that in Pulp Fiction there was a solid gold statue of the Madonna carved out of a larger brick of gold during the Late Gothic period in the brief case wouldn’t that be sort of a let down? Even if you think that’s a decent explanation could you see that others, probably lots of others, would think that’s an entirely lame answer and that lame answer would ruin the entire rest of the movie for you which is about the CHARACTERS and not the briefcase they’re risking their lives for?

            I think this is what Lindelof is getting at, that fans having a conversation like “What do you think is in the briefcase?” is a much better ‘answer’ than whatever the answer might be. Now obviously this is an inexact science. If you’re going to play this game you can’t leave too much unexplained because there’s a delicate line of expectation. You have to remember that he didn’t say “we’re not going to explain anything” and he also didn’t say “we’re going to explain most everything”. Nobody knows how this is going to play out so for now I think we need to stop wildly speculating about what is or what is not going to be explained simply because we have no idea.

            It’s one thing to have doubts about the show but it’s another thing to be decided, based on nothing I might add, that the end of this show is going to be terrible if it doesn’t cater to YOUR expectations. Not everyone shares the same opinion, look at the comments here. Some people desperately need to know EVERYTHING about the Island. Some people are comfortable just knowing that the Island is a place somewhere in the pacific where the laws of the real world don’t seem to matter and that amazing/inexplicable things happen. As fans who have stuck with this show through the hard times of “is lost a repeat tonight? does anyone know?” and Nikki and Paolo we have earned the right to be cautious about how this is going to end and raise questions about the endgame of the show. At the same time I think the writers have earned the right to ask for our trust in this matter and I think we should give it to them.

    • IamMr.Eko

      I think you are misinterpreting Lindelof alittle. Seeing what happened to the Black Rock or who Jacob is or the smoke monster are elements of the mythology surrounding the island and I have no doubt those will be addressed. He was speaking to the idea of what the island is itself. As Locke said, its a place where miracles happen. A place of magic, redemption and destiny. How these other elements, including our losties affect the island are the questions that will get answered. It is very apt to compare it to the force. We saw how the force was used, how it influenced, what those who had it could do but did we need the silly explanation about midicholorians? I think that is the point. I will agree with you that if we don’t learn about these mythology elements it will be upsetting but I think the point he was making is that we will get many of these types of answers. Just not answers to some of the philosophical questions the show has raised like fate v free will or science v faith because we need to be able to approach the show from multiple perspectives to really appreciate it. Just my 2 cents.

      • Aw shoot, I didn’t see that you wrote in one paragraph what I just did in four long winded ones. Either way I agree!

  • spinflip

    Mhm, Sawyer’s shirt is becoming a fetish somehow and I only hear Darlton talking about it…

  • Sarah

    sounds like Damon’s mom is one smart lady… 😉

    • Shaun

      Yeah… But when’s JULIET gonna take HER shirt off? That’s what I really want to see! 😛

      • coheed 2113

        amen brother

  • Nick Turner

    What is OZ? What is Narnia?

    We are obviously going to learn about the history of the island, but I doubt they are going to definitively say that the island is a gigantic turtle full of energy that can travel through time and space.

  • jawie

    is everybody high or something ?
    they dont need to answer anything , there are lots of movies that dont explain alot and have many unanswerd questions
    but were too spoiled with such a great show that we keep demanding for more and more and in the end no one will be satishfied .

  • WLN

    All you folks who are claiming that you are not that interested in knowing what the Island is, it’s origins, why it exists, in my opinion, are fooling yourselves.

    Of course you want to know, but you are worried that the statements above form Damon will negate any answer forthcoming. So, you are convincing yourselves that it’s not important, that it won’t matter a wit, that you will be satisfied with what ever bone they throw you.

    Come on, I don’t think so, No more than Carlton Cuse stood in a picket line, during the writers strike, with a large sign that read “Don’t you want to know what the Island is?”

    Yes I do, and I am holding the producers and writers to that question, since that question indicated that we would know, in the future. The writers have treated the Island like a character, giving it a purpose, powers and personality.

    The Island won’t let people die, the Island protects certain people from aging, sickness, it heals certain people. Hidden among the Island are ancient structures, evidently suggesting some sort of Egyptian origins (or the Island was the origin of the Egyptian culture). The Island cannot be found by normal means, it moves through time and space. The Island causes people to move through time and space, and move through predefined “portals,” such as Tunisia.

    Really, you don’t want to know what the Island is? Then how come we are interested in the backstories of the characters? Why do we care if Kate loves Jack or Jack loves Kate or Sawyer loves himself? How come you want to know who/what Jacob is?

    I want to know what the Island is, and I will not be happy if the producers and writers wrap up this series without answering that question, at least in some way.

    • WLN I have to start this by saying I normally avoid ad hominem like the plague but you are an arrogant prick. DO NOT tell ME or any other Lost fan what WE want to know about the show. Don’t insult our intelligence and call us peons who are gracious for whatever little droplet of information Damon and Carlton give to us. Just stop it.

      Have you noticed that every time you write about this show you’re actually writing about yourself? Your whole post is not about the show at all but how its end is going to satisfy YOU. Maybe watching the show on television by yourself has given you the impression that its being written FOR YOU but its not. There are people out there with opinions different than yours and for some reason I can’t even fathom you seem to not be able to come to grips with that. You write in one post on here that everyone is entitled to their own opinion and that this is a blog where we are allowed to have different views on Lost. Excellent, we agree on something. Then you come on here and essentially state that everyone with an opinion different from yours is simply a moron that doesn’t know what they want? Unbelievable.

    • DezziesOtherLifeBrotha

      HAHAHA! The plot thickens!

      Suddenly a picket line outside of ABC Studios in Burbank is…. CANON!!!

      You are right sir, you HAVE changed my mind. That’s a binding contract if I’ve ever heard one….

      Oh yeah, how come you haven’t written for this site lately? I marvel at your insight. Can’t wait to read whatever garbage those key-punching digits puke out next….

      As for me, I’ll continue CLAIMING. That’s all I do actually. Make wild claims…. Oh yeah, and fooling myself…. I do that rather well… Much like this other poster I was reading today who, funny story… ran off a list of more than a DOZEN things he/she seems to KNOW about the island, yet they still were fooling themselves into thinking they still need to KNOW what the island IS, EXACTLY… and that any one else would be DAFT to not be as ENLIGHTENED as they are….

      • “Suddenly a picket line outside of ABC Studios in Burbank is…. CANON!!! ”

        Haha, you f*ckin’ nailed it Dezzie.

  • august

    hmmm. why do all the people complaining about this interview think we’re going to suddenly stop learning things about the island? he didn’t say that at all.

    he simply stated he won’t take it into midichlorian territory. he said there was a line he did not want to cross. doesn’t mean he will absolutely leave us hanging. i can totally respect that, and he hasn’t disappointed me yet. i’m a man of faith when it comes to the writers of this show.

  • barfolemeu

    There’s a balance to be struck. I’m not expecting a textbook on all the minutae island physics, but I do expect a “satisfactory” answer. The force analogy is apt, because the force _was_ adequately explained in the original trilogy. It’s an energy force that is created by life and binds all living things. OK, you hear that and you think, oh it’s like gravity. I understand gravity. I agree that the midi-chlorians were overkill, too much explanation, but that’s only because we already had an understanding of “what is the force”.
    However, making a island some kind of primal force without explanation is a cop-out. It’s not a primal force, although perhaps there is a magical primal force (yet to be revealed) that explains why it exists. I’d be happy if the explanation were that it was created by an ancient god to enforce rules over the world, and it moves through space and time as a side effect of the massive energy the god put into the island. There needs to be an explanation that makes sense, even if it involves some kind of “magic” that isn’t part of the real world.
    The point is, there needs to be some explanation that makes the question of “what is the island” feel resolved in the viewer’s mind, and we’re not there yet. And that’s OK because there’s another season, but I’ll be really disappointed if the series ends and “what is the island” is a question that is simply never given any satisfaction.

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