For obvious reasons, I’m not getting into breaking any Lost spoilers this season… beyond the occasional tantalizing hint, but much has been made of the recent rash of Lost spoilers and whether or not this is ABC losing a war against spoilers. It’s not.
In fact, more episodes of Lost have passed through post at this point then would be typical in any season, and the producers knew this would happen. At comic-con Damon Lindelof went as far as to make the prediction that you would be able to find out the plot of the first 10 episodes before the season started:
“You can find out what the first 10 episodes are about online before you even tune into the first episode of ‘Lost,'” Lindelof said. Cuse stated that upwards of 500 people have leakable info on an episode of Lost before it hits the air. This is just the nature of the ‘industry.’ The complex act of editing, duplicating, and preparing for promotion necessitates that a large number of people come in contact with material. Most authentic ‘spoilers’ are produced when someone in that process violates the trust of their employer. But we’re not discussing the nobility of spoiling.
The bottom line is, the Lost guys knew that by airing the show midseason there would be a higher level of spoilers available. They looked to us to temper that. That doesn’t mean that only those of us with intel make wiser choices, it also means that bloggers monitor their comments, forum moderators watch their posts, etc., etc.
The idea that ABC is losing the ability to control spoilers is absurd. If the show were airing on a normal schedule, we’d be well beyond episode 12 at this point and the fourth episode was spoiled, what, a couple of weeks ago? By contrast, I’d say the network has done a great job.