Well it is now day… ah screw it. Who really cares how many days it has been since the false start of the new ARG? Due to lax security, we already know there is going to be some lame stall-mail circulated tomorrow. Maybe there will be something hidden in the source code, but then again… maybe not. Let’s face it, the start of the ARG was plagued with problems. The servers couldn’t handle the load. Countless potential players weren’t able to sign up. In my opinion though, it isn’t the technical glitches that are so condemning a statement about the inability of the ARG to get lift off… oh hell now… there is something much worse to be said about all of this.
Consider this: LOST, according to most of us in the LOST fan-verse, is the best show on television. The best acting. The best writing. The best everything. A production oozing with competency and creativity. Now, however, that competency and creativity is in the hands of those developers behind the ARG. So I ask you, what would Darlton do?
Darlton would surely say: “Oh sh*t. We have dead air. Can’t have dead air. QUICK! Think something up.” That’s right. If Darlton and crew were ARG programmers, they’d improvise. Come up with their own tangential diversion in hopes that we wouldn’t even notice that there was a problem. Because that is what creative genius does. It covers it’s own tracks.
Instead, we get dead air.
The problem here is that right now, the ARG does represent LOST for many of us, and it does symbolize the competency and creativity of the show. As the fan base goes from sarcastic to downright caustic, so the swell of LOST hatred builds. Lindelof calls the fan scene ‘Toxic’ for a reason. We are an unforgiving bunch.
With the second week quickly approaching, the question isn’t so much ‘when will it get fixed’ anymore… but “Why?” Why hasn’t the game been fixed. Why haven’t the developers behind it at least shown some quick thinking to fill the dead air with something that would interest us? Why is the assumption – apparently – that we don’t even need an explanation, let alone acknowledgment?
With the accomplished history of LOST, and the sensitivity the creators have shown to the ebb and flow of the fan-scene, it’s a strange feeling to think that no-one is acting on these signals of impatience with a witty and creative segue to get us through until things are fixed. I’m just saying…