Lost News – Damon Blasts Back Over “Kevin Johnson” Criticism By docarzt, 29th April 2008 Filed under: Lost News Comments: 55 In an interview with The AV club, Damon showed his human side when it comes to all of arm-chair showrunners in the Lost world: "We find that the boards can be really toxic, nobody goes on the boards to say: ‘Wow! That was awesome!’ Traditionally, they go on the boards to nitpick and say, ‘Oh, I don’t understand how Michael could have gotten off the island, gotten back to New York, parked Walt, then got indoctrinated by Friendly all in a month’." I have to admit, I feel a little guilty reading that since I basically strung ‘Kevin Johnson’ up in the town square. But, in general, I feel bad for the big guys if they think we hard core fans are not just in total love with the show. If anything, I think our passion sometimes tempers what would normally be the slight discomfort of expectations not being met into a deep and acidic rant. That’s definitely the case with my assesment of Kevin Johnson weeks back. I’m fond of saying the worst episode of LOST is better than anything else on television. That said, is it really nitpicking? I have to challenge Damon here. In most cases I would say the fandom can be a pack of acid-spitting sloths with no real appreciation for the delicate craftsmanship of story telling. We are a noisy, demanding, one way street that passes through a bad neighborhood and rarely tries to understand what is happening on the other side of town. With Johnson, the idea of not being able to die off the island was ment to be the episode’s contribution to the mythology. What Damon, and noone else, could have anticipated is the level of ‘certainity’ that developed within the fan community that the circumstances of Michael’s return and his embedding in the freighter crew would be where the mythological expansion would take place. I would go as far as to say that most fans were speculating about ‘how’ instead of ‘why’, and then when it was revealed that it ‘just happened’ the pot boiled over. Of course, this is all rank speculation. The point being, Damon… if you’re listening… we’re not ‘toxic’ as much as we are high on our own fumes, expectations, and speculations. I think there is plenty of outright admiration being given to the show in the fan community. LOST has generated a fan community like no other. The thoughtfullness and intelligence of the community never ceases to amaze me, and over the years it has truly become a mid-world between the casual viewers and the actual creation of the show. The fact that our expectations can become so galvanized by our own speculations that we passionately disagree with story choices in a testament to the IQ of the fans that LOST attracts, and more importantly the capacity for stimulation that the show possesses.