From the past to the future, the time for ‘Lost’ has arrived
“The big questions we posed in the finale are things we address right out of the box: We saw the island disappear. Where did it go and, more importantly, when did it go? What happened to the people who were on the island?” executive producer Carlton Cuse says.
The Emmy-winning drama won’t dawdle charting the course of the Oceanic 6, the group of castaways who escaped the mysterious isle, as troubled leader Jack (Matthew Fox) tries to persuade his comrades to go back. “That’ll actually happen, probably earlier than people think,” says Fox, who says Jack realizes that his effort to save castaways has imperiled them.
The pace, which had become too slow for some viewers, revved up — both in telling stories and resolving mysteries — after the 2007 decision to end the series after six seasons, cast members say. The next season won critical praise.
With no end date, the writers “had to leave as many doors open as possible just in case they had to carry the show on for another eight years or five years,” says Evangeline Lilly (Kate). With a date determined, “it was like a sailboat sitting on stale waters and suddenly the wind picks up. Everybody felt refreshed and excited.”
If the producers are responding to fans by answering questions quickly, they also are asking more from them as Wednesday’s two-hour premiere starts Lost on its final 34 hours.
Always a mix of adventure, romance, humor, mystery and sci-fi, Lost will delve deeper into science. Real space-time and time-travel theories mixed with Lost‘s own physics will help explain the disappearance of the island.
Earlier episodes with Desmond (Henry Ian Cusick) laid out a Lost rule: You can’t change your destiny. Desmond’s mental ability to move through time and space makes him a “wild card,” executive producer Damon Lindelof says.
“The show is getting vastly intricate as it moves into its end game, and the degree of difficulty is increasing,” he says. “It’s like college: Senior year should be harder than freshman year, but it’s all the more fulfilling, and hopefully everyone will get their degrees.”
Keeping loyal fans happy
He and Cuse, long Lost partners, know that approach isn’t likely to draw new viewers, but they hope to reward dedicated fans and recapture some who’ve dropped off.
Last season, Lost averaged 13.3 million viewers (No. 20 in viewers; No. 10 in young adults), a solid showing but part of a gradual decline since its premiere in 2004.
Character stories remain at Lost‘s core, producers say, and details of relationships, such as the Ben Linus (Michael Emerson)-Charles Widmore (Alan Dale) rivalry, are integral to the story.
Heretofore unknown connections will be revelatory. A familiar face, the late Ana Lucia (Michelle Rodriguez), reappears in the premiere.
“You got used to certain personality types among our beloved Lost-aways. Some of them are revealing secret sides to their nature now. Some are being placed in higher and more dramatic profile,” Emerson says.
Fans interested in the romantic quadrangle of Jack, Kate, Sawyer (Josh Holloway) and Juliet (Elizabeth Mitchell) will see significant developments.
“You know there’s always another side to the square. Just keep flipping the Rubik’s Cube around and you’ll find another story,” Holloway says.
Mysteries will be revealed
Viewers also will learn what Sawyer said to Kate before jumping from the helicopter carrying the Oceanic 6 away from the island, one of last season’s unanswered questions.
“Even more than the mythology of the island, the mystery of who these people are is what we really feel drives our stories,” Cuse says.
Multiple storytelling techniques, including the signature flashbacks and flash-forwards, will propel Lost.
The show is now divided in time between the remaining castaways, dealing with the immediate aftermath of the island’s disappearance, and the mainline lives of the Oceanic 6, whose stories are happening up to three years later.
“It feels like we’re working on two different shows,” says Yunjin Kim, whose Sun is one of the Oceanic 6. “I saw Elizabeth the other day and I was like, ‘Hey, how are you? How is your show going?’ “
Island historians should be satisfied at the season’s end, Cuse says, as more is revealed about what happened there before the crash of Oceanic 815 that launched the series.
On the mainland, a big mystery remains: What did Locke (Terry O’Quinn), now Jeremy Bentham, say to the former islanders, including Walt (Malcolm David Kelley), who as a young castaway played with the dog Vincent? And how did Bentham end up in a casket?
Once members of the Oceanic 6, and possibly others, get back to the island, learning what they must do next and how they might save themselves will lay the groundwork for the sixth season and a definitive conclusion, producers say.
“We do believe that the ending of the show will be a resolution, and one that will be satisfying,” Cuse says.
“It’s not like it’s going to be a copout, that it all took place in a snow globe or in the dog’s mind.”
Adds Lindelof: “Or in a snow globe in the dog’s mind.”
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