Lost returned from holiday hiatus last night (it's still on my TiVo - I was at the Rice-UH basketball game), and its creative team had some interesting things to say about the show's existential future.
"Basically, Lost is one of those things," says executive producer Carlton Cuse, "where you have to appreciate the journey and try not to worry about the endpoint. We're not in control of the endpoint."
"The reality is," [co-creator Damon] Lindelof says, "that Carlton, myself, J.J. (co-creator J.J. Abrams), the creative brains behind the Lost universe, we could all band together and say, 'We're ending the show after three seasons because that's the arc. They get off the island, and we reveal all the things we want to reveal.'
"And the network would say, 'No, you won't.' They will hire somebody and do Lost, with or without you."
[I]f you're a dedicated fan of J.J. Abrams' other ABC show, the spy drama Alias — which has a plot so convoluted that explaining it could cause a cerebral hemorrhage — you've long since learned not to sweat the small stuff.
"We suggest you do the same on Lost," Lindelof says. "That's between the lines here. If you're watching the show because you're waiting for the big answers to come, you have to understand that by the nature of what it is — it's not a movie, it's not a series of movies, it's not a trilogy, it's not a miniseries — it's going to be on the air for as long as ABC wants to keep it on the air.
"How can you ever possibly think that Lost will end in a satisfying way? Carlton and I can almost guarantee you that it will not."