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Uh, Dude. This Week's Episode of "Lost" Was a Question-Answering Episode?

By Dustin Rowles | TV | May 13, 2010 | Comments ()

By Dustin Rowles | TV | May 13, 2010 |


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"Lost" is not my beat, so I'm not going to try to offer any opinions or theorize (I'll leave that to Mr. Carlson). But, I read over a lot of the comments to this week's "Lost" recap, and one of the many themes in the comments was something along the lines of what I was feeling: Why, with only two and a half hours left to go, are Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse still presenting as many questions as they are answers this late in the game?

Well, Lindelof and Cuse answer that question, kind of, in an extensive interview they did with Alan Sepinwall (who is now part of Hitfix). It's an interesting interview if you're into that sort of thing, but the one line that stuck out for me most was this:

This is what an episode of "Lost" that is about answering questions looks like.

For folks like me who actually like tidy resolutions that's a hard statement to swallow. The entire interview basically intimates that, while the characters of "Lost" will get resolutions, the mystery of "Lost" probably will not. Here's another frustrating nugget:

It's easy for people to say what they don't want the show to be, it's very difficult for them to say what they want the show to be. Carlton and I and the writers and everyone else who's creatively involved -- it's it's our job to figure out what the show is and not what the show isn't. Usually, when we get criticisms, it's along the lines of, "I really wish you hadn't done that." Or "I wish it had been different." And you throw it back at them and ask, "Well, what did you want it to be?" And they say, "I wanted to see the statue built," or "I wanted the Man in Black's first name," or "I want to know about the guy Sayid shot on the golf course." Okay, that's cool, you wanted those answers and we decided not to provide them to you. It's not because we're being cutesie, it's because that that didn't fit with our vision of the show.

I respect that. Kind of. I guess my one issue is this: If you're not going to answer those questions, then why did you bring it up in the first place? I think a lot of folks are under the misconception that every frame and every episode and every action of "Lost" matters, and was driving the entire show toward an end point. There's a lot of superfluous stuff, and I suppose that's to be expected from a show of this length. But, man: That doesn't make it any less frustrating. The jist I got from the interview was this: Only the most obvious questions (and maybe not even all of those) will be answered. Everything else will remain a mystery.

I just hope "Lost" fanatics don't beat themselves up trying to figure out the answers to those unanswered questions, because I'm pretty sure that 80 percent of them are unanswerable.

Here's something that will take your mind off it, though. Every single one of Hurley's "Dudes," edited together into one dudetastic video.


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