Lost was one of the most popular TV shows of the early 2000’s, garnering hundreds of thousands of fans. But 10 years after that soul-destroying finale first aired, we explore what led to Lost’s downfall. What went wrong with Lost?
If there’s one good thing to come out of the epic disappointment that was Game of Thrones’ finale, it’s that it helped people forget about how bad Lost’s ending was. And in case you have forgotten, let me remind you: it was really bad.
Here’s the lowdown on why Lost was so disappointing:
WARNING: The next section contains spoilers
Writers were convinced to make double the amount of seasons
Lindelof and the team were talking about Lost’s endpoint as early as the pilot. In fact, their original wish was to end it after just three seasons.
But due to its success at the time, ABC didn’t want to wrap it up. Like many networks with popular shows, they wanted to flog that cash horse for all it was worth.
Their suggestion was to string it out for 10 seasons, but eventually reached a compromise with writers and settled on six.
The problem with this is that you can’t force magic. Nor can you make something work when the writers and the network are going in opposite directions.
If you have the material for three seasons, then doubling what’s required will leave you with a hell of a lot ‘filling’ to do. And that’s kind of what happened with Lost. The flashbacks. The insane storylines. It all kind of dragged on and on with no real resolution in sight.
Which leads me to another major issue…
Lost’s ending was planned from at least Series 3
One of the first rules of writing stories: always plan out your beginning, middle, and end. It’s the mantra that most (if not all) writers live by.
But imagine you have the framework of a story all planned out, only for someone with a completely different agenda to force you into doubling your content. You’re either gonna fill space with a load of garbage, or your story is going to veer so far from your original plans that the ending no longer works.
Oh hey, that’s exactly what happened with Lost…
Writers had already planned the purgatory-style ending from the start. Although I thought the ending sucked, it would have sucked less had they not been persuaded/coerced/forced into changing their original plans.
The writers added so many fantastical and incredulous storylines. Once the ending was finally revealed, it all felt like one huge tease. Some fat cat network exec was sitting on a plush leather recliner somewhere when that finale aired, laughing maniacally whilst counting wads of cash that could only be outnumbered by fans’ tears.
Writers broke two of the cardinal rules of story writing
So they deviated from their original plan: no-no #1. But that’s not the only reason why the ending was an insanely huge flop.
I remember when I was in primary school learning about how to write good stories. We were told never to end a story with “it was all just a dream” or “and then everyone died”. So Abrams and Lindelof basically broke the rule of storytelling that you learn when you’re seven years old. Way-to-go chumps.
You see, those “rules” are there for a reason – as Lost proved. Stories that end that way leave people feeling disappointed and cheated. And if you didn’t feel like that after watching the finale of Lost, you’re probably one of those nutters who also enjoyed the ending of Game of Thrones.
But that’s not the only reason those kinds of endings are terrible…
Questions were left unanswered
Lost’s mystery and intrigue was one of its biggest draws for viewers. But although we all enjoy this to a point, we still want to see a satisfactory resolution eventually. We want answers to our questions, and to wrap up a series with no uncertainties.
This was far from the case with Lost and part of what went wrong.
What was “the sickness”? What was the deal with Walt? Why was Libby in the mental hospital with Hurley? Were “the numbers” actually just pointless? If anyone’s managed to figure these out, answers on a postcard please.
Sometimes, an unresolved bit of mystery can be a real talking point. Think about Inception. What a mind-blowing end to a film. But even though it left a question unanswered, there were only two possibilities: the camera cut off early, or he was still in a dream. It was the perfect cliffhanger, leaving audiences to muse over the answer for years to come.
But with Lost, there were so many cliffhangers, it’s a wonder there was a cliff left to hang them from.
As is always the case with popular TV series, the rumour mill is constantly swirling with whispers of a reboot/remake. I’d sure as hell love to see one – but only if it answered all the questions we were left scratching our heads over 10 years ago.
Problem is: I don’t think there are any answers. I think the writers got way in over their heads trying to satisfy both their audience and the network and ended up in a rabbit warren with no means of escape.
Yes, Lost had all the makings of an amazing TV series. Great writers. Fantastic cast. Gripping plot. But they sold their souls for those dollar signs and wound up with an ending that blew more than Vesuvius on steroids, that’s what went wrong with Lost.
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Cobra Kai Season 4 – Review
Cobra Kai season four is out now on Netflix and the All Valley is back and better than ever. Here’s our review.
SPOILERS: If you’re reading this then you’ve probably seen the show, but if not there are spoilers ahead.
It’s January, and new shows are popping up everywhere. This brings us to the show that I and my friends have been holding our breaths for: the fourth season of the hit Netflix series Cobra Kai! After three seasons, I wondered if there was anything left to mine from the Karate Kid lore or the Johnny/Daniel dynamic. I am happy to report that this might be my favourite season yet! It manages to not only expand upon the universe it has created, but to bring in a new villain, who is so bad that he threatens to outdo even John Kreese!
Season four sets us off where the third left off, with Johnny and Daniel having joined forces to fight Cobra Kai. Their friendship arc is the glue that holds this season together. The story focuses largely on whether they will be able to pull it together and make their partnership work. As in previous seasons, their relationship has its ups and downs. The stakes are heightened, however, as the season leads up to the All-Valley Tournament. A bet between the three senseis – Kreese, Daniel, and Johnny – means that losing the All Valley is losing the title of sensei.
This season explores the ways that both Johnny and Daniel work with the kids. It also examines the kids’ struggles as they prepare for the All Valley while dealing with conflict within the ever-changing network of friends and enemies in the dojos. Robbie has left juvenile hall and decided to join up with Cobra Kai as a means of inflicting revenge on both his dad and Daniel. Tori and Sam continue their rivalry. And John Reese’s old friend Terry Silver (of Karate Kid 3 fame) shows up to kick Cobra Kai into high gear.
Daniel’s son, Anthony, who has largely been absent until now, faces his own dilemma when his friends begin bullying Kenny, the new kid in town. This soft-spoken middle school character brings us into the world of the younger kids, setting up yet another storyline. Kenny becomes the victim of a gang of kids (including Anthony), enduring round after round of bullying before Robbie takes him under his wing. After his induction into Cobra Kai, the formerly shy middle-schooler becomes a bully himself.
Shades of grey
This brings me to one of my favourite things about the show. The constant back and forth dynamic between characters makes us feel that anything is possible. There is no black and white in the world of Cobra Kai. Where the Karate Kid told us that Daniel was good, and Johnny was bad, this show gives us a very different point of view. It’s a world where we’re never sure who to root for. In this season, we even see Hawk make a return to the “good guys” side after giving up his spot at Cobra Kai.
With Eagle Fang (Johnny’s new dojo) and Miyagi-Do teaming up, the kids – and the adults – have to learn to work together. Of course, complications ensue. Johnny becomes jealous of what he perceives as Miguel’s preference for Daniel over him. Sam wants to learn both her dad’s karate style and Johnny’s, despite her father’s discouragement. Meanwhile, at Cobra Kai, Kreese is losing his grip on the dojo. His former war buddy, Terry Silver, puts off a rather benign appearance in episode one, growing more and more evil with each episode.
This season is lacking in many of the big fight scenes of the previous seasons, instead choosing to focus their energy on the characters. The All Valley Tournament features several great karate matches and offers a satisfying conclusion to Johnny and Daniel’s arc. In the end, Cobra Kai takes the tournament win, but Johnny and Daniel have reached an understanding.
Tori defeats Sam to take the women’s All Valley trophy but later overhears her sensei paying off one of the referees. It’s clear that Cobra Kai has pulled yet another fast one. But the season ends on an even more ominous – and unexpected – note. Terry Silver assaults the over-aged former Cobra Kai member, Stingray, sending him to the hospital. He then makes a deal with Stingray to blame the crime on Kreese. We end the season with Kreese in handcuffs, Terry Silver set to take over Cobra Kai, and the future of Eagle Fang and Miyagi-Do uncertain. In a last shocking twist, Miguel leaves town in search of his biological father.
Although some may miss the school hallway throw downs, I found this one satisfying in a different way. It just goes to show that the ever-expanding Cobra Kai universe can keep bringing surprises season after season.
CULTURE CROSSING SCORE 9/10
Thank you for reading our review of Cobra Kai season four. Do you agree or disagree with our points or have anything to add? If so, leave us a comment below.
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