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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Loki Episode 6 – Review
Episode six of Loki from Marvel is here, streaming now on Disney Plus. It’s time for the series finale. Here’s our review.
SPOILERS: If you’re reading this then you’ve probably seen the show, but if not there are spoilers ahead.
More to come
The post-credit scene showed that a second series has already been ordered, meaning this finale is essentially the end of Part One. Thank goodness it is. Because if this was the denouement of the entire Loki story then there’s a good chance it would go down in television infamy as one of the more unusual series endings.
Introducing the big bad
We pick up from Sylvie and Loki’s defeat of The Alioth as they look at the citadel upon the rock at the end of time. They make their way to the entrance, and upon being invited in they’re met by Miss Minutes. It’s been widely predicted that ‘she’ would be an agitator in this series. And at last her role has been revealed. She is an emissary of Kang The Conquerer, embedded within the TVA.
She offers Loki the earth, almost literally, as she tries to coax him to betray Sylvie. Her offers of infinity stones, defeating Thanos etc. Happily, Loki rejects all the trinkets that she offers. Instead, he and Sylvie head into the lift where they meet ‘He Who Remains’ aka Kang The Conquerer. A 31st-century scientist and the true timekeeper.
Sylvie attempts to kill him but he quickly demonstrates some of his powers by dodging and weaving her before she gives in and the three of them sit down for a very long discussion. To sum up what was a lengthy and occasionally fairly tedious scene. He Who Remains (HWR) asks Loki and Sylvie to kill him and take over the role of controlling the timeline. Loki is extremely reticent but Sylvie, angry at what HWR’s meddling has done to her life, is desperate to do so.
Meanwhile, back at TVA HQ, Renslayer is informed by Miss Minutes of HWR’s plan. Showing her dual role and playing on Renslayer’s desperation to keep the TVA active and relevant.
Loki and Sylvie get into a physical fight over what to do with HWR. With Loki recognising how the timeline will fragment with branches springing up all over the place. But Sylvie is consumed by her rage and eventually overpowers Loki, sending him back to the TVA and then kills He Who Remains.
Setting up season two
Loki finds Mobius and tries to explain what has happened. But then discovers the terrible effects of what Sylvie has done by apparently killing HWR. Mobius has no idea who Loki is. This situation is then made worse when Loki looks out to see a statue of He Who Remains adorning TVA HQ. Loki realises that he is in a different timeline branch. One where HWR or Kang is in control of everything. Sylvie has been manipulated into apparently killing him which has enabled him to increase his power further.
Jonathan Majors was masterful as He Who Remains. Which is what you’d expect from someone with a Masters in acting from Yale. He was flamboyant, powerful and mesmerising, which is exactly what you want from a major villain. He will be back in AntMan 3 as Kang The Conquerer and is set to be the key villain in the next phase of the MCU post-Endgame and Thanos.
I have been extremely positive about this series, as I think it has been the strongest and most cohesive of the Marvel series so far this year. But I can’t disagree with anyone who felt short-changed by this finale. My 11-year-old son was pretty vocal in his disappointment the moment the credits rolled, and he was absolutely right. He is one of the most obsessive Marvel fans around and if he was underwhelmed, I feel pretty sure he was reflecting the majority view. Nothing I’ve seen online since has dissuaded me from that either.
Phase 4 groundwork
It seemed that the finale was essentially an exercise in introducing He Who Remains or Kang to our screens ahead of AntMan 3. While this isn’t necessarily a problem, it meant that the focus shifted away from being the climax of this series. Instead of being a prologue for the next phase of the MCU, which does seem a peculiar decision.
There are those who feel that the series original premise of Loki and Mobius teaming up to find Variants dotted around time and space was dropped after the first two episodes. Instead, it was replaced with a love story between Sylvie and Loki and a voyage of discovery with Mobius reduced to a bit part for the rest of the series.
But, the cliffhanger at the end of the series as Loki returns to the TVA does give me hope that Series Two will be an even better follow up.
CULTURE CROSSING SCORE 6/10
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