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Second Time's the Charm: Is ABC Considering a LOST Reboot?

Written by Jude Terror on Friday, April 25 2014 and posted in News with Benefits

Second Time's the Charm: Is ABC Considering a LOST Reboot?

This would mark the second reboot, the first being when it went from being a show about mysteries that would be explained to "character driven."

Source: EW

Are you still waiting for most of the mysteries of LOST to be revealed? It looks like you might get a second chance at having smoke monsters, magical cave lights, and polar bears explained as the creators of the series seem to be encouraging ABC to reboot the goddamned thing. From an Entertainment Weekly interview with Carlton Cuse:

I think it’s likely that at some point, ABC will want to reboot Lost because it’s a valuable franchise, and there will be some young, bright writer or writers who will come up with a great idea that the network responds to, and that’ll be great.


But that reboot won't involve Cuse or Damon Lindelof, who are pretty pleased with their finale:

For Damon and for me and for the other writers, it was always about: “What is it that makes us happy? What is it that we would like to see in the finale?” And we trusted our gut and instincts, and we felt like it would be a mistake to suddenly change the methodology for the final episode. We wrote the version that we wanted to see.


Of course, it just so happened that the version they wanted to see was a lame Jesus allegory with the cast of the show walking off into the sunset via a non-denominational church gathering. So what if it didn't answer any of the mysteries that the producers swore during the first few seasons would be answered with science and not wishy washy supernatural nonsense? At least Cuse and Lindelof were happy with it, and that's all that matters. Cuse isn't even sure why people get so bent out of shape about it? Who ever said mysteries need to be resolved?

I feel like if you enjoyed the 119 hours that precede the finale of Lost, is that whole experience ruined by the fact that you might not agree with everything that we did in the finale? I would hope not! I would hope that you would appreciate the fact that you were entertained for 119 hours even if you didn’t love the finale. Certain shows are harder than others — if you’re doing a show like Lost which is a mystery and everything about the show is mysterious, the expectation is just much higher in terms of what you have to do…. Social media has created this bell curve effect around finales that is really overblown. I can’t say that the ending of a story is always the best part of the story, and yet there’s sort of this implicit idea that the finale is somehow supposed to be the mind-blowing best episode of a show.


You see, wrapping up the mysteries in the show would have been impossible anyway. Who has time for that? Mysteries aren't meant to be resolved, even if the show's producers hook people for three straight seasons by swearing to God that they will be:

The more we understood the show, we really realized: “This show is about people that are lost on an island, but truly about people that are lost in their lives, so the best and most appropriate ending for the show is one that deals with: What sort of redemption do these characters get? Where do their lives lead them?” We felt like a spiritual resolution was the thing that would ultimately be the most emotionally satisfying. We felt like there was no possible way to answer questions. We actually attempted on a number of occasions to shoehorn in things like who’s in the outrigger, and we found ourselves doing all these sorts of narrative backflips. To put something into a story that really didn’t belong in the story that we were telling. We did “Across The Sea” third from the end and that was the closest thing to answers that we gave. It was the Jacob [Mark Pellegrino] and Man In Black [Titus Welliver] origin story. And that was an episode that was very polarizing and, for us, that was kind of confirmation that the answer version of a finale would never be satisfying. It would just beget more questions and that, in a way, it wasn’t really true to the spirit of the show as we intended it — that the show was a mystery. I feel like we did wrap up a lot of the biggest mysteries on the show. There was no way to sustain a mystery show for 121 episodes of television and tie up every loose end. It was just not possible. So, we really opted to find a way to take the characters to the end of their journey, and in so doing, we felt we were being fairly bold by tackling questions that were really as large as “What is the nature of existence?” and “What’s meaningful in life?” and “By what measure do we find value at the end of our journeys?” These are sort of large, ponderous questions that have no concrete answers but that was the territory we wanted to explore.


Hopefully the writers of the eventual reboot will learn from Lindelof and Cuse's mistakes.


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