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(Cracked)   108 answers to Lost's supposedly unanswered question. "How Damon Lindelof keeps getting work" surprisingly absent   (cracked.com) divider line 45
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2012-06-22 12:13:21 PM  
Lost was stupid. No one cares anymore.
 
2012-06-22 12:15:41 PM  
prometheus was a gorgeous movie with eye-candy galore. and an awful lindelof story. that guy sucks.
 
2012-06-22 12:20:22 PM  
www.ohwrd.com
 
2012-06-22 12:20:25 PM  

Honest Bender: Lost was stupid. No one cares anymore.


I still care. I'll watch L O S T again in a few years. I just finished watching the entire run on NetFlix a few months ago. LOVE that show. Cracked is blocked at work, but I am interested in seeing their list. 108 is a good number to have for it too.

And I will watch it again. You can't stop me. Don't tell me what I can't do!!!!!
 
2012-06-22 12:25:40 PM  
I watched up through season 4 before I decided that the island spontaneously exploded and everyone died. Off camera.
 
2012-06-22 12:31:20 PM  
I gave up on lost when I realized that the show was moving so slow it was actually a big meta-flashback full of flashbacks

It was like season 2 and one of the characters said something like "We've been on this island almost 60 days" and I had been on it for two years.

I was done
 
2012-06-22 12:38:01 PM  
I don't often go back and watch recent shows. But I will say that in my 45 years of on again off again tv watching life that I probably looked as forward to this show as any I can recall. Particularly when it was all weird sciencey with faraday and shiat. I think that's worth quite a bit whether or not I was completely satisfied with the direction it took. I was hoping it went in the crazy physics direction instead of the mystical route.
 
2012-06-22 12:40:42 PM  

JohnBigBootay: I don't often go back and watch recent shows. But I will say that in my 45 years of on again off again tv watching life that I probably looked as forward to this show as any I can recall. Particularly when it was all weird sciencey with faraday and shiat. I think that's worth quite a bit whether or not I was completely satisfied with the direction it took. I was hoping it went in the crazy physics direction instead of the mystical route.


That was fun... but the way they tried to tie it all together was probably the clumsiest and most inept thing ever attempted on broadcast television.
 
2012-06-22 12:45:01 PM  

CPennypacker: I gave up on lost when I realized that the show was moving so slow it was actually a big meta-flashback full of flashbacks

It was like season 2 and one of the characters said something like "We've been on this island almost 60 days" and I had been on it for two years.

I was done


The show flows much much better on DVD/Netflix than when it was first airing. The seemingly random airing of new episodes and weeks of repeats during the first few seasons was frustrating as hell. A show where each episode is pretty much a single day is a lot more enjoyable when you can watch an episode or two every day.

As for this list of answers, it started off pretty good then just relied a bit much on "magic".
 
2012-06-22 12:45:24 PM  
Summary:

Q: "Why did 'x' happen?"

A: "Because magic."

/unimpressed
 
2012-06-22 12:46:16 PM  
I could never understand how people couldn't figure out why there were polar bears on the island. The Dharma Initiative did a lot of crazy experiments. Some involved polar bears. And they decided to use them as guinea pigs with the whole time warp portal. People seriously couldn't deduce that on their own?
 
2012-06-22 12:47:17 PM  
And now this hack is trying to save the WWZ movie.
 
2012-06-22 12:49:38 PM  
I enjoyed LOST and was content with the ending, although I would have prefered a slightly different take.

Come at be, bro
 
2012-06-22 12:49:38 PM  
I'll save you all the trouble of reading it. The answer is...
www.strat-talk.com
 
2012-06-22 12:50:34 PM  
I got as far as the second "It happened because it happened" answer and gave up in disgust. Much like my experience with the actual series.
 
2012-06-22 12:58:17 PM  
The list does highlight that a lot of the supposed unanswered questions are stupid. There's only one that I ever had, but I can't ask it because it's been so long since I've seen the show I can't remember it properly. Something about Desmond at the end in the strange chamber that did stuff that I didn't understand. I'll have to re-watch it.
 
2012-06-22 01:02:48 PM  
F*cking magic... how does it work?

/lame answer is lame
 
2012-06-22 01:06:02 PM  
Lost is the reason there will never be another Lost. Audiences just don't have the patience to be strung along for 6 years and then be told that either a) We're not answering all the questions, get over it or b) It's magic, get over it. That's why a lot of us choose option c) Your ending sucked, get over it.

Look, I was a fan since season one. I loved the show and it had some great episodes, fantastic science fiction concepts, and characters I loved. But while they had a great show, let's not forget that they didn't have an overall plan. They were making it up as they went along, and they seemed to almost sneer at the obsessive fans that they were attracting in the first place. Those fans, myself included, expected the questions answered. And not just small questions like how did Locke's father get to the island? Big questions like why did the Others want Walt and what were they doing to him? The fact that this needed an extra DVD epilogue demonstrates why this show fell apart at the end.

There were times that a simple line or two-minute conversation would have cleared up so much. Instead, we got more and more mysteries, and the show and its creators almost seemed to resent answering the questions we expected answered (because they freaking PROMISED to answer them.)

That's why there will never be another lost. This is why shows like Flashforward and The Event and The Nine and Threshold and all the others got cancelled. No one was willing to put up with being jerked around. Sadly, my favorite Lost-esque series, Tower Prep, also fell victim to this. Which is a shame, because that show actually got things done and was fun to watch. yes, there were mysteries, but we got a lot more answers after one season of Tower Prep than in any other show.

/rant off
 
2012-06-22 01:11:19 PM  

Lyonid: Summary:

Q: "Why did 'x' happen?"

A: "Because magic."

/unimpressed


Uh, yeah, well, whenever you notice something like that... a wizard did it.
 
2012-06-22 01:18:25 PM  
this is how lindelof writes stories.

hmm, lets write a hard-lined mystery thriller but let's NOT have it be for hard-line mystery thriller fans. lets have it be for women who like drama interpersonal play more than answers and let's bundle it in a LONG protracted multi-season format. fill it with inconsistent guessing games and im sure they'll love it, particularly when nothing gets answered because they get to create a bunch of assumptions they can argue over incessantly.

and what sucks about it is that it still works. i have now learned to look for his name on movies to make sure i dont see them.
 
2012-06-22 01:19:47 PM  

soporific: Big questions like why did the Others want Walt and what were they doing to him?


They wanted Walt because he was "special". They wanted to understand more about him and how he did what he did (precognition, projection, etc). He ended up being more of a handful than the expected, so they let Michael take him away.

Sure, not every question in the show was answered, but this one was. One thing I liked about Lost was that it answered a lot of the questions without hitting you over the head with them. If every answer came from a scene like Michael explaining the whispers, I would have liked the show a whole lot less.
 
2012-06-22 01:23:35 PM  
Whoever wrote that article needs his/her reproductive bits removed, bronzed, and force fed to the author.
 
kab
2012-06-22 01:26:01 PM  

soporific: Lost is the reason there will never be another Lost.


I think it will happen again.

Lost was a very good TV show, and probably one of the best at being able to string folks along as you said.

Part of the reason for that is the amount of time they spent creating worthwhile characters, all with fairly strong back stories. The ability to involve viewers into those on a weekly basis made the show tolerable for as long as it ran. I'd argue that The Killing had the exact opposite problem... that the characters for the most part weren't represented in a way that made you overly concerned about them, other than the 'whodunit' aspect of the show. And because of this, most viewers felt that it dragged its heels wrapping the plot up.

The problem is that I don't think the Lost writers realized the level of positive scrutiny the show would wind up having from fans, and they simply opened too many cans of worms that they didn't have lids for.
 
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2012-06-22 01:26:01 PM  

The Flexecutioner: prometheus was a gorgeous movie with eye-candy galore. and an awful lindelof story. that guy sucks.


It was really disappointing. I was hoping that Scott would tame some of the Lost-like nonsense but instead of was mostly fluff and eye candy. And ATVs. Fluff, eye candy and lots and lots of ATVs.
 
wee
2012-06-22 01:28:12 PM  

NoxNoctus: Whoever wrote that article needs his/her reproductive bits removed, bronzed, and force fed to the author.


Dude, it's Cracked. There's a reason they have to pay sites like Fark for links to their badly-written articles and inane "Top 5" lists.
 
2012-06-22 01:29:12 PM  

Honest Bender: Lost was stupid. No one cares anymore.


And why was this one greened instead of the video game boobs article for the day?
 
2012-06-22 01:30:08 PM  
I heard an interview with Lindelof on NPR just before Prometheus came out. He talked about writing stories that posed deep, interesting questions and said (paraphrasing) that he didn't think it was his place to answer the questions.

What a hack - It's your farking story, it's your farking reality...it's your farking job as the writer to answer the questions YOU created in your work of fiction.

dipshiat
 
2012-06-22 01:30:29 PM  

Lyonid: Summary:

Q: "Why did 'x' happen?"

A: "Because magic."

/unimpressed


What about the epileptic trees?
 
2012-06-22 01:46:47 PM  
Because the series finale only worked as a Season 6 finale?
 
2012-06-22 02:00:03 PM  

DontMakeMeComeBackThere: I heard an interview with Lindelof on NPR just before Prometheus came out. He talked about writing stories that posed deep, interesting questions and said (paraphrasing) that he didn't think it was his place to answer the questions.

What a hack - It's your farking story, it's your farking reality...it's your farking job as the writer to answer the questions YOU created in your work of fiction.

dipshiat


Agreed. That is a really hack-y excuse. You don't always have to answer the question, but there has to be a reason to leave it open. Otherwise it is just laziness. I'm pretty certain Lost turned out to be the latter.

/when the answer to the open question is "magic," it is not a deep question
//"what's the deal with X" is a legitimate question when you emphasize something and nothing ever comes of it.
///Symbolism is all fine and good, but there has to be some foundation to argue the symbolism.
////Bah!
 
2012-06-22 03:03:44 PM  
I was particularly disappointed when they introduced this character without explanation.

www.dvdtimes.co.uk
 
2012-06-22 03:31:59 PM  
The producers themselves set up the expectation, through their interviews in season 1 and 2, that everything would be explained in a somewhat realistic manner and nods to pseudoscience. Given that expectation, I think it's silly that the producers are surprised that fans don't like "Magic" as an answer.
 
2012-06-22 03:35:12 PM  

DontMakeMeComeBackThere: I heard an interview with Lindelof on NPR just before Prometheus came out. He talked about writing stories that posed deep, interesting questions and said (paraphrasing) that he didn't think it was his place to answer the questions.

What a hack - It's your farking story, it's your farking reality...it's your farking job as the writer to answer the questions YOU created in your work of fiction.

dipshiat


I loved L O S T, especially the second time around, on NetFlix where the episodes were one after another, with no reruns throwing off the flow and no months-long gaps between episodes during which I would forget shiat.

But I totally agree with DMMCBT. Lindelof is taking the easy way out if that is what he truly believes. ANYONE can write themselves into a corner and leave shiat there unanswered. What kind of skill does that take? I give him credit for L O S T because I was satisfied with the show overall, but throwing amazing shiat out there and leaving it hanging is just a shiatty way of writing.
 
2012-06-22 04:18:32 PM  
The strangest mystery of all involving lost is how Ben wound up married to Arlene from True Blood in real life. That is just an interesting pairing:

www.trueblood-online.com
 
2012-06-22 04:27:41 PM  
I liked LOST. I own the Blu-Ray collection and will likely watch the show again here in a couple of years.

The show seems very Eastern in its refusal to tie everything up in a neat little package. Things are as they are.
 
2012-06-22 05:20:33 PM  
""A wizard did it""

Fark you lindelof.

Double fark you jja.
 
2012-06-22 07:55:45 PM  
From the question Why can Jacob leave the Island but the Smoke Monster can't?
Eventually, Hurley the Jacob and Jack the Smoke Monster will die, and Walt will become the new Island Protector. He will have the powers of Jacob, and take the form and powers of a Smoke Monster, too. He will be one with the Island, as well as Protector of it.

Wait when did Jack become the smoke monster? He became the Jacob and then he died. Was there something I missed?
 
2012-06-22 08:30:15 PM  

quizzical: The producers themselves set up the expectation, through their interviews in season 1 and 2, that everything would be explained in a somewhat realistic manner and nods to pseudoscience. Given that expectation, I think it's silly that the producers are surprised that fans don't like "Magic" as an answer.


This times a million.

Supposedly they had a rational answer for everything, and half the fun was trying to figure out what that could possibly be. Only they didn't. They straight up lied to us and were just making stuff up as they went along. One of the guys who made it said in a later interview that they didn't really care because they never thought there would be a second season so no one would ever call their bluff. Also, it's a dead giveaway when a main character like Ben Linus was originally only scripted to be in 3 episodes in the second season [link].
 
2012-06-22 09:47:38 PM  
I gave up after season 3. I really wanted to like the show and I was captivated by the first 2 seasons but every week I was like, "Absolutely zero questions were answered this week but 10 new questions were thrown at me." I just couldn't put up with it and also figured there was absolutely no way they could tie up everything and answer everything. I'm glad I stopped watching it because I know I would have been royally miffed if I'd stuck with it and seen the end. Of course, I don't know what the end was but I do know that everyone says it didn't deliver.
 
2012-06-22 10:05:31 PM  
The ending to Lost was terrible. But not as terrible as that entire shiat heap that was Prometheus

/Lindelof sucks
 
2012-06-23 08:57:29 PM  
Made it as far as the statue "explanation".

I'm sorry but a giant statue of Taueret on a South Pacific island needs to serve a purpose. Is no one familiar with Chekhov's Gun?

Where midichlorians came from is not the same as the statue because midichlorians were farking utilized. Boba Fett's father isn't an adequate comparison because it's just minutia that is completely irrelevant to anything, everyone has a mom and a dad (or a combination of the aforementioned), a good story does not need to provide us with a family tree.

By its very nature, a statue of an Egyptian goddess is going to require explanation because it's an anomaly that sticks out like a sore thumb. It's presence suggests that A) Egyptians got to the island, and B) Spent time finding and shaping stone to create a statue, but not really bothering to do much in the way of creating a functional civilization otherwise.

If the main character in a storyline has a cough at the beginning, you can be pretty confident that it will be integral to the storyline later on... that sort of thing is what makes a story effective rather than just a slideshow of unrelated goddamned things with no cohesion or relevance to the story whatsoev-- Oh, I'm sorry, we were talking about Lost weren't we?
 
2012-06-24 09:01:11 PM  

Treize26: Is no one familiar with Chekhov's Gun?


lh6.googleusercontent.com

I love that episode.
 
2012-06-25 07:50:03 AM  
A lot of people forget that their constant whining about "oh they're making it up as they go along" and "damnit just give me answers" movement became quite popular so the network ended up ordering the writers to finish to a deadline, so there wasn't enough time to answer everything. We could still be being mystified by continued mystery today but no.

I enjoyed being mystified more than I cared about the answers.
 
2012-06-25 09:16:07 AM  

Slaxl: A lot of people forget that their constant whining about "oh they're making it up as they go along" and "damnit just give me answers" movement became quite popular so the network ended up ordering the writers to finish to a deadline, so there wasn't enough time to answer everything. We could still be being mystified by continued mystery today but no.

I enjoyed being mystified more than I cared about the answers.


I remember it being the other way around. The producers of the show wanted a definite end date so they could plan the show out better. Without an end date, they had no choice but to tread water on most things. Compare the first half of season three with the second half. There's a huge difference in plot movement.

It was a pretty big deal at the time that ABC agreed to a definite end date for a show as big as Lost.
 
2012-06-25 11:37:53 AM  
I thought everyone died in the plane crash ...
That's why in the last scene Claire had her baby and it was still a baby ...
The island seemed like a waiting place where people had to learn lessons that they did not learn and life and once they found peace they were able to move on.
People left the island but they never returned to a real reality.
 
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