To mark the seventh anniversary of the premiere of Lost (most important anniversary there is, probably), Damon Lindelof spoke to a group of fans at the New York Television Festival (whatever THAT is) and revealed some secrets about the show’s development that are not so much actual secrets as admissions of what we all suspected the whole time. Here are some highlights (from Reuters):
[Damon Lindelof and JJ Abrams] threw in lots of wild elements just because they never expected it to get on the air.
One of the main calling cards of the show — the flashbacks to characters’ lives before they crash landed on the island — was simply a way to cut away from the same old tropical locale.
If it seemed like the writers were making things up as they went along, by the way, they often were. And also? Lindelof tried to quit the show, again and again.
“‘There should be a hatch on this island! They spend the entire season trying to get it open. And there should be these other people on the island,'” Lindelof recalled Abrams saying. “And I’m like, ”We can call them The Others.’ And he’s like, ‘They should hear this noise out there in the jungle.’ And I’m like, ‘What’s the noise?’ And he’s like, ‘I don’t…know. They’re never going to pick this thing up anyway.'”
He said he agreed with critics who said the show could never last more than a season.
Right. We know. The show was such nonsense. Just absolute garbage in so many ways. I loved it so much. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LOST! R.I.P. Lupides.