Wednesday, February 11, 2009

'Loving Lost:' Entertainment Weekly Cover Story on Writers' 'Master Plan'

Entertainment Weekly promises us that the Lost writers have got an actual master plan and know what they're doing with this whole time travel, back-and-forth stuff.

Its cover story this week says that while season five has been a bit of a head-scratcher thus far, now that the writers have a definitive series end date and they've been creatively unleashed, freed to devise a jam-packed, mind-blowing conclusion for this maddeningly wonderfully confusing drama:

"Though the show was confusing before? Try this on for size: Time travel. Quantum physics. Hydrogen bombs. And a Da Vinci Code-meets-Foucault's Pendulum-meets-Weekend at Bernie's conspiracy to save (or destroy) the world, the linchpin of which involves U-Hauling the corpse of John Locke (Terry O'Quinn) back to the Island. When the gloriously strange saga of Lost finally concludes next year, season 5 is likely to be remembered as the one when the series came out of the closet and declared itself."

The article tries to soothe fans' concerns by encouraging Losties to be patient. Matthew Fox, who plays Dr. Jack Shephard, says there will be a pay off for sticking with the tangle of storytelling:

"There will be many, many answers, lots of things from past seasons that left the audience thinking, 'That's never going to pay off' -- but it does, in really cool ways that make you go 'Holy s---!' The season has a real feeling of things coming together, and it builds a groundswell of momentum for the end of the show."

Daniel Dae Kim, who plays Jin Kwon, also urges fans to hold on, no matter how challenging the first half of this season has been, saying, ". . . I like how the writers are showing allegiance to the true fans. The people who stayed with us are being rewarded with the more complicated and nuanced storytelling that they've been hungering for."

I can only hope that they're all correct because those high expectations they've just set with this "master plan" business, they're going to be hard to meet.

Image credit: Entertainment Weekly.

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