Culture Wars: Are the Creators of Lost Making It Up As They Go Along?

by Scott Von Doviak & Andrew Osborne

Scott Von Doviak:  The fifth season of Lost ended with a literal bombshell, as the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815 trapped in the island’s past dropped an atomic warhead down the hatch in hopes of setting off an explosion that would prevent their plane from ever crashing, thus rebooting their personal histories. Meanwhile, back in the island’s present, we learned that ousted Others leader Ben really had killed his heir apparent John Locke, as an imposter posing as Locke engineered the murder of mythical island ruler Jacob.

If all of this sounds like complete gibberish, then you obviously aren’t one of the millions of viewers breathlessly awaiting the February 2nd premiere of the final season of the mind-bending series that has intrigued, infuriated, bewitched, bothered, and bewildered us (often all at the same time) for the past five years. Writer-producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse have many questions to answer in the climactic run of sixteen episodes. Among them: did the lostaways succeed at changing history? What is the smoke monster? Why does Richard Alpert never age? Why is Jack’s dead father still hanging around the island? And most importantly, where can we get our hands on a six-pack of that refreshing Dharma beer?

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