In a recent interview with Digital Spy, Carlton Cuse expressed his belief that Lost will be reborn through the minds of other writers sometime in the near future. Our love-hate-love affair with the show still burns passionately even four years after the controversial series finale aired. What is it that about Lost that maintains our attention? Is it the mystery and intrigue? Maybe it’s the characters and the relationships they form on the island. How about the infamous sound effect that closed every episode and left us wanting more? The answer is: all of it.
Cuse and Damon Lindelof enchanted our hearts and our minds with the brain-bending series. They made the sci-fi genre appealing to the kind of people who wouldn’t be caught dead watching an episode of Star Trek and had never seen The Twilight Zone. As expected, there were plenty of haters. Don’t blame them! They were just afraid of commitment.
While the idea of a Lost revival without Cuse and Lindelof may make many super fans nervous, I am intrigued by the concept. There are so many questions left unanswered and so many plot lines left unexplored that it would be a treat for any writer to use these as a jumping point for a new series. I can think of several concepts that were briefly touched on within the show I’d like to see more of.
In the Season 6 finale Hurley is left as the island’s caretaker. With Ben as his advisor, I’d be interested to see the struggles they encounter during their relationship as they attempt to keep the island in harmony. I could also watch an entire series that focused on the DHARMA Initiative. Yes, the show revealed quite a bit about the mysterious organization, but there is plenty of room to create a more developed backstory. Speaking of the DHARMA Initiative, how about a series that focused on founders Gerald and Karen DeGroot? I’d love to see the very beginning of the DHARMA Initiative and discover what happened to the ill-fated researchers.
I’m in love and I don’t care who knows it. No matter how angry I felt at the end of an episode, I just had to patiently wait a week before Lost came back with a dozen roses and a large cheese pizza with the word “SORRY” written out in M&Ms (anyone?). I always forgave Lost and we’d ride away into the sunset on a polar bear. I miss that. If anyone’s got the guts to revive the show and rekindle this relationship, I’ll be waiting. Always.