Finding an ending to Lost

Will we ever know the answer regarding that four toed foot statue? Well, it looks like a distinct possibility.

Of course, the history/reason of the silly statue isn’t one of the central mysteries of Lost, but it is one of the multitudes that I’d like to see answered. And now the producers have figured out what I’ve been screaming for: a limited run series.

Recently, Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof, Lost’s executive producers, talked about finding an end date to the series. They wisely realized that prolonging the series to the whims of Nielson ratings without planning for a true end would be suicide.

“If we had an endpoint,” said Cuse, “then we could figure out where everything goes.” No shit, Sherlock. Again, I marvel at the creators of Lost actually thinking long term and realize that the crumbs of knowledge dolled out and adding mystery on top of mystery will only hemorrhage viewers.

I’m pretty sure the magic syndication number is 100, which basically means you run the series for five seasons. In fact, the terrific precursor to the now mainstream serial drama, Babylon 5, ran five seasons. There was a distinct beginning, middle and end with this show. Something Lost looks like it’s emulating in execution, if not style. Besides, having five DVD sets of an entire series that truly has a beginning, middle and end is an entirely satisfying viewing.

Another great example is the Harry Potter series. J. K. Rowling has been adamant there was only going to be seven books about Potter and his friends and enemies no matter how much money was thrown in her direction or how many howls of fans wanting more. As the old saying goes, “always leave them wanting more.”

Ultimately, having an end date and a set number of episodes means strict continuity, no more open questions, tight character development and pushes viewers to want to know how its going to end instead of the millions of conspiracy theories.

I’m actually looking forward to it.