If there is anyone out there who still remembers a little show called Lost, that ended with one of the most controversial endings ever last year, I have some good news! The creators of the show unveiled a never before seen clip at Comic Con in San Diego that just might cure your PLD (Post Lost Depression). While Comic Con was full of highlights, this surprising ‘deleted scene’ certainly was mine.
In actuality, the scene was a tongue-in-cheek clip compiled of footage from the season one finale, and new footage shot with Mark Pellegrino and Titus Welliver (Jacob and “The Man In Black” respectively). In the clip, Locke and Jack are debating the idea of destiny as they prepare to enter what would become the Swan Hatch for the first time, as Jacob and MIB watch from the bushes and discuss what the ‘Lostaways’ will encounter throughout the remainder of the series including the button, time travel, the candidates, the death of Locke, the light of the island, and of course that ‘cork metaphor’.
I recently watched the entire series again in its entirety and I stand by my conviction that it is one of best TV series ever, in part because of my appreciation for the show’s finale. The creators tied up the story lines of the series’ characters whilst leaving you with some unanswered questions to discuss afterwards. At the end of the day, what always made Lost so great was the discussion about the mystery that viewers could have with each other. Answers were nice when they came, but you can never make everyone happy, and trying to figure out what it all meant made the show much more interesting then actually finding out.
The fact that ‘answers’ always led to more questions, and trying to decipher what it all meant (even if 9 out of 10 times I was wrong) was what made the show great. For me, It doesn’t matter if the creators had a plan all along, or made it up from season to season, because it didn’t change the way I enjoyed the show. At the end of the day, the best fiction is that which engages you and makes you think. If you watched the series once, I suggest viewing it again. When you watch it knowing the ending, the pieces really fit together. If you haven’t seen the show before and are considering it, go in with an open mind.
The Comic Con clip confirmed three things… A) that Damon and Carlton stand by their product; that they aren’t making apologies for how the series ended… B) that they have a great sense of humor when it comes to how other people reacted… and C) that even after a year this tiny little ‘joke clip’ can still make me want to talk about this show, and for that I say Thank You… oh, and I liked the cork metaphor…and the rest of Comic Con was pretty cool too!
Didn’t make it to San Diego- see the deleted scene here.