The Appetizer: Recapping the NY Times Interview Before the Big Meal
- Friday, May 21, 2010
There's a major Star Wars reference within the first 7 minutes of the finale. Cuse looked like he wanted to smack Lindelof for revealing this, so we all took this as much more meaningful than, say, Hurley wanting to send George Lucas a better screenplay for Empire Strikes Back. What could it be? A Jack-and-Claire Luke-and-Leia-style kiss? Ew, let's not go there. It'd be much cooler if, maybe, Ben were to go up to Jack at the concert and say, "I am your father!"
Is the "final scene" really the final scene? This was odd. There seemed to be a minor debate between Cuse and Lindelof when
What vs. Who? This was a cool reveal for me because the producers mentioned the thematic concept of "Identity" - one that we have played with often in our recaps - within the show. So many times they have toggled between defining people or things as whats or whos. Ultimately, they decided early on that instead of answering questions like "What's in the Hatch?" and "What is the Monster?" that it would be so much more powerful, especially considering the sense of community / togetherness / humanity they wanted to instill, to answer them as "Who's in the Hatch?" and "Who is the Monster?"
Mirrors. The producers were asked about both the mirrored structure of the six seasons (Season One in many ways paralleling Season Six, and so forth), as well as the prominent presence of actual mirrors and reflections within Season Six. They admitted that first of all they did want the series to have some symmetry, which is one reason why this season's flash-sideways has served to give them more room to help us know the characters in the ways the Season One flashbacks did. The other reason mirrors seem to be everywhere is, as above, the concept of Identity. They want to remind people of the sensation one sometimes gets of looking in a mirror and wondering if the person staring back is really one's self. Who is that person? Do they have their own life on the other side? Do they have the same odd feeling of disassociation when they look closely at themselves or get introspective?
If you're like me, you've been bombarded recently by pseudo- or know-it-all fans telling you how they heard "the show has four alternate endings!" Please. Stop. This is not a remake of the movie Clue. So get one. If you were perhaps worried about this rumor, Cuse was kind enough to dispel it for us: the "alternate endings" that are being promoted for the post-finale Jimmy Kimmel special are spoofs. Humor spots. Fun. Nothing more.
I've long been aware that "did you know how this was going to end since the beginning" has been Cuse and Lindelof's least favorite question. It's pretty much a no-win proposition, as Damon went on to point out. He said there exist two groups he hears from most often. One wants every snippet, plot point, and twist from LOST lore to have been pre-ordained in a giant binder. The other wants to know how much evolved through fan theory, fan reaction, writer creativity, character growth, etc. But these ideas - the ordained and the organic - are mutually exclusive. Still, there have been elements of both occurring. They did confirm, though, what they have confirmed already several times - the actual ending, the final place we end up - has been known since J.J. Abrams conceptualized the show. From there, they crafted a story that was ultimately helped along once they found out exactly how much time they had to tell it. Beyond that, they created each episode to be a compelling story unto itself. It was a brilliant answer involving the many levels of quality storytelling. They even admitted their own fallibility, especially as it pertained to Nikki and Paulo…
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