“Lost” fans are a curiously splintered bunch, but there’s one thing that almost all of them can agree on: Tuesday’s episode about the origins of the island (“Across the Sea”) sucked donkey balls. Big time.
Since the backlash first rang out on Tuesday night, creators/executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse spoke to Alan Sepinwall about the episode specifically and the end of the show in general. However, they only speak in carefully chosen code, so I’m going to provide helpful translations:
Lindelof: We knew it would be an episode that would be divisive… If you’re a mystery show, there will inevitably be episodes that answer mysteries. That has the potential to frighten, terrify, make people hate. This was going to be the season where we said, “Whatever your theory was, our presentation of the endgame of the show may disprove your theory, so we’re sorry if you don’t like the fact that you don’t get the Man in Black’s name, but you don’t get it.” So that’s going to piss some people off, and it’s their right to be pissed off.
“If you need me, I’ll be napping on this bed of cash.”
Cuse: We want the show to speak for itself. We don’t want to offer up our interpretation of what the thematics are of the episode… But we will say this: This is what an episode of “Lost” that is about answering questions looks like.
“You want answers? Here’s your f*ckin’ answers.”
Lindelof: It’s easy for people to say what they don’t want the show to be, it’s very difficult for them to say what they want the show to be… Usually, when we get criticisms, it’s along the lines of, “I really wish you hadn’t done that.” Or “I wish it had been different.” And you throw it back at them and ask, “Well, what did you want it to be?” And they say, “I wanted to see the statue built,” or “I wanted the Man in Black’s first name,” or “I want to know about the guy Sayid shot on the golf course.” Okay, that’s cool, you wanted those answers and we decided not to provide them to you. It’s not because we’re being cutesie, it’s because that that didn’t fit with our vision of the show.
“I don’t go down to the corner and tell you how to suck dicks, do I?”
Lindelof: Right or wrong, we’re going to have to deal the rest of our lives with questions about how “Lost” ended. We’re comfortable with that… we knew we chose to end the show, that we were going to have to take our lumps. That’s fine as long as we’re happy with how we ended the show. We’re not being obnoxious or cocky, it’s just us saying we’ve done our best.
“Juanita, I’m done with this bed of cash. Burn it in front of some poor people, and make me a new one.”