Nick Santora stopped by the Nerdist Writer’s Panel podcast in November (can a podcast queue ever truly become diminished?) and the outspoken writer and executive producer (Prison Break, Scorpion) had a lot of interesting things to discuss, including how he’s able to work in so many mediums. Santora spoke abut the complexity of Prison Break‘s narrative and described the difficulty of writing the show, eventually comparing it to Lost. To say Santora is critical of Lost is an understatement.
We had an expression in the room and which was, “No Polar Bears,” which was a reference to Lost. I had friends that were writing on Lost, I can’t say who they were. And I was watching football with one of them and I was telling them how much I loved the show…and I’m like, “How are you going to pay all this stuff off?” And he looked at me and goes, “We’re not.” And I go, “What do you mean you’re not?” He said, “We literally just think of the weirdest most f*cked up thing and write it and we’re never going to pay it off.” And I look at him and I’m like, “That’s such bullshi*t! You are completely f*cking with the audience.” I want to bring a class-action lawsuit on behalf of everyone who watched Lost all those years. Nina Hartley jerked people off less that Lost did.
Now all the discussions and arguments can be put to rest. Lost’s writers gave no f*cks about paying off all the mysteries it posited, so you can stop trying to apply logic to every single weird thing that happened on the island. The flash forwards were still a nice surprise, though.