The Trouble With LOST…

March 8, 2007

Lost’s success in the first couple seasons came largely from the mystery surrounding everything. Yes, the production values are great and the actors are all pretty good and the storylines intriguing, but what brings you back is hoping to find out the answer to the all encompasing question: why. And everyone had their own ideas about the answer in the beginning. Some people thought it was pergatory, some throuht it was a conspiracy, some thought it was something else entirely. And it was all these different possibilities that kept so many different kinds of people hooked. Thus Lost’s impressive Neilson ratings.

But you can’t people guessing forever. They’ll drop out if you string them along. This is obvious enough, but consider this – the more you answer, the more definition there is, the more chance you have of alienating certain parts of your audience. The other portion might be pleased with where you’re going, but ratings are king, and you’re losing ratings. Fast. The goal to attract a wide audience and answer questions at the same time are somewhat contradictory. And that’s why Lost won’t go past 4 seasons.


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