Showrunner Series: Adam Horowitz and Eddie Kitsis, Flashbacks and Self-Awareness

Welcome back to the Showrunner Series, an occasional TVS feature where I discuss the work of one or more major television voice(s). When a great, popular television series says goodbye, members of that series’ writing staff are going to be hot commodities. They’re going to be asked to run their own series, pitch their own … Continue reading Showrunner Series: Adam Horowitz and Eddie Kitsis, Flashbacks and Self-Awareness

On letting go: Musings on Lost’s final season one year after the finale

You're probably aware of this, but today is the one-year anniversary of Lost's finale episode, "The End." One year ago, the biggest television phenomenon of the 21st century came to an end, overwhelming some and frustrating/enraging more. For me personally, it's been something of a whirlwind year, especially as far as television goes. I started … Continue reading On letting go: Musings on Lost’s final season one year after the finale

#TVFail Entry 1: Lost, “Stranger in a Strange Land”

The accused: Lost, "Stranger in a Strange Land" (Season 3, Episode 9) The crime: Proving that the Lost creative team had no "real plan" to tell their story. Television’s failures are supposed to be obvious. From the overhyped non-starters that flop from the very beginning (hello, FlashForward, Lone Star) to the much-discussed clumsy conclusions of … Continue reading #TVFail Entry 1: Lost, “Stranger in a Strange Land”

2009-10 season wrap: Lost

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be summarizing my thoughts on many of the series that ended just as the “official” television season came to a close recently. Overview: The final season of Lost had otherworldly expectations placed upon it -- and that was before the writers decided to introduce a controversial storytelling device in the flash-sideways. … Continue reading 2009-10 season wrap: Lost

TV Surveillance Podcast Episode 2 — Reflections on “The End”

In the second episode of the TV Surveillance Podcast, John Barnett and I talk for a good 2.5 hours about "The End," the finale episode of Lost and also reflect on the series as a whole. We've planned another podcast in the near future to do some wrapping up, but if you're still jonesin' for … Continue reading TV Surveillance Podcast Episode 2 — Reflections on “The End”

Emotion over “answers” — Discussing storytelling approaches in the finales of Lost and Supernatural

With the round of season finales out of the way for all the major broadcast television series, I've been thinking about which finales were the most effective and why. You know, because I have absolutely nothing to do with my life during the summer -- or any time for that matter. Anyway, what is most … Continue reading Emotion over “answers” — Discussing storytelling approaches in the finales of Lost and Supernatural

Lost, “The End” Part Two — Evaluating character arcs in both universes

I've decided to avoid adding more bold sectioned-off updates to my original recap of the Lost series finale, "The End" and start a brand new post. You can view my initial set of ramblings here before jumping in to this post. For starters, I want to discuss the characters, since that's what the whole episode … Continue reading Lost, “The End” Part Two — Evaluating character arcs in both universes

The List: Ranking every episode of Lost [UPDATED TO INCLUDE “THE END”]

With Lost’s conclusion airing tonight, a slew of lists, editorials and personal reflections have flooded the internet. I have no problem adding to that mass of opinions. The past few days I’ve been wondering how to celebrate the series in a way that seems personal to me and one of the things I love almost … Continue reading The List: Ranking every episode of Lost [UPDATED TO INCLUDE “THE END”]

The Postmortem: “Across The Sea” and response to answers

Well, what a crazy 22 hours it has been since Lost aired its most divisive, polarizing episode of all time. "Across The Sea" is a complicated mess of betrayal, mommy issues and a whole lot of metaphor. It should really be watched at least twice before passing even any substantial judgments, so I fired it … Continue reading The Postmortem: “Across The Sea” and response to answers

The slow burn versus the really slow burn — Evaluating responses to the distribution of answers in Lost and Fringe

For fans of serialized television, nothing is more important than answers. Though some might claim they love the characters or individual episodes, gun to head, most fans of Lost would probably say they're watching because they want answers to the questions that have been posed. What I've noticed this season by watching two serialized programs … Continue reading The slow burn versus the really slow burn — Evaluating responses to the distribution of answers in Lost and Fringe

‘Lost’ burnout and the frustrations of serialization

I hate to keep writing about Lost, but over the past few weeks, its return has been the best story that is being covered from all angles. Last time I discussed the end of Lost meaning the end of well-respected serialization on broadcast network television. Today, let's look at another reason why serialization, especially heavy … Continue reading ‘Lost’ burnout and the frustrations of serialization

Celebrating ‘Lost’ as a game-changer in television

Last week, I discussed why I personally thought we'd never see another television series like Lost. Well, the Lost creative brass kind of feels the same way that I do. In an interview with Jace Lacob of the Daily Beast, executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse talked about the impact that their baby has … Continue reading Celebrating ‘Lost’ as a game-changer in television