“Lost” producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse have managed to turn their Comic-Con sessions into a kind of elaborate stage show — all the more remarkable considering that they never really give anything away about the direction of their impossibly dense series.
Saturday’s Comic-Con event featured a “fan appreciation” theme, complete with appearances by a number of the cast members (Jorge Garcia, Josh Holloway, Nestor Carbonell, Michael Emerson and finally, Dominic Monaghan) and a visit the night before to the fans who camped out in order to ensure themselves a seat at the filled-to-capacity presentation.
The highlights included a “Brokeback Mountain” spoof featuring the characters of Jack and Sawyer put together by fans as well as Holloway referring to Lindelof as “J.J. Abrams.” The producers noted that co-creator Abrams hadn’t been involved with the show since the first season. They also read from a page of the final script that sounded a lot like “Heroes.”
Mostly, the show runners promised that all questions will be answered in the final season, capitalizing on the fact that they have had three years to plan and build toward the finale. Lindelof noted that he’s constantly out to prove that the producers weren’t just “making it up as we go along.”
ABC will surely miss the show, but it’s no longer the breakaway hit it initially was, having settled into a more comfortable orbit for such a demanding sci-fi premise. As Cuse stated, the audience support has been ample enough to allow them to make a show that isn’t “lowest common denominator” programming and doesn’t have to compromise its storytelling.
True enough, and for that, the fans do deserve some appreciation.