Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Two years later

Two years ago, there was a big blowout at my house, as we celebrated the end of the show LOST. It was, in my opinion, the most creative and overall best series in the history of television. It raised so many questions about the human condition and the reasons that the world's paradigm for living is broken, and explored how we search for those answers. And it did it with characters that we deeply cared about. For the best explanation of why it was so good, please visit (or revisit) this blog post from my friend Rob:

Why LOST Matters

So two years later, the feelings are still there from the fans. Some disappointed by the ending; others like me who found it extremely appropriate for the theme of the show. After all, it was called LOST not because they were geographically lost, but because they were lost as human beings. And, regardless of whether you agree with all the answers to our lostness, that was what the ending addressed. Powerfully.

That is why I found this interview with LOST producer Damon Lidelof extremely interesting. It's the most extended explanation I've ever heard, and in it he deals with the disappointment of the person interviewing him. The most telling statement in the interview occurs at the 5:00 mark:
There is no worse scene in the history of genre than the Architect explaining to Neo everything that happened in The Matrix...And I wasn't going to touch that with a ten-foot pole.
And that's just one of many fascinating observations from Mr. Lindelof.

It changed television. It dealt with mysteries of the human condition and our struggle for redemption from start to finish. It asked many questions that are important to those of us trying live out the Kingdom of God on earth. And I miss it.

PS - It was an amazing time at the Manis crib that night two years ago. Here's a video we made of the fun:

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