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Time For Answers on Lost?

January 30th, 2010 | Jonathan Gray

I had previously posted the following clip, but now have a few words in response. See, the thing is, I don’t really want a whole lot of answers on Lost. I like the idea that it’s just set in a world in which different things happen. Granted, I want some answers, but, for instance, if I never find out where Smokey came from, I’m fine; if I never find out why only four toes on the statue, I’m fine; and if I never find out what the numbers mean, I’m fine.

To all you who want a whole lot of answers, be careful what you wish for. Or, to reword: think of the midichlorians. Who cared why some people have The Force and others don’t? It’s not just suspension of disbelief we need, but suspension of needing to know everything. After all, our own world is hardly logical, and none of us can pretend to know why so many things happen here, so why do we need all the answers on Lost?

In short, if you’re out there Damon, it’s me Jonathan. And I’m saying, don’t tell me all the answers.

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  1. January 31st, 2010 at 09:21 | #1

    One of the interesting questions that Lost raises is “what is an answer?” In the many lists of unanswered questions out there, I’ve been struck by how some questions are posed that don’t seem to need any further answering, like “Why did Locke get healed by the island?” For me, “because it’s a magical place” is enough, but for many fans, that doesn’t cut it. So I think we’ll see a lot of debate not only on which questions need answers but also which answers are sufficient.

  2. January 31st, 2010 at 09:31 | #2

    Exactly. Which is why I mention the midichlorians — I didn’t need to know why people had The Force. I feel as though some Lost fans/bashers are like four your old kids asking “why? why? why?” to everything, and why some of those questions are important to answer (“Daddy, why shouldn’t I put my hand under the lawnmower?”), some aren’t (“why do dogs have four legs?”). In that spirit, I think the answer to many of these questions is simply, “because Damon and Carleton say so” :-)

  3. January 31st, 2010 at 09:31 | #3

    four yEar old, not four yOur old. sorry

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