Friday, July 25, 2008

Why the Lie?

I'm not the only one wondering about the ridiculously convoluted lie Jack concocts for the O6 to tell upon their return. At the recent ABC TCA (Television Critics Association) event, Alan Sepinwall asked the same thing. Here it is in case you missed it.

I thought about [what question to ask] for a while, looked back over the reactions to each episode, and eventually decided to ask a question about why, in retrospect, Jack came up with the Oceanic Six plan, which was far more convoluted than necessary considering it was voluntary. (I had been assuming for much of the season that they were forced into leaving the island and following the lie by some outside force.)

So I gave it a shot, but Lindelof, sneaky bastard, was ready for me.

He not only nodded and smiled at the sound of my voice, but in response to my question, explained, "It's actually a funny story. We were sitting halfway through the season, and we had come up with this simple, streamlined, non-convoluted excuse, and I turned to Carlton and said, 'Alan Sepinwall might actually like this, so what we ought to do is come up with something incredibly convoluted so he can bust our balls at press tour.' And he said, 'Let's do that! He'll never fall for it.' Lo and behold, here we are."

At that point, the only thing I could say was "Touche."

I'm looking forward to bootleg copies of the Doc Jensen hosted panel at Comic Con on Friday.

1:45-2:45 Entertainment Weekly’s The Visionaries: Showrunners— Carlton Cuse (Lost), Damon Lindelof (Lost), Josh Schwartz (Chuck, Gossip Girl), Bryan Fuller (Pushing Daisies), and Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) are the television producers who are changing the face of television with deeply immersive entertainments marked by distinctive, cutting edge storytelling. They have also been at the forefront of bringing "genre programming" or "cult TV" to the mainstream. Prepare for a candid conversation about creative integrity in a commercial medium and the future of broadcast TV in an increasingly digital world. Spoiler Alert! Upcoming plot developments may be teased. Moderated by Entertainment Weekly senior writer Jeff Jensen. Room 6CDEF

Maybe we'll get some more from that.


Lost 2010 said...

I still hope that in Season 5, we meet an investigative reporter that is trying to tear the big lie to pieces. There has to be a journalist somewhere that's got a picture of Kate's Australian mugshot and the five week old baby in her lap at the press conference pinned to their bulletin board.

Along with a picture of Hurley before and after spending 100 days with little to no food.

When she gets her hands on Ji Yeon's birthdate, I'd say she's got herself a story. Unless Ji Yeon was conveniently premature. . .

maven said...

That lie and the acceptance of it by the real world is just a little too much dramatic license for me. I accepted Kate's travesty of a trial as necessary to move the story forward, but all the holes in the lie are a little too much. And the fact that it's basically made up on the spot by Jack and not some overall plan by Ben/Widmore/or whomever should add up to even more holes.

I hope this is addressed in S5 or 6.

memphish said...

Or at Comic Con!

I agree Lost2010 that we need some up and coming young reporter -- too bad Tricia Tanaka is dead -- to really dig into the O6.

maven said...

We can only hope, Memphish! LOL

Lost 2010 said...

But what is dead on Lost? LOL

memphish said...

I can state with utter confidence that Tricia Tanaka is dead and not coming back, but she's about the only one!

Capcom said...

Tonight on the G4 interview with Damleton, they explained all of that in detail. Just kiddin'! :o)