“We have to go back!” – Jack Shepherd
Karey Burke, the new President of ABC Entertainment, has recently stated the network would be interested in the possibility of a Lost reboot. Although, she hasn’t fully discussed the new project with it’s creators J. J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof and Jeffrey Lieber, she said, “I would like that very much; that’s a reboot I would be interested in seeing.”
Last year, show-runner Carlton Cuse had said that he and Lindelof have always been “adamant” that they told the story that they wanted to tell, but would be fine if ABC hired somebody who had a good idea involving new characters that head to the island. He added that he would be “less excited” if they used the characters from the original show.
I was a huge fan of Lost since the day it aired and I’ve seen the first few seasons multiple times (I’d re-watch as much of the previous season as I could immediately before the next one would air). I felt like Lost revitalized the weekly keep you on the edge of your seat suspense that most hour long drams lacked at that time. Every week it left you wanting more. There was nothing better than watching the show live, and then again via DVR immediately after to catch things you missed, and then spend countless hours researching on the internet and theorizing with other internet crackpots. Then going into work and do it all over again by the water-cooler. It was truly something special.
Sadly, there were were a ton of shows that followed that tried to mimic that magic and failed miserably. I’m looking directly at you, The Event, The Nine, and Flash Forward. And I’ll be the first to admit that Lost, lost its way here and there throughout the series, but it still was damn entertaining TV. And yes, many people HATED the finale, but I was ok with it. It was time to end and it ended how it should have. The problem with all the researching, theorizing and rehashing is that nothing will live up to your expectations. NOTHING.
But, TV has changed a lot since Lost ended and I don’t think you can recreate that magic so soon after its finale. Yes, it’s been 9 years, but don’t just dump out some reboot just for the sake of keeping your IP for another decade or whatnot.
So no Jack, you don’t have to go back.