‘Lost’ Creator Admits That “There Have Been S***ty Episodes”: If Only Everybody In Hollywood Could Be So Honest
It can’t be easy finding ways to keep a long running show about castaways on a deserted island fresh and interesting, not to mention suspenseful. After all, if the mystery runs out so do the viewers. In the case of the long running ABC series Lost, sustaining and prolonging the mystery and more importantly, the series, became a more complicated venture as the series turned it a profitable franchise which ABC had no intention letting go of. It hasn’t been an easy task for the creators of the show and while it has maintained its loyal viewership, the quality of the writing has ebbed and flowed throughout its six season run.
This season will be its last and, in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, one of the creators, Damon Lindelof admits the main reason behind the decision to end the series has less to do with declining ratings than a lack of new ideas. He said:
Look, it would be nice to look back and say, ‘We love every episode of Lost, and every episode turned out the way we wanted it to.’ There are shitty episodes of Lost that we wish we had never written. But had we not written them we would be in a different situation now, because we ran out of ideas, we stalled, then the network realized what we had been saying from early on — that “Lost” needed an end date. And now here we are six years later on broadcast with a show that is — not what it once was [in the ratings] — but still performing, and we’re ending it on our own terms because we had shitty episodes.
He’s not kidding. Posted below is what is considered, to be one of the worst episodes of the show. It finally answered the mystery of… Jack’s tattoos. The creators must have thought it was something inquiring Lost fans wanted to know.