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Old April 21 2013, 02:29 AM   #1
Joe Washington
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Lost as an one-season miniseries

If Lost was reduced to one season instead of six, which elements of the show would you keep and which would you cut out for the sake of brevity?
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Old April 21 2013, 02:47 AM   #2
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Re: Lost as an one-season miniseries

I can't even imagine it in a single season. Four or five years, maybe.

Obviously the first thing to do is drastically cut down the supporting cast. No Boone and Shannon, no Jin and Sun, no Charlie and Claire, no Hurley, no Desmond...
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Old April 21 2013, 03:27 AM   #3
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Re: Lost as an one-season miniseries

Eliminating Boone and Shannon, Fine. Jin and Sun? I can see an argument for that (but I wouldn't like it). But no Charlie, Claire, Hurley, and Desmond? That's ridiculous. They're all core characters.

That being said, I can't see the show being one season anyways. Sure, there's a lot of filler and side adventures that can be cut down, but a lot of the substance of the show would be lost (no pun intended), particularly the flashbacks.
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Old April 21 2013, 04:23 AM   #4
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Re: Lost as an one-season miniseries

One of the best things about LOST was its huge cast. It would be much less interesting series to me if Ben, Desmond, Juliet, Richard never existed.

The series wouldn't have the time to breathe and develop much of a mythology.
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Old April 21 2013, 04:34 AM   #5
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Re: Lost as an one-season miniseries

Not to mention how much the characterization would likely suffer.
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Old April 21 2013, 04:38 AM   #6
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Re: Lost as an one-season miniseries

I wouldn't want to shrink it...but rather expand on the Dharma thing...maybe as video game? With all this multimedia interactivity..it could make that aspect of the LOST universe really interesting..
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Old April 21 2013, 05:03 AM   #7
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Re: Lost as an one-season miniseries

If Lost was reduced to one season instead of six..

I might actually watch it.
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Old April 21 2013, 06:08 AM   #8
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If Lost was reduced to one season instead of six..

I might actually watch it.
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Old April 21 2013, 09:29 AM   #9
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Re: Lost as an one-season miniseries

The problem with LOST wasn't that it went on too long, but that the story we are introduced to at the beginning of the show is not the actual story. Every season or so they would have some big reveal that basically said "everything up until now was bullshit, HERE is the real story." When all was said and done, the final reveal was that, yet again, it was all bullshit.
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Old April 21 2013, 11:31 AM   #10
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Re: Lost as an one-season miniseries

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The problem with LOST wasn't that it went on too long, but that the story we are introduced to at the beginning of the show is not the actual story. Every season or so they would have some big reveal that basically said "everything up until now was bullshit, HERE is the real story." When all was said and done, the final reveal was that, yet again, it was all bullshit.
No matter how good the character pieces were, no matter how interesting the flashbacks were, no matter how well any of it was done, the promised resolution was never going to be good enough. From about half way through I thought the end would be pants (I couldn't think of any way they could pull it off) and yes, it was pants.

The ride was great, but the destination was never going to live up to it. Shortening it would have reduced the amount of time I wasted on it, but not improved it...
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Old April 21 2013, 12:42 PM   #11
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Obviously they wouldn't have time to do the whole "they left the Island... then years later they came back" or "some of them lived in the 1970s for three years"
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Old April 21 2013, 04:10 PM   #12
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Re: Lost as an one-season miniseries

Except for its needlessly labyrinthine plot and excessive characters, Lost was a flawless television masterpiece.
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Old April 21 2013, 04:17 PM   #13
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Would a LOST miniseries resemble a modern take of "Mysterious Island" tv series from the mid-1990's or older movies?
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Old April 21 2013, 04:26 PM   #14
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Re: Lost as an one-season miniseries

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The problem with LOST wasn't that it went on too long, but that the story we are introduced to at the beginning of the show is not the actual story. Every season or so they would have some big reveal that basically said "everything up until now was bullshit, HERE is the real story." When all was said and done, the final reveal was that, yet again, it was all bullshit.
No matter how good the character pieces were, no matter how interesting the flashbacks were, no matter how well any of it was done, the promised resolution was never going to be good enough. From about half way through I thought the end would be pants (I couldn't think of any way they could pull it off) and yes, it was pants.

The ride was great, but the destination was never going to live up to it. Shortening it would have reduced the amount of time I wasted on it, but not improved it...
I agree with this. I wasn't really disappointed in the ending because I never built up unrealistic expectations about it. What many people fail to catch is that the ONLY "purgatory" scenes are the flashbacks in the final season. Cut those out and the rest of the story actually happened in the context of the plot. I really liked the resolution and sense of closure for most of the characters, especially Ben and Hurley.

I do think the original poster is somewhat on the right track though. In the interest of milking the cash cow, the show went on way too long. Four full seasons would have been more than enough to tell the story well and completely.
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Old April 22 2013, 05:51 PM   #15
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Re: Lost as an one-season miniseries

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Obviously they wouldn't have time to do the whole "they left the Island... then years later they came back" or "some of them lived in the 1970s for three years"
And we wouldn't have gotten bearded alcoholic Jack.

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