Getting Lost with the King

Jeff Jensen at Entertainment Weekly has finally published an article on his experience of the meeting between Lost execs JJ Abrams, Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse and one of Lost’s biggest fans – horror writer Stephen King!

If you know Lost well, then surely you know that the producers of the show are huge fans of Stephen King. And if you read the author’s monthly column in EW, you know our resident It man is a huge fan is a huge fan of Lost, too. In light of this mutual admiration, we thought it was about time these guys got together and talked — with us listening, of course.

Officially, their 90-minute conversation took place on Aug. 11 at Stephen King’s office in Bangor, Maine. I had the privilege of hanging out with this fab foursome — King, plus Lost producers JJ Abrams, Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof. I say ”hang out” because even though I was technically there to moderate, no moderation was necessary. King took charge from the start, serving the role of interlocutor with ease. The producers were candid and had questions of their own.

Read the article at Entertainment Weekly

Update: The Tailsection has published Stephen King’s answer to the question “How would you end Lost?” from the upcoming Entertainment Weekly issue:

I would take the main guy, Jack – the first shot of the whole series is his eye-ball close up, right? What that always said to me was that from now on, everything I see, Jack’s the eye of the beholder. So I would do something at the end where I flashback to the airport when they were getting on the plane, and I would have him taken away by people who wanted information out of him.

I would have them hook him up to a machine or something, or feed him drugs, and reveal the whole series had been Jack’s hallucination, built out of fragments of his real life – people from his past, people in the airport, his father, of course, and the numbers. The whole thing would be a lot of shuck and jive. I’d make it work somehow. It would creak, but I’d make it work.

I have to say, I’m not too impressed by King’s idea of how Lost should end. The theory that everything is just one of the characters’ hallucination has been out there since season one. Overall fan reaction to that idea has been very negative.

Besides, the end of the NBC series St. Elsewhere revealed that everything had occurred in the mind of an autistic boy, so the concept has already been seen on television.

The Lost team toyed with the idea in the episode “Dave” where Hurley’s imagined friend Dave tried to convince Hurley that the island and everything that happens in Lost is happening in Hurley’s head. Libby then explained to Hurley that he wasn’t imagining.

In my opinion, the episode “Dave” toyed with the idea, but also made it clear that Lost is not a creation of one of the characters’ imagination.

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5 Responses to Getting Lost with the King

  1. Hammer says:

    I agree, that would be too tacky if there was a person hallucinating in a another person’s hallucination.

    I think they used that episode to let us know that it wasn’t the main theory.

  2. FMGreenSteve says:

    That’s the best Stephen King can do?
    It’s been done before! What he proposed is basically the entire plot of “The Usual Suspects.”

  3. Andreas says:

    I like King’s idea that everything we see is from the perspective of the eye shown in the first shot. I’m more inclined to believe that it would be the perspective of the character’s eye opening each individual episode though. That would be a neat idea, but I think the opening shot of an eye is just an effect to tell us that the flashback in this episode (and in some ways the events on the island) will revolve around this character.

  4. MasterPo says:

    St. Elsewhere had an ending episode? I thought it just went off the air after the hospital was closed. Last episode I remember seeing was Dr. Auschlander(sp?) having an hallucination due to his chemo-therapy that he was a super hero character like Superman.

    Darn! I would have liked to see it! I’ll have to get it on DVD then.

    If it was all in the mind of an autistic kid, really very creative imagination considering all the plot twists and events!!

    ps- I agree that King’s idea is weak at best.

  5. KillerR says:

    In some ways, I think, King’s idea will be proven right. Most likely by way of the back story of the Apollo Candy Co. Whatever that chemical was that the candy dude was developing has something to do with what’s going on. Maybe the hanso foundation used that chemical after they bought Apollo.

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