I know I’ve touched on it a little bit in columns here and there but LOST is one of my all-time favorite television shows. All. Time. The amount of man-hours and emotions that I poured into that show could be considered criminal by some. There was a t-shirt for each day of the week, McFarlane figures, soundtracks, playlists, hats, and almost tattoos. If you name it I had it when it came to LOST. For a long, long time LOST was my television watching pinnacle.
I never subscribed to the theory that the final season of the show was bad or a letdown. Maybe to the casual viewer, but on the whole, I thought the final season of LOST delivered something rather beautiful. That final episode… I cried like a baby. I’m talking shoulder heaving and gasping levels of crying. It seems that critics ignore everything that’s said within that finale and make claims that nothing on the show really happened or that they were in Purgatory the whole time. I have no tolerance for these reviews because the show does everything in its powers to tell you that isn’t what happened. Think of the ending of LOST as the Grey Havens from Lord of the Rings. We’ll circle back to this another time, I could seriously spend all day writing about this, so let’s just hit the pause button because there are other things to cover here.
LOST changed the landscape of television, and whether you like the ending or not, you can’t really deny it. Since it went off the air, eight years ago now (ugh), there have been many attempts to re-create its structure but no one really has been able to. There is only one LOST.
There have been questions though as people have wondered if it would ever come back. I think a part of that is people who need definitive answers to questions and others who just miss the Island. I kind of fall into a grey area on this. I would love to visit the Island again, in fact, I outlined a sequel a bunch of years backs that could continue the story through the perspective of the children on the show. Yet, there’s a part of me that wants LOST to just be LOST. Let it exist for the monumental, television changing show that it was. Any sequel could diminish the legacy of the show. It doesn’t help when showrunners Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof have spoken that they believe that the show will one day come back under the leadership of someone else. It makes the return of LOST not seem like an if but more of a when, and it leaves me torn.
Recently Carlton Cuse signed an exclusive deal with ABC which has had me wondering if this is the first step of the return of LOST. I know he’s said that his days on the Island are done but sometimes there’s just that draw. The Island will let you know when it’s done with you. Just ask Michael. Most recently the LOST social media accounts have been quite active promoting a new show on ABC, premiering tomorrow at ten o’clock, The Crossing. My brain has been spinning ever since. Could The Crossing somehow be related to LOST? I mean, it wouldn’t be the first show to have ties to LOST. Once Upon A Time, another ABC show, also had it’s ties to the Island, but there’s something about The Crossing that seems familiar. Maybe it’s the use of water and the beach, maybe it’s the eye in the artwork, maybe it’s how some of the shots feel like the plane crash in the LOST piolot, but there is some familiar territory here.
Now, there was a time where I would consider myself to be a LOST scholar, and while I may be a little rusty, I can still hold my own. There are a number of similarities in this trailer to LOST but I’m not completely sold on the idea of these two shows being connected. For one, Cuse has nothing to do with The Crossing and I figure if there’s going to be a LOST revival then Cuse and his big contract are going to be involved… despite what he says. There are other things too, the woman who seems to have super powers just negates anything that we have seen on the Island. The people from Oceanic Flight 815 were special but they weren’t superhero special.
There is one thing that keeps nagging at my brain though. I have myself almost convinced that The Crossing has nothing to do with LOST but this idea of the survivors being from the future picks at my brain. They’re supposedly running from a great war which has me wondering if the Man In Black has finally gotten his way. If he’s finally brought the chaos to the world that he longs for. What does that mean for the Island? I’m not sure, and I know that this theory is grasping at straws, but is it so far-fetched to believe that these two shows can be connected? I think the answer is no. It is totally within the realm of possibility that The Crossing and LOST can be connected, I don’t think it’s likely and this is more a network trying to bring in fans based on their love for LOST, but I also think this could be a test. A test to see if a show, structured similarly to LOST, could draw in viewers. And if so, could it possibly open the door to a return to the Island? I think that’s the vibe I get the most from The Crossing. ABC is using this as dipping a toe in the water to see if people are willing to invest again.
Who knows, maybe the show will even be good. The trailer is intriguing enough but I’m not holding my breath. I’ve seen a number of shows wanting to get in on what made LOST so great, but at the end of the day, there can only be one LOST. Much like Highlander. But in the time it took me to write this I have discovered one thing. I think I’m ready to go back. It’s been so long since I last watched and I’m way overdue. The kicker is the Adorable Creature has never watched and I would be able to experience it brand new with her… the thought crosses my mind. We shall see. I don’t feel that the Island is done with me yet.
What do you think Geeklings? Do you think The Crossing is going to be connected to LOST or is this more of ABC trying to cash in on the formula of LOST? Sound off in the comments. If you’d like to talk all things LOST with me then you can find me on Twitter @iamgeek32. I’m always down for a legit LOST conversation.
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