Wednesday, January 21, 2009

FBO: 'Note to Lost: Can It'

Imagine Tolstoy's War & Peace, a 1200-or-so page novel, were a four-hour movie. There are very few novels longer than War & Peace, and very few movies that break the three-hour mark. But, as a novel, they say it's the best of all time. Would you watch a new four-hour version?

The FBO has just been reminded that the TV show 'Lost' still exists. The New York Times profiled the Texan/Missouran Gregg Nations (yes, Gregg with three Gs) who is tirelessly responsible for the show's needlessly confusing web of character myths and storylines -- he's the one to keep all the ins and outs of 100 unresolved characters issues straight in for making new plots decisions for still-undetermined future episodes, he tracks it in a well-guarded compilation the 'Lost' producers call the 'bible.'

Here's an idea, Mr Nations: stop it.

'Lost' will find itself a merciful ending at the end of next year's season. It's already given us 84 episodes (which cost $12 million each to create), or approximately a 60-hour movie. And it's not resolved anything, and it's not done yet.

(Can you believe this?)

That's equivalent, using the analogy above, to a 18,000-page novel. For something they're making up as they go. Have you read the greatest novel of all time, at 1200 pages? Would you read anything at 18,000 pages?

The FBO asks you to stop watching the show -- 60 hours and no resolution? c'mon! -- and BE IN A BAND.

FBO Admin
Mobile/Semi-Permanent HQ -- Brooklyn, NY


Bronc said...

"The FBO asks you to stop watching the show -- 60 hours and no resolution? c'mon! -- and BE IN A BAND."

I stopped watching after the 1st season, and I play Rock Band 2 on the Xbox. Does that count?

(CONGRATS ON THE NEW ADDITION TO YOUR FAMILY, Mr. REID!! Being called "Dad" is a wonderful thing.)

pseudosu said...

I quit after season 1 too. I suspected it was going to become exactly what it has become-- a rambling inconclusive mess not unlike the novel Michael Douglas's character in "Wonder Boys" couldn't finish.

I'm only in a pretend band so far, but we're really good.

Congrats on becoming a dad too.