April 16, 2021

The Rebbot of 'Lost' and its failed successors, Critics of series The Province

The Rebbot of 'Lost' and its failed successors, Critics of series The Province

The box of thunder was opened last week by the president of the American television network ABC, Karey Burke, when he said openly that he would like a reboot (tell the story from scratch) of Lost. The networks began to burn, between detractors and defenders. Some want it to stay as it was, others that give it a better ending. Next year will be fulfilled tenth anniversary of the end of the series, so it would not be surprising that in the coming months someone is dedicated to see how to make it come back. The truth is that, today, there is nothing on the table and the main architects of the project are not available. J. J. Abrams is very involved with the filming of the ninth installment of Star Wars; Damon Lindeloff enjoys a new youth on HBO, where critics now adore him, preparing a new series about the Watchmen; and Carlton Cuse is one of the most enchanted would be, looking to hit a ball like Lost. There are still stories of the island to tell and the universe of Lost can not be considered exhausted. Yes, I would discard the reboot and I would go to a spin off (new plot, with other characters or with some of those we already know).

The history of the passengers on Oceanic Flight 815 is already told and we should look for new protagonists with other adventures on the island. Throughout these years, candidates have not failed to try to fill the gap of Lost. Since it was over, the stories ended with a linear narrative and jumps predominated over time. Some discovered how we could spend weekends devouring chapter after chapter, especially among those who joined the party late and had to catch up with all seasons. And Netflix took note.

The phenomenon of Lost is unrepeatable and few series have been able to create that collective addiction that had many hooked to the television. The problem of resuscitating a series like this one is the doubt of the extent to which there would be patience to endure a story whose mysteries would go on for years. Now we want everything and we want it already. There are also so many series that, between season and season, we have forgotten how things were the year before. These have been the great pitfalls with which they have been finding their successors or those that have tried to be, of which few have been those that passed of the first season. From the Flashforward bump to the collapse of other titles of the Abrams factory, such as Revolution or Alcatraz.

Last year the failed attempt was to The Crossing. The pilot was always more or less effective and managed to hook. From the fourth episode, the plot was making waters everywhere.

The last one that has tried to fill this gap is Manifest, that week by week has been offering HBO in Spain to its subscribers and that has now started to open Antena 3. Here also, as in Lost, There is a plane trip forming part of the plot, but the story reminds me more of Les Revenants. What was going to be a routine trip to New York for the passengers on Montego Air flight 828 turns their lives around when they meet it has been more than five years since they took off and that everyone has given them up for dead, while for them only hours have passed.

At the end of the first episode the thing gets a little twisted because it turns out that, as a consequence of the strange phenomenon, the passengers have a kind of powers. Voices that alert you to future events that are going to happen and that they can prevent. All this seasoned with the inevitable plots of government conspiracies. On paper it sounds good but the series has a very flat and somewhat antiquated narrative. Predictable plots, characters with little charisma … But there it is, way of the 16 episodes and about to finish its first season.

Even NBC has not ruled on whether to renew it. Given the precedents, we should not rule out the idea that the new Lost would follow the same fate of their failed heiresses. Some say that the time of Lost has passed. But the truth is that a series well written and with charismatic characters with which the audience is involved, is something that will never go out of style. Maybe it was that.


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