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Herc Chats Up The Co-Creator of Fall's Best New Series, ABC's LOST!!

I am – Hercules!!

ABC’s “Lost” is easily the best new series headed our way this fall. The tale of 48 people who survive a horrific airline disaster only to find themselves standed on a very strange South Pacific island with little hope of rescue, it boasts as one of its masterminds “Alias” creator J.J. Abrams, who co-wrote and directed its brilliant first two hours.

Abrams’ lesser known co-showrunner on the series – and co-scripter on the show’s incredible first two hours – is Damon Lindelof, described to me by one highly respected TV writer as “probably be the next great hope for television.” Thing is, Lindelof’s resume itself doesn’t always inspire a lot of awe. He’s written for three prior series – “Nash Bridges,” “Undressed” and “Crossing Jordan” – that don’t typically set geek hearts aflutter.

The following comprises an email interview conducted between Aug. 16 and Aug. 18. It may behoove those who have not seen any part of the pilot to have a gander at Herc’s five-star review before soldiering on.

AICN: The 83-minute pilot I saw will be divided?

DAMON LINDELOF: The pilot will be cut into two halves and aired separately. Part One will air Sep. 22 at 8PM, part two the following Wednesday (the 29th) at the same time. I won't give away where the first half ends... but suffice to say we think it's quite the nail-biter.

AICN: Where the first half ends?? Is this a secret? Won’t it end the way the San Diego Comic Con version ends, with the hot brunette counting to five? Am I mistaken? Confused?

DL: You are not mistaken nor confused, but the first ep does NOT end in the same place as the Comicon cut. As "Episode 1" is still somewhat a work in progress, we'll just leave it at that for now.

AICN: Will cannibalism be contemplated? How many of the survivors do you think saw “Alive”?

DL: Cannibalism? Of COURSE it's contemplated... but summarily dismissed fairly early on. Most of them HAVE seen "Alive" (and "Gilligan's Island" AND "Jurassic Park"), but fortunately, they're not stranded on a snow-capped mountainous peak. They've got access to fish, wild game (hunting baby, YEAH!) and fruit. But don't be too disappointed -- just because they're not eating each other doesn't mean they can't be EATEN.

AICN: You’re on record as saying there are no dinosaurs on the island. Will we get a look at one of the giant tree-stomping creatures within the first 13 hours broadcast?

DL: The record speaketh true. NO dinosaurs. Will you get a look at the "thing in the trees" in the first 13? I'll only say this -- maybe you'll see it, maybe you won't... but you'll definitely know much more ABOUT it.

AICN: Will the survivors divide up into “good” and “evil” factions, as the survivors did in Stephen King’s “The Stand”?

DL: Love that you referenced "The Stand" -- whenever I mention Mother Abigail or Randy Flagg, Nebraska vs. Vegas and superflus, I have to explain myself. For the record, it's my favorite King book other than the Dark Tower series. In fact, you may have noticed the character of Charlie (Dom Monaghan, the rockstar one-hit wonder) is an homage to Larry Underwood.

So will they divide up? Absolutely. But not necessarily into teams of "good" and "evil."

I'll say this -- it takes a little while to figure out who falls into which of those categories... and once someone's defined as "good," it doesn't mean they'll STAY that way (see: Skywalker, Anakin).

AICN: I see lots of “The Stand” in “Lost.” There’s a fair amount of Stu and Frannie in Jack and Kate. Shannon could easily evolve into Nadine Cross. I get a real Flagg-y vibe from Terry O’Quinn’s character (hopefully this isn’t misdirection). Daniel Dae Kim’s character, with his communication difficulties, is kinda like Nick Andros. But Hurley is funnier than Tom Cullen.

DL: Glad to see you're as big a fan of "The Stand" as I am. We're not misdirecting you on Terry O' Quinn's Flagg-esque (Walter in some worlds) qualities... but hopefully he's got some big surprises in store for everyone.

AICN: What’s the story of your involvement on “Lost”? Was ABC developing a “Survivor”/”Castaway” drama before you got involved?

DL: I don't want to get too into the details of what ABC was up to regarding this concept before J.J. and I got involved out of respect for any other executives and/or writers who may have been involved in that process.

AICN: How did you come to team with J.J.? Why do you guys need each other?

DL: Suffice to say, it was Lloyd Braun (then head of ABC) who came to J.J. with the series concept of "Plane Crashes on Island" in late January of this year. J.J. was INSANE at the time so he said the only way he could even think about getting involved would be to bring in another writer to spitball with.

Enter me.

Let it be said, this was the fanboy dream. I'd been an ALIAS addict for almost three years at this point and had been pushing my agents (and anyone who'd listen) just to get a meeting with J.J.. Ultimately, it was Heather Kadin (an incredibly bright woman who defies the term "network executive) who pitched ME as the person to sit down with J.J. on this concept.

It's sort of a long story, but it's a short one, too -- We met the next day. Had an amazing three hour meeting. Saw the same show -- a character-based MYSTERY/ADVENTURE concept. Working closely together, we banged out a detailed outline over the next few days, turned it over to ABC and crossed our fingers. As this was the VERY end of "development season," there'd be no time to write a script before we started pre-production. That Saturday morning (four days after our first meeting), ABC greenlit "Lost."

Eleven weeks later, we delivered the cut and mastered pilot.

You'll have to ask J.J. why he needs me (hell -- I'm still asking MYSELF that), but as to why I need him? Come on.

Knock the Superman script all you want (and yes, I hated that he didn't blow up Krypton either -- but that's got nothing to do with how inspired a CHARACTER-BASED retelling of the myth is, not to mention the execution) but the guy's a frigging genius.

Yes, Talkbalkers -- pour on the cries of sycophanty and the Grade-A snark that only you are capable of... but it's true. He's the real deal. An outside-the-box thinker who's really trying to innovate... and succeeding.

AICN: What do you suppose inspired Heather Kadin to champion you? Perhaps some hot spec script with your name on the title page?

DL: I suspect Heather suggested me because I'd been hounding her to put me in a room with J.J. for two years and she wanted me to shut the hell up. Aside from whatever rep I gleaned from my five years on TV staffs prior to this, my "calling card" writing sample has always been a little one-act play I wrote entitled "Ollie Klublershturf vs. The Nazis" -- a time-travel comedy that people seemed to dig.

AICN: I believe I’d like to read that play, just based on the title and the neato new show you’re making. Are you a Steve Martin fan maybe?

DL: Huge Steve Martin fan ... but more JERK/MAN WITH TWO BRAINS era. All this BRINGIN' DOWN THE HOUSE crap sucks.

AICN: Will the survivors name their island? In which episode? Will it be something as entertaining as “Moga Moga”?

DL: They will NOT name their island... but that's not to say they won't discover it already HAS a name. And it can't possibly be as entertaining as "Moga Moga."

AICN: I’m guessing the crash, and the location of the crash, was dictated by something more than happenstance. Moreover, I theorize the plan is to make another airliner crash into the island before season four. Am I nuts?

DL: Neither the crash, nor anything else, is dictated by happenstance. As to ANOTHER major crash before season four? Hmmmm. Well, probably not another AIRLINER... but certainly something...

AICN: Why is Emilie de Ravin billed differently than the other cast members? Is it because she’s a filthy foreigner?

DL: Emilie's "Guest Star" billing was just for the temp pilot. She is indeed a regular.

AICN: Did the fact that de Ravin carried Max Evans’ alien spawn on “Roswell” play any role in casting her as a pregnant blonde?

DL: I am ashamed to say I stopped watching Roswell prior to Emilie's appearance, thus any creative collusion is almost certainly coincidental. Did she give birth to a V-baby or something? I know Max wasn't a lizard, but weird shit happens when aliens knock up humans. Hmmm... "When Aliens Knock Up Humans." I should sell that to Fox.

AICN: Leaving aside shows created by you and/or anyone who has ever employed you, what are the finest TV series ever forged?

DL: Finest TV series ever forged: Twilight Zone, Incredible Hulk, Six Million Dollar Man, Hill Street Blues, Police Squad (six glorious episodes!), Twin Peaks, Misfits of Science, X-Files, Profit, Quantum Leap, Buffy, South Park, The Tick (cartoon version), Mr. Show, Dexter's Lab, and the greatest show ever -- The Simpsons (how fucking typical is THAT pick?).

AICN: Will more than 10 percent of the 48 “Lost” survivors perish before the series’ 13th hour? Is the high fatality rate the reason you didn’t name the series “The 48”? On the same topic, was there much freaking out when it was learned NBC aired a reality series titled “Lost” only three years earlier?

DL: More than 10% before the 13th hour? In other words, will FIVE people perish over the first half of the season? Not gonna answer that one. I will say this -- the herd will be thinned, but that doesn't mean people have to die.

We knew about NBC's show from the get-go (hell, I was the only one watching the thing back in 2001)... our concern was always more about WB's "Lost In Space," which could have caused some confusion had it been picked up.

AICN: Was the plane bound from Sydney to Los Angeles? Is Oceanic Airlines preparing the biggest lawsuit in the history of litigation?

DL: Yup. Plane is bound from Sydney to L.A.. Fortunately, Oceanic Airlines doesn't exist... but I'm finding out MANY movies have used it when bad shit happens on a plane ("Executive Decision" being the one pointed out to me). And we thought we were so original. Sigh.

AICN: How old is Hurley?

DL: Hmmmm. Fascinating that you'd ask this. I would say he TELLS people he's 26.

AICN: I think my favorite thing about this concept may be the sheer quantity of survivors. Was 48 your idea or a network mandate?

DL: J.J. and I decided to have 48 people survive because we wanted to stock the show with as many possible story avenues as possible. As I recall, the network tried to talk us out of it.

Greatest thing about the "other" castaways is that they can come forward for an episode, then melt back into the chorus. The popular thinking that their function is purely to be Red Shirts is grossly mistaken. In FACT...

We've always loved the idea that one of our series regs goes traipsing off into the jungle with one of the castaways we've never seen before. The audience is thinking the poor yahoo with one line is gonna die a gruesome and horrible death, but then it's the REGULAR who gets wiped out. It will be done. Watch and see.

AICN: When the creepy Terry O’Quinn character asks young Walt if he wants to “know a secret”? Is he about to impart some really good backgammon strategy?

DL: Yes. Terry's secret is "Don't be afraid to leave blots."

AICN: Beyond the plane’s pilot, and discounting flashbacks, will we meet during the first 13 hours any human beings beyond the 48?

DL: I will not comment on whether or not we'll be meeting any other human beings on the island who were NOT on the plane. But I will posit this --

Who's to say we haven't already?

AICN: Since you've been rabidly scouring Ain’t It Cool News every morning for years, how badly does it burn your ass that we’ve devoted more than 90 posts to “Alias” over the past three years but only one to “Crossing Jordan”?

DL: My ass is not burned by the site's complete and utter dismissal of "Crossing Jordan" -- quite frankly, it's not a genre show. Not to mention, the talkbalk can be brutal, so I'd rather stay below the radar.

Guess those days are over, huh?

AICN: Who’s the showrunner on this baby? J.J. is prepping his feature directorial debut with “Mission: Impossible 3,” he says he’s going to restore “Alias” to its former glory, and he’s working on ABC’s bounty-hunter series “The Catch,” which stars Greg Grunberg, his best friend since childhood. Will J.J. be scripting any of the first 11 episodes beyond the pilot? Will he ever return to Hawaii? Ever?

DL: J.J. and I are both running the show. He doesn't start prep on Mission 3 for quite some time, so he's splitting his attention between LOST and ALIAS right now. As for THE CATCH, you'll have to talk to him about it.

In all likelihood, J.J. won't actually be WRITING any of the first eleven beyond the pilot, but he's actively involved in the breaking of every story and the supervision of all the scripts.

And in his SPARE time, he enjoys windsurfing, cajun cooking and watching makeover shows.

AICN: Are you more gratified or horrified an Internet site is already organizing a “Save ‘Lost’” campaign?

DL: Hey -- does anyone ever start websites to KILL shows? Shouldn't there be a "Cancel Seventh Heaven" website or something? Now THAT I would be into.

I am – Hercules!!

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  • Aug. 21, 2004, 2:20 a.m. CST

    That last idea is awesome

    by I Hate Movies

    Imagine a Thunderdome-like world where pea-brained network execs who greenlit shitty shows have to battle to the death! The winner gets a development deal and and a salary bump, the loser's show gets banished to UPN! Who should square off first?

  • Aug. 21, 2004, 2:36 a.m. CST

    So is the twist that its not really an island, but a penninsula

    by SexyBeast

    This show sounds good, but the Village looked like a good movie from the trailer. The problem I have with network TV is the pitiful by the numbers programming that is on now. Trying to appeal to 100% of the viewer base is all network tv cares about now, which means everything is compromised to appeal to every demographic

  • Aug. 21, 2004, 4:09 a.m. CST

    Please please please

    by chickenmonkey

    Somebody take that "Cancel Seventh Heaven Website" idea and run with it. Except do it for Enterprise.

  • Aug. 21, 2004, 7:10 a.m. CST

    the was hysterical

    by BurlIvesLeftNut

    Both the questions AND answers were funny. But unfortunately this show will die. I love Abrams work, but this sounds too weird for me. Part of the problem is, I am tired of big mysteries that never get resolved because TV execs lose patience with a show.

  • Aug. 21, 2004, 8:38 a.m. CST

    Has Herc not yet learned?

    by stargirl

    Calling something "Fall's best new series" is the quickest way to get it canned.

  • Aug. 21, 2004, 9:27 a.m. CST

    I've seen Lost, and it's THAT good

    by JJforever

    I can't think of anything that lives up to the hype like this show does. It's a perfect blend of character, action, and intrigue. I can't wait to see the rest.

  • Aug. 21, 2004, 10:23 a.m. CST

    Great interview, but those answers...

    by zacdilone

    ...sheesh. Can the guy be any more cliche-style cryptic? "Will any of our characters become demon-possessed before the end of the first season? Not necessarily, but that doesn't mean we won't have an exorcism or two."

  • Aug. 21, 2004, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Hey, Mr. Lindelof

    by Ribbons

    See? You were being negative in that there interview yourself. "Kill Seventh Heaven" and all. I can understand wanting to defend a man who's gotten a raw deal (and believe me, I also understand how there are plenty of talkbackers that are negative purely for the sake of it...well, that doesn't make sense, but you know what I mean), but the wariness of the online community towards Mr. Abrams' script will have to be excused because 1)most fanboys are, as so often happens, quite fanatical about fidelity to source material and 2)we only got one side of the story to begin with. Being a huge fan of "Alias" and (looks around) "Felicity" myself I suspected that it couldn't be THAT bad in terms of characterization, non-expository dialogue, etc., but after waiting for about 20 (? 15?) years or so for a new Superman movie, I can understand why fans of the comic weren't ready to wait some more. It's the same as being misinformed out in the real world; people will talk. Unfortunately, and for various reasons, there's a higher concentration of it here. Objections to generalizations aside, thank you, and thank you, Herc, for the interview. Good questions, intriguing answers, and it was nice and long. Like I said, I'm an Abrams fan, so couple that with this monster mystery and a five-star rating and I'm there. Hopefully lost won't need to be saved, because I'm sick of pooling my money for cancelled shows.

  • Aug. 21, 2004, 2:51 p.m. CST

    Mr Lindelof scores very highly......

    by Praetor

    through naming 'Profit' as one of the finest tv shows ever created. Virtually noone remembers Jim Profit or by extension Adrian Pasdar but suffice to explain that he was probably the most charmingly fucked up anti hero ever to grace our screens. I have every episode of this short lived series on tape and I would encourage my fellow geeks to seek this gem out.

  • Aug. 21, 2004, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Bashing Jordan.


    ...not really. Crossing Jordan is far from bad. It's not really my thing, but I've had it on in the background plenty. Mr. LINDELOF seems like a regular geek. One of us. I get the feeling that the English character represents that voice in the show. He's the only character that I'd want to hang out with.

  • Aug. 21, 2004, 4:04 p.m. CST

    Petition to Kill Seventh Heaven?

    by kdoc13

    What a great idea!!!! Where do I sign?

  • Aug. 21, 2004, 5:27 p.m. CST

    Save Lost?

    by JackBristow

    There's a website? Where? They can't get rid of Lost!

  • Aug. 21, 2004, 7:16 p.m. CST

    This show will not have legs.

    by Hung-Wei Lo

    Someone else said it, but was right, the best way to kill a TV series is to claim that it's the best new series. If it doesn't become popular, you end up with a fanbase that lives by its credo, without a decent closing series finale, or with a rushed series finale. If by chance, it becomes popular, you have a problem with dilution, where you know that in season two or three, they still won't tell you what the fuck is going on because they keep dragging it out for all it's worth. If I were in the biz, I'd pitch a TV series plain and simple: it's a sci-fi show, where all the inhabitants are totally hot women, some in alien makeup, some who are ditzy and some who are smart, and all scantilly clad. The premise would be discovering why they are all locked in an unknown facility, forced to live together, shower together, and fight to the death in an arena full of other beautifully hot women watching them. Some of the main characters will form hatreds, others will form bonds of friendship and love. But their ultimate goal, even the ones who hate each other, is to find the truth (that's right! Straight from the X-Files!) By the end of season one, the truth would be revealed that they were all in a present-day facility, where moustache-twirling mad scientists gave them mind controlled scenarios that they themselves acted out. The women wake up due to some conniving female intern at the corporation who wished to free them. Secretly, the intern fell in love with one of the women locked up, but that's where the story ends because it's only one season! Do they hook up? Don't they? Who knows?! Who cares! Show the series on TV, get the horny fanbase (men, bisexual women, and lesbians will eat this shit up), get some cool catchphrase on the level of Star Trek's "I am Locutus of Borg", sell the DVD as "Blah Blah Blah: The Complete Series", watch it grow in fanbase as these virginal geeks somehow produce offspring who also find this shit fascinating, get the original cast back together for sci-fi conventions, pitch a movie 10 years from now that will never get made, and then my friend, you will have show that has reached iconic cult status (not a franchise though, because that would kill the love for the show).

  • Aug. 21, 2004, 7:27 p.m. CST


    by Thalya

    Praetor's right. The naming of Profit (among others such as Buffy -- and a preemptive feh to TBers who can't at least appreciate the effect that show had in the world) in that list was good, very very good. This looks like the only thing to be worth getting excited about this fall and perhaps for a long time. Here's hoping Dominic Monaghan has a minor Orlando Bloom factor in drawing _that_ demographic (granted I might fall in the tail end of that demo and Merry was my fave hobbit) for ratings and longevity purposes.

  • Aug. 21, 2004, 11:45 p.m. CST

    Herc nips this "kiss of death" business in the bud

    by Hercules

    You guys only remember Firefly and Wonderfalls. But before that I picked Gilmore Girls and 24 as the best newe shows of fall. Both great shows, both coming back this season.

  • Aug. 22, 2004, 12:47 a.m. CST

    Does longevity ruin great shows?

    by Ribbons

    I think that what Camel Toe said is interesting (ha ha!). I guess it's no big secret that it's hard to keep lightning in a bottle in any entertainment medium, but most popular television shows that last forever have a basic premise that survives the rest of the plot ("The Simpsons," "Friends," "ER," etc.). For shows like "Lost," however, does prolonging its life sometimes hurt a potentially great story? Is maximum longevity or greatness the number one priority of television shows in the first place? I guess depending on both the creativity of the writers and the flexibility of the universe, there's some give with how long a good show can last, but in my opinion, there's no denying that some shows were not meant to stay on the air especially long. Feel free to take me to task if you disagree with me, but "Ed," for example, would have been better served had the show's creators had more focus and less concern about perpetuity. Then again, maybe there never was a grand design. Shows like "Wonderfalls," too (again this is *just* an opinion), in which the main character goes through a sort of lesson, could only last for so long (which it didn't anyway) before one begins to feel bamboozled. Programs like "Alias" are trickier to pin down. While there's most definitely an objective that kickstarts the show, it's hard to say where, exactly, it would end. The (perhaps unintentional) brilliance of that show is that there's always a conflict, and whenever one is solved, there's another to take its place. In a sense, I always feel like Sydney (sp?) is juggling issues, which is a lot like most people's lives. I guess I would feel more at ease, personally, if I felt like I knew where the show was going before it went away (if this is sounding overly critical, I don't mean for it to. I love these shows), but I also know that's not how TV works. In most cases, the horse is flogged until it's good and dead. Some of the best shows on TV never really get enough support to last to begin with. But if they were to get off the ground, should they keep going until they jump the shark, or what? What do you guys think?

  • Aug. 22, 2004, 3:02 a.m. CST

    just finished watching the first episode of lost ...

    by Toe Jam

    and yeah, it's *really* fucking good. unfortunately, like most great shows that implement original ideas, it will be gone before long. actually, if i had to choose between alias and lost, i'd take lost. you just know both are going to get cancelled, though. i'm dying to know what the gargantuan creatures are. the first two episodes (or hours, maybe?) are easily available via bittorrent, in case you can't wait a month longer to see them. does anyone know if this show will be broadcast in widescreen hd?

  • Aug. 22, 2004, 6:37 a.m. CST

    This guy might have revealed a big SPOILER: One or more of the s

    by Prof. Pop-Cult

    This makes me want to watch the pilot again and make note of who was NOT shown (in flashback) on the plane before it crashed. I can't believe I hadn't considered this possibility: That somebody has mingled among this group, pretending to have been on the plane, when he/she has not and is actually spying on them. :-o

  • Aug. 22, 2004, 8:50 a.m. CST

    Good Stuff

    by Evil Chicken

    I don't like TV but I'm looking forward to "The Lost." Good interview.

  • Aug. 22, 2004, 9:32 a.m. CST

    Anyone chatting with the producer of the Winter's best new serie

    by TheTARDIS

    There are interviews on streaming video as well as production pics and all the spoilers you can handle about the new Doctor Who series... just not on this site. I wonder why?

  • Aug. 22, 2004, 12:53 p.m. CST

    Proof again that Doctor Who is for the intelligent

    by TheTARDIS

    television viewer. Smart Sci-Fi may not be your cup of tea and that's fine, but the fact is that a nerd heavy site like this does have plenty of old school sci-fi fans who are interested in a relaunch of Doctor Who, expecially one that's being written and created by the level of talent this one is. Russell T. Davies is like the British TV version of Aaron Sorkin. Imagine how this site would explode with talk if Sorkin were writing and Producing a new Star Trek series... That's what's happening in England right now. All I can say, is just you wait 'till this series hits America. It's going to shock a lot of people.

  • Aug. 22, 2004, 1:05 p.m. CST

    please stfu about the new dr. who

    by Toe Jam

    it's going to shock a lot of people? how so? the problem with dr. who has always been the fact that it's fucking drivel. even worse than star trek, imho. now please leave this talkback for lost -- perhaps the best new series of 2004-2005 -- unbesmirched by your fucking prattering about dr. who.

  • Aug. 22, 2004, 4:34 p.m. CST

    Cancel 7th Heaven

    by Battousai

    Worst show of all time!

  • Aug. 22, 2004, 5:29 p.m. CST

    Hey hey hey HEY!!!

    by 007-11

    If it weren't for 7th Heaven our eyes would not know the joy that is Jessica Biel. And the Holocaust episode was pretty good. Other than that it's a loss. I don't have shows that I absolutely have to watch, but something tells me i'm going to have to scehdule in "Lost".

  • Aug. 22, 2004, 9:04 p.m. CST

    SPOILER: The polar bear...

    by Jim Jam Bongs

    ...It was originally on a cargo ship, with other zoo animals, bound for Australia. That ship didn't make it....

  • Aug. 22, 2004, 10:19 p.m. CST

    wolf at the door.. Sci-Fi isn't a Zero Sum game

    by TheTARDIS

    I love Firefly... but it has nothing to do with the fact the new Doctor Who is going to be the best genre show on TV this time next year. I don't have to give you all the reasons (cast, writers...) because I'll be proven right. As I say, just you wait. Once again, you show that you're painfully ignorant of British Television. Davies has done a much more than just "Queer as Folk"... including the award winning mini-series "The Second Coming" starring the new Doctor himself "Christopher Eccleston"... Try hitting IMDB next time before you post, you'll save yourself some embarassment.

  • Aug. 22, 2004, 10:36 p.m. CST

    jim jam

    by Toe Jam

    where did you read/hear that? it certainly seems to make sense. so what then is the "gargantuan" creature that ate the pilot? i'm dying to know

  • Aug. 23, 2004, 3:30 a.m. CST

    Here's what I do know and will say....

    by Jim Jam Bongs

    In the 13th hour (episode 12), the truth will be revealed to the audience and characters. If the series is cancelled, then the writers/producers plan for this episode and its revelation to be the end, which they intend to be a satisfying conclusion. If the series gets its back nine, then the remainder of the season will be the survivors trying to get off the island. 1) As the pilot reveals, others before these survivors were stranded on this island. And it's not necessarily planes that brought them to the island. 2) As has been hinted in this interview, there's at least one "survivor" who never was even on the plane. He or she is shown in the pilot. 3) All the passengers are connected together in some way, and most of them don't realize this. They will come to realize this, and figure what the connection is, as the season progresses.

  • Aug. 23, 2004, 4:33 a.m. CST


    by ryLRci

    This was such an amazing pilot. I haven't seen something this good in a long time. I'll definitly be watching this when it premieres. Perfect blend of action, horror, mystery, emotion, and wonderful character development. Don't let Herc pull another "Wonderfalls" and freak out about the show until people don't even want to watch the pilot. This is 2 hours you will want to take out of our life! Oh, and I'm convinced the creatures are GIANT DOGS! I saw the look in that Labrador's eyes when Jack first woke up and as he looked on at the survivors from the distance. HE KNOWS SOMETHING, mark my words!!

  • Aug. 23, 2004, 11:31 a.m. CST

    You know TV is in trouble when

    by Silver Shamrock

    you hear great story pitches from someone called Camel Toe. Either way, I like his cynical approach and halfway through the picth I was reaching for my checkbook. Oh yeah and Lost is bullshit because the premise is more suited to a movie rather than an ongoing TV show. Once all the initial gags are discovered, it will lose it's ability to sustain itself and keep the fans interested. If BJ Abrahms can't sustain a hot chick spy show, I have no confidence that he can do the Island of Dr. Moreau every week.

  • Aug. 23, 2004, 3:58 p.m. CST

    This sounds like a really good show

    by ATARI

    I hope it survives. BTW -- to all these people who say they've seen it -- how? Did you get a screener from somebody?

  • Aug. 24, 2004, 5:49 a.m. CST

    this sounds like a very intruiging premise for a show.

    by Mr Brownstone

    can't wait to watch it.

  • Aug. 26, 2004, 12:06 p.m. CST

    Profit Rocks

    by prosc

    Why can't they bring back Profit??? Loved that show!!! Adrian Pasdar is getting a little too old for the part, but maybe he has a son now who is just like him - a little father-son unhealthy competition - I'm there...

  • Aug. 31, 2004, 1:18 p.m. CST


    by flarna

    I was actually sad when the took that show off the air. I was always under the impression that the show "the Pretender" was an imitation of "Profit." Nice job Herc, this interview makes me want to watch the show even more.

  • Aug. 31, 2004, 3:27 p.m. CST

    Ok, I'll TiVo this, but there are some errors in this discussion

    by Homer Sexual

    Yes, call me a big super geek, but I remember from reading the Stand that the "good" people had their HQ in Boulder, Colorado, not Nebraska. I bet that TV version was in Nebraska or something. And as a reality junki, I must say it's not Moga Moga, it's MOGO MOGO! And wasn't Dominic Monaghan on Real World once upon a time? Or is that a different Dom?

  • May 23, 2010, 1:47 a.m. CST

    I 'm a time traveler

    by batman713

    I posted this in 2010 but in reality it's still 2004.

  • May 23, 2010, 4:29 a.m. CST

    6 years later...

    by Silver Shamrock

    I still say the show will never work. Those nerds that ran the show realized they can keep it going if they just never got around to solving mysteries. Hurley was a something of a warrior back home? Henry Gale? The Blast door map? Alvar Hanso? Marvin Candle? Libby giving a boat away? Juliet saying if they knew all she had done they'd kill her? Egyptian letters in the hatch clock? The name of the island? The torrent of talkbacker questions will be furious and endless...

  • May 23, 2010, 5:56 a.m. CST

    This show won't get past the 5th episode

    by pikazerox

    Money down the drain, ABC

  • June 8, 2010, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Oh Noes! Orcus did not press the button!

    by orcus

    And got sent to 2004