"Lost" broke ground when it premiered in the fall of 2004, immediately hooking viewers with its eclectic characters and intricate mythology. The series didn't always fire on all cylinders, though, as some frustrated fans can attest, and in a new interview, showrunners Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof admit that there were some pretty weak moments -- and one episode in particular stands out as the worst.
Speaking with Esquire, Cuse and Lindelof said that they were proud of the show as a whole, and stand by many of the choices they made throughout the series's six-season run. But the duo's constant efforts to challenge themselves with their storytelling -- and differentiate "Lost" from other shows -- did result in some misfires, they said.
"[The Nikki and Paolo arc] was an example of a story idea where once we'd initiated it we regretted having done it," Cuse told Esquire. "Or, on a smaller scale, when we told the story of Jack flashing back to Thailand and how he got his tattoos, we really regretted that we had decided that was a worthy flashback story. That story became really instrumental in convincing ABC that we needed to end the show. We were like, 'Okay, this is what flashbacks look like now so it's probably a good idea if we figure out how much longer this show is actually going to go.'"
And when asked point blank which episode was the worst of the series, Cuse pointed to the latter story.
"I think it's cringe-worthy, where [Jack]'s flying the kite on the beach," Cuse said. "It was not our finest hour. We used Matthew Fox's real tattoos. That's how desperate we were for flashback stories."
But despite those missteps, Cuse and Lindelof said they were happy to have created something that's still got fans' attention almost ten years after the series debuted.
"We did 121 hours of Lost. Arguably only 15 to 20 of them were subpar, bordering on turds. It would be great to pretend those episodes never happened, but I love the fact that we're still talking about Nikki and Paulo," Lindelof told Esquire. "Sometimes the mistake, the thing that wasn't good, is the thing that's really part of the legacy of a show like ours."
The entire interview -- in which Cuse and Lindelof discuss the series finale and how the idea for "Lost" was first conceived, among other interesting trivia -- is worth a read for "Lost" fans. Check it out over at Esquire.
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