There’s an old rule in the theater: If there’s a gun on the wall in the first act, you better use it by the third act.
In other words, don’t put extraneous “stuff” in the story and leave people wondering why it was there. This goes for writing, as well (short stories, novels, whatever). If you introduce a character, prop or situation, it should propel the story in some way. If it doesn’t, take it out.
As of this moment, there are three episodes left of the show Lost. When this posts, it will be down to two. Four and a half hours is most definitely not enough time to tie up loose ends, and the writers have said in previous interviews that they don’t intend to answer every question. While I’ve been a loyal viewer since part-way through the first season, and I’m dying to find out what this is all about — I still have absolutely no clue! — I’m getting more and more frustrated as I realize what’s going to be left unsaid.
Why did The Others make Michael shoot Libby and Ana Lucia?
What happened to most of the characters who stayed on the island when the Oceanic 6 left?
What is the point of most of what happened in the first three seasons?
I mean, come on! So much STUFF happened in this show and then we never heard a thing about it again. Characters just vanished. A few returned, but most didn’t. I know the writers and producers have said that they knew where they were going all along, looking back, I highly doubt that’s true. I think they were flying by the seats of their pants and because of that, while the show remained engrossing, the story telling lacked cohesiveness. I hate being frustrated by movies, TV shows or books. I hate that I think I’m going to be disappointed by this show.
I hope they prove me wrong.
Next week, I will know for sure. I’ll let y’all know what I think then. All I know now is, there were an awful lot of guns on the wall in the first act that have yet to be used.