Lost: The Complete Collection is set to arrive on DVD and Blu-ray shelves around the country today – alongside the standalone Complete Sixth and Final Season. Whether you purchase the Complete Collection or the Season Six set, you’ll be treated to the previously announced, and leaked, special feature Lost epilogue, “The New Man in Charge” – a symbolic end to the Lost phenomenon.
While the epilogue is certainly an unexpected treat, it’s not likely to sate the frustration of mythology-obsessed fans who still haven’t forgiven Lost for its lack of tangible answers. Still, Lost: The Complete Collection will offer the most comprehensive set of Lost special features to date – possibly ever. In that spirit, I decided to put together a list of the top 5 Lost bonus features we, as fans of the series, would love to see – but don’t stand snowball’s chance in hell of getting, probably ever.
As I mentioned in my series finale review, viewers approached Lost from a variety of different angles: some fell in love with the characters, others were intrigued by the island mythology, and some just wanted to be surprised. While our choices for missing Lost bonus features is certainly not exhaustive – hopefully, like the show, there’s something for everyone.
5. Smoke Monster: Origins
The season six episode, “Across the Sea” packed two thousand years worth of island history into 45 minutes of television, resulting in an anticlimactic explanation to one of the island’s biggest mysteries – the Smoke Monster. Instead of the epic backstory many fans expected, the Smoke Monster was merely the result of Jacob’s temper-tantrum, which sent the human Man in Black, his brother, downstream into the Heart of the Island.
Chronologically, we were introduced to the “character” long before the Man in Black appeared onscreen in Season 5. However, the earlier incarnation of the Smoke Monster was void of personality and, at times, a clear purpose – relegated to chasing Losties through the forest.
How exactly the Man in Black was turned into black smoke by the Heart of the Island, as well as the motivation of the character throughout the rest of the series, is still mostly unclear.
The solution? Lost has never been shy about retelling previously-aired events through the perspective of a different character (such as Juliet in “A Tale of Two Cities”).
I’m sure a lot of us would still love to see a Man in Black-centric episode – offering a more intimate look at some of the Smoke Monster’s most intriguing moments: waking up in the Heart of the Island, the arrival of Flight 815, scanning Mr. Eko, getting summoned by Ben Linus, as well as masquerading as numerous dead folks. Not to mention the countless times he advised the Losties on protecting the island – before he became resolved to destroy it.
“Smoke Monster: Origins” would reveal the untold story of the Smoke Monster through his own eyes.
4. The Island: Stations and Sensations
The other pseudo-character of Lost, alongside the Smoke Monster, is the island itself. A variety of actors and producers affiliated with Lost have described the island as quite possibly the most important character on the show. However, given the notion that it’s such an important character, we actually know very little about it.
Based on the cuneiform script etched onto the cork (in the heart of the island), we can surmise that the island has been inhabited since at least the 34th century BC. Over time, numerous cultures made their mark on the island through various landmarks including: Egyptians (who built the infamous Statue of Taweret), Romans (the ship that brought Claudia, and subsequently Jacob as well the Man in Black, to the island), British Slave traders (the Black Rock), the U.S. Army (the Jughead hydrogen bomb), and even deceased souls (who are unable to leave the island).
However, the most important group, as far as Lost is concerned, was the infamous Dharma initiative, who built a series of mysterious stations around the island – for a variety of mysterious reasons. Throughout the course of the series we were introduced to a number of the Dharma stations: the Hydra, the Swan, and the Pearl, among others.
Viewers became familiar with a number of the stations, while some remain largely undefined. In addition, according to the Swan Station blast-door map (seen above), there are still a few stations that remain undiscovered (at least by the viewer).
“The Island: Stations and Sensations” would offer viewers a closer look at the inner workings of the island (detailing its history and inhabitants) – as well as an in-depth look at what exactly makes this miraculous place tick.
3. The Pilot Episode of Confidence Men
While show runners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse may have flexed their production muscle back in May 2007 when they announced an end date for Lost, ABC (and subsequently Disney) still own the rights to the franchise and its respective characters. Given the studio’s proclivity for churning out spin-offs (Private Practice) and reboots (V), it’s hard to imagine that we will never again see another Lost-related television (or film) production.
What better way to announce a Lost spin-off than as a bonus feature on the final set of Lost DVDs and Blu-rays? While the aforementioned Lost Epilogue mini-episode “The New Man in Charge” certainly hints at the possibility of a daramedy that follows the continued exploits of Ben Linus and Hugo Reyes, our money (and subsequently our hope) is pinned on ABC producing a show centered around Sawyer, Miles, and their buddy-cop drama in the alternate reality.
We’ve even come up with a bankable name – Confidence Men.
Confidence Men could start at the twosome’s introduction when James Ford (Sawyer) arrests Miles on fraud charges – following a botched job by Miles where he failed to make contact with a distraught couple’s deceased son. However, Miles would quickly get bailed out of jail by a woman who claims he successfully exorcised her dead husband from the couple’s house. Ford spends the next week and a half following Miles’ every move – until Miles confronts his pursuer and, at Ford’s gunpoint, admits that he cannot speak with dead. Ford sees in Miles a troubled youth without a father, headed toward the life of a criminal con man (much like he, himself, nearly was) and encourages Miles to join the police force.
In general the show would be a procedural, but would contain larger story arcs including the search for Anthony Cooper and Miles’ missing father, as well as a new love interest for James Ford – a new-to-town fertility specialist named Juliet Burke.
Of course if Confidence Men never materializes, we’d also settle for WALT: The New New Man in Charge.
2. Inside the Writers’ Hatch
The writing on Lost has been nominated for numerous awards, but it’s hard to overlook the major shifts and plot holes in the overarching narrative: three seasons focused heavily on the Others’ inability to carry babies to term – without ever fully-resolving the issue, for example.
While answer-obsessed Lost fans can be criticized for laboring over why Kate saw the phantom horse or what happened to the real Henry Gale, it’s hard to overlook why the writing team neglected to resolve some of the larger long-term story-focused questions.
Of course, there’s no simple answer to why a six-season show had to shift focus on occasion – considering potential studio pressure, finicky cast members, and a complicated narrative. “Inside the Writers’ Hatch” could provide a detailed behind the scenes look at the Lost writers’ creative process, explaining how the team adjusted the story over time (as a result of various pressures and circumstances) – and why some big questions were never fully resolved.
However, the biggest mystery surrounding Lost may just be how the writers came up with so many shocking moments and countless mysteries – drawing inspiration from a variety of topics: parapsychology, heuristics, Christianity, mysticism, engineering and Greek mythology, just to name a few. A behind-the-scenes look at the writers’ room could certainly shed a bit more light on the generative process behind the various ideas – as well as how the writers view the connections between these ideas.
While “Inside the Writers’ Hatch” might not be as riveting as a Smoke Monster-centric episode, the feature could reveal thoughtful insight into the Lost creation machine – as well as a few more concrete answers to the various remaining mysteries.
1. The Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof Answer Reel
Speaking of answers, the Screen Rant community has spoken and the number one special feature Lost fans still want is a no-holds-barred answer-o-rama. While several of our proposed special features revolve around sniffing out a few more answers, we’re willing to bet that most Lost fans would be willing to totally forgo subtlety if they could get a bunch of definitive answers.
Why bother burying the answers in a television spin-off or another round of Lost epilogues when it would be much more efficient to sit Cuse and Lindelof down for a 90-minute intensive question and answer session.
There’s no debating that Ethan’s super-strength or the purpose of the Dharma vaccine aren’t as important as discovering why Walt is special or how the Island heals people. However, that doesn’t mean we’re not still curious – and wouldn’t be open to some answers.
It might sound ridiculous, and if you’re thinking, “What could possibly be interesting about watching two guys answer questions for an hour and a half?” then you probably haven’t ever seen an interview with Cuse and Lindelof. The two have great chemistry – as fans of the official Lost podcast know – and there’s no question that they could sit and talk about expired milk for two hours and still be entertaining, nevermind spit-balling answers to one of the best television series in history.
Personally, I was satisfied with the amount of answers provided throughout the series – but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t love for the show’s creators to drop previously-concealed knowledge on a few of my unresolved questions.
“The Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof Answer Reel”: two men, a black tablecloth backdrop, and answers from the community. We could throw this together in an afternoon, ABC – give us a call. I’d be happy to moderate ;-).
In the meantime, make sure to check out our Lost Finale Explained: Answering the Unanswered Questions editorial as well as our series finale review and discussion. Don’t forget to give us a shout in the comments below, telling us what Lost special features you’d like to see.
Lost: The Complete Collection is available on DVD and Blu-ray today.