Benson and Provencio would both like the franchise to be handled in the same way as Star Trek, with Benson believing that Lost could very well be a new Star Trek for them. As you’ll probably be aware, Star Trek started as a TV series in the ’60s but has since went on to spawn multiple spin-offs and variations in the land of both TV and movies, which is where I guess they’ve got the “Lost: The Next Generation” line of thinking from.
You can read the rest of the details on the possible Lost continuation here.
As I said up top, it’s entirely understandable that ABC wants to continue with one of their most successful and popular franchise-like TV shows beyond its conclusion in May. It’s just too much of a cash-cow for them not to want to milk it for all its worth – they could continue for literally years to come churning out anything with the Lost label on it and many fans would buy into it.
However, it still remains to be seen whether the show will have the same kind of staying power as Star Trek, as a lot of audiences out there will probably still be tuning in just to see what happens in the end. Variety‘s article draws a valid comparison with The X Files – that was one mega popular show in ’90s, but once it finished people just moved on, evidenced by the failed attempt at reviving its popularity with the second movie, The X Files: I Want To Believe.
There certainly will still be a loyal following for Lost who will buy the peripherals but a lot of folks still just watch the show for what it is – a TV show – and don’t go beyond that. Will they just move on once that final “LOST” thuds onto screen at the end of the last episode of the sixth season?
I’m one of those people who is looking forward to finding out what happens at the end of the Lost storyline that I’ve been following loyally for more than half a decade and am happy to see it come to a conclusion after six seasons (a great number for a drama series in my opinion). I can’t lie and say I wouldn’t be curious to see what sort of spin-off series’ and even movies that ABC comes up with for it, but I would rather they just keep it at these six seasons and just keep the candle burning only as far comics, games and special edition re-releases of the box sets. Like Lindelof said above: any actual narrative continuation kind of takes away from the finale, does it not?
In addition to that, a big selling point for the fans are the characters of Lost who have made it the success it is. It is a character drama and each and every character brings something special to the series and is lovable in their own way, even the villainous characters. A continuation would likely mean we wouldn’t see more of Jack, Kate, Sawyer, Locke, etc.
Would you like to see Lost continue on beyond the sixth season? Does keeping it going beyond the set end point take away from the finale and the series as a whole? Do you think Lost can become the next Star Trek?
The two-hour season premiere of Lost‘s sixth and (supposedly) final season airs on February 2nd at 9:00pm, on ABC.
Source: Variety (thanks to io9)