Lost comes to a close; Ashes to Ashes, dust monster to…

23May10

With just a few days between them, the final episode of ABC’s Lost (Season 6) comes just after the final one for the BBC’s Ashes To Ashes.

There are several parallells between the two series; the ensemble casts, the twisting plot lines, elements of time travel, a heroine who doesn’t quite end up with the leading man, alternate realities and Limbo.

But the run for Ashes to Ashes finished more abruptly than originally planned. There were plans for a trilogy – Life on Mars, Ashes to Ashes and a third series that appears to have been cut completely. Instead we had an additional season of Ashes to Ashes, used to tie-up the loose ends. Although the writers have left an opening for the final series, that would be set in the present day.

The Guardian have a piece on Ashes To Ashes: HERE

Perhaps one of the most stark contrasts between Lost and Ashes to Ashes was the budget per episode. Some people got excited about an Audi quattro being destroyed in the last episode of Ashes to Ashes; while a CGI jumbo jet appeared to be destroyed in the first season of Lost. And any series using Hawaii as its major location adds a certain glamour that is difficult to top.

After a huge first season Lost had a wobble for two seasons, loosing a lot of viewers on the way. But Lost gathered pace and direction again once the station’s deliberations over how many years the show should run for were finally resolved. The 4th, 5th and 6th series of Lost have all been gripping and unafraid of complexity, or a lack of complete resolution for all the loose ends. This lack of resolution is something very unusual in a US TV series; where happy endings and full story arcs are often made clear and explicit.

I’m due to watch the final episode of Lost shortly. After listening to the last ABC Podcast, with Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof, that accompanies the series; I’m left expecting Lost to tie-up most of the major plot loose ends. But a scriptline from a recent episode read:

‘Every question I answer will lead to another question.’

Perhaps I prefer it that way; with some things still left open to imagination.

Lost Info: ABC

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