Originally Posted by Ph8te
Sad that people are blaming Lindelof when it's the source material that is not going to give the answers they want.
There's always the conscious choice by the producers to veer away from the source material when they want to. Last year, the producers of Under the Dome
did what I thought was a terrific job making a decent TV show out of a terrible novel. They added a lot of twists and turns to Stephen King's story and fleshed it out quite a bit, and (to me, anyway) made it a lot more interesting.
But this season, it's kind of fallen apart and is treading water. Still, it shows that it's possible to take an idea and merely use it as a springboard for a TV series and go into far different areas. Unfortunately, I think the problem with a show that's about a massive mystery -- "why did 2% of the world's population vanish?" -- is that if you never provide some clues towards an explanation, it leaves the viewers frustrated and perplexed. I don't see this as a valid premise.
I'm not saying you have to spoon-feed every explanation about every literal plot-point, but I do think you can't leave people hanging about the big picture. All the reviews of this show indicate to me that it's a downer and it's unsatisfying, and the ratings indicate people are not happy about it. I got better things to do with my time.
But... I credit HBO for trying something different, and the initial premise is a very interesting idea. I prefer the ABC show Resurrection,
where dead people suddenly come back in a small town. That's another show where they've taken a novel and then veered quite a bit from the initial premise, plus they're at least giving us a few clues as to the truth about the mystery. The most intriguing thing about the show to me is, if you take one of the "returned" dead people and kill them again, another copy of them pops up all over again elsewhere! (With clothes, because this is TV.) The only explanation that makes sense is that an alien is cloning everybody for nefarious reasons. Philip Jose Farmer's 1970s Riverworld
sci-fi novel series had a similar premise, and I think that would actually make a much better series.