Back when Lost turned the internet into THE INTERNET from a TV discussion standpoint, there was a seemingly constant debate over the complex and dense mythology that surrounded the show. Message boards were overrun with different theories, quibbles or other minutiae related to the series. As the show progressed, viewers began to get increasingly antsy about answers. Everyone wanted answers. When they finally received answers (some of them), the way in which they were revealed was reviled by many. A lot of those people still take to Twitter to yell at Damon Lindelof on occasion.
The ending to the show had many issues, but the biggest issue was the need to explain. They had to have Christian Shepherd explain 6 years of television to his son/the audience. If you feel compelled to explain all of the mythology surrounding your television program, then character action is probably the preferred option. Instead, we got a three minute conversation. Lost set a gold standard of a lot of mythology-based millennial shows. Ever since, we’ve seen shows go heavy on mythology, but take great pains to make sure they were answering their audiences questions. What resulted was several shows that got so wrapped up in their own mythology that they forgot that compelling characters remain the basis of any quality television series. People didn’t watch Lost because we wanted to know how the island was special. We were curious, but we weren’t going to hang around for 6 years to find out the answers. What kept viewers around was the work of one of the most compelling and diverse casts of all time. It’s the thing these shows that try to mimic Lost can never replicate. It’s hard to imagine a show doing better than that cast of characters for that specific show.