Why We're Worried About Lost's "Global" ClimaxS

Matthew Fox has been talking about the ending of ABC's Lost, and we have to say: While he's trying to make it sound impressive, I'm a little concerned about what's to come.

Talking to Details magazine about the end of the island drama, Fox said that he had "some idea" of what was going to happen:

All of us knew that if the show was strung out indefinitely, it was going to ruin the story. It's not like a doctor drama, where you have a new case each week. This show started with a plane crash on an island in the South Pacific, and it's going to have a very global and epic ending.

Okay, we'll be happy to see an epic ending; those of us who've been eagerly trying to work out what all the clues mean for years deserve that much, at least. But "global"? Really?

One of the things I've loved about Lost has been the way that, despite the scale of the story that's been told — and with time-traveling and evil rich men disposing of unwelcome suitors of their daughter on desert islands and everything — it has managed to stay somewhat intimate, dwelling on key characters and keeping the show's focus tight. The idea of a "global" conclusion hopefully refers to locale as opposed to scope, because if the series' last two seasons reveal that the island, Dharma Initiative and Oceanic 6 are fighting for the fate of humanity or anything so grandiose, it'll feel — to me, at least — like a betrayal of what's gone before.

(The interview with Fox did offer this titbit for fans of Jack's beard and self-pity, however: "When it's all said and done, you'll be able to look at the six seasons of Lost and see a pretty amazing character arc... Jack has been evolving, and not necessarily into a good place." More drunken shenanigans and crying? I can't wait!)

Matthew Fox [Details]