Since LOST there have been many iconic and epic television shows that critics and fans stressed over.
Breaking Bad was a media darling based upon its premise, its script and its compelling actors.
Currently, the fantasy epic Game of Thrones is on everyone's radar. The coffee room talk is very high on this series as fans are eagerly anticipating the climatic ending.
it is very hard for a show to keep itself on the rails when fan
expectations are so far ahead of the ability of the writers and staff to
meet those expectations.
There are the big, deep film franchises like Avengers: End Game which will set in the next few weeks a world wide box office record of more than $3 billion.
But there are iconic series, like Star Trek and Star Wars,
who have had their spin-offs, sequels and prequels not being received
as highly as the original shows. Some of that is viewer burn-out of the
franchise's story. In some cases, the original show fan base has aged
out and the material does not hook younger viewers. There are more
diversions now for people to spend their entertainment time, such as
video games, YouTube broadcasts and Twitch streams.
is still considered a legacy show because it long running series that
captured the imagination of both critics and fans to the point of
obsession on every detail. Game of Thrones has many similar
attributes as fans are trying to figure out who will survive to the End.
And the End is the key to the legacy of a series.
many, LOST's ending was weak to a fail. For others, it was the perfect
happy ending for their favorite characters. Many thought the questions
had to be answered about the mythology of the show. Others thought the
final character development was more important. Insiders have tried to
conceal many of the production issues which partially caused major
shifts in scripts and settings which may or may not have caused the
strange, disjointed final season to come together.
debate of LOST's End is a continuation of the in-season debates about
the motivations of the characters, who was good, who was evil, and what
everything meant to mean in the Big Picture. This on-line fan community
debates were just as important as the show itself.
only problem with LOST's legacy is that it is frozen in time. People
still remember it, but memories will fade over time. It is not in
syndication because it is a series that builds upon each previous
episode. It is not like a sit-com that has a self contained 30 minute
story line resolution. As such, LOST does not have the continuing
traction of Star Trek, which continues to be syndicated and shown
on a daily basis across the cable spectrum. In that regard, LOST will
never be as popular as Star Trek. But it may be more important to future screenwriters on the pitfalls of expectations in creating a legacy show.