“People often ask me how Lost is going to end. I usually tell them to ask Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, who run that series. But I always wonder, do they really want to know? And what if I did tell them? They might have an aha moment, but without context. Especially since the final episode is a year away. That is to say, the experience – the setup for a joke’s punch line, the buildup to a magic trick’s big flourish – is as much of a thrill as the result. There’s discovery to be made and wonder to be had on the journey that not only enrich the ending but in many ways define it.”
J.J. Abrams – Creator of the TV Series Alias, Lost, and Fringe; the director of MI3, Cloverfield, and the upcoming Star Trek prequel – from a recent article in WIRED Magazine
What does this generation have against “Mystery”? The warning in red caps “SPOILER ALERT” appears in almost every article I read these days, especially if it concerns an upcoming book or film. Leaked screenplays, stolen drafts, and pirated videos are almost as commonplace as influenza, and twice as nauseating. Whatever happened to the “discovery of the journey…” as Abrams alludes?
I love Abrams’s work and creative philosophy, which he describes in my favorite TED video entitled “The Mystery Box”:
Now as much as I enjoy ranting about the Gen-Spoilers, I’m also a card-carrying Spoileraholic when it comes to God’s plan. What’s the next step? Where’s the money coming from? Will my kid get good enough grades? Am I going to be able to take that vacation? Did my 401k drop today? Will Ben Laden attack next month? Yada, yada, yada, la tee la tee da.
I know God loves me but sometimes I picture His eyes rolling and Him saying, “Where’s the love, boy? Where’s the trust?.” Thanks, J.J. for the “spiritual” insight; I’ll try harder to enjoy the “…wonder to be had on the journey” that will not only enrich my “ending” but also, in many ways, define it.