Thursday, May 11, 2006

Beware Lost Fans... Trouble is coming.

J.J. Abrams has a definite pattern in his television career... one which will possibly have a major effect on fans of Lost. You see, he sort of has trouble maintaining two quality shows at once, and usually, it is the older effort that suffers.

The pattern began with the beginning of Alias during the run of Felicity, and many people said they immediately saw a decline in the quality of that show, leading to its cancellation. Then Alias was on alone until last season with the coming of Lost, and anyone who watched Alias in seasons 3 and 4(the developmental period and first season of Lost) knows that is when the series started to go downhill.... fast. And now with ABC picking up his new series, Six Degrees, Lost may be next to go down this now-welltrodden path. With his movie directing career taking off, he will have even less time to devote to his shows, so that could really accelerate things as well.

Now, I never got into the show, but I know what a phenomenon it is, and I just wanted to warn everyone who loved the island action. Part of me wanted to see another one of his pilots picked up last year as a mid-season replacement. He worked on a show called The Catch starring Alias's Greg Grunberg about a bounty hunter, but alas like Eyes, it just didn't work out.

But I hope for my fellow Abrams fans, with age and experience, maybe he has found a way to juggle all the projects he has now. If not, we are in for some long days.

As a sidenote, this is the first posting I am making using a technorati addon for blogger, so I hope this all works well. Now all I need is a way to make categories and I will be happy with this blogging service. :)


panasianbiz said...

I have to agree with your analysis of Abrams' career. I never watched Felicity, but plenty of my friends talked about how quickly that show declined when Alias took off. I've been watching both Alias and Lost since their respective beginnings, and again, both started out very, very strong. As you pointed out, Seasons 3 and 4 of Alias were subpar. I know what you mean when you say "trouble is coming" for Lost!

MC said...

I think if he moves back a little further and only develops ideas for a while from an production/executive producer role (with an excellent staff), his work as a whole may not suffer that downward turn. He seems very good with premise development and characters, but I think in the long run, a more hands-off approach from the onset may lead to better results if he wishes to keep working on multiple projects at the same time.