Both Prison Break and BSG at one time announced the basic outline for the completion of the show (although Prison Break seems to have changed their mind). Recently, the show runners, Lindelof and Cuse, have announced similar plans for Lost. The New York Post has:
“The flash forward is part of an overall plan for the show,” says Damon Lindelof, co-executive producer. “Season 4 is about who gets off the island and the fact that they need to get back. Season 5 is about why they need to get back, and season 6 is about what happens when they get back.”
I’m happy to see the path forward they are laying. Creatively, with a show like Lost, it is important to have a goal. Not knowing when the show would end I believe caused many of the missteps in season 2 and 3.
There many who do not believe that Lindelof and Cuse have an overarching plan, but those people are nothing more than trolls. Early on the producers stated their plan with an analogy. They are taking a trip from New York to Los Angeles with plan stops in between. But, along the way they may take detours and make unplanned stops. I trust that statement, and if you look critically at the show, it makes sense.
Lost is far from my favorite show on television right now, but it is solid entertainment and one of those shows that will looked upon in the end as a foundation for 21century television.