Briefly Corrected

Sun Feb 19, 2006

Contrary to Phil Kloer, Flann O’Brien is neither “obscure” nor a “surrealist,” properly speaking. The previously mentioned book by Casares seems to me to be much more influential on Lost, though two things are worth noting here: a) I haven’t seen all of the episodes and b) the creative team is the same as that behind the execrable Alias and thus you can assume that there’s no coherent story-motivation other than to stretch it out as long as it’s profitable. (24 is unlikely to be cancelled in-season, for instance, though the first season [the only one I’ve watched] suffered conspicuously from contradictory details being decided at a later date.)