Hello! I am very excited to share this with you. This fall, Tara Bennett and I co-hosted a Lost retrospective podcast for SyfyWire. The six-part podcast explored the show’s impact, influence and legacy through a series of conversations with special guests. We’d love it if you checked out all six parts, but if I may be so bold, you’re really going to want to hear the season finale.
As noted in Tara’s story on the podcast’s debut, guests include Melanie McFarland (Salon), Sarah Rodman (EW), Nikki Stafford (Finding Lost books), Lost transmedia innovators John Bernstein and David Daniels, Sky1’s The Lost Initiative co-host (and Official Lost Magazine editor) Paul Terry.
In the fifth episode, we had a very enjoyable and illuminating chat with former Lost scribes Drew Goddard (The Good Place) and Elizabeth Sarnoff (Barry), who were so great, smart and honest.
The season finale features an in-depth, funny and thoughtful conversation with Lost executive producers and showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse. They offered a lot of insights, anecdotes and even some information I wasn’t aware of, despite having written about and reported on the drama a lot back in the day. And toward the end, they may have gotten a bit salty about what Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin said about the Lost finale.
All six episodes of the podcast have now been posted, and I’m really proud of what Tara, Paul Terry and I created (the three of us collaborated on this project). Here’s a direct link to the podcast if you use Apple for your podcast needs. And here’s the full roster of links to Through the Looking Glass:
By the way, earlier this year, I did a Lost re-watch, something I’d wanted to do for a while. It was illuminating and refreshing to watch the show far away from the hubbub around it when it was on the air. I enjoyed a lot of that hubbub and I certainly contributed to it! But as a fan of television — especially genre television, character-driven stories and TV that plays with boundaries and expectations while aiming directly at the mainstream — it was a fascinating experience. Many of the thoughts that I had about the show filtered into the conversations that we had for Through the Looking Glass.
I can unreservedly say that working on this podcast and having these conversations has one of the most enjoyable experiences of my professional life. That’s partly because I got to work with Tara and Paul (who co-wrote The Lost Encyclopedia and who are the best). It’s also partly because whatever my expectations were for the conversations we pursued with our guests, the actual talks we had blew way post those hopes. Every person we talked to was far enough away from the show to have some perspective on why it had the impact it did — and on how it changed them as people and as artists. These folks were insightful, funny, entertaining, thoughtful and not averse to getting absolutely real. Seriously, this whole experience has been a blast.
If you give our podcast a shot, thank you! And before you go:
One last thing: If you like the podcast, check out some of my other work!