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By Anonym 14 Sep

Damon Lindelof

I was born in 1973, so I did not see 'Alien' when it was released theatrically. I saw 'Alien' when it was on Home Box Office. I think I was probably 10.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damon Lindelof

In really, really good science fiction the line between the science and the fiction is blurry.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damon Lindelof

Good twists are enormously hard to come by, and I think the best ones are earned ones. The idea that a story can take a left turn on you, it's easy to do, but it has to be done very, very carefully, or else you risk losing the audience's trust.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Damon Lindelof

I've always believed that a good twist is one that, when it is presented to the audience, half of them say, 'I saw that coming.' And half of them are completely and totally shocked. Because if you don't have the half that saw it coming, then it wasn't fair: You never gave the audience a chance to guess it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Damon Lindelof

I've always been fascinated by Disneyland and Disney World, and my favorite part of the park was always Tomorrowland.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Damon Lindelof

When someone says something that really hurts me, I have to retweet it to let it go.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Damon Lindelof

There is a reason behind life. There is some connectivity between living beings. Whether you want to call that 'God' or 'The Force' or whatever word you use for it, I do believe in a spiritualized mechanism.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damon Lindelof

I'm not sitting around thinking of ideas for TV shows.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damon Lindelof

Essentially, there's no scientific evidence whatsoever that could ever be presented to me that would wipe out my fundamental spiritual beliefs.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Damon Lindelof

I think the idea that television has evolved to this place of real thematic richness and the fact that you no longer have to get 10 million people to watch your show in order to propagate its survival are the best things that have ever happened to storytelling in this medium.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Damon Lindelof

Reputation is a very interesting thing, and I always give people the benefit of the doubt, and I think that there's a part of all of us, especially in a generation where a lot of the stuff gets recorded.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Damon Lindelof

It's television. The reality of it is, if you go on the boards and people are saying, "I saw that coming," or "This is lame," or "I can't believe they're doing this again..." Having been one of those people myself, I know better, and try to avoid it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damon Lindelof

I'll never be immune to criticism, and that's okay, and I'm very comfortable with that.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damon Lindelof

I can't live my life under the sort of "I cannot fail" philosophy, because then every time I do fail, which feels more inevitable than me being perfect all the time, it's going to be soul crushing. And more importantly, I'll never take any risks.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Damon Lindelof

Look, we can definitively agree that cable is far superior to network. That isn't to say that there can't be a great network drama or comedy that makes 20-plus episodes a year. We know that there are, and there have been.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Damon Lindelof

The fundamental law of nature is to not know too much about yourself.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damon Lindelof

Anger is not a real feeling. Every time in my life I've ever been angry, it's because I was scared, or because I was sad and I didn't know it. Anger doesn't just come out of a vacuum.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damon Lindelof

From my own internal fanboy perspective, there's nothing that I hate more than seeing a three minute trailer for a movie where I feel like it's shown me the entire movie.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Damon Lindelof

Once you spend more than $100 million on a movie, you have to save the world.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damon Lindelof

I don't think it's hubris for me to say I'm a Trek fan. So, I don't treat Trek fans as somebody who's separate than I am. The only thing that separates them is, I'm one of the people responsible for the story in this movie and they're not. But we're all Trek fans. I can hang.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Damon Lindelof

I think that 'The Shield' was a phenomenal series finale.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Damon Lindelof

I think that at the end of the day I'm drawn to a certain level of ambiguous storytelling that requires hard thought and work in the same way that the New York Times crossword puzzle does: Sometimes you just want to put it down or throw it out the window, but there's a real rewarding sense if you feel like you've cracked it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Damon Lindelof

People are disappointed when the world doesn't end on their watch.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damon Lindelof

Hopping around time in a non-linear storytelling fashion (on 'Lost') allows you to bring back characters who are dead and, in some cases, buried. Now that time travel is the story itself, it opens up even more doors. So when an actor reads that they're getting killed off on the show, they're basically, like, 'Okay, but should I still bother to show up next week?'

By Anonym 14 Sep

Damon Lindelof

Sometimes diehard fans expect so much that they're never happy no matter what they get.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Damon Lindelof

Lost is a mystery show, so I think that would be stripping the franchise of sort of its essential nature.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damon Lindelof

Everything I've ever been a fan of, whether it's Star Wars or the New York Jets, I've also been very hard on at times. It's sort of like, I go to a Jets game, I want them to win, but the minute they fumble the ball, I go, "I f**king knew it! F**king Jets!" That's part of loving something. As long as you love it, you have carte blanche to critique it as well, of course. That's part of being a fan of anything.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damon Lindelof

I look at myself more as a storyteller than a screenwriter, as pretentious as that may sound, but that's what really attracts me to TED Talks. For me, the really effective ones are being presented by expert storytellers.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damon Lindelof

I love collaborating with different people.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Damon Lindelof

People talk about overnight successes, and ultimately, there's a certain amount of, you want to call it luck or fortune or good fortune, or whatever, but when your moment arrives, you have to have been at a point where you paid your dues, or done your 10,000 hours or have the requisite talent or whatever.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damon Lindelof

If you're the guy who basically shows up with coal at the locomotive, they will put it in the train. Like, they won't even assess whatever or not it's good coal. Just throw it in there.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damon Lindelof

I remember what it was like to be doing 'Lost' and how creatively immersive it was. I just couldn't really engage on anything else, other than 'Lost;' I was just thinking about it all the time, and then there was just the pure workload, the 70- or 80-hour weeks.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Damon Lindelof

My father - until the day that my dad died - didn't know how many points you scored in a touchdown. He could say there were nine innings in baseball, but no intricacies of the sport.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Damon Lindelof

We all look at ourselves in the mirror and think, 'Am I good?'

By Anonym 14 Sep

Damon Lindelof

I think one of the problems in determining the ending for a television series is that you don't know how long the show is gonna last. Particularly because we were in the unique position of adapting Tom's Perrotta novel The Leftovers, it always felt like the first season was gonna end with the end of Tom's novel, and then we would figure things out from there and look back.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damon Lindelof

If your friend is critical [of your work], you have to have a very thick skin and a thick skin is something that only builds up after it's callused for awhile.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Damon Lindelof

Part of the fun of the movie is understanding exactly why we called it Prometheus. And also, it sounds really pretentious, like Inception, so we were just like, "Yeah, that makes the movie sound really smart!" It's so much better then my original title, Explosion. Well, there might be an explosion in the movie.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Damon Lindelof

I think that we, as writers, get excited by risk. When we are feeling comfortable and familiar, I wouldn't say that we get bored, but the energy in the room gets flat. When we're most excited and when the show is the most fun, it's when we're duking things out.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damon Lindelof

All great sci-fi is: Be careful what you wish for.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damon Lindelof

A lot of writers whom I love, admire and call friends share this feeling, which is this fundamental idea that we're frauds. That we will be pushed out on to the stage, and it will be revealed that the emperor has no clothes.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damon Lindelof

I feel like great TED Talks are ones that are a little bit subject to interpretation, that do provoke further conversation - and potentially controversy.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Damon Lindelof

You can watch an episode of Friends or an episode of Law & Order and just drop in, but you're not going to in the middle of Season 4, Episode 5 of Lost. It's like picking up a Harry Potter book and flipping to a chapter. You have to read it from beginning to end.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Damon Lindelof

Michael Arndt, that guy - you're just supposed to say nice things about other writers, but I worship Michael Arndt.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damon Lindelof

As a storyteller, you also don't want to make people feel like they're left out, like other people who have read the book have an interior knowledge of this show, and the degree of difficulty in watching it is much higher.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Damon Lindelof

One of the things I've learned is there's no lesson to be learned. You have to resign yourself to the fact that mistakes are going to be made at any time in the creative process.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Damon Lindelof

I think 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy has a very satisfying ending, and there's not really that deep of a mythological construct.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Damon Lindelof

The year that 'Lost' started and premiered was, without a doubt, the most miserable year of my life. The level of despair and anguish that I was feeling; I was clinically depressed, and anyone that you talked to who knew me at the time will tell you that.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Damon Lindelof

Sometimes we get frustrated ourselves and decide it's time to download a big chunk of mythology. And then the audience says, 'I find this confusing and alienating and too weird.' So then we pull back, and they say, 'You're not giving us enough'.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Damon Lindelof

The fun thing about doing origin stories is you are introducing the audience to characters.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damon Lindelof

At some point, you can't take a risk just to take a risk because that's a betrayal, in and of itself.