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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

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 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

If I went for a long period in my life where I was unemployed and I was unable to make a living and the only way for me to basically provide for my family was, "Hey, we're bringing Lost back!", then I would probably consider it. But I feel like it would be a betrayal to the fandom, and myself, to do anymore Lost, because we had such an adequate period of time to end the show.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damon Lindelof

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

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 14 Sep

Damon Lindelof

Star Wars' is a galaxy a long time ago, far, far away. 'Star Wars' is not about our future.

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 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 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 13 Sep

Damon Lindelof

Hindsight is 20/20, but the moral of the writing for me is that when you're feeling very scared and nervous about something and you're fairly convinced that it could be a massive disaster, that's exactly the idea that you should do.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damon Lindelof

For us, there's an inherent process when you're ending something to be thinking about the beginning, as writers.

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 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 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 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 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 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 15 Sep

Damon Lindelof

You can't just come out and do the same moves that you always do because someone just basically came into the center of the ring and spun around on their head and did a back flip.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damon Lindelof

As cliched as it sounds, if you have an original voice and an original idea, then no matter what anybody says, you have to find a way to tell that story.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Damon Lindelof

I would say that my fatal flaw, as a human being, is that I need people to like me, and if they don't like me, I will obsess over it - and try to change my personality until they like me - even if they don't like me for reasons that have nothing to do with me, and even if they're strangers.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Damon Lindelof

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Damon Lindelof

The interpretive element of "Lost," the fact that you immediately need as soon as the episode is over to seek out a community of people to express your own thoughts about it, understand what they thought about it and form an opinion, that's the bread and butter of the show.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damon Lindelof

I place a higher value on work ethic than talent, because, in certain areas, you just need to cast, you need to cast actors with talent, you need to hire directors with talent, but I've worked with very talented people who have a poor work ethic, and the outcome is less desirable than people who are less talented and have an incredible work ethic.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damon Lindelof

But I do think that, when you slow the conveyor belt down, the quality control tends to go up. You have a lot more time between seasons to talk about what worked and what didn't work, and plan for the future. And the pacing of the storytelling, particularly for on-going serialized dramas, means that you don't need to do non-essential episodes, just because you have to fill this pre-existing schedule.

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 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

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 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

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 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 14 Sep

Damon Lindelof

Suffice it to say, there are some very big ideas in Prometheus and, therefore, it covers a very vast expanse of time.

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 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

If you're constantly hamstrung by worry that people aren't going to like it, you can't do your job.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damon Lindelof

I'm trying to focus as much on the here and now as possible. To live my life in a way that the humans that I know here on the planet Earth feel like they've been treated with respect by me, whether they're people that I'm very close to or the audience who's watching my work.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Damon Lindelof

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

By Anonym 15 Sep

Damon Lindelof

When you're a writer and you're a producer, traditionally the junkets are really focused on the beautiful people and nobody wants to talk to you.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Damon Lindelof

When I saw 'Blade Runner,' my understanding was that 'Blade Runner' and 'Alien' were sequels to each other - or they were related. They were set in the same world.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damon Lindelof

I make no distinction between writing and storytelling; I've always wanted to tell stories.

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'm not glass-half-full, glass-half-empty; I'm like, "There's a glass?

By Anonym 14 Sep

Damon Lindelof

It's just immensely frustrating that things like Breaking Bad get made that are kind of perfect! There's not even a bad episode of Breaking Bad, let alone a bad season. I want to be able to say, "Hey everybody, it's impossible to make a show where every episode is great!" No it's not.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damon Lindelof

I don't think anybody wants to see a dour Star Trek movie.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Damon Lindelof

I love collaborating with different people.

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

I feel like the big twist shows are now off the table. I think Westworld was probably the last one to Trojan horse this idea of the young man in black. They were doing non-linear storytelling, but disguising it. Jonah Nolan and Lisa Joy have spoken openly about how they just didn't think people were going to figure it out that fast.

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

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

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.