I think that’s actually, interestingly enough, a de facto tribute to a previous J.J. show. I think what happened is, Lost changed the expectations of what is viable as a sort of network serialized object. For years, we’ve been in a world where you can do stuff but you can’t change it that much. It’s that which we loved but made us lean into and finally get frustrated at times with The X-Files, because the Cigarette Smoking Man would be there and you’d go, “Okay, now ask him, Mulder!” So you find yourself … there was an attempt to both entice the viewer into a more mythological component of the narrative, and at the same time, we can’t tell you too much because that would change the face of the object. I think Lost, which has serial protagonists and real fundamental changes, sort of paved the way for this idea that things can change and an audience can be part of that change and still find it very exciting. I think around the middle of season one, this idea of, “We can ask questions and answer them — really answer them — and then ask new ones and answer those, and that will be compelling,” [the show] sort of started to find its own footing.
Akiva Goldsman- Fringe, Beautiful Mind, Jonah Hex, Cinderella Man, I Am Legend, among many credits