In the '00s, the TV series Lost and the Star Wars prequels were two of the most popular projects in the world of fantasy and science fiction. While Lost's mysteries kept viewers glued throughout the show's six seasons, many were disappointed by its surprising finale. The Star Wars prequel trilogy got fans hype but many die-hard fans were disappointed by their quality. Now, Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof just revealed how both properites were corrected and how Revenge of the Sith affected the ending of Lost.
Lost featured a group of characters who crashed on a mysterious island where they encountered a smoke monster. There were also time travel and other supernatural elements in the show, and the ending revealed that the characters had all been in some kind of purgatory, refusing to accept their fate due to unresolved issues with the real world. The ending of Lost was initially supposed to be different, but the show's limited budget and Revenge of the Sith altered the writers' original plans.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Lindelof said, "The premise that developed over time was that the volcano was a mysterious place that forged the ticking, shape-shifting monster, the billowing black mass known as Smokey."
He continued, "The question was always, ‘How do you basically visualize and dramatize the idea that the island itself is all that separates the world from hellfire and damnation?' And the answer was the volcano."
Revenge of the Sith was released five years before Lost's finale, and it featured an epic duel between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker on the volcanic planet called Mustafar. According to Lindelof, the duel that showed lava eruptions in a volcanic environment overshadowed Lost's initial climax. He and co-creator Carlton Cuse initially wanted to feature a duel between Jack (Matthew Fox) and Locke (Terry O' Quinn), but because of budget restrictions, they believed that it would just be a mediocre imitation of Revenge of the Sith's epic scene, saying, "We knew whatever we did was going to look Mickey Mouse next to it."