No, not that kind.
I’m referring to ‘Phantom Menace Syndrome,’ which takes its name from the film Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. The Phantom Menace was released in 1999, over 15 years after the saga’s original trilogy of movies had concluded.
When The Phantom Menace was announced it gained so much hype that even had the movie turned out to be the greatest piece of cinema ever created, there still would have been fans complaining. There was no way that it could have met fan expectations, because all that hype was impossible to meet.
Before I go any further I want to credit the concept of ‘Phantom Menace Syndrome’ to TheForce.net’s podcast, the weekly ForceCast. I would love to link the episode that it was discussed, but it’s been a few years and I would have no clue where to start searching.
The stories of Lost and Star Wars are similar in their criticism from fans. People watch the first part of the adventure, get pulled in by the incredible entertainment and originality of the story. Unfortunately, by the end many become disappointed and complain that the story isn’t going along how they feel it should.
They don’t seem to realize that there are hundreds of other channels out there that they can watch.
Lost is down to its final episodes, and guess what? The creators of the show don’t owe you a darn thing. It’s not fair to complain about their show now because it was so good a few years ago.
Questions will be answered, but not every single one. Perhaps someday they will, but there’s just not enough time to do it during the shows. That’s a good thing, because spending the last hours of a show that’s been going for six years to answer every question that has been raised would go against the reason that we’ve been watching this whole time.
So if you’re going to whine that the Man In Black doesn’t have a proper Christian name, then please don’t waste everyone’s time. Just save yourself and all of us a lot of angst and watch something else.
I won’t hold it against you, and neither will Damon Linelof.
As a matter of fact, Star Wars is on Spike the day of the finale. Watch that.