1. During season 3, Viewing Public complains that show is going nowhere, stops watching in droves.
2. To appease Viewing Public, Producers commit to set timetable for resolution of show, up pace.
3. In order to facilitate (2) above, Producers start resolving the most thematically important subplots, more or less abandon the rest.
4. Show ends. Viewing Public complains about subplots not being resolved.
Years later, the Dessert-Eating Public becomes enraged at their inability to both have and eat cake. A global spate of bakery-directed arson ensues. Cuse and Lindelof appear to call for sanity. JJ Abrams appears to fling the idea for Super Clovereightfield II at someone and collect a fat paycheck. Colm eats a Mr Freeze, maintains that it is both “delicious” and “refreshing”. Paul Daniels is pronounced World President, resolves to crack down on pastry vandalism. Everyone is confused. It was all a dream. Or was it? No. But you could be forgiven for thinking so.