The Statistics of Damon Lindelof Being A Shitty Writer

After watching the premier of The Leftovers, I was somewhat surprised to find that it was actually somewhat decent, and surprised because one of the co-writers is none other than Damon Lindelof. Lindelof, whose (in)famous for writing the ending to Lost, (and pretty much being the main writer of the show) as well as the convoluted plots of Prometheus and Star Trek Into Darkeness. 

But looking at his credits, Lindelof almost always co-writes  the scripts (in fact, I couldn’t find a single script he wrote by himself) which leads us to wonder, is he a shitty writer or does he just get paired with bad writers?  

To find out I looked at his co-writers and, tested whether their four best known films (if they did less than I only coded those) where convoluted. Using the scientific standard of “does this make any fucking sense?” I coded whether it was or wasn’t convoluted. Although as a sidenote, just because it wasn’t convoluted doesn’t mean it wasn’t just badly written (ie Transformers).

The Results:

  • Lindelof – 75% of his best known scripts are convoluted
  • Jon Spaihts – 50% of his best known scripts are convoluted
  • Roberto Orci – 50% of his best known scripts are convoluted
  • Alex Kurtzman – 25% of his best known scripts are convoluted
  • Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby- 0% of their best known scripts are convoluted

As we can see Lindelof is the most convoluted of any of the writers mentioned and statistically, is definitely a shitty writer.

The Breakdown of Who Wrote Which Convoluted Script

Lindelof:

  • Lost (finale) – Convoluted
  • Prometheus – Convoluted
  • ST: Into Darkness – Convoluted
  • Cowboys and Aliens – Not Convoluted

Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (Co-wrote Cowboys and Aliens)

  • Children of Men – Not Convoluted
  • Iron Man – Not Convoluted
  • Cowboys and Aliens – Not Convoluted

Jon Spaihts (co-wrote Prometheus)

  • Prometheus – Convoluted
  • The Darkest Hour – Not Convoluted

Roberto Orci (co-wrote ST: Into Darkness and Cowboys and Aliens) 

  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – Convoluted
  • Cowboys and Aliens – Not Convoluted
  • Transformers – Not Convoluted 
  • Mission: Impossible III – Convoluted

Alex Kurtzman (Co-wrote Cowboys and Aliens)

  • The Island – Not Convoluted
  • Mission: Impossible III – Convoluted
  • Transformers – Not Convoluted
  • Watchmen – Not Convoluted

 

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