David Fury on Lost, 24, Buffy
David Fury needs little introduction, which is a) something I don't like having said and b) true. He wrote over 25 episodes of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He wrote the only real genius episode of Lost, "Walkabout." He was the puppet of the evil puppets (literally) in the Angel-is-a-puppet episode of Angel's fifth, final and best season. And now he writes for 24.
There's a particularly interesting interview with him here. It gets a bit too "fandom-y" for me at times, but there are some choice insights into his head.
Like on 24 and it's runaway train-ness:
The first four episodes are generally worked out in advance, then it's completely made up as we go. The closest thing to planning is if someone has a good idea for a set-piece (i.e. Jack has to kidnap the Pope), Howard [Gordon] or Joel [Surnow] will say, "We'll do that in a couple of episodes." Ultimately, or at least often, those ideas change once we get there. And we make something else up on the spot.Or on genre shows:
But, yeah, I miss genre shows. I miss writing allegory and metaphor. That was the fun of writing those shows. Saying something. 24 is about doing. And it's great. But there's nothing to say about it, except "that was cool."