LAST EDITED ON 05-26-10 AT 10:40 PM (EST)
I'm not judging him, I just don't care what he has to say about the finished product. His view is irrelevant because, in the end, it wasn't his story. His views about the episodes he wrote would be incredibly interesting but we are not talking about certain episodes here, we are talking of the whole story.
"He wrote episodes that introduced things that were part of that list of questions, so how is his knowledge of how he came up with the Whispers and the Numbers, and how he was writing in preparation for the Others' appearance not relevant?"
He only set up the questions. The answers weren't his. And, before you say that's a bad thing, I'll say that most authors only have a vague idea of the end product. They usually let their imaginations take hold of the situations as they create them. The words a character says on the page often give new ideas to the author. So imagine when that character is a living person with their own talents. A writer that left 4 years ago is simply out of touch. Did Fury even watch the series? I ask because some of the actors, Naveen Andrews in particular, didn't even watch a single episode.
In the case of the Others and the whispers, I'll take a guess and say that Micheal Emerson's incredible acting gave the writers whole new ideas long after David Fury had left. Had they stayed with a rigid format and eliminated Henry Gale before he became Ben, it would have been a terrible loss.