A Few Last Thoughts Before the Lost Finale

 

Losties and gentlemen, this is our last chance to converse before the series finale of Lost. I'm here today to prepare you for the 18 hours or so of Lost that ABC will be airing on Sunday, as well as for life after Lost.

The most important thing to remember before you plate the Dharma cupcakes for your Lost finale party is this: regardless of what happens on Sunday, Lost is undeniably one of the most important television shows ever created. There's just no disputing that fact. The show took serialized television to another level, the quality of which was often imitated but never replicated. Just ask The Nines, FlashForward, or Invasion, three shows that were all dubbed the "next Lost" but never made it past their first seasons.

Lost also proved that high-quality, bigtime production values do make a difference on television, and that networks should feel okay about unloading huge truckloads of cash... provided the content is worth it. Aside from a rickety looking temple (and maybe Jack's awesomely horrific beard), no one can accuse of Lost of mailing it in, production-wise.

Lost also took the ensemble cast to new heights, not only managing to give everyone rich screentime through character-centric episodes, but also making diversity a priority.

And to those of you who had problems with the later seasons, particularly Season 6, take a deep breath and remember the good old days of Seasons 1 and 2. Think about that bird smashing into Walt's window. Remember Jack as he prepared to amputate Boone's leg. Picture Evangeline Lilly in her bra on the beach. Ahhh, that helps.

Because Lost as a whole should not be judged on its finale alone, and I know that's exactly what a lot of people are going to do.

I say this because I'm preparing for the worst--a disappointing Lost finale. The cards are stacked against it: Crazy fan base. Wonderfully complex show. Thousands of questions to be answered. And more hype than anything in recent TV history. This all adds up to a bleak scenario.

Don't watch the finale alone. Find a support group. In case of emergency, don't break glass--pour a glass, preferably of something really strong (an 18-year Scotch will do). Because if the Lost finale stinks, you'll need it.

And if Lost goes the way of Seinfeld or Battlestar Galactica and lays a steaming turd of a series finale, don't get angry. Don't hate Lost. Don't throw your remote control at the TV screen.

Do what I'll do: Take a deep breath, remember John Locke wiggling his toes in "Walkabout," and remember Lost for what it is. A fantastic show that we'll all miss dearly, horrible finale or not.

 


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May 26, 2010
I stack up all the episodes for others shows and watch them after the season has ended. This so that I dont have to wait. Lost was my only exception. I watched every episode of this show from its first to its last on the day it was telecast. Each episode and each season piled more questions and hardly any meaningful answers, Every time I told myself, the final season and the finale will be worth it. To keep me hooked for 6 years, well done!!! It was entertaining even if it was frustrating as hell. As far the answers, I knew mid way the 6th season that there is no real intent to answer any questions. Its the unanswered questions that keep a faithful following hooked for 6 years. Now it will continue to add mystery to the show and the debate will always go on. I have just mixed feelings but the only thing I am happy about is that it is over. Now I can let go. Finally.
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May 26, 2010
I KNEW IT WAS GONNA BE A PANTS ENDING WHEN CUSE AND LINDELOFF SAID ON THE sky1 SHOW LOST THE END IS NIGH THAT THEY HAD FOLK FINDING THEM A REMOTE LOCATION TO GO INTO HIDING FOR YOU KNEW THEN THEY WERENT GOIN TO ANSWER ALL THE QUESTIONS ITS PANTS PANTS PANTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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May 24, 2010
This article is spot on. I'll remember Lost for the good times. The last time I was really addicted to Lost was Season 3. I watched Season 4 but that was the beginning of the end for me. I probably didn't see every episode of Season 5 & I only saw about half of this season. I guess I'll download the episodes I missed & watch them before I watch the finale this weekend.
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May 24, 2010
I have a few complaints about some issues that are still dangling. #1 - What were the numbers all about? They wreaked havok on Hurley's life; they were engraved on the hatch; they made little cameos everywhere and even totaled up to the 108 minutes between button pushes...yet they remain a total mystery. #2 - Why couldn't children be born on the island? #3 - A fist fight? That was the best climax between the earthly embodiments of good and evil they could come up with? A knock-down fist fight between Jack and Locke? Lazy!
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May 24, 2010
And I have to say - I remember the excitement I felt when they discovered the hatch, and the numbers. I wish the ending could have produced the same excitement. In the end, I think the storyline took a totally different direction than was first intended. It is obvious that the writers didn't know where they were headed, thus, so many unanswered questions. I think the show become much more popular than anyone imagined, and that influenced the show's direction.
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May 24, 2010
I have to say, I think it ended flat. But I think the entire last season was flat. So many mysteries and possibilities, and this season, it just felt "rushed". I will miss the show, but am glad the story is done, even though it could have ended better. Six years is a long time to wait for a conclusion and unfortunately, I can't say that it concluded in the way I would have liked. Although, I think it would have been a difficult task. In the end, I enjoyed the journey - in some ways, I feel as though I have grown along with the characters in Lost.
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May 24, 2010
They weren't all in purgatory. All that happened on the island was real. The flash-sideways (e.g. when Jack had a son), that wasn't real.
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May 24, 2010
Wah wah wah!!!! *stamps foot* But you PROMISED!!! Darlton said, over and over, that it would NOT be a "it was all a dream," and also that the survivors were NOT in Hell or in Purgatory. Why did they make us watch 6 seasons to find out something that we figured out in the first half a season !!
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May 24, 2010
BSG, Seinfeld, Lost and many others all have the same thing in common, The last episodes really stunk. It raises the question, how should you end a great show? Horribly...
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May 24, 2010
I liked the series finale of Battlestar, Seinfeld, and Lost. They each their flaws, to be sure. Overall, however, I think they did okay.
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May 24, 2010
Wow. Thank goodness this show is finally over. So many questions, no answers, and 6 years later everyone is dead anyways. Way to go people, calling this series Lost was absolutely perfect, cause thats exactly how I felt after watching every single episode, and at the end of it all the only thing found is Jack lying there thinking " Finally, I am the true martyr".
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May 24, 2010
I thought the last episode sucked. We all kind of knew it was going to be a purgatory like place. But there was no answer as to how to enter or leave or why we had flash backs, forwards or sideways...

I was expecting some sort of twist. there was no twist. it ended the same way I thought it would when I saw the first episode.

Maybe I was crazy to think we could expect something really philosophical.. The original concept was philosophical (since that was when I assumed their predicament). Since this was sci-Fy, I kind of thought we might delve into some deeper ideas.

Is there a way out?

What happened to the children borne there and in the flashes?

Do they get to live in the eternal place with the survivors?

Are the evilish people in a hell type place or did they never exist?



I am still watching the after show though, so I guess the Marketing part worked... ( the only part that actually matters here in the real world any way, right?)



Purgatory is the overwhelming theme and it took us 6 years of great writing to see the (writers/directors/actors) rendition of such.

Nice ride, anti climactic ending....



Eventually we will all be lost and looking,

Still lost and Still Larry
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May 24, 2010
wow i loved the finale, i dont even care that much that they never said what the numbers were.
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May 24, 2010
What an awesome finale. I (whew) loved that finale SO MUCH! If anyone has problems with this episode I will fly to where you are and fistfight you (joking!)
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May 24, 2010
I'm sorry but I have to comment on the people disagreeing about BSG's finale sucking. God how I HATED the BSG finale, I have no clue what the people who thought it was amazing were smoking but that truly was a steaming turd of a finale. That one scene where Adama throws up on himself truly sums up that finale, who the hell knows what the writers were thinking.

I know it's been mentioned many time before, and there are many other parts of that finale that blowed, but the worst part was when they decided out of the blue to send their ships and all their technology into the sun. No arguments no nothing. I mean SERIOUSLY? Throughout the whole show the Quorum , let alone the rest of the colonials, bickered and fought over every single decision but throwing everything they had away was no problem?!? I could go on but you get the point... hopefully....doubt it....

Sorry about the rant, had to get it off my chest...

Here's hoping Lost doesn't take the same route as BSG (you know, the retarded-lets-fill-it-with-pointless-backstory-to-stretch-it-out-a-bit route.)
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May 24, 2010
What the hell was wrong with the BSG finale?
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May 23, 2010
I'm going to miss it, even though it was hard to follow and sometimes downright crazy!
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May 23, 2010
I alredy knows that the end (any ending of something good is bad) will be not so good, but who cares! I was here watching and the series is/was just great.
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May 23, 2010
My thoughts on the finale can best be summed up by the immortal words of Jacob: "It only ends once. Anything that happens before that is just progress."
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May 23, 2010
hoo
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May 23, 2010
I'm absolutely stoked for the finale. A great show never pleases everyone. LOST has been a brave series that worked because the writers and creators were telling the story they wanted to tell. And they are brilliant. I hate when writers of shows read fan posts and think they have to oblige the fans. Just tell a good story and have interesting, multi-dimensional characters; and, think outside the box; certainly LOST has. I will miss it terribly, but can't wait for the DVD box set to come out.
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May 23, 2010
That would be so funny!
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May 23, 2010
Way to be a Debbie Downer. LOL!
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May 23, 2010
i think it will end with locke and jack sitting on the beack.locke will say to jack "you know how bad i want to kill you" then a plane will be seen in the sky breaking apart.on it will be all the lost kids.ji yeon,charlie hume,jacks kid,aaron etc
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May 23, 2010
I will be watching it alone. :(
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May 23, 2010
Haven't read this article yet but the tv.com website looks like a Tim Surette fan page. You've truly made it Tim. I'm going to miss you when you're gone.
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May 23, 2010
I agree 100% with you. LOST is a great show and we'll all gonna miss it
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May 23, 2010
The expectation for the finale is just immense...
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May 23, 2010
I do have a question: why does the website look like a LOST fan page? :D I get a very LOST-y vibe.
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May 23, 2010
I never missed ONE episode of LOST, I am truly going to miss the show.
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May 23, 2010
LOST GAME ME 5 HAPPY TV YEARS ! GOT MY ATTENTION FOR ALL OF ITS SEASONS ...
WHO CARES IF THE FINALE IS STRONG ....
ITS LIKE LIFE ITSELF ,I REMEMBER THE GOOD MOMENTS OF THE PAST YEARS ..
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May 23, 2010
I agree. Have we enjoyed with the show untl its finale? If it is not what we expect we enjoyed the whole ride and be aware that it won't end as we want. As longs as Juliet and Sawyer drink that coffee and the episodes give us sme fundamental answers, I'll be happy. Enjoy the last episode.
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May 23, 2010
lol. BSG finale was amazing. But then again, what can you expect from someone who thinks Lost's best moments were an amputation, a bird smashing into a window and a bra-parade.
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May 23, 2010
to be honest, there's not many questions that need answers for me. the most important question was already answered and I am happy with that. I finally know, what happened to shannon's inhaler.
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May 23, 2010
Hmmmm.... Damage control before the episode even airs? The finale won't "make or break" the series for me. Seasons 4-6 have already ruined it. I got so many people(a dozen or so) to watch the show back during season 1. It was simply awesome. Now, only 1 of those people still tune in. I had originally quit the show early in season 4, but caught back up just so I could watch the finale, informed. I regret that decision to start back up. Oh well, at least it's finally over and I can put this roller coaster ride behind me.
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May 23, 2010
every1 rate the finale a 1 and change it only if ur satisfied with the FINALE!!!
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May 23, 2010
BSG Finale was amazing. Idiot
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May 23, 2010
I appreciate the sentiment, Tim, but don't worry. The finale will ROCK YOUR SOCKS!
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May 23, 2010
Nothing can change my opinion of LOST. It is a groundbreaking series and my favorite show EVER! Whew I'm so anxious for the finale but I know it'll be amazing!
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May 23, 2010
Let's all face the fact that the BSG finale sucked. No one can argue with that.
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May 23, 2010
We're losing Lost! I don't want it to end!
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May 22, 2010
I must beg to differ.... the Battlestar Galactica finale was very good. Especially the very very very end when you see Baltar and Six walking around... it has all happened before, and even tho they spread out over the planet, it all happened again!
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May 22, 2010
u know i had a bad feeling about it too like 4 episodes ago but it just kept getting better, with the last episode and some interesting stuff in the sneak peak, i;m very optimistic, and worse comes to worst, i'll do what u said and remember John wiggling his toes.
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May 22, 2010
I don't get why everyones hating on this season of Lost. I thought it was excellent! Lost completely changed everything we've come to expect from a TV show, and now people are mad cuz their expectations aren't being met. Since when was Lost about pleasing the mindless masses. The creators had to keep pushing the envelope instead of sticking with the conventional. I have no doubt that the finale is going to be INSANE and I can't wait!!
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May 22, 2010
and btw i meant not all questions will be answered, OOPSIES!!
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May 22, 2010
Since you call the BSG finale a disappointment, but it was one of the best ever, you clearly have no idea what you're talking about. Thank goodness, I was almost concerned for a minute there. The finale is going to be just as great as the rest of series!
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May 22, 2010
its automatically not gonna be great, it can be good at most, cuz creators have already stated not all answers will be answered. YOU CANT DO THAT TO FANS AND EXPECT FOR THEM TO UNDERSTAND!!!
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May 22, 2010
Ain't gonna happen. The amount of rage that will be unleashed will be legendary. The internet will crash and burn. The suicide rates will skyrocket. There will be bombings in major cities. BUT... I'm hyped. Thoroughly. Bought a six pack of beer, stocked up on snacks, got some friends coming over. Gonna be great!
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May 22, 2010
This season already answered the core of mysteries that I cared about. LOST has been a sensational series and there is nothing more to be done to make it better. For the finally, I just hope there is a happy ending.
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May 22, 2010
Tim, I feel like you are only making us worried.
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