Ratings: Lost sinks to series low

ABC's Lost scored a 5.6 rating in 18-49s, with 12.8 million viewers overall, according to Nielsen Research. That's down 2 million viewers from last week, when the show returned from a three-month hiatus.

Lost has endured a rocky road in its third season. The season-three premiere was down 20 percent from season two's premiere, and Media Life Magazine suggests today that "the most likely reason [for the ratings dip] is that fans are dissatisfied with the drama’s dragging plotlines. Message boards are full of complaints about producers’ failure to tie up almost any of the mysteries on the show, instead adding new ones as well as new characters."

On Fox, American Idol predictably won the night. The reality show cornered and bludgeoned a 12.1 rating and 28.5 million viewers overall. Idol lead-in Bones was also first in its time slot, with a 4.1 rating and 12.4 million viewers deciding they would just sit and watch it until Idol came on.

At 8 p.m., Fox earned a 4.1 for Bones, and NBC scored a 2.5 for Friday Night Lights. ABC earned a combined 2.2 for George Lopez and Knights of Prosperity. CBS took a 2.1 for a Return to Jericho recap show, and CW earned a 1.9 for Beauty and the Geek finale.

At 9 p.m., Fox scored a 12.1 for American Idol, and CBS landed a 4.0 for Criminal Minds. NBC earned a 2.6 for Deal or No Deal, and ABC scored a 2.1 for a repeat of Lost. CW took a 1.1 for One Tree Hill.

At 10 p.m., ABC and the new Lost episode scored a 5.6, CBS earned a 4.4 for CSI: NY, and NBC took a 3.0 for Medium.

Overall, Fox scored an 8.1 rating/21 share in 18- to 39-year-olds, with 20.4 million total average viewers; CBS, 3.5/9, 12.6 million; ABC, 3.3/8, 7.9 million; NBC, 2.7/7, 8.6 million; and CW, 1.5/4, 3.2 million.

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I stop watching the show.
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xXAngelicEvilXx Right on!
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It's getting boring sometimes with Lost. But I think the last 2 episodes was the best that I ever watched on this season. And that make's me think like it will be go in the next season. I trust the show:-)
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That season finale just proved that everyone who gave up on this show can go to hell. LOL. Such a good episode!
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call me naive but I think Lindelof and Cuse know what they're doing. I think in the long run it won't be a problem answering all the questions (smoky, black rock, others, etc) because they're affiliated with each other strongly.



Lost wouldn't be Lost without all the unanswered questions. But there are always people who want everything served up on a plate...
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I feel that Season Three ranks up there, if not better than any previous season. I love the character of Juliette, you just can't figure out which side she is on. It's been a highly enjoyable season. I am not big on the 10pm timeslot as I work early in the morning, but I suffer the next day because I love LOST.
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Umkay. My two cents



Those who are saying "They aren't answering questions! Just giving more mysteries!" Um....have you even watched any of the shows this season? They've actually answered plenty of questions.



Forgot though...we Americans have to complain about something. Unhappy with happiness. Season Three is great and Season Four will be better, you just actually have to have some patience and not whine like a baby when you're questions aren't answered right then and there. What would happen if they answered EVERY single question? The show would be over, done, right then and there. That's pointless.



Quit whining.
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dude this show is my all time fav' it better not be like the show "drive" or "vanished" or any of the other shows dimwited people dont get they are too busy watcing the same tiard shows and ideas i mean come on am i the only one who thinks ashton kutcher is washed up? why keep watching shows only the jackass boys think are funny and good pranks??????????
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the problem is society, everything as to be fast.fast.fast and now.now.now! nobody take the time to appreciate a good mystery anymore. does the show drag some mysteries, hell yes! lol but name me ANY other show past or present, that makes people think as much as Lost, there is a gazillion theories out there, and some brain work never hurt anybody. better than some desperate housewives or survivors who live next to a hotel in fiji or yet ANOTHER freakin hospital show, people HATE hospitals, why are these show popular anyway lol
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I stopped watching after two seasons. If I want to see people betraying other people and constantly getting away with it, I'll watch the evening news. The whole lord of the flies routine is getting a bit annoying, there are no decent people and there is no hope. Curtain call please!
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well, thats how you americans do, see something that is liked/popular and milk it to death.

not like here, "life on mars" one of the highest rating programs on tv, and it concludes after 2 season.
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agree..
Im getting tired of them for giving us new questions, without answering the old ones...
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I agree, Lost, as good as the show is, is getting stretched a bit too much. The same goes for Prison Break.
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Lost still won the timeslot--it wasn't close. People, writing takes time! The second half of this season has been nothing short of phenomenal. I've loved every episode. Last night's was a highly crafted episode weaving answers along the way--we now know why Juliet is there, and why they wanted Claire so much, and what they injected into her, and that the submarine really was functional (well, maybe not), and that the island is an actual place. If ABC cuts this series short it will be a travesty.
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It seems like the ratings plunge this season had made producers amp up the stories and give us more reveals. There's been a lot of criticism to this show about not revealing enough. I'm a hardcore fan and it is true, however season three is the season of reveals. When Lost first aired Abrahams said they had ideas up to 5 seasons. We're halfway there. The payoff better be good.
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Lost was pretty good last night :o) It had nothing to do with the plot, but it was a mouth dropper!
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Yes, Lost can recover its popularity, but only if it reveals the underlying premise and soon! 'Spoilers' do not spoil the vewing experience they enhance it...treating the viewer as a fool does spoil a program - terminally.
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Nothing new about Lost is there, just add mystery upon mystery, never revealing anything about whats going on, and then they all go home!

Seen this all before...The Prisoner 40 years ago, thousands of complaints from fans who were cheated of an explanation, an explanation that is still debated to this day.
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My wife and I have seen many good series over the last 50 + years of watching tv. We've seen good and bad come and go. The first season of Lost was absolutely great. The second season was good. This season is disappointing. What happened? The writers never expected to have such a great series, then they tried to figure out how they did it and finally they became "Lost" for real. Well, as usual,the fans are the ones who suffer the loss of creativity. Hey, but if these ungreatful writers can pull themselves together and get on with the plot Lost can be salvaged. We have an abundance of character development...pickup the pace of the plot.
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Lost is finally picking back up again :o) That was awesome when Lock grabbed that weird eye patched guy and threw him in. But yes i'm glad they are picking it back up again for ratings.
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people are weird , if they rush everything the show will be ruined , have some patience , geez
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the producers say that this season there will be more answers.. I don't see any! I LOVE lost, and i still watch it, and will till the end, but they should try making Some Sense in the SHOW!
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Since the lack of creativity of the 3rd season is already pointed, just needed to add the basic Mistakes made by the writters.



Mistakes:



-adding a new island with a level of civilization right next to "the" island, kills the main "mysterious isolated island" plot which was the main engine of the series.



-postpone of colorful characters like locke, saiid, or hurley. They were binding different kind of viewers from any group. Now it's just the 3 cool protagonists.



-Bringing new characters. note that all the new characters are from the same ethnic group.

This totally kills the "people from all over the world" effect of the first 2 seasons. (efect on which "heroes" writters maliciously feed on right now ;-) (us, gb, india, japan, haiti, etc...)



- lacking to tie the plot-lines, and trying to keep up some interest focusing the wrong plots...



and many others.



a guess would be that this will be their last season. and there will be no magical answer as great as the one in the "matrix". They will just be rescued, with a fine nice question mark in the heads of the fans.



Writters will surely pretend "no explanation, but we did make u think... isn't that beautiful?"



;-)
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ABC has always made bad to rotten programming choices. I would have thought shifting Lost to the 9:00CST timeslot a good idea to spare it the competition from Idol, but of anything, Lost always fared well against Idol and even Mythbusters on Discovery and Ghost Hunters on Sci-Fi channel, two other shows I watch religously. I don't know what to do to solve the problem, but the worst choice would be moving Lost to another night. Maybe if According to Jim and George Lopez were moved back to Tuesday it would save both those shows and Lost as well.
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well lost deserves to sink much lower than that coz they are not solving any mysteries and just extending the story line I'm fed up with the way the show is progressing. I.ve lost all my hope of getting something enjoyable out of lost. the whole third season has been a blunder. the network must either frce the creators to provide answer or else cancel the show
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What's happening??? Their are more questions than answers. The producers better start answering some or I'm going to forget this show and get lost!!!!
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Lost Ratings are down, in part, due to the fact that ABC cancelled "Invasion". The duo was a great night of TV; now Lost is all alone.



ABC can only blame themselves for the decline in ratings. The show was never that great to begin with, what tv show is, but the two shows back to back made it worth blocking out two hours in your day and setting down the remote control for the rest of the night.



It is too late now to bring back Invasion and too late to bring back the majic. Lost will suffer a slow death over the next two years as they keep on adding plot thread and explain nothing.
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"Lost" was a good show that some people thought would be a great opportunity to make a lot of money with after season 1, so we now have LOST action figures and a season 3 that interests hardly anyone any more and the only reason people keep watching is because they want to see it through to the bitter end. One word of advice to the writers, wrap up your "mystery" as long as you can, the axe is falling and no one really cares anymore what happens next on Lost.

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The main problem for me with lost is how most of the castaways are just kinda hanging out and no one is really doing anything proactive, save 1 or 2 characters.If I'm not mistaken they have been there at least 3 months and they stumble upon mysteries instead of activly seeking them. And in dealing with the others and each other they are more reactive than proactive.Even in Gilligan's Island they made more of an effort to get off the island. As to the poster who challenged " name a better show " I'll give you 2 and the why. 24 The show doesn't drag and despite all thej action it still gives good character development and emotional depth. Battlestar Galactica. Probably the most significant show on TV right now. In this season alone topics covered in the show ranged from perspectives on terrorism to class division. All that as well as great acting and character development. But the biggest difference it would seem is these 2 shows are not afraid to tell the story it set out to. In both 24 and Galactica the show has killed of major characters and arbitrarly as Lost there deaths were critical to story developmrnt.There also change the overall dymamic of the shows as tghe evolutuion of the story dictates. Certain characters that have died in Lost were not due to story evolutin but rather it seems to behind the scenes situations and writers inability to flesh out character. Lost is still an intriging show but neerd to let the story be told.
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If they air a tv-show, I demand that they planned the plot/story atleast something more that the next episodes and that it moves forward and not invent new completely irrelevant things on the way to fill out the time (for commercials).

Compare with Prison Break where the plot is already there for the first 5 seasons and with contingency. I think "Lost" starts to resemble "Days of our lives", a neever ending bad scripted tv-show just to send commercials.
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lost is a great show, the first six episondes on season three were great. however, the us the funs in Africa are disadvantaged in that we are usaully behind the scenes, do some thing about it. getting partners in africa who can sale the DVDs would be a good idea, LOST HAS A FUN BASE HERE IN UGANDA THAT CAN NOT BE IGNORED. do some thing please
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Well, I have no intention of going anywhere, but, unresolved mysteries aside, I think what people are trying to say is that you become invested in characters and out of the blue they're just written off or shelved. Killing off characters can be very powerful... but it seems like every time we lose someone, we just get introduced to someone new. The show had amazing potential when it seemed like they'd decrease in numbers until there's only a handful left to be rescued; instead, we're left to focus on episodes that focus solely on Jack, Kate and Sawyer for way too long, or people we really don't care about. All this wasted time focusing on new people takes away from everyone else we've been invested in. Jin, Sun, Locke -- for crying out loud -- Locke has been such an amazing character and he got the shaft this season. What it shows is that the writers have become lost in their own characters and need to create more to keep the plot going.

This series is going the same way as Alias... into a nosedive. They replaced the cast, they tried to revamp it and fix it numerous times, they betrayed their style to make ABC happy, they went on the EXACT same hiatus. It didn't help. I'll be with it to the end, but it's unfortunate that everything they do to "fix it" ends up destroying it. They can't ignore the numbers because that decides whether they get canceled or not, and whether we get the ending we're all hoping for. I can handle unresolved mysteries. I held on to Alias and The X-Files all the way through and those were dependent on some baffling ongoing mythology arcs... but the characters are what make these types of shows strong -- they shouldn't forget that. It's very clear that the characters and formula that made them famous are NOT being used anymore. Yeah, I still get the "lost" tone from the show... but it's NOT the same. Being able to critique it doesn't mean you don't still have faith. But if it WAS the same show, people would still be watching as faithfully as the rest of us.
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I just want to know what the damn attraction is to American Idol. Personally, I'd rather have my fingernails pulled out one by one then watch a second of that show...but hey...that's just me. As for Lost, all the people who love the show know how good it is, and should ignore the ridiculous comments made by people who need immediate answers to all of their questions, and require closure at the end of an episode. (These are probably the same people who think the Empire strikes back is the worst of the S.W. trilogy.)
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Please, Lost is still a GREAT show and the tension between Jack/Kate/Sawyer is what makes me count down until the next episode.
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To sunlust: You are definitely right!! Lost has become more than just the action fest of season 1 and i look forward to it even more than i did back then. But i do watch 24 - for precisely the reason you slated it - everyone needs some disposable 'super hero' action every now and then!
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People are so used to getting what they want when they want it. They have no patience to stick with anything. If you ask me, Lost is the same as it always was. An excellent show which is deep on many different levels! Stick with it and the rewards will be great!
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People without patience for plotlines to develop and close have been the ruin of too many shows, I hope they took up knitting or something else...
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Last Wednesday's ep is one of those boring ones that you have to have to have the show make sense (Kate and Sawyer getting back, etc) but were boring. But the flashback's DID suck.
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well I starting as well be a bit tired of the show.. I'm not from us so I have a question about the rating What does this mean "scored a 5.6 rating in 18-49s" Is it good or bad? What is the highest?
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i'll be watching this show to the end
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On top of the dragging plot archs, lack of substantal and lasting character development and what not I really think the whole 10pm move was not for the best either. I mean ABC doesnt even have anything in the 9pm slot but they shuffled it the show to 10. That's nuts...



Lately while the shows havent had the spunk of the first two seasons, and they are dragging of sort they havent been that bad so if they can pick up the pace and let some of the cards go Lost could be salvaged. Maybe...
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I did forget to mention that the last 2 episodes I thought were alright, and I really like the cliffhanger before it started up again in February, it's just not as great as the first 2 seasons, and I was hoping it wouldn't decline until at least season 5 or 6.
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I know people already talking about giving up on the show not me, but they need to make it like it was the 1st two seasons. When you would get a chill at the end of the episode and be like damnit I have to wait a whole week. Now I'm like I can't believe this is the same show. Why don't they explore more of the old plotlines, that have alot more that needs to be discovered, like they said in the article. They also could explain a few things before you add new stories, that never bugged me but it apparently is bugging alot of people. If they do that and keep the stories like the 1st 2 seasons this show could last forever. If they go at this rate it might not last to the end of this season, and I really hope that doesn't happen. I'm not one of those people that gets into shows I just watch, but it's different with Lost, it kind of turned me into a dork, because I actually learn stuf about it. That was what was great this show was like a puzzle were you were trying to figure things out just like the characters were.
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Media Life Magazine suggests today that "the most likely reason [for the ratings dip] is that fans are dissatisfied with the drama’s dragging plotlines. Message boards are full of complaints about producers’ failure to tie up almost any of the mysteries on the show, instead adding new ones as well as new characters."
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I couldn't have said better myself, Lost much like Alias, lost it's charm, and the big mysteries, major suspense, just turned into something ridiculous.

It's clear the producers and writers have their heads up their asses and have no idea to where they are going with the show, as long as they keep making money from it.

The show is just bad and predictable, when Eko died for example I felt nothing but indifference, hopefully this will serve to finish the series and maybe regain some of the dignity that it had at the beginning.

I rarely watch it, and when I do, I watch at least 2-3 of the latest episodes that i recorded, instead of watching it live, i have better things to do or better shows to watch at the time.
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Harpy i call anyone and everyone dude (like your ex-buddy, Hurley), it's no longer a gender-defined term.. Settle down.

As i've previously stated on the forums let's take a peek at an episode to see a bit of depth:

Fire + Water, like it or hate it, was one of the deepest episodes this show has ever had. People who say it's "so out of character" for charlie really don't understand co-dependency and how, under the guise of doing something "positive", one can ruin everone's lives around them. Charlie's flashback showed resolutely that he'd rather his brother be a junkie and stay there with him letting Charlie clean up his messes (giving Charlie a purpose) than allow him start his own life without him. Also this episode is great to watch the shrewd conflict brewing between Locke and Eko behind the scenes. Most shows deal with these issues fairly textbook, but Lost allows the viewer to draw either an obvious conclusion (Poor Charlie, Charlie is suddenly acting insane!) or the more discreet conclusion (Charlie, as a product of his vices, is acting completely in character, as his problems extend beyond addiction), or somewhere in between. You'd be suprised how few people "saw" the latter...

I can go further into many other episodes, but obviously we're both too in love with publicly airing our grievances. At least i attempt to offer VALID criticism beyond a vague: "It tries to be deep, but it's not! I don't watch it anymore but feel free to criticize because i'm sure it's still boring! I got unnamed games that are deeper than both you and Lost, take my word for it!" ...

It's way to easy to offer abstract complaints, that way they can't be picked to shreds..

You're right about the movies, though i understand what they were attempting to convey i definitely don't get the "mass appeal" of those films (Leon was a great flick, however), I've seen nearly every Christopher Nolan film, every David Fincher film, and read a number of Palahniuks books and every continuing vehicle is another layer of shiny Crisco shellacked on a finely chiseled turd. You have to at least see some truth in my previously posted mini-reviews?

Cool, i get the last word then? *does self-aggrandizing dance* :-) okay, i'll give it to you, now i'm being childish..
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I'm so sick of Lost I don't watch it anymore. At least I have the choice not to watch it though I don't have the choice to watch shows that I enjoyed like DayBreak. That is not saying anything about those who are still interested in Lost. I'll wait though until the show is over to find out what was going on there. It's intriguing that's for sure they are just dragging it out too long.
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@sunlust

1. You keep saying the "deep aspects" of the show without proving they are, but don't expect to convince someone in this that way. And the things that you've mentioned like boring for some people are actually not boring for so many watchers, I just can't to find them "deep" in that show.

2. I see you didn't get those movies. I'm not surprised. I never said they were difficult, I said they were dark and deep, but obviously not shallow enough for you to find them deep.

3. Unfortunately you don't seems to be interested in games, or I was going to give you something that succeed in being many things that lost only tries to be. But most surely you wouldn't get it too.

4. I'm not a dude. You could find that yourself if you had tried a little. Whose man is going to name himself "harpy", anyway?

5. I don't intent to keep this up anymore. I will never change your mind (nor that I really try, but...), neither you will mine (or someone else's, most surely), so this is just useless.
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Lost should move back to its original 9 p.m. time slot. While American Idol is a considerable threat, the audience for these shows are fairly different. 10 p.m. feels like a buzz-kill.



On the other note, frustrated fans should know that Lost has a limited shelf life. Perhaps we can all see its dragging plotlines as we see life--it's the journey, not the destination.
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Show finally gets interesting = ratings decline.



Nature vs. Nurture, Free Will vs. Predestination, Philosophical Causality.. yeah these things aren't interesting.



As i'll keep saying LOST IS LOSING VIEWERS BECAUSE IT IS FINALLY GETTING DEEP!



And to the dude who thinks Memento and Fight Club are difficult films.



Watch Memento without the reverse chronology. It's a tedious, overwrought post-noir story that nobody should ever care about (which is the reason the genre can never be resurrected). It's "magic" is Chris Nolan's cracker jack little gimmicks.



People say Fight Club criticizes "consumer culture" and deals "deeply" with middle America's alienation and the psychosocial castration of the modern male. Snore, let's pander to those who delude themselves into thinking they're powerless yet again. Aside from the gimmick, all this film does is reaffirm everything the gender archetype entrenched viewer expects (men are potent!) capped off with a unintentionally un-funny "twist" that everyone foresees but shouldn't even care about. Takes you straight back to square one. It's another slickly produced but tacky and self-indulgent David "lets panic as all my craftily orchestrated semiotics highlight that we're just seconds from dystopia" Fincher film based on fallacious logic - just as the source material was. After you trudge through "Haunted" try and convince anyone that Palahniuk is still a "genius".



I'm beginning to see how much fun it is to emphatically criticize things i claim i care little about. :-)
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