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Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 05/13/2009

'Lost' Countdown -- Gearing Up for the Finale

By Liz Kelly

John Locke (Terry O'Quinn) heads out in search of Jacob. (ABC)


Depending on when you're reading this, tonight's "Lost" season five finale is hours/minutes/seconds away. Here are a few options depending on how much time you have:

Hours to go? Read today's Style section Q&A with "Lost" gods show runners Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof, then settle in to listen to the entire 30-minute plus interview captured on audio. What will you hear in that audio? Lindelof addressing rumors about his and J.J. Abrams's "Dark Tower" adaptation, Jen getting schooled in the ways of asking true-false questions (she was feeling a little dyslexic that day) and, finally, an answer to the question, "Ben Linus: A little bit good or entirely bad?" (Okay, a sort of answer to that question.)

Join Jen Chaney and Liz Kelly on Wed., May 13 from 5 - 8 p.m. at Adams Morgan's The Reef for a pre-finale cocktail.

Still have time? Visit "Lost" Central to review seasons three, four and five or read archived "Lost" Hour chat transcripts. Then make your escape plans now for getting out of work in time to attend this evening's "Lost" Happy Hour at Adams Morgan's The Reef from 5 - 8 p.m.

Minutes to Go? First, make sure your DVR is set. Then, if you're not worried about compromising the integrity of your viewing experience, watch four quick sneak peek clips from tonight's show. Add tomorrow's final "Lost" Hour chat of the season to your calendar.

Seconds to Go? Turn off the cell, dispatch the kids/pets/roommates to some other region of the household and prepare to experience, as Carlton Cuse says in the audio above, "a multitude of emotions" -- possibly including (but not limited to) annoyance.


By Liz Kelly  | May 13, 2009; 12:00 PM ET
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I will give you Happy Hour go-ers credit. I cannot watch LOST with a drop of alcohol in my system! I need all my brain cells to watch the show. But then again, I am not as quick to pick up all the things you ladies see!

Posted by: Osteph | May 13, 2009 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Does the actual finale start at 8 pm or is that just an hour long clip show?

Posted by: buffysummers | May 13, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

I am totally staying up past my bedtime to watch.

Posted by: Guest1234 | May 13, 2009 1:28 PM | Report abuse

Wish I could be at Lost Happy Hour, but I'm in Seattle, alas.

Have fun!

Posted by: WillSeattle | May 13, 2009 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Yes, the 8PM show is a clip show.

It's kind of a weird time, I'm excited for 2 hours of Lost but then we gotta wait until next year for answers & new stuff.

Posted by: wadejg | May 13, 2009 3:03 PM | Report abuse

We're going to a 5:30 Star Trek showing. Have to find enough time after getting home to ship out the sitter and our 4 yr old's friend, and put our own kids to bed.

Hope Jacob is more forthcoming than Leonard Nimoy was on Fringe last night.

Posted by: HardyW | May 13, 2009 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Three minutes 'til.....happy hour!!! Woohoo!

Posted by: eet7e | May 13, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

AWESOME- unable to join everyone for cocktails what with the babies and all, so have one for Plamar. I have the DVR set too in case the kids interrupt during the finale- plus it is always fun to rewind whenever you need more clarification on what's doing. Can't wait.....

Posted by: plamar1031 | May 13, 2009 6:29 PM | Report abuse

So, this is my thinking --

All this time we thought we were dealing with Jacob -- apparitions of Christian, Walt, Dave, etc. -- we were actually dealing with the anti-Jacob, the dark unnamed guy at the beginning, when the Black Rock was arriving. We thought we were dealing with the resurrected Locke, but "dead is dead," and the real Locke is deader than Marley. The NotLocke we saw was actually the anti-Jacob. And he has probably been misleading various factions of the Hostiles/Others into thinking that he is Jacob for a while. This guy is EVIL and DARKNESS.

The real Jacob, who we only now see, having interacted with various Losties at crucial times in their lives, is GOOD and LIGHT. His followers truly are "the good guys."

But the thing is this -- Ben did not kill Jacob. (Actually, it was more in the nature of a sacrifice -- a stabbing followed by burning holocaust on the fire.) Or, rather, he did kill him, but Jacob will live again.

Jacob, being GOOD and LIGHT, is a Christ figure, an Aslan figure, while the anti-Jacob is the Satan/White Witch figure.

Clearly, Jacob could have explained things to Ben, pointing out that NotLocke is not Locke, and he could have answered Ben's anguished questions. Instead, he remained mute (as Jesus mostly did at his trial) and seemed to invite Ben to kill him, but after reminding Ben that he had free will -- he had the freedom to choose the good or choose the evil.

Jacob accepted his own death as a sacrifice, but he will rise again.

Posted by: ooyah32 | May 14, 2009 12:57 AM | Report abuse

What lies in the shadow of the statue?

Ille qui nos omnes servabit - “He who will protect us all”

Posted by: ooyah32 | May 14, 2009 1:11 AM | Report abuse

Well-- I could not make it past 9:30. :( Now, in order to not spoil myself, I have to stay away from all Celeb talk.

Posted by: Guest1234 | May 14, 2009 7:06 AM | Report abuse

How everyone had Juliet Cocktail at the Happy Hour.

Posted by: bevjims1 | May 14, 2009 8:32 AM | Report abuse

Analysis of last night's show should be posted by 9:30 a.m.

Posted by: Liz Kelly | May 14, 2009 9:02 AM | Report abuse

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