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Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 05/21/2010

Getting 'Lost': Looking ahead to Sunday’s finale

By Liz Kelly

Update: As promised, here's the video shot at last night at our "Lost" Farewell Fest happy hour:

-- 2:52 p.m. ET


In case you missed it, Jen and I sat down this morning for a short live video chat to talk about our expectations for Sunday’s big series ender. Watch the archived video below to get our thoughts on everything from what won’t be addressed in the finale to which character we’d like to see flattened by a Dharma food drop:

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And, since we’re talking “Lost,” here are a few more items on our radar going into the weekend…

Read Hank Stuever's excellent piece from today's paper about the "Lost" vibe and the show's parallels with, well, the real world over the past six years. Here's a taste:

As it lugubriously ends Sunday night on ABC, "Lost" leaves us more or less where it all began, but also with a spooky idea of the 21st century thus far. It was the perfect show for our frustrated '00s era, in which no one had to answer for anything much -- not for the real estate and Wall Street busts, the levee floods, the bad war intelligence.

Sure, it all began on a beach six years ago. But before the beach came the audition tapes. has collected 14 of them on one handy page. Best of the bunch: Michael Emerson's fake audition for the part of Hurley.

Speaking of Hurley, read actor Jorge Garcia's heartfelt goodbye to "Lost," posted today in Variety. An excerpt:

During the pilot and the first summer of shooting we bonded quickly as a cast. After all, not unlike the show's premise, we literally found ourselves on an island with one another. We'd go to each other's houses on the weekends and nights when we weren't shooting. When the shows started airing, we would usually gather at the house of whomever the show was going to feature that week to watch and congratulate each other.

All week, we've been collecting your predictions for "Lost's" final scene in our Message in a Bottle feature. Read some of the more interesting (and some laugh out loud funny) theories, then submit your own. The leading theories so far, by the way: 1. In an echo of the pilot's opening scene, we'll end on a close-up of Jack's eye and, 2. In a nod to the season 5 finale, we'll end with two men on a beach (but this time perhaps Jack and Locke rather than Jacob and MIB). One man will turn to the other and say, Do you know how much I want to kill you?"

Speaking of eyeballs, check out this mash-up of "Lost" eyeball footage:

The polls are still open in our "Lost" Superlatives. Vote for your favorite characters for honors in categories ranging from the superficial -- most attractive, cutest couple -- to the incredibly specific -- least trustworthy, worst parent.

A big thanks to everyone who turned out for our "Lost" Farewell Fest happy hour last night in D.C., especially the brave souls who took the time to put together costumes. If you weren't able to attend, we'll be posting video from the event here later this afternoon.

By Liz Kelly  | May 21, 2010; 12:40 PM ET
Categories:  Lost  | Tags:  Lost  
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Not to be a total downer, but the thing I look forward to the most about the Lost finale, is that I won't have to scroll past these giant blog posts about perhaps the most ridiculous TV show I have ever seen. Oh and I did see Sliders (both with Jerry O'Connell AND with his brother who is more forgettable than a shoebox full of Baldwins), so Lost is pretty sad.

Posted by: cbean | May 21, 2010 12:50 PM | Report abuse

Liz & Jen!

Thanks for the great happy hour last night, those costumes were great! (It was also nice to finally meet you guys after reading your Lost opinions for 3 years. I'm going to miss the book club.) (And thanks again for posting the bingo cards--hopefully they'll be useful to people).


Posted by: jade51999 | May 21, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

It was great meeting you, too, Priya! Thanks for coming out and, of course, for reading along for the past few years!

Posted by: Liz Kelly | May 21, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Looks like a fun event. I love that such a community has around a show that actually had some depth and intelligence. Not just blow this up, kill that, insert plot twist here but a overall respect for the history of the craft. I can’t believe it’s over, when almost over. I’ll be enjoying the finale in grand fashion. Going out to a screening in Brooklyn to with ‘Previously On Lost’ preforming. They write and play songs recapping episodes. Pretty amazing:

Posted by: Emily1999 | May 21, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

The writers of this show have succeeded in one thing: making sure we will not regret the departure of Lost. Their absolute contempt towards their loyal fan base is astounding. "Well, WE don't know how the wheel works either, so we're just going to have Allison Janney tell you that every question you ask leads only to more questions." And they spoon-feed us answers to trivial minutiae, in the hope that we won't notice that they were just a bunch of empty gasbags filled with hot air when they told us they knew what they were doing. What a disgrace.

LindeFraud and exCuse have promised that they will break their self-imposed "media silence" at ComCon. More likely they will be hiding under their beds for fear of being tarred and feathered. We don't need to hear anything more from them -- the absolute disaster which was once the best show on TV speaks for itself...

Posted by: jerkhoff | May 21, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

Why was Chat Guy Paul kept off camera? He was like some disembodied spirit that you two would look at when he spoke. Weird.

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Posted by: itkonlyyou70 | May 21, 2010 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Liz and Jen, I love your personalities as expressed through the blog posts. I was surprised to see you be so soft-spoken and chill in the video interview. It reminded me of the old Ana Gasteyer skit on SNL when they were NPR hosts whispering into the mike "that's funny" instead of actually laughing.

Anyway - you ladies rock. Wish I could have come out to meet you on Thursday.

Posted by: Roxie1 | May 22, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

Thanks so much, Jerkhoff.
I totally agree.
Season six was a horrible disgrace!

Posted by: robberdaughter | May 23, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

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