'Lost 5': Counting down to 'The End'
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'Lost': Instant reaction to the series finale, 'The End'
Well, this is it. Or almost it. After six years, fans will gather in front of TVs (and in some cases movie screens) tonight to witness the end of "Lost" in a two-and-a-half hour extended episode that promises to bring closure (and sadness and frustration and joy and every other emotion one wants to attach to a difficult goodbye) to what is, arguably, the most popular cult TV show ever. So popular, in fact, that ABC has basically handed over the entire Sunday night prime-time (and then some) line-up to the show -- sandwiching the finale between a retrospective special and a "Lost"-themed "Jimmy Kimmel Live."
Below, a few spoiler-free answers ahead of tonight's extravaganza...
1. When should I start watching?
Well, it depends on what kind of experience you're after. Die-hard fans can sit down for couch duty starting at 7 p.m. ET when ABC airs the two-hour "Lost: The Final Journey," a special guaranteed to ramp up anticipation with a look back at six years worth of show history, interviews with past and present cast members and a detailed look at season six designed to tee us all up for the main event.
If, like me, you want to go into the finale without already feeling emotionally drained by a two-hour retrospective, you may want to hold off on turning on the TV until 9 p.m. on the dot for the beginning of "The End." (Note: The show is slated for two-and-a-half hours so be sure to check your DVR settings.)
And, trusting our brains haven't melted by 12:05 a.m., pour yourself a fresh mug of Dharma beer (or, umm, Dharma chamomile) and settle in for super fan Jimmy Kimmel's tribute to the show, "Jimmy Kimmel Live: Aloha to Lost." Matthew Fox, Terry O'Quinn, Michael Emerson, Naveen Andrews, Emilie de Ravin , Daniel Dae Kim, Jorge Garcia, Josh Holloway and Evangeline Lilly will all be on hand to -- finally -- open up about their "Lost" journey and screen three supposed alternate endings.
2. What's going to happen?
Well now, that's the million dollar question. And rather than head into spoiler territory, I'll let Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof -- who sat down for an interview with Jen earlier this week -- speak for themselves:
We feel like "Lost" deserved a real resolution, not a "snow globe, waking up in bed, it’s all been a dream, cut to black" kind of ending. We thought that would be kind of a betrayal to an audience that's been on this journey for six years. We thought that was not the right ending for our show. -- Carlton Cuse
Translation: We're not going to be shortchanged, ala David Chase's abrupt and unsatisfying (to many, including me) "Sopranos" ending. Will everybody be happy? Probably not. But at least it sounds like LindeCuse are going for actual closure.
And, for more cryptic LindeCuse "answers," LostBlog.com posted several audio clips from the Thursday evening Times Talk Live with the two show runners.
3. What's the one thing I can do ahead of tonight's show to be absolutely prepared?
There is no one thing. So, if you're a bit preoccupied, distraction may be the key to making it through the hours until tonight's "Lost" fest kicks off. Here are a few suggested links to keep you busy:
-- The North Jersey Record sat down to watch Tuesday's penultimate episode with Damon Lindelof's mom. Her comments are priceless. My favorite bit is her reaction when Sawyer comes on screen: "Oh, hot man." A woman after my own heart.
-- How did Matthew Fox, Josh Holloway, Evangeline Lilly and the rest of the core cast end up on the biggest pop culture juggernaut of the new millennium? Watch their audition tapes and find out.
-- It's not too late to vote for your favorites in our "Lost" Superlatives poll. Results will be posted tomorrow. And, if that brain of yours just won't stop chugging through potential finale scenarios, then put them to good use by sharing them in our Message in a Bottle prediction page.
-- Visit our "Lost" Central page to bone up on season six analysis or, if you choose, fall down the rabbit hole in to seasons 1 - 5.
4. Is it really the end?
Yes. At least for Damon and Carlton, who have gone on record several times saying that they are done with "Lost" after the end of season six. Will Disney be content to let a viable franchise with a built-in rabid following fade away into TV history or will "Lost" -- like another cult fave, "Star Trek" -- be reborn as a feature film, spin-off, cartoon, graphic novel or amusement park attraction? Time will tell.
5. Okay, so when should we expect the analysis?
We'll post our initial reactions here in the blog immediately following tonight's show and ask you to do the same. Then, expect our fully fleshed out analysis sometime early tomorrow morning. Remember, you can text "LOST" to 98999 to get our analysis sent directly to your phone as soon as it's published. Then, make plans to be at your desk at lunch. Jen and I will be hosting a special extended (perhaps to 108 minutes?) "Lost" Hour live chat on Monday at Noon ET.
See you on the other side, brotha's (and sista's)...
P.S. "The End" is the title Damon and Carlton chose for tonight's finale, but we can't help but think of The Doors song of the same name (which was used in some early promos for the finale). And, somehow the song's opening lines seem like a fitting summation of how we're feeling right about now...
This is the end
This is the end
My only friend, the end
Of our elaborate plans, the end
Of everything that stands, the end
No safety or surprise, the end
I'll never look into your eyes... again
-- The Doors, "The End"
| May 23, 2010; 10:50 AM ET
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