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Posted at 2:03 PM ET, 05/28/2010

'Lost': Getting its props in a New York exhibit

By Jen Chaney

During all the "Lost" bedlam over the past week-plus -- the LindeCuse interview, ongoing analysis of "The End" (people are still adding comments and theories!), keeping track of all the "Lost" info on the Web, incessantly weeping -- I never got around to posting my photos from the opening night of the "Lost" exhibit at the Vilcek Foundation in New York.

So I'm doing it now because the exhibit -- which contains amazing props, from the Dharma van to the dress Kate wore during that oh-so-special season three brunch with Ben -- remains open to the public until June 5. So if you're in the Big Apple or headed that way for the Memorial Day weekend, you still have time to check out all the items yourself. (In the gallery, you'll also find pics of some of the "Lost" stars who were on-hand for the opening night festivities on May 19, including Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse and Jorge Garcia, who told me he was mentally gearing up for his move from Hawaii to Burbank, Calif.

Jorge Garcia, greeting fans at the Vilcek Foundation exhibit. (Jen Chaney)

A few more announcements from the "Lost"-verse before we move on into our weekends:

Liz and I will do another "Lost" discussion on Wednesday, June 2 at our usual time (2 p.m. ET), because you still have questions to hash over and so do we. Plus, we thought it would be nice to have one more discussion, for old time travel's sake. We might even bring on a special guest, so stay tuned...

Artist Ty Mattson, who kindly donated some of his "Lost" prints as giveaways at our happy hour last week, is still selling them over at the ABC store, for those of you who did not score one in our suspense-filled drawing. (Is there anything more exciting than watching Liz and I dig business cards out of a vase? Because if there is, I have yet to discover it.)

And lastly, I leave you with a couple of video tributes to "Lost" fans.

The first is a trailer for "Audibly Lost," a documentary about "Lost" podcasters that's currently in the process of being made by Alex Castex-Porter, author of the Audibly Lost blog:

"Audibly Lost" The Movie Trailer from Audibly Lost on Vimeo.

And the second, "Why We Got Lost," was shot on finale night at the Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse by Steve Greenstreet, one of the guys behind the documentary "8: The Mormon Proposition." It puts a nice, closing cap on a week that "Lost" fans, even the ones who loathed the finale, won't soon forget.

By Jen Chaney  | May 28, 2010; 2:03 PM ET
Categories:  Lost, Pop Culture, TV  | Tags:  Lost  
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Any more Lost postings, and I'll tell Jack Bauer that you shot Renee.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | May 28, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Yes! Where's the love for 24? At least Jack is still out there, unlike all those dead Losties.

Posted by: justmike | May 28, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Lost rules. 24 drools.

(Just kidding.)

Could someone tell what season of 24 to start with? I know it was great, but I tried Season 1 and could not get hooked. Season 2, maybe?

Posted by: MeriJ | May 28, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

If you couldn't get into season 1, there's no point in trying any of the others- they're all variations on the same theme.

Posted by: justmike | May 28, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Just looked at the photos, Jen. Very cool.

But I thought Evangeline Lilly lost the orginal Sawyer letter? Didn't she says she took it home and then her house burned down?

I'm sure Liz would recall this crucial clue to EL's character as an actress and human being. (smile)

Not a Khater myself, but I know a few...

Posted by: MeriJ | May 28, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

This exhibit needs to come to DC!

Posted by: bmp246 | May 28, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

MeriJ, Season 2 of "24" was my favorite (maybe because that was the first one I saw). Season 5 is also pretty widely recognized as the best season of the show.

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Posted by: fysa78fdas89 | May 28, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

I didn't get hooked until Season 4, which was a good one. Seasons 4-6 were good. Season 7: jumped the shark about midway. Season 8: Plot? What Plot?

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | May 28, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

24 this year was totally silly. They simply wasted the outstanding talents of the Battleship Galactica actress who joined the show this year. I wasn't turned off by the violence of the show over the years (the torture scenes kind of became a running joke), but this year was way over the top. The evisceration of the Russian who killed Renee had no redeeming value to it. Strangely, my wife liked the show so I watched with her. Merij, my recommendation, don't watch any seasons of 24. Rather, enjoy rewatching Lost.

Posted by: dojemc | May 29, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, I meant Battlestar Galactica, not Battleship.

Posted by: dojemc | May 29, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the advice on 24. I'm going rewatch Lost. And maybe Deadwood and Rome too.

Posted by: MeriJ | May 30, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Considering Lost we should remember how other stories, like some nursery rhymes, end:

"That's all there is, there is no more."

Posted by: Fate1 | May 30, 2010 9:53 PM | Report abuse


>"I think they have shut down comments on the analysis of the finale. If so, nice knowing you and reading your comments. See you in another life brudda."

Yes I see that. Same to you, my friend! And to everyone else still reading this comments...

Huge props to Jen and Liz for all their work over the years and for giving us this space to find one another. You guys rule!

Posted by: MeriJ | June 2, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Did the writers plan on Jacob & MIB from the start?

Ha! They haven't shut this one down yet, so I can't resist a final clarification regarding the Bad Robot guy's post, for those who read Liz & Jen's chat today.

The Bad Robot guy claimed that J.J. Adams and Damon (or whoever was writing at that point) wrote the last 10-15 minutes of the finale just after finishing the pilot and never changed a word.

Jen questioned the likelihood that they anticipated the Jacob and MIB mythology at that point. I would guess Jen is right. And nothing this guy has said suggests otherwise.

He summarized the ultimate arc of the show as being Jacob's 2000-year effort to undo his sin in creating the MIB as smoke monster -- thus endangering the island and its role in maintaining balance between good and evil in the world.

(With major subthemes addressing fate vs. free will; faith vs. belief in science; the importance of community and so on.)

But, yeah, I imagine the writers only ended up there after agonizing for years about how to explain everything. Or maybe they tossed out whatever explanations they had originally planned and replaced them with this one. It just doesn't feel right that they were seeding the Jacob/MIB mythology from the start. That dog don't hunt!

Someday, we will know! No group of people can keep secrets like that forever.

Bye all!

Posted by: MeriJ | June 2, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Bye all. Its been a real hoot and I wish you all well. Maybe we'll see each other again in another blog, brothas.

But I can't leave without commenting on the sad article written by Hank Stuever. Comments are closed but I feel a need to respond, so I'll do it here, my last comment:

I sympathize with your need to have a simple explanation that it was just purgatory, but a simple explanation could not keep the mystery going for 6 seasons. This was a complex show. Let me give you a few reasons why the island was not purgatory, a place for atonement and to wash away one's sins.

Consider the Others, many brought to the island by the sub. Consider those brought by the freighter. Did they all happen to find purgatory? And what of those who moved between the island and the real world, like Widmore, Eloise, Richard. And Widmore was expelled from the island. Who is expelled from purgatory back to earth?

Sideways world is more interesting but it does not meet the definition of purgatory. No one was suffering to atone for sin. Ben was Dr. Linus, a good teacher. If anyone should have been shoveling dog poop, or worse, in purgatory it was Ben.

Here is the problem I think you're having Hank: Lost was about faith and the afterlife, it just is not the same afterlife defined in our many religions. It is close, but not the same. As we saw in the finale, the church had symbolism of all religions. I think you're difficulty placing Lost's definition of the afterlife into a defined religion is causing your confusion.

And its worth noting that the finale was about accepting one's own death. Jack was the last to accept it, and none could move on without Jack. Die alone, Live together. A concept not seen in any religion I know. The question is whether people can accept this story for what it is, an island where good and evil are balanced, an island where two young boys disturbed that balance and where Jack, with a lot of help restored the balance, and then accepting his own death and moving on. Trying to shoehorn this story into a defined religion's myth is not necessary. Consider that limbo is no longer recognized by the Catholic church after pushing it for decades to explain where unbaptised babies went when they died. Purgatory may disappear in 50 years for all we know. Religious myths come and go but Lost is just a story, not trying to explain anything, except maybe how people can rise above their own failings and the power of faith.

If we learn anything from Lost it is that good writers still exist, that the television industry is wasting our time with reality TV, and not all the great stories have already been written.

Posted by: Fate1 | June 2, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

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