Lost: The End

My thoughts on the Lost finale—Spoilers!–please don’t read any further if you don’t want to know what happened.

It’s no secret that I’ve become disenchanted with Lost over the last few seasons. It felt like it had become a show more about twists and turns and confusing plot points rather than what it had started out as: a show about the characters and the human condition. The series had opened with a traumatic event—a plane crash—and the survivors banded together, despite cultural differences and opposing points of view, in search of salvation; both literally and figuratively, as we learned through their flashbacks.

Over the course of the final season, Lost revisited the flashback theme, only this time they were flash-sideways; another reality, possibly occurring simultaneously, or perhaps what would have happened if Oceanic Flight 815 had not crashed. We were provided a glimpse of another angle of the characters, and their other fates, so to speak. Meanwhile, on the island, a showdown was on the way, between the Man in Black (in John Locke’s body) and the candidates, those whom Jacob had chosen to replace him as guardians of the island. In the episode prior to the finale, Jack had volunteered to be the one to watch over the island, and kill the Man in Black, convinced that this was what he was supposed to do all along, setting up the finale that was to end all finales.

As sentimental as I did get with the show coming to an end, I kept my expectations in check. This was Lost after all, every time you think they might be on to some resolution they throw in another twist. Yet, as I watched the last episode unfold, all the beautifully written/acted awakenings/reunions of the characters in their flash-sideways lives, I was thinking, wow, this is a finale to be proud of—this may be one of the greatest TV finales ever. Sun and Jin are together again! Charlie and Claire reunite! Juliet and Sawyer—that kiss! Now all we needed was for Jack to be awakened…and I was convinced that that was going to be the end: Kate reminding Jack of their time on the island together and voila he’d be awakened, and everyone would live, and be together again, in their sideways lives.

…however, the last 20 minutes went somewhere else…it didn’t tie up loose ends, it didn’t explain a lot of other things still unanswered…but what it did shed light on was that in the grand scheme of things those unexplained details were not the things that mattered. What mattered were the relationships, the human condition, what it means to survive, and that these people found each other and themselves in life…and in death. We were brought full circle: in the end the Lost survivors did not die alone.

Gimmicky? Perhaps. Epic? Maybe for some people. Emotional? Absolutely. Whatever closure it did or didn’t bring, the ending, well it just is…and the journey, now that it’s over and we can catch our breath and look back, was one hell of a ride.

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Lost…Found on YouTube

The Lost it.will.blow.your.mind series finale extravaganza airs Sunday night, and what better way to celebrate the end of an era than to watch a bunch of Lost YouTube videos. Below are the best ones I came across (in random order–and some of them do contain spoilers)…enjoy!

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Is Boldly Going Nowhere definitely going…nowhere?

Upfront season is upon us which means all the networks have been revealing their upcoming schedules; lots of the usual suspects and some new shows that look promising. That’s all lovely and nice, but there is still a show out there in the TVosphere that I’ve been waiting for: Boldly Going Nowhere, a sci-fi comedy created by the kids of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

Here’s the back story: in 2008 it was announced that the pilot (which the Sunny kids would only be producers of, not starring in) had been sold to Fox. Then in August of last year there were reports that Larry Charles (former Seinfeld writer) had been brought in for a pilot re-write…and finally, in November, there were two reports on the same day: one from Sci-Fi Wire noting that Fox had passed on the show and Zap2It posted that Larry Charles was going to re-write the pilot’s script, again. That’s all that I’ve been able to find through my tireless Internet research.

So…? …what’s going on now…is the show still getting re-written? Maybe there are secret negotiations happening right now in the basement of Paddy’s Pub for the pilot to go elsewhere? …Or is Boldly Going Nowhere definitely not happening and I’m just in complete denial because I like Sunny so much I was hoping that a second brilliant series from those guys was on its way?

If anyone has any insight/answers/thoughts/prayers that this show happens, I’d appreciate hearing from you. And if it’s a no-go, well, I’d like to know that too because I really need closure on this one.

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…Pop…Culture…Bites…

  • The networks are cleaning house: Law & Order, Heroes, Scrubs, FlashForward, and Better Off Ted have all been canceled….. — NY Daily News
  • …..To make room for more shows, like The Paul Reiser Show, a single-camera comedy based on Reiser’s life. Do we really need a Curb Your Enthusiasm 2.0? Click on the link for a sneak-peek. — Zap2It
  • The 12-year-old Paparazzi-singing YouTube sensation got a record deal. All those talented kids out there who wasted their time with American Idol auditions must be so pissed.– Perez
  • Jon Hamm, who lends his unmistakable voice to the latest Shrek movie, said some meaningful stuff in a recent interview. — E!

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ScarJo Has Found Her Calling

Last night I checked out Iron Man 2 (fantastic film, btw), and guess what? Scarlett Johansson was surprisingly good. It shocked the hell out of me because usually her “acting” makes me cringe. Here’s how her performance as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow  worked: her lines (which weren’t that many) required very little acting, she has mastered the sexy mysterious piercing stare, and she looks amazing while kicking ass.

She really needs to stick with the action/superhero/comic book movies, and apparently someone who manages her career agrees with me. According to IMDB, it is “rumored” that she will be reprising her role as Black Widow in The Avengers, slated for release in 2012.

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How to Fill the Void After Lost Goes Away

With the finale of LOST just weeks away, what are we going to do with all our extra free time since we won’t be watching the show, re-watching it, talking about it, and spending hours online obsessing over clues and hidden meanings??

Hey, I know—let’s just FIND more TV to watch!! *applause*

Luckily, there are a bunch of series premieres and returning favorites coming up this summer. Below is a list of some shows (all scripted) that caught my eye (in date order—but please check local listings as dates may change):

SERIES PREMIERES:

June 6

June 7

  • Persons Unknown (NBC) – Mystery drama from Oscar-winning writer of The Usual Suspects
  • The Good Guys (FOX) – Action comedy starring Colin Hanks (son of Tom) and Bradley Whitford (The West Wing)—special preview May 19 on FOX

June 8

  • Pretty Little Liars (ABC Fam) – Let’s breakdown the formula: Gossip Girl – New York City + darker secrets = Pretty Little Liars

June 16

  • Hot in Cleveland (TV LAND) – Comedy starring Valerie Bertinelli (One Day at a Time), Jane Leeves (Frasier), Wendie Malick (Just Shoot Me) and…Betty White!

June 20

  • Scoundrels (ABC) – Comedy drama starring Virginia Madsen (Sideways)
  • The Gates (ABC) – A series about “a private mountain community” with a “dark and delicious secret”

June 24

  • Rookie Blue (ABC) – Drama about, you guessed it, rookie cops

June 29

  • Louie (FX) – Comedian Louie C.K. (SNL, Lucky Louie) returns to TV

Aug 1

  • Rubicon (AMC) – AMC’s latest scripted drama, which means it will probably be good

RETURNING SERIES:

June 3

June 13

  • True Blood (HBO) – The sexy vampire series returns for its third season

June 24

  • Futurama (Comedy) – It has been a long wait, but finally, new episodes! and on a new channel!

July 6

  • Warehouse 13 (Syfy) – It’s only a matter of time before they come across the lost ark

July 9

  • Eureka (Syfy) – Another season of antics in a small scientifically-enhanced town

July 25

  • Mad Men (AMC) – One of the best shows in TV history returns for its fourth season

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…Pop…Culture…Bites…

  • Betty White’s dusty muffin gave Saturday Night Live its highest ratings in over a year. – NY Times
  • The other thing people watched this weekend was Iron Man 2. – E!
  • Some sad news to report: legendary singer and actress Lena Horne passed away last night. – NY Daily News
  • The Lost finale extravaganza is going to be hours and hours, and involves Jimmy Kimmel. – TV Guide
  • Mystery! No one can figure out if Joaquin Phoenix’s documentary is real or a farce. – LA Times

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