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Lost Finale Coverage

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ABC had their two-hour Lost finale for season 3 last night, and the reviews seem to be fairly positive. I wouldn't know, I'm not a fan of the show. I missed the first season but was enticed by the high praise into watching season 2 from the beginning, only to ditch it after maybe six or so episodes out of sheer boredem and frusteration with all the flashbacks that added absolutely nothing to the story.

Of course, others seem to disagree. I don't know what they get out of them, but all the flashbacks did was pull me out of the main story. It always felt like a cheat to me, that rather than develop deep character backgrounds through their dialog and interaction with eachother, they'd just do a flashback to 'explain' it all -- it was a cheat, it felt like very lazy story telling to me.

It's ten times harder to reveal that kind of information through what's going on right now with subtle tells and unexplained reactions demanding explinations than to just jump back X years and show it.

Anyway, the third season has been rating challenged and ABC preemptively announced it was canceling the series in two years. The second season debuted with something north of 20 million viewers while there have been times the show has struggled to remain above 10 million this year.

There's coverage from around the web, beginning with this review by Associated Press television writer Frazier Moore. Be warned, most of this review is a blow-by-blow breakdown of what happened, so if you haven't seen it and intend to, don't read this one.

Wednesday night's season finale of ABC's adventure-mystery was terrific, a two-hour testament to being careful what you wish for (even when things seem to go right for the "Lost" crew, they actually get worse).

This season was often slow-moving and unfocused. But the powerful season-ending episode redeemed the series with the shrewdness and intrigue that made it so addictive in the first place. It will be a long wait for smitten viewers until early 2008, when "Lost" comes back for its fourth season.

I can't post anymore without giving things away, so I'll just move to this link to a TV guide interview with executive producers Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof. This also contains a vast amount of spoilage, but also gives some insight into why they made certain character decisions that would play big into the finale.

I also found an article on Zap2it where producers from Fox's 24 and Lost "discuss Islam on their show[s]", though not related to the finale of either as far as I know.

Finally, here's a writeup by a fan on Newsvine (regular series) which appears to be more of a transcript than a review, but Steve is fairly committed and puts a lot of effort into this, so go give it a read.

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May 24, 2007, 11:34:00 AM
Forgot this ditty from AICN on the Lost finale.

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