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Lost Final Season: A Remarkable Achievement

pudge (3605) writes | more than 4 years ago

Television 10

Skip this if you haven't watched the finale and care.

But the final season of Lost is one of the most remarkable achievements in television history. They took one of the most popular shows of all time, in which every moment of the show had meaning and purpose toward the end ... until the final season, in which they literally wasted half the season in some afterlife that, when all was said and done, added precisely nothing to the story.

Skip this if you haven't watched the finale and care.

But the final season of Lost is one of the most remarkable achievements in television history. They took one of the most popular shows of all time, in which every moment of the show had meaning and purpose toward the end ... until the final season, in which they literally wasted half the season in some afterlife that, when all was said and done, added precisely nothing to the story.

It's remarkable in its wastefulness, its gratuitousness, its decadence, and in its disrespect of its audience. I can't think of anything similar in television history, with the exception of the final moments of Newhart, except that was a comedy, and the ending was intended as a joke.

I suspect someone will, at some point, make a cut of the final season that completely obliterates this afterlife plotline, and with the exception of the Desmond episode, no one will miss it.

Cross-posted on <pudge/*>.

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journal hijack (1)

Shakrai (717556) | more than 4 years ago | (#32331880)

Did you watch the 24 finale?

(Sorry ;)

Re:journal hijack (1)

pudge (3605) | more than 4 years ago | (#32332274)

Just finished first hour. Going back for second now.

My Name is Earl (1)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 4 years ago | (#32334882)

That was possibly the very worst last episode in TV history -- it was a "to be continued" cliffhanger, and they cancelled it afterwards! Cancelling what was possibly the funniest show ob TV was bad enough, but to cancel it like that showed nothing but contempt for their audience.

What about the finale of Enterprise? (1)

GreyWolf3000 (468618) | more than 4 years ago | (#32339872)

I haven't watched Lost, but I felt like the finale of Enterprise was about the biggest "final episode letdown" I had ever experienced. I'm still trying to pretend it never happened (which no success).

"This show sucked, so we're going to encapsulate it in a holodeck episode of a se

Re:What about the finale of Enterprise? (1)

GreyWolf3000 (468618) | more than 4 years ago | (#32339894)

err, "holodeck episode of a series that we feel didn't suck, and, oh by the way, kill off a main character for no reason. None at all."

Re:What about the finale of Enterprise? (1)

pudge (3605) | more than 4 years ago | (#32340114)

I think the biggest letdown of Enterprise was Enterprise.

From the opening theme song -- worst TV theme song EVAR (to this day when a bad theme song comes on, I just sing the line, "It's been a long road," and the one I am watching doesn't seem so bad anymore) -- to, well, just about everything else about the show.

I never saw the finale and know nothing about it, but what you say seems fitting.

Re:What about the finale of Enterprise? (1)

GreyWolf3000 (468618) | more than 4 years ago | (#32354382)

Enterprise took 3 seasons to get good. Season four really was quality television. The characters had come into their stride, and the new writers they brought in were doing a great job. There's a reason so many people wanted to save the show.

Which makes the final episode all the more disgusting; it really came out of nowhere and basically was a rude insult to fans of the fourth season.

and nothing of value was... (1)

MousePotato (124958) | more than 4 years ago | (#32340162)

I'm pissed. I watched all of the episodes and the whole final season just tanked.

It would be nice to complete the subject line but it wouldn't be accurate. I want my 120 or so hours back. They shouldn't be allowed to get away with this kind of ending...

Then there was Dallas... (1)

johndiii (229824) | more than 4 years ago | (#32343814)

It wasn't the finale, but there was one season that turned out to have been a dream. That was pretty much just a mistake, which is what the Lost finale sounds like. As if they couldn't figure out how to bring the story to a logical conclusion, so they just pulled something out of nowhere.

Re:Then there was Dallas... (1)

pudge (3605) | more than 4 years ago | (#32344954)

It wasn't the finale, but there was one season that turned out to have been a dream. That was pretty much just a mistake, which is what the Lost finale sounds like. As if they couldn't figure out how to bring the story to a logical conclusion, so they just pulled something out of nowhere.

Well ... that's the thing, the weird thing, it was planned out, and started at the beginning of the final season, taking up about half of the season, and ending in the final episode, where we find out (though many of us guessed) that this was some sort of afterlife in the future, after all the characters on the show had died.

But why do we care? What has some distant future with everyone in an afterlife together got to do with the story so much that they spend half the season on it?

It's mind-boggling.

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