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‘Lost’ and soon to be forgotten

Posted by James McPherson on May 24, 2010

The series finale of “Lost” aired last night, and even hardcore Losties can’t agree on what it meant. Frankly, the ending was as disappointing as I expected it to be (too much hype to live up to and too much ground and too many actors to cover well)–not as dismal as the finale of “Seinfeld” (How could it be?) but not even on par with the overwrought conclusion of “M*A*S*H.”

In fact, the highlight of the evening was Jimmy Kimmel’s third “alternative ending,” starring Bob Newhart and Evengeline Lilly (who was my favorite actor on the show, while my wife’s favorite was Josh Holloway–go figure).

“Lost” is one of the few shows that I’ve somewhat committed to in recent years. In general I don’t like getting into shows that have to be watched regularly to keep up with, though “Lost” was made easier by frequent reruns and the Internet. InDemand has let me become involved with a couple of better shows, “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad.”

Last night’s finale also reminded me that “Lost” is probably too complicated to perform well in syndication. The DVDs will sell and rent well for awhile as some people try to catch up with what others are talking about, or as fans try to hold onto their good memories of the show. But no one will be spoofing the final episode in two years , let alone more than two decades from now.

And if you want to see probably the best series finale ever, from 1990, you can do so here:

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One Response to “‘Lost’ and soon to be forgotten”

  1. […] which of those CNN — which I think we can officially dub “the ‘Lost‘ network” — had spent an entire abysmal program (“The Lead”) […]

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