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Six Keys to Enjoying the Final Season of 'Lost'

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 1st 2010 4:09PM
lost_abc_poster_season_6There's something reassuring about knowing that the end is near. Not the end of life, but the end of a long trip or the last pages of a book. Television viewers are no different.

The very idea that the upcoming return of 'Lost' -- it premieres Tuesday at 8 p.m. (ET) -- will be the beginning of the end, the build up to the grande finale is both a joyful and bittersweet experience.

To make sure it's more of the former and less of the latter, here's a few keys that will ensure you will savor the return of 'Lost' so that it will be good to the last drop.

1. Ignore online spoilers and explanations. Chances are you have been inundated with articles and columns and blogs about 'Lost.' It's been hard to avoid them. And there's also been a lot of coverage on entertainment shows and news broadcasts. The 101 Channel on DirecTV has been showing primers to teach viewers about every season of the show and each character. YouTube is brimming with 'Lost' analyses. Therefore, lest you get completely gorged on 'Lost' mythology and conjecture, ignore it all. If you have read or seen some, put it out of your mind. Pretend you didn't see/read it.

lost_jack_matthew_fox_abc2. Take Matthew Fox's advice. In a recent interview, the 'Lost' star -- who knows how the show will end -- was quizzed relentlessly by the interviewer, but ultimately said nothing specific. However, there was one excellent quote: "When you have a show that makes people think as much as 'Lost,' where you've made them hypothesize about what it all means and where it's all going on a plot level; ultimately you're going to disappoint them because they're going to want it to end a certain way, and it's going to end its own way. There are going to be people out there who've written it in their minds." Therefore, try not to be disappointed no matter what happens.

3. Do not multitask. These days most people don't just take a sit and watch a television show. There's laundry to fold, bills to pay, school lunches to prepare for the next morning... Yes, yes, we are busy people. However, to get the full enjoyment of 'Lost,' you have to pay attention. It's more than just the looks between Kate and Jack and Sawyer, it's more than the numbers on the hatch or the giant statues with four toes. To really get the most out of 'Lost,' give each hour your full attention. Your taxes can wait for the weekend.

4. Open your mind. If watching 'Lost' seasons one to five has taught viewers anything it's that nothing is off the table. Anything is possible. There can be polar bears on a tropical island. Time travel is doable. Falling from a building and being paralyzed for life may be a temporary situation. In other words, open your mind to the fact that Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof, the creators of the show, are making a show that's a melange of science fiction, fantasy, horror, suspense and -- yes -- drama. Anything goes.

5. Lower expectations. Remember how some people loved the end of 'The Sopranos' and some people despised it? Be prepared for a similar reaction to the 'Lost' finale. No series wrap up is perfect (except maybe the end of 'Newhart' or 'St. Elsewhere'). If you have expectations that every question you ever had will be answered and that when it's all over, you'll sigh with satisfaction... think again. However, if you accept the fact that the ending is the one the writers have chosen and you're along for the ride, you'll be a lot happier in the long run.

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6. Immerse yourself in the experience.
There are twelve 18 hours left of 'Lost.' Do yourself a favor if you're a fan, relish those last hours. Make it a party every week, have friends over, pop some popcorn and open a box of wine. It's not often that really great TV shows come along that have been as satisfying as 'Lost,' so treat it like something unique. Although not a great show, when 'Dynasty' was in its heyday, there were fans that would have weekly get togethers and parties. Probably a few drinking games were born those nights. Even if you're idea of a hot time is cocoa with marshmallows, just get into the spirit of 'Lost' and have fun with every hour that's left.

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bezudar

Can't wait for it. Wish they address all the queries we lost fans have. Am gonna have a hard time after it's over.

February 02 2010 at 3:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
James

I don't really have high expectations for the final season of LOST. I just want it to answer the fundamental mystery of the island introduced in the series pilot, and alluded to.. expanded upon... and heralded since then. And to make me forget other series like Twin Peaks & Xfiles that also had high promise but ulimately dissapointed. Is that too much to ask?

February 01 2010 at 8:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
GerryofNorVA

Hey Allison, great advice, was thinking many of the same things myself. Whereas in past seasons I may have trumpeted the inconsistencies and implausibilities, in this last season I'm going to simply enjoy the show for what it's attempting to do, where it's taking us. I just finished re-watching Season 5 and I'm ready for some wild things to happen. :-)

February 01 2010 at 7:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bruce

Scott: the DEA has no problem with TV shows that show drugs having negative effects on people. Lost showed heroin as being a dangerous, addictive, destructive substance to Charlie on both the island and his flashbacks. The DEA is thrilled by such content. It's free advertising for their cause.

If heroin had made charlie into a super-genius who solved all the mysteries of the island, always outsmarted the Others, and always had the wittiest things to say, then the DEA would certainly have complained about Lost, too.

I know you said you were joking, but it boggles my mind that people really think the DEA doesn't write letters. If their only job were to arrest people who violate the criminal sections of the federal drug laws (i.e. Title 21), there would be no purpose for the DEA, they'd just have the FBI do that. Which the FBI does and has always done.

Anytime a TV show shows drugs in a positive light (or just a neutral, non-negative light), the DEA bitches about it. Yes free speech trumps the DEA's whining. But they still do it. And big corporations that pay taxes, report to the FCC, and don't like to be bothered with investigations, audits, etcetera, tend to listen when the gubment complains.

Do a google search for "DEA Murphy Brown" and you'll see I'm not joking about this. If they complained that much about a reference to medical marijuana, do you really think they wouldn't throw a fit about Dr. House, a brilliant witty genius who flaunts his use and addiction to NARCOTIC (their favorite n-word) painkillers, and is still the smartest most competent guy in the room in episode after episode, season after season, with no physical or mental problems? Come on! It's their mission statement to complain about such things. "House" has been DEA target #1 for years now, in terms of TV shows. They finally got their way. Why now, I don't know.

February 01 2010 at 7:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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scott

i completely don't think you're joking, i'd just asked for backup in the past cause i hadn't ever heard anything about the whole situation except from you in comments, that's all. seems ridiculous yet completely believable to me.

(and yeah, i knew you were gonna come back with drugs being bad for charlie so that's good to the DEA, but i still couldn't resist)

February 01 2010 at 10:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Boe

I think Allison is referring to the fact that each episode has 45mins of actual "show" and if there are 16 episodes (there are actual 18 episodes in 16 broadcasts. The premiere and finale are both double-length.) So, the actual number she means is 13.5hrs left of "actual" LOST!! I can't wait!!

February 01 2010 at 6:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Cory

hahaha. Nevermind. I confused NBC with ABC. Oooops!

February 01 2010 at 5:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Cory

There's no way NBC is going to sacrifice the integrity of the show "just to get a few more viewers." I mean, didn't they learn with the Leno-Conan fiasco?

Trust, second time around, NBC won't step in.

Lost was written how it was supposed to be written.

As for other polarizing season finales, you can add The Wire to the list of "dissatisfied conclusions." But then again, that show never tried to answer every question.

February 01 2010 at 5:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Chuck

Lost is on ABC.

February 01 2010 at 7:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bruce

My only concern is that they're going to dumb down this final season to attract a wider audience (i.e. people who have not been watching the first 5 seasons). People will be curious about it, and the network will want those curious "peekers" to stay. But how can they if they have no clue what's going on? Simple: dumb it down and explain every little thing.

That's my fear, and I've read a few things that make me very concerned about this fear being realized.

February 01 2010 at 5:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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scott

after everything resets we find that charlie is addicted to chocolate this time around, instead of heroin.

damn you, DEA!!!!!

- just having fun, bruce :)

February 01 2010 at 5:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
TomL

Episodes without the adverts are about 40 mins. 18 episodes x 40 mins = 12 hours.

February 01 2010 at 5:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Grover

I think it's 18 hours, according to IMDB...

February 01 2010 at 4:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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