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ABC to 'Lost' Fans: Those Finale Plane Crash Photos Were Just Photos

by Kim Potts, posted May 26th 2010 9:20AM

We understand, people. In less than a week, TV lovers are being asked to bid adieu to the whole 'Lost' crew, Jack Bauer, the original 'Law & Order' keepers and Simon Cowell as an 'American Idol' judge. It's been an emotional week.

But we're all reading a bit too much into that 'Lost' finale, as it turns out. Those final images of the Oceanic 815 plane crash that aired after -- SPOILER ALERT if you've somehow managed to not watch the show and avoid spoilers so far -- Dr. Jack (Matthew Fox) closed his eye? Just photos. Nice pictures meant to transition from the powerful ending of one of TV's greatest dramas into the local news.

They do not mean the 815 crash wiped everyone out. They do not mean that the action that unfolded for six seasons after the series pilot never happened. ABC has issued an official comment about the photos:

"The images shown during the end credits of the 'Lost' finale, which included shots of Oceanic 815 on a deserted beach, were not part of the final story, but were a visual aid to allow the viewer to decompress before heading into the news," an ABC spokesperson confirmed in an e-mail to the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday.

Again: Just some pretty photos, meant to sooth the devoted viewers who were trying to digest everything they'd seen in the last two hours (and the last six seasons, of course). Think of them as the video equivalent of a coffee table book. Additionally, the pics weren't even added to the mix by 'Lost' producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse ... ABC execs made the decision to include the images.

Now, for those frustrated with what seems to be an ever-growing list of questions the 'Lost' series finale left unanswered, check out this video from CollegeHumor.com. They feel your pain.

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Photo = a stationary representation of a moment in time
Video = moving pictures captured at 24fps.

The dam water in the back was moving it wasn't photos.
This was probably stock footage leftover from the pilot as promo material that finally got used.

May 27 2010 at 2:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Just photos!?
But there were footprints in the sand leading from the wreckage! Everyone died. Or did they?

May 27 2010 at 12:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It surprises me, too, that people saw some hidden meaning in the final pics. I just thought they were pics....

And really.. can we stop the whining about the so-called spoilers on a TV-review-oriented website? Once a show airs, all bets are off. There is no "grace period". Just living in the world can "spoil" something like this, so why bother placing blame? I turned on my radio the other morning just in time to hear the results of TWO shows I hadn't watched yet. But, ya know, I'm not blaming the radio station for "spoiling" it.

May 26 2010 at 4:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I assumed they were photos/still video of Oceanic Air 815 after the events of the series...the things left behind by the survivors.

May 26 2010 at 3:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I agree with the decision to add them. To end with the final scene and then go immediately to what my local news had as a raging fire, a "potential" tropical storm (gotta start scaring South Floridians early), a murder and the oil spill, it would have definitely ended the night on a depressing note.

May 26 2010 at 1:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I missed those closing scenes after the broadcast as I was at a party and we were all quickly looking away pretending we weren't just crying like babies.

I thought those scenes were eerily perfect as a footnote to the series. I am a little shocked that others thought that it was part of the story, especially knowing how ABC is infamous for inaccurate promos about the show.

May 26 2010 at 10:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

well, duh

May 26 2010 at 9:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Can you do us a favor? Next time, when talking about the final scene of a popular show that ended a few days ago, can you not post it before the jump? Saying "spoiler alert" does not make wandering eyes stop.

May 26 2010 at 9:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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