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.