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The Five: The Ultimate Lost Quiz

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 8th 2007 8:10AM

LostSo, you've seen every single episode of Lost and you own all the DVDs and you consider yourself an expert. Check out these five questions and see if you really know as much as you think you do.

1. What is the name of the only hit song that Charlie's band Driveshaft had?

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Crazy Lost Theory #942: Jacob is Bernard!

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 8th 2006 2:05PM

Jacob?I'm not sure if you've been reading Doc Jensen's Lost theories over at Entertainment Weekly's web site. The guy is obsessed (in a good way), and has come up with some very intriguing and plausible ideas on what is really happening on the island and what all the clues (the numbers, the names, how people are connected, etc) might actually mean. Not sure if I follow his logic with his latest theory though.

He's been thinking about the names and what they could mean in the overall picture. The people behind the show have said that the character names have not been chosen randomly. Each name means something (though I wonder what "Hurley" could mean. Does he vomit a lot? Is he really a baseball player?), and the name that especially intrigues him is the new character, Jacob, who we saw in a quick scene on one of the monitors wearing an eyepatch (if that was him, that is!).

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Criminal Minds is beating Lost?

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 3rd 2006 1:38PM

Criminal MindsJust when Lost should be regularly beating the competition - we're heading towards the three month break cliffhanger - the show is actually losing viewers. The episode the other night, where Eko was killed off, lost 1 million viewers from the previous week, and was beaten by CBS' Criminal Minds. (Brett talked about this last month.)

Wow, so 17 million viewers actually watch Criminal Minds? I've seen the show twice and didn't really see anything special about it. Are people that frustrated by Lost?

One part of the article I don't really understand though. It seems to have the attitude that the "a character is going to die" episodes of Lost should pull in more viewers, but why? How would you know that a character is going to die unless you actually watch the episode? The hardcore fans of the show and web geeks, the only ones who would know ahead of time that a death might be coming via web spoilers, they're watching the show anyway, so why would that matter? Why would a death of a major character bring a ratings spike? (Or am I totally missing the point here?)

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ABC runs half hour infomercial for Lost

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 18th 2006 11:18AM

NightlineAnyone see Nightline last night? It was basically a commercial for Lost.

I know that the show has sorta steered away from the typical hard news that Ted Koppel used to do in almost every single episode, but this was rather odd. They were talking about the Lost phenomenon as if it was brand new and some cultural force they had to talk about. But it wasn't even that serious, it was really just a fluff piece on the show, the theories, and the web world it has spawned. An informerical for another show on the ABC network (and conveniently timed for a day before tonight's episode airs).

Not that it wasn't interesting to Lost fans. The three producers they had talking about the show (J.J. Abrams, Carleton Cuse, and Damon Lindelof) had some cool tidbits, but I don't think that at this point they're going to add any new fans. And I thought it was odd that an ABC news show would take an entire half hour to talk about their own sci-fi drama.

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Lost set, stars not damaged by earthquake

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 16th 2006 4:33PM

LostWhen you heard about the earthquake yesterday, did you immediately think of the cast and crew of Lost and wonder if they're OK? Yeah, me either. I thought about the people, the tourist attractions, the beautiful coastline, and the bars I've hung out in and around Waikiki.

Boston.com assures us that everyone on the set is fine, and none of the sets were damaged.

How do we know this was a natural earthquake, or even an earthquake at all? Maybe someone in one of the hatches forget to type in all the numbers in time and one of those electro-magnetic mishaps occurred?

(Note: this might be one of the very few times that the post here is much longer than the actual article we're linking to, heh.)

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Lost is NOT the best TV drama of all-time

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 15th 2006 8:49AM

KlostermanYou know, I really want to like Chuck Klosterman. He's probably the only person in the world who takes pop culture more seriously than I do, and he often has some interesting things to say. But more often than not he's simply maddening. And you know what else? The guy is just incredibly wrong, time and time again.

Case in point: in the new Esquire, he calls Lost "the best network drama in the history of television." Sorry Chuck, but you are sadly mistaken.

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Lost candy bars for sale on ebay

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 6th 2006 1:49PM

Apollo Candy Well, you knew this was going to happen.

People are selling Apollo candy bars (the candy being handed out around the country as a promotion for ABC's Lost) on ebay. They are selling for up to $60 in some cases! (Type the words Apollo Candy into the search.)

I barely remember these things being on the show. I remember Kate finding a box of them when they got into the hatch (pic on the right), but I had no idea they'd become part of the show's mystery.

[via TV Tattle]

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New pics of Lost toys

by Anna Johns, posted Aug 23rd 2006 8:19AM
kate; lost; figurine
IGN has some pictures of the new Lost figurines that will be available in September. They're made by McFarlane and feature characters in scenes from the first season. For instance, Charlie's sitting on a log writing F-A-T-E on his fingers and Jack appears to be stumbling out of the jungle, still in his suit. There's also a larger one with the hatch, and 11-year old boys everywhere will be begging for a Shannon doll for Christmas.

The dolls look pretty awesome, with a few exceptions. While the details are pretty astounding, the faces of two of the characters seem a little bit off. Jack sort-of looks like Adam Sandler. Kate isn't quite right, either. Locke and Hurley look pretty rad, though.

Unfortunately, there isn't a Sawyer doll. So Kate and Sawyer are never going to hook up!

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Shames is coy about Lost book, but says it's well written!

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 21st 2006 4:13PM
Bad TwinThe other day we told you that Variety had broken the news that Bad Twin, the Lost tie-in book, was written by acclaimed mystery writer Lawrence Shames. Shames doesn't confirm that he's the author of the book, but he does have a few things to say about it:

"It is interesting how closely his prose style resembles mine. He sets a lot of the story in places I've been." He also says that the book is "excellent" and "everyone should read [it]."

Ha!

[via TV Tattle]

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Lost book hits the bestseller lists

by Bob Sassone, posted May 28th 2006 10:04AM
Bad TwinBad Twin, the novel "by" Gary Troupe (it's an anagram of "purgatory," but the Lost producers have already said that they're not in purgatory, damn it!), who was "on Oceanic Air Flight 815," is a hit. Lost fans are buying it in hopes of perhaps learning some more clues about what the hell is happening on the TV show. My guess is that it's just going to drive fans more crazy, though the family in the book is "Widmore."

Has anyone read it yet? Is it any good, as a novel, regardless of the Lost tie-in? There's a rumor going around that Stephen King actually wrote it, but publishers and Lost folks are keeping quiet.

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Lost Lost Lost Lost Lost Lost Lost Lost. Oh, and Lost!

by Bob Sassone, posted May 26th 2006 8:41AM
OK, so we're all trying to figure out what the hell happened on Lost the other night. For all the new questions the arose (what was that big foot statue, who were the two guys in the Arctic station at the end, are Locke/Eko/Desmond dead, etc), I think the biggest question I have is, what the heck is wrong with Charlie? Wasn't he acting just a little bit peculiar last night? The way he acted with Locke and with Eko, and then when the hatch exploded, the next scene we see the castaways just sitting around a fire and he kisses Claire. Didn't he go to see what happened in the hatch after the big light explosion and that weird noise? Aren't the other castaways wondering what was up with that and where Locke/Eko/Desmond are? That was a weird scene, and I'm trying to figure out whether it means something or if it was just lazy writing.

Anyway, TV Guide's Michael Ausiello held a chat at WashingtonPost.com, and he is asked many questions about the season finale (which he loved). Check it out.

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Lost: Live Together, Die Alone (finale)

by C.K. Sample, III, posted May 25th 2006 12:07AM
(S02E23) Two hour season finale. Usually that means a slow-paced episode with tons of teaser bits to keep you stringing along with a few hard-hitters near the end to keep you excited for next season. The creators of Lost must have realized that a lot of the fans of the show were feeling like we weren't getting enough answers out of the story line, so they made a jam-packed finale. It was a great episode, and I'm somewhat at a loss where to begin in writing this review.

The episode begins where last week's episode ended: all the castaways on the beach attending the funeral for Ana Lucia and Libby notice a sailboat in the distance off the beach. Sawyer, Jack, and Sayid swim out to the boat to recover the vessel and see what's going on. Once they are aboard, they are greated by gunshots being fired from below deck. They dodge the bullets, then flip up the hatch only to discover a drunken Desmond below deck, recognizing Jack, saying "You," just before we go to the title screen.

Read more including plenty of spoilers after the break...

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It was inevitable: Lost videogame is coming!

by Bob Sassone, posted May 22nd 2006 5:20PM
LostABC's Lost is such a hit (one of those shows that's both a mainstream hit and a cult fetish) that it's doing everything it can to make it even more popular. There's the show you can watch on TV, there are the eps you can watch via iTunes, there's the interactive online game and a tie-in book, and now comes the news we all knew was coming, a videogame. Ubisoft will make the game, and J.J. Abrams and other Lost people will help with the storyline.

Can I make a suggestion? Make the numbers a part of the game. Players have to punch in the numbers every 108 minutes - no matter what else is going on elsewhere in the game - or the game ends! Ha!

[via TV Tattle]

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Chat live as we find out what Michael's deal is on Lost (seriously this time)

by Ryan j Budke, posted May 17th 2006 8:00PM
lost; the others; the islandOk, so I screwed up last week and said that it was a Michael-centric episode and we got some answers. Turns out last week was more about Mr. Eko, and we only got more questions. Well, tonight is definitely a Michael episode, and we definitely learn more about him and Walt. Make sure you you join me here tonight so that you can voice your own opinion. As with all of our chats, you need to have AIM or a compatible client (Trillian, GAIM, etc). Once you have that, make sure you meet right back here to this very post at 8pm ET, and that's when I'll unveil the location for the chat room. You can chat along with me (TVSRyan) and the rest of the Lost fanatics live! I'll see you there.

UPDATE:
Come one, come all; here is the secret location for our Lost Chat! See you inside.

Disclaimer: All or parts of the discussion in this chatroom may be posted in a later column on this site.

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Don't forget! J.J. Abrams directs Jimmy Kimmel tonight

by Bob Sassone, posted May 12th 2006 10:44AM
Jimmy KimmelHe's had Quentin Tarantino do it, now late night host Jimmy Kimmel will have Lost/Alias/MI:3 guy J.J. Abrams direct tonight's episode of his show.

Should be interesting. There's been a hatch on Kimmel's stage several times before, where funky celebs often pop up, so I'm sure that will be involved somehow. And maybe someone in the control room will have to punch in certain numbers or the show will go off the air.

Abrams himself will be on the show, along with Lost cast member Dominic Monaghan and Ben Stiller. But will Tom Cruise or Jennifer Garner show up? Maybe Stiller will do his Cruise impression for the episode.

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