Getting off the island: “Lost” sets an end date


ABC has announced plans for the Lost “endgame."

That’s definitely what the show feels like to me lately: a game, one not unlike Myst and Riven, both of which eventually annoyed me. The “maybe they’re really dead” hints in recent episodes are not cool, so I hope the eventual answers will feel like actual solutions rather than cheats.

There will be 48 more episodes of Lost — three uninterrupted 16-episode seasons. That means the final piece of the puzzle will be revealed during the 2009–10 season, and the total number of episodes will be 120. Great: Now I’m thinking about what all those numbers might mean. Speaking of which, did you know someone’s keeping a blog that tracks the Lost numbers? And there are plenty of websites that analyze the numbers. Just looking at this stuff makes me feel crazy, like that guy in the Darren Aronofsky movie Pi.

Lost‘s ratings have dipped a little this season, but it’s also the most recorded show on TV. And it seems like the

powers that be are aware that Lost fans ultimately just want things to make some kind of sense.

“Due to the unique nature of ‘Lost,’ we knew it would require an end date to keep the integrity and strength of the show consistent throughout and to give the audience the payoff they deserve,” ABC Entertainment president Stephen McPherson said.

That’s right, buddy: We do deserve a payoff. You know what else we deserve? A gay Juliet. Come on, we know she wants Kate and is playing Jack just like she’s playing Ben. It’s just so obvious.

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