August 24th, 2010
09:00 AM ET
'Lost' epilogue delivers answers galore
SPOILER WARNING: Don't read any further if you have not watched or want no knowledge of the epilogue to "Lost."
“Wait, you can’t just walk out of here! We deserve answers!” So says an employee of the Dharma Initiative early on to Benjamin Linus, who is working with Hurley - the "new man in charge" of the island - during the epilogue on "Lost: The Complete Sixth and Final Season," on DVD today.
"The New Man in Charge" is also the name of this mini-episode, and for those who felt disappointed by the lack of concrete answers in the series finale back in May, this highly-anticipated bonus feature will be much more satisfying.
Ben is in the process of shutting down Dharma stations around the world on Hurley's orders, and in the process he gives two of the last remaining members of the group a lot of information about what went down on the island. If you've wondered what the deal was with those Dharma drops, room 23, pregnancy issues on the island, the polar bears, and yes, the "Hurley bird" (among other things), wonder no longer.
Aside from the island's new dynamic duo, two other mysterious characters make one last appearance, as well.
It's a lot of fun seeing Emmy nominee Michael Emerson deliver a few more memorable one-liners, and Jorge Garcia portray a more Jacob-esque version of Hurley.
Whether one appreciates the tying up of so many loose ends, or just sees it as a needless exercise tacked on to drive DVD sales, it appears likely to cause more debate among the "Lost" fanbase.
As executive producer Damon Lindelof tweeted, "I'm so glad we made 'The New Man in Charge.' I was starting to miss getting yelled at."
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The show went right off a cliff after the third season, but, unfortunately, I couldn't stop watching it. When the alternate reality was introduced in the last season I was sure that they were going to wrap it up with the reveal that the island was a place that existed at the intersection of realities that had been split apart, with the alternate reality cast coming to the island just as the first reality cast escapes or dies and/or someone takes over for Jacob. Of course, they botched the ending, including the INEXCUSABLE purgatory reveal, and there was really nothing to be said for the series as a whole except that it was a monumental disappointment. This just falls in with all the other ABSOLUTELY butchered continuations of promising premises that we've been forced to endure in the last decade...STAR WARS prequels, second and third Matrix movies, second and third Pirates of the Caribbean movies, etc.
Personally, I'm just going to pretend that Seasons 1-3 are the only ones that exist.
I can't wait to see this DVD...for more LOST fun. It was some of the best TV ever, but not for everyone. Loved the ending, didn't feel cheated at all...Lost holds up as a great mythical story to me. Wouldn't change a thing.
Really? I was sure about 4 episodes in that the ending was going to reveal the island as a place where alternate realities intersect, in keeping with the "scientific explanation" axiom of the show. Bending of space-time had already been introduced. The conceit of the unlimited energy source" had already been established. It seemed like the only reasonable end to me. Alternate reality Jack/Kate/Sawyer/Hurley make it to the island just as everyone else leaves/dies/takes Jacobs role or whatever, and we realize that the cast members are special and there to do something special...protect existence or whatever, and part of that was incorporated into the ending, but there were too many BS excuses along the way and the "purgatory" conceit was inexcusable.
I can accept that some people did not like the show after watching a few episodes. I understand that some people were turned off at certain points during the 6 seasons. But if you never watched the show, then you have nothing to say about how bad it was. This show became an integral part of my life for 6 years. I flew to Hawaii in February to see the premier episode on the beach and see the stars. I bought the entire series on Bluray the day it came out. the writting was brilliant. The acting was fantastic. The story took some weird twist as it went along, but that was ok with me. and the ending could not have been better. This was not my story to tell, so I can't say how it should have ended. All of my questions were answered and the show wrapped up in a classic way. the epilogue is just an added bonus and it was great too. Not story, no matter how great, is ever fully wrapped up. You are always left to ponder what happend next. For those who didn't see the show, or didn't "get it" I truly feel sorry for you, because you have missed out on something truly great.
This should be the only comment on the page LOL. Best show ever.
I loved the show up to the last episode. The "they're all in purgatory, waiting 'til they all realize it, then they're off to a better place" wasn't sci-fi, it was more "tear-jerker". I was waiting for a scientific (or at least quasi-scientific) answer that never came. I was really disappointed, but I'll probably rent the extras on Netflix to see if they redeem themselves at all.
To Matt and Sheppard, and anyone else to basically called me dumb! NO! I do NOT want to read between the lines! I HATE endings like that! I found Lost to be a HUGE disappointment at the end, and especially after the writer's PROMISED a clear-cut ending! They didn't deliver! I am NOT The only person who was left with their mouth dropped open saying "HUH? What the hell kind of ending was that?". So I'm glad YOU thought it was brilliant, but I didn't So thank you all for you nice, kind comments just because I didn't like it as you did! So bite me!
I don't really care about the ending anymore. I just really miss the core characters! Jack, Hurley, Sawyer and yes even Kate! Why couldn't it have gone on and on like a daytime soap? 🙂
The only part of Lost I've ever seen is the pre-finale show and the finale. I thought it was ok. I thought it was silly how the writers tried to make you think that their viewers were more intelligent than other television views; I guess some of them bought into that. I GOT it, I just didn't think it was worth all the fuss. NEXT!
The show made me nervous.
What were the viewers' expecting? LOST's theme was self-evident: Jack, Kate, Sawyer, et al. were "lost" souls searching for redemption. Spirituality does not conflate into reality. LOST's darkness ( e.g., smoke monster), light, and timelessness are transcendant: these are not and cannot be logical or reasonable. So, cut the critique, mull the message, and live life! After all. "It's television, Jake."
I'm a huge lost fan and really enjoyed the series. It was always more about the character's stories and connection than the weird mysteries on the island. That said, I do feel like the show creators spiked the opportunity to have a great final season. The flash sideways storyline and the smoke monster being the man in black seemed to indicate that they ran away from their original ideas. They were so desperate to keep everyone guessing, that they just couldn't own up to the idea of everyone being dead already on the island or the smoke monster actually being a nano-cloud security system. Would've made a better story though. Still, I enjoyed the ride and look forward to the epilogue.
I am one of the apparently rare few who was 100% satisfied throughout the series and with the ending. I guess I didn't care that much about all of the "happenings" and "coincidences" and what was going on. The smoke monster and all the crazy stuff was so much fun and it added to the show, for sure, but for me it was not the end-all-be-all. The show for me was character-driven and as long as I had that part wrapped up, the rest of it could hang all it liked.
I never once missed a live episode of Lost (yes, I was, and still remain, a dweeb, lol) and I will buy the last season and will enjoy the heck out of that last "short". I will also fervently pray for any references to Lost in other shows, any snippets they ever want to give us, and a movie, if they feel so-moved (which I am not holding my breath for, but a girl can dream). This show will likely remain my favorite show of all time. I loved it, and it can do no wrong – I even forgive them for Nikki and Paolo. LOL!
Lost epilogue? More like lost /epic/logue!
Jackson...the problem with your theory is that the answers we were seeking were the very things the creators of the show asked us to invest in each and every week...the whole show was based on the mythology and mystery of the island as well as the characters. They made the mystery such a large part of the show, how could we NOT expect to have some resolution. I am not a religious person but I was ok with fate of the characters in the last episode because I was more invested in all the "questions" that were raised during the show's run...and it feels like a complete letdown to tune in, theorize and drive ourselves nuts with the ongoing mysteries only to have the producers say at the end of it all "well we knew the end wouldn't be for everyone or people just wanted us to answer THEIR questions". These weren't my questions, they were questions raised by the very nature of the show. Frankly adding answers to a DVD feels like a $$ grab. "We know we didn't answer many questions in the finale, but for the low low price of ...you can find the answers you seek". Disappointing.
My only gripe with a show i loved was the tv time seemed too short. They would show you one character storey that would flip flop in time for a 1 tv slot(what 30-40 minutes of show time) then next week you would get a second character that would flip flop in time for that tv slot, then 2-3 weeks they would try to tie things together with the character storey lines and EVENTUALY the "in the past" flash backs. It was a great story and i found it fun at times to put things together, but for a hour segment show some weeks i sat there asking myself, what did i just watch and how does that have any effect on the show.
All i asked for was more time 😀
I miss LOST already....far and away the best series on television ever. Those who are griping about not being able to understand it, who quit watching it because their brains shut down, and just like to post negativity because they were too dense to get it......well your comments are obviously irrelevant. You likely don't read anything more involved than the back of cereal boxes....or watch movies that don't have Megan Fox in them.
I'll be buying the dvd set....and I'll wait till I've watched the whole thing to finally watch the bonus mini episode.
All the people that hate the show, are people that stopped at Season 1...2...3...4... how can you hate a show if you didn't even watch it all? In fact, I imagine you loved the show so much and got so confused due to you not being used to TV challenging this much, that you're in this thread hating on LOST just because LOST beat you. Start over, get a notepad, and watch it from scratch.
I think I love you. 🙂 LOL!
Man – I miss this show already. I'm going to pick up the 6th Season tonight so I have not read this article...LOST – best show ever!!!!
The problem from the start is that people wanted "their" answers not "answers"...so, anyone who didn't have the show go the way they wanted ended up hating it. Those of us who just enjoyed the ride loved it. I watched, mesmerized, from day 1 until the end, and was never once disappointed.
The idea that was, pardon the expression, "lost" on many people was in focusing on the island, rather than the characters. People rarely get all the answers they want in life, to any situation. Ever had a breakup out of nowhere, and still have no idea to this day why they broke up with you, when you thought it was going well? Do you hate your life because you never got all the answers you wanted? If you had been one of the characters on the island, would you have regretted ever crashing in the first place, only because you never learned all the things about the island that you wanted to? Or would you be glad your miserable life finally found some quality because you ended up with people you ultimately cared about?
You will never get all the answers in your own life. Why would you expect them anywhere else?
OMG . . I have read that nonsensical argument wayyy too many times. This wasn't Life! This was a TV show presented AT EVERY TURN as a mystery! Of course life is a series of unanswered questions; what does that have to do with anything?? Why bother resolving any story? Just set up a plot, write a diverse set of characters people like, and then roll credits. Is that what you're saying? Stories don't need coherent endings?
That sure would make writing a heckuva lot easier. Just set up and drop plotlines, leave hints to nothing in BIG BOLD HIGHLIGHTED LETTERS and let all those deluded "intellectual" viewers believe they figured it out on their own. You can't figure out something that was never meant to be figured out. You might invent your own answers, but that's not the same.
Ah, but all my beloved characters ended up in heaven / a rockin' cast party, so the rest doesn't matter . . **puke**. You could end every show of any kind, past or present, the same way and it would make just as much sense. I wish I were so easily satisfied.
Best show on television.
Good tweet Damon ! LOL I'll watch it – but I'm in no rush. Those particular missing answers were not the issue I had with the fnale. Rather – I felt like all of season 4 and 5 were of no use. I wanted there to be a reason to have gone through the time traveling, a purpose for it. I also wanted a mythology for Dharma vs. others. I had always assumed that when it was all said and done that I could re-watch the whole series and have some aha! moments when viewed in it's totality. Now I know that will never happen. SIGH. I love the show still – but was very disappointed.
The time traveling was the man in black setting everything up for the final war against Jacob and his candidates.
He purposely made Ben move the island to initiate the time jumping. Otherwise Locke would have never jumped back in time to convince Richard that he was the future leader of the others. This trust was ultimately used to gain access to Jacob and have Ben kill him.
From our point of view we only see Ben/Locke trying to get everyone back, and others messing around with the Dharma initiative. But the real story is the man in black usign Ben/Locke as pawns to get to jacob... and learning about Widmore/Eloise previous roles on the island and why they keep popping up in the current story.
People that need everything wrapped up in a neat little package lack creativity and imagination. LOST did an excellent job of entertaining and answering enough questions. If you want straightforward mindless TV with a sure end result – go watch Jersey Shore.
I watched a few episodes, but then there was, I think it was the first season, the Polar Bears debut? After that, for me it was over. I didn't watch another episode after that, and I am glad I didn't, just to get hung out to dry at the end of 5 years.
I blame Chris Carter and the X-Files. He stumbled onto the fact that people use very-bad-script-writing as an excuse to sit around on the net and endlessly discuss THEIR interpretations of what the untalented writer was trying to say.
I don't need it all spelled out for me. But Lost was just so utterly disresectful towards people who prefer some semblance of common-sense in a story!
I remember the first episode. They are walking around on the beach. The plane is behind them...washed up on the sand. Someone walks to close to the plane...and is injested into the jet engine that is still running! THE ENGINE WAS STILL RUNNING LONG AFTER THE PLANE HAD CRASHED INTO THE OCEAN!!!??? I changed the channel and never went back.
I blame Chris Carter.
Its possible for the engine to continue running if the plane crashed moron. Only someone shortsighted would turn the channel at that point. Do you really think the plane crashed? Couldnt it have been planted? You should have stayed around for the answers. And calling these script writers untalented is like calling Paris Hiltons axe wound tight.
The anit-Lost people are really funny. Its like they are taking it personally that other people really like something they don't. Did they forget they can change the channel and not click on an internet story? You have a choice, feel free to make it, its no big deal.
Relax people, its just television...don't go kicking your dog over it.
I loved the show, loved the characters, loved the mystery, loved the "23s", and loved the ending. Its not a show for everyone, but I personally really loved it. I won't be purchasing the DVD collection, though. Not for 15 minutes of unseen epilogue. Maybe they will offer it on ITunes or someplace like that separately, so we don't have to buy the whole thing. For now, I look forward to reading all the "spoilers" and other reviews of the epilogue episode.
Same here! I figured somewhere someone already had a copy and was posting real spoilers that I could read. This mini-episode isn't enough to justify a purchase of the DVD, as much as I loved Lost.
If you have to keep going back to clarify your crappy ending, then you failed.
It's that simple.
Maybe we can get an "Inception" sequel where we can learn in a dream sequence what the hell happened on "The Sopranos" as well!!
bpowers, the article plainly states: the epilogue on "Lost: The Complete Sixth and Final Season," on DVD today.
Never before has such a deep, thought provoking show attracted such a mix of people. It amazes me how many morons keep asking the same damn questions that were answered over and over again.
If you didn’t get it, go back to school and demand your money back. You didn’t learn anything. They probably shouldn’t have keep you in 3rd grade until your 18th birthday.
OMG you actually thought that was good?
Well said. I have question for the morons reading this article who didnt like Lost. Why waste your time reading this article if dont like the show? Honestly, go back to watching the cartoon network.
Look, it was a show that started out good and ran out of ideas. A lot of us thought it was good at first and then got bored and quit, and the majority of those who watched to the end thought the end was a dull botch. Saying "It was too rare and refined to be seen by peasants" or "only the cream of the intelligentsia could comprehend its magnificence" isn't cutting it; the Emperor has no clothes on.
I actually really enjoyed watching Lost. I saw every episode of every season and I will miss it. Sure it had a few dumb episodes and maybe an entire dumb season but it kept me watching every week. There has not been a more original, and suspensefull series on tv in a long time. And the entire cast was amazing. The final episode was a little bizarre but I was satisfied still. And yes I'll probably check out this bonus footage because I'm curious.
And to all you haters, you either needed to think more during the show or you were thinking way too much to enjoy it.
Where the heck does this episode appear? Is it on its own DVD? Is it part of the final season on DVD? This article provides no answer.
"...during the epilogue on "Lost: The Complete Sixth and Final Season," on DVD today."
it's a bit confusing that you would be interested at all..... if you don't have the brain matter to read and comprehend the short article above, how on earth can you begin to appreciate Lost – a show that requires some thinking?
Lost you may have gamed some but you really Lost one. All of this $#!@ could have been told to me for free on network TV. It was short-sighted to try to do justice to the final season with so many unaswered questions hanging out there. You will not be getting my money. You owed the devoted fans so much more and I am not appeased that you now want me to pay you to answer those questions. In the words of Ochocinco, "Child, Please."
For those who are complaining they don't know what happened (I'm looking squarely at you, LK) ... are you brain dead? They answered many questions throughout the series and in the finale, Christian Shepherd answered the very questions you're still whining about: where they dead? or ghosts? Seriously, does everything you watch have to hit you over the head with the message?
Apparently so. Maybe there's some lame reality show on for some folks to watch that requires far less thinking on their part.
.....for pointing that out. Most of the questions were already answered. I for one thought it was a good finale. So what if they didn't spell it out for you? Can none of you read between the lines or pay attention to minor details? Go watch the last season again you will find most of the answers there. If not, then take Christian's advice and Let Go!!
I, for one, have had enough of Lost! I loved the first few seasons, then when it went time-warped, and people kept coming back that died, and the "black dust monster", etc., it just got way too complicated to follow, "over the top", and to Unrealistic. I was hoping they would keep it at a more realistic theme, like how they kept struggling and surviving, and yes, maybe even battle a few "creatures". But Lost totally lost it's theme. I think even the writer's were so deep into the mud, that they too were lost! Then ending that they promised would give all the answers, and make you go "OH! OKAY! NOW I GET IT!! did NOT deliver whatsoever! I still do not know what the hell it was about! Were they all dead? Were they all ghosts? What? Dumb. Just plain stupid, dumb. So if you think I will watch another "spin off" or another "ending", think again. Get lost Lost.
You do realize that YOU sound like the dumb one. Go back to the cartoon channel perhaps that won't challenge you too much.
Just because you don't 'get it' does not mean it was 'dumb'... it just means you don't get it. And of course you have to suspend some disbelief... it's a *SCIENCE FICTION* show. I had no problems understanding the show or the ending, but I like shows that doesn't hand everything to you on a silver platter and actually makes you think and interpret things for yourself.
I'm pleased to see that I made the right choice when I quit watching this dog.
LMFAO I didn't watch one episoce or portion of an episode of that flakey show. It's like "I won the bet!" I have none of the problems experienced by the rest of you and I don't feel I lost out on anything. To some of the stronger of us, "Lost" didn't happen!
You must've missed out on the comraderie of the show since you felt the need to read and comment on a story written about Lost, no? I'm always amazed by the number of people who write about how they have saved hours of their life by NOT watching...yet continue to comment and waste more of their time...
I watched the entire series and don't feel like I had any problems or negativity brought into my life because of it. In fact, if I hadn't watched it or had stopped watching before the end, I think I would have missed out on one of the best series of all time and an extremely satisfying conclusion (to me).
@Bud–I wish we all could be as ye, oh enlightened one. Praise be to Bud.
If you didn't watch LOST, why are you reading and commenting on this thread?
You may not have watched any episodes, but you seem to be reading about it, ie following it in the media and responding to articles 🙂 it's alllll good
I enjoyed the show good fun for an hour a week
If your definition of "strength" includes choosing not to watch a particular TV show, might I suggest you raise the bar for yourself a little? What's next; pinning a rose on your own nose for defiantly refusing to see "Vampires Suck" this weekend?
Way to stick to your . . well, I was going to say "principles," but I have no idea what principle we're talking about. Congratulations on whatever murky accomplishment you believe you've attained. Best of luck not watching some other show this year.
@ Bud... if you didn't watch a single episode of LOST, how can you honestly call it a "flakey show"?
Kinda sad that you base your opinion solely on what other people are saying...and then somehow feel that your opinion is miraculously valid enough to publicly comment on the show??
Do not comment on which you know nothing about.
LOST is one of the best shows in the history of television. I thoroughly enjoyed watching for an hour a week...and I'd put the first and second seasons of LOST up against any season of any series ever. Truly great tv.
You missed out. It was the talk of the town for quite some time.
If you had actually watched a season or two of LOST and didn't like it, that's fine...LOST doesn't appeal to everyone. But don't run your mouth when you haven't seen a single episode, you just come off as a tool.
This show was a 5 yr relationship with no engagement ring at the end. It's lame to have a separate mini-eipsode with answers. Tthe fans and the actors deserved better. For years, the writes promised the jackpot at the end of the rainbow. Instead all we got was a box of lucky charms. And no milk!
Well said! I stopped watching after about the 4th season...stuff got weird. And then I started up on Netflix to catch up for the finale. I was disappointed, especially after all those sleepless nights wondering....what does this mean?
...and "The Event" will just as bad... it looks interesting, but I have no time for this season(s) long cliffhangerdrama. Forget it.
About season 4 I realized we would never get any answers, and resolved that if they didn't answer Question Number One, namely why did a smoke monster eat the pilot, in the next two episodes, I'd drop the show. They never answered, I quit watching, and now I can't remember why I cared. I used to watch WAREHOUSE 13 until they came up with the horrible "H.G. Wells" character, and I turned it off last week, Twizzlers and all.
@Peter: you lost sleep over a TV show? Seriously?