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May. 15, 2008by: Sturdy

... end Lost with a movie!
by Sturdy

I have to admit that when I saw the first preview for Lost on TV, I thought for sure it was going to be a dramatic interpretation of Gilliganís Island. I didnít think there was any way they could keep the story remotely interesting for more than a season or two. Thereís only so many coconut radios that an audience can stomach. But it didnít take long for me to reverse my stance and hail Lost as one of the greatest shows on television, maybe even of all time.


I didnít have high hopes in the beginning

I hesitate to rank it with the all-time greats, mainly because I need to see how it ends. If the last scene is Jack waking up in his bedroom and saying something like ďwhew, that was a vivid dreamĒ then Iím going to start throwing crap balls at the TV. But really, how in the world could they possibly end the show and have it live up to what weíve seen so far? Basically, I donít think theyíll be able to do it on television. An event like the conclusion of Lost needs to be left to the big screen, which is why we need to end Lost with a feature-length film.


But I started to warm up to itÖ

J.J. Abrams has promised us that he is going to end the series and tie up all the loose ends and answer all the questions. So with that in mind, Iím assuming/hoping the ďendingĒ will be just that; the end. As much as I donít want a lame ending, I donít want a cliff hanger. Thatís another reason it would work better as a movie. Another thing I donít want is for them to leave the series finale open and then revisit it in a few years and make a couple of movies. That would be extremely frustrating.


He better not screw us with a cliffhanger ending!

This is an easy, slam-dunk win for the series creators. Theyíll still get big-time ratings with the last televised show, so they shouldnít lose ratings. Then theyíll make bank with a big time movie. The base audience is already there and if youíve seen one episode of the show, youíre probably going to go see the film. With the critical acclaim and huge fan base, this could turn out to be a huge summer film. It might even be worthy of a midnight opening.


Whatís not to like?

No show in history has ended itís run with a movie. Most shows drag on past their prime and lose the audience needed for a film, other shows just donít have a story big enough for the big screen. Lost is one of those few shows in history that people are just dying to know how it ends. Not only that, but weíve been wondering that since the first episode. The story is great, the actors are great, the writing is fantastic and the fans are loyal. What more do you need for a hit movie?

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8:39PM on 04/04/2011

We didn't get a movie...but WOW! what a Finale!!!

**WARNING** MAJOR LOST FINALE SPOILERS!
It had to end sometime. It was Sunday May 23, 2010. In the final season, the main storyline followed the surviving castaways who were up against the Smoke Monster. A "flash-sideways" narrative also followed the lives of the main characters in a setting where Oceanic 815 never crashed.

In the 3rd-to-last episode, a flashback to the distant past showed the origins of the island's power and of the conflict between Jacob & the smoke monster. (who was
**WARNING** MAJOR LOST FINALE SPOILERS!
It had to end sometime. It was Sunday May 23, 2010. In the final season, the main storyline followed the surviving castaways who were up against the Smoke Monster. A "flash-sideways" narrative also followed the lives of the main characters in a setting where Oceanic 815 never crashed.

In the 3rd-to-last episode, a flashback to the distant past showed the origins of the island's power and of the conflict between Jacob & the smoke monster. (who was once a human man & was also later revealed to be Jacob's twin brother).

In the Series Finale, Jack Shephard became the successor to Jacob as protector of the island, and killed the smoke monster in a final showdown, with the island at stake. After which Jack, mortally wounded, passed the island guardian duties to Hurley & Ben Linus.

Sawyer, Claire, Kate, Miles, Richard Alpert & Frank Lapidus fly away in a (previously "Season 5" landed) jetliner airplane & FINALLY escape the island.
It is implied that Desmond Hume (who was forced back to the island) was sent back home by Hurley & Ben who then visit Walt & invite him to return.

It is also revealed in the final episode that the "flash-sideways" timeline was actually a form of limbo, where all the survivors are reunited after having died because their time on the island had been the most important part of their existence.

The series' final moments intercut the survivors in limbo being engulfed by white light//On the island, Jack Shephard collapses in the exact spot where he woke up in the Pilot episode, slowly closes his eyes & dies.
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9:29AM on 05/29/2008

bad idea

Sturdy - come on yourself. This show works as a serial, and swapping media would break continuity. The producers fought for an end date so it could do something unprecedented - be written with a beginning, a middle, and an end. All contained within the show's complete run. There simply is no need for a movie. If you are going to start making pronouncements from upon high about Lost, then you better bring your A game.
Sturdy - come on yourself. This show works as a serial, and swapping media would break continuity. The producers fought for an end date so it could do something unprecedented - be written with a beginning, a middle, and an end. All contained within the show's complete run. There simply is no need for a movie. If you are going to start making pronouncements from upon high about Lost, then you better bring your A game.
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3:54PM on 05/28/2008
I've been for this for awhile now. When I first heard about it I knew it was a perfect way to end it...so okay, it may not be great for non lost fans but I think there are enough lost fans(and those for curosities sake) that would go and see it.
I've been for this for awhile now. When I first heard about it I knew it was a perfect way to end it...so okay, it may not be great for non lost fans but I think there are enough lost fans(and those for curosities sake) that would go and see it.
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10:38PM on 05/18/2008

CRAZY DUD:

What the heck? Did Sturdy sleep with your boyfriend or something? I've seen you post the same complaint before to him personally. Get over it man. If you don't like his column, send him an email, I'm sure he'd love to hear from you.

What the heck? Did Sturdy sleep with your boyfriend or something? I've seen you post the same complaint before to him personally. Get over it man. If you don't like his column, send him an email, I'm sure he'd love to hear from you.

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11:31AM on 05/16/2008

Servo,

I know what you're sayin', but what do ya mean, "c'mon"? Ya can't go to the theater anymore without getting a talker at every single showing; I think the theater employs people to distract you so that you'll maybe buy another ticket to see what you missed the first time. I know I may just be too uptight about it, but man, the theater has just gotten to be awful lately; it's either disappointing presentation or disappointing people in attendance. lol.

But besides, I still think the show is
I know what you're sayin', but what do ya mean, "c'mon"? Ya can't go to the theater anymore without getting a talker at every single showing; I think the theater employs people to distract you so that you'll maybe buy another ticket to see what you missed the first time. I know I may just be too uptight about it, but man, the theater has just gotten to be awful lately; it's either disappointing presentation or disappointing people in attendance. lol.

But besides, I still think the show is as good as a movie NOW, and making it into a movie just seems really... well, mostly just pointless.

AND, the only people going to see it (at least, the only people who would need to bother) would be fans, the fans who through loyalty have made the series the money-making hit that it is, and I think that to charge us for the finale would be a bit of a slap in the face. Dragging us out for five years, and then saying "if you'd like to know the answer to this five year mystery, please have your credit card ready." Whether we'd be willing to pay or not, that's just uncool.
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5:57AM on 05/16/2008

BINGO BANGO

First off, does Abrams even have anything to do with this show anymore? As far as I can tell, it's now in the sole care of Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse.
Secondly, it's my estimation that having negotiated shorter seasons, without trimming the budget, means that there's HUGE cash to throw into movie-quality effects and production. I wouldn't be surprised if over the next (and final) two seasons we see an escalation in scale. Thirdly...hmm...they did start showing promo's for the current
First off, does Abrams even have anything to do with this show anymore? As far as I can tell, it's now in the sole care of Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse.
Secondly, it's my estimation that having negotiated shorter seasons, without trimming the budget, means that there's HUGE cash to throw into movie-quality effects and production. I wouldn't be surprised if over the next (and final) two seasons we see an escalation in scale. Thirdly...hmm...they did start showing promo's for the current season in theatre's. Maybe it's already being considered...
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5:00AM on 05/16/2008
I'm with jolanar on this one. Unless you're already a fan of the show, it would be useless for those who've never seen it.

By the way, how kickass is this season finale gonna be?
I'm with jolanar on this one. Unless you're already a fan of the show, it would be useless for those who've never seen it.

By the way, how kickass is this season finale gonna be?
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4:37AM on 05/16/2008

UGH

Sturdy, I used to love this column, but now I can't remember when the last time was you did a "C'mon Hollywood" that I remotely cared about or found one bit relevant. Have you run out of ideas for this column?
Sturdy, I used to love this column, but now I can't remember when the last time was you did a "C'mon Hollywood" that I remotely cared about or found one bit relevant. Have you run out of ideas for this column?
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4:23AM on 05/16/2008
Firefly ended with a movie (Serenity), and I've never seen an episode of Sex and the City, but that has a movie coming out too.

But maybe we're talkin' a show that ends with a movie that was planned while the show was still in production?
Firefly ended with a movie (Serenity), and I've never seen an episode of Sex and the City, but that has a movie coming out too.

But maybe we're talkin' a show that ends with a movie that was planned while the show was still in production?
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3:40AM on 05/16/2008
battlestar technically did with RAZOR,but im not gonna treat you like an idiot, i'm sure you knew that. But if you mean end the series with a movie then i totally agree 100%

BSG + LOST = WIN
battlestar technically did with RAZOR,but im not gonna treat you like an idiot, i'm sure you knew that. But if you mean end the series with a movie then i totally agree 100%

BSG + LOST = WIN
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2:06AM on 05/16/2008

G.O.A.T.

LOST is by far the greatest show OF ALL TIME. with THE WIRE 2nd and Battlestar Galactica 3rd, all three should get a movie.
LOST is by far the greatest show OF ALL TIME. with THE WIRE 2nd and Battlestar Galactica 3rd, all three should get a movie.
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1:51AM on 05/16/2008

YES.

Yes. On all accounts, yes. Pay no attention to the people who haven't seen the show. The established fanbase alone is enough. Anyone who isn't on board has missed the train and wgaf. seriously. And, c'mon, ColdZro, just because you don't know how to see a movie before any of the busy crowds and because someone may spoil it for you (that alone doesn't make a difference. c'mon.) isn't grounds enough to keep JJ Abrams from making the greatest fucking movie of all time.
Yes. On all accounts, yes. Pay no attention to the people who haven't seen the show. The established fanbase alone is enough. Anyone who isn't on board has missed the train and wgaf. seriously. And, c'mon, ColdZro, just because you don't know how to see a movie before any of the busy crowds and because someone may spoil it for you (that alone doesn't make a difference. c'mon.) isn't grounds enough to keep JJ Abrams from making the greatest fucking movie of all time.
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12:48AM on 05/16/2008
I didn't even read this column yet and it already has my approval.. i love you sturdy (no homo)

Ps. joblo's LOST thread on the forums = my 2nd home
I didn't even read this column yet and it already has my approval.. i love you sturdy (no homo)

Ps. joblo's LOST thread on the forums = my 2nd home
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11:55PM on 05/15/2008

Correction....

Not only should the finale be on the big screen but there should be a week long event leading up to the release where they show the entire series on the big screen before the finale .... this should occur in all major cities.
Not only should the finale be on the big screen but there should be a week long event leading up to the release where they show the entire series on the big screen before the finale .... this should occur in all major cities.
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4:11PM on 05/15/2008
Technically the X-Files movie and Serenity didn't end the run of the show. Both series had finished and then the movies were made. Sturdy is suggesting to have the movie be the final piece to the show.

While I never got into the show, I don't think it would be a very good idea to force the fans of a TV show to go to the theater to find out what happens at the end of it all. With all of the spoilers and people letting things slip (Bruce Willis is dead for almost the whole movie...),
Technically the X-Files movie and Serenity didn't end the run of the show. Both series had finished and then the movies were made. Sturdy is suggesting to have the movie be the final piece to the show.

While I never got into the show, I don't think it would be a very good idea to force the fans of a TV show to go to the theater to find out what happens at the end of it all. With all of the spoilers and people letting things slip (Bruce Willis is dead for almost the whole movie...), there would be a LOT of irate fans, due to the complexity of that show.
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2:42PM on 05/15/2008

hmmm

what about Firefly?

Serenity came out after the show had ended.
what about Firefly?

Serenity came out after the show had ended.
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1:35PM on 05/15/2008
Anyone who doesnt watch the show would be hopelessly lost in the movie.
Anyone who doesnt watch the show would be hopelessly lost in the movie.
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12:14PM on 05/15/2008

No show in history has ended itís run with a movie

Well that not true bc an X-File movie comes out in a few months and there will never be another tv episode so it did end as a movie and if it does well there will be a sequel about the aliens.
Well that not true bc an X-File movie comes out in a few months and there will never be another tv episode so it did end as a movie and if it does well there will be a sequel about the aliens.
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10:44AM on 05/15/2008
I'm against it. I am looking forward to the rest of the series, and I don't want to have the big finale ruined by a trip to the theater where I have to listen to the lady in the seat behind me talk the whole time about whether or not she left the oven on at home and do you think Stacy will mind watching the kids next Tuesday so we can go to the other show that we're going to pay money to get into but that I'm not gonna see because I'm gonna be talking, talking, talking the whole damn time and
I'm against it. I am looking forward to the rest of the series, and I don't want to have the big finale ruined by a trip to the theater where I have to listen to the lady in the seat behind me talk the whole time about whether or not she left the oven on at home and do you think Stacy will mind watching the kids next Tuesday so we can go to the other show that we're going to pay money to get into but that I'm not gonna see because I'm gonna be talking, talking, talking the whole damn time and not watching the show and keeping everyone around me from seeing it too!!!!!!! You get what I'm sayin'?

They've done the whole thing on TV and it's been totally fine in that format... it's been awesome, EVEN in that format! So, I say, stick to the format that they've already used to tell the entire story so far, (it's already like watching a movie!) and don't make us pay to have it ruined for us... OR in avoiding the theater, have to wait for the DVD... then to have it ruined instead by the guy who saw it in the theater, and HAS to tell you the ending.

Besides, when it hits DVD, the finale -- which is sure to be two hours long -- will have no commercials in it, in which case it WILL be a movie. It's already like watching a movie! That's why the show is so good; BETTER than most movies in theaters!
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9:26AM on 05/15/2008

yes!!!!

I agree 100%!

Lost's pilot cost ABC $12 million. How could the season finale ever live up to those amazing two hours? Since I doubt ABC will drop another $12 million on the finale (even $2 million would be a miracle) it probably won't. Lost is a show that needs to go out with a bang. What better way than with a movie?
I agree 100%!

Lost's pilot cost ABC $12 million. How could the season finale ever live up to those amazing two hours? Since I doubt ABC will drop another $12 million on the finale (even $2 million would be a miracle) it probably won't. Lost is a show that needs to go out with a bang. What better way than with a movie?
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9:12AM on 05/15/2008

You know what, I agree!

I want to see LOST on a big screen, fuck yes.
I want to see LOST on a big screen, fuck yes.
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