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Damon Lindelof apologizes to Lost fans in his Deathly Hallows review

11.23.2010

Quite a few people were mad about the ending of LOST. What bothered those Losties the most was all the unanswered questions. To the other half of the fanbase this didn't matter because as far as they and the writers (Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse) were concerned the series had always been about the characters. But not everyone got swept up in the show for that reason. A lot of people had invested time in trying to come up with theories about pivotal mysteries on the show.

After the show was over and people started to complain, Cuse and Lindelof said that if you didn't like the way the show was ended then you were not allowed to call yourself a fan. Harsh.

Lindelof who claims to be a "huge HARRY POTTER fan" got a slap in the face when he decided to watch and review DEATHLY HALLOWS. Here is the opening of his review:

"The most awesome part about being one of the primary storytellers of a popular television show is hearing how much its most loyal fans hate it. Oh. Wait. It's actually not awesome. It hurts like hell. I know—boo hoo for me. That's the price of doing business, isn't it? If I'm asking you to invest your time and attention in a story I'm telling, it's your right to tell me that you hate that story. You just don't get to call yourself a "fan." At least that is what I had always believed. Then I saw Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1."

Further down he writes: "As I staggered out into the parking lot, my brain was deftly trying to resolve a deep and complicated paradox: If I loved the book, and the movie was an incredibly loyal adaptation of that book… How could I possibly hate the movie? And even more distressing… Based on the careful emotional logic I'd been using to insulate myself from the slings and arrows of 'Why didn't you people answer any goddamn questions?' and 'A golden light in the middle of the island? SERIOUSLY?!?', if I hated the movie… Did that mean I was no longer a fan?"

He said that he was still a fan of the Potter series regardless of how he felt about the film. Then came the apology, "And so I sincerely and genuinely apologize to all those whom I have stripped of their Lost fandom just for complaining about the stuff you didn't like. It doesn't make you any less a fan. In fact… It just makes you honest. I respect that. And I'm genuinely sorry for ever feeling otherwise."

I didn't want to go into why exactly Lindelof was turned off by the movie. If you want that you can read it for yourself here. I know there are people who still haven't seen DH yet.

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Extra Tidbit: LOST fans: Does this apology make you feel any better? Or would you rather it accompany actual answers to your questions? If there even are any... As Dave Davis said he's not apologizing for not giving those answers, he's apologizing for "implying that people who had complaints about it weren't really "fans"."

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9:41PM on 11/24/2010
I actually loved the LOST finale. I was with the show from the beginning and was satisfied so I don't need an apology.
I actually loved the LOST finale. I was with the show from the beginning and was satisfied so I don't need an apology.
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7:49PM on 11/24/2010

Lost finale was just fine

To everyone who thought that Lost treaded water the last couple of seasons and finished with an extremely underwhelming finale, I make you this suggestion:
Go back and watch the series finale of The Sopranos, then bludgeon yourself over the head with a huge fucking rock to numb the pain. Say what you want about Lost and its writers, but at least their series finale wasn't the 60 minute long middle finger that The Sopranos finale was.
To everyone who thought that Lost treaded water the last couple of seasons and finished with an extremely underwhelming finale, I make you this suggestion:
Go back and watch the series finale of The Sopranos, then bludgeon yourself over the head with a huge fucking rock to numb the pain. Say what you want about Lost and its writers, but at least their series finale wasn't the 60 minute long middle finger that The Sopranos finale was.
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3:25PM on 11/24/2010
just got say that Lost was the best show ever on tv but the finale did suck. Everyone who loved it can call us haters but the how wasnt just about characters it was about mystery, life, and faith. A show so epic but had such a weak ending. We didnt get a finale we got a reunion. The last 3 seasons were too short and they wasted half of season 6 on that flash sideways that had nothing to do with the main story. Who cares that when they all died they made a place in between so they could all go
just got say that Lost was the best show ever on tv but the finale did suck. Everyone who loved it can call us haters but the how wasnt just about characters it was about mystery, life, and faith. A show so epic but had such a weak ending. We didnt get a finale we got a reunion. The last 3 seasons were too short and they wasted half of season 6 on that flash sideways that had nothing to do with the main story. Who cares that when they all died they made a place in between so they could all go to heaven together how hallmark.
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3:39PM on 11/24/2010
See I completely agree and disagree, yes it was about life and faith, but just like life and faith the answers aren't as clear as we all would like them to be. What did you expect a giant soulless montage explaining every little mystery that popped up on the show? Can't get em all man.
See I completely agree and disagree, yes it was about life and faith, but just like life and faith the answers aren't as clear as we all would like them to be. What did you expect a giant soulless montage explaining every little mystery that popped up on the show? Can't get em all man.
3:01PM on 11/24/2010

Glad someone said it.

Dont care about Lost. Skipping that.

Im glad an HP fan, like myself, was left conflicted about this film. It's true that everyone is talking about its "faithful-ness" and "beauty," but I couldnt get past the pacing, which was terrible. And some really special things got left out to make room for Harry and Hermione dancing and Harry bitching about the radio (book fans: who else wanted to see the Lily/James memorial and the support for Harry wall at the ol' Potter house!)
I'm not saying it
Dont care about Lost. Skipping that.

Im glad an HP fan, like myself, was left conflicted about this film. It's true that everyone is talking about its "faithful-ness" and "beauty," but I couldnt get past the pacing, which was terrible. And some really special things got left out to make room for Harry and Hermione dancing and Harry bitching about the radio (book fans: who else wanted to see the Lily/James memorial and the support for Harry wall at the ol' Potter house!)
I'm not saying it was bad, I've just become so conflicted about it that it's good to hear another fan say it.

Must have been the pacing...
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11:06AM on 11/24/2010

I thought this was supposed to be a Harry Potter review?

I am confused... I thought this was a supposed to be a review for Harry Potter and the Dealthy Hollows? This just seems to be a personal retrospect as to why he screwed up the Lost series. I went back and read the full review on The Daily Beast and for someone who claims to be a HUGE HP fan, he got numerous details wrong. The idea of having the book released as one film is RIDICULOUS. He even mentions how the small details are so important, how are they supposed to fit all that in one film? The
I am confused... I thought this was a supposed to be a review for Harry Potter and the Dealthy Hollows? This just seems to be a personal retrospect as to why he screwed up the Lost series. I went back and read the full review on The Daily Beast and for someone who claims to be a HUGE HP fan, he got numerous details wrong. The idea of having the book released as one film is RIDICULOUS. He even mentions how the small details are so important, how are they supposed to fit all that in one film? The last straw to my frustration was he turned a poor and poorly detailed review of HP&DH into an excuse to advertise/pardon his work. Next time do us a favor Damon, actually write a review that supports your opinion to the film in question!
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10:43AM on 11/24/2010

Is he serious?!?

What a douchebag...he should be grateful for the people who watched his show which gave him a great salary...I didn't even watch LOST and after reading this have no plans too...typical Hollywood prick attitude...
What a douchebag...he should be grateful for the people who watched his show which gave him a great salary...I didn't even watch LOST and after reading this have no plans too...typical Hollywood prick attitude...
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11:03AM on 11/24/2010
Hollywood Prick? He just apologized, get over yourself.
Hollywood Prick? He just apologized, get over yourself.
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8:57AM on 11/24/2010

Ha!

Karma's a bitch eh?
Karma's a bitch eh?
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7:59AM on 11/24/2010

So this is the guy who wrote the new Alien movie?

God help us
God help us
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8:43AM on 11/24/2010
Dude consider ourselves and all Alien fans lucky. He wrote one bad Lost ending, who cares. He also wrote five awesome seasons before that. There are far worse people out there just waiting to f**k up good franchises, friend.
Dude consider ourselves and all Alien fans lucky. He wrote one bad Lost ending, who cares. He also wrote five awesome seasons before that. There are far worse people out there just waiting to f**k up good franchises, friend.
1:49PM on 11/24/2010
Yeah, what polarboy said...
Yeah, what polarboy said...
12:50AM on 11/24/2010

LOST was great!

Loved the finale! I did not need, nor want everything spelled out for me. I loved this show and its finale. Screw the haters.
Loved the finale! I did not need, nor want everything spelled out for me. I loved this show and its finale. Screw the haters.
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12:00PM on 11/24/2010
Amen! The Lost finale was AMAZING! LOVED it! One of the best series finale of all time to one of the best tv shows of all time!
Amen! The Lost finale was AMAZING! LOVED it! One of the best series finale of all time to one of the best tv shows of all time!
7:37PM on 11/24/2010
Hell yes. The day they released the entire series on blu ray, I beat an old lady to death for the last one at Best Buy and pulled it from her cold dead hands... well, maybe not. But I probably WOULD have. Best TV series ever.
Hell yes. The day they released the entire series on blu ray, I beat an old lady to death for the last one at Best Buy and pulled it from her cold dead hands... well, maybe not. But I probably WOULD have. Best TV series ever.
11:02PM on 11/23/2010
Sure, I could think of better endings that would satisfy me more, but I kinda like how they left things unanswered. Like some have mentioned below, had they answered everything many of us would have been dissatisfied. I like leaving The Island as just "The Island". Keeps the mystery and legacy intact, regardless if they genuinely had answers in mind or not.
Sure, I could think of better endings that would satisfy me more, but I kinda like how they left things unanswered. Like some have mentioned below, had they answered everything many of us would have been dissatisfied. I like leaving The Island as just "The Island". Keeps the mystery and legacy intact, regardless if they genuinely had answers in mind or not.
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10:47PM on 11/23/2010

Anyone

Anyone who hated the fact they didn't get the answers they were looking for in Lost would've hated the answers they'd have gotten if they answered them.

Lost's big problem was that the fans had busily answered the questions already for themselves, then loathed when they didn't get it right.
Anyone who hated the fact they didn't get the answers they were looking for in Lost would've hated the answers they'd have gotten if they answered them.

Lost's big problem was that the fans had busily answered the questions already for themselves, then loathed when they didn't get it right.
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10:35PM on 11/23/2010
This changes nothing, especially since I actually liked Deathly Hollows. Lost dropped the ball on a number of things, anyone would have been able to accept that ending if the entire 6th season hadn't been written so poorly. And if they say they care so much about the characters then why either give them lame deaths (Sun, Jin, Sayid) or not even tell us if they're alive or dead at the end (Desmond). I don't need an apology, I need 6 years of my life back.
This changes nothing, especially since I actually liked Deathly Hollows. Lost dropped the ball on a number of things, anyone would have been able to accept that ending if the entire 6th season hadn't been written so poorly. And if they say they care so much about the characters then why either give them lame deaths (Sun, Jin, Sayid) or not even tell us if they're alive or dead at the end (Desmond). I don't need an apology, I need 6 years of my life back.
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10:57PM on 11/23/2010
Oh puh-leese...you spent an hour a week in those 6 years, didn't lose much at all. Agreed, season 6 wasn't as great as the five before but who cares. Awesome show nonetheless.
Oh puh-leese...you spent an hour a week in those 6 years, didn't lose much at all. Agreed, season 6 wasn't as great as the five before but who cares. Awesome show nonetheless.
2:47AM on 11/24/2010
Polar, I watched every episode up until season 6- 2 or three times. On top of that, i spent hours theorizing with friends about the possible outcomes of things. It's called being a fan. And it's what we were.
Polar, I watched every episode up until season 6- 2 or three times. On top of that, i spent hours theorizing with friends about the possible outcomes of things. It's called being a fan. And it's what we were.
8:34AM on 11/24/2010
Yeah so did I. In fact I bought myself all five seasons on DVD, watched them all a couple of months before the sixth, and sure, theorized a lot etc. Did I LOVE the ending? Not so. But that doesn't mean I'd want to reverse those six years in typical Lost fashion. It was a great show, it gave me something cool to watch on TV, I had fun theorizing and anticipating the next episode, and it had some pretty awesome characters. All in all, it was cool while it lasted, and I'm happy for that.
Yeah so did I. In fact I bought myself all five seasons on DVD, watched them all a couple of months before the sixth, and sure, theorized a lot etc. Did I LOVE the ending? Not so. But that doesn't mean I'd want to reverse those six years in typical Lost fashion. It was a great show, it gave me something cool to watch on TV, I had fun theorizing and anticipating the next episode, and it had some pretty awesome characters. All in all, it was cool while it lasted, and I'm happy for that.
10:23PM on 11/23/2010
I only watched the first season of Lost and hated it, but that's just me. As for his comments, it makes him an asshat.

As far as his review, it's awful and pointless. OMG! This is too slow! OMG! They're giving me characterizations! I hate it! Man, what a douche-monger.
I only watched the first season of Lost and hated it, but that's just me. As for his comments, it makes him an asshat.

As far as his review, it's awful and pointless. OMG! This is too slow! OMG! They're giving me characterizations! I hate it! Man, what a douche-monger.
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9:29PM on 11/23/2010
I aboslutely loathed the end of Lost and I was a die hard fan up until then. I started to realize near the end of season 6 that the show wasn't going anywhere and that the end would most likely be a let-down, which it was. What pissed me off the most was that Lindelof had said in interviews that the end of the show had nothing to do with them being dead or in purgatory. Also, if you beat the shitty Lost video game at the end there was a scene almost identical to Jack dying in the woods and
I aboslutely loathed the end of Lost and I was a die hard fan up until then. I started to realize near the end of season 6 that the show wasn't going anywhere and that the end would most likely be a let-down, which it was. What pissed me off the most was that Lindelof had said in interviews that the end of the show had nothing to do with them being dead or in purgatory. Also, if you beat the shitty Lost video game at the end there was a scene almost identical to Jack dying in the woods and seeing the plane overhead. Just plain terrible writing for the last season if you ask me.
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8:55PM on 11/23/2010
LOST is one of my favorite shows of all time and thought the series finale was very satisfying. There was no other way for the show to end.
LOST is one of my favorite shows of all time and thought the series finale was very satisfying. There was no other way for the show to end.
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8:47PM on 11/23/2010
I was satisfied with the ending of Lost.
I was satisfied with the ending of Lost.
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8:32PM on 11/23/2010
He shouldn't apologize. The show was flawed but the final season was great.
He shouldn't apologize. The show was flawed but the final season was great.
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8:20PM on 11/23/2010
WTF. He's such a huge fan of the Harry Potter books that he's read all of them 2 times. Some even three! I don't know about you guys, I think I could read a mediocre book 2 freaking times. I've read each Harry Potter about 30 times and I still haven't tired of it. That's not bragging or some crap, but reading a book twice doesn't make you a HUGE fan. It means you liked the book enough to read it again.

Also, his sole reason for hating the movie seems to be that it's the first half of a two
WTF. He's such a huge fan of the Harry Potter books that he's read all of them 2 times. Some even three! I don't know about you guys, I think I could read a mediocre book 2 freaking times. I've read each Harry Potter about 30 times and I still haven't tired of it. That's not bragging or some crap, but reading a book twice doesn't make you a HUGE fan. It means you liked the book enough to read it again.

Also, his sole reason for hating the movie seems to be that it's the first half of a two part epic. He says there's a lot of wandering in the woods. Yeah that was in the books you claim to love. Another thing that really bothers me is this bit:

"Dumbledore told them there were six remaining horcruxes at the end of the last movie. Simple math would dictate that they would destroy, if not locate, at least THREE in the first film. How many do they destroy? ONE. How many more do they locate? ZERO."

First off, Dumbledore said no such thing because guess what fucktard, if you've read the book, you'd know that by the end of the 6th movie, not 1 (the ring), but 2 (the Diary) have been destroyed and with the destruction of the locket, that makes 3 horcruxes destroyed. Exactly what you wanted. Also, 3 of the horcruxes aren't even mentioned in the books till they get to the Battle of Hogwarts, which is definitely the climax of the final movie. That basically means that they have the entire nonclimax bits of the next movie to find one horcrux. I'd say that that's more than enough time.

Seriously, the guy that wrote Lost, one of the slowest most meandering shows in the history of television that he says was all about the characters and not about the plot is bitching that Harry Potter finally took the time to flesh out the characters and give them some depth.

I don't care about Lost but this Lindelof guy sounds like an idiot and if that review is any insight into the quality of his writing and thought processes, it's a fucking miracle he has a career in this business.
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9:09PM on 11/23/2010
you know why the guys pissy and wont answer questions about his own story? because he doesnt even know. and if he read the boks twice his retension musnt be that good since he apairently cant remember simple plot points.
you know why the guys pissy and wont answer questions about his own story? because he doesnt even know. and if he read the boks twice his retension musnt be that good since he apairently cant remember simple plot points.
2:16PM on 11/24/2010
Professor Oldman, I agree completely with everything you said, particularly with the "two-fer" rule, and the Potter-fact gaffes of his critique. For a film/television writer of his reputed ability, his critiques are rather...well, lame.
Professor Oldman, I agree completely with everything you said, particularly with the "two-fer" rule, and the Potter-fact gaffes of his critique. For a film/television writer of his reputed ability, his critiques are rather...well, lame.
8:08PM on 11/23/2010
I loved LOST. Having unanswered questions made it feel like a world that truly existed and like there were more mysteries yet to be explored. Much better ending than - 'That's that now please move along.' I had no idea that many people had been whining about it.
I loved LOST. Having unanswered questions made it feel like a world that truly existed and like there were more mysteries yet to be explored. Much better ending than - 'That's that now please move along.' I had no idea that many people had been whining about it.
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8:06PM on 11/23/2010

The apology helps...

The apology helps. Now if he can just admit that the finale was a huge cop out, I'd be good with him. He and Carlton provided me with mostly 6 seasons of great T.V. I just think they fumbled at the end. I'm not the only one.

Keep in mind, folks apologized for Jar-Jar too, it took a couple of years for folks to really catch on about the atrocity which Lucas had comitted.
The apology helps. Now if he can just admit that the finale was a huge cop out, I'd be good with him. He and Carlton provided me with mostly 6 seasons of great T.V. I just think they fumbled at the end. I'm not the only one.

Keep in mind, folks apologized for Jar-Jar too, it took a couple of years for folks to really catch on about the atrocity which Lucas had comitted.
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7:58PM on 11/23/2010
Could it be that he is not a good enough writer to answer the questions? The last season in a word-GAY.
Could it be that he is not a good enough writer to answer the questions? The last season in a word-GAY.
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8:18PM on 11/23/2010
Try re-watching it. It's a lot better the second time around. Still not as good as seasons 1 or 3, but at least on a plane with the others.
Try re-watching it. It's a lot better the second time around. Still not as good as seasons 1 or 3, but at least on a plane with the others.
7:38PM on 11/23/2010
only one phrase still comes to mind.

Fuck you Lindelof.
only one phrase still comes to mind.

Fuck you Lindelof.
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7:00PM on 11/23/2010

He's not apologizing for the show or the ending...

For those who are confused. He's apologizing for implying that people who had complaints about it weren't really "fans". Which is a statement he SHOULD apologize for.
For those who are confused. He's apologizing for implying that people who had complaints about it weren't really "fans". Which is a statement he SHOULD apologize for.
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6:44PM on 11/23/2010
I'm torn on this, since, yes, the producers really don't owe people an apology because they did it on their own terms and most haters were expecting the equivalent of the cure for cancer out of the finale, anyway. However, I also feel there was adequate room for 18-20 episodes in each of the last 3 seasons than the 16 apiece we got from them.
I'm torn on this, since, yes, the producers really don't owe people an apology because they did it on their own terms and most haters were expecting the equivalent of the cure for cancer out of the finale, anyway. However, I also feel there was adequate room for 18-20 episodes in each of the last 3 seasons than the 16 apiece we got from them.
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6:40PM on 11/23/2010
I didn't like the ending that much but the series is still one of the best series to grace the television.
I didn't like the ending that much but the series is still one of the best series to grace the television.
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6:37PM on 11/23/2010
No apologies were needed. You just cant make everyone happy, thats a fact. If people are going to take it seriously and cry cause they didnt like the ending of the show, as if it was a matter of life or death, then maybe it just means they spend too much time in front of the TV set.
No apologies were needed. You just cant make everyone happy, thats a fact. If people are going to take it seriously and cry cause they didnt like the ending of the show, as if it was a matter of life or death, then maybe it just means they spend too much time in front of the TV set.
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6:32PM on 11/23/2010
Maybe it was a bit harsh to claim you're not a fan if you didn't like the way the series ended, but I don't think Damon should have to apologize for anything. They ended it the way they wanted to end, do we really need every last bit spoon fed to us? Sure I would have liked a few more answers, but I respect they had the balls to run with an open ended finale. Perhaps Lost bit off more than it could chew, but it was a hell of a ride, huh?
Maybe it was a bit harsh to claim you're not a fan if you didn't like the way the series ended, but I don't think Damon should have to apologize for anything. They ended it the way they wanted to end, do we really need every last bit spoon fed to us? Sure I would have liked a few more answers, but I respect they had the balls to run with an open ended finale. Perhaps Lost bit off more than it could chew, but it was a hell of a ride, huh?
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6:23PM on 11/23/2010

dont undertstand

Damon doesnt have to apologize for anything. Not a thing! If it was for Damon and others, Lost would not be in our memories as it always will be since shows on tv suck and does not get you involved with the story the way LOST did
Damon doesnt have to apologize for anything. Not a thing! If it was for Damon and others, Lost would not be in our memories as it always will be since shows on tv suck and does not get you involved with the story the way LOST did
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6:21PM on 11/23/2010
Does Deathly Hallows also have a glowing urine cave, a hot tub with a huge stone cork, and a happy huggy ending in Hogwart's nondenominational holy room?
Does Deathly Hallows also have a glowing urine cave, a hot tub with a huge stone cork, and a happy huggy ending in Hogwart's nondenominational holy room?
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6:18PM on 11/23/2010
I must say, it would of been nice to have some more definitive answers to the shows mythology. I feel it was still an amazing ride, and entertaining all the way through. The ending was a solid episode, with some great moments, however I still feel I didnt get the answers that I deserved. I expected the show to blow my mind...and it didnt, but it did make me feel good about the characters, and if the show was about the characters the whole time, then it was great! However, the island to me was
I must say, it would of been nice to have some more definitive answers to the shows mythology. I feel it was still an amazing ride, and entertaining all the way through. The ending was a solid episode, with some great moments, however I still feel I didnt get the answers that I deserved. I expected the show to blow my mind...and it didnt, but it did make me feel good about the characters, and if the show was about the characters the whole time, then it was great! However, the island to me was the most important character...and that character didnt have enough meat to satisfy my stomach completely...I still love lost, and still consider myself a fan.
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