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Lost almost concluded with a battle atop a giant Volcano

04.10.2017

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Be warned, there are spoilers for Lost ahead. When Lost reached its conclusion in 2010, it generated quite a lot of heated opinion surrounding the final episode, with some despising it and others doing all they could to defend it, but according to Lost show-runners Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof, the events of the finale could have been much bigger with the addition of a giant volcano. During Lost's third season, Cuse and Lindelof introduced the presence of a volcano with the intention of keeping it as an option for the series' end-game, but the pair told Entertainment Weekly that once preparations began for Lost's final season, the network put the kibosh on the volcano-based finale.

ABC was like, ‘Guys, we love you, and we’re letting you end the show; we can’t let you bankrupt the network in the process.’

You mean ABC wasn't willing to send their cast and crew up the side of a volcano and spend millions more for visual effects? My goodness. The writers had envisioned the island as a cork bottling up all of the evils of the world and Damon Lindelof said that "the question was always, how do you basically visualize and dramatize the idea that the island itself is all that separates the world from hellfire and damnation? And the answer was the volcano." Although the volcano would have featured prominently in the finale, it would have been properly introduced in Across The Sea, the series' third-to-last episode which told the origin story of Jacob (Mark Pellegrino) and his unnamed brother, The Man in Black (Titus Welliver). After The Man in Black killed his adoptive mother, a furious Jacob would have dragged him up the slopes of the volcano and tossed him into the crater, prompting his transformation into the smoke monster.

The finale then would have found Jack (Matthew Fox) and The Man in Black (Terry O'Quinn) battling over the fate of the island atop the volcano, with Lindelof adding that there was going to be "lots of seismic activity, and ultimately, there was going to be this big fight between the forces of good and the forces of evil, which ended up in the series manifesting as Jack and The Man in Black, in the midst of magma. Magma spewing everywhere!" After ABC decided that this wasn't exactly realistic for the budget, the location of the source of the island's power was then changed to the cave of light and the final battle took place on the cliffs of Oahu. A little less impressive visually, but Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof came to accept that the decision was for the best, partly because they remembered STAR WARS: REVENGE OF THE SITH and that the "big epic battle between Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi" would have made whatever they did "look Mickey Mouse next to it."

What are your thoughts on the finale of Lost all these years later, and would it have been improved (or hindered) by setting the climatic battle on a volcano?

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2:17PM on 04/14/2017
@gibsoncar - Stinks you feel that way. I personally enjoyed the ending, the show was ultimately more about the characters and their stories; not answering ever single mystery they threw at you.
@gibsoncar - Stinks you feel that way. I personally enjoyed the ending, the show was ultimately more about the characters and their stories; not answering ever single mystery they threw at you.
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2:25PM on 04/11/2017

I will forever have resentment towards this show...

All of the water cooler discussions, all of the constant guessing and hypothesizing, all of that trouble to make sure I was front and center in front of this show, and it just pissed itself. Whoever says that the journey is better than the ending... we deserved better. Lazy, no good, lying, writers. I can't even enjoy seeing these actors in other works because it reminds me of what a let down that show was. Its like expecting the riddle of all riddles to be solved and instead, you get two
All of the water cooler discussions, all of the constant guessing and hypothesizing, all of that trouble to make sure I was front and center in front of this show, and it just pissed itself. Whoever says that the journey is better than the ending... we deserved better. Lazy, no good, lying, writers. I can't even enjoy seeing these actors in other works because it reminds me of what a let down that show was. Its like expecting the riddle of all riddles to be solved and instead, you get two handfuls of applesauce.
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6:12AM on 04/11/2017
I just thought maybe the little tiny creek cave with the light in it was the substitute for the vulcano. Haha.
I just thought maybe the little tiny creek cave with the light in it was the substitute for the vulcano. Haha.
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4:54AM on 04/11/2017

Why are people talking about the ending?

The ending of the show was when the characters met at the church and crossed over together. If they had used this volcano idea, the ending would've been the same.

Seeing JACK and M.I.B. fighting was awesome, but it did feel a little out of place. LOST was never an action show. The fight worked because it was 2 non-fighting-experts fighting under the rain. The lava explosions would've made it too over the top. Also, how would JACOB have dragged his brother? He was physically capable but, at
The ending of the show was when the characters met at the church and crossed over together. If they had used this volcano idea, the ending would've been the same.

Seeing JACK and M.I.B. fighting was awesome, but it did feel a little out of place. LOST was never an action show. The fight worked because it was 2 non-fighting-experts fighting under the rain. The lava explosions would've made it too over the top. Also, how would JACOB have dragged his brother? He was physically capable but, at some point during the (long) trip, he would've realized that what he was doing is wrong. The scene they did use works because JACOB pushing him to the cave was out of momentary rage.
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3:45AM on 04/11/2017
I miss LOST. The ending was controversial, but it was ok for me. LOST was about the characters and the mysteries. Still a great show.
I miss LOST. The ending was controversial, but it was ok for me. LOST was about the characters and the mysteries. Still a great show.
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12:57AM on 04/11/2017
Six years of my life I won't get back.
Six years of my life I won't get back.
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12:26AM on 04/11/2017

SOunds way better

Then the shit ending we got. What a stupid way to end what could of been an amazing show. After that ending I made LOST get LOST from my mind. And its not about not getting it, there was nothing to get LOL. It's just didn't fit with the entire premise of the show. They were throwing all these weird things at us not explaining them and you would think they would of and it just ends with them all being in some purgatory big fucking whoop.
Then the shit ending we got. What a stupid way to end what could of been an amazing show. After that ending I made LOST get LOST from my mind. And its not about not getting it, there was nothing to get LOL. It's just didn't fit with the entire premise of the show. They were throwing all these weird things at us not explaining them and you would think they would of and it just ends with them all being in some purgatory big fucking whoop.
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10:14PM on 04/10/2017

My thumbs down is for Damon Lindelof.

He's a good writer until he has to write an ending. He's awful when it comes to writing an ending. He did that with Lost and Tomorrowland.
He's a good writer until he has to write an ending. He's awful when it comes to writing an ending. He did that with Lost and Tomorrowland.
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12:26AM on 04/11/2017
I agree tomorrowland was actually pretty good then that ending happen and guess what I forgot the movie existed just like LOST.
I agree tomorrowland was actually pretty good then that ending happen and guess what I forgot the movie existed just like LOST.
10:05PM on 04/10/2017
Absolutely loved every second of Lost and all of the themes that they presented with each season. I thought the series finale was a perfect way to end the show and say goodbye to all of the characters. I even rank it as one of the best series finales next to Six Feet Under, and The Shield.
Absolutely loved every second of Lost and all of the themes that they presented with each season. I thought the series finale was a perfect way to end the show and say goodbye to all of the characters. I even rank it as one of the best series finales next to Six Feet Under, and The Shield.
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12:58AM on 04/11/2017
Of course you do.
Of course you do.
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