in defense of the lost ending

(Welcome to The Unpopular Opinion, a series where a writer goes to the defense of a much-maligned film or TV show, or sets their sights on something seemingly beloved by all. In this edition: a defense of the final season of the ABC TV series LOST.)

LOST was once at the pinnacle of the early Golden Age of TV. Ambitious, awe-inspiring, and frustrating, it brought forth a new age in serialized primetime television and was perhaps the last great TV show to command the attention of audiences across the country before streaming and prestige cable shows dispersed them.

You remember those glory days, right? The connective flashbacks, the masterful character work, the scavenger hunt for hints, the jaw-dropping cliffhangers. It was like nothing on TV. And it ended seven years ago today, airing its series finale on May 23, 2010.

So it pains me that LOST, one of the most exciting and daring sci-fi TV series — and one of my favorite shows of all time — is met with derision because of its final season. To be sure, it’s an oddly opaque finale for a show that until then, had operated in grays — espousing realist and borderline nihilistic philosophies that called into question the nature and morals of man. But one of the charms of LOST was that it never tried to answer these questions. Yes, it bludgeoned you over the head with that “man of science, man of faith” debate between Jack Shephard (Matthew Fox) and John Locke (Terry O’Quinn), but neither were able to ever really win the upper hand.

The finale changed that. The answer, it seemed to say, was faith. And in a show that depended so heavily on sci-fi tropes and staples, this switcheroo understandably angered people.

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The Ridiculous 6 logo

Netflix is following up the apparent success of its first-ever prestige picture, Cary Fukunaga’s harrowing wartime drama Beasts of No Nation, with something completely different. And we mean completely. The company has just dropped the first trailer for The Ridiculous 6, a Western comedy starring Adam Sandler. Watch the Ridiculous 6 trailer after the jump.  Read More »

Phantom City Creative - Lost 10th

The Lost 10 Year Reunion took place this past weekend in Hollywood and the full event is now online. As part of the annual PaleyFest event, host Paul Scheer spoke with executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse as well as stars Josh Holloway (Sawyer), Yunjin Kim (Sun), Jorge Garcia (Hurley), Ian Somerhalder (Boone), Maggie Grace (Shannon), Henry Ian Cusick (Desmond), and Malcolm David Kelley (Walt). It was a celebration of the 10 years that have passed since the premiere of the show, which helped changed the way the audiences watch and interact with TV. There were some spoilery revelations and many fun stories told.

For those would couldn’t be there, you can now watch the full event embedded below. Read More »

iSteve

It didn’t take long after Steve Jobs‘ death for Hollywood to get moving on films about his singular life. But a year and a half later, the first one out of the gate is one that was originally thought up as a joke just a few months ago.

Last month, Funny or Die announced the imminent release of iSteve, a parodic feature-length film starring former Apple ad campaign star Justin Long as the late tech guru. Two weeks ahead of its online debut, the first trailer has hit the web. Check it out after the jump.

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Steve jobs

Sony’s still figuring out what it wants to do with their Steve Jobs biopic, and Open Road just got cold feet about opening theirs. But out of the blue, a third competing project has arrived on the horizon. Funny or Die — yes, really — has just announced the April 15 online release of iSteve, a parodic take on the late Apple founder.

In an inspired bit of casting, former Mac pitchman Justin Long will take the lead as the turtlenecked tech icon. Jorge Garcia plays Steve Wozniak, while James Urbaniak and Michaela Watkins play Bill and Melinda Gates. Personally, I would’ve loved to see Funny or Die take the “Get a Mac” connection one step further with John Hodgman as Gates, but Urbaniak should bring plenty of laughs as well. Hit the jump to read more.

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Fall doesn’t technically start for another three weeks, but we all know Labor Day is the unofficial turn of the season. In this very late summer edition of TV Bits:

  • MTV announces Jersey Shore will end after Season 6
  • Robin Williams could return to TV with David E. Kelley
  • Jorge Garcia lands a guest spot on Once Upon a Time
  • Yes, Judy Greer will return to Arrested Development
  • And yes, Mike Schur‘s Mose will appear on The Farm
  • NBC has a sneak peak tour planned for Revolution
  • New details emerge on Psycho prequel Bates Motel
  • See stars hanging out on the set of NBC’s Hannibal
  • Alan Ball‘s Cinemax series Banshee gets a teaser
  • American Horror Story teaser finally shows the cast

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Today’s TV Bits runs the gamut from serial killers and motorcycle gang leaders to Canadian pop songstresses. After the jump:

  • A new Dexter teaser reveals the serial killer’s worst nightmare
  • FX dishes up a promisingly tragic new trailer for Sons of Anarchy
  • Bob’s Burgers‘ new Comic-Con poster offers choking first aid tips
  • HBO sets return dates for Boardwalk Empire and Treme
  • Jay Roach teams up with Paul Giamatti for HBO’s K Blows Top
  • Benedict Cumberbatch lands a double guest role on The Simpsons
  • Lost‘s Jorge Garcia could head to ABC’s fairy tale drama Once Upon a Time
  • “Call Me Maybe” singer Carly Rae Jepsen heads to 90210

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After shows, cancelled shows, new shows and no-shows all pop up in this edition of TV Bits:

  • Falling Skies pulls a Walking Dead and will launch its own after show hosted by Wil Wheaton.
  • Despite a huge Internet push, HBO won’t make their On Demand Service HBO Go an a la-carte option.
  • Lost stars Maggie Grace and Jorge Garcia reunite on the set of Californication.
  • The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes has been cancelled and will be replaced by Marvel’s Avengers Assemble.
  • Watch an extended preview of CW’s Arrow, which is coming to San Diego Comic-Con.

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/Film headquarters received a mysterious package today from Alcatraz — the beginning of a viral marketing promotion for the JJ Abrams-produced tv series Alcatraz. Housed inside a worn metal lock box, are a bunch of different items including: A key to an Alcatraz prison cell, a flower, an Alcatraz tour book, a couple postcards (one with an inscription by a young girl named Susie to her “Nana”), a torn page from an “inmates of Alcatraz” guide book, a clipping from an old 1962 newspaper about “The Final Lockdown”, and a page from a magazine which features a look at Dr. Diego Soto’s (played by Jorge Garcia in the tv series) “Inmates of Alcatraz” book.

Letters on the magazine page are circled, which together spell “LEGENDS OF ALCATRAZ”. LegendsOfAlcatraz.com redirects to the official Fox website for the show, but I’m sure that will eventually change. I’m set to head to San Francisco tomorrow to visit Alcatraz and hopefully find out more. I’ve taken photos of all of the items in the package, and included them after the jump.

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Though the small screen retains an unfair reputation as a lesser medium — think of all the snobby types who’ll brag about not owning a television, but would never be so dismissive about books or movies — the truth is that the medium varies as much as any other. Today’s TV Bits runs the gamut from highbrow (a literary adaptation on HBO) to lowbrow (a modeling industry reality show on The CW), with plenty of stuff in between. After the jump:

  • Noah Baumbach’s Jonathan Franzen adaptation The Corrections is a go at HBO
  • HBO will offer an early look at its highly anticipated Luck next month
  • Fox puts new eps of Alcatraz on hold while it goes back for reshoots
  • Burt Reynolds signs on to guest star on FX’s Archer
  • Summer Glau joins Tricia Helfer on TNT’s Scent of the Missing
  • The CW announces start dates for its midseason shows

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