And the Title for the LOST Series Finale Is…

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Lost has had some clever titles in the past.  The first Locke-centric episode was called “Walkabout”, when learning about Kate’s criminal past, the episode was dubbed “What Kate Did”, or the Ben-centric episode, “The Man Behind the Curtain,” which played on the reference to Ben’s fake name when he was first discovered by the Oceanic survivors: “Henry Gale” (Dorothy’s uncle in The Wizard of Oz).  These are just a few of the many clever names that have been pulled up in the Lost‘s 112 episodes so far.

Now the title for the final episode has been unveiled.  For those trying to avoid any and all spoilers about the final season, I’m not sure why you started reading this article.  For everyone else who won’t be bothered by the title (or by my thoughts on this week’s episode and the new season thus far), hit the jump.

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“The End”

If you’ve ever watched an interview with executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, then you’re familiar with their sense of humor and that direct little title shouldn’t be that surprising.  I would have also expected the titles, “See, We Did Have a Plan” and “Yes, Some People Will Be Disappointed”.

But for those of us who have reached this point, it’s too late to turn back now.  I’ve been slightly under-whelmed by the season thus far.  It’s had its moments, but it doesn’t have the tight narrative I would expect from a series racing to tie together five seasons of mythology.  Instead, we went from the dipshit Dharma hippies to the dipshit Temple hippies.  The characters were also too dispersed and only now have finally coalesced into the Jack-group and the Locke-group (although Jack isn’t leading his group, I just put that name on it to acknowledge a nice, if unintended, dichotomy).

The reaction to this past week’s episode, “Ab Aeterno” (which means “From eternity”), has been highly positive, and I would agree with three-quarters of that positivity.  It was great to learn Richard’s back story, how the island relates to the Man in Black (Titus Welliver, also giving a great performance), or at least according to Jacob (Mark Pellegrino), Nestor Carbonell gave a great performance, and the cinematography was some of the best in the show’s history.

But they spent almost a quarter of the episode showing us the difficulty in escaping the shackles oboard a 19th century sailing vessel.  Way more than necessary.  Something that could have taken 90 seconds tops.  And when Jacob hired Richard as his proxy, I couldn’t help but feel that the time wasted spent on ship-escape-failure could have focused on how Richard built up the army of Others over the years.  Instead, we got another instance of Perfect Dead Wife Shows I’m a Real Person with Love in My Heart.

I liked most of “Ab Aeterno” and the answers it provided, but it was another example of how Lost seems like it’s ambling to the finish line when it should be sprinting.




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  • Zach

    Thats an asinine review like most of the reviews you guys post. The whole point of the shackles scene being driven out was to really let you see how dire the situation had become for Richard. You think you can really let that emotion set in with the audience in 90 secs? How would they have fit the smoke monster tricking Richard by acting as his wife and him trying to escape in 90 secs?

    As far as him recruiting the others, there's still 8 more episodes to go. how do you know they dont plan on expanding more on that within the last 8 episodes?

    This episode was easily in the top 5 episodes of the series for me. You guys are good at reporting news but should really back off giving reviews cause youre horrible at it. Either that or hire someone that knows what theyre talking about.

  • concretelogic

    Lost has always focused more on character moments than mythology, and it seems they are going to continue that right up until the end. I'm sure there are plenty of people who will be disappointed when the final episodes aren't just Jacob sitting down with a mailbag and answering everyone's questions, but for better or worse that is not what this show ever was.

  • PhilV

    Yeah I tend to not agree with anything you said in this review. This episode is very easily top 3 favorite episode for myself. 90 Secs?? Really? That was one of the best parts. Ship getting wreck, smoke monster attacking, man in black conversation. If you do your homework like most LOST fans do you would have listed to the producers when they spoke about this episode that it will be about Richard, but not everything was going to be covered in one episode. They said Richard is a big key to the series ending and his story will play out as the series comes to an end. So please before you start talking crap about the show that most of Your website fans love~ i suggest you think and do your homework first……well said Zach & Concretelogic

  • http://www.3rdillusion.com/ Matt Dean

    Sorry Matt, you're wrong. The time spent with Ricardo trying to escape felt just right. Any less would be trivializing his motivations and decisions for the rest of the episode.

    Final episode title is perfection.

  • junierizzle

    I loved “Ab Aeterno”. It seems like you just want answers and are more intrigued by the mysteries. When in fact what makes LOST great is the performances and drama. Both of which were all over that episode.
    Overall I have been really satisfied with the season so far. Except for SAWYER's episode. That one kind of built up to nothing.

  • MrRich316

    Why are we not talking about turning LOST into feature films? The smoke monster in 3-D!!! I smell tentpole potential…..

  • Zach

    Thats an asinine review like most of the reviews you guys post. The whole point of the shackles scene being driven out was to really let you see how dire the situation had become for Richard. You think you can really let that emotion set in with the audience in 90 secs? How would they have fit the smoke monster tricking Richard by acting as his wife and him trying to escape in 90 secs?

    As far as him recruiting the others, there's still 8 more episodes to go. how do you know they dont plan on expanding more on that within the last 8 episodes?

    This episode was easily in the top 5 episodes of the series for me. You guys are good at reporting news but should really back off giving reviews cause youre horrible at it. Either that or hire someone that knows what theyre talking about.

  • concretelogic

    Lost has always focused more on character moments than mythology, and it seems they are going to continue that right up until the end. I'm sure there are plenty of people who will be disappointed when the final episodes aren't just Jacob sitting down with a mailbag and answering everyone's questions, but for better or worse that is not what this show ever was.

  • PhilV

    Yeah I tend to not agree with anything you said in this review. This episode is very easily top 3 favorite episode for myself. 90 Secs?? Really? That was one of the best parts. Ship getting wreck, smoke monster attacking, man in black conversation. If you do your homework like most LOST fans do you would have listed to the producers when they spoke about this episode that it will be about Richard, but not everything was going to be covered in one episode. They said Richard is a big key to the series ending and his story will play out as the series comes to an end. So please before you start talking crap about the show that most of Your website fans love~ i suggest you think and do your homework first……well said Zach & Concretelogic

  • http://www.3rdillusion.com/ Matt Dean

    Sorry Matt, you're wrong. The time spent with Ricardo trying to escape felt just right. Any less would be trivializing his motivations and decisions for the rest of the episode.

    Final episode title is perfection.

  • junierizzle

    I loved “Ab Aeterno”. It seems like you just want answers and are more intrigued by the mysteries. When in fact what makes LOST great is the performances and drama. Both of which were all over that episode.
    Overall I have been really satisfied with the season so far. Except for SAWYER's episode. That one kind of built up to nothing.

  • MrRich316

    Why are we not talking about turning LOST into feature films? The smoke monster in 3-D!!! I smell tentpole potential…..

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