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ABC re-airing “Lost” pilot ahead of series finale

Before we find out how “Lost” ends, ABC plans to remind us how the show began.

The network will re-air the “Lost” pilot on Saturday, May 22, at 8 p.m., according to TV Guide and The Wrap. This sets the stage for five planned hours of “Lost” programming on Sunday, May 23, leading up to the show’s two-hour series finale. Included in the programming will be a two-hour preshow, and a series-capping “Jimmy Kimmel Live” appearance by “Lost” cast and creators.

Is that too much “Lost,” or not enough? So much of that depends on how the show concludes. If we are satisfied, we’ll likely sit through a two-hour back-slap of a congratulations administered by Kimmel.

But I do not envy the “Lost” team, because there is a mountain of expectation lying across their path. I compare it to Stephen King’s conclusion to his “Dark Tower” literary series … and I’m sure “Lost” co-creator Damon Lindelof knows that series quite well. King found the perfect way to wrap his daunting story. I pray “Lost” is equally successful.

About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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  • April 23, 2010 | Permalink |

    I agree King wrapped up The Dark Tower in the only way that could have provided any satisfaction, but even then, some readers hated it. I’m sure that’ll be the case with LOST as well, not matter how it ends.

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