On letting go: Musings on Lost’s final season one year after the finale

You're probably aware of this, but today is the one-year anniversary of Lost's finale episode, "The End." One year ago, the biggest television phenomenon of the 21st century came to an end, overwhelming some and frustrating/enraging more. For me personally, it's been something of a whirlwind year, especially as far as television goes. I started … Continue reading On letting go: Musings on Lost’s final season one year after the finale

#TVFail Entry 1: Lost, “Stranger in a Strange Land”

The accused: Lost, "Stranger in a Strange Land" (Season 3, Episode 9) The crime: Proving that the Lost creative team had no "real plan" to tell their story. Television’s failures are supposed to be obvious. From the overhyped non-starters that flop from the very beginning (hello, FlashForward, Lone Star) to the much-discussed clumsy conclusions of … Continue reading #TVFail Entry 1: Lost, “Stranger in a Strange Land”

TV Surveillance’s Best of 2010: The Top 60 Episodes, 50-41

2010 has been a fantastic year for television. This year brought us a slew of great new programs and if we include the second halves of all the series that debuted in the fall of 2009 (which I am for these features), we have probably just experienced the best run of newbies since 2004. While … Continue reading TV Surveillance’s Best of 2010: The Top 60 Episodes, 50-41

2009-10 season wrap: Lost

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be summarizing my thoughts on many of the series that ended just as the “official” television season came to a close recently. Overview: The final season of Lost had otherworldly expectations placed upon it -- and that was before the writers decided to introduce a controversial storytelling device in the flash-sideways. … Continue reading 2009-10 season wrap: Lost

TV Surveillance Podcast Episode 2 — Reflections on “The End”

In the second episode of the TV Surveillance Podcast, John Barnett and I talk for a good 2.5 hours about "The End," the finale episode of Lost and also reflect on the series as a whole. We've planned another podcast in the near future to do some wrapping up, but if you're still jonesin' for … Continue reading TV Surveillance Podcast Episode 2 — Reflections on “The End”

Emotion over “answers” — Discussing storytelling approaches in the finales of Lost and Supernatural

With the round of season finales out of the way for all the major broadcast television series, I've been thinking about which finales were the most effective and why. You know, because I have absolutely nothing to do with my life during the summer -- or any time for that matter. Anyway, what is most … Continue reading Emotion over “answers” — Discussing storytelling approaches in the finales of Lost and Supernatural

Lost, “The End” Part Two — Evaluating character arcs in both universes

I've decided to avoid adding more bold sectioned-off updates to my original recap of the Lost series finale, "The End" and start a brand new post. You can view my initial set of ramblings here before jumping in to this post. For starters, I want to discuss the characters, since that's what the whole episode … Continue reading Lost, “The End” Part Two — Evaluating character arcs in both universes