I have to make sure the PVR is recording Lost every Wednesday just in case I miss the live showing in HD.
At least that is the way it used to be. I have pointed out before in Television drama: It doesn’t stop! that Lost is one of those never-ending shows that eventually will have a sudden drop off in viewership after people give up hope on a conclusion. Well Lost is down one viewer. The show has been removed from my PVR schedule and I’ve found better things to do on Wednesday night from 9-10:01 (don’t get me started on the end time).
I missed Lost in HD two weeks ago so I had to revert to the PVR copy. I sat down, ready to watch the show, then stopped it before they finished the “Previously on Lost…” I realized I didn’t give a crap; I simply didn’t care if there was a new Island, or if Sawyer was eating fish biscuits. Who cares what new special powers Desmond has, or what Locke’s visions are. I just didn’t care anymore. To make matters worse, season three seems to be lacking in easter eggs and the subtlety that made seasons one and two a little more interesting.
The show has dug itself massive hole, with so many sub stories that you could never tie them all up and still make it satisfying. Whatever the big mystery is, it can’t possibly be amazing enough to make three seasons, let alone however many seasons this show will go on for, worth it. This is the best I could come up with:
After eight seasons, Lost finally comes to an end. The passengers of Oceanic Flight 815, and later flights 734, 992, 1872, and 666 have finally discovered the truth behind “The Others” and “The Other’s Others”; the secrets of the main island, the 17 satellite islands, the two moons, alternate universe number 5, and the giant serpent-cow sea monster are finally revealed in a four-part 12hr season finale you won’t want to miss.
A television network, desperate for better ratings against the likes of CSI, Law & Order, and CSI Miami, strives to boost their viewer base with a one-season sci-fi mini-series designed to temporarily capture viewers while the writers think of something better. Little did the survivors know their show would be more popular than they could have ever imagined! They would be stuck on the island, having to deal with writers’ new stupid plot ideas until the show simply did not generate money for ABC any longer. Does ABC finally end the show? Will the islanders write nasty emails to ABC programming directors in protest? Will they be surprised to find they are just pawns in a chessboard of November rating battles? Find out Wednesday!
Yup, that is pretty much the only explanation.