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The 'Lost' Diary --

The End

5/24/2010 5:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Welcome to the final edition of The "Lost" Diary.

Every great magic trick consists of three parts or acts. The first part is called The Pledge. The magician shows you something ordinary: a deck of cards, a bird or a man. He shows you this object. Perhaps he asks you to inspect it to see if it is indeed real, unaltered, normal. But of course... it probably isn't. The second act is called The Turn. The magician takes the ordinary something and makes it do something extraordinary. Now you're looking for the secret ... but you won't find it, because of course you're not really looking. You don't really want to know. You want to be fooled. But you wouldn't clap yet. Because making something disappear isn't enough; you have to bring it back. That's why every magic trick has a third act, the hardest part, the part we call The Prestige." -- Cutter, "The Prestige"

Fair or not, I believe "Lost" will be judged forever based on tonight's finale. "Lost" has been a great show, sure -- it's told some stories, had some great characters, and produced some of the greatest WTF moments in TV history. But, at least for me, it is at its core … a mystery. Mysteries present question and, hopefully, answers.

I don't expect, think or even want "Lost" to answer all my questions in the finale. But sometimes a magic trick is only as good as its reveal. It's time for "Lost" to deliver its prestige.

Let's roll ...

9:00 -- "How long am I going to have to do this job?" -- Jack. Only for about 2.5 more hours. And we're off!

9:01 -- The Oceanic plane with Christian Shepard's body has finally arrived at LAX. Only took six years. I am going to say this now and completely mean it (until I change my mind): I can't give this episode an A without a healthy dose of some Christian Shepard. There I said it.

9:02 -- Slow motion montage at the beginning instead of the traditional slow motion montage at the end. Definitely starting to set the tone.

9:03 -- "Or something." -- Desmond

9:04 -- "No one can tell you why you're here, Kate. Certainly not me." -- Desmond. What percentage of Desmond's lines tonight will sound like they came from Yoda? 50%? 75%?

9:05 -- "MY name is Desmond Hume. And even though you don't realize it, I'm your friend. And as for what I want … I want to leave." -- Desmond. We're at 100% so far.

9:06 -- Jack is passing along Jacob's instructions, which read a little like ransom demands. Head out past by the old shed. There you will you will see a trash can. Put the money there …

9:07 -- "Kinda true, dude. He's worse than Yoda." -- Hurley. That was kinda creepy.

9:08 -- "I gotta bad feeling about this." -- Han Solo, uh, I mean Hurley.

9:10 -- Hurley is trying to jog Sayid's memory (is that the write word?) with a trip to a motel and visit with Charlie.

9:11 -- Hurley shot Charlie with a tranquilizer gun (I am jealous) and while I tried to avoid it … I watched the names in the credits I go by. I can never resist. Let's just say I saw one name that made me very happy …

9:12 -- "Nothing is irreversible." -- Kate

9:13 -- Ben captures Sawyer as he tried to spy on Ben and Not Locke. Did he really think he was going to sneak up on a Smoke Monster?

9:14 -- "I'm sorry I left out the part about the island being at the bottom of the ocean." -- Not Locke. Wasn't the island at the bottom of the ocean in the season premiere?

9:15 -- Vincent? Rose? Bernard? Guess which I am most excited to see …

9:16 -- Bernard was gone for all of about 20 seconds … just enough time to lead Not Locke and Ben directly to Desmond. Sigh.

9:17 -- Desmond agrees to go with Not Locke in return for him promising not hurt Rose and Bernard … ever. Interesting touch there with the "ever."

9:20 -- Desmond knows that Not Locke is taking him somewhere "with a very bright light" … and Ben appears to be carrying some kind walkie-talkie with him. Is he working with someone? Richard, maybe?

9:21 -- Nope, it's Miles … and Richard, who appears to have survived his run-in with Not Locke.

9:22 -- Miles spots Sayid at the concert and immediately calls Sawyer. That's either going to throw a wrench in Desmond's plan … or play right into it. I choose B.

9:23 -- Jin tells Sun there is a doctor coming to see the baby and make sure everything is ok. Hmmm, do we know any doctors that specialize in babies?

9:24 -- Yes we do! Dr. Juliet Carlson. Wait, Carlson?

9:25 -- Juliet is checking Sun's baby … not the first time she's done that.

9:26 -- "Did you see?" -- Sun. I thought the cleaning lady came the other day -- why is it so dusty in here?

9:26 -- "And for the record, you two speak English just fine." -- Juliet

(Side note: the only thing I avoid more than "Lost" promos is commercials/trailers for "Inception." I think it's my favorite movie ever … and I haven't even seen it yet!)

9:30 -- Sawyer catches up with Big Foot, Jacob and Kate to let them know Not Locke is out to destroy the island.

9:31 -- "I'll see you on the other side." -- Jack

9:32 -- "I think I just realized I want to live." -- Richard. Miles found a grey hair on his said … is he free from Jacob's spell now? Can he age? Can he die?

9:33 -- Lapidus!

9:34 -- "In case you haven't noticed, I'm a pilot." -- Lapidus.

9:35 -- Kate tries to shoot Not Locke a few times, cause, you know, she's an idiot. I like when Kate is stupid, it's so old school.

9:36 -- GREAT scene between Jack and Not Locke. I know I jumped on the Jack bandwagon about halfway through the season, but everyone has to be on board by now, right? He is just killing it these days.

9:39 -- No shocker … Juliet is the mother of Jack's son. I think we all saw that coming.

9:40 -- Sawyer walked by Juliet on his way to look for Sun … but didn't "remember" her. Too soon.

9:41 -- Not Locke wants only himself, Jack and Desmond to continue on at this point. Jack agrees, despite not really knowing what to do yet. He sure has a lot of … faith.

9:42 -- "This doesn't matter, you know." -- Desmond. Des is trying to explain to Jack that somehow none of what is going on matters because of, essentially, the flash-sideways.

9:43 -- "Whatever happened, happened." -- Jack

9:47 -- "There are rules, dude." -- Hurley

9:48 -- "I'm sorry, you clearly don't know anything about me." -- Sayid. I need to talk to the maid about this dust problem.

9:49 -- "Sayid." -- Shannon

9:49 -- "Shannon." -- Sayid

9:50 -- "It was worth it." -- Hurley. If I open a window, does that solve my dust problem or make it worse?

9:51 -- Miles, Richard and Lapidus have arrived at the Hydra island and found a gun-toting, conditioner-needing Claire.

9:52 -- Meanwhile, back at the golden waterfall, Jack and Not Locke are lowering Desmond down into the light. My first truly ridiculous sentence that somehow makes sense in the "Lost" universe of the night.

9:53 -- "This remind you of anything Jack? Desmond, going into a hole in the ground. If there was a button down there we could fight about whether or not to push it. Be just like old times ..." -- Not Locke

9:54 -- Great camera shot going down the waterfall, a la the hatch in the finale of season one.

9:58 -- Meanwhile at the concert, everyone is slowly getting into place. To quote one of my favorite movies … it's all happening.

9:59 -- "It's a great pleasure to meet you, Charlotte." -- Farraday

10:00 -- Oh no, something just occurred to me -- I am about to get "You all everybody!" stuck in my head again. Damn you, "Lost"!!!!

10:01 -- The orchestra kicked in and Claire might be about to go into labor. Perhaps I will be spared.

10:02 -- Desmond is walking into the light and it, well, it doesn't seem to be agreeing with him so far.

10:03 -- Desmond moved a rock, the light went out, and now seems to becoming back … red.

10:04 -- "It looks like you were wrong. Goodbye Jack." -- Not Locke

10:05 -- "Looks like you were wrong too." -- Jack, after seeing Not Locke bleed. So … it's a draw then?

10:09 -- Claire is definitely about to go into labor and it looks like Kate might be the one to deliver the child. Sounds familiar.

10:10 -- New rule (copyright Bill Maher) -- Eloise Hawking needs to be in every TV show that airs from now on. Would anyone have a problem with that? And I don't mean the actress, I mean the character. Every show. I'd even watch "Two and a Half Men" if she were on. Ok, I went too far there.

10:11 -- "Water and blankets?" -- Charlie

10:12 -- "it's Aaron." -- Claire. I've run out of dust jokes.

10:14 -- "Do you understand?" -- Desmond

10:15 -- Jack woke up, looking … um, awkward, and went back into the cave looking Desmond. Everything collapsing around me, I probably don't run into an an enclosed space. That's just me.

10:16 -- Sawyer, Kate and Hurley are trying to save Ben. Would you if you were them?

10:17 -- "Son of a bitch." -- Sawyer. Oh my God … is that the last Sawyer "Son of a bitch!" ever? Tear …

10:18 -- I'm going to hold off on adjectives and critique of the episode on the whole so far … but we can all agree that Jack and Not Locke running at each other was like the dumbest thing ever, right? I mean, wow. That was awful. John Woo is watching somewhere and saying to himself, "Really?" The only thing missing was a little slow-mo and a gun in each hand. Let's pretend that never happened.

10:21 -- The Jack/Not Locke fight scene is … ok at best -- but I definitely didn't see the Not Locke stabbing Jack in the stomach part coming.

10:22 -- "I saved you a bullet." -- Kate. Arnold and Sly would be proud with that line.

10:23 -- "You're too late." -- Not Locke. RIP brutha.

10:24 -- And finally the mysterious neck wound is revealed. Brilliant.

10:25 -- "It worked." -- Locke

10:26 -- "You don't remember?" -- Locke. I know he's kinda been there all season, but tonight it's been great to have Locke back.

10:27 -- "I hope that somebody does for you, what you just did for me." -- Locke.

10:31 -- The breaking of the island seems to have stopped, as has the storm. But Jack isn't looking good.

10:32 -- "Just find me some thread and I can count to five." -- Jack. Minor prediction: they all get on the plane, fly away, whatever … and bring Locke's body with them.

10:33 -- "We'll see you there." -- Jin. Brilliant line. Maybe my favorite so far.

10:34 -- Lapidus is doing plane things to get ready to take off.

10:35 -- "Sounds like they're making progress." -- Ben. Quick question: not that it matters, but is there a "bad guy" anymore? Something to defeat?

10:36 -- "No way, you think I'm going down that? I'm with you, dude." -- Hurley

10:42 -- "I don't believe in a lot of things, but I believe in duct tape." -- Miles

10:43 -- "It worked." -- Juliet

10:44 -- "We can go dutch." -- Juliet

10:50 -- "It's over." -- Kate

10:51 -- I can't decide if I think Island Kate is hotter than Not Island Kate tonight. Tough call.

10:52 -- "No, that's now how you know me." -- Kate

10:53 -- Jack had his flash when Kate touched his face -- but to be fair, I'd see all sorts of crazy shit too if she touched me.

10:54 -- Jack, Hurley and Ben are back at the light, which is no longer lit. Seeing as we saw the island at the bottom of the ocean back in the premiere, we know they fail … right?

10:55 -- Jack tells Hurley that he is supposed to protect the island now -- which actually makes a little sense, seeing as how Hurley has been sort of Jacob-esque in the flashsideways tonight.

10:56 -- Jack made Hurley drink dirty creek water and didn't say the magical incantation. I am little suspicious at this point …

10:57 -- "Now you're like me." -- Jack. Still not buying it.

10:58 -- Jack is down in the light cave and Desmond is there, not looking so hot.

10:59 -- "i'll see you in another life, brother." -- Jack. Sounds better when Desmond says it, but still cool.

11:00 -- Sawyer, Kate and Claire are making a run for the plane -- but Lapidus might take off without them.

11:01 -- Jack put the peg back in the hole (?) but it doesn't seem to have done anything.

11:02 -- "Here we go, Frank." -- Lapdius. You can do it, Lawnmower Man!

11:03 -- "Amen." -- Lapidus

11:04 -- It just hit me -- Jack is about to have a visitor …

11:05 -- The light appears to be starting back up. Better late than never.

11:06 -- "JACK!!!" -- Hurley. Dude, Hurley was kinda rude to Desmond.

11:10 -- Locke is out of the hospital and still using his wheelchair. Baby steps.

11:11 -- "I'm very sorry for what I did to you, John." -- Ben.

11:12 -- Apparently Ben wants to stay -- whatever that means at this point -- I am guessing to be with Alex and Rousseau.

11:13 -- Said it before, I'll say it again -- good to have the old Locke back.

11:14 -- "That's how Jacob ran things. Maybe there's another way. A better way." -- Ben. How will Hurley get Desmond back to Penny?

11:15 -- "You were a great number two." -- Ben to Hurley. I have to ask … who does Number Two work for?

11:16 -- Kate and Jack have finally arrived at the church for Christian's funeral.

11:17 -- Jack's alive. End of scene. That was simple.

11:18 -- Minor prediction: Jack is in the coffin. i don't know, just work with me.

11:19 -- Or it's empty. But it has to be him that goes back in the coffin, right?

11:20 -- CHRISTIAN!!!!!!

11:21 -- "How are you here?" -- Christian. Touche.

11:22 -- "I died too." -- Jack. Um, ok.

11:23 -- "There is no now, here." -- Christian. Um, ok.

11:24 -- "This is the place you all made together so you can find one another. The most important part of your life, was the time you spent with these people. That's why all of you are here. Nobody does it alone, Jack. You needed all of them and they needed all of you." -- Christian

11:25 -- Slow motion montage time.

11:26 -- Sucks that Michael wasn't invited. Or Walt. "Lost" is racist! Kidding.

11:27 -- Weird we didn't get a Desmond/Penny moment.

11:30 -- Jack lying on his back, plane flies overhead, and like that … it's over.

(About 10 minutes after I finished watching "Lost," one of my bosses called -- Brittany Murphy's husband was found dead and there was a surreal five minute interview with Lindsay Lohan online. So it's 12:40 AM PT and I have to be at work in less than five hours -- if this part feels rushed incomplete or incoherent, that's why. Sucks. I have been waiting six years to write this part. Oh well.)

A few hypothetical questions to start:

-- You've just watched the "Lost" finale. Suppose a dying friend comes to you. He's only got like a day left to live and he's never seen "Lost." He's giving you … let's say 5-10 minutes of his time. "Hey pal," he says. "I never saw 'Lost' but I don't want to die without knowing what it was about. Don't worry about spoilers, cause I'll be dead tomorrow, just explain it to me. There was a plane crash, right? The island was magic or something? In five minutes, explain 'Lost' to me … go."

What would you say? Where would you start? Do you even know the answer to that question right now?

-- Better question. I had this conversation with my friend Josh today when discussing just how important the finale was to how "Lost" will will be remembered.

If a friend came to you and said, "Hey pal, I am going to star Netflixing 'Lost.' Figured I would just plow through all six seasons. I should do it, right?"

Now that you've seen the finale, what would you tell him? Was it worth it? If the finale was truly awful (which it wasn't) -- would you have told him not to watch any of it? Would you have told him/her to avoid the whole thing since it doesn't pay off in the end?


Man of Science, Man of Faith

In TV terms, I am a Man of Science (or at least I am to make this analogy work, so bear with me). I like plot. I like story. I only watch shows that have a long-reaching story arcs, no mystery of the week shows for me. So I watched "Lost" for its mythology -- I loved the questions, searched for the answers.

My friend Aaron probably falls in the Man of Faith camp. Sure, he loves that other stuff too -- but he's more into characters. He's argued with me for years that "Lost" is a character study (sort of disguised as a sci-fi show).

For 119 hours, I was a Man of Science -- in hours 120-121.5 I think I became a Man of Faith.

The finale didn't satisfy my Man of Science side, I don't think it ever could have. To be honest, right now, at 12:53 AM, I don't understand the last five minutes. Ok, the flash sideways were never real -- they were Jack's imagination. Maybe? I don't know.

But for every single second leading up to those last five minutes, I was certain I was watching the greatest episode of television I had ever seen.

The whole time, I was thinking of my second question -- what would I do tomorrow or the next day if someone asked me if they should watch "Lost"? -- and all I kept thinking was it was my goal in life to make everyone I know watch "Lost." Every single person should experience that finale. Up until the last five minutes, I was thinking of each person I knew that had never seen "Lost" and how I was going to pitch it to them.

"Lost" is 119 hours of build up … to the greatest 2.5 hour payoff of all-time.

I was converted -- Man of Science, meet Man of Faith.

Then the last five minutes happened … and my Man of Science was a little pissed. Still is.

But I am going to have a little faith.

Sometime between now and the time I die, I am hoping I will read or see something that will help explain it to me. Probably won't satisfy me completely, but I am hoping I find something that will do the trick.

The finale was so amazing though … I wonder if it even matters.

I give tonight's episode an A+. It wasn't what I was expecting -- I don't think it was even what I wanted -- but, like so much of "Lost" before it, it was unlike anything I have ever seen. Truly without peer.

So I don't think this is goodbye just yet. I am sure I will have some ideas and thoughts that trickle in.

But this is the last "Diary," so I feel I should say a few things to those of you who have been reading me for years.

Thank you. I used to write the Diary as a way of sharing my experience of watching "Lost" with my friends. Over the years, as schedules became more hectic, I watched with fewer and fewer people -- until eventually I was watching the bulk of the episodes by myself.

But I wasn't really -- in a way, I was watching with all of you.

So for that, I am thankful.

See ya in another life, brutha ...

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Thanks TMZ for the great synopsis of Lost. I could never watch the show because every time I did, I got 'lost'. Someone would die and then they would be back a few episodes later. Then everyone managed to get off the island back to normal lives and then they have to go back for some reason? How did they find an unmapped island that they crash-landed on in the first place? What did the polar bear on a tropical island represent? Anyways. The only part of this show that I did understand was the ending since I knew then that all this time everyone was dead from the start and they didn't know it and this party was a ruse to lure them to get them finally to their final destination. So, I liked the ending because it was the only part of this show that made sense.

1614 days ago


lost brought my boyfriend and i closer every week we met for lost night...
he got the finale but i didnt at first but now i was A++
but many questions unanswered...why did whitmore go back t othe island???is he also dead??? why was penny there??
why wasnt richard???
brilliant writting though....

1614 days ago

Sam G    

I really believe that your recap of the finale is the most accurate I have read. And I must say I totally agree. The ending for me was totally satisfying. What a beautiful story. True it was unexpected but it was beautiful nonetheless. It did not answer all of the questions/mysteries of the island but in the end I found myself not really minding that. It was good to see the characters that we all loved so much together in the end. I feel bad for all of those viewers that did not like the ending. I don't think they got "it". The story was about the characters and what they went thru and how Jack's dad summed it up in the end.."they needed you and you needed them" I took from it that we should cherish those in our lives even if we don't understand thier relavence. The philosopy that everything is on it's way to somewhere else is in life or afterlife is comforting. IMHO that is what Lost was all about....even if I didn't know it until the very end. RIP Lost!!!!!

1614 days ago

Dallas shower scene    

What a waste.
I watched religiously. I was hooked from day one. And to end it the way they did was horrid. And to suggest that more answers will be revealed in a DVD is scandalous! They lost this fan. No re-runs for me. No DVDs. Nothing.
Years ago the producers promised that it would not be about purgatory. Remember that?!
It wasn't meant to be a happy ending - why did they feel they needed it to be all happy?!
What a waste.
Shame on you.

1614 days ago


I quit watching it during the middle of the second season when I realized the only ending would be a supranational one. That coupled with the fact the writers didn't have an ending then, and would make things up as the series went along for however long the series lasted (also an unknown) meant it was a fantasy cartoon in progress...not my cup of tea. The discussions, clues, etc that followed were ludicrous...much like the discussions, hidden meanings, etc about comic books in the late 60's and early 70's that the "love children" engaged in. What a waste of time. The writers painted themselves into corners from which there was no escape, then told us we didnt need to know. Yeah, right.

1614 days ago


I was waiting all day to read your commentary - as much as I rate this episode a D- - I rate YOU dear LOST Dairy Writer - a super A+ for keeping me in touch! I will miss reading your updates.

In another life...right back at ya!


1614 days ago


I am in LOST withdrawal because I was a LOST junkie. Whenever I missed an episode I would go to to get my fix. I plan on purchasing the entire series when it’s available but was wondering if you would consider making all your reviews available (from day one) for download? There are things that happened through the years that I did not understand and had no one to talk to about it. I did not discover your review until the last season. PLEASE!!

1614 days ago


I just wanted to say the last Lost diary entry made me feel better about the finale. I still feel dissatisfied with the Hamlet style ending but agree the episode was good and a good way to end. I just wish I understood the last five minutes;-)

1613 days ago


126. I quit watching it during the middle of the second season when I realized the only ending would be a supranational one.

Posted at 9:33 AM on May 26, 2010 by Uh

"supranational" ? LOL, no wonder you had to quit watching it..LOL
You had to have a brain to enjoy it.

1613 days ago


I'm slow clapping right now...

1613 days ago


i must say that commentary was the best i,ve read after countless readings off the net. i cannot image not recommending a non-viewer to watch the most original best acted and written show ever. but to see it without the anticipation of waiting for another season to start isn't what the show had in mind. seeing everybody back was the best feeling ever and even thinking that thats what could take place at the end was truly bringing faith back to humanity.

1612 days ago



1607 days ago


This was an awesome ending to the best show I have ever seen. I rate it an A+ And your diary mad it even better. I spent nearly 2 hours crying especially evertime someone "remembered".

As you said "See you in another life brotha"

1607 days ago


Rewatching from episode one and totally missing new entries of the diary. Any chance of a rewatch with new entries????

1005 days ago
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