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question of the day: Will ‘Lost’ end as (un)satisfyingly as ‘Battlestar Galactica’?

A few days ago, reader JoshDM emailed me a suggestion for a QOTD: Will Lost end as (un)satisfyingly as Battlestar Galactica? I responded that maybe it would be better to wait until after the finale and then ask what everyone thought of the ending. And that was my plan: to wait.

And then, last night, I watched the penultimate episode of Lost. And I’m wondering if JoshDM mightn’t be on to something. Though I suspect I’m going to hate the ending of Lost in a way that I did not hate the ending of BSG.

Back in January, I asked you to speculate on how Lost would end, and then, JoshDM offered an interesting scenario for what’s really been going on with the island all these years; this week’s episode appears to have proven the point that reader CB offered in response to JoshDM:

JoshDM’s theory is fifty times more thought-out and logical than anything the creators have actually thought of as they winged it through five seasons

Because if all ends with everybody ending up happily listening to music in the audience of Jack’s son’s recital, I’m gonna be pretty pissed. As long ago as January 2008, I was asking whether we would finally get some resolution to the mysteries of Lost… and I’m still waiting. And I’m not hopeful that anything will be resolved. And I’m pissed off that the characters have been reduced to chess pieces on a board, and no longer feel like real people to me.

Anyway: Will Lost end as (un)satisfyingly as Battlestar Galactica?

Talk about it for a few days, and then we’ll come back on Monday, after this Sunday’s two-hour finale, and wrap it up.

(If you have a suggestion for a QOTD, feel free to email me. Responses to this QOTD sent by email will be ignored; please post your responses here.)

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