A Surprising Halt in LOST’s Final Season
As a passionate fan and writer, I can’t help but feel a little disappointed with the recent news about LOST’s sixth and final season. It appears that the momentum we’ve been enjoying so far is about to take an unexpected break. Episode fourteen, initially scheduled to air on April 27, has been pushed back a week and will now air on May 4. This leaves a two-week gap between episodes thirteen and fourteen, with the latter airing on April 20.
So, what’s the reason for this sudden break in the schedule? Is it due to a major event like the Olympics or a Presidential address? Surprisingly, no. Instead, the timeslot on April 27 will be filled with a rerun of episode nine, “Ab Aeterno.” While it’s undoubtedly a great episode, it’s hard not to feel a little let down by this decision. Like Charlie (pictured right), we’ll be craving our LOST fix during those two long weeks.
A First for the Series: Two Episodes in One Week
Despite the disappointment, this scheduling change does bring about a first for the series. Episode 6.15 will air on May 11, followed by Episode 6.16 on May 18. The series finale, consisting of episodes 6.17 and 6.18, will air on May 23, the Sunday following episode 6.16. This marks the first time in LOST’s history that two episodes will be aired within the same week. Ironically, the episode with the most suspense attached to it will also have the shortest wait time of any episode.
LOST’s History of Midseason Hiatuses
This isn’t the first time LOST has taken a midseason hiatus. Fans will remember the frequent breaks during the first and second seasons. However, the most agonizing wait occurred in season three, which featured a painful break only six episodes into the season. Thankfully, that situation has been avoided since then, but it begs the question: don’t we have shorter seasons to prevent these breaks?
An Unnatural Break as the Finale Looms
Regardless of the reasons behind this scheduling change, it’s hard not to feel that the break will seem unnatural as the series ramps up its final five hours. As a dedicated fan and writer, I can’t help but wonder if this break will impact the overall experience of the show’s conclusion. However, I remain excited to see how these last few episodes play out. Who knows? Perhaps this scheduling change will make the cliffhanger at the end of episode 6.13 much more meaningful, leaving us on the edge of our seats as we eagerly await the series’ grand finale.
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