If you’ve seen Ab Aeterno (the ninth episode of season six) before, then you already know that this was one of the only episodes of the season that didn’t feature any footage from the sideways world. As such, we’re uploading it as is, uncut from the way it originally aired. Of course, we’ve still labeled it Lost Revised Episode 09, but that’s purely for continuity purposes.
It’s important for the sake of this project that you see the entire season as it would have appeared without the existence of the sideways world. That includes Ab Aeterno, which therefore takes its place as Episode 09 of Lost Revised. Additionally, this episode represents Lost at its finest — it’s a prime example of just how brilliant this show could be when at its best. If this kind of consideration could have been applied throughout the entire season, there would have been no need for this project in the first place.
We got a note from Dani Rosenoer on Twitter today, pointing us toward his blog post attempting to make some sense out of all the open-ended mysteries on Lost. Some of what he puts forward is speculation regarding things left unexplained, while some of it is wishful thinking as to how things could have been done differently. He’s obviously given it all a lot of thought, and he’s got some very cool ideas. Whether you agree with them or not, it’s worth a read: Lost: Answers @ Rosenoer.com »
As for us, we’ll continue on our humble mission to focus exclusively on revising Season 6. But if you have other interesting Lost-related stuff to send our way, we’d always love to see/hear it!
I had another thought today regarding the conceit behind the sideways world. Obviously, if you’ve read the about page here, you already know my general thinking behind why the sideways storyline was a failed experiment — but there’s yet another flaw that hadn’t occurred to me before. (As if I needed another reason to be doing this.)
As I mentioned earlier, one of the things that bothered me the most about the sideways world was the ultimate revelation that, in the afterlife, “there is no now.” This was a way to explain how all the characters had come back together in death, even though many were still alive at the end of the actual story. Well, let’s say that, just for a minute, we roll with that and say it’s not as much of a cop-out as it really is.
The upshot there is that, once dead, the characters are no longer living in linear time. However, throughout much of the series, we have seen numerous instances of the dead interacting with the living (mostly Hurley), operating very much in linear time. If being freed from this mortal coil indeed takes people into a state of timeless existence, they wouldn’t be interacting with the still-living in this way at all.
Granted, I’m sure plenty of people can come up with an explanation for how this isn’t a real contradiction. I could probably even come up with one myself if I really wanted to. However, it would require some highly elastic thinking, and would, as a result, be more than a bit of a stretch.
Hey guys, I’m working on Episode 06 at the moment, so look at for that soon. In the meantime, I wanted to make sure that everyone got to see Hollywood Reporter writer James Hibberd’s thoughts on the Lost finale. I was just reading it again today, and feel like he nails the reasoning for this project even better than we could ourselves.
Read the beginning below, then click through for the full piece.
My thoughts on the “Lost” finale:
Was it necessary?
Did we need to spend half the final season explaining what happened to all the characters after they died?
The problem with the flash-ultra-forwards was they arguably zapped the final season’s island story of suspense and emotional impact — when Sun and Jin perished, we didn’t even know if they were really truly dead or not. In the finale, we’re told what’s happening right now matters and there are no do-overs. Well, this was news to us, and it came pretty late. Think of how much more intense the entire final season would have been without the flashes that made us question the reality and permanence of the story we were watching.