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LOST Epilogue: The Legacy of LOST (TV Series)

Updated on September 24, 2012

LOST Epilogue

The Legacy of the LOST TV Series
The Legacy of the LOST TV Series

LOST TV Series

A LOST Epilogue
A LOST Epilogue

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LOST Epilogue

A LOST Epilogue: What is the legacy of LOST?

LOST, the television series which enthralled, but also frustrated and divided fans, has finally come to an end after six seasons. Throughout its run LOST challenged television conventions. Its pilot was, and still is, the most expensive ever made, and the show itself continued to be one of the most expensive on television during its run. Its long suffering fans were treated to mysteries, flashbacks, flash forwards, more mysteries, flash sideways, even more mysteries and a growing list of LOST unanswered questions

The Lost Series Finale Promo Trailer

LOST TV Series One

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LOST TV Series Five

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LOST TV Series Six (the final season)

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Writing a LOST epilogue is a contentious affair, such is the passion of LOST fans. It leaves a legacy of movie level production values being brought to a television series, and a highly serialized format. However, its greatest legacy is the tricking of many main stream viewers into watching a science fiction show. Eventually audience members clicked onto this, and LOST began to lose fans due to some of the farfetched story lines. However, many fans new to science fiction stayed and many new shows have tried to recreate the formula that made such an audience possible. Flash Forward tried and failed, and Heroes succeeded for a while but has also floundered.

LOST took unprecedented steps in interacting with its zealous fan base. Blogs and podcasts exploded over the internet. Lostpedia, an amazing user- generated online encyclopedia for LOST facts and theories, was frequently endorsed by the show’s producers and cast. Short LOST ‘mobisodes’ were produced as additional viewing for fans. An online game was created that gave fans the opportunity to get additional information about some of the show’s mysteries. This all culminated in one of the biggest, most analytical and most rabid online fan communities that popular culture has ever seen.

However, in many ways LOST created a monster, and not just of the 'smoke' variety. They had created an audience that would make the LOST finale one of the biggest television events ever. Not for the amount of people that watched it, but the way in which people watched it. LOST parties were held all over the world. People took days off from work, and even non-fans buzzed about the pending finale. However, they had created an audience they couldn’t satisfy. Their fans are critical and had high expectations and many questions. Answers weren’t coming though. LOST had got itself into a right mess there, and just couldn’t answer them. Too many questions, too little time. When they tried, fans weren’t satisfied with the answer, such as when they tried to explain what the ‘whispers’ were.

So what could they do? The best way to end the series was a finale fans found emotionally satisfying and cathartic, if not intellectually satisfying. In this sense it was mission accomplished, with an emotional finale sending off the characters the fans were so attached to. Since then the LOST community and even non-LOST fans have debated the topic. Many have simply accepted it for what it was and moved on, happy to overlook the short comings. Many others are accepting the ending, but are unable to overlook the unanswered questions and the lack of relevancy the flash sideways world had with anything previously. A small, but particularly vocal section are furious with the ending, and will likely never forgive the show producers for wasting six years of viewing time.

One thing is clear when analyzing the legacy of LOST: this level of passionate reactions are rare from such a large and varied television audience. It may be some time before another show emerges that evokes fervor on such a grand scale.

The Complete Lost TV Series on DVD and Blu-ray

The Amazon Lost Store

Amazon has a dedicated LOST store. You can find LOST DVDs and Blu-ray discs, watch episodes instantly, and shop for show merchandise.

LOST: The Complete Collection

It's a big investment of time, but if ever a show could benefit from re-watching the whole series, it would be LOST. Check out this LOST Complete Collection DVD set.

LOST: The Complete Collection Special Features:

  • Over 3 Hours of Never-Before-Seen Bonus
  • Letting Go: Reflections of a Six-Year Journey: Join the cast and crew as they take you on a unique tour of Oahu, the island they called home for six years, and share their intimate feelings and stories about the series.
  • Planet Lost: Examine the worldwide phenomenon that is Lost--from Comic-Con to the Da Vinci Festival in Rome.
  • Artifacts Of The Island: Inside the Lost Prop House: The cast, writers, and producers explore the show's legendary props and discuss their significance and emotional ties to the characters.
  • Swan Song: Orchestrating The Final Moments of Lost: The cast and crew wrap their emotional final scenes, accompanied by Michael Giacchino's stirring score.
  • The Lost Slapdowns: Celebrity Lost fans get in the face of executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse with pressing questions about the final season.
  • Lost On Location: Get the inside stories from the cast and crew.
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Collectible Lost Senet game as seen in Season 6
  • Lost Island replica
  • Ankh contains secret message from Jacob
  • Black torch light that reveals additional clues to find the hidden bonus disc
  • Recovered Black Rock Journal Entry written by the producers
  • Exclusive episode guide
  • Episodes plus 32 hours of bonus from all seasons

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LOST Character and Cast List

To illustrate this intricate story telling involved in LOST, check out this list of LOST characters and cast, split into sections:

Main Survivors of Oceanic Flight 815

Played by
Kate Austen
Evangeline Lilly
Boone Carlyle
Ian Somerhalder
Ana Lucia Cortez
Michelle Rodriguez
Michael Dawson
Harold Perrineau
Mr. Eko
Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Nikki Fernandez
Kiele Sanchez
James "Sawyer" Ford
Josh Holloway
Sayid Jarrah
Naveen Andrews
Jin-Soo Kwon
Daniel Dae Kim
Sun-Hwa Kwon
Yunjin Kim
Claire Littleton
Emilie de Ravin
Walt Lloyd
Malcolm David Kelley
John Locke
Terry O'Quinn
Charlie Pace
Dominic Monaghan
Rodrigo Santoro
Hugo "Hurley" Reyes
Jorge Garcia
Shannon Rutherford
Maggie Grace
Jack Shephard
Matthew Fox
Elizabeth "Libby" Smith
Cynthia Watros

Minor survivors of Oceanic Flight 815

Played by
Dr. Leslie Arzt
Daniel Roebuck
Cindy Chandler
Kimberley Joseph
Neil Frogurt
Sean Whalen
Aaron Littleton
William Blanchette
Marshal Edward Mars
Frederic Lehne
Bernard Nadler
Sam Anderson
Rose Nadler
L. Scott Caldwell
Madison and Pono

The Others

Played by
Richard Alpert
Nestor Carbonell
Mikhail Bakunin
Andrew Divoff
Juliet Burke
Elizabeth Mitchell
Hiroyuki Sanada
Tom Friendly
M.C. Gainey
Eloise Hawking
Fionnula Flanagan
Mark Pellegrino
Bea Klugh
April Grace
John Hawkes
Ben Linus
Michael Emerson
Karl Martin
Blake Bashoff
Danny Pickett
Michael Bowen
Ryan Pryce
Brian Goodman
Ethan Rom
William Mapother
Alex Rousseau
Tania Raymonde
Goodwin Stanhope
Brett Cullen
Charles Widmore
Alan Dale

The Kahana

Played by
Naomi Dorrit
Marsha Thomason
Daniel Faraday
Jeremy Davies
Captain Gault
Grant Bowler
Martin Keamy
Kevin Durand
Frank Lapidus
Jeff Fahey
Charlotte Lewis
Rebecca Mader
George Minkowski
Fisher Stevens
Anthony Azizi
Dr. Ray
Marc Vann
Zoe Bell
Miles Straume
Ken Leung

The DHARMA Initiative

Played by
Reiko Aylesworth
Lara Chang
Leslie Ishii
Pierre Chang
Francois Chau
Horace Goodspeed
Doug Hutchison
Roger Linus
Jon Gries
Patrick Fischler
Stuart Radzinsky
Eric Lange

Additional Island Inhabitants

Played by
Brad William Henke
Said Taghmaoui
Anthony Cooper
Kevin Tighe
Desmond Hume
Henry Ian Cusick
Ilana Verdansky
Zuleikha Robinson
Man in Black
Titus Welliver; Terry O'Quinn (In Locke's form)
Danielle Rousseau
Mira Furlan
Fred Koehler
Sheila Kelley

Off-Island Characters

Played by
Matthew Abaddon
Lance Reddick
Diane Janssen
Beth Broderick
Nadia Jazeem
Andrea Gabriel
Jae Lee
Tony Lee
Randy Nations
Billy Ray Gallion
Helen Norwood
Katey Sagal
Liam Pace
Neil Hopkins
Woo-Jung Paik
Byron Chung
Mrs. Paik
June Kyoko Lu
Cassidy Phillips
Kim Dickens
Carmen Reyes
Lillian Hurst
David Reyes
Cheech Marin
Christian Shephard
John Terry
Margo Shephard
Veronica Hamel
Sarah Shephard
Julie Bowen
Penelope "Penny" Widmore
Sonya Walger
Adetokumboh M'Cormack

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    • M A Williams profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from New Hampshire

      Thanks for you comment myawn. I loved the show too :)

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      6 years ago from Florida

      I really enjoyed this hub. I loved the show .It was very entertaining.

    • M A Williams profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from New Hampshire

      Thanks Steve!

      I loved LOST too. I haven't invested the time to rewatch the series again, so good on you for undertaking that.

      LOST cops a lot of criticism, but it definitely raised the benchmark for that type of show.

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      Steve Wright 

      6 years ago from Norwich, England

      This is a great hub and you write superbly. I was a huge fan of lost from the beginning until the end. I have watched it all again on DVD and it was just as satisfying the second time round. It created such a following and there was always going to be such huge controversy with so little being leaked about where it was going, and in the end that means you can't please everyone. But I was more than happy with how it all tied up in the end and I look forward to watching it for a third time in the future. Best show I have ever seen and ever likely will see on TV. Voted up and thanks for sharing.

    • M A Williams profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from New Hampshire

      Thanks for your comment Teresa. I'm planning on watching the whole series again, but might give it another year or two.

    • Teresa Schultz profile image

      Teresa Schultz 

      7 years ago from East London, in South Africa

      Lost certainly had more characters than I originally thought. Nice to see them all displayed in these columns, in their separate groups. I've been hiring the dvds and finished the last episode last night. Lost will stay with me for a while, I think.


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