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LOST LIVES: Chronological Conversation With Our Good Friend Ben

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The LOST Lives podcast returns to Post Show Recaps with a special bonus episode! On this week’s edition, Josh Wigler (@roundhoward) speaks with his good friend and former college roommate Ben (no, not Ben Linus, but maybe?) about rewatching the series through Chronologically LOST — a project that recuts the entirety of LOST in chronological order, beginning with the legend of Jacob and the Man in Black in “Across the Sea,” and ending in the Sideways Universe.

Josh and Ben talk about the benefits of watching LOST in chronological order, some of the hiccups of the viewing experience, how the series strengthens bonds of friendships, and much more. Come for the bonus LOST content, stay for Josh’s Desmond impression!

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  • StephenDrabek

    Enjoyed this conversation, please bring Ben back whenever possible. I’m still sort of confused as to Josh’s annoyance with the whispers. It’s true that the revelation of what the whispers are (i.e. Michael just saying “dead people”) is underwhelming but the concept of the whispers being dead people I think is completely fine, and consistent with their appearance from the beginning. If you look at the times they show up (, they are generally associated with an immanent attack by the Others or something else that is dangerous. Thus, the dead people are seeing that the living characters are in danger and try to warn them. Ben’s comment of “When you hear whispers, you run the other way” sounds like a threat but it’s quite possible that it was his way of warning her, that if she’s in danger she should heed the advice from the dead and save herself. He had no intentions of hurting her, but that’s not to say Widmore wouldn’t in the future. The transcripts of the whispers going back to the first season also provide at least some evidence for being dead people.

    • Mark

      I agree with this. While I do agree the answer and reveal to the whispers was executed pretty poorly, it is one of the mysteries that seems pretty consistent with it’s conception and eventual reveal. When you decode the whispers nearly everyone has to do with death in some form and I swear Nikki and Paulo even are a part of one (maybe I am crazy) The Michael thing was pretty stupid though.

      • Josh Wigler

        It just bugs me. Does not land well. Especially poor when compared with the existence of the Sideways. Maybe some day I’ll think better of it. That day has not yet arrived.

        • Mark

          Some thing tells me that day probably wont ever arrive! I have much the same opinion it just doesn’t bug me quite as much.

        • Ben Carlucci

          I think another reason it’s so awful is just because we’re so frustrated at how much they ruined Michael. They bring him back for THAT?

  • Sam P.

    Loved the podcast! Hope to hear Ben more in future podcasts.

    • Josh Wigler

      It’s tough with him on the other side of the world, but where there’s a will, there’s a way.

    • Ben Carlucci

      I’ll try to be back whenever I can – great fun!

  • Mark

    I think Josh’s Ana Lucia impersonation “coming out!” was more impressive than the Desmond one, funny.

    Josh or Ben if you are reading this, what are your favourite Final Fantasy games!? you should do a podcast on it ;-)

    I like the idea of doing stand alone podcasts like this one with different individuals and their experiences with lost as well as the main panel podcasts.

    I am against the idea of podcasting about each individual episode though. I REALLY hope you keep Lost Lives a weekly podcast even after the 10th anniversary talking about all things Lost. The problem with a podcast for each episode is that we will have podcasts for 120 odd weeks and it would mean we will be focusing on season 1 for 25 weeks etc etc. There are so so many things to discuss about Lost that being constrained to each season could get tiresome. That is unless you did one podcast focusing on an individual episode and a general Lost discussion seperately ;-)

    Either way I hope to Jacob that ‘Lost Lives’ lives on past September 22nd. Keep up the good work!

    • Josh Wigler

      Speaking purely hypothetically, if there is indeed a Sideways Universe where LOST Lives continues, I would imagine that (A) any episode-specific rewatch podcasts would include rambling on about other aspects of the show outside of that episode, and (B) it would also include other non-episode, wider-ranging podcasts ala this one and the panel discussions. Again, just a hypothetical.

      • Mark

        Perhaps a top 25 and maybe bottom 5 episodes podcasts could be fun rather than the whole series. Although If you hypothetically did do the whole show I would no doubt listen anyway so not trying to be too negative!

    • Ben Carlucci

      Favorite Final Fantasy is absolutely FFVI (FFIII in the US). Heavy nostalgia factor and you have to love the ensemble cast!

  • Chris Brannigan

    commented on facebook, didn’t realise there was comments sections here!

    RHAP listener, just discovered you were doing GOT and now LOST!

    Just working my way through the LOST podcasts.

    I discovered the Chronologically Lost edit a few years ago and
    I’ve probably had a more full
    season rewatches of the Chronological edit than the real way. I think I’ve rewatched the entire show twice on bluray and three times chronologically. pens up
    a whole new understanding of the show and couldn’t recommend it more.

    I seem to have quite similar opinions to yourself, not a fan of the finale, mystical cave of light BS so I think you’ll enjoy this.