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LOST is over, and has been for a while — but we’re just getting started on Post Show Recaps!

Over the next several weeks, Josh Wigler (@roundhoward) will be joined by a variety of guests to geek out about LOST as the show approaches the 10 year anniversary of the series premiere. (Yes, it’s been 10 years since the premiere; yes, you’re officially old.)

In the opening episode of our LOST LIVES series, Josh speaks with Antonio Mazzaro (@acmazzaro) of The Leftovers Live on Post Show Recaps, AJ Mass (@AJMass) of ESPN and “Yes, It’s Hot In Here: Adventures in the Weird, Woolly World of Sports Mascots,” and Jo Garfein (@jopinionated) of Cancer Gets LOST and LOST 2014, to look back on the history of the show, the impact LOST had on television and culture, the controversial ending, and much more.

It’s four LOST super-fans nerding out about one of the most important shows in recent television history, and it’s just the beginning of an epic adventure here on Post Show Recaps. We have to go back, and we want you there with us!

Submit questions to the LOST Lives podcast to Josh on Twitter, or using the feedback form at



  • Anna

    Yes! Can’t wait to listen

  • Cory

    This is super exciting. Please discuss the outrigger canoe. ALL I CARE ABOUT IS THE DAMN OUTRIGGER CANOE.

    Ugh, I hate Lindelof.

    • Josh Wigler

      Might not happen today Cory, but I guarantee you we’ll get there.

      • Cory

        Ah, that’s fine. I think it’s interesting that you guys are looking at the show’s legacy overall. Lost is really the grandfather of serialized television in its newest form. And without it, I don’t think shows like Game of Thrones or Breaking Bad get made. Sure, the show might have gotten lost in its own mythos towards the end there, but it was still a damn good ride.

        I’d like to hear if you guys have any personal connection to the series. I love BB and GoT and Walking Dead, but I don’t feel any sort of emotional attachment to any of them. Lost was an entirely different experience for me in that I felt a real closeness to the show’s characters & really, really cared about the show.

        Maybe I’m just older and more of a realist now, but I don’t care about TV the same way now as I did then.

        • Anna

          I just recently watched Lost this summer and I feel the same way. No other show I’ve seen compares. It’s definitely an emotional experience unique to Lost.

          The only show for me that comes close is probably Friday Night Lights

          • Josh Wigler

            TEXAS FOREVER.

            I like to think that Riggins is just Sawyer before he broke bad.

  • Hewee19

    I grew up with Star Wars, my son finds it slow. Seinfeld was great as I entered my 20’s. I know teenagers/tweenties today who find it unfunny and dated. Lost was the arguable 1st network phenomena (non HBO) again younger people think BB or Walking Dead is much better. It boils down for me to cultural significance. The water cooler. My school it was R2 on the lunch box. College it was “Yadayadayada” or “These pretzels are making me thirsty” . People watching Lost on Netflix cannot get the same feeling/appreciation without the cultural context. I’m sure when my kid watches BB in 10 years he will say “It was ok”

  • Inigo Montoya

    When lost started on TV 10 years ago I watched the first 10 episodes or so until life got in the way and Australian TV networks are notoriously bad at keeping a show on at the same time each week, so I stopped watching. About 2 years ago my brother lent me his box set and I binged all 121 episodes in about 2 weeks. I would stay up to like 2 or 3am because I could not stop watching.
    Before I got around to watching lost I would always read in the comments section of different TV review people just going to town on how much they hated the lost final, so going into my binge I had very low expectations on whether or not I would find the end satisfying, luckily I was pleasantly surprised.
    If you guys do a season by season re-watch I’ll happily watch each season again along with you guys.

  • Call_Me_Dorkblade

    1. LOST is one of my favorite shows of all time. There was a period of time in my life that I re-watched all of seasons 1-4 every single year. Season 5 was a little weird for me because I linked it so heavily to season 6, even while season 5 was airing — meaning, it felt very much like a “bridge” to the final season. I hated season 6 and hate it to this day. And not just the ending, but the entire season. I have since re-watched season 5 once and have decided that it’s still pretty good, but definitely the worst of the first 5.
    2. The majority of people who say, “so they were dead the entire time?” are just trolling. I have no stats for this. This is just my sense. But when people say that, they are doing for 2 reasons: First, they do it to get a reaction from the people who genuinely liked the ending — like it did on this podcast. Second, they do it to continue to confuse the people who are genuinely confused about the ending… in order to perpetuate a continued reaction from the people who liked the ending — like it did on this podcast. The majority of people who are saying this are people who hated the ending, who are trolling the people who liked the ending.
    3. I disagree with the “it’s always been about the characters” argument for the defense of the ending. This argument is true for the first 4 seasons of the show, but from season 5 forward, the characters became secondary and the plot was primary. It was a character driven show for 4 seasons, it was a plot driven show for 2 seasons, and they decided to end the show by throwing out the plot, shoehorning the characters back it and ta-da! “It was all about the characters the entire time! You have no room to complain!”
    4. The majority of mysteries on the show were not answered. When numbers are scribbled on the walls & ceiling of a lighthouse with names next to those numbers, this does not count as an answer. “By the power of plot, this is the answer!” is a non-answer. This is just one example of one mystery which the show gives a non-answer for and defenders of the final season seem to rally behind.

    • Roberto

      I could not agree more with everything you said, I felt and feel the exact same way you do.
      How I felt about the Lost Finale was recently brought back when I watched the How I Met You Mother Finale, another show I liked and was invested in that completely failed the landing in my eyes and really ruined the whole experience for me. It was not on the same level as Lost, because HIMYM is not on the same level as Lost, not even close.
      I found it very interesting that both couple Show-runners of these shows (Cuse – Lindelof and Bays -Thomas) decided not to talk about the show after the Finale and long time after not face the fans, almost admiting they were not confident in their final product or not capable to defend it, unlike other very well received Finales, like Breaking Bad, were the Show-Runner was so confident about his product he talked almost weekly through and after the final season.

      • Call_Me_Dorkblade

        If anyone reading this is wondering, my fan theory of what the ending should have played out (as the show was airing, not looking back now), was that many of the seemingly random mysterious elements of the show were actually the consequences of time travel in disguise.

        I think a lot of the frustration with some people is how many random mysterious elements there were with many of them failing to conclude in a satisfying way. Well, my theory would have it be revealed by the end that those elements weren’t random at all.

        Hurley’s numbers for example; from Hurley’s perspective, he was cursed with evil numbers and bad luck followed him wherever he went. From his perspective, he passed it off as evil magic or some other supernatural power. In reality, I was hoping that somehow he was able to cheat his fate in some way and the “bad luck” was actually timeline attempting to course correct itself. There would have had to been additional story points which linked the numbers to time travel and fate, but I think it could have been done with some clever writing.

        Another example would have been a minor story point involving Ben Linus & Charles Widmore. In season 4, when Ben’s “daughter” was being held at gun point and the main characters locked themselves inside one of the Others’ houses, Ben refused to negotiate with the man threatening his daughter’s life. He obviously loved his daughter and yet he still refused to give it to their demands. His daughter is executed and Ben looks to be in shock.

        The way the show played out, Ben was just a stubborn man in that moment, in disbelief that his daughter would actually die. But my theory would have it play out a little differently. One of the things mentioned multiple times between Ben Linus & Charles Widmore are “rules.” “It’s the rules,” says Ben.

        The way the show played out, the “rules” ended up being a simple gentlemen’s agreement as these major players “played their game.” But you know where the word “rules” also popped up frequently during the course of the series? Yep, it popped up frequently when characters would discuss time travel. Instead of a simple gentlemen’s agreement about not killing each other’s daughters, I would have it be an impossibility that Charles Widmore could ever harm his daughter — because of the rules of time travel. In that moment where Ben is starring outside the window, he wouldn’t have just been a stubborn control freak who assessed the situation incorrectly, it would be a man confident in the rules and that it would be literally impossible for his daughter to be killed in that moment. And the only reason she did end up dying was because Charles Widmore found a loop hole in the rules; a loop hole Ben didn’t know about at the time.

        These are 2 examples of the way I wish things turned out. Instead of having numbers scratched on the walls of a lighthouse and saying, “these numbers are important because they’re important,” I would have them fold the (minor) mystery of the numbers into the (major) mystery of time travel. I would have them fold a lot of mysterious together, painting a more complete picture by the end. Instead of having a battle of wits between 2 ruthless people who happened to be gentlemen, I would have them bound to the laws of physics in what actions they could and could not take. This would better explain a lot of their actions throughout the series instead of acting mysterious while saying mysterious words for the sake of being mysterious.

        I think so anyway.

        Even if it wasn’t exactly this, something like this would have been a much more satisfying ending to the series for me. Instead of answers a lot of these things head-on, season 6 referenced a lot of things, but ultimately did not add up to much of anything. This is why it was so disappointment for me, and I think a lot of people.

  • Anna

    I’m in college now so of course I’m spending my summer binge-watching tv shows on Netflix. At first, I felt obligated to start with Breaking Bad but I’ve always had these vague memories of watching Lost when I was a kid so I decided to go for it instead. I immediately fell in love with the show. Nothing I’ve watched compares to it. I hope my perspective as a new, young viewer becomes useful in some way. I have years of talking about Lost to catch up on so I’m glad you guys are doing this.

    I do think there is a “generational” issue with Lost. The truth is that nobody my age is talking about Lost and barely anyone I know has watched it. The vast majority of people like to catch up on current shows because they’re popular and people want to get in on the action. Most people I know would rather get into a show like Game of Thrones or Scandal than watch a series that was on more than 5 years ago. To the average person who’s never seen the show, Lost has no relevance to pop culture today. Why would someone want to watch Lost when they could watch Breaking Bad and finally understand all the meth references their friends make?

    I could talk forever about this but I think the bottom line is that people would love Lost if they watched it, but nobody is watching it.

    I’ll definitely stay tuned and send in my thoughts when I can. Thank you so much for doing this, I can’t wait to hear more!

  • I’m SO EXCITED for this!! Can’t wait to listen to this and the upcoming podcasts. :)

  • Steve Flowers

    Excellent job on the podcast. I think all four of you brought something great to this discussion, and I hope everyone will be back for the future episodes. You guys touched on it near the end, but could you devote some time in a future podcast to discussing more about how the internet fan community/social media infancy grew up around LOST? LOST was the first show I ever remember going online and reading about. I remember scouring and reading recaps on TV without Pity and things like that.

  • Eric Corbridge

    This is a wonderful idea and it will be great to re-live this show. Much like Josh, LOST and Survivor are my 2 favorite shows ever and I doubt anything will ever top LOST. I think you guys nailed it when you said that you’ve never cared about the characters as much as you did on this show. Very much looking forward to the next podcast!

  • Jeremy

    Great podcast Josh, really enjoyed it. Brings back the memories of waiting all week for Thursday night here in Australia for LOST to start. There has never been another show that I would look forward to as much. My entire week revolved around waiting for Thursday.
    Cant wait for the rest of the podcasts. Would love to hear more about everyone’s view on ‘The Source’, as that was the one aspect to the show I hated. Do you think it creates a smoke monster every time someone enters? If we assume that the mother was a smoke monster, how was she killed by the MIB without the cork being taken out of the source?
    I can handle the flash sideways stuff because it resolves the character arcs, but I feel the source aspect of the show was the only area where the producers completely stuffed up.
    Keep up the great work.

  • Pearson Moore

    Josh, Jo, Antonio, and AJ,
    Terrific, engaging discussion of the best show ever to fill the small screen. I’m one of those who not only appreciated the unprecedented (and still unequalled) emotional resonance of the show, but found a firm integration of the disparate mythological aspects into plotlines and character arcs. It was either Antonio or AJ (sorry, I don’t remember which!) who said the flashbacks served as forced reevaluation of assumptions about characters’ true intentions/abilities/purposes. Maybe it’s because of my background in science (yep, I’m a geek, like Jo), but I’ve always framed this notion as Disorientation, and claimed in my essays at SL-Lost and Dark UFO (and later in my books) that this process of throwing us for a loop was a primary teaching tool of the series. If you look at ‘assumption reevaluation’ in that possibly harsher but maybe more revealing light, I think it’s possible to fit the larger strokes of the mythology into place, and in that way come to an appreciation (or maybe just accept) the greater framework of the show outside of but connecting and enriching the individual emotional arcs of each character.
    I think too, maybe more importantly, some of the questions remain open, and intentionally so. Those who are familiar with my ‘thinking out loud’ approach to discussing LOST know that I remain obsessed by the Christian Shephard character. “Christian Shephard?” she asks, her freckled face a picture of incredulity. “Aye,” the Scotsman says, “Christian Shephard.” Just who is he? I’ve written four published essays about Christian, and a lot more that hasn’t been published. For me, that obsession with the fundamental core of our humanity is the central bias of LOST, and the reason that my first book on LOST had to be called LOST Humanity. It’s not the destination, it’s the journey, and in that respect, the journey never ends. Those of us who were truly bitten by this bug and remain addicted will never leave the Island, because the Island is full of questions that engage us as no other work of fiction ever has.
    –PM, 17 July 2014

  • markjudge

    Loved the LOST Podcast. I would love to have you talk about the J.J.Abrams hosted website The Fuselage and its connection to the show. Being a HUGE fan of the show, I would say, for me, The Fuselage was as big a piece of my LOST experience as the show was.

    Just a little back ground info. SO, I had NEVER in my life seen a tv show I couldn’t get out of my head. I just couldn’t stop thinking about it, to the point where I actually thought, “I have to go online and find others who are talking about this show and maybe bounce ideas around” and so, I made my way to the ABC boards and found a board just for LOST, which was awesome. After spending a couple of weeks there, one day, this guy pops in and says he is one of the writers for the show, his name is David Fury, and there is a brand new website called The Fuselage, hosted by J.J. Abrams, where the fans can gather and the LOST team will interact with them!! Most of the people on the ABC boards don’t believe this guy but I go and check it out. And there, I found a home for the next 6 years. A gathering place for LOST fans. A place to share ideas, try to solve the mysteries, talk about our favorite characters (Locke). And, have the writers show up and chat with us. It became almost a daily thing for a while with Javier Grillo-Marxuach. Bryan Burk would pop in sometimes at 1am, saying he will still editing the latest episode. Damon, The Nomad Lindelof, David Fury, Paul Dini, J.J. Abrams would even stop by. And then the actors, not all, but some, Terry O’Quinn was very gracious with his time and Jorge Garcia and Andrea Gabriel. I was a Lost fans HEAVEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! After the show, The Fuselage was a madhouse because it was a certainty SOMEONE would show up from the show, usually the person who had written that episode. And for me, and many others, it was our first time experiencing anything like this, this online fandom social craziness. We became friends, close friends, who all had a love for this wonderful tv show called LOST. and The Fuselage was a HUGE part of that!

    • markjudge

      Sorry- I had posted the above post before I watched the newest podcast

  • Please send this back in time and have Rob listen to it before he did his Finale recap podcast!

  • J2thK

    Don’t know if you still see these comments but what the heck. I’m listening to the podcast and will listen to the rest.

    The things you’ve touched on in this are awesome.

    The characters. For me personally characters are what make a story. Be it a TV show, movie, book; its the characters that draw me in. I can like a story that falters with any other aspect of storytelling except characters.

    The ending. I was mad at the ending at first. Because it wasn’t what I expected. But then my brother told me that he liked it; Jack saved his friends is how he put it. So I watched the ending again – and loved it. I’ve since watched it many times and love it every time. Its probably the best ending of any show I’ve seen; mainly because of the characters. (The only problem I still have with the show and the ending is, where was Michael and Walt? Especially Michael, not even in it at all.).

    The music. You all are exactly right. The music is so key. I was hiking in England and we started off going up these grassy hills and I had this music in my head. And I was like, what is this? I couldn’t figure it out and what it reminded me of. Then I realized; it was Lost music. The music from when they are hiking up that grassy area going up to the high ground. Fantastic.