The fall guy: I’m ready for the return of TV

Catching up on some highly regarded TV shows this summer has me primed for the return of some favorites and some potentially good new options this fall.
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The Lost world: Finale brings redemption, hope

“And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.”
— Paul McCartney

It’s over.

Just like that (well, maybe not quite so fast, given the extra time padded into the finale), the Lost journey is over. Far greater minds than mine will one day (including today, no doubt) provide a greater insight into the meaning behind it all, but for me, for now, I want to offer a few thoughts as I continue to process the finale, appropriately titled “The End.”
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The Lost world: Viewers of science, viewers of faith

“I’ve looked into the eye of this island, and what I saw was beautiful.”
— John Locke

It’s never been just about an island.

It’s about freewill vs. predestination, good vs. evil, black vs. white, love vs. war. It’s about polar bears and smoke monsters and time travel and alternate realities and nuclear bombs and constants and numbers.
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The Lost world: Characters at the heart of the show

Numbers have always played an important role on Lost, none quite as obvious as 4, 8, 15, 16, 23 and 42.

To Lost fans, those numbers hold a special meaning, as they became involved in everything from Hurley’s winning lottery ticket to the numbers entered in the hatch to numerical representations of characters themselves.

Another number, however, has a bit more meaning: two.
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The Lost world: “The Walkabout” sets a tone

Note: Over the next three days, I’m going to be releasing a series of blogs looking back on Lost. I’ve been watching TV shows for a solid 30 of my almost-35 years, and I can’t recall a show that has generated this level of discussion and debate. For the uninitiated, I say this: spoilers are ahead so continue reading at your own risk. Go immediately and start watching Season 1, then come back here in a few months.

For the rest of you, I hope you use this as a launching board to share your favorite Lost memories. Today, we’ll be tackling favorite episodes, with the favorite characters coming Thursday. Heading into the weekend, I have a look at how we watch Lost.

Thanks for sharing your memories in the comments section. After Sunday night, memories are all we have. Now, let’s go get Lost …
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TV is no longer a mindless wasteland

It’s been chic to bash network TV the past few years, and to be fair, ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC have deserved every bit of it. Smart, challenging shows (I’m thinking specifically of Freak and Geeks and Arrested Development) weren’t given room to breathe and grow, while dreck like Two and a Half Men still continues to air.
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