Film and TV

Lost's group-hug-of-the-dead finale: What did Denver think?

Final episodes of beloved series are criticism magnets -- and last night's Lost closer, in which the castaways, all of them dead, happily gathered in a church in order to "move on" together, was no exception.

Was the resolution a brave and sincere declaration of faith all too rare on commercial TV? Or an over-simplified cheesefest, replete with eye-bulging revelations capable of sparking unintended laughter? Locals appear to be almost evenly divided.

At this writing, a Metromix Denver survey is led by "Amazing! Perfect ending to a great show," with 36 percent, followed by, "Eh, it could have been better," with 24 percent, and "Awful! Very disappointing end," at 16 percent.

Oh yeah: Another 24 percent declare, "Who cares? The show was always overrated."

Meanwhile, the post-Lost live chat on Entertainment Weekly's website shows that at least one local still hadn't gotten enough Lost even after a two-hour preview and the two-and-a-half hour ep itself. ABC, Lost's parent network, also offered a special Jimmy Kimmel program devoted to the show, and while it was scheduled to begin at 11 p.m., Channel 7's local newscast ran past that time -- which explains this comment, posted at 11:06 p.m.:

"omg I live in denver and the stupid news is still on and they are not showing jkimmel! grrrrrrrrr!"

File that one under "Still Lost After All These Years."

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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