Whatever viewers thought of the fall season finale of “Lost,” in which Other leader Ben's life hangs in the balance, they're going to have a long time to think about it. The Nov. 8 episode was the last new episode of "Lost" to air until February.
ABC just can't make enough episodes, they say, to churn out one per week from now until May sweeps. The network was hotly criticized last season for airing new show, repeat, new show, repeat, new show, three weeks of other programming, etc. Someone apparently came up with a two-short-season idea, in which the show airs six new episodes, ending on a cliffhanger, than goes away until February. (Taye Diggs' new drama, "Day Break," in which he plays a cop who must relive the worst day of his life over and over again trying to fix it, will play in "Lost's" timeslot.)
It's easy to see where the network's thoughts lie. Once the show returns, no one can complain bitterly about "Lost" reruns -- there won't be any. But like Diggs' character in "Day Break," they fixed one thing only to anger fans about another issue. Sure, no reruns, but November to February is a long time to forget plot twists of a very complex show.
Here are some of your thoughts on the "Lost" break.
HATE TO WAIT“February? That's way too long! Why do they do that? It seems like this season just started. I'll still watch it and can't wait until February, but I don't like the idea of having to wait.” --Melodey
BETTER THAN RERUNS, BUT…“The break is better than reruns that "back up" in time, but waiting until February is not a good idea. Viewers are falling like flies as it is. Look at the Nielsens, the story is there.” -Ernie
BREAK IS GOOD IDEA“I think it is great that we are not enduring reruns amidst the new shows. That got really old the last couple of seasons so I am all for the way they are doing it this year. At least we know what to expect and have 16 to look forward to!” --Cheryl
ONE VIEWER ‘LOST’“The break until February is a bad idea. ABC has "Lost" me as a viewer.” --S
THINK ‘PRISON BREAK’“The break until February is definitely not a good idea. Are they trying to make the audience lose interest? Here's an example: The Prison Break series did this very same thing. I had watched every episode and really enjoyed the show then the long break happened and I have not watched even one episode since it resumed. I found other programs to watch while it was on break and was not interested in picking it back up. Outta sight...outta mind.” --Anonymous
THINK ‘MOONLIGHTING’“The break in Lost reminds me of Moonlighting when Cybil Shepherd was with child, and they tried a lot of things, but the producers forgot one thing, the viewers are not stupid, and the show went bye-bye. The same thing could happen here.” --Jesse
NO MYSTERIES REVEALED“The break is a load of crap. Why do the networks even have a 'fall break'? Lost has pretty much jumped the shark anyway. There is no better way to cause the viewer to lose interest in the show than to show six mediocre episodes followed by a near three month break. The writers have not really revealed any of the season one mysteries. They [the mysteries] have been buried by a more convoluted plot line. By the time the mysteries are revealed (IF they are revealed), nobody will care.” --PR
GOODBYE, FAMILY NIGHT“It absolutely sucks that our "family" night, me, my husband and dog cuddled under a down comforter, was taken away until February! What is the network thinking? First Alias, now this?” --Anonymous
NEED A RECAP“I'm VERY disappointed that the break is so long. I have a feeling that in its absence, the other networks might make a play to come up with other competing shows at the same time slot...and I hope that they run one of their recap episodes right before the season returns, because by Feb. I may forget what all has been going on... (I don't like the break at all, really)”