In response to Getting 'Lost' Again:
John, I was a rabid "Lost" fan back in the day, but now I'm afraid to go anywhere near a box set, because I'm afraid to take that roller-coaster ride of fascination and disappointment again. To get the bad out of the way first, that ending wasn't just poor, it was insulting. Not just the last episode, but the entire concluding "arc" of the show. The metaphysical parts weren't so bad, and I almost admire the cheek of capping off years of "they're all dead and the island is Purgatory!" speculation from fans by actually making that one of the narratives in the last year. They'd introduced enough time-travel machinery to sell the "flash-sideways" scenes in the final year as an altered timeline. That's not a bad bit of sleight-of-hand, considering that what was really happening was something the fans had expected and/or dreaded all along.