Netflix to Restore Original ‘Lost’ Finale After Damon Lindelof Speaks Out

Lost Finale
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If you missed the “Lost” finale in 2010 and decided to catch up on Netflix, you won’t be getting the whole story — but the streaming service has vowed to fix the problem.

Some detail-oriented viewers noticed the two-part show closer on Netflix is 18 minutes shorter than the 104 minute version that aired on ABC six years ago, and a Reddit post explained the nitty-gritty of Netflix’s mistakes.

“Lost” co-creator Damon Lindelof wasn’t aware of the streaming service’s blunder until it was brought to his attention, and now he wants Netflix to correct the error.

“I am totally befuddled by all this,” Lindelor said in a statement to EW. “Love it or hate it, the finale that aired is the definitive finale and to alter it in any way defies explanation. Something tells me that this isn’t Netflix’s fault … that it’s an honest mistake and something got miscommunicated — I seem to remember ABC had to make an edit for rerun airings that tightened the show into ‘format’ (42 minutes to accommodate commercials), and somehow that [version] mistakenly got sent to Netflix. This sometimes happened with our finales — we’d ask for extra time and ABC would agree to air, but then we had to do another tighter version for subsequent airings and/or international [markets]. We usually left these (painful) cuts to the discretion of our editors… but as the show lives on in DVD form and on Netflix, there is ZERO reason to have the shorter version out there.”

In the meantime, Netflix has responded on Twitter, insisting that the shortened finale was an honest mistake and explaining the uncut version will be available for streaming soon.

This isn’t Netflix’s first noticeable mistake. “Mommy” director Xavier Dolan tweeted a letter addressed to Netflix UK Monday complaining the company altered the film’s 1:1 aspect ratio for streamers. Netflix soon responded to Dolan’s tweet, and “Mommy” was restored to its correct aspect ratio within hours of his complaint.

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  1. mike dobey says:

    the ending was confusing. People thought they were dead all along they weren’t. the ending was taking place in the future partially , and a character had created a nice afterlife for them. very strange indeed. But it certainly needed to be made clearer.

  2. sirkjeff says:

    i think Lost could be another huge franchise like Star trek. Just like star trek . The studio’s dropped the ball. Lost has a strong following just like star trek did before they did the motion picture. Star trek with all the different series and movies, toys.etc. grosses close to star wars. They even are doing another series again. Just like space was a not a new concept. But it was saturated. Look at “the leftovers” that has huge fan base. they are only doing 3 short season. another blunder. why are all these studios doing only 13 episode a year. Its bad enough that they made all our food packages smaller, They are shorting us on episodes. Im sure its about the money somehow. In the end, its always about the bottom line. As it should be.

  3. Beverly Williams says:

    Is Netflix cancelling LOST in near future?

  4. Cathy Viviano says:

    Viva Netflix and lost

  5. Thanks for the article. Explained why the ending I remembered wasn’t the ending I saw in Netflix.

  6. billy.bobby says:

    Not really interesting enough to write a whole article about it.

  7. taffy says:

    It’s not Netflix’s fault that ABC sold them the shorter version.

    • sirkjeff says:

      perhaps not to you. I for one do. thank god for freedom of press. Unless your politician. Then they decide who gets the positive coverage or who gets something they said 11 years ago. Im not a trumpster either. Just think its a dangerous thing. Even more dangerous is the people not worried about it. Just better hope you never get in the way or crosshairs of the media or someone they support.

  8. Shelly Novak says:

    You misspelled Lindelof once. 🙆🏻

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