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by Rick Norwood

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Ratings are based on a four star system.
One star means that the commercials are more entertaining than the program.
Two stars watch if you have nothing better to do.
Three stars is good solid entertainment.
Four stars means you never dreamed television could be this good.

Lost When Lost first aired, I watched a few episodes, but it did not hold my interest. There were too many flashbacks, vignettes about the characters, with no sf content. And there were too many mysteries. I got the impression that the writers were just tossing out puzzles to which they had no answers. But I did watch each season finale and each season premiere, and after they announced that the current season, Season Six, would be the last, I watched all of Season Five. Now I'm hooked. I've gone back to the beginning, and am watching an episode a night, which means I'll be caught up about the time the show ends.

Now that I've gotten to know Jack and Kate and Sawyer and Hurley and Sayid and especially Locke, the flashbacks interest me, because they are about characters I care about. There are still too many mysteries, most of which I suspect will go unanswered, but clearly the writers have something up their sleeves.

not a spoiler warning

You may not want to read the following, which is nothing but my best guess about the ending. I have no insider info. This is how I would end it. When the H-bomb exploded, the time lines split. In one time line, the plane never crashed and also the lives of the characters are better than they were in the previous time line. Locke has a real girl-friend who loves him. Jack has a son. Kate is free. Claire gets to keep her baby. This last is the key. In one time line, Claire raises her son, who grows up good, and travels back in time to become Jacob. In the other time line, Claire does not raise her son, and he grows up evil, and becomes Smokey. Smokey says Jacob is trying to protect the island. Really, Jacob is trying to protect the human race from the island. Now that Jacob is dead, Jack will become the new protector. Will Kate stay with him on the island? Fade to black.

end of not a spoiler warning

SF on TV in March 2010

Tuesday, March 2
Lost "Sundown" by Graham Roland and Paul Zbyszewski

Caprica Friday, March 5
Caprica "Know Thy Enemy"

Tuesday, March 9
Lost "Dr. Linus"

Friday, March 12
Caprica "The Imperfections of Memory"

Tuesday, March 16
Lost "Recon"

Friday, March 19
Caprica "Ghosts in the Machine"

Lost Tuesday, March 23
Lost "Ab Aeterno"
Supernatural "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid"

Friday, March 26
Caprica "End of the Line", Season Finale

Tuesday, March 30
Lost "The Package"
V untitled episode five, no future episodes scheduled.

Smallville will return in April, along with a new Doctor Who. The Fringe season finale is scheduled for May. Warehouse 13 returns in July. None of these shows has been renewed for the Fall. My money is on the Doctor being the sole survivor.

Copyright © 2010 Rick Norwood

Rick Norwood is a mathematician and writer whose small press publishing house, Manuscript Press, has published books by Hal Clement, R.A. Lafferty, and Hal Foster. He is also the editor of Comics Revue Monthly, which publishes such classic comic strips as Flash Gordon, Sky Masters, Modesty Blaise, Tarzan, Odd Bodkins, Casey Ruggles, The Phantom, Gasoline Alley, Krazy Kat, Alley Oop, Little Orphan Annie, Barnaby, Buz Sawyer, and Steve Canyon.

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