The Lost finale on Netflix isn’t the final version, and co-creator wants it changed

missing lost footage response abc
A group of travelers isn’t the only thing missing when it comes to Lost: 18 minutes of footage from the 104-minute series finale are gone from the version available on Netflix, according to EW. Show co-creator Damon Lindelof told the publication he was “befuddled,” but he believes it was an “honest mistake” — one that he wants to see corrected.

“The finale that aired is the definitive finale and to alter it in any way defies explanation,” Lindelof said in a statement to EW. Although there were times when Lost episodes had to be edited down for later airings or international markets, the writer-slash-producer doesn’t think that should be the case when it comes to streaming. “As the show lives on in DVD form and on Netflix, there is ZERO [sic] reason to have the shorter version out there,” he said.

Polarizing as the finale may have been, the co-creator wants people to be able to “love it or hate it in its entirety.” However, he doesn’t blame the streaming service. “Something tells me that this isn’t Netflix’s fault … something got miscommunicated,” he speculated.

It’s not clear exactly what went wrong, but Netflix revealed in a tweet later on Thursday that there was “an unintentional glitch” and they are “working on correcting” the issue. It looks like Lindelof may get to see the finale as it was intended to be on the streamer soon.

Since Lost, Lindelof has gone on to co-produce ABC series Once Upon a Time, Star TrekTomorrowland, and more. His writing credits include Cowboys & AliensWorld War Z, and Star Trek Into Darkness, among others. Lindelof currently serves as showrunner on HBO’s The Leftovers, which is going into its third and final season.

Social Media

Walkie-talkie voice messaging finally comes to Instagram

In its latest grab from messaging apps, Instagram now lets you send walkie-talkie style voice messages. Apps such as Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Snapchat, and iMessage have offered the feature for some time.
Home Theater

Kill your cable and switch to streaming with our painless guide

If you're going to quit cable or satellite for a streaming TV solution, you're going to want to get it right the first time. We've outlined exactly how to get started, step by step. Follow our lead, and you'll never look back.

‘The Walking Dead: The Final Season’ returns with Episode 3 next month

Skybound Games revealed the release date for Episode 3: Broken Toys of Telltale Games' The Walking Dead: The Final Season. Clementine's story will be getting the ending that it deserves after all.
Movies & TV

Avengers 4 teaser trailer has finally arrived: Prepare for ‘Avengers: Endgame’

Marvel Studios has released the first teaser trailer for Avengers 4, which reveals the film's official title, Avengers: Endgame. The sequel to Avengers: Infinity War, the movie will now premiere in April 2019.
Home Theater

Stranger Things season 3 predictions: Decoding the episode titles

Netflix has revealed the episode titles for season 3 of Stranger Things, and the eight titles could shed light on what we can expect to see when the hit show returns in summer 2019.
Movies & TV

‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ trailer unleashes a bevy of beasts

Legendary Pictures has released the first full-length trailer for Godzilla: King of the Monsters, the sequel to 2014's Godzilla, which pits the giant lizard against a host of new monstrous threats.
Movies & TV

Disney reveals epic first picture from Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attraction

The Millennium Falcon is fueled up and ready to embark on its Smuggler's Run at Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge, the new theme park attraction set to open in 2019 at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
Home Theater

Looking for the best 4K Ultra HD TVs you can buy? Here are five great options

If it's time to upgrade your old 1080p to a new 4K model but you don't know what to look for, fear not, as we're here with a list of the best 4K Ultra HD TVs to help make your buying process as easy as possible.
Movies & TV

The best Amazon Original series, from 'Bosch' to 'Transparent'

Amazon Studios may not have as big a collection of in-house productions as Netflix, but there are still lots of shows worthy of your eyeballs. Here are our picks for the best Amazon original series.
Movies & TV

HBO Go vs. HBO Now: Which streaming service is right for you?

If you're looking to get access to HBO, you might be comparing HBO Go and HBO Now. We break down the differences between the twin streaming services and see how they compare to one another.
Movies & TV

Sit down and watch some of the best stand-up comedy on Netflix

Feeling a little funny? There are hundreds of hilarious comedy specials out there, and you can't be expected to comb through them all. Lucky for you, we've compiled a list of the best stand-up specials on Netflix.
Movies & TV

Lose the torrents. Here's how to watch 'Game of Thrones' online (legally)

Game of Thrones is one of the most popular shows on TV, but unless you're a cable subscriber, finding a way to watch isn't always easy. Check out our guide on how to watch online, whether you prefer using HBO, Hulu, or Amazon.

Best Products of 2018

Our reception desk has so many brown boxes stacked up, it looks like a loading dock. We’re on a first-name basis with the UPS guy. We get new dishwashers more frequently than most people get new shoes. What we’re trying to say is: We…
Home Theater

What’s new on Netflix and what’s leaving in January 2019

Our complete list of what's new on Netflix for January 2019 and which titles will be removed will help you catch up on your bingeing, and also ensure you don't miss any titles heading into the streaming ether.