Ow! Ow! Uncle! Uncle! We give in, whatever it is that you want, we’ll happily do. Whatever it is that you need, we’ll accomplish. Just tell us what it is that you’re looking for and we’ll give it our best shot.
You see, ABC, we have to assume that you want something from us, otherwise you wouldn’t lie to us, otherwise you wouldn’t subject us to so many Lost clip shows and, this season, a repeat!
A few seasons ago, you promised us that you wouldn’t air any more Lost repeats. You explained to us, calmly, sedately, that the show would no longer air September to May because it led to the show needing repeats and that you didn’t want to do that to us. Many of us were upset, but the idea that we’d get to see a new episode every single week starting at some point in January and going until some point in May was enough to have us get over it. You made us a promise and we accepted it.
You then kind of, sort of, cheated… repeatedly. You opted to air goodness knows how many clip shows during that January to May time period. Yes, the clip shows started airing back in the days when the series aired September to May, but that was more understandable than airing them in this abbreviated season you’ve given us. Essentially, airing a clip show is the same as airing a repeat. You may have rejiggered the order of events and compressed time for a clip show, but that doesn’t make the content new – and, no, giving us some sorry voiceover doesn’t make for new content either. Clip shows are repeats.
This season though you’ve gone past just giving us clip show repeats, you actually gave a real repeat… an actual, factual, honest to god straight-up repeat. You may have been able to tell yourself that clip shows don’t count as repeats, but airing an episode that already aired instead of airing a new episode definitely counts as a repeat. If you were giving us one of your “enhanced” episodes at 8pm and a new episode at 9pm we wouldn’t be upset, but just airing a repeat at 9pm and no new episode is not okay. It’s a betrayal of our trust.