Ordinarily Iím immune to spoilers. In fact, I seek them out. I know weeks ahead of time whatís going to happen on General Hospital (although Iím still often surprised when these events actually occur). With some serialized programs, I donít have a problem watching episodes out of order. I will follow along with live bloggers from the East Coast during awards shows, and then watch the program when itís broadcast here. Surprises arenít the reason I watch, but I like to know results as soon as they happen.
We here in the West get to watch only a few things, other than sporting events, at the same time as the rest of the country. I couldnít help feeling slighted when NBC took the Vancouver Olympics, which were taking place in my time zone, and delayed them for three hours. Thatís why I sought out cable coverage and other avenues for live access. Iím still fuming over the slight.
Today, though, I withdrew from all social media and turned off the interwebs at 4:00 pm, because thatís when the Lost ďfinale eventĒ started in the Eastern time zone. This was something Iíve been waiting six years for, and I havenít missed an episode. I even watched the pop-up video of the original pilot again last night.
Leading up to tonight, I had ideas about what might happen, and Iíve voraciously read the ideas of others, throughout the series and since the penultimate episode last Tuesday. But watching the end unfold in real time, spoiler-free, was all I wanted out of tonight, and I got it. I canít speak for anyone else, but my investment was rewarded. Iím satisfied even beyond my wildly elevated expectations.
In turning everything off all evening, what I wanted to avoid even more than spoilers were the cackling comments of people bragging that theyíd never watched Lost, as if by claiming superiority they could diminish the experience of us, the devotees. I understand that non-fans might be sick and tired of hearing about it, but I didnít need to be exposed to the negativity. Some day they will feel strongly about something and get what Iím talking about.