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Can you get Lost?

Enlightenment philosophers, polar bears and pirate ships all feature in "Lost." But if the series is about anything, it's about contemporary America

When executives at ABC commissioned the pilot episode of Lost, they requested an alternative ending in which the survivors of the plane crash would emerge from the jungle to find that the island on which they thought they were stranded was in fact the coast of Florida. This would have given the studio a neat little television film to screen if the pilot had bombed; but it would also have given the game away. Not that Lost is really set in Florida—but anyone who thinks that this series is about anything other than contemporary America is looking the wrong way.

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