By Dan Snierson
June 24, 2010 at 04:01 AM EDT

Image Credit: ABCOne month ago, Lost vanished into the light, signing off with an epic, 2 1/2-hour installment—the last of an adventure that spanned six seasons, transported us to fantastic/fantastical places, and provoked an unhealthy amount of analysis. Today, we here at Totally Lost finally return to the gravesite to lay our souls bare and our supersized finale down. First of all, our sincere apologies for the delay. Blame it on other work commitments, technical glitches, and our desire to give you a fitting end to the Lost journey. To that end, we don’t come to you empty-handed: Behold the gift of Ben! Michael Emerson, who graciously appeared on our Totally Lost panel at last year’s Comic-Con, returns to reveal his thoughts on everything from the finale to the transformation of his character to a scene he shot for the final episode that never aired. Turns out, the guy’s also not a half-bad actor.

Before we begin, many thanks must be issued to the editors at EW and, who gave us the freedom to make these goofy videos over the last 18 months, and props to our excellent cameramen David Carstens and Luke Korver, who helped execute our dubious plans without judgment. Let us also take a moment to recognize Totally Lost producer/editor Jason Averett, who was our secret Jughead. Simply put, Totally Lost would not have been possible without his time, care, insight, planning, contingency planning, and attention to the weensiest of details. All of those wryly appropriate clips, clever titles, and winking edits were his inspired work. If you ever want to have a thoughtful, surprising conversation about Lost, flag down Jason on the streets of Manhattan. I’m sure he won’t mind.

Allow me to use this next paragraph to talk directly and awkwardly to Doc Jensen, a.k.a. Jeff Jensen. Jeff, you put so much of your considerable life force into EW’s Lost coverage, and it has been an awesome thing to witness from the sidecar. I’ve enjoyed every* exhaustive, mind-expanding conversation with you. (*Except for the one about the time-space continuum that involved a series of pencil drawings. That made an ouchie in my head.) Thank you for your generosity of spirit, your fearlessness in brainstorming, and your superhuman problem-solving abilities. Thank you for having my back. If this is possible, you are an even better friend than you are a Lost expert. (And now that I’ve softened you up, I hope you won’t be too mad when you realize I’ve boosted your Dharma peanut butter. Don’t worry, it’s safely stored in my stomach.)

Most importantly, thank YOU, dedicated Lost viewer, for taking the time out of your life to watch our little show and read our stories in the magazine. Just know that every time we veered off-course in discussion or in skit—or delivered the show a bit late—it was only because we were trying to give you something wholly entertaining and worthy of your fandom. I hope that we met your expectations most of the time. I also hope that we all eventually find another show to obsess over so we can reconvene down the road. (You can find some comfort in a new Doc Jensen column that posts Monday.)

And that concludes the earnest, touchy-feely portion of this program. Let’s get on with the show, shall we? Find a nice spot on the sofa/in your office chair/on the floor of a bamboo forest and press play. Of course, after you watch our last episode—which spans eight motherloving segments and features a few other surprises—feel free to comment below. Now that you’ve had a little time to process that powerful-though-polarizing Lost finale, do you feel any different about it? What was the best moment? Biggest surprise? Greatest disappointment? What’s your favorite Terry O’Quinn hairstyle? Where does Lost rank among the best TV shows of all-time? Your typing begins NOW. If you’re having trouble watching videos in PopWatch, or if you’re on an iPhone/iPad, head over to our Totally Lost hub for Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, and Part 8.

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