Did The V Countdown Clock Actually Disrupt Your Lost Viewing Experience?

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Sun's got a message for Jack. What's that you're saying, Sun? Only a few minutes until V? Thanks for letting us know. The V countdown clock annoyed the shit out of people, but it also disrupted Lost's most text-heavy episode.


They could have picked any other episode of Lost and it might not have been such a big problem. But during an episode with subtitles running across the screen (which got obscured in at least one crucial instance) and Sun having to write on a notepad during a pivotal moment — which just happened to be in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen! — the V countdown clock was a clusterfuck of hamster-eating lizard army proportions.

People took to Twitter to register their dismay. Lost producer Damon Lindelof tweeted: "Yes, people, I saw it too. :34 minutes until I cry myself to sleep." And Lost's Adam Horowitz added, "Really? The V couldn't have at least been translucent?!?" (Here's a list of other angry/mocking "countdown clock" tweets, including one person who suggests that the episode of V should have a countdown until the next episode of V.)


I personally didn't mind the countdown clock that much — V is a show with a lot of potential, that needs a lot of help getting back onto people's radar after an ill-advised four-month hiatus — but when it actually interferes with Lost's storytelling? That's going way too far.

My Lost recap will be up soon!

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Dr Emilio Lizardo

YES! I've been waiting all day for the Lost recap to complain about this. Doesn't somebody screen this stuff first to determine if they should blank it out for a minute or two during the show?