UPDATE: Netflix puts the shortened finale down to a “glitch” and say they’re “working on correcting with the unedited versions as we speak.” Original story continues below…
LOST series finale footage has gone walkabout on Netflix.
16 18 minutes of the two-hour series finale that aired in 2010 on ABC is nowhere to be found on Netflix, prompting series showrunner Damon Lindelof to demand that the streaming company restores the ‘missing pieces’, per EW:
“I am totally befuddled by all this. Love it or hate it, the finale that aired is the definitive finale and to alter it in any way defies explanation. Something tells me that this isn’t Netflix’s fault … that it’s an honest mistake and something got miscommunicated — I seem to remember ABC had to make an edit for rerun airings that tightened the show into ‘format’ (42 minutes to accommodate commercials), and somehow that [version] mistakenly got sent to Netflix. This sometimes happened with our finales — we’d ask for extra time and ABC would agree to air, but then we had to do another tighter version for subsequent airings and/or international [markets]. We usually left these (painful) cuts to the discretion of our editors… but as the show lives on in DVD form and on Netflix, there is ZERO reason to have the shorter version out there.”
“I have no intention of ‘changing’ nor Special Editioning the finale … we continue to stand by it, but this is a fix that needs to happen, so at least people can love or hate it in its entirety. Also, Deckard is a replicant. #WhatHappenedHappened and #RestoreTheLostFinale.”
Netflix is reportedly looking into the matter to ensure that the footage is lost …and found.