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‘Lost’ Series Finale: Moving from Dark Purgatory to Heaven’s Light

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Six years ago, when Oceanic Flight 815 first crashed, the word “purgatory” was tossed around a lot. Viewers and, at times, even the survivors themselves thought they were already dead and the Island was a temporary place of punishment. They […]

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Enter to Win: Doreen Virtue’s ‘Archangel Raphael’ Book

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  Have angels ever healed you or someone you love? Angel expert Doreen Virtue regularly contacts angels and has written numerous books on the celestial communication and heavenly messages she receives. When she needs guidance on diet and exercise, pain management, and […]

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Enter to Win: The Funny “Look! It’s Jesus!” Book

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Have you ever seen Mother Teresa in a cinnamon bun or Jesus in a chicken cutlet? A new book, “Look! It’s Jesus!” by Harry and Sandra Choron compile photos and stories of amazing holy visions seen by people around the […]

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Johnny Weir, More Than Meets the Eye

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Recently, more than Johnny Weir’s status as a good role model was questioned when two French-speaking Canadian sports commentators made politically incorrect and insensitive comments about Weir’s gender and sexuality during the national broadcast of his long program performance. In […]

Ice Dancing: When Siblings Shimmy and Shake…Together

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Here are three reasons I loved last night’s gold medal ice dancing winners, Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir: They had spectacular chemistry on ice, they were the first North Americans to win the gold medal (in their first Olympics!), and…they weren’t […]

Ginny Weasley Dates a Volturi Vampire

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Looks like a love spell has been cast over a Hogwarts wizard and a Twilight vampire. People.com reports that actress Bonnie Wright, best known as Ginny Weasley in the “Harry Potter” franchise, is dating actor Jamie Campbell Bower, best known […]

Johnny Weir: A ‘Fallen Angel’ on Ice

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If you’ve been watching the Winter Olympics and following the men’s figure skating competitions, you’ve probably familiar with Johnny Weir. You might have also heard the word “redemption” thrown around a lot by commentators across different sports at these Olympics–the […]

‘Lost’ Season 6 Premiere: Choices and Consequences

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Two days after the season 6 premiere of “Lost,” I’m still thinking about the episode that will define the arc of the final season. By now, I’ve already taken a few deep breaths, asked a bunch of questions, considered all […]

The Golden Couple: Tina Fey and Steve Carell

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I confess I have a girl crush on Tina Fey and an aw-shucks crush on Steve Carell. Love slightly disheveled Liz Lemon of “30 Rock.” Love slightly out-of-tune Michael Scott of “The Office.” Looking forward to next year, “Date Night” […]

A Virgin Mary Grilled Cheese Sighting for 2010?

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Remember the grilled cheese sandwich made famous–and holy–by the face of the Virgin Mary when it was sold for $28,000 on eBay in 2004? That faith sighting, among others, was one of the more fun and funny faith-meets-food highlights of […]

7 Reasons Why Pop Culture Is Spiritual

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Russell Bishop over at the HuffingtonPost has a fascinating article (“7 Signs We Are Becoming More Spiritually Focused”) on whether a spiritual awakening has been happening over the past decade and if it will continue through the next decade. The […]

Control Your TV with a Kymera Magic Wand

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Muggles all over the world can now get a taste of the wizard life by bringing home a Kymera Magic Wand and “perform magic for real” without breaking any wizarding laws. Mail Online reports that two Brits, Chris Barnardo and […]

First Look: ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’

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Vimeo.com has a video that shows a few already-filmed scenes of the final two-part movie in the Harry Potter series, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.” There are brief introductions by producer David Heyman and director David Yates and some behind-the-scenes footage […]

Jessica Harp CD Review: What ‘A Woman Needs’

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You might not recognize the name Jessica Harp, but you might recognize the name “The Wreckers,” the country-rock duo Jessica Harp formed with Michelle Branch between 2005-2007. Earlier this summer, I saw Jessica Harp perform to a crowded, small venue […]

‘The Office’ Inspired by YouTube Wedding Dance Video

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By now everyone has watched Jill and Kevin’s famous wedding entrance video (over 27 million views on YouTube!) to Chris Brown’s song “Forever.” Last night, in one of TV’s most anticipated weddings, Pam Beasley and Jim Halpert (PB&J) finally tied […]

No Presidential Medal for J.K. Rowling

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We’ve all heard it before–J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series promotes witchcraft, dark magic, Satanic practices, etc. etc. etc. Some concerned parents have even advocated to ban “Harry Potter” books in the past, though Banned Books Week celebrates the reading of […]

Bite Into Pieces of ‘Twilight’ Chocolate

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Edible publicity for the first ‘Twilight’ movie’ involved Godiva milk chocolate bars ($5.99) imprinted with the famous hands holding an apple. Now candy company Necco is producing boxes of sparkly Sweetheart conversation hearts($2.99) in four flavors (Tempting Apple, Orange Obsession, […]

Sneak Peek: Lust vs. Adultery on ABC Nightline

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Are we born to cheat? Is lust a natural desire or a form of adultery? In part one of ABC Nightline’s ‘Ten Commandments’ series, the hot topic of adultery is openly debated between four panelists: Pastor Ed Young of Fellowship […]

Wear a Fang: ‘Twilight’ Jewelry from Jules Smith

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Idol Chatter blogger Donna Freitas recently asked the question, “Is Merchandising Ruining ‘Twilight’?”. While she focused on how the “Twilight” actors are becoming too exposed on random merchanise such as puzzles, I’m wondering if the “Twilight” brand itself is becoming […]

Famous Designers Draw ‘Twilight’ Wedding Dress

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InStyle.com asked a bevy of famous, upscale designers to imagine Bella Swan’s wedding dress for “Eclipse,” the third movie in the “Twilight” saga.

A ‘G.I. Joe’ Meets a Guardian Angel

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Channing Tatum of “G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra” spoke to Parade magazine about his spiritual outlook on life.

Emma Watson Descended from a Witch

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Emma Watson, who plays Hermione Granger in the “Harry Potter movies,” is the descendent of a woman accused of being a witch during the 16th century.

Michael Jackson Fan Suicides

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Has the cult of celebrity worship gone too far? Last week’s news highlighted a few Michael Jackson fans around the world committing suicide after being devastated by the pop singer’s death. A UK media outlet Sky News quoted the president […]

Pranking Celebrity Deaths

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In the wake (no pun intended) of recent celebrity deaths like Michael, Farrah, Ed, and Billy, there have been a surprising surge in false rumors swirling about other celebrity deaths: Jeff Goldblum, Natalie Portman, Harrison Ford, George Clooney, Rick Astley, […]

‘Angel Wars: The Messengers’ DVD: Heaven’s Winged Superheroes

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Imagine a group of extraordinary beings who battle evil forces for the good of mankind, providing help and justice to those in need, all the while handling high-tech gadgets and sporting colorful, protective gear. This isn’t X-Men, Justice League, or […]

Keisha Castle-Hughes: Making Waves Again

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The last time Keisha Castle-Hughes, the Oscar-nominated actress of “Whale Rider,” was in the news, she was in the middle of a publicity storm. Right after filming “The Nativity Story” (directed by Catherine Hardwicke of “Twilight”) as the Virgin Mary, […]

Enter to Win: Doreen Virtue’s ‘Archangel Michael’ Book

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Are you in tune with angels? Angel expert Doreen Virtue regularly contacts angels and has written numerous books on the celestial communication and heavenly messages she receives. When she needs extra courage and support, she contacts the strong warrior Archangel […]

‘Lost’ Season 5 Premiere: It’s (Not) All About Change

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Perhaps I have the presidential inauguration and President Obama on my mind, but the word “change” was easily the keyword of last night’s two-hour “Lost” premiere. For two hours, the stories shifted back-and-forth in time and locale, much the same […]

Obama’s Lucky Charms

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What do a Hindu monkey god, a Madonna and child, and a gambler’s chit have in common? They are just some of the tiny good luck trinkets that soon-to-be-president Barack Obama carries with him. They are charms that have been […]

The Complete Adventures of Curious Benjamin

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“Life is defined by moments, even the ones we choose to miss.” – Benjamin Button While the premise of “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” is about a baby who is born old and who grows younger through the years, […]

J.K. Rowling’s Fairy Tales for Wizards (and Muggles)

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Arriving with surprisingly low-key Muggle murmurs, “The Tales of Beedle the Bard” is the newest book written by J.K. Rowling after the final Harry Potter book came out last year. For those who read Deathly Hallows, you’ll remember a book […]

Is Barack Obama a ‘Twilight Dad’?

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Here’s another sign that our soon-to-be 44th president is hip (and it’s not just his suave fashion sense): Barack Obama has been reading Stephenie Meyer’s “Twilight” series with his 10-year-old daughter, Malia. While “Twilight” skews toward an older teen and adult audience, it’s […]

Election Entertainment: 3 Fun Websites

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With Election Day already here, take a breather from all the serious presidential coverage with these entertaining, interactive sites. After you go vote, of course.   PalinasPresident.comWhether you’re a Republican or Democrat, this website is worth a visit for its […]

‘High School Musical 3′: Senior Year Sure Is Sweet

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The Wildcat gang is back for one last hurrah and they’re not going quietly. “High School Musical: Senior Year” is effervescent, glamorous, kinetic, bubbly, and unapologetically nostalgic. This third film is focused on everyone’s plans for college as senior year […]

Didn’t Like ‘Breaking Dawn’? Me, Too.

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Here’s why it took me two months to finish Stephenie Meyer’s “Breaking Down”: I couldn’t stand it. Fellow Idol Chatter blogger and “Twilight” uber-fan Donna Freitas wrote that some fans had problems with the “happy ending.” That was not my […]

MercyMe Fans: Listen to ‘Hymned Again’ by Bart Millard

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The best part about “Hymned Again,” Bart Millard’s second solo album of updated (familiar and unfamiliar) hymns is his powerful and buttery voice. As part of Christian band MercyMe, Millard’s voice is always what stands out, adding that extra punch […]

When a Teen Girl Dreams of Being a Saint

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When you’re a 15-year-old girl, dealing with school, boys, and family is drama enough. When you’re a 15-year-old Catholic girl and your name is Antonia Lucia Labella, you not only deal with all three, you also pray to saints and […]

Watch Video: Jesus in China

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A Frontline World news documentary takes a look at the rise of Christianity in China, from formal government-approved churches to exuberant underground worship houses. Watch the clip below to see how the Chinese are finding ways to praise and worship […]

Disbeliefnet.com: The Anti-Beliefnet

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There’s a new tongue-in-cheek religion website and its sacrilegious name is Disbeliefnet.com. You may notice similarites to our site (especially in the logo and eCards designs), to The Onion (for its irreverent humor), and Slate.com (in its heavy-handed “news” coverage). […]

‘Lost’ Season Four Finale: Yes, Miracles Do Happen

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Yesterday’s Season Four finale of “Lost” was a fantastic reminder of how the theme of miracles and destiny will always be a part of the show’s mythology. When Jack and Locke began arguing outside “The Orchid” about whether miracles existed […]

Watch Video: ‘This Is Home’ by Switchfoot

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Did you recognize the band whose song played at the end of “Prince Caspian“? If not, you can see the Caspian-centered music video Switchfoot put together for their song, “This Is Home,” With its catchy guitar sounds and thoughtful lyrics, […]

Ben Barnes: From Boy Band to ‘Prince Caspian’

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Who knew a Narnian prince was a triple threat? Before he landed his first Hollywood lead role, actor Ben Barnes (Prince Caspian in the new “Narnia” movie sequel) was singing and dancing in a British boy band called Hyrise. Performing […]

J.K. Rowling Goes to Court…Again

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A month after J.K. Rowling went to court to ban the publication of a photograph of her son, she’s back in court to ban the publication of an encyclopedia of the Harry Potter universe. RDR Books, a small publishing firm […]

‘New Amsterdam': When Adultery Trumps True Love

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Is committing adultery in the name of true love spiritually justifiable or morally (and biblically) wrong? Like my fellow blogger, Esther Kustanowitz, I gave the Monday night show “New Amsterdam” a chance (Thanks, writer’s strike!) and was taken away by […]

‘Under the Same Moon': A Hopeful Journey from Mexico to the U.S.

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Don’t let the fact that “Under the Same Moon (La Misma Luna)” is a subtitled movie deter you from heading to the theaters. Otherwise, you will miss a charming film with radiant characters and heartfelt storylines. Rosario (Kate del Castillo) […]

Last ‘Harry Potter’ Movie Will Be Released in Two Parts

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Harry Potter fans still mourning over the end of the book series can rejoice: They’ll be treated to an extra film version of the “The Deathly Hallows.” Even though the first six books were condensed on film, the seventh book […]

‘Snow Angels’ Leaves You Frozen

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Warning: This review contains spoilers. Halfway through watching “Snow Angels,” I began asking myself, “When is this movie going to end?” My listlessness foreshadowed my feelings when I walked out of the theater: bewildered, numbed, and absolutely depressed. Based on […]

The Year of Jane Austen: “Persuasion”

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You have to love the British. And Masterpiece Theater (now just called ‘Masterpiece’). Masterpiece is devoting half a year to film adaptations of all six Austen novels and one biopic of Jane in her older days, “Miss Austen Regrets.” Starting […]

Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig Defend ‘The Golden Compass’

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As ‘The Golden Compass’ is released this week, Idol Chatter blogger Donna Freitas and series author Philip Pullman aren’t the only ones defending the movie against atheism accusations from The Catholic League. Now two of the movie’s biggest stars–Nicole Kidman […]

MercyMe: Don’t Skip the New Album

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Click here to listen to the song, “Time Has Come” and to see the music chords. No matter how much you may idolize a band, it’s inevitable that you skip at least one or two songs on every CD. There […]

Congratulations: Winners of the Angelic Messenger Cards

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What was your most meaningful angel experience? In mid-October Beliefnet featured a contest asking the above question with two boxes of Angelic Messenger Cards by Meredith Young-Sowers as the prizes. We were awed by your openness, honesty, and willingness to […]

‘Rendition': Finding Truth Without Turning Away

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Is it better to harm one person’s life in order to save seven thousand? Or does torturing one innocent person’s life create thousands more enemies? In the latest string of serious-minded movies (“Babel,” “Crash”) with an important moral, social, and […]

Harry Potter: Not So Satanic After All

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[Editor’s warning: In case for some reason you haven’t finished HP7, consider yourself warned: spoilers below, but only after the jump, to avoid accidental reading. You’re welcome.] Parental protesters and book banners will be shocked to know that after years […]

Enter to Win: Angelic Messenger Cards

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Do you want to improve your communication with the angels and connect with the Divine? Learn how to with Angelic Messenger Cards: Divine Guidance for Personal Healing & Spiritual Discovery, a 46-card divination deck by spiritual teacher Meredith Young-Sowers. Depicted […]

Lars and the Real Girl: Life-Sized Love

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Meet Lars Lindstrom (Ryan Gosling): an emotionally withdrawn, idiosyncratic, and socially awkward young man who lives in the garage owned by his older brother, Gus (Paul Schneider), and sister-in-law, Karin (Emily Mortimer). One day, a large wooden box is delivered […]

‘The Awakening’ Universe

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The second installment of ABC.com’s summer scifi series, “Masters of the Universe,” aired this past Saturday, and I was surprised at how much spirituality was packed into the short hour. In “The Awakening,” a mysterious cocoon-wrapped golden creature with human-like […]

Boycott the NY Times

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Being a native New Yorker, I have always admired the NY Times as the venerable authority on current events, movies, dining, and books. Unfortunately, the unexpected and unwelcomed surprise of seeing the NYTimes post an early (late Wednesday night) book […]

Spoiler Alert: Harry Potter Will…

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As the days crawl by for millions waiting on the release of The Final Book, there are those out there threatening to destroy our dreams of flying golden snitches and dancing chocolate frogs. Who are these evil people, worse than […]

‘Lost': You’re a Good Man, Charlie

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“All these survivors are capable of great sacrifice … in the spirit of the community.”– Executive Producer, Carlton CuseSince the castaways of Oceanic Flight 815 landed on a mysterious island three seasons ago in “Lost“, we have seen ordinary people […]

Unveiling Jacob (or Not) on ‘Lost’

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Wednesday’s “Lost” episode veered deeper into supernatural territory as Locke (and viewers) got their first glimpse of Jacob … or, more correctly, didn’t. After forcing Ben to take him to see Jacob, the supposed Man behind the man behind the […]

‘CSI': Crime Scene Redemption

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Despite being a heavily scientific show, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation can surprise viewers once in a while by delving into issues of faith, redemption, and forgiveness. Last night’s special airing of CSI (otherwise known as a re-run) focused on the […]

Hurley, A Modern-Day Job

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Poor Hurley. Ever since this loveable “Lost” survivor won the lottery, he has suffered continuously: First, his grandpa Tito died. Second, the first house Hurley bought his mother burned down. Third, his best friend ran off with his girlfriend. Fourth, […]

The Final Drop of ‘The O.C.’

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I admit it: I followed “The O.C.” fervently during its first season, when Ryan was still a tough guy from Chino, Seth was still a videogame-playing geek, and Marissa and Summer were still hard-drinking, unattainable rich girls. (Plus, the theme […]

An Angel for Matt Albie

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Angels found their way to “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” last night in Matt Albie’s flashback to the days when he was still a new (and struggling) “Studio 60″ writer seeking attention from the senior staff and attention from […]

‘Harry’ the Hedonist?

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When strategically cropped nude photos of Daniel Radcliffe from the play “Equus” first surfaced on the web, the first thought that ran through my mind was: Oh no, et tu, Daniel? It seems that child actors these days are trying […]

Hello MercyMe, Goodbye Audio Adrenaline

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New Yorkers jumped, screamed, raised their hands, and waved their arms at the Nokia Theatre in New York City on Sunday night as MercyMe headlined a concert with newcomer Phil Wickham (whose voice evokes a bit of Jason Wade from […]

“Lost” Has Landed

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The third season “Lost” premiere opened with the most shocking five minutes since Desmond’s self-revelation about causing the plane crash. For the first time, viewers see the mid-air crash of Oceanic Flight 815 from the perspective of the Others. As […]

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