"The Beginning of the End" is the fourth season premiere, and
seventy-third episode overall, of the American Broadcasting Company's
serial drama television series Lost. It was aired on ABC in the United
States and CTV in Canada on January 31, 2008. Co-creator/executive
producer Damon Lindelof and executive producer Carlton Cuse wrote the
premiere in late July 2007, with most of the episode directed on
location in Oahu, Hawaii, in August and September by executive producer
Jack Bender. With this premiere, Jeff Pinkner no longer serves as an
executive producer and staff writer. The episode was watched by
eighteen million Americans, bringing in the best ratings for Lost in
seventeen episodes. According to Metacritic, "The Beginning of the End"
garnered "universal acclaim". The narrative takes place over ninety
days after the crash of Oceanic Flight 815, on December 23, 2004. The
stranded crash survivors make contact with associates of Naomi Dorrit
(played by Marsha Thomason) on a nearby freighter, but the survivors
divide when they hear that those on the freighter may not be coming to
rescue the survivors. Flashforwards show the post-island lives of Hugo
"Hurley" Reyes (Jorge Garcia) and Jack Shephard (Matthew Fox). They are
lying to the public about their time on the island.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
Director-General of New Netherland Peter Minuit bought Manhattan from
Native Americans in exchange for trade goods valued at 60 guilders.
At a Moravian Church meeting in Aldersgate Street, London, John Wesley
experienced a spiritual rebirth, leading him to launch the Methodist
English aviatrix Amy Johnson landed in Darwin, Northern Territory,
after flying 11,000 miles, becoming the first woman to successfully fly
from England to Australia.
World War II: The German battleship Bismarck sank the British
battlecruiser HMS Hood in eleven minutes at the Battle of the Denmark
Cordón Caulle in the Andes of Ranco Province, Chile, began to erupt,
less than two days after the Valdivia earthquake struck the region.
Wiktionary's word of the day:
Characterized by social equality and equal rights for all people
Wikiquote quote of the day:
How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man?
Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove
Before she sleeps in the sand?
Yes, 'n' how many times must the
cannon balls fly
Before they're forever banned?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in
The answer is blowin' in the wind.
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