Showrunners need to stop using the tired “[insert number of hours/days here] earlier” trope because it’s the television equivalent of having the end of the book spoiled for you at the exact moment you were about to sit down and crack it open. Take last night’s installment of LOST for example. All of the excitement one felt upon learning that Jack, Hurley and Kate had finally made it back to the island (after a long 21 months away) immediately dissipated upon learning that in reality, we’d have to wait until next week’s episode to find out what happens next! I mean really people, and by ‘people’ I’m of course referring to the mighty television showrunners we all hold in such high esteem. It was clever and original on ALIAS, almost a decade later, not so much.