Trans 2008-02-04: “The Beginning of the End” – Episode 4-01


This episode of “The Transmission” follows the Jan. 31 episode, “The Beginning of the End,” the Season 4 premiere of “LOST.” Since we obviously can’t stop thinking and talking about “LOST,” Jen suggested we give podcasting another shot. But for better or worse, we’ve thrown the script out the window. Obviously we’re a bit rusty, but we still had fun, and hopefully you will too. Is this a leaner, meaner “Transmission”? Is this a one-off fluke? Is this a horrible mistake? Only time will tell. For the precious few that are still subscribed, enjoy!

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  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 02:10 Recap: LOST in 8 Minutes
  • 10:35 Discussion
  • 27:30 Feedback: You All Everybody
  • 38:30 News & Spoilers: The Forward Cabin
  • 43:38 Closing

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56 Responses to “Trans 2008-02-04: “The Beginning of the End” – Episode 4-01”

  1. Mark says:

    Not sure what to say………….I could not believe my eyes when I saw that you had a new PODCAST up on your sight. I checked the web-site 3x to make sure that it was you and listened to the first few seconds before posting……………………………….all I can say is GOD BLESS. Its been a long drought. Your podcast was/has/is always been the best thing online concerning Lost. Thank God your back!!!!!!!

    I’m sure I speak for everyone who comes to this sight when I say that you have made our day!!!!

  2. Ivรกn says:

    Please, blog the content as before. I’m spanish and i can’t understand you in the podcast but i can read and understand the post. Please, please…

    Regards, Ivรกn.

  3. Dan says:

    Hey, Glad to hear you guys again. A little surprising, but thanks.

  4. Dan says:

    Hey guys! I’m so excited that you’re giving it another shot! I can’t wait to get home and download this one!

    Like Ivan said, though, please continue blogging, too. I bet it’ll place less stress on you guys come podcast time.

    Once again, it’s great to have you back! I hope you keep it up!

  5. Jeff says:

    Way to go guys! I’m glad I stayed subscribed to the feed!

  6. Rob says:

    Wow, you guys just made my day.

  7. waterbaby says:

    So glad you’re giving it another try! You have been sorely missed by this long-time (non-subscribing, by the way) listener/reader: I’ve checked the site after each Lost episode and periodically throughout this last long hiatus (HawaiiUp, too — have been hoping you’ve just been too busy for podcasting withing nothing new showing up there for so long…). The Transmission was the first podcast I ever heard and set a pretty high bar in terms of quality of content; I truly appreciate your thoughtful and well-spoken commentaries and insights, and will be keeping my fingers crossed that you decide to continue.

  8. Alex says:

    Awesome comeback show! So glad to hear you guys again! Man, I feel like we have so much to catch-up with…. You guys were the first Lost Podcast I listened to, and in my opinion, the best and still the best. Lost just wasn’t the same without you two!

  9. Melissa says:

    Maybe it’s just me, but I subscribed to the enhanced podcast, and the last podcast on there for me (in itunes) is your aloha. I will keep checking.

    but I am oh so excited. It’s almost as exciting as Lost coming back on the air! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Memphish says:

    Ryan and Jen! Yeah. So glad you’re back on the “air.” Keep it coming. Great work as usual.

  11. NemesisVex says:

    So when should we expect the next HawaiiUP show?

  12. TransmissionFan says:

    I cannot believe how happy I am that you guys are back. Please don’t leave us again. You are an integral part of my LOST experience. Everything is right in the world again.

  13. Jen says:

    So happy to see you guys back! It was a happy surprise to see a Transmission podcast downloading when I opened my itunes….Welcome back!

  14. Leeann says:

    YAY!!! I’m so glad you guys are back! I went to the blog today to check the latest comments and was like “what is that red play button!?”…. totally made my day!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. JudiF says:

    Hey there! Just wanted to say, really liked the Podcast. Great insight into what can be a brain hurting experience sometimes, speaking as someone who is not terribly great at my own analysis of each episode. Hope you continue. Once again way to go!

  16. Alan says:

    What a great surprise! Welcome Back!

  17. Michelle says:

    Holy cow! Welcome back, Ryan & Jen!!! I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw a new podcast downloading from you two..I’m still not sure that I do, but I’m willing to work with the delusion ๐Ÿ™‚ Just don’t leave again. The Lost podcasting world just hasn’t been the same without you. I can’t wait to hear your comments again ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. Death Metal Gary says:

    you two do good work for the Jay and Jack podcast and have pretty good comments. the only problem i have is that is it REALLY being nit picky to question some of the motives on this shows writing? everyones watching to have fun, thats great, but theres such a polarization between the writers being very calculated (and ultra-sensitive to symbolism) and very absurd at the same time. genius to throw in little easter eggs… childish to throw the events of Naomi’s Jason Voorhee’s moment and Kate’s kleptomania to steal the phone to give the episode some “beef” while everyone treks off to a new meeting point… and where did everyone go at the end anyhow? they wasted all that time traveling to meet up at part of the plane and then suddenly disappear anyway.

    the motives on this show seem excessively bizarre and irrational so the show slows down.

    playing dumb is fine to enjoy the show but i wouldnt say these people are that smart or genius at making believable motives.

  19. Death Metal Gary says:

    oh yeah, they walked to the tower… to the plane… just so they could split up and go back to the beach… and the barracks.


  20. Rumo says:

    Two words: Thank you! ๐Ÿ˜€

  21. Tim Lindquist says:

    Holy cow! Couldnโ€™t believe my eyes when I saw a new podcast in my Itunes feed from the transmission!! Lost podcasting world just hasnโ€™t been the same without you. I’m looking forward to listening ๐Ÿ™‚ Tim

  22. rumli says:

    Yaaayyyy!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Yours was the first podcast I ever listened to… Very happy to finally get to hear you guys again.

  23. Bill says:

    Great to have you guys back! I am happy to hear your voices again it makes the lost experience more enjoyable.

  24. I can’t wait to download this when I get home! Welcome back!

  25. I can’t wait to listen to this when I get home! Welcome back!

  26. Cuedblu says:

    To echo everyone else, I am so happy to hear you guys again! When you guys ended, you pointed me in the direction of Jay & Jack, who’s podcasts I now love as well. Now I’ve got 2 Lost podcasts to listen to. Mahalo Ryan and Jen!

  27. Fatsvernon says:


    SOOOOOO glad to hear you again! This ROCKS!!!!


  28. Koolaid says:

    WELCOME BACK!!!!!!!!

    I am so glad to hear you guys again!

  29. MB says:

    OH……MAN O MAN O MAN. FRIGGIN SWEEEEEEEET!!!! Thank you Thank you Thank you Ryan and Jen! This is like having your oldest friend come back to town by suprise.

    The grandaddies of Lost Podcasting are BACK baby! What a way to kick off a new Season! My heartfelt thanks to you for returning!


  30. Chris says:

    Welcome back Ryan and Jen. Your return is a great moment in podcasting history!

  31. Chris says:

    Oh, and I have a theory.

    If Kate is one of the O6, does that mean she’s been pardoned?

    I think Kate and Sawyer both have been saved, but are NOT part of the O6. Both of them don’t really want to go public, so I think they decided not to divulge their return.

    I say Sawyer, because she mentions a “he” to Jack in Through the Looking Glass.

  32. Vladimir Cezar says:

    Back? For real?

    This is sooooooooooo good. I messed you guys Really.

    Never say never!

  33. Vladimir Cezar says:

    Not messed, missed! Sorry

  34. pgtbeauregard says:


    Great podcast Jen and Ryan – please keep it going.

  35. Debudavid says:

    Thanks for doing another podcast! Really enjoyed it!

  36. cat says:

    What a great surprise! So glad I kept this bookmarked for 2 long years and kept coming back to check – hoping the podcasts would start again. It is great to hear both of you!

  37. goofball says:

    glad to here you both again. hope you continue

  38. p j says:

    oh my god! yay! its nice to have you two back! I still cant believe my eyes! thanks ryan and jen!

  39. Tom says:

    You were the first podcast I heard way back when and it was you guys that helped me see the deeper levels of Lost.I always check for your blog after each show and was really happy to see my I tunes loading up a fresh episode. The other podcasts are great but to me your the best.Thanks!

  40. George says:

    I haven’t checked out your site for ages but as soon as the new episode was out i thought i would check your website… and low and behold you guys are back podcasting. Fantastic to hear your thoughts on the airwaves again… my Lost experience is so much better for it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. Connie in Alaska says:

    Welcome back to podcast-land! Like others have mentioned, you were my first podcast, too. Your production quality was great and suffered nothing by being “off the cuff”. It’s good to be spontaneous!

  42. jim says:

    Count me among the many who are just thrilled to see you guys back in podcast mode! The Transmission was my first positive podcast experience, too, and opened my eyes and ears to what ordinary people could do with this new medium. (Not that you guys are ordinary! You know what I mean!) Welcome back.

  43. Jerry says:

    Welcome Back!!! Please stay on board guys, I’ve missed you so much. I’ll take a 5 minute podcast from you all rather than none at all. You guys are the original and best podcast!!!

  44. Surferbill says:

    Good work Ryan and Jen, it’s great to have you back!

  45. Brian_N says:

    Wow! I haven’t even listened to it yet, but I am excited. I’ve stayed subscribed all this time because of my love of your podcast and the hopes that someday you would return.

    Welcome back!

  46. I’m so happy you guys are podcasting again, and you are definitely not a washed-up 80’s band! ๐Ÿ™‚ I enjoyed it immensely and am looking forward to the next one! Thanks for all the entertainment and information!

  47. Mark says:

    For me, your podcast was always a necessary companion to the show. Listening to your viewpoints and summaries of clues and things I might have missed was just as important to me as actually watching each episode. I have never been very inclined to scour all the message boards and search through pages and pages of opinionated and argumentative posts to find the jewels that are the easter eggs that I had missed while watching and so eagerly craved. Your podcast so perfectly combined all of the elements that I wanted to know.

    When you stopped The Transmission, I tried listening to other podcasts. They were just as informative, just as intelligent and covered just as much as yours did. But something was missing. To this day, I cannot put my finger on just what you had provided that they lacked. But I couldn’t get into the others and stopped listening. Although I loved Lost as much as ever, there was something major missing from my experience. It was your podcast. I still read your blog after each episode and that cushioned the blow of not being able to get my Transmission fix.

    But now The Transmission has returned!! I was so excited, I listened to it right away. Once your episode had finished, I once again found what had been missing from my Lost Experience and now it all feels complete again.

    Thank you for bringing that back.

  48. PodcastJunky says:

    I’m so happy I stayed subscribed. Made my day when you appeared like magic on my ipod.

    Many have tried to fill your shoes but you were the original and still the best.

  49. Lisa says:

    Ryan and Jen – I was thrilled when I stumbled on your podcast redux. Turns out you two are just as wonderful as always, scripted or no. I’ve listened regularly to LostCasts and Jay and Jack since you stopped the Transmission back in ’06. Both of those ‘casts are very good, but to me the Transmission has the most Losty goodness per second of “air” time. Simply put, your podcast is the best, in my opinion.

    Aside from your incisive “Lost” commentary, I especially love that you’re kama’aina ‘casting from Oahu. I lived in Honolulu for 10 years and miss it terribly after moving away not long ago. You guys – just your voices alone – bring it all back.

    Thank you so much for your time and energy devoted to Lost. Please keep up with The Transmission if you possibly can…..

  50. Guinevere says:

    Good to hear your podcast again! You guys did great and I can’t wait to hear the next one for “Confirmed Dead”.

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