LA X episode length: "2 parts" = ripoff?!?

So... was LA X really a two-part/two-hour episode?? Was it just me, or did it seem like ABC just sold twice the advertising space and stretched out a 1-hr episode over two hours? Personally, I really felt that the constant barrage of commercial breaks damaged the continuity and flow of the episode, to the point that I woke up this morning unable to fully recall/process the progression of mind-blowing events. Don't misread me - I LOVED the episode!!! But did anyone else feel a bit cheated by the "3 minutes of LOST - four minutes of commercials - three minutes of LOST - five minutes of commercials" rhythm??? Especially considering ABC was so cheap/uninspired with the advance promotion of S6, for them to so callously and unnecessarily ruin the show's pacing (for the sake of maximizing ad dollars) is just insulting to Darlton, the cast, the crew, and all of us fans.

Part of why I'm confused is because next week, before they air S06E02 "What Kate Does", they will air an enhanced version of LA X. This enhanced episode will air from 8-9pm - that's one hour. Assuming that they aren't dumb enough to just air half of the episode (this isn't NBC we're dealing with, after all), that means ABC deliberately manipulated the premiere - and I believe, did so at the expense of the story. Anyone else notice? Agree? Disagree?

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