LOST haters, you’re not going to like what I have to say.
Spoilers ahead. Stop now if you actually DVR’d this episode.
The finale, was, for me… a fitting end to the best show ever. Need a very simple and netted out recap of last night’s finale? Check this out.
I can’t tell you the last time I bawled that much at the end of anything on TV.
True Losties like myself have been sort of on the fence this season, yes, it is true. Great episodes mixed in with a few snoozers left us wondering, where the hell is this going?
The reality is…. there is no perfect ending for all of us. That was the best part about Lost, and I am happy the writers left the ending open to interpretation. Because, HELLO??? isn’t that what this ride has been all about from the beginning?
The blogs, the podcasts, the ARGS, the endless dissection of each episode. Did any true fan want every answer tied up into a neat bow?
I had an inkling a few episodes ago that the sideways flash was sort of a purgatory, or way-station if you will… when the dialogue of “letting go” seemed to come up every once in awhile. How clever, I thought… to give a nod to the unliked theorists from Season 1 who annoyingly kept insisting that the Island was purgatory. Well, either that or Jurassic Park. heh.
Oh how I love when Jack kicked MIB/Fake Locke/Smokey’s ass doing a Keanu Reeves-styled ninja kick from that cliff. (For a split second, I thought we were in The Matrix). And even though I knew things weren’t going to bode well for our hero after the stabbing, I took pleasure in Kate finishing the job. And loved Hurley taking over guard duty (although I take slight issue to the fact that he took Ben on as his #2 so quickly…) I mean, really? The Sayid/Shannon thing bugged me a little too.
Reading the commentary from this morning, I see many people are quite disturbed at the spiritual direction the end mapped to. Again, I say, if you’ve followed this series all the way from Episode 1 you can’t deny the plot was SEEPING in religious undertones. So why are you surprised now?
People are also miffed that they didn’t get all the answers. Well, if you were looking for an answer to every question, you didn’t get it. Deal with it. No one promised that, and in fact THAT WAS THE BEST PART of the show. It’s not a cop-out from the writers. Remember, part of their job was to track the audience away from FIGURING OUT THE END OF THE SHOW.
NO, the characters were not dead from the beginning. They all lived on that island together. They bonded, they time-traveled, some died, some flew away in a giant jetplane at the end. Each of them met their demise on a very long timeline, not together. The beauty is in the fact each created their own ending.
The last scene is, appropriately… timeless. In every sense of the word.
Of course that’s my thoughts/commentary, and yours may be totally different.
BAM! See what I mean? The discussion continues forever.
Once again, brilliant!
Thank you, LOST, for providing such thoughful entertainment over these six years. What the hell am I going to do with my free time now.
If you didn’t stay up into the wee hours of the morning, you may have missed this. Where are our island inhabitants now?
Watch and see.