Monday, May 24, 2010

Thoughts On the Lost Finale

After this morning’s post, you’re probably expecting me to give my thoughts on Lost now that it’s all over.  Lucky you.  I’ll do that very thing.

For those who didn't like the finale:

1) Just because you're disappointed in the final episode doesn't mean you wasted time watching the rest of the show.  You loved the show up until that last episode, didn't you?  One episode shouldn't change that fact.  Not even if it’s an episode that frames all of the rest.

2) Are you unsatisfied with the answers?  Welcome to Lost.  Lost has never been about the answers; it's always been about how you get those answers.  The finale was an emotional roller-coaster.  Plus, the show trusted us all to figure out the ending for ourselves.  How many TV shows give an audience that much credit?

3) If you’re not satisfied with this ending, I’m not sure that you’d be satisfied with any ending.  There were some things that were always going to remain a mystery but I think they answered the biggest question of all and they answered it well.

For those who did like the finale:
1) There are still questions to discuss.  That's what Lost does.  It gives us questions and let's us run with them.  That's what made the show fun.  Now we have one final debate.

2) Damn that show for choking me up so many times.  There were so many emotional moments throughout that finale.  The final scene with Jack and his dad was really hard for me.  I should have seen it coming but I didn't until he was alone in the room with the coffin.  I was crying before he even touched it.

3) Did anyone else laugh at Flying Fist Jack?  That was straight out of an anime cartoon.  The obligatory Ben face punch was much better.  That dude got beat up more than any television character ever.

4) Take a deep breath and relax.  It's over.  It's all finally over.  It was a great ride.  Now we'll have to deal with TV that doesn't make us work so hard or give us as much credit.

What do I think it all means?
I think that we have to listen to Christian.  He explains it all to us very clearly.  The Island was real.  The alternate LA (Sideways World) was something they all created together so that they could travel together to whatever is next (another afterlife?) with the people that meant the most to them.  That doesn’t mean that the Sideways World wasn’t entirely real.  The actuality of it is not real (Jack doesn’t really have a son) but the experiences are (Jack has the experience of having a son). 

The people who didn’t make it to the church either did something so terrible that their souls got stuck on the Island or they got off the Island and formed more important bonds with other people in their life — who they would presumably meet up with in a similar fashion once that group died.

The point I think they are trying to make is that the relationships we form with the people we love are the most important pieces of our lives.  They are so important that we can’t even move along to the next life unless we all do it together.  You know, like hippies.  Holding on to all of those other things is what keeps us from focusing on what’s really important.  Like the numbers.  Those things are fun to talk about but they’re not worth getting upset over.  Let go.

Now go watch Fringe.

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