|Posted on May 24, 2010 at 11:51 AM|
Last night was the culmination of 6 seasons worth of one of the most daring, innovative and well-written TV shows ever. A show that wasn’t afraid to kill off favorite characters on a regular – and shocking – basis. If you didn’t watch LOST, then you missed out on a groundbreaking TV series that never pandered and dumbed it down to its viewers. A series riddled with elusive clues and pop culture references and rabbit holes buried deep inside even deeper rabbit holes. If you didn’t watch it during its network run, I almost envy you that you know have the ability to experience it all fresh by renting the DVDs (or preferably Blu-rays) of the series and enjoying it that way. In one sense, being able to watch the episodes back-to-back-to-back will keep everything fresh in your mind and help you to catch the little flashback, forward and sideways allusions that are easy to miss when waiting a week or more between episodes. Though I also think that the series will lose some of its tension and mystery when you don’t have to wait months to find out the resolution to cliff hangers like “what’s in the hatch?” or “what do the Others want with Walt?” (Much in the way that anyone watching the Star Wars Triliogy now will just jump right from Empire’s “Is Darth really his father?” to Jedi without that interminable 3 years of agony.)
But series finales are always somewhat of a bittersweet thing. It is kind of like Terry O’Quinn (John Locke) said in the pre-finale show, it’s like getting to the end of a great book. You hate that the book is ending, but you still loved reading it. Maybe in a few years, I’ll come to appreciate the finale for what it was – as I’m come to accept the Seinfeld finale as possibly the best wrap-up they had to offer. But for now, dammit, brother! All I’m feeling is disappointed and confused!
LOST was famous for maddeningly answering questions with more questions. As in you shouldn’t be asking “WHERE is the island but WHAT and WHEN is the island…” As LOSTies, we put up with this assuming that one day, we would get all of our answers and the slow burn of the wait just made the payoff that much sweeter. But, the finale has come and gone, and I don’t feel like I got the answers to some of the questions.
First, I *really* loved everyone reuniting and remembering their island memories. I especially liked the scene between Claire and Charlie. I liked how confident rich Hurley was. (Though, dude! Did you see the size of that blazer he was wearing in the car with Sayid? It looked like a size 75 XXL. Hurley, you're rich! Hire a tailor, man!) I liked how they brought so many of the characters back together (and the Anna Lucia cop cameo). All the happy fun-time, feel good moments for a show that has often offered its characters double helpings of pain for each scoop of pleasure.
But the end-end, with Jack dying. It’s all just *so* confusing, which is maybe just what the LOST creators wanted. To me, the ending feels a bit like an episode of The Twilight Zone, “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.” (This book was actually referenced in the episode “The Long Con” where we see Locke flipping through a copy of the book…) In this episode, a man is being led to a hanging. They drop him off the bridge and the rope breaks. He falls into the water and runs away, with his captors chasing after him. He finally makes his way to his wife and as he is about to embrace her, the camera snaps back to…his body reaching the end of the rope and his neck breaking. The rope never broke, and the entire episode takes place as his imagination in that second while he is falling before hitting the end of the rope. Is that what Jack’s flash sideways was? Was it all his imagination in those moments while he is dying from Smoke Locke’s stab wound? This is the only thing that I can think to *kind* of make sense of it.
Also, I thought that when you recovered your island memories, you recovered the whole magilla. So, when Desmond recovered all of his island memories when Charlie crashed his Mercedes in the water and then gave him the hand-on-window “Not Penny’s Boat” thing, I thought this was why he was on the reuniting everyone train. But then he meets Penny and doesn’t recognize her at first. Right? RIGHT?!
The people in the church, they were all dead too…right? But why would Penny have to be dead? She was never on the plane or the island? And Ben was dead but he didn’t have to go to the Great White Light now? But there was no Michael and Walt? Are they not dead or just not contractually obligated to show up to the final party?
And, seriously, what kind of protecting were they doing with the light in the cave? I’m guessing that leading the only person who can destroy it – or unsettle it or just move the rock a foot – is pretty much EXACTLY what Jacob didn’t want. I’m still not even sure I know if the Dharma Initiative was good or bad or if Charles Widmore was a good guy or not. I mean, he had Ben’s daughter killed – or did he? The only thing LOST here is me! – which seems evil, but then he seemed against Smoke Locke which would imply he was good, but... Ugh!
Remember how early on Walt’s drawings were so important? What about that giant statue? How long has the island existed? Why did the Others want to continually harass the Survivors? Why did all of the babies conceived on the island and their mothers die? Why was Erin so important to the Others? What’s with the Donkey Wheel and moving the island and then tossing people into African deserts? Are Hurley and Ben still there? Who will be bringing Hurley his 8000 calories a day?
So did the island exist? Did it all happen? Did last night’s episode (and more specifically the entire 6th season) just turn seasons 1-5 into a giant Bobby Ewing stepping out of the shower in an “It was all just a dream...” Dallas reset? I don’t think so. This would just be such a colossal cheat, that I don’t think LOST would pull that on us.
Help me out here, people! Comment long and hard about what you think happened. Tell me where I’m wrong or where you’re confused. Maybe we can build our own Flight 815 and fly off to some answers...