LOST: Final Thoughts

The Dharma Initiative Beej Station Tonight’s it.  LOST ends.  For good.

Despite not being entirely wrapped up in the sixth season or understanding some creative choices that have been made this year, I expect the finale to be spectacular.  At least at first.

I expect to watch it a few times after it airs and get stuck with what I call “Phantom Menace Syndrome,” which is a movie or TV show was really awesome upon first watching it but subsequent viewings highlight all the flaws that hype/excitement forced the audience to overlook initially.

I posted last week about the mysteries I hoped the final three hours of LOST would reveal.  And in case you don’t read her blog regularly, Nikki Stafford has a nice list of LOST mysteries and the verdict regarding their resolutions.

What I Look Forward To Most:

It being over. One way or another, this is all we get.  No more theories.  No more screaming as the episode ends and we’ve lost track of time.  No more hoping that next season will make a little more sense than the one before it.  We have all the information we’ll ever get.

And that’s a good thing.  It finally gives the audience a chance to hold the power.  We will no longer be limited by the scraps that come from Darlton.  Most of the answers that need to be revealed for a successful narrative will be revealed, and that means that the mysteries we still care about will be solely in the hands of dedicated viewers to ferret out.

Which is a good thing for LOST academics.  We love to overthink pop culture in ways the creators never intended, and LOST being complete will allow for in-depth scholarship that won’t become obsolete by a new season coming out.

Wait, what was that I said about no more theories?

What I Look Forward To Least:

The lack of satisfactory answers. I know that not everything can be answered.  I know that some things we care about were just red herrings.  And I know that some things were introduced and then forgotten because the series and its viewers had moved on.

But there comes a time when I want a real answer.  And not a “just because it is” answer, but a hardline explanation that tells me what, why, where, who, when, and how.  Maybe I’m expecting too much from a show that’s always only dabbled in science-fiction conventions, but one can hope.

I expect the finale to be filled with “answers” to questions that are similar to how we’re told why jacob and his brother can’t kill each other.  The explanation we get is that his mother said, “I’ve made it so that you can never hurt each other.”  That’s it.  A demigod “because I said so.” Now, if she turns out to actually be a manifestation of a god or even God, great.  Otherwise, her answer was no more an answer than when our parents told us “because I said so” when we were kids.

I was also sorely disappointed in Season 6’s handling of the Temple.  I had hoped for either a Dark Tower-esque reality nexus or anachronistic architecture that held clues to the Island’s origins/purpse, and instead I got…a pyramid with a pond.  Whoopee.  I don’t expect the finale to be big on not teching the tech.

The End?

So as we all depart the island we’ve lived on with this cast for the past few years, what are your thoughts on the series?  Has it lived up to the expectations you had when you got hooked?  If not, when did you lose faith?  And, probably the most important question, what is going to fill the void left by never having another new episode of LOST to watch?

Comments

  1. Longasc

    I suspect the final episode is a godzilla sized pile of dung that won’t and simply can’t even half of the open “mysteries”. Very much like Stephen King’s Dark Tower almost collapsed under its own weight.

    The idea of LOST seems to be to make people go nuts about possible mysteries and connections not even the authors spent much time thinking about. This cannot be a good example for the future of television series. Stirring up creativity is wonderful, but in this way it feels cheap.

    Report back tomorrow, I would really wonder if the final episode did not leave you unsatisfied or even disillusioned.

    • I’m not disillusioned at all. I’m not entirely satisfied with it, but I can see what they were doing. Do I wish they had answered more questions? Yeah, I really do. But I’m not disappointed with what I got at all. It’s a nice way to finish out the series because at least there’s closure there.

      I disagree about the Dark Tower; I thought it had so much going for it, especially at the end.

  2. prenden2

    I reached a point, around “Happily Ever After”, where I just stopped hoping for some incredibly complex reveal and am now just rooting for the Losties, while filling-in as I see fit any blanks which might appear in the mythology. To be totally honest, I’m pathetically in denial about the whole thing ending tonight.

    Unless we get some horrible ALF-esque ending, I can’t see myself being anything other than delighted at how the series plays out.

    Here’s hoping for some deGroots/Hawking/Hanso footage!

    • prenden2

      “some horrible ALF-esque ending”

      I had a feeling that this might come back to haunt me. So disappointed with that episode, what a cop-out.

      • Really? What made it a cop-out for you? I didn’t expect Happily Ever After myself (I prefer endings that don’t have those, actually), but I did expect more answers. And we got some, I think, but they’re definitely embedded in the series’ mythology, and it’s going to be up to us to find them.

    • Nah, it’s too complete as it is. I think it could have done better with 7 or 8 seasons because of how much stuff had to be left out for brevity’s sake, but I think the mythology is too large to have a miniseries.

      With it completely finished, Gordon, you should go back and check it all out. I can’t say you won’t be disappointed at the end because of the polarization the finale caused, but I can say that if you liked The Dark Tower/Sopranos ending, then you’ll be able to appreciate LOST’s.