Monday, May 24, 2010

No art here. Just Lost thoughts.

I loved the finale, and here's why:

The whole 'you're dead' thing was not a bait and switch. The clues were there the whole time. The first thing Rose says to sideways Jack on the plane in the season 6 opener was 'You can let go now' which is why both she and Bernard seemed like they knew what was going on (because they had each other in both realities the whole time).

Some people had terrible deaths. Pulled from life before they were ready, and the sideways world was great for creating real closure to everyone's stories. Everyone in the sideways world, once they had awoken to their memories of both life, and death, were at peace. Were happy with how they'd lived their lives. How utterly optimistic and wonderful is that?!?

The reason Eloise threatened Desmond becomes clear. She felt guilty that she caused the death of her son, and wanted longer with him, and was afraid Desmond would take him away from her.

Ben stayed a little longer until he could move on with Alex, and really, he always felt like an outsider to the survivors. It would have been weird to see him go with them. He had his little moments with Locke and Hurley, the two he had a connection with the most, and that's enough.

Even if you were not satisfied with the afterlife stuff, there was still a good ending for the real world. Kate, Sawyer, Miles, Frank, Richard and Claire all escaped the island. (I loved the bit with Richard getting his first grey hair. Real surprising, affecting little moment there.) Hurley and Ben lived on as the new Jacob and Richard, it was implied they sent Desmond back to Penny and his son, and they would run the island differently. Living in harmony with Rose and Bernard, and Cindy and the kids, and the rest of Locke's camp who we never saw again, but also must have still been around somewhere. We might even think the two eventually leave it themselves once no people remain to corrupt the power source.

I will always believe the power source is tied to Atlantean mythology. If you've ever seen the Disney movie Atlantis, there are a lot of similarities between the two. In that movie, the Atlanteans powered everything with a light source hidden underneath the city, that was also tied to the souls of every Atlantean. When the profiteers took their crystals, the Atlanteans lost their long life, etc. I don't need any real answers on that because they gave us enough clues to make our own.

In the pilot Locke says backgammon is the oldest game in the world, 5,000 years - to me, this is the writers TELLING us that's when the story of Jacob and his brother takes place. All the ancient Egyptian stuff is what came between then and the Black Rock. There's more fun to be had in making up that stuff in my head than being told what happened.

All that mythology stuff is not that important anyway. It was always about the characters, and the episode had enough character resolution to fill two boats. It was full of teary moments. And yeah, maybe they didn't LIVE happily ever after, but I get the same sense of peace from this finale that the characters had. No matter what happens in our lives, in death, we get to reunite with those we hold most dear.

I don't much believe in afterlifes and all that stuff, but dammit, if I wouldn't want mine to be like the one we got on Lost.

I'm not going to head out and start a religion based on Lost's ideology, of course - I'm not a complete idiot, but that makes it, to me, a deeply moving resolution.


Talkin Bout Comics said...

I liked that in everyone's sideways there was still something they needed to overcome. There was still some insecurity, etc. It was especially nice seeing Sayid's reaction when Hurley tells him he knows he's a good guy. That was a key moment since Sayid has always had a sort of noble heart but been forced to do undesirable things by circumstance. All of the revelations were tearjerkers imo. I agree with you on most of what you have laid out here. I think it was pretty great, but that ultimately it divurges from the tone/feeling of the show a teeny bit by bringing in non-island divinity/mysticism of some sort

Walter Ostlie said...

It was entertaining, emotional rollercoaster. And I get it was all about the characters and their arc. But I would have loved some explanation about the island. Sure that would have destroyed the mystery of the show and maybe it is more fun to make up your own answers, but I would like to hear what the creators thought the answers were.

The way I understand the episode was that the sidewise world was when they were dead. They weren't dead on the island, that really happened while they were alive. That is what jack's dad says all that really happened to you. So I don't really feel cheated about that. I just wanted some answers or bigger hints on what the island was.

oh well. it was a fun as hell ride regardless.

Anonymous said...

It may not have been a bait and switch this season, but I bet you it's a bait and switch.

G said...

I just finally watched the finale tonight and I enjoyed it as well.

I still think the whole flash sideways reality works better as an alternate reality when the bomb went off in season 5, since this would have reinforced that the whole show / island is stuck a time travel loop.

But I swear when they were all sitting in church and Jack's dad opened those doors, instead of a bright light blazing through, I wanted the smoke monster to slowly creep in with the polar bear and they it'd be a wedding!

That's how you're meant to end a series properly goddamnit!! ;)

- Gary

caanantheartboy said...

I think there was a time loop, just not a perpetual one.

The flash sideways was a tease all season about whether or not it was a result of Juliet detonating the bomb, and now that we've seen the end we know that they changed nothing. What happened, happened. They caused the incident all along, and with their roles in history done, they flashed back to the present.