Monday, May 24, 2010

The End of Lost sort of explained

The mythology and mystery were the true filler. That's what I gathered from last night's series finale of "Lost". The character interactions over the past six years are what the true focus of the entire series were about. Sure, their adventures on and off Lost island most definitely led to these misfits having drastically altered lives after however long they lived on the island but that was all part of the adventure.

The final 90 minutes of "Lost" was full of heart-tugging moments as the characters were reunited in the sideways timeline with Desmond pulling strings to get everyone in the same place and to get his friends from the island to have that great realization and remember that they spent time - some of the best moments of their lives - together on some magical island. And about that island...

The island, while it sure seems to be important to the world at large, was a location that existed so these survivors of the original Oceanic flight 815 crash could better themselves. Jacob was correct in saying that he brought his candidates there because they were flawed, broken people whose lives were made better because of their experiences on the island.

The most important item still open for interpretation is the entirety of the sideways universe. In the final scene, Jack's father, Christian, says that this is a place he and his friends created so they could be together. He goes on to say to Jack that they are both dead and that's where the interpretation can really ramp up. Are the Oceanic survivors in this church because they are in heaven of is the church a metaphor for purgatory. If so, everything leading up to them arriving at the church - a sort of pre-purgatory perhaps, seems rather earthy. Maybe that's what "Lost" was all about, the experiences which the huge cast of characters shared for however short of a time brought them together so that they could spend eternity together living out the lives they were meant to have. And as each character had their great realization about the past, it was pretty obvious that they were destined to be together.

All told, "Lost" was wrapped up very nicely and while some were expecting a huge action sequence to end the series, I am perfectly happy with the finale. It was honestly the first show I had ever clung to. I was anxious for each new episode and the previous episode made for great water cooler conversations. It's the end of an era, so to speak. I don't foresee a broadcast network ever able to succeed with such a long and winding thinking man's show ever again. Already tonight we return to the drivel of "The Bachelorette" and the fall season, while having more scripted series than in previous years, looks to be full of procedural shows which fail to draw viewers in for the long haul. So "Lost" has left us in a sort of television purgatory where we are left with an unknown future.

1 comment:

Jules said...

I watched the first 2 or 3 seasons, but then lost interest in Lost. My sister watched the finale though, and pretty much summed it up like you did. Interesting concept...