What follows are my thoughts on the final episode of LOST. If you haven't seen it, then please don't read this post as there are spoilers. Plus you should watch it for yourself and get your own impressions.
Well, what can I say? I am semi-disappointed however I wasn't expecting too much to begin with. I realized early on that the side-ways was a bit wonky, because the people in love would meet up and then say "See you there later." Why are they meeting up? Oh don't tell me they are all dead! Well apparently they are! But according to Jack's father, they were waiting for Jack in order to move on together, because they all spent a significant amount of special time together. According to Christian Shepard, everyone in that church was dead, either before or after Jack. Yea, not liking that. I spend a significant amount of time at work. Does this mean I may eventually end up with those people in the after life? Please Lord no.
I do like that everyone found one another. Jin and Sun, Sayid and Shannon, Sawyer and Juliet were the most special for me. I liked these characters the most. As far as the island story line wrapping up, I felt it was too predictable and didn't jive for me. You drain the life force of the island and Smokey becomes human, thus being able to kill him. Water into wine, water into blood. Come on! I did like the two Star Wars references right off the bat though. Nice touch. And Hurley taking over the island, with Ben as his number two. That made sense.
No, this show didn't wrap-up nicely at all. Lots of unanswered questions and things just cast aside. For instance, Dharma, how Widmore got there, the Other others: what happened to them? The Asian guy and the temple: what was up with that? I'm sure there are other things I could think by why bother. My point is made.
My main problem is the series itself. The writers keep saying it was a character driven show and blah, blah, blah, and yet that is NOT how this show started out. It was about the island and the sci-fi, mystical stuff going on. Maybe some good vs. evil because of the Others. But the loves and lives of the characters, religious themes of redemption and sacrifice, they were not prominent. It was about the crazy crap that happened on the island. Polar bears showing up, time travel, the island moving! The show evolved into something totally different than when it started. I understand that shows evolve and change but not that much. My friend at work seems to think LOST started to change when J.J. Abrams lessened his influence. That's certainly a plausible theory and would make sense.
So, everyone in the church is dead. Why is Claire with a deceased baby Aaron, if he didn't die? How did Penny die? The side-ways was a purgatory for them to deal with their issues before moving on. Ben
wasn't ready to move on, so he stayed outside. The writers have always maintained the show wasn't about Purgatory but apparently it was.
Most of the stuff I have read not on blogs is mixed. Some love it, some hate it. You can't please everyone. As for myself, I was only watching to see how it all ended because I invested the time. I am not surprised that I'm not totally happy, but I wasn't expecting to be. If that makes sense.
Am I glad I watched it? I don't know, it's a T.V. show. Some people say it changed they way they watched T.V. For me that is not the case. But I think that's because the way I watch changed years ago with, you guessed it, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Now that was a show that was character driven and sci-fi. Another show was ER, back in the good days, but I digress.
It's over and I have some books to read now :)
For more LOST stuff:
here is a video with tons of unanswered questions from LOST. I laughed at it.
Oh and this little interesting article:
Come on guys, really?? You didn't make enough money? I think this says it all.
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