I needed about a week to fully digest what the hell happened on Sunday night, as I’m sure those of you who are reading this post can understand. I had a little piece of paper with notes about what I wanted to write, and slowly but surely I realized I could probably write a novel about what I thought about the ending and about the series as a whole. I don’t really know how to make this a cohesive essay, so just bare with me.
The finale itself, I have to say was a bit of a let down. Listen, I absolutely love this show on a very unhealthy level. But, when I got in to the show back in season 3, I, nor you reading this, would ever have expected the finale of Lost to be what it was on Sunday night. For a show that is rooted in mythology, supernatural experiences, and expecting the unexpected, it was a very character-based, sappy, overly-religious ending that seemed very bland and lackluster considering this was supposed to be one of the most talked about endings to a television series in history.
There were no real twists. There were no real turns. There were no answers. Just Jack hanging out in a lava pit, suddenly knowing EXACTLY what it would take to save the island from sinking in to the water. Frankly, the island sinking would have been tons more interesting than anything we saw in this episode.
I don’t want to say that the entire finale was complete shit, because I don’t think it was. There were things about it that made me very happy. Charlie and Claire coming together again was very exciting for me. I also really loved the way the on island scenes were shot. Watching parts of the island falling in to the water was actually incredibly awesome to see. But, really, other than that, I can’t say I was in love with this episode.
I don’t get how Jack just suddenly goes from nearly a background character for almost 3 seasons, to suddenly stepping back in to the position of leadership. And then, if that weren’t odd enough, he also just suddenly knew EXACTLY how to keep the island from sinking in to the ocean. Well great! Glad he just knew since they ran out of time to explain it anyway.
The devices used this season had basically no relevance to the end of the story. Think back to the beginning of this season. Dogen, the Temple, The Lighthouse, the mirror, in some ways even the numbers: none of it was explained or had relevance to the finale!
IN FACT, it’s pretty safe to say that seasons 4, 5, and 6 had absolutely no relevance to the finale at all. If you took away the entire season of jumping through time, and confusing the audience, would it have changed the finale? No, because they ended up right back where they were before the time jumping anyway.
I totally get that Jack’s life was the focus of the show, but I never gave a shit about him, and neither did most of the people I know that watch the show. He could have died at any point in this show and I wouldn’t have cared, including the finale. With a show that focuses on an INCREDIBLE ensemble cast, why would the last scene of the show be all about Jack???????
The final scene was interesting, even though it took me 3 days, and tons of conversations with my friend Kate (thanks Kate!) to fully grasp it. However, as mentioned before, it had no relevance to the rest of the series at all! I’m glad that Kate, Sawyer, Claire, Miles, Richard and Lapidus (WTF) got off the island, but do we not get any sort of understanding of life after the island!? For me, it was not a satisfying ending whatsoever. The mystery of this show isn’t 100% about the characters, it’s about the reasons how and why they got to where they were. None of that was answered at all.
Also, hey Jacob, how did you get off the island to go visit everyone in the flashback season? Just curious.
Lost will always be one of my favorite shows, but frankly it seems that they ran out of ideas in season 3, and it was painfully obvious by the time it all ended. A lot of people seemed to be in denial about the finale by saying things like, “If you didn’t love the LOST finale, you are not a true fan.” I guess 120 some hours and 5 years later, I’m just another fish in the sea.