My Thoughts on the Lost Finale

tvI watched the finale of Lost on Sunday night. It was 2.5 hours long, but fast forwarding the ads allowed me to blow through it in about 1:45.

Warning: I'm going to spoil the shit out of this episode below. If you plan to watch the finale, you might want to stop reading..... now.

When Lost concluded at about 11:30 that night, I initially felt cheated. Where were the answers? Sure, they sort of explained the whole alternate reality thing, but I still want to know why women couldn't have babies on the island. I have a lot of questions, actually, but this finale didn't seem particularly keen on answering them.

Instead, we got what could best be described as closure. All our friends were reunited, and the last ten minutes were actually rather calming and sweet, but there weren't any answers. The more I thought about it, the more I was okay with a lot of the island's mythology and secrets being kept bottled up. And the closing scene, with Jack seeing he wasn't dying in vain before closing his eyes where he first opened them six years ago, was pretty near perfect.

If you wanted answers, you hated this finale. If you needed an emotional send off to good friends, you loved this finale. I initially thought I wanted #1, then realized I needed #2.


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Bone Chain

1. Who was the mad bitch that killed Jacob's mother? She (and JJ Abrahams) seem to be responsible for the whole mess.

2. Why was there a polar bear on the island? How did he end up buried beneath the desert?

3. When did everyone die? Was it the initial plane crash, the second plane crash? At random times? Did the events on the island happen or not?

4. Was the island real, or purgatory?

5. What was the point of the dharma initative? They seemed completely irrelevant to the story.

May 25, 2010 / 11:55

Hector

I was a little dissapointed with the 'Lost' finale.

'24' was a great finale!

May 25, 2010 / 11:55

Hector

I should also add...just like he did with Star Trek, JJ Abrams killed Lost. He is extremely over-rated.

May 25, 2010 / 11:57

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

I think it was clear the events on the island happened. So they died when they died - we saw a bunch of them die, and a few of them get off the island.

The Dharma Initiative had something to do with the unique magnetic qualities of the island, but yeah... a few years of whatever.

I just assumed the polar bear was part of some experiment the Dharma Initiative was conducting.

May 25, 2010 / 11:59

Bone Chain

And the biggest question of all; Why it is that Hurley spent 6 years running through a tropical jungle without losing so much as a pound of weight?

May 25, 2010 / 12:05

Elba

Loved the LOST finale. I found closure. I'm going to miss it very much ~ and how's this for coincidence: my first son was born during the first episode; my second son was born during S3 Season Finale and my third son was born during the LOST S4 premiere. Needless to say, I have a strong emotional tie to LOST.

May 25, 2010 / 12:13

Elba

Loved the LOST finale. I found closure. I'm going to miss it very much ~ and how's this for coincidence (or fate!) ~ my first son was born during the first episode; my second son was born during S3 Season Finale and my third son was born during the LOST S5 premiere. Needless to say, I have a strong emotional tie to LOST.

May 25, 2010 / 12:14

elvis

I didn't watch Lost but I do know the Habs also sucked on the Island.

May 25, 2010 / 12:16

CQ

Overall I really enjoyed the first 80% of the finale as it felt liked an oft-remixing of Bill S. Ballinger's 1950 suspense novel, Portrait in Smoke. Blocke the Smoke Monster's ending would have been more like another Ballinger novel, The Longest Second.
The last 20%, or half hour of broadcast time was just sacchrine coddling garbage(!) for a tepid mass N.A. audience too afraid of any lasting tidbit of sadness mixed in. It could have have modified better.

I still don't know why 'Stockholm Syndrome Jacob' is widely considered the good brother. Except for a first episode already half-dead plane pilot, Smoke Monster never killed anyone other than baby stealing Others - excluding Temple flukies he gave warning to leave, his birth mother's Murderer, or slave owners from the Black Rock ship.
Yeah, I got swept into the series ;)

May 25, 2010 / 16:07

Trish

It was awesome. But something that you can't adequately judge after the first viewing. I got everything I wanted - Sawyer's reunion with Juliet, Kate and Jack at last. I don't care about the details. All I know is that the island won. It beat the Dharma initiative, it beat the hostiles, and it beat most of the survivors of 815. It's like the Grand Canyon - it was there millions of years ago and it will be there a million years from now...

May 25, 2010 / 16:12

Anonymous

A lot of the little things are considered 'answered' but their answers were sometimes very indirect and just led to more questions but what are ya gonna do.

http://lostpedia.wikia.com has a lot of info if there's something you're wondering about.

"Text on the blast door map suggests that DHARMA Initiative researchers were attempting to genetically modify the polar bears to allow them to survive warmer climates. At least some of the polar bears survived the Purge, after which they were freed from their cages and swam to the main Island."

"Charlotte Lewis unearthed a polar bear skeleton wearing a leather collar bearing the Hydra logo in the Tunisian desert in 2004. ("Confirmed Dead") It is highly likely the bear arrived here as a result of DHARMA experiments being carried out at the Orchid."

"After the station was completed, Dr. Chang (using the alias "Edgar Halliwax") recorded the Orchid Orientation video, in which he explained the vault was constructed adjacent to a pocket of "negatively charged exotic matter" which DHARMA had been using to conduct experiments with both space and time. He cautioned that this pocket of matter was associated with volatile electromagnetic energy. ("There's No Place Like Home, Part 2") The polar bear skeleton bearing a collar with the insignia of The Hydra which was found by Charlotte in the Tunisian desert is very likely an artifact of a DHARMA experiment at The Orchid. "

The island was real. The LAX alternate verse was considered 'purgatory' or the 'afterlife'. Everyone died at different times. If you saw them die during the show that's when they died. Christian tells Jack people died before him and some long after and that where they are now doesn't abide by the rules of time.

Hurley had food after season 2 episode 4 when they found some in the hatch (which he proceeded to stockpile in the jungle). Even after he got rid of it all more of it appeared later on delivered by plane. Also, the show didn't run in real time. By the time they had found that stockpile of food they had only been on the island ~6 weeks. This plus Hurley was back off the island within another season or two.

Ethan was the last child to be born on the island in 1977, shortly before the 'incident' (the bomb going off). It's assumed women can no longer give birth as a result of that. Why the bomb kills women bearing a child is unknown. If they got really into detail trying to explain scientifically exactly why that is most people would bitch at the answer so why bother? The answer is fine as it is.

Some of the mystery needs to remain. Although I agree some of it should have been explained better. Like the deal with Jacob/MIB and the fake mom.

May 25, 2010 / 16:50


Argie

Mike,

I didn't know straight guys watched this show.

May 25, 2010 / 19:10

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

Argie, you're confusing Lost with Glee again.

May 25, 2010 / 19:13

elvis

That was actually funny Argie.

May 25, 2010 / 21:44

Bone Chain

Thanks Anonymous! Your answers did clarify some of the questions I had, but, i still wish I hadn't bothered.

I agree with CQ, the end was structured to prevent hardcore fans from having an anxiety attack over a loose end in the story. Anyway, i'm off back to watching The Wire on DVD...

May 26, 2010 / 08:58

Jill

I liked the episode as an episode but as a series finale I feel so letdown. I think I need to watch it again. I would have liked more answers so I am just a little frustrated by what wasn’t tied up neatly in the end. Collectively I loved the series and will miss the characters.
I did think it was interesting who was and wasn’t in the church at the end. Michael and Walt were missing, I think Farraday and Charlotte too. Were Miles and Lapidus there? Penny was there (despite never being on the island), and I disliked that Shannon who knew Sayid for only a few weeks was his date into the afterlife instead of Nadya. I was sad that Vincent wasn’t in the church. Maybe Heaven doesn't allow dogs.

May 26, 2010 / 09:36


Bone Chain

Yea, I came to it a little later than everyone else so i'm halfway through season 3 at the moment.
I get the same 'i-can't-believe-they-make-mini-series's-this-good' chill i got when i watched the Soprano's.
The Wire is better (though it may be unfair to compare - The Sopranos did raise the bar), although there are now many parallel's between Tony's crew and the 'co-op' Stringer has organised, i don't want to give any spoilers, but i presume everyone else has seen it at this stage!

May 26, 2010 / 10:26

Hobo Joe

I only want to say this: I loved the leaping, Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka-style, punch that cut to commercial Jack layed on Locke/MIB while running on a down angle on top of the cliffside.

Actually, I want to say this too: Now that we know time travel exsists on the island, someone can travel there post-LOST finale and find the aftermath of this all. Maybe come across Jack's skeleton. BTW, it was a nice touch seeing that tennis shoe hanging on the bamboo after all that time so you can be clued in he was back where he started when he woke up on the day of the crash. It was filthy and worn down but never blown away by any storm over all that time. That coming of full circle reminded me of Cheers' beginning and ending, with Sam straightening out the picture in Episode 1 and then the finale. "Sorry, we're closed."

May 26, 2010 / 13:20

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