Lost Finale Final Thoughts

Lost went out last night in the US, like the first, original and my favourite Star Wars movie....

Beyond the defeat of a man in black, here was a group of friends, gathered joyously in smiling, winking celebration of the bond that enabled them to triumph together.

Star Wars: A New Hope ended with Han and Luke, Leia and Chewie, even the droids, all knowing their special secret: that together they were the best. So too was it with Jack, Kate, Sawyer, Hurley, Desmond and the rest.

If Lost's sixth and final season was at risk of being stereotypically male, a show suddenly about war and action and bad guys, its finale proved that Lost's most crucial matters were those stereotypically female, love, community and a yearning to express deeply affectionate emotion. The show was about friends who were linked before they ever crashed, who were drawn together repeatedly by the outside hand of Jacob and The Others and so many forces other than themselves, and who found final blissful release in the flash-sideways when it was they — no one else — who brought them together one more wonderful time. It's little surprise that the meeting of their own making appeared to be the most joyful one.

Purgatory, Sort Of

I had fallen for false leads. I thought season six's flash-sideways was a timeline divergence, a possible ramification from the explosion of the bomb that concluded season five.

I was wrong.

No bomb sunk the island. No bomb changed history. The flash-sideways proved to be what so many people, early in Lost's existence, thought the whole show might be: some sort of after-life purgatory. It's not clear who constructed the flash-sideways plane of existence. My current theory is that it was the construct of Hurley, a final Jacob-powered gesture designed some time after the main events of season six to allow his friends to find each other one last time. Maybe. In this plane, though, were characters who were not part of our tight band of friends: Eloise Hawking, aware that she's not living her original life yet clinging to a chance at a life where she won't murder her son; Martin Keamy, still a bastard; Ana Lucia, still not the world's best cop. This flash-sideways, or more aptly, flash-afterlife, is a place where a repentant Ben can find piece. It's also a flash-afterlife where the woman for Sayid is Shannon, not Nadia, which is kind of weird!

Who Wasn't There

The finale's church scene was a celebration of Lost's band of heroes. These were people who banded together, Ben fittingly left outside, perhaps to maintain the euphoric mood. Even he must know that he's a downer, rescuing himself from book clubs in the past and tearful goodbyes at the last, finally at peace with not belonging.

But where were Michael and Walt, the father and son who had meant so much, for good or ill, to so many of our Oceanic 815 survivors? We had seen Michael this season as a restless ghost stuck on the island. Perhaps that nature of his character, not a casting decision, kept him out of the church. Perhaps he did not quite belong, though his son, the special Walt, was missed.

What Happened On The Island

Maybe Desmond had not hopped his mind from the island to the flash-sideways after all. Maybe he had just foreseen it as he had foreseen so many other possible futures. It turns out the island was the only present for our heroes. It was the setting for the Man In Black's defeat and a wonderful refutation not just of the season's obvious villain but of a lest obviously unpleasant character, Jacob. Ben's final encouragement to Hurley to reject Jacob's way of doing things was a wonderful repudiation of an island-management philosophy that tolerated genocide and restricted freedom.

At the end of season five, Jacob had expressed his belief in the free will of men and women to do something other than squabble. In that sense, he was right and Man in Black was wrong. Our Lost heroes ended with no squabble. But Jacob's hand was heavy, his understanding limited. Hurley could surely do better... and help Ben be a better man for it.

Season Seven

Who would have expected Miles to survive? For Richard Alpert to go grey and Frank to fly home? (OK, I sort of did). Beyond season six, Hurley, Ben, Rose and Bernard - and maybe Cindy - are our island-dwellers. Frank, Miles, Claire, Aaron, Kate and Sawyer are our island escapees. These are not the combinations I expected, but they feel fine to me. They live on with little questions to be asked about them.

It's just a bummer to know that Hurley, so much for island immortality, eventually dies, winding up in the flash-afterlife. So be it.

*** The season six finale pressed the button of emotional awakening and reunion perhaps a few more times needed, more times arguably than the numbers demanded. But this was a send-off I could celebrate, a Kate-saves-Jack, Ben-teaches-Jack-one-last-time-to-have-faith return to the spirit of season one and love letter to a simple idea: friendship wins.

Lost was a fine show. It leaves me happy, satisfied.


Comments

    thoughts: still cant believe people watch this crap.

      Thoughts: Still can't believe how many trolls there are.

    Random Thoughts:

    I'm thinking that Ben did not go into the church to "move on" because he had realized who Alex was to him (when he cried at Alex and Danielle's home after Danielle told him he was "the closest thing to a father figure she's ever had") and was not ready to move on without her, not because he felt that he didn't deserve to be there. But, if he had Alex experience the flashes in order to move on with him, she would remember who Ben was and may not want him with her. I also believe the same goes for Eloise and Faraday. Faraday hinted to Desmond that he had had some flashes when he wrote scientific formulas in his notebook. Seeming very concerned, Eloise asked Desmond later if he was taking Faraday with him, which he didn't. Eloise seemed to be living her flash-sideways life in order to allow Faraday to enjoy parts of his life that were not driven by science, such as his music.

    Also, I don't think Desmond "foresaw" any of the flash-sideways. I'd like to think that Hurley lived a very long time as the Island's protector and took Ben's suggestion to have his first order of business be to "help Desmond". This help may have come in the form of creating this "place" where they all could meet, possibly even with Ben's help. This would explain why soon after Hurley and Desmond did have flashes, that they seemed so driven to complete a task rather than linger in the moment.

    BUT SUN AND JIN'S CHILD IS ORPHANED.

    I loved it all except for SayidXShannon. That felt a bit forced and out of place.

    Desmond's (man in black's) boat was still in the waters of the island.

    A way off the island for Desmond maybe?

    I was in this episode from the start, heart racing, tears welling up etc. Then Jack said "I'm Dead", and a groan so loud and long echoed from my agape mouth.

    I thought, surely this won't end with someone opening a door so light floods in for a fade to white... surely...

    Oh Lost, I loved you for so long, but that was incredibly lame. I dug the end on the island with Jack closing his eyes in the bamboo, I thought that was a really fitting end to Jack's story. But the whole "purgatory" deal felt flat and, dare I say it, last minute.

    I watch Lost mainly for the character's, some of my favourite episodes are solely character driven, but this was an over the top happy ending.

    Like I said when I saw Wall-e, if they had have cut to credits when EVE fixes him but his personalities not there, that's an Oscar.

    If this had have cut with the same depressing ending for the characters but they had made the ultimate sacrifice for the greater good, I feel this ending would've held more emotional impact.

    Unfortunately the last 10-15mins felt like a cast reunion from Survivor...

    Hurley's presence in that interim-afterlife doesn't mean he didn't live a LOOOOONG time, like Jacob/Richard. As Daddy Shepherd said, "There's no 'now' here."

    I'm more pissed that Vincent wasn't in the "church" with them.

    Am I the only one who had this on my mind, when watching as Jack makes his last steps through the bamboo jungle, had this sensation of realisation when watching him smile looking up the sky and remembering the whole sideway-flashes story, I realised that those flashes were his, something you call, "My life flashed before my eyes", before you die, as they say. As Christian said in the end, "To helo you let go...". Maybe Jack before making his last breath saw through the life they could all have, to help him let go and die peacefuly.
    Lost was a great show. And the ending was as though "I have watched this for a reason... Maybe this all was for a reason?.." .. hmm...

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