The end of Lost

I’m still not sure what to think of the ending of Lost. Here, Jack and John shake hands before moving on.

I’m still processing last night’s series finale of Lost, as many of you probably are, so this may be the first of a few posts as my opinion evolves. At this point, I am still floored by the ending, but I’ll get to that.

If I was going to judge the show on the first two hours and 20 minutes, I would hands down be able to give it an A+. From day one, Lost has been a character-driven show. At the beginning, there were the flashbacks to life before the island, then there were the life-changing events on the island and the flash forwards and time travel stories, and finally the sideways reality. All of these narrative tools allowed fans to build a strong bond with the characters, which is pretty remarkable when you consider the large cast and potentially confusing storylines. So it was only fitting, and a true treat to loyal Lostees, that the very best moments from the previous seasons were replayed as each character had an awakening.

 I must admit, this was a very emotional two and a half hours of TV. I cried. A lot. I cried when Sun and Jin touched in the hospital and saw their baby; I cried when Sayid and Shannon embraced; and I bawled like a baby when Claire gave birth to Aaron and reunited with Charlie. These were some of my favorite stories in Lost, and I sincerely thank the writers for giving these couples a happy ending. With all they have been through, they deserved it.

As the show progressed, I was left with the overwhelming message that the island was a pivotal point of self-discovery for these people, who had been cast adrift in their personal lives prior to boarding Oceanic Flight 815. I was struck by the hopeful prospect that, as Hugo told Sayid, we all decide who we are in life, and no one can decide that for us.

As for the events on the island, the pace of the action was non-stop. I chewed my fingernails as Jack and the Smoke Monster squared off – first in the clearing where Jack challenged him, then at the cave, and finally by the shore. And it was just so great to see his character finally come into his own as the self-assured hero he was always meant to be.

Of course, I would be remiss if I did not discuss the last 10 minutes, even though I am still not sure how I feel about them. I, like most fans, did not see this coming. And I don’t need to point out the vast array of inconsistencies with previous events in the show. That being said, I don’t hate the ending. I’m glad the characters reunited, and were finally given the ultimate gift of redemption. It was, in many ways, satisfying to see such deeply conflicted characters come to such a peaceful ending.

On the other hand, it is such a final, closed ending. Jack, Kate, Sawyer, Hugo, Charlie, Claire, Desmond, Penny, Jin and Sun don’t go on. Their lives are over. Granted, many of them presumably lived out their lives off the island (I assume they all died at different times), but many of them did not (Jack, Charlie and Jin and Sun all died on the island). And I’m still not sure of what to make of the sideways reality storylines being somewhat irrelevant. Some of these people had good lives in the sideways reality – Jack had a son, Locke was in a loving relationship with Helen, and Ben was not a bad guy. I liked these stories, and was rather unsettled with the abrupt end to them. Particularly troublesome was Locke’s assertion that Jack didn’t have a son. I just don’t know what to make of that.

Please post your reaction in the comments. I’m sure there are a lot of different viewpoints about the events from last night’s show, and I’d love to hear your thoughts.

What a difference a week makes

With a little help from Hurley and Anna Lucia, Desmond (who is much like The Puppet Master) escaped with Kate and Sayid.

My heart was pounding after last night’s episode of Lost, and I was pretty keyed up when I went to bed last night. But I promised myself I would wait and let the gravity of the episode sink in before I gave my reaction. I think a sufficient amount of time has passed, so here goes.

Wow. What a difference a week makes. Last week, I was completely underwhelmed with the show. This week, I can’t stop thinking about it.

On the island, we have four remaining characters who seem to be firmly on the side of Jacob – Hurley, Jack, Kate and Sawyer. Jack stepped up to be the candidate to replace Jacob, but a twist may be forthcoming. It just seemed way too easy that he accepted the job no questions asked. It looks like we are in for a crazy couple hours in the season finale, with Kate and Jack pledging to kill the Man in Black, and the Man in Black out to destroy the island once and for all.

Miles seems to be undecided, and Desmond is MIA. Meanwhile, the Man in Black caused quite a ruckus at the abandoned Dharma compound. I couldn’t believe it when he cut Zoë’s throat. A real jaw-dropper there.

Ben is obviously on the side of evil at this point, which was a welcome return to what I felt was his true nature. As I’ve said before he really has it coming.

If the events on the island weren’t enough to chew on, there was all the action in the alternate reality. Desmond pulling the strings to bring all the Oceanic Flight 815 passengers together, Ben and Rousseau’s apparent love connection, John Locke’s meeting with Jack, and the final, awesome twist – jailbirds Desmond, Sayid and Kate escaping with a little help from Anna Lucia and Hurley. I have to hand it to Henry Ian Cusick, who plays Desmond, for his deadpan delivery of such lines as “I ran over a man in a wheelchair.” Also, even though Ben is a good guy in the alternate reality, I did a little happy dance when Desmond opened a can of whoop ass on him.

Sunday at 7 p.m. can’t come soon enough for me. What about you? What was your favorite moment from last night? What was the most shocking? There’s just too much for one blog post.

For the last time, the dynamite is unstable

Last night’s installment of Lost was one wild ride. From the first few minutes, I thought it was just going to be another island/alternate reality juxtaposition starring Hugo and Libby, but oh, it was so much more.

First, Ilana blew herself sky-high. One word: Awesome. Just as classic as when Arzt blew himself up. I was almost sad when Hugo put an end to the fun with dynamite by blowing up the Black Rock. Seriously, couldn’t we have had at least one more replay of the whole “You shouldn’t mess with that unstable dynamite” KABOOM! Scenario? I would have liked to see Ben, or Sayid, or maybe even Kate, go out this way.

Then we get the revelation that the haunting whispers are the ghosts of people who can’t move on because they have done wrong on the island, per Michael’s cryptic conversation with Hugo. Then we have Desmond, captured by Sayid, and pushed down an ancient well by the Smoke Monster formerly known as Locke.

In the alternate reality, Hugo, with the help of Desmond (who seems to be some sort of alternate reality spirit guide) hooks up with Libby. This was all very sweet, and of course Hugo is lovable as always. But Desmond really stole the alternate reality show in the last minute by mowing down John Locke (a real “What?!” moment for me).

It seems like each episode of Lost is more action-packed and revealing than the last. I’m already excited for next week. Major props go to the creators of the preview for next week, which featured that utterly terrifying song from Willy Wonka.

I am curious, if you could give unstable dynamite to any Lost character, which one would you give it to?

Love and marriage in a Lost world

Sun and Jin are my favorite Lost couple, with Desmond and Penny coming a close second. I have loved them through their ups and downs, and they have grown so much as the show has progressed. So it’s no surprise that I liked last night’s episode a lot. My co-blogger, Mark, did a great job of re-capping in his post, so I’m going to focus on the Kwons.

First, let’s talk about the alternate reality Kwons. They aren’t married. That alone was a big shocker – what I like to call a “What?!” moment. Also, Sun is quite the alternate reality vixen. And we finally know how Jin ended up in that refrigerator, but we’ll have to wait until next week to see if Sun and her baby survive that gunshot wound.

Back on the island, I was relieved that Sun was only knocked out, not dead as last week’s preview suggested. And, although the episode had many great revelations, perhaps the greatest was just how far Jin and Sun have come.

Sun, who came to the island as a downtrodden, ignored wife without the strength to leave a bad marriage, has been reborn from the wreckage of Flight 815 into a tough-as-nails survivor. She stood up to the monster formerly known as Locke and handily dismissed Richard’s plan to burn the plane – no need for English, her point comes across in any language.

And Jin, who was distant, controlling and often downright mean B.O. (Before Oceanic 815), is now a good man, devoted husband, and tender father. I was so moved by his reaction to seeing his daughter’s photos for the first time.

I have to hand it to Daniel Dae Kim and Yunjin Kim for their excellent acting. In a show like Lost, it can be easy to, well, get lost. But these two ground the show in something we can all relate to – love, marriage and the struggle to hang onto the things we hold dear in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.

Interestingly, the name in the cave was just “Kwon.” So who is the candidate – Jin? Sun? Or could it be Ji Yeon, their daughter?