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.

Now that’s just depressing

The husband doesn’t watch Lost, but I like to enrich his life by discussing it with him anyway. Trust me, he likes this.

No sooner than I turned to him last night and said, “I love Jin and Sun. They’re my favorite Lost couple,” they were meeting their demise on the sub. Now, I enjoy some emotional drama, but that was just depressing. What about their daughter? As the remaining four Lostees cried on the beach, I also shed a few tears on my couch. Bummer.

On a somewhat brighter note, Sayid met his maker. For me, this was a little late in coming. In the last couple episodes, his character was basically a full-fledged minion of the Man in Black. To me, this was a turn for the worst in a character I had once liked a lot – in the first two seasons of the show I was really on board with his story. I bawled like a baby when Shannon died in his arms way back in season two.

I didn’t see Lapidus come up for air. I really hope he’s not in a watery grave. I like his character a lot, and have always felt that Jeff Fahey’s acting talents were under-utilized.

As we march on toward the final episode, it’s pretty clear that the characters are going to start dropping like flies on the island. Of course, hope remains for those still living in the alternate reality. I am wondering who will be the next to go. For a quick minute I thought Kate and/or Sawyer were also going to kick it last night as well. Now, I’m guessing Ben will be next. Who do you think has it coming?

Making sense of the dual realities on Lost

I am increasingly vested in the alternate storyline of Jack and his son.

As the season finale draws nearer and nearer, I am finding it increasingly hard to believe that the writers of Lost will be able to pull everything together in a way that is satisfying for me. Not because the writers aren’t great (they are), but because I am truly torn between the two realities. This is probably a testament to just how good the writing is – to be engaged with such a far-flung concept as an alternate reality, there has to be a good narrative with strong characters.

On the one hand the sideways reality (a term coined by my co-blogger, Mark) is often better for the characters – take Jack, Locke and Ben for example. On the other hand, the entire show has been building up to the struggle for the greater good on the island, and some characters have undergone tremendous change for the better (Sawyer, for example).

Mark has theorized that the show will end with both realities intact, but this is not very satisfying to me. So, in the end I hope the two realities are somehow tied together. I am particularly vested in the alternate storyline of Jack and his son, even more so after last night’s episode solidified their relationship. I would also love to see Jack perform a successful spinal surgery on Locke.

What did you think of last night’s episode? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

“Take me to your leader”

This week's episode was all about the island's resident con man.

The formula for the final season of Lost seems to be that each episode is devoted to a single character, revealing more about his or her history, as well as their present predicament on the island and the alternate reality. Last week, we had a healthy, albeit unsatisfying, dose of Ben – who really has it coming. This week we got Sawyer.

First off – Sawyer’s a detective in the other reality. Did anyone see that coming? I didn’t. I like that Miles is his partner. These two characters play off each other quite well in both realities. Despite his good-guy makeover, it’s clear that Sawyer still has a lot of secrets.

Second – Charlotte got quite the alternate reality makeover. She’s a real catch without the bloody noses and island-induced crazy talk, but Sawyer proves that some things never change, and that he literally repels beautiful women in any reality.

Meanwhile, some interesting stuff is going on over at Hydra Island, where Charles Widmore has parked the sub. I loved Sawyer’s signature crooked smile coupled with the classic line “Take me to your leader.” By the end of this week’s installment it was clear that in any reality, Sawyer is still a double-talking charmer.

Other moments of note or discussion:

  • Claire is nuttier than a fruitcake, but I have a feeling a twist is in store. Any guesses on what lies ahead for Claire?
  • Sayid is becoming quite the sociopath. I’m betting his demise will come soon – any takers?
  • “I’m the smoke thing.” Enough said.
  • The scenes from next week’s episode are promising – I can’t wait to find out more about Richard. Any predictions?

A side note to tonight’s post – the situation with my remotes is out of control. I’m thinking that a universal remote is in order but not sure which one to get. Logitech makes some pretty impressive-looking devices (http://tinyurl.com/yzfuknx), but I have no experience with them and they cost a mint. Any recommendations?

Too many remotes