I never intended on writing about my thoughts on Lost. There are probably a billion articles about the Lost series finale out there in internet land so why add one more? Then I got into a long discussion about the series finale of Lost on Facebook and realized, “why am I writing these long paragraphs in this little tiny space on Facebook when I can write a full article on it?” So here are my thoughts on the series finale and season six of Lost.
First of all, let me say that I enjoyed the series finale of Lost and the final season of Lost. Season six was not perfect but it was a great show for six seasons and one episode that doesn’t go the way I like isn’t going to ruin that. Plus, any story that is this in depth and has some kind of fantasy/sci fi elements with a large geek fan base is always the most difficult to end. A lot of the most beloved series finales of all time, like Cheers or Friends, are not hard to end. How I Met Your Mother or The Office will not be hard to end. Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Battlestar Galactica and Lost aren’t quite the same.
As for the Lost series finale, I liked it, didn’t love it. I was along for the ride right up until the end where we seemingly discover that the slideways (or the flash sideways) is some sort of purgatory where everybody is going to meet before going to their final destination. Up until that point I really enjoyed everything on the island and I even liked Desmond helping the other Losties “wake up” by reliving events that happened on the island.
The reason I did not like the ending was because half the season was spent on this purgatory world that, in the end, was not even necessary. Jack finally kills Smocke (or Smoke Locke), climbs down to the bottom of the cave, saves Desmond, saves the island and dies. Did we really need a storyline that took half the season that basically just confirms that Jack lived happily ever after? Can’t we all just assume that Jack’s actions on the island were worthy of getting him into heaven or whatever afterlife they have in Lostworld?
When Jin and Sun drowned together did anybody think to themselves, “oh crap! Sun is going to heaven and Jin is going to hell! If only there were one last scene to confirm that they will live happily ever after!” No, at that moment we all assume that wherever Losties go after they die Jin and Sun will be together forever. It was not hard to figure out that Sawyer was a changed man, Sayid sacrificed himself, Kate reunited Aaron and Claire and Ben ended up helping Hurley.
Half the season was dedicated to this slideways just so that in the end the writers could tell us, “see, they did live happily ever after!” But we didn’t need this. We could all figure this out ourselves. For a show that constantly made us figure things out for ourselves it doesn’t seem right that half of the last season ended up being the ultimate hand holding ending in television history.
I liked Desmond helping people remember the island (until we found out what the end game was) but the rest of the time spent in the slideways before that was completely pointless. Nothing happened. Other than leading to the bad ending all the slideways scenes were there for was to jam in as many cameos as possible. So Sawyer is banging Charlotte, so what? Artz didn’t blow up. That’s actually kind of disappointing. Keamy is back only to be shot dead. Who cares? Rousseau isn’t crazy? Boring!
Not only was the ending an unnecessary and sappy ending but the slideways scenes took away valuable time that could have been dedicated to more important things. The Desmond story line was very rushed. Crazy Claire got over her best friend stealing her baby awfully quick. Think back to the original crazy woman, Rousseau. Would she have gotten over her baby being stolen that quickly? Sayid turned into this empty soulless person and then in a blink of an idea he was all like, “I’m good again! I’m going to save everybody!” Jin and Sun spent two seasons and 30 years apart and then they are reunited for a minute and a half. All of these stories would have been better if they had more time to develop over the entire season and all of those storylines would have been more productive than dedicating half a season to an ending that basically said, “Yup, they all lived happily ever after.”
They could have answered important questions like what the heck is up with the smoke monster? Yes, we saw how the Man in Black became the smoke monster, but why a smoke monster? Why not a lizard that shoots lasers out of his eyes, a three-headed rhinoceros or a giant penguin? Why was the smoke monster once considered a “defense system for the island” if the smoke monster was the one trying to destroy the island? I didn’t expect every question to be answered. I don’t care where the polar bears came from or why Kate’s horse suddenly appears at random places (including Old Spice commercials), but the smoke monster was worthy of a better explanation than “dude fell down a cave and became smoke!” There are other important questions that could have been answered, like, who the hell is Alpert’s tailor? And where do I find him?
There are also a lot of holes in the final ending (thanks to my sister for pointing out some of these). Why does Faraday, who spends time on the island, not get to move on with the rest, but Penny, who was never on the island once, get to go? How come Bernard and Libby get to move on but Eko and Ana Lucia don’t (yes, I realize there were problems with Adewale and maybe he wouldn’t want to be there but they had Michelle Rodriguez there for the previous episode). Why in the fantasy purgatory world would Sayid end up with Shannon and not his true love Nadia? Why doesn’t Ben go and get Alex and Rousseau and have them move on and what about baby Charlie? Penny and Desmond have just met in purgatory world so they are moving on without their child. How come Walt didn’t get to move on with the rest of them or Vincent the dog? I saw the movie! I know that all dogs go to heaven!
Why didn’t we get to see the moment where Boone remembers the island? We saw everybody else’s awakening. What made Boone remember. Did he think to himself, “wow, my sister is an obnoxious slut!” Then suddenly he remembered, “I’ve thought this before! It was on an island where Shannon was being an obnoxious slut!” Or maybe a plane just fell on him.
Then the biggest mystery of all was Jack’s purgatory son. So Jack doesn’t have a son in the real world. Jack dies. Jack goes to this made up purgatory world where he has a son created for him. There’s just one problem. This son that was made up for him hates his guts. After years of not getting along they finally get along for a few weeks and then Jack abandons him in purgatory while he moves on to his final destination. That’s cruel even if a purgatory child is not the same as a normal child.
Then again, David’s father is Jack. His mother is Juliet. His step mother is going to be Kate. His step father is going to be Sawyer. If the worst thing that can happen in purgatory is that a plane can fall on you then you’re better off in purgatory kid!