The “Lost” finale is just around the corner, this Sunday from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. How it will all end has been on the minds of people all over the world since the beginning of its final season.
The audience has learned a lot over the past few months. We have been treated to a viewing of the alternative path for the occupants of that fateful Oceanic flight. We have learned these people were destined to meet and that fate would not be denied.
Fans also got their long-awaited answers about the mysterious Jacob and the evil smoke monster. It turns out they were ill-fated brothers much like Cain and Abel. The two of them loved and hated with equal zest.
The bad brother wants desperately to get off the island and is willing to do anything it takes – even destroy the island itself – to achieve that goal. The good brother, on the other hand, has been shown the importance of the island’s existence. He strives equally hard to save the island.
It is the classic battle of good versus evil. One wants what is best for mankind. The other seeks what he believes best for himself alone. Yet everything still may not be as black and white as one might think.
Jacob has revealed that he handpicked each of the potential candidates chosen to take his place as guardian of the island. When Sawyer asks what gives him the right to mess with their lives, he matter of factly tells them that they were flawed and looking for something they could never find elsewhere. I suspect that is their own salvation.
Invested in the island’s supplanted inhabitants, it was easy to forget that all of Oceanic’s passengers were hiding deep dark secrets that could be their undoing. Yet it appears that they also harbor a seed of hope for forgiveness.
Over the course of the last few weeks, the audience has watched a nearly insane Claire find some balance once again, all for love of her child. We have seen Sayid straddle the wire between good and evil; fall over the wrong side and then find his way back once again.
We have witnessed the strength of true love as exhibited by Sun and Jin. It gives new meaning to the world “till death do us part.”
We have watched an unsure Hurly emerge as leader and find his inner hero. We have seen Kate struggle to reconcile Claire with her child. We have witnessed the goodness within Sawyer. Finally, we have seen Jack step up and take command once again in a selfless act to save the people he has grown to love.
While one by one, our heroes and heroines have slowly perished, we can rest assured that they found what they were looking for. That makes their death much easier to deal with.
However, a lot of questions remain. Is Ben truly reformed or, as his most recent actions have shown, still as evil as ever? Who the heck was Charles Whitmore and what did he so desperately need from the island?
Why can’t the smoke monster simply blow his way off the island? What holds him to that site?
What role does Desmond play in the grand scheme of things? Does he now understand that as flashes into the parallel existence seem to imply?
If the island is the source of all things, does that mean it is the gateway to heaven or the pathway to hell? Or is, as has been hinted, a kind of purgatory where some must go in order to find redemption?
Is its guardian blessed or cursed with the job of keeping the island safe? Why must there be a counterbalance?
We can only hope that these answers will all become clear during the two-hour season finale. But who knows? The writers might leave room for a movie sequel. That would certainly be in tune with the way this show has gone from the beginning. Give a few answers riddled with a few dozen new questions.
My take is this. The candidates for guardian of the island were chosen by Jacob because he believed they held enough good inside of them to merit redemption. However, to receive it, they had to go through a series of challenges that pitted their lives against those they love.
As for the island, I think it is a kind of purgatory. It is there to teach people that they are much more than a single wrong doing or a random act of kindness. They have to pick a side and let their actions speak for themselves. One path leads to salvation; the other to damnation; hence the duplicity of the two brothers.
However, one thing is certain when it comes to “Lost.” Nothing is ever truly clear cut and almost anything is possible. We, as viewers, have just been along for the ride.