Monday, May 24, 2010

Get Lost

I’m finally starting to come down from my “Final Episode Ever of Lost” high.

I really can’t believe that my favorite TV show of the past 6 years is officially no more.

The internet has been all abuzz today talking up last night’s 2 ½ hour finale.

So, what did I think of it? Let’s see.

(Be warned. If you haven’t watched it yet, but plan to, you should probably just go away now)

Overall, I liked it quite a bit. Honestly, I love these characters so much that any time I get ANY exposure to them, even when the episode is not at its best, is a good day. Quite simply, LOST boasted the best written characters on TV, and I am going to miss the Hell out of them.

There were things about the Lost finale that I loved, and things that I hated, but the one thing that REALLY peeves me is all the asshats squawking this morning on the interwebs about how they hated the finale because “They left so many questions unanswered”.

Waaa, waaa, waaa.

The people who are complaining about that just never got the point of the show in the first place.

Contrary to what many may think, this show was NEVER about providing answers to a big mystery (unlike the X-Files, which WAS a show about providing answers. In the end, X-Files didn’t answer ANY of its questions, which is why I think THAT finale failed miserably.)

But for Lost, it was never about getting answers. It was about the journey that each of these flawed characters were taking, as each of them tried to find something in each of their lives which would give them personal healing and closure.

And like it or not, THAT is exactly what we got last night.

I could rant about the little things that bothered me, like the fact that we now know that when Juliette detonated the bomb last season, she did not create an alternate timeline as we were led to believe all year. The bomb, in the end, did nothing.

I could rant about the whole Purgatory thing, since as far back as season 1, everyone associated with the show swore up and down in interviews that they were NOT in purgatory and the concept of them all being dead would NEVER be how things wrapped up. Technically, that was true, but not really. It’s like escaping the lie using a lawyer’s loophole.

Hell, I could even rant about how we never even learned what the island WAS, anyway. I think we deserved to know THAT much.

But in the end, I can’t hold any of those things against them.

Last night, we got to see these people who we have come to know and love for 6 years, do battle one last time to try to escape that island. Some made it, but most died trying. And in the end, we learned that somewhere, at the end of time, each of these characters finally became whole, and in death, found each other again, and true happiness.

I just can’t shit all over an ending like that. We never learned all the answers to the questions we’ve had all these years, but we got to see resolutions, REAL resolutions, to each of these characters that we have come to know so well.

I can’t ask for more from an ending than that.

I am going to miss the HELL out of those people.


Lifeofkaylen said...

I agree - I was hoping for some answers but ultimately, I was happy to spend our last night together just being together and having a happy and peaceful ending. The end of the journey brought them all together and I miss them all already.

What do we have to look forward to now?? NOTHING.

Kirsty said...

I have a question. How did that guy remain so fat after living on a DESERT ISLAND for 6 years?? I must admit to never watching the show. I saw the first episode up to the bit with the panda, and then was basically like "Am I tripping? No. Too bad. Fuck this."

Verdant Earl said...

Well...the bomb did do one thing. It brought all the characters who were living in 1977 back to the future. Even if it was still on the island. So there's that.

And the X-Files was a show about providing answers? Really? I don't think it ever did. Even you said it there in parenthesis.

Slyde said...

kaylen: i couldnt agree more.

kirsty: He stayed tubby because the island had regular food shipments parachuted in. really.

earl: about the bomb: i guess, but they still misled us as to what it ultimately accomplished.

And i still contend that the premise of x-files was to give us the answers to the big government alien consipriacy. that payoff never happened.

Bruce Johnson said...

Already said it once.....if you really get teary eyed for LOST, just go find an old copy of Myst/Riven/Exile.....same thing with a first person shooter interface....and none of those annoying commericals or cliff hangers.

Slyde said...

bruce: did you know that MYST was honestly an inspiration for Lost? the producers have said it on many occasions..

Bruce Johnson said...

Actually, I didn't know the producers had stated that, it was just sort of obvious after watching one or two episodes of the show. I turned to my wife and exclaimed....this is nothing more than a 'Myst' TV which my wife responded....."Whats Myst?"

mo.stoneskin said...

But what on earth are you going to do with your time now? Sleep and watch soap operas?

Tamara said...

There are people more obsessive about Lost than you!

David J. M. Samson said...

Nice post.

We haven't had the last episode in Oz yet, but can't's on tomorrow night.

I fell away from the show for a season or so, but now it is at an end I wish I had stuck with it.

I plan to buy the box sets and just hide for a few months and watch all of the episodes.

I loved the X files (maybe more than LOST) but it did end weakly.

I get what you mean about answering questions. LOST was intelligently written, and as such should not be expected to explain every little detail for the viewer. That would be lazy of us.

A good show, and I hope all those actors go on to continue their successful careers.

Cuz said...

I agree with EVERYTHING you said. It was an awesome ending to a fantastic show. There will NEVER be another LOST. I will not only miss the show but the characters as well.

Unknown said...

I've never seen one single episode of Lost. Just today in talking about it with a friend I decided to get the first season and start there.

You're comments help to confirm that decision.

elizabeth said...

which is why you have to find a new hobby. Like - hmmmmm getting onto survivor?

sybil law said...

You should go back to writing about how fucking awesome I am.
At least then I'll have an opinion. :)

Heff said...

I got "Lost" in the plot during Season 1, so I stopped my addiction.

It was one of those shows where if you miss one damn episode, it's all over far ya, lol.

Dr Zibbs said...

Earl said he doesn't care about your recap.

Candy's daily Dandy said...

I didn't get the Lost gene..Is there something wrong with me?

Chris H said...

I am proud to say I managed to NEVER EVER watch it! Wooo hooo. lol