Personally I got most of the answeres I wanted from the finale. From my understanding they were all dead from the beginning, as suspected no one would survive a plane crash of that magnitude. Remember that episode where they showed the plane underwater? and the visitors to the island confirmed that there were no survivors....
At the end Christian Shepard says that yes everything happened , yes they are real etc etc, meaning that purgatory is real, everything really happened, but it happened in purgatory...
Adam and Eve closed it for me, in season one the skeletons were fity years old but in season six they were 2000 years old. As per Chistian Shepards words there is no 'now here', they were still in purgatory while having this conversation.
The ones that died before could be Richard and afterwards could be Penny or even Juliet
But ofcourse that's just my view
"Producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse have spent season six telling us the show is about characters, not jaw-dropping answers. We've been on board with this assessment." SERIOUSLY?! Haven't the most boring/tedious parts of the show been all the flashbacks and alti-verse junk that have been telling us who these characters are? It began to be the "telling" rather than "showing" scenario, where just seeing how a character would react in distress on the island was more exciting and revealing than anything the writers were telling us about their pasts (Jack making a sandwich, yeah... that's exciting). Frankly, I believe those who were most upset over the finale put most of their attention on the plot (what the island was) rather than on the characters. I didn't need a good answer (it could have been weird and nonsensical even) but to be utterly distracted away from the island's storyline/conflict of Jacob and the MIB with the abundance of slow-motion hugs and kisses was like the writers dangling a kushy teddy-bear in our faces while holding Star Wars BLU ray DVD behind their backs. "Want to achieve a happy after-life? Simply love your fellow man in this life"... these are the things that should come out of an after school special, not a mysterious "sci-fi" thriller. If in the end it was all about the characters moving on and remembering their time on the island, I don't really buy the idea that they'd need to be reminded. The whole island experience (time-traveling included) seems to be something that would definitely stick in one's mind. Would you forget about it and attempt to re-create a better life for yourself in purgatory? Maybe the better life part but definitely not the forgetting part. Would it take an entire life-time to evolve from your experiences, probably not. Though maybe these characters were two F**ed-up. I mean, Jack had confidence problems... that's like... super serial.
Even after reading these comments I am still confused. If the island really existed in the real world and the characters grew as a result of their being stuck on the island together, why did the island have such a hold on the characters that it kept bringing them back? It seems like they were dead from the beginning of the show (they died in the plane crash). It seems like the island was purgatory. Once the characters learned how to live together and learned to sacrifice their interests for their fellow man/woman they were allowed to move onto the next world (afterlife). Of course, they first met in the church and then went to the next world together. All of the traveling through time and living in the alternate world just seemed to be further tests to determine who was ready and deserving of moving onto the next world (afterlife). In each of the characters' lives their priorities were all screwed up. As the program progressed through each season, the characters became more loving and more caring of those around them (eg Sawyer actually fell in love with Juliet - in prior seasons it was obvious that Sawyer was incapable of loving anybody). Jacob and the black monster were not necessarily good or evil. Each of them had elements of good and evil. I believe that they existed in order to teach the characters lessons about taking care of each other and sacrifice. I could go on forever with this so I will stop here.
if anyone noticed the church may have seemed tradinal but the stained glass represented something very different the final scene the stained glass has an ecleption of religions on it including jewdiusm, christian, pagan, ying/yang, and those windows were hinting that only the church represented his and proably most of the other survors idea of heaven, when in actuality their windows are there to represent mans ideas of afterlife, these religions, through glass shines a light!!!! the window is a big answer just think outside the box,
I watched this from the beginning, faithfully ! and the ending left me a bit confused but in reading and discussing w/ fellow watchers, I wasn't completely off. However, I have always suspected that the writers got a hold of some kick-a$$ "Maui Wowie" and just wrote, heh ! All in all, I'm glad I was part of it, sad that it's over.....and I TOO believe in duct tape !
The "Lost" finale was a great disappointment. Few questions were answered and the churchy ending was too pat. In fact, the writers used deus ex machina to end the six year series. They started to run out of ideas after the third season. Lost lost much of its audience.
Everyone who keeps saying the producers made it clear that the show as all about the characters clearly never read an interview with them during the first two seasons. Or live chat. Or read their blogs. Or anything. That the characters were important, and at time more important - might be true. At no time was it: "by the way, we're ditching this whole idea about explaining things".
While I will have to go back and rewatch the earlier seasons (I just got back up to season 3), I would say that yes there are some unanswered questions and stuff I'm sure the writers forgot about (though so far they were pretty good at covering everything that happened in season 1 and 2), but ultimately they did conclude the overall story despite those who feel they were cheated out of a resolution.
With many unhappy with the spirtual ending (obviously primarily those that aren't spirtual in real life, but hey its a tv show not a documentary) that we received, the whole church sequence, I felt was really just a way to say goodbye to all the beloved characters of the show much in the way most series finales do.
It was an ending for the overall show and for the fans, as far as the conclusion to the story: the monster was defeated and the end of the world was stopped.
That's pretty much as resolved as its gonna get.
I have been a Lost fan since episode 1. Following the finale I remain a fan. At the conclusion to the first series, it seemed there could only ever be three plausible outcomes. One, it was all an individual or collective dream. Two, it's really a scifi thriller. Three, the writers were creating a contemporary Lord of the Rings type drama, although it turned out slightly more Dan Brown than Tolkien.
But none of this devalues its significance as pace setting tv
for the 21st century.
What does slightly jar was not the lack of definitive conclusions to the storey as whole, or to any of multi-layered plots and storey lines ( there was enough of this type easy answer tv in the 20th century). No, it was the quasi or wholly Christian religious references to the conclusion. This risks a backward step in the direction of pre Lost tv. By the time most of the characters assembled in the church it seemed the obvious place for them. Dead or alive, and all together for a happy ending.
What I took away from this, is if I ever get into a fight with a creature made of spirit possessing no body; it isn't neccessary to have silver bullets (even though them are usually used against undead creatures who do have bodies), it isn't neccessary to have blessed holy water, it isn't neccessary to have a magic weapon to pierce his spiritual envelope and release his energy into the ether, it isn't neccessary to talk him into the light or banish him into the darkness, it isn't neccessary to put some wrong that is keeping him tied to a place right or to burn his body/remains/ashes; All I really need to do is punch the heck out of him, shoot him with regular bullets and push him off a cliff so that he can break his back and or skull. I'll be sure and try that the next time the opportunity arrises and let ya'll know if it works.
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