What I Loved About the Lost Finale

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My TV Fanatic cohorts, M.L. House and Mr. Probst make decent points about the Lost finale:

Yes, action on the island was difficult to care about because the rules and developments felt so arbitrary. And, yes, the reveal of the Sideways World as a form of Purgatory felt disconnected from storylines that were the main focus of season six. Or the entire show in general, for that matter.

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But why be negative? Lost was never a perfect show, merely an ambitious one, unlike anything seen on television before. The finale continued this tradition. Consider these positives from it:

  • Amazing acting. Even when I knew when island enlightenment was about to take place, I was moved to tears. First, Sun and Jin got me. Then, Kate and Claire. Finally, Sawyer and Juliet. Elizabeth Mitchell and Josh Holloway formed such chemistry over such a short period of time that even when I knew exactly what Juliet was gonna say about meeting for coffee, I reached for Kleenex.
  • Incredible direction. The final scene, where Lost interspersed Jack's greeting of dead friends with his death on the island, should be shown in every Directing 101 class around the world.
  • Character connections. Admit it, you feel silly wondering about the Dharma food drops and other minute details now, don't you? Lost created a universe of layered, complicated characters unlike any depicted on TV. We went on a ride with these individuals for six rich seasons, culminating in scenes many of us will be rewinding on our DVR for weeks to come: an enlightened Locke telling Jack “I hope that somebody does for you what you just did for me;" Jack finally embracing his father; Locke forgiving Ben. Great moments, well-earned all around.
  • The show spoke to us. More than anything, Lost rose to prominence because fans loved to debate it and discuss it online, at work, in restaurants. In many ways, we're responsible for its success; not just because we watched, but because we became immersed in it. In this way, the finale didn't just speak to Jack, it spoke to all of us: we aren't dead, but we are part of a community that relied on each other and had an incredible, memorable experience with a group of strangers.

That's what I'll take with me. I look forward to hearing your comments and to meeting my friends tonight to discuss the finale, some of whom I didn't know when Lost premiered.

We might not be moving toward any light together, but we are moving toward a life without Lost - and if we don't relive it together, well, we're gonna drink alone.

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    "Amazing acting." Check, consistently great acting, the show's main attraction. "Incredible direction." Check, probably the secondmost attraction -- however, "Jack's greeting of dead friends with his death on the island, should be shown in every Directing 101 class around the world" -- that would be true only if Jack's death weren't senseless in the context of the story. "Character connections." Check, goes along with the acting, same attraction really -- however, "Admit it, you feel silly wondering about the Dharma food drops and other minute details now, don't you?" -- no, I don't, because they're completely inexplicable, so they detract from my willing suspension of disbelief, and being ultimately unexplained tend to ruin the story for me. "The show spoke to us." Check, but in the end (literally!) what it said made no sense, and that's rather sad and at least a bit annoying, given the amount of time we devoted to it. :(

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    Thank you so much!! too often i hear nothing but berating reviews of shows that i love to death. this was an amazing finale, and a wonderful way to tie up the story of the castaways...yes thats right, the castaways...not the island...not the others...just the castaways. IMO it seems to me that the people who arent enamoured by these closing hours are people that wanted this to be the end to the story to the island. they wanted to know all about everything. Yes the food drops (who cares), whats MIB's name? (not the poinbt at all) or any of the other things they dropped 9or didnt drop on us) during these 6 seasons. they came their to do what they had to do and thats it. the islands story isnt over yet so why should we see an ending to it...but the story of the 815 survivors is over. they each played their parts, defeated the monster, saved the island and now their done.

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    Gah, I just really wanted Sawyer to end up with Kate, never liked Kate and Jack as a couple.

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    even thought i used to love skate...juliet and sawyer are beyond any comments...amazing in 30 seconds:)

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    too bad theres haters of the ending.. not sure what they were expecting. All along the island was just the backdrop and setting for these characters and there stories. The Saywer/Juliette scene was amazing. I loved this ending, Jack dying on the island while at the same time all of them moving to the afterlife was so moving and powerful. Truly fantastic writing.

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    I agree with what said above. If you had all the answers where would the mystery be. Show me a TV show that was perfection for 6 seasons.That answered every single question in one neat little package. You have to admit though. Even the hardest of us fought back the tears at least once. Some of the best dramatic acting on TV ever. The best had to be Juliet and Sawyer's reunion.

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    I think the writers of LOST , did exactly that, they LOST their minds when writing such an insane plot. EXTREMELY sad to be led on for so many seasons only to have it end like that!!!!!