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Did You Hate The ‘Lost’ Finale? Read This & May You Discover Enlightenment
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Lost Finale

It’s hard for me to even explain the emotions that I and many others experienced over the course of this final season of LOST. I did my very best to encapsulate these emotions and opinions into our discussion of the last episode ever, “The End,” but when the time came, I had no idea what to say, and have been literally thinking about it non-stop ever since that final image rolled across our eyes.

At that very moment — after those final, impactful story seeds were implanted into our fertile and eager brains — I have to admit: I wasn’t happy; I was confused and unsure of what I had witnessed. I refused to react with the vicious tenacity that most seemed to be doing (whether in praise or slander), and instead chose to wait; I chose to let those seeds rest and grow overnight and to see what things felt like today. Every second of the remainder of my evening up until my crossover into sleep was spent pondering, and when I awoke, confusion was still the dominant emotion.

But thanks to the endless web of networks that exists on Twitter, I was pointed in a few directions that promised perspective and perhaps even closure. I found myself reading a few different in-depth pieces, which took me in, sat me down with a nice cup of tea, and shared their thoughts. It is in these places where I’ve realized that I am happy with how Lost ended, and it feels really good.

Click over for much more, including a supposed explanation from someone from J.J. Abrams‘ Bad Robot. As always, be warned: spoilers are in full effect.

Instead of adding to the discussion we posted last night, I chose to write an entirely new piece sharing these same places with you. For the many that were really struggling to enjoy Lost and hated the finale, not much will likely help; but if you’re like me and loved every second of all six seasons of the show but struggled with the ending scenes and what they offered, these are for you!

As I’ve said, I did not hate the finale. I was knocked off-balance by those last few minutes, but much like the Battlestar Galactica finale (which is naturally being used in comparison), there wasn’t enough to cause me to hate something that I’ve loved so deeply. To this day, I don’t like the very last twist to BSG, and actually even pretend it never happened. This is what I feared I would have to do with Lost. But now, having read these perspectives, it all makes a lot more sense, and I can now “let go and move on.”

The first thing that jumped into my brain at the end was that everyone was dead, had been dead since the plane crash and that the feared “none of it happened; none of it mattered” ending had occurred. Then I thought this was some cruel Scooby-Doo joke and we had been shown the M. Night Shyamalan ending. This was that proverbial giant middle finger that Family Guy talked about in the virtual reality-based “Stewie Kills Louis”/”Louis Kills Stewie” episodes. The thought that the one theory that EVERYONE has had since the beginning of the show — that they’re all dead — was actually being used was too shocking to comprehend. It also made things like the Dharma Initiative and Charles Widmore and his hired guns all make no sense at all. Maybe I was too emotionally drained to understand everything at the time and to process what was being shown to me.

It took all that pondering, some chats with friends, and these words from others who obviously have much better brains than myself to guide me to the realization that they weren’t dead the whole time; that the island and everything we’ve seen over the past six seasons did in fact happen, and that I could love that which I was so unsure of.

My personal favorite coverage of the finale and what we saw came from Jezebel, where explanations of that alternate world where everyone landed safely in L.A. and all of the religious undertones are offered, as well as the significance of the final moments and why just because they were in a church doesn’t mean the show went fully Jesus on us. That coverage also included the image you can click and see above, which clearly shows a stained-glass window behind Jack in the church, and all of the various symbols of religion together as one.

This wasn’t about dying and going to heaven. This was about life, love, and death; it was about finding the moments and people in life who make yours worth living. It was about always being with them, in this life or the next life. It was all about what Jack said in the first episode: “But if we can’t live together, we’re going to die alone” — which is exactly what they were trying to symbolize, even up to Vincent the dog joining Jack’s side at the end of his efforts to save the island.

In this epiphany, it all made sense. And I took a nice, deep breath and smiled knowing that I had my closure…it just took longer than many others who saw the episode this way immediately. Sadly, many others will always hate how the show played out, and while that’s okay, it is pretty depressing to think about. Even when I was completely unsure about the ending, there was no way I could ever discount the show and how much it has meant to me. Most television today is horrid and unwatchable, and for something as consistently perfect as Lost had been, it’s truly heartbreaking to think of all the fans like me who will never watch it again because on those final few moments.

If the above link didn’t help you to make sense of everything and answer some of your remaining questions, this might help. This comes from Spoiler TV, and it is supposedly directly written by someone who works at Lost production company Bad Robot, and who has worked on the finale and many other episodes. Whether it actually IS this person or not is not confirmed, but they talk about it like they know exactly what’s going on. Nothing about this sounds like a fan trying to pretend they have the answers. It’s a must-read if you’re still lost in opinion hell. Read, and take it as you will.

Good stuff on here! I can finally throw in my two cents! I’ve had to bite my tongue for far too long. Also, hopefully I can answer some of John’s questions about Dharma and the “pointless breadcrumbs” that really, weren’t so pointless …

First …
The Island:

It was real. Everything that happened on the island that we saw throughout the 6 seasons was real. Forget the final image of the plane crash, it was put in purposely to f*&k with people’s heads and show how far the show had come. They really crashed. They really survived. They really discovered Dharma and the Others. The Island keeps the balance of good and evil in the world. It always has and always will perform that role. And the Island will always need a “Protector”. Jacob wasn’t the first, Hurley won’t be the last. However, Jacob had to deal with a malevolent force (MIB) that his mother, nor Hurley had to deal with. He created the devil and had to find a way to kill him — even though the rules prevented him from actually doing so.

Thus began Jacob’s plan to bring candidates to the Island to do the one thing he couldn’t do. Kill the MIB. He had a huge list of candidates that spanned generations. Yet everytime he brought people there, the MIB corrupted them and caused them to kill one another. That was until Richard came along and helped Jacob understand that if he didn’t take a more active role, then his plan would never work.

Enter Dharma — which I’m not sure why John is having such a hard time grasping. Dharma, like the countless scores of people that were brought to the island before, were brought there by Jacob as part of his plan to kill the MIB. However, the MIB was aware of this plan and interferred by “corrupting” Ben. Making Ben believe he was doing the work of Jacob when in reality he was doing the work of the MIB. This carried over into all of Ben’s “off-island” activities. He was the leader. He spoke for Jacob as far as they were concerned. So the “Others” killed Dharma and later were actively trying to kill Jack, Kate, Sawyer, Hurley and all the candidates because that’s what the MIB wanted. And what he couldn’t do for himself.

Dharma was originally brought in to be good. But was turned bad by MIB’s corruption and eventually destroyed by his pawn Ben. Now, was Dharma only brought there to help Jack and the other Canditates on their overall quest to kill Smokey? Or did Jacob have another list of Canidates from the Dharma group that we were never aware of? That’s a question that is purposley not answered because whatever answer the writers came up with would be worse than the one you come up with for yourself. Still … Dharma’s purpose is not “pointless” or even vague. Hell, it’s pretty blantent.

Still, despite his grand plan, Jacob wanted to give his “candidates” (our Lostaways) the one thing he, nor his brother, were ever afforded: free will. Hence him bringing a host of “candidates” through the decades and letting them “choose” which one would actually do the job in the end. Maybe he knew Jack would be the one to kill Flocke and that Hurley would be the protector in the end. Maybe he didn’t. But that was always the key question of the show: Fate vs Free-will. Science vs Faith. Personally I think Jacob knew from the beginning what was going to happen and that everyone played a part over 6 seasons in helping Jack get to the point where he needed to be to kill Smokey and make Hurley the protector — I know that’s how a lot of the writers viewed it. But again, they won’t answer that (nor should they) because that ruins the fun.

In the end, Jack got to do what he always wanted to do from the very first episode of the show: Save his fellow Lostaways. He got Kate and Sawyer off the island and he gave Hurley the purpose in life he’d always been missing. And, in Sideways world (which we’ll get to next) he in fact saved everyone by helping them all move on …

Now…

Sideways World:

Sideways world is where it gets really cool in terms of theology and metaphysical discussion (for me at least — because I love history/religion theories and loved all the talks in the writer’s room about it). Basically what the show is proposing is that we’re all linked to certain people during our lives. Call them soulmates (though it’s not exactly the best word). But these people we’re linked to are with us duing “the most important moments of our lives” as Christian said. These are the people we move through the universe with from lifetime to lifetime. It’s loosely based in Hinduisim with large doses of western religion thrown into the mix.

The conceit that the writers created, basing it off these religious philosophies, was that as a group, the Lostaways subconsciously created this “sideways” world where they exist in purgatory until they are “awakened” and find one another. Once they all find one another, they can then move on and move forward. In essence, this is the show’s concept of the afterlife. According to the show, everyone creates their own “Sideways” purgatory with their “soulmates” throughout their lives and exist there until they all move on together. That’s a beautiful notion. Even if you aren’t religious or even spirtual, the idea that we live AND die together is deeply profound and moving.

It’s a really cool and spirtual concept that fits the whole tone and subtext the show has had from the beginning. These people were SUPPOSED to be together on that plane. They were supposed to live through these events — not JUST because of Jacob. But because that’s what the universe or God (depending on how religious you wish to get) wanted to happen. The show was always about science vs faith — and it ultimately came down on the side of faith. It answered THE core question of the series. The one question that has been at the root of every island mystery, every character backstory, every plot twist. That, by itself, is quite an accomplishment.

How much you want to extrapolate from that is up to you as the viewer. Think about season 1 when we first found the Hatch. Everyone thought that’s THE answer! Whatever is down there is the answer! Then, as we discovered it was just one station of many. One link in a very long chain that kept revealing more, and more of a larger mosiac.

But the writer’s took it even further this season by contrasting this Sideways “purgatory” with the Island itself. Remember when Michael appeared to Hurley, he said he was not allowed to leave the Island. Just like the MIB. He wasn’t allowed into this sideways world and thus, was not afforded the opportunity to move on. Why? Because he had proven himself to be unworthy with his actions on the Island. He failed the test. The others, passed. They made it into Sideways world when they died — some before Jack, some years later. In Hurley’s case, maybe centuries later. They exist in this sideways world until they are “awakened” and they can only move on TOGETHER because they are linked. They are destined to be together for eternity. That was their destiny.

They were NOT linked to Anna Lucia, Daniel, Roussou, Alex, Miles, Lupidis, (and all the rest who weren’t in the chuch — basically everyone who wasn’t in season 1). Yet those people exist in Sideways world. Why? Well again, here’s where they leave it up to you to decide. The way I like to think about it, is that those people who were left behind in Sideways world have to find their own soulmates before they can wake up. It’s possible that those links aren’t people from the island but from their other life (Anna’s parnter, the guy she shot — Roussou’s husband, etc etc).

A lot of people have been talking about Ben and why he didn’t go into the Church. And if you think of Sideways world in this way, then it gives you the answer to that very question. Ben can’t move on yet because he hasn’t connected with the people he needs to. It’s going to be his job to awaken Roussou, Alex, Anna Lucia (maybe), Ethan, Goodspeed, his father and the rest. He has to attone for his sins more than he did by being Hurley’s number two. He has to do what Hurley and Desmond did for our Lostaways with his own people. He has to help them connect. And he can only move on when all the links in his chain are ready to. Same can be said for Faraday, Charlotte, Whidmore, Hawkins etc. It’s really a neat, and cool concept. At least to me.

But, from a more “behind the scenes” note: the reason Ben’s not in the church, and the reason no one is in the church but for Season 1 people is because they wrote the ending to the show after writing the pilot. And never changed it. The writers always said (and many didn’t believe them) that they knew their ending from the very first episode. I applaud them for that. It’s pretty fantastic. Originally Ben was supposed to have a 3 episode arc and be done. But he became a big part of the show. They could have easily changed their ending and put him in the church — but instead they problem solved it. Gave him a BRILLIANT moment with Locke outside the church … and then that was it. I loved that. For those that wonder — the original ending started the moment Jack walked into the church and touches the casket to Jack closing his eyes as the other plane flies away. That was always JJ’s ending. And they kept it.

For me the ending of this show means a lot. Not only because I worked on it, but because as a writer it inspired me in a way the medium had never done before. I’ve been inspired to write by great films. Maybe too many to count. And there have been amazing TV shows that I’ve loved (X-Files, 24, Sopranos, countless 1/2 hour shows). But none did what LOST did for me. None showed me that you could take huge risks (writing a show about faith for network TV) and stick to your creative guns and STILL please the audience. I learned a lot from the show as a writer. I learned even more from being around the incredible writers, producers, PAs, interns and everyone else who slaved on the show for 6 years.

In the end, for me, LOST was a touchstone show that dealt with faith, the afterlife, and all these big, spirtual questions that most shows don’t touch. And to me, they never once waivered from their core story — even with all the sci-fi elements they mixed in. To walk that long and daunting of a creative tightrope and survive is simply astounding.

Pretty impressive stuff. And if THAT’s not enough, you can always head over to Entertainment Weekly, where fellow Lost-fanatic Jeff Jensen, whose 7-page part ONE of two leaves no stones unturned.

Those are my delayed thoughts on Lost; the feelings and emotions that I couldn’t quite locate without the much-appreciated help of others. You can still of course go and share thoughts about the episode and series at our discussion, but by all means, if you were lost like me and unsure about that ending, share with us here if these helped you out like they did for me, or if you’re stone-firm in your distaste for the closure of this amazing series.

28 Comments »

  1. good stuff, but the second, lengthier theory probably isn’t the work of a real insider. if he was an insider, he wouldn’t have so adamantly said that only losties from season one were in the church at the end. he would have realized that libby was not from season 1, as well as some others. just sayin’

    but yeah, i felt a little unsatisfied after wathing the finale too. but, after thinking about it for a full day, i love it. great story. great themes. great show. better put, greatest show!

    Comment by mike — May 25, 2010 @ 12:53 am

  2. Thanks for posting this. I’ve been struggling with the last 10 minutes since I watched it late last night. I *wanted* to like it, but I just couldn’t accept what I felt was a cop-out ending. I understood that The Island was real and that not everyone was dead the whole time, but the Sideways world was hard for me to accept because it felt so far out of left field; it didn’t seem to fit with the rest of the show. But reading this helps quite a bit. I’m still a little leery, but I think when my wife and I watch the finale again this weekend, having this in mind will help. I’ll be emailing this to everyone I know.

    Comment by SpaceMonkeyX — May 25, 2010 @ 1:03 am

  3. @mike — Earlier he also says “basically” anyone from Season 1. Libby and others were exceptions because they tied to the main characters — Libby was Hurley’s Constant, Desmond/Penny aren’t Season 1, etc… They’re still linked to those main characters from the first season, and so they can be there for that scene.

    I wondered that too.

    @SpaceMonkey — I’m not watching it again any time soon, but I’m really excited to get the complete series when it comes out and watch from the first second to the last second knowing all that we know now.

    Should be one last great ride that will hopefully compensate for the major Lost withdrawals I’ll be having by then!

    Comment by The Movie God — May 25, 2010 @ 1:22 am

  4. Wow. I felt a lot of this already, but good to read it all, as well. Gonna save this page to show to others.

    Great finale, in my opinion.

    Comment by Wings — May 25, 2010 @ 7:38 am

  5. Thanks for posting this, I really appreciate it.
    I was very moved by the finale as I was by the BSG finale.
    The more I think about it, the more I feel that did a really good job of ending the series.

    Comment by Jerry — May 25, 2010 @ 7:59 am

  6. I think I can summarise the entire show, for anyone still confused:

    ‘A wizard did it’.

    Comment by Shilling — May 25, 2010 @ 8:24 am

  7. @the movie god

    exactly, and that’s basically my point. it’s not “people from season one” – it’s people who have a special connection, people who have impacted each other and made each other’s lives memorable.

    and for record, i was responding to this statment: “They were NOT linked to Anna Lucia, Daniel, Roussou, Alex, Miles, Lupidis, (and all the rest who weren’t in the chuch — basically everyone who wasn’t in season 1).” but clearly multiple characters who weren’t in season 1 and weren’t on the oceanic flight were there in the church at the end. i appreciate what the writer is saying, i just don’t think he or she is really an insider or that would have been obvious. right?

    Comment by mike — May 25, 2010 @ 9:43 am

  8. So why wasn’t Jack’s mother in the church? Or everyone’s mother, children, and friends who had a special connection?

    That means the whole church scene is unrealistic.

    PS…why would Ben need to tell Locke he doesn’t need the chair anymore? Unless of course, none of those people really knew why they were there. You telling me Locke didn’t know he could walk in the afterlife. I thought he was woken up?

    Comment by sam — May 25, 2010 @ 10:50 am

  9. Thanks for this article. My own personal theory about what was going to happen was totally wrong, and I’m sort of glad it was. I was blind-sided by the ending, but sometimes being blindsided is a good thing. It seems that every time a major show ends there is a backlash about the finale from angry, dissappointed fans. In some cases that is warranted, but not here. For a show about faith, self-sacrifice,and believing in things greater than yourself (whatever those things may be), I really can’t imagine a better or a more fitting ending. As for the various interpretations of what the final moments meant, I like to think that the show runners want us as viewers to take their cues and use them to develop our own interpretations. To me that’s what made this show so great; even at the end you aren’t given all of the answers. You are allowed to firgure things out on your own. That shows tremendous respect for the audience.

    Comment by Craig — May 25, 2010 @ 11:37 am

  10. Whoever wrote that is clearly lying. Desmond, Penny, Bernard, and Libby were all in the church so it couldn’t have been written by the writers (“and never changed”) in the beginning. Also, why didn’t Michael “pass the test”? What did he do that was so much worse than anyone else? Many other people committed murder. Sawyer, Kate, Jin, Locke, probably others I’m not remembering. Why did they “pass the test”? And what about Walt? How is he not connected to the others, but someone like Boone is? And the Others clearly were not actively trying to kill the Losties. They would have done so, a million times over. Hell, they had Sawyer, Jack, Kate, and Hurley tied up and in their clutches at one point. They could’ve killed them right then and there. And what about the lists of names the Other’s had? They weren’t a list of Candidates; Cindy was on that list, as were most of the Tailies, and none of them were killed, that we know of. We definitely know Cindy survived.
    I have no problem with people who were moved by the finale and found the series itself to be profound and touching. But don’t pretend it all added up in the end; that’s just silly.

    Comment by Ryan — May 25, 2010 @ 1:12 pm

  11. @Ryan:
    What makes you think that the last scene featuring Desmond, Penny, Bernard and Libby couldn’t have been written in the beginning? Just because they haven’t been in the first season doesn’t necessarily mean that the writers didn’t plan with them.

    Comment by sparkles — May 25, 2010 @ 4:33 pm

  12. It doesn’t matter whether the ending was the same from the beginning of the show or not. The show had clearly reached a point where shock factor replaced actual drama (such Jack asking to have an army built, or watching a boy being brain washed then saved and those moments never touched on again. Or Echo building a church and then randomly dying.) Ironically this is not the way it ended. It was very predictable and quite the opposite of the shock factor effect. No, I don’t mean predictable in the sense that you could guess all the moments but predictable in dealing with real issues. In the end the vague, “whatever you choose is right ending” was the sad bi-product of spreading themselves to thin. I don’t mind a little vagueness in the end but after we had waited six years for answers and the final season had to create an alternate reality to achieve a goal was nothing short of tragic.

    Comment by Clint Blevins — May 25, 2010 @ 4:56 pm

  13. I humbly request that my previous comment not be published unless believed to be of any use to discussion. I have found that speaking on the end of Lost is too subjective like the ending itself. I felt badly even as I wrote it like I was attacking the whole show which I was not.

    Comment by Clint — May 25, 2010 @ 5:41 pm

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  15. @sam

    I think it’s because none of them were ever really any good at their real lives, which is why Jacob chose them. They all struggled through their existence and never really had the connections they formed on the island. Maybe Jack and his mother weren’t as close as we’d assume, or maybe the producers didn’t think such small characters on the show needed to be featured like that.

    You also have to keep in mind that this is a fictional show built for entertainment purposes. A lot of people are trying to explain or question why this doesn’t make sense or that isn’t logical — the fact of the matter is that we had just watched a show with deadly, electrical smoke monsters, magical time traveling islands,ageless men, and all sorts of other crazy stuff. We need to remind ourselves that this isn’t CSI and that part of the fun is in the theatrical and fantasy elements that could never happen in real life.

    That goes for all of the other stuff people are angry/confused about. There was clearly some questionable stuff going on that did not make sense to a lot of people — no one says it was flawless — but it also should not be nit-picked to such extreme levels where we’re just looking for things to dislike, either. That extracts the fun we seek in movies and TV shows.

    Plenty of movies have stuff that makes no sense, but because they’re only two hours, we don’t really always think about it. But because Lost had six seasons and hours and hours of story, much of which were absolutely brilliant, I don’t think everyone would have been happy no matter WHAT they did with the end.

    The point of this article was really just to give those who were really lost and unsure what they thought a much better understanding of what that ending meant, and how much more intricate it was in relation to previous storylines and character traits.

    As I’ve said, if you still don’t like it after reading, then there’s nothing else that will make you like the show, and that’s fine…just kinda depressing.

    Comment by The Movie God — May 25, 2010 @ 8:06 pm

  16. @Clint
    I don’t think you came off as attacking the show, and you definitely added to the conversation :-)

    Comment by Empress Eve — May 25, 2010 @ 8:12 pm

  17. That all being said, I don’t disagree with everything being said.

    I think they could have done completely without the sideways universe and that whole storyline and just concentrated on the stories we were seeing on the island.

    I think that if they did the epic battle between Jack and Locke at the end, the eventual victory of good over evil, the rise of Hurley as the chosen one of sorts, and all of those characters finally getting off the island with the plane, it could have worked just as well if not better.

    For instance: if there was no sideways universe, and just the story we saw on the island unfolded, and they ended with Jack laying in his spot, the plane leaving, and then showed us brief “future” closure shots like maybe Hurley, Ben, and Desmond rebuilding the Others’ houses, Kate and Sawyer hanging out with Jin and Sun’s daughter perhaps, Claire with her mother and Jack’s mother playing with Aaron, and other things like that…would you have been happier? How about a camera panning away from Hurley and Co. as we see a cruise ship going down near shore?

    There are things that others would have been more receptive to, that’s for sure, but that’s not where they went. And though I was really shaky on their choice at first, I’ve come to realize that there’s something really deep and spiritual about it, no matter what your religious views may be.

    That and because they probably wanted people like us to ALWAYS be discussing what the hell was going on, which is truly fitting for this show.

    Comment by The Movie God — May 25, 2010 @ 8:27 pm

  18. @Clint

    Empress Eve is right — that’s what these are all about. This finale was built to be debated and discussed, loved and hated.

    No one can be wrong or right about it; we can only share our own thoughts with each other and run with it!

    Comment by The Movie God — May 25, 2010 @ 8:30 pm

  19. Basically I agree with The Movie God’s analysis. If this prints, I’ll elaborate…

    Comment by doctor zook — May 26, 2010 @ 12:44 am

  20. So, yup, sideways world was a type of Purgatory where the Lostaways got another chance to create alternate “pretend” lives after they die, until they passed together through the golden light. See my posts on: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/celebritology/2010/05/lost_dueling_analysis_the_end.html Mar 25 (1:46, 2:20, 5:42, 8:30, 8:36 pm).
    Now on to the post by the Bad Roboteer. (Latest rumor is that he/she was a PA with Lost. All the writers probably have a “don’t reveal” clause in their contract.)
    I think that everything that happened on the island, with Oceanic 6, etc was real. Somebody somewhere wrote that the plane wreck seen in the close could be a future plane wreck. I like that: things continue on.
    I think Dharma didn’t come to island because of Jacob, they came independently. Because of that, I don’t think there were any candidates in the Dharma group. They were scientific geeks who wanted to experiment with the electromagnetic (golden light) energy. Which is why the Hostiles(Others) killed them, under orders from Jacob, probably straight from Richard. He, like his step-mom didn’t want anyone messing with the light. I think most of Jacob’s wishes were communicated directly to Richard who had directly seen and talked to him. Even though he was in a #2 position, he was the messenger.
    So Ben and Others killed Dharma on Jacob’s wishes, not MIB’s. Look at the last episode: MIB wanted to tamper with the light source.
    The Others probably didn’t want to kill Hurley and friends (no proof that they did), because they were candidates. Again, Richard is a main force with the Others, so Others follow Jacob’s wishes. I think Ben thought all along that he was helping Jacob until the end of season 5, when he killed him. In “The End” Ben realized that he had probably been manipulated by Smoky in the past. Poor Ben, he never got to see or talk to Jacob and maybe that was because Jacob realized that he had always been tainted by MIB.
    I think all of the Sideways comments by Bad Roboteer were good (except was he/she really in the writers’ room?). Ben, Anna Luisa, Dan, and others had other different affinity groups to leave with from Sidewayslandia.
    Basically, I enjoyed the ending, though I think big plot points got pushed off towards the dustbin (eg the Linus/Widmore rivalry, why Locke needed to kill his father, the civilizations that built the statue and the temples, etc). The series was full of some great surprises and got me thinking.
    I’d appreciate any comments. Namaste.

    Comment by doctor zook — May 26, 2010 @ 10:19 am

  21. The ending was good, i had no problem with it, but I think it was too early for it. We wanted more; more shock value, like someone else here mentioned. There are so many elements that were introduced so perfectly, but then seems like the writers forgot about them (such as the lighthouse or Widmore’s team, etc…). They could have gone much further without necessarily feeding us the answers directly.

    To me, it reminded me of a wonderful story a student would have written for an exam, but than reached his maximum word count, forcing him to rush the ending. Very deceiving.

    Overall, yes faith was chosen over science, but it is not an excuse to forget about science, which was also a part of the show, and giving up on it on a final episode like that is just unfair.

    (forgive my english, it is my secondary language)

    Comment by Lou — May 26, 2010 @ 2:30 pm

  22. I thought it brought everything together while leaving just enough room for interpretation for different spiritual beliefs.
    By the way I found a website that give you prizes for your opinions here is the topic about Lost Finale:
    http://opinion.ezwingame.com/topics/did-you-love-or-hate-the-lost-finale

    Comment by elizabeth Jones — May 27, 2010 @ 12:05 pm

  23. If all that’s true (comment from Spoiler TV) – why wasn’t Mr. Echo in the church with them? Yea, I know – salary dispute but … hey, they should have paid him what he wanted – otherwise all of the above doesn’t make much sense. To me.

    Comment by BoBo — June 1, 2010 @ 10:11 am

  24. The ending was . . . okay. But it could have been better. Good drama and action, but sloppy writing. That’s all I have to say.

    Comment by Rosie — June 1, 2010 @ 6:07 pm

  25. I could never re-watch the show because the ending, it was that bad. It made the entire series feel pointless. The writers should feel ashamed of themselves for coping out. They say life has no answers blah blah. They wrote the story they could have answered stuff. Comics for example fill in a lot of the story and people are happy with it.

    Comment by LostSucked — June 16, 2010 @ 12:27 am

  26. The ending most certainly is a cop-out as the writers so convoluted the plot that they were obviously making everything up as they went along without any reasonable after-thought as to how to “tie” it all together. They gave us a season split in two different dimensions that could have easily been their own separate seasons; even though they went to great lengths to show connections between the two dimensions, they were actually completely irrelevant of one another and to the “sci-fi/mystery” goings-on. The writers comments afterwards of it being, “all about the characters,” is indicative of their inability to defend the finale as anything other than a coped-out ending. The show was not just about the characters. Obviously every story is about characters, but that’s not what makes something a story; it’s everything else and they, in their own Freudian-slipped words, dropped the ball on everything else.

    Comment by Cop Out Ending — January 5, 2011 @ 6:51 pm

  27. Okay for the writer’s comments, but Penny wasn’t even ON the island, so why did she suddenly show up in the church?? And Desmond wasn’t on their original plane either, and yet he becomes the shepherd.

    Comment by Donna Hoke — March 19, 2013 @ 11:14 pm

  28. […] the mysteries. In which… well, I can’t help you to care about people, so maybe you can search for websites that give you the answers you desperately seek […]

    Pingback by The regular moviegoer — September 21, 2013 @ 4:44 pm

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