Using the Mangold Premise* that great literature doesn’t answer questions but raises them (and I’ll add great storytelling to that) and remembering my take on negative terminology used to describe honest curiosity or interest in a topic, here are a few unapologetic thoughts and a lot of questions about last night’s final LOST episode:
I went in knowing it would be impossible for all the convoluted threads to come together. Six years of surprises left too many things to cover. I figured if the main storyline and character arcs wrapped nicely, it would be enough for me (the pre-finale show hinted at this, to prepare their audience, maybe?).
With that in mind, I have to say the finale was fabulous. I love how Island Time and Sideways Time both ended up happening (I was sure one would negate the other). I love the way the characters were redeemed through supporting and forgiving one another and that their lives were bigger than themselves.
Loved the cyclical nature of things, like Jack ending up back in the bamboo (though how did he get out of that light/energy place?), sacrificing himself as the plane — intact — passed overhead.
Loved the love (and forgot how many love stories made up the show).
This was the first episode I bought the Sawyer/Juliet romance.
I’m fine with my questions left unanswered, but I still have to ask:
Christian says everyone was dead. Huh??
When/where did everyone die?
Sure, we saw some characters who had died in the past, but what about all those people who never did?
Why didn’t Ben go inside?
- Because he was an Other and maybe wasn’t allowed?
- Because he wanted to pursue the life ahead of him (with Alex and Rousseau?)
- Because he wasn’t dead?
- Because he hadn’t “earned” the afterlife the others had?
What was this place they all knew to go to? Some sort of afterlife it looks like, but what did Christian mean when he said they “created it to remember and let go”?
How does uncorking the light place make a way for fake Locke to die?
Was all the Egyptian stuff just to show us the place had been around for a long time?
Who was Jacob’s fake mother? Was she the first to be the island’s protector?
What about moving the island? Tunisia? The Dharma people dropping food?
I watched this episode alone and have deliberately avoided any reviews/commentaries before writing this. A funny aside: my husband, who’s been out of town, just called to say the show was completely unsatisfiying, that the creators threw 100 things in the air and caught five. To each his own, huh?
What was your take?
*Ms. Mangold. Junior English. Eldorado High School.