Saturday, May 29, 2010

the LOST finale (side note)

Since the finale of like my all-time favorite show EVER - LOST was on a week ago today, I figured I'd throw out my two cents on what the finale was all about and how it 'ended.'  I have followed this show faithfully for all six years...even created bible studies around it's themes and characters for my group of college girls this past year.  So here's my thoughts:

LOST - my take: They all died (most on the Island) at some point. The alternate reality of the 'flash sideways' (that showed what would have happened had they landed safely and never crashed and how their lives would have still interconnected) was the 'fake reality' they created for themselves to figure out how to realize they are dead and get back to one another. I don't like the idea of 'purgatory' for that so I'm not calling it that.

I think it was summed up perfectly in what Jack's dad said "You all needed this place to find one another. The time you spent with these people was the most important time in your life." So once they all were brought together (by Desmond) and realized that they were dead and remembered the time (and death) they all had on the island, they were able to all reconnect and live together in eternity.

Basically, they were living lonely sad depressing lives before the crash and thought they could do it on their own. But the crash (and the island) brought them together to learn to love someone else and ask for help and be a family. So they didn't have to end up alone in the end. The show was mainly about relationships with the underlying aspects being faith vs. science, reality vs. alternate-realities, truth vs. myths, good vs. evil, etc. So the Dharma initiative was just a side story to keep you interested with strange happenings that dealt with the powers of the island. It wasn't meant to be a 'Must be answered' part of the show - as much as we wanted that. :)

My guess is that Jack thought that Kate, Sawyer, etc got off the island on the plane but I believe that the plane never actually made it and they crashed (which is how they all ended up dead). I also believe you didn't see people like Miles, Charlotte, Daniel Farraday, Frank (the pilot), etc in the church because they were not the main characters of the show that were on the original plane crash and formed the ties with the 'main' characters. That's why people like Libby and Shannon came back. Michael and Walt were probably not there because they didn't die (on the island or at all). The only one I truly questioned was Penny...she was never on the island and didn't really die (that we know of) it was a little out of sorts for her to be in the church.

I know I rambled, but I think that's a good take on it from what I have seen and interpreted. And I have been a faithful follower for SIX years now! :)


Sarah Ann said...

That ending was something wasn't it? I actually really liked it though, I think it summed it up well without making it long and drawn out by answering all the questions the show has brought up throughout it's run. As for the characters all meeting up, I think you're right, they all met there because they needed one another in life and again in death to move on. Which is why I think that only main characters where there- only they needed the others to move on in the after life. As for when everyone died- I don't think they all died at the same time. I think that plane might have very well gotten off the island and back into the world. Jack's father even mentions that some of the people there died before him but that some died long after him. Like Hurley and Ben- obviously their comments about being a good "No.1" and "No.2" means that the island went on and was run successfully under them.
Whatever the case, I'm sad to see the show end but I think they did a good job of ending it before it got too long winded and overplayed.

Mrs. Lopez said...

I also have been a faithful follower for the past 6 years and have really mixed feelings about how it ended. I think they could have did a better job.

Mrs T said...

I haven't seen it yet - so I haven't read your post!

SG said...

We watched the finale too (we both LOVED the show) and really enjoyed it, still confused on the meaning of it all but I like your take.

Em said...

Ok we JUST watched it (it aired during our honeymoon)., wow. The "reunion" scene that got me the most was the one between Sawyer and Juliet. And when Vincent snuggled up with Jack? Oh LORD...heartbreaking yet it still put a smile on my face. All in all, I'm satisfied. I think it's normal to have a little bit of frustration, but for the most part I'm a happy Lostie :) I kind of want to start watching the show from the beginning again!

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