LOST – The End

Before I give my own review, my own opinion – I have to say that I’m a fan of JJ Abrams.  It was he who made Star Trek cool again – I’m a Classic Trek fan, but not always wearing my Star Trek T-shirt or proud to admit that I am a STAR TREK fan.  Without JJ Abrams’ reboot of the franchise and the huge success of the film last year, Star Trek would still be ‘un-cool.’

No Longer Lost?

Okay, like millions of others – I watched the series finale of LOST.  I believe that I got into the show either the latter part of the 2nd season or the beginning of the 3rd season.  A very intriguing show and it seemed every time they ended an episode, I’d jump up and curse at the TV because I was always left puzzled or wanting more.

For those that have been sleeping ala Rip Van Winkle style for the last six years – here is the show’s premise:  Plane crash survivors on a mysterious island after a commercial jet airplane flying from Australia and Los Angles crashes somewhere in the South Pacific.  Each episode seemed to feature an “A” plot storyline regarding the island’s mystique and a “B” plot storyline from one of numerous character’s life.  There was also a combination of SCI-FI (particularly time travel) and metaphysical plot devices woven into the show.

This was and is original TV entertainment – a show full of compelling characters and creative storytelling.  What a refresh considering that Hollywood seems to lack original creativity and the modus operandi is to just reboot TV shows or other movies (let’s see this year, we’ve got the A-Team, Robin Hood, The Karate Kid, and I Spit On Your Grave – yeah, they needed to remake that movie) — as well as a plethora of sequels (Iron Man 2, Saw 7, Resident Evil 4, Toy Story 3, etc.).

Getting to my review, I did “enjoy” the season finale.  It seemed at first that the flash sideways was going to be the way that they were going to end the show.  A pivotable twist of season five’s finale had a hydrogen bomb deliberately detonated in the island’s magnetic core well as Jack believed it would prevent the entire crash from happening.  What happened was two sets of timelines were created.  The first was referred to as “flash sideways” and Oceanic Flight 815 never crashes. In the second timeline, the survivors return to the present day and must deal with the demise of Jacob, whose death has been orchestrated by the mysterious “Man in Black” aka the Smoke Monster.  Both timelines were real and not considered an alternate timeline (a novel SCI-FI approach). With that said, folks in the flash sideways were recalling their lives on the island as memories.  This gave me the initial impression that the ending would have them all alive and well in LA and that they’d share this unique bond of life experiences.

At the end, it was revealed that the flash sideways world was basically “Purgatory” created by the dead souls of the crashed airplane.  Ironically, everyone dies, but the Island is saved.  Huh…  As I said, I did enjoy this last episode with great moments and outstanding acting by the characters playing Jack and Locke (gotta believe one of them or both will get an Emmy).

However, I did leave drained and deflated for an ending that could have been better – perhaps I wished that they explained all the mysteries, but then again – that’s one of the things that made the show so great.  The biggest thing for me is that they (JJ Abrams and the other writers) seemed to cop out – they took the easy road to explain everything.  I’m an optimist and a SCI-FI fan, so I would have liked the climatic ending to have had the magical Island’s final fate to have ensured the flash sideways timeline remain intact with the characters’ remembering the events on the Island (call it déjà vu or a time echo).  The Island is where the characters’ fates are sealed – their struggles, their triumphs, and their experiences – to have the show end with them all dead and that this was all a self-created Purgatory to deal with dying, seems like the easy way out and not the best send-off.

This episode was interesting and full of interpretation.  I get the feeling that the series was started with one premise, and then when the producers decided that they would end it all within 2 seasons, they had to change their initial premise to answer all or most of the mysteries involved.

Regardless, LOST is a great TV show — it kept people entranced and wanting more stories and loving the characters.  It went on for six years and then ended —- perhaps the show’s title says it best, as I’m still confused and in limbo with the show:  “Lost.”

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