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Wow. I can’t believe it’s over. It’s “The End” of LOST, and I’m left heartbroken and inspired.

In short, I liked it. Everything in the sideways world, aka Optimistic Purgatory, really tugged at my heartstrings. The island stuff was thrilling and held a few surprises still, even if the light cave (or glow cave) still looked a bit cheesy. It was not the X-Files. For me, it was a pretty satisfying ending.

The longer view? Where to start? How about with the things that I’m going to have to figure out for myself – the threads that unraveled earlier in the show. I’m kind of sad that there wasn’t any closure with Walt. I think in hindsight, it would’ve been cool if he’d gone back to the island with the Oceanic Six. I would’ve liked to have understood why Aaron was special and needed to be raised by Claire (although I admit we could come up with smoke-monster theories for this, it felt like a thread that never got tied up). And of course, I’d really like to understand how Desmond’s prophecy to Charlie about Claire and Aaron getting off the island in a helicopter was so off.

There were many, many unanswered questions, of course. But even with all that stuff – even with the ones i really wanted to know the answers to, I’m pretty satisfied.

Okay, so let’s talk about what I did like.

I was happy that there wasn’t another giant bloodbath on the island. I was pleasantly shocked to see Richard Alpert going grey, Miles, Sawyer, Claire, Kate, and Frank La-fucking-Pidus fly off the island. I mean, I expected like half those people to die. And it makes me happy to imagine them continuing to live on.

I’m also over-the-moon with Hurley as the new guardian of the island, with Ben in a slightly more enlightened Richard Alpert role. I love that. And I like the notion at the end where Ben said that despite Jacob’s rules, Hurley could do what he wanted and send Desmond home to Penny and Charlie. Good stuff. I get the impression Jorge Garcia and Michael Emerson have become pretty good friends, and I bet they had a blast with that scene at the end. I’m also extremely happy to imagine the further adventures of Hurley and Ben, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the rest of the fans out there aren’t all busily writing fan fiction about what happens next, especially with two of the series most beloved characters in the spotlight.

The Locke/Jack smackdown was good – especially with Desmond thrown into the mix. I was a little bummed we never got to see the smoke monster again (although I thought we were going to see a new smoke monster at the end there)…and in my imagination, maybe there is one. A happier, gentler smoke monster.

But I loved Desmond essentially making the smoke monster mortal by essentially turning off the island. And I loved that when Jack went back down the well, he saved Desmond and said what he did.

The purgatory reveal? Again, it worked for me. Mostly. I’m a bit confused about some of it…is this a purgatory that everyone goes to, or is it one this community made up? Because it’s odd to leave characters (namely children, like David, and loved ones like Helen) behind, not to mention those who remained unactivated – Miles for example. I dig that some people like Faraday, Charlotte, and Ben chose to not go. But I’m not sure who David was – if he was the purgatory love son of Juliet and Jack and never existed in the real world. (Again, fan fiction – I look to you to explain the enigma of Purgatory’s Child!)

I understand why the writers decided to go this route for the season – to essentially set up this episode so we could get that big spiritual church send-off to whatever’s next. I got weepy eyed when Christian Shephard showed up and embraced his son and it was great to see everyone all together again (although it’s hard not to miss people like Walt, Michael, and Eko). And though while I currently think the set-up paid off in the finale, I’m tempted to say some of the rest of the season suffered for it. It was good, but didn’t have as much juice for me as the end of Season 3, and most of Season 4 and especially Season 5 did. But maybe that’s just me today, feeling all nostalgic. I might have a different opinion once I rewatch the whole damn thing. I did love this different look at purgatory – it put me in mind of C.S. Lewis’s The Great Divorce, although maybe to some degree it could be seen as a reaction to the Great Divorce. Because in LOST, the journey, and the community, is everything. The destination is essentially an unknown, except somehow we know it’s going to be alright. As far as the finale goes, I thought the send-off itself was beautiful.

I fucking loved the ending. Wounded Jack falling down where he’d first gotten up, Vincent coming to him, his eye closing just after he saw the plane soar overhead. For me, that was beautiful, and the perfect ending. 

So those are my thoughts right now. I admit, I haven’t read anything else online, or listened to any of the podcasts yet, so I’m probably missing tons of stuff. Too tired to watch even the Jimmy Kimmel send-off, will probably watch that tonight or tomorrow night. (Okay, just glanced elswhere, and now I'm imagining I'm much more satisified that some other people.)

If I could talk with the people involved in creating and running LOST, I’d tell them thank you. For me, it was one amazing, epic, inspiring ride, and I feel a bit changed by being part of the journey for the last six years. I’m already completely crushed that it’s all over.

I imagine I’ll have more posts about it later on the week, but that’s all I have for now. So let’s have a little LOST party in the comments – What do you all think?

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jenwrites
May. 24th, 2010 04:38 pm (UTC)
See, I needed answers. Yes, it made me cry in all the right places, and every time I think about Vincent keeping Jack company as he died, I start crying again (like right now), but I needed answers to what happened in the real world. I don't care about their afterlife. Not one jot (probably because I'm an atheist and don't believe in an afterlife). What happened when they were alive? What made the island that way? And hell, if they're going to do the afterlife thing, then what the hell was Eloise's role in it? She pretty much told Desmond to his face to leave things alone because he wasn't ready yet. I took that to mean that she'd created this alternate reality. Was that just another red herring? Gah! *head explodes*
krylyr
May. 24th, 2010 04:43 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I can see that ending being very frustrating, especially from an atheist perspective.

(Damned if I didn't get all teary-eyed just reading about Vincent sitting by Jack.)

My take on Eloise is she was triggered somehow - she'd been awakened and knew everything that had happened and everything she'd done, and was terrified that Desmond (or Hurley or whoever) might try and take her son from her in this reality. And so in retrospect, it was a nice little touch of grace when Desmond took her hand and said, no, he wasn't going to do that. So it's not so much that she orchestrated it (IMO), but it's that she was aware of it and didn't want her, or her son, to move on.
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eljaydaly
May. 24th, 2010 04:41 pm (UTC)
In nutshell... I loved it.

Yeah, yeah. There were a million plot holes. But when all's said and done, the show's been more full of plot holes since the beginning than a Swiss plot cheese. The plot's been the weakest part of the writing throughout. When it comes down to it, I never watched the show for the logic. I watched it for the gut-wrenching.

The finale wrenched my gut. I cried. The acting was great. I got as much resolution for each of the characters as I could have wanted. (Ben! Hurley! Kate! Sawyer! Oh, hell... we all everybody!)

There are definitely a lot of issues that don't hold up under scrutiny. But I feel privileged to have been part of the journey for 6 years, and my hats are off to the staff. It's been a hell of a ride.

(I can't wait to watch all the DVDs, back to back.)
krylyr
May. 24th, 2010 04:46 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's pretty much how I feel. There were some holes and threads I wish had been tied up, but what we got was so amazing, I can only complain so much. (As long as I don't have to think about Nikki and Paolo and Across the Sea too much :)

Yeah, the DVDs. Wow. That will be pretty epic. I'm kind of jealous of the people who will get to watch it all for the first time, without having to wait weeks and years in between. Then again, I guess they'll miss out on all the recaps :)
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eljaydaly
May. 24th, 2010 04:44 pm (UTC)
And by the way... thank you a ton for all the great recaps over the years. (Years! Wow.)

Highly entertaining.
krylyr
May. 24th, 2010 04:47 pm (UTC)
Talking with this show with all of you? That's been a ton of fun for me. Thanks for reading and commenting :)
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samhenderson
May. 24th, 2010 05:04 pm (UTC)
I didn't watch LOST and have no idea what you're talking about, but I think "Purgatory's CHild" would be an excellent title for a story.
krylyr
May. 24th, 2010 05:19 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I was thinking that :) I could imagine it becoming a guideline on Strange Horizons next year: No captured and tortured muses, no purgatory's children...

I don't know if you ever have any intention of watching LOST, but I'm a bit jealous of anyone who will now be able to watch the whole thing wham-bam as fast as they want for the first time ever.
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jenwrites
May. 24th, 2010 05:08 pm (UTC)
I just read this in the Daily Mail:

"The final episode's storyline will continue on a season six DVD with more than 20 minutes of additional material."

20 minutes? Interesting. I wonder if any of it deals with actual plot issues that were cast aside in the broadcast episode.
krylyr
May. 24th, 2010 05:22 pm (UTC)
Maybe, but I'd be surprised. Still, it's hard to imagine what they would've cut to get the finale down to 2 hours instead of 2 1/2. So I don't know. Maybe?
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pxcampbell
May. 24th, 2010 11:25 pm (UTC)
I'm Still Thinking
So, I loved Lost.

It was a great series -- complex, intelligent and compelling.

But the one question that I'm left with: how is "everyone was dead all along" not just the same thing as "it was just a dream."
krylyr
May. 24th, 2010 11:33 pm (UTC)
Re: I'm Still Thinking
I don't think they were dead all along. Eventually, everyone died, of course (including Hurley, Ben, Desmond, and everyone who flew off the island). The Sideways world - they were dead there. In God's Waiting Room, I heard someone say. But everything that happened on the island, and everything that happened prior to this season, happened to them during their lives - not during their lives or in some kind of purgatory.

That's my take on it, at least.
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rufusthered
May. 25th, 2010 03:42 am (UTC)
I'm just going to leave this Onion link here.

And now that Lost is over, will this become a Gray's Anatomy or a Dancing With The Stars blog?
krylyr
May. 25th, 2010 05:06 pm (UTC)
Thanks, dude. That's pretty hilarious.

And no, this will probably go back to becoming a Cory Doctorow blog :)
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marshaldillon
May. 25th, 2010 06:14 am (UTC)
I didn't get too watch it last night, but I watched it today online. There really isn't much I can add that hasn't already been said, but I did love the finale. I thought everything was done with grace and closure, pesky questions aside. Really, I couldn't have asked for a better end to the story. Kudos and appreciation for the writers.

Some of my favorite elements:

* Hugo as the Protector, with Ben as his #2 (how come Jack didn't chant over the water? or maybe that falls under every Protector does things differently)
* Ben's line to Hugo: "You do what you have always done: take care of people." (That would have been my blog title.)
* Loved Loved Loved Juliet and Sawyer
* I cried at the birth scene
* Everything Desmond
* Everything at the church
* Jack/Locke smackdown on the cliff.
* "I don't believe in a lot of things, but I believe in duct tape."
* "Yeah, dude, he [Jacob] was worse that Yoda"
* It's hard to make a list because I loved the whole episode.

Thanks, Dave, for bring it all together and giving me a place to read and participate (because I would never read all the Lost stuff on the internet.)
krylyr
May. 25th, 2010 05:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks for hanging out here the past couple of years, Marshal. I've enjoyed talking LOST with you :)
eljaydaly
May. 25th, 2010 04:36 pm (UTC)
So how are you feeling a day or two later?

I'm surprised by the haters! (Not that I'm seeing all that many of them, but more than I would have thought.) But I guess that's the internet: there's a certain proportion of people who have to jump in and hate out loud just on general principle. The anti-bandwagon.

Me, I'm still on the love bandwagon. Even more so, having rewatched the last couple of segments. I have a feeling I'll have to watch the whole series at least twice to catch all the echoes. And I'm looking forward to it!
jenwrites
May. 25th, 2010 04:37 pm (UTC)
And I'm surprised by the people who don't care that buckets and buckets of mysteries went unexplained. *shrug*
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eljaydaly
May. 25th, 2010 08:14 pm (UTC)
OK, speaking of unanswered questions, they're all listed here!

http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1936291

That's some funny stuff. And I can think of a few more questions that weren't answered.
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