PLEASE DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED THE LOST FINALE.
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.
So I slept on it and I am still mad. I feel so cheated. What a cop out! And the lies… After watching 6 seasons, this is what we get? I quote Hurley early in the finale, “I have a bad feeling about this.” Indeed I did.
The 1 hour and 40 minutes trudged along, splashing the occasional surprise return of a long-dead cast member (but where was Walt and Michael?) in the Sideways world and an absolutely lame non-event of Wolf vs MIB, which had potential but ended way too fast. And the ending… well, I’ll talk about that below.
What I liked:
Okay, there were some things I liked.
1. The surprise of Juliet being David’s Mom and Wolf’s ex!
2. Sawyer and Juliet’s reunion.
3. The beautiful realisation between Sun and Jin when Juliet did the ultrasound and showed them Ji Yeon. (My fave!)
4. Ben finding redemption and being a good guy after all.
5. Eloise showing some heart when she asked Desmond not to take her son Daniel.
What I absolutely hated:
1. The Sideways world being purgatory!
2. No explanation of what the Island was.
3. No explanation of what the numbers mean (if the Island was purgatory then it might make sense but it wasn’t).
4. No explanation of what the light was other than it had to be plugged or else the Island would sink.
5. The whole churchy feel of the last 6 minutes.
6. Christian Shephard. How come we never saw it?
7. Why I get the feeling the whole story of Lost WASN’T thought out and the whole of Season 6 was just, quick let’s tie up loose ends and finish it. Didn’t the directors promise the Island wasn’t some sort of purgatory? Yet the Sideways world was. Is that cheating?
The ending, which brought everyone together in the purgatory Sideways world, so they could move on, was just too unreal. When the question of what is real and unreal in a story like Lost, the last thing you want to bring in is a third element. It’s like 1+1 is… oh but hey look, here is 25.
I wish they had answered more questions about the Island like:
1. Why was it special?
2. How did MIB become Smokey?
3. Why did it have to be protected?
4. Those damned numbers again.
5. If the light existed before Jacob and MIB, why did it have to be protected against MIB. Loophole!
Tons and tons of questions they could have addressed but they copped out when they introduced Purgatory and the light. It totally spoiled Lost for me.
The best explanation I’ve read was given in a comment by someone called Pamela on ScreenRant:
I do not believe the island was ever a real place in terms of something tangible. Whether you call it purgatory or something else, it was most definitely a battle ground for redemption. That is also the only explanation that could explain, although loosely, all the mysteries that we never got answers to. A place where you can travel through time via donkey wheel or where you have to push a button to “save the world” or where 48 people could survive a terrible plane crash is probably not real, logically speaking. I leave with this, I think the writer’s made some big mistakes along the way. I think they dug themselves some holes for which they did not know how to dig out of.
And the best conclusion from Hot Air:
I absolutely hate what the show degenerated into. I thought the plot of the finale was a stunning act of creative cowardice, which no amount of effort from the talented cast could redeem. I offer these thoughts as a memorial to what I thought Lost was trying to be, and a critique from someone fascinated by the art of storytelling.
A commitment was made to the fans, both implicitly through the scientific trappings of early episodes… and explicitly through interviews given by the producers… that it would all make sense in the end.
But it didn’t.