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LOST Finale – Redemptive and Satisfying, Or Holy-Shit Frustrating?

May 28, 2010 Leave a comment

I’ll admit, after the episode ended I said out loud: “What?” As in – “what just happened?” I felt violated and cheated. I felt like it had all been for nothing.

Then I received that beautiful gift of perspective, and I really began to think.

 This show ended with the reason we started watching – the characters who were on this island in the first place. Once I understood that the flash-sideways world was essentially the meeting place (or purgatory if you will) for them to all accept their deaths and move on with the most important people in their lives, something felt really redemptive about it.

That said, I do sympathise with people frustrated with the lack of answers. Here is a list of the six questions I really would have liked answered:

What was with the fertility issues on the Island?

This was one of the major plot points that we never understood. Now that we’re free to speculate until the end of time, here’s my theory. I guess we’ll never know whether it’s right or not.

As Jacob said to Kate – “you became a mother”. That’s why he crossed her name off the wall in the cave. I’m going to choose to believe that Jacob made it impossible for women to conceive and give birth on the Island as a way to prevent mothers from destroying the possibility of his candidates assuming their roles.

Why was Walt special?

This was a plot point that probably would have been answered had Malcolm David Kelley not grown “like eight feet tall” as Jimmy Kimmel put it. Which is a shame, because Walt and the Others were a major plot point for the first season – and the way it was dropped frustrated a lot of Losties.
Why did Ben not recognize Sayid as the guy who shot him when he was young?

Miles asked this question in season 5, which is why I was so sure it was going to be answered. The only explanation I can think of is when he was taken by the Others to be healed he was “changed”, and his memory was somehow wiped out as well. (But really? Yeah, I’m not convinced either).

Why wasn’t Sun flashed back in time to Dharmaville after the Ajira flight?

The only explanation I can come up with is that maybe she ultimately wasn’t a candidate – ie not the right “Kwon” – after she had her baby. Hence only the candidates were flashed back – but then there’s that damn Kate. Maybe Jacob hadn’t had time to cross her name off the wall when she got flashed back?

What was up with the Ben-Widmore feud?

Maybe if I really re-watch each episode carefully it’ll become clearer because I’m just not paying enough attention. But I never fully understood the feud between them, and Widmore just kind of . . . died in the last episode. After all the lying that we’ve seen, are we supposed to take everything he said at face value? Who knows.

The Goddamn Numbers

‘Nuff said. I’m going to go back to banging my head on the wall and seeing them everywhere I turn.

Okay, so we’re not going to ever know the answers to these questions. But surprisingly, it’s not going to kill me. I think what’s more important is the way LOST has sparked philosophical debates, and I wouldn’t be surprised if in the future it’s studied to spark discussion. LOST made us ask questions like about destiny, choice, human sacrifice, the afterlife, connections with others, fate, flaws, and more.

For me, I essentially fell in love with this show because of its characters and the journey they have taken us on – in the way that we saw their flaws and saw them overcome their fears. It ended showing us how they overcame these things and found happiness all gathered in a cathartic and beautiful way. It showed us that the simplest theme of the show – the way the Island brought together and tore apart these characters – really was the fundamental theme of the show.

There was no point being invested in the mythology of the “why?” of Locke regaining the use of his legs unless it affected the character and his journey. Ultimately, this show was about life and death, destiny and fate, and human lives and meaning. I think the finale summed it up perfectly. So we don’t know everything about the Island. We don’t know every detail about every Egyptian symbol or time-travelling experience. But isn’t it somehow better that way? I don’t think I would have been satisfied with a simple explanation for everything. Instead, we got the explanation of WHY all that had been in the first place – a way to explore and finally bring these characters together at the end of their journeys. I definitely think with a little perspective, people will embrace the finale more and learn to love the show and the journey it took us on.

We’ll miss you LOST, more than you can know.

And we’ll see you in another life, brotha.