By Shawn Deena
I don’t get it. You spend 6 years building up that amazing well-woven mystery wrapped in a puzzle covered in an enigma blanket and then you end with the heavenly light bit. C’mon! That’s just cheap.
Look, I’ve read all the comments about “Oh it was so emotional,” on “Oh Sawyer and Juliet get back together” blah blah blah. The schmaltzy “love conquers all” overture mixed with the requisite “it was all a purgatory” explanation is insulting to the fans of the show and a lame cop out so that you don’t have to answer any questions.
Let me ask a question.
What happens when you blow up a nuclear bomb and there are a bunch of people a few hundred feet away? They all die. And if you nuke and island then the island is no longer there so there’s no island to exist for people living 30 years in the future to exist on. So they’re no longer part of the story. And if everyone is dead and the island doesn’t exist then why did you need a season six? Why go through the trouble of creating this really long explanation of what happens after a giant bomb explodes if all the crap after that was just some kind of afterlife very special episode that the dead people were going through?
The problem with endings like this where we have the absoluteness of people being dead is that it nullifies all the stuff you went through to get to this revelation, especially if the lead up to that was that they were already dead! What’s the point? They could have just called season six Lost: The Afterlife and saved us some time on our DVRs
Then there’s the issue of leaving people out like Michael, Walt, Ana Lucia, Rousseau and Alex, Frank, Naomi, hell, even Mr. Widmore. Yes, let’s have Bernard and Rose, though. And for the love of Mike — what about Richard? He’s been dead this whole time? He doesn’t get to go to Lost heaven? Oh and on the note of inclusion – how is baby Aaron dead too? If the baby is dead then that means Sun and Jin’s baby is dead as is Desmond and Penny’s kid. And that scenario then nullifies season four too. Because that would mean they’ve been dead for three seasons right when they started with the whole time travel thing. You see what’s happening here right? This finale essentially made the last three years of the show irrelevant and that just isn’t fair.
Outside of the lame resolution, the delivery of the overdone orchestral moments of crying and embracing was just too much. You get this big confrontation with Jack and the smoke monster which ends with a Ripley-esque (Aliens reference) moment for Kate. All of this build up to essentially a dead guy with a red herring name doing the exposition for the audience leading up to the stupid go to the light crap. I want my 2 ½ hours back. Also on that point, hey ABC, way to fill up the commercial breaks with all of your summer replacement suckfest show promos. Classy.
There have been exceptional series finales in TV history – M*A*S*H, Six Feet Under, Star Trek the Next Generation. The series finale of Lost is not in that category. Had it ended last year – I would be irate and confused but I would have been majorly impressed. As it stands, it was a good show for the most part but to end the way it did was to say to the loyal viewers “we don’t appreciate your dedication to the show enough to answer your question and do something really creative”.
Thanks for nothing.
Shawn Deena is a writer, musician, gamer and all around comic book and sci-fi nerd. As lover of films and television he has entirely useless library of knowledge that has now been increased thanks to the large volume of movies and TV shows Netflix offers on their instant play. As someone who likes to share his opinion, having a forum where he can rant incessantly about things in entertainment that bother him, make him laugh or make him want to hit himself in the face with a DVD box is a good thing. Having written about everything from Office Depot chairs to the page turning excitement of CPA guidebooks nothing pleases him more than writing about the stuff he loves and knows.