Monday, May 24, 2010

LOST: Final Thoughts

Last night's LOST finale was so epic, so emotional that I could do no more than provide a simple - albeit long - recap. But now that I've had a day to reflect on all that happened, my opinion about it hasn't changed.

I loved it.

Perfect it was not. I would have loved another epic scene with Desmond and Penny. Or Charlie and Claire. Or a little bit more with Jack and Sawyer reminiscent of their previous conflicts. But I really can't find much to fault the episode.

The scenes with Juliet and Sawyer reuniting and Kate, Claire and Charlie delivering Aaron were so emotional, touching, beautiful that they brought the story full circle and it was fulfilling to see these characters find their peace.

I even managed to like Jack a little bit this episode, which I never would have thought possible. And this Skater by the end of the series was comfortable and even happy to see Kate with Jack and Sawyer with Juliet.

The acting, the writing, even the music just made this episode so great that I haven't been able to shake it a day later.

Sure they left loose threads of the story dangling. Ok, a lot of loose threads. But that didn't bother me. During the six seasons, whenever I would discuss the show with someone who demanded answers, I would shrug and not get nearly as worked up as she did. Because to me it wasn't about answers. Well, it wasn't all about answers.

I was - and still am - way more invested in the characters than I ever was in the mysteries of the Island. For me, the mysteries were a plot device used by the writers to hook us further into the story of the castaways. The mysteries were not the story itself.

And by leaving so many threads of the story loose, the writes have made LOST - like so many other epic, long-lasting pieces of story-telling whether it's film, television or literature - open to interpretation.

Each individual can decide for herself what the story means to her thereby owning her own version of the story. And we can continue the debate. That is how a series transcends time and lasts decades. By allowing the discussion to continue well past the final scene of canon. See also: Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, etc. etc.

Today I have had a LOST hangover. I couldn't sleep last night due to the emotional journey of last night's episode. And what sleep I did get I dreamed of the Island.

In the words of executive producer Damon Lindelof: "Remember. Let go. Move on. I will miss it more than I can ever say."


MirandaP said...

I was totally satisfied! My boyfriend and I both cried at the Charlie and Claire realization. I LOVED the Jin and Sun realization too. When they were smiling at Sawyer and he was like "What?" I laughed. When Sawyer and Juliet had their "awakening" and he said he would go have coffee with her but he spent his last dollar? LMAO! Totally classic. It was a GREAT series finale for sure.

Jeremy said...

Well said Becky! I couldn't sleep either Sunday night. I don't get too emotionally involved, but Lost was the best show and that was the best finale. I am sad,but absolutely loved it!!