[The following contains LOST spoilers.]
Ugh. I have been sitting here for twenty minutes, trying to muster my bounteous reserves of Latin-blooded emotion so that I could adequately summarize my LOST experience. It all sounded either cheesy or really indulgent, so I’m just going to shoot from my hip. Here we go.
First, listen to the first minute or so of this:
What a mess. I’m a mess. That song is called Life and Death, and I think that’s what LOST was about all along. It was about our friends on Oceanic 815 and the adventures of their lives. They went back and forth from being tragic to heroic to unlikable to wonderful. They went through some crazy things, and in the end they died. And they found their best selves and each other. Like Christian said, they needed each other. I think that’s what life is all about, I think that’s why God put us here. We’re made to love each other and help each other, and then we go to heaven to be with God. And each other. We’re lost. Some of us have Charlie moments, though, where we just swallow some drugs and we get it.
So what about the Island, the mysteries, time travel, the Dharma shark? Don’t we need ANSWERS? I don’t! You know why? Because I don’t understand most of the world around me right now. I don’t understand space, time, spacetime, how we all fit together perfectly, why everything happened, why all my ethnic friends are extremely attractive and awesome with handguns and hut building. What I DO care about is living together and not dying alone. And Bai Ling explaining my tattoos and then getting me beaten up on the beach.
While I’m on a rampage, let me say that Expose was an awesome episode. It was a one-time neo-noir Hitchcockian throwback morality tale with cool music and the song Rumpshaker. You know who else loved that episode? Liam Neeson. If you have a problem with Expose, take it up with Qui Gon.
The moment Sawyer decided to love Juliet.
Let’s talk about the finale episode. Did it answer everything? No. Did I mind? NO. Did I love it? Yes. Would I ever watch it again? Probably not, because I’m a mess. Why was everyone so mad about the flash sidewayses? What is so bad about spending some time awakening to the fact that life as you knew it was gone and now you are entering immortality with the people you love the best? This is a bad thing? In retrospect, I think it’s a pretty fun idea because you can see characters as they sort of wish they were. Sawyer and Miles were no longer con-men, they were cops. Ben made the right decisions for Alex. Hurley wasn’t unlucky. Dogan didn’t kill his son. Jack didn’t cheat on his wife. Juliette got to help babies. Locke had his woman. Jin and Sun had a whole new take on blouse buttons. Jack didn’t hate his dad. Claire wasn’t alone. By the way, I don’t think that was just Jack’s waiting room, I feel like Christian made it clear they built the world together. You know what else I love? Jack finally caught up to Christian, a man he chased his entire life. Even after all their years of tension, he still wanted his dad to help him and protect him as he entered his new life. Also, I realize the ending was ambiguous enough that it could be totally different to you based on your beliefs or religious beliefs. I just projected mine. I’m all about happy endings. I mean on tv and in books and the end times.
What about the Island? What about the Dharma Initiative and the Others? Don’t worry about them, they’re fine. There were plenty of Egyptian skeletons in the cork-cave. They’re stories are still going on, just like countless stories and mysteries continue after we pass on the the Sky Church Tram with all of our attractive friends.
Also, people are complaining that we got strung along with things that didn’t matter. I disagree. Spending time thinking about the Island and its mysteries did matter. It changed the Oceanic refugees. They forged new, better characters. It changed me, as I thought about life and death and faith and where my time was best spent.
Here’s a list of my favorite episodes:
Tricia Tanaka is Dead (Hurley convinces everyone to get the van rolling.)
Expose (Nikki + Paolo)
The Brig (Josh Holloway dominates the killing Sawyer scene.)
Greatest Hits (So sweet.)
The Constant (British Romantic mess.)
Ab Aeterno (Latin Romantic mess.)
The End (Personal mess.)
In sum, LOST was awesome, the characters were great, and I don’t think I’ll watch it again because it was pretty emotionally draining. It reminded me a lot of Battlestar Galactica, my other top ten show that I will never watch again. Now that I think about it, even the finales were similar. Friday Night Lights is probably my favorite drama, because people don’t die all the time and it’s funny and also I live in Texas. Whew.
If you want to listen to people make intelligible statements about lost, then Google: Doc Jensen, Vozzek, Jay and Jack, Sepinwall. And finally: