If you are not a LOST fan, I give you permission to skip this post - but only this post. It jumps around, much like the Island did in season five, and will not make sense to non-LOST fans. Much like my initial reaction to the finale.
I have come to terms with the ending and have specifically not read others’ reactions until today (almost a week after the finale). I don’t know exactly what I was expecting, but the finale wasn’t it. I wanted to throw things at the tv and yet now I am ok with it. I've had time to process.
It sure seems that vast chunks of the show were superfluous to the over arching story, but I am trying to over-look that and focus on the relationships of the show. Especially since that what team Darlton stressed so often. Many of those questions that were not answered for me follow.
Why didn't Widmore play a bigger part like we were lead to believe? Was Eloise real part in it all to just be sure that Desmond didn't take Daniel with him from the Sideways world?
Were the characters in the chapel the only one’s that were redeemed? The Island seemed to forgive Michael and give him a chance to redeem himself and yet he was not in the chapel. Or was the chapel meeting just for the tight-knit group of losties that really mattered to each other?
Is Desmond dead? If not, how could he shepherd the losties in the Sideways world toward recognition and reconciliation of their Island lives?
Is the Sideways life is what should have been or what the losties wish their lives would have been like had they not crashed? Christian Shepherd said that the sideways reality was really a creation of the losties as a way to find each other again. Technically, that works for me, I guess.
I love that Kate's "awakening" was during Aaron's birth. That his birth was the most significant, defining moment of her life. But I am glad that Kate and Jack ended up together in the end. But only because Sawyer had Juliet.
Sun and Jin = perfection. I'm just sayin'. One thing more about them though: remember when Sun freaked out when she saw Locke at the hospital in the Sideways world? What was THAT all about?
I wanted to like the scene with Charlie and Claire, but it was just a tad hokey for me. It felt rushed. Then again, Claire and Charlie were never my favorites anyway. *GASP!* Them's fightin' words to many of you, I know. I wanted get into their reunion/awakening, but it just didn't happen for me. And, dear reader, I am a completely sappy person. I live for sap. If I see someone crying, I cry. And if I see a guy cry, I am undone. Undone, I tell you, undone. I go into the ugly cry big time. Maybe I should re-evaluate my medication? Just sayin'.
I loved the scene with Ben and Locke outside the church. I was confused as to why Locke, the man of faith who had just been made whole was still using a wheelchair. Ben had to tell him that he didn't need it anymore. Was it one last good-humored wink at their previously adversarial relationship where Ben thought he knew it all?
Hurley's conversation with Ben was just as satisfying. Hurley as Island Protector totally works for me. I loved it more than what I thought was going to happen: Jack and FLocke on the beach eating fish mirroring Jacob and MIB. Hurley complementing Ben on his being a great #2 was classic. Hurley with the big smile and even bigger heart. Love that guy.
We finally get the sense that Ben is indeed remorseful even if he is taking his good ol' sweet time about it. Perhaps he wanted to hang onto the Sideways world a little longer since it was so much better/less dramatic than his Island life. He was always an outsider to the lostie gang, tagging along like a puppy dog after his "power" was stripped from him. Power that was pretty much self-imbued, tolerated by the Others and completely secondary to what was really going on with the Island.
What exactly was the "big war" that Widmore and Locke kept touting? It sure wasn't much of a battle. FLocke basically cleaned up his competition and then died in an anticlimactic way. I actually said outloud, "What? That's it? That's all it took?" Sure it was a pretty good fight scene between him and Jack, but nothing comes close to Jack's scene during and after he plugged the hole. Now THAT, dear reader, is some great acting. The viewer knew all of the emotions that he was going through.
Best line of the night, hands down, was Miles saying that he didn't believe in much of anything, but he believed in duct tape. Classic.
Many bloggers/tweeters seem want to hang onto the fact that the background scenes of the plane on the beach and the wreckage were easter eggs of hidden, deeper meanings that so much more was going on. Really?! Do we really need even more to be going on that what the writers have already given us? I think the last shots of the empty set were just that: shots of an empty set. I don’t think they were a clue to anything else going on. Interestingly that part was actually the saddest part of the show for me. And the part that I was slightly choked up over. The reality that it was really over hit me with that last scene.
I was to overwhelmed and in shock during the last part of the finale to even cry. Perhaps if I watch it again, knowing what I “know” now? I loved every minute of LOST. And wouldn't trade it for anything.
Well, I'd trade it for Heaven.
**** UPDATE ****
Since writing this post I have come across this post by Kristin from EOnline and it gives the best, simplest explanation of the finale I've come across to date. Sorry Doc Jensen, I love you, but simple just isn't your style. And I'm glad.
Counting it all joy,