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Why the Lost Finale Sucked a Rancid Tub of Expired Dharma Ranch Dressing

[Update: If you haven’t seen this video, you need to check it out (I’m not the only one that feels this way).]

I was really disappointed by the Lost season finale.

From Season 2 of Lost: a Screen Capture of the Hydra Logo on the Tail of a Shark Swimming Past the Camera

From the start, Lost thrived on setting up curious questions and then answering them in a way that only posed more questions. Not only was that the theme for the show – but the entire social media-driven marketing apparatus around the show catered to that aspect:

  • the creators set up fake show-related websites and 800 numbers (grabbed by astute fans who analyzed screen captures from the show that flashed by business cards or papers tacked to walls) with curious pre-recorded messages – all of which were part of two separate alternate reality games (The Lost Experience and Find 815).
  • the network’s website for the show (laden with hidden multimedia content) was filled with seething, writhing fan discussion forums where the excruciating details were analyzed (one thread I followed had days of speculation about what the spectre of Walt was saying – culminating in an audio tech reversing the audio and washing it through professional filters to undo the distortion the show’s creators had added so that it was clear as a bell and said “don’t touch the button, the button is bad.”)

Not only that, but JJ Abrams prides himself on being a fan of puzzles (which is why the show was chock full of them). Wired Magazine even had an issue dedicated to his interest in such things.

Speaking for a lot of Lost fans, I don’t give a rip if Jack gets resolution with his father and everyone ends up in bliss and carefree in the Kingdom of God. Fuck Jack.

I want to know:

  • why a Polar Bear could manifest itself out of Hurley’s comic book
  • how Walt could direct a thrown knife with his thoughts
  • WHAT the light is and why it has to be guarded (and why it’s flimsily-guarded by what appeared to be man-made stonework)
  • why the smoke machine was curiously mechanical in the sounds it made

Most of all, I want to know why the hell was there a shark swimming around in season 2 with a Dharma Initiative Hydra Project logo imprinted on its tail!

It was a fun ride, to be sure – but this was a great case of misreading what has to be the core audience of the show.  Perhaps I’m wrong, and the majority of the viewership is people who love gooey sentimentality and predictable character development – but I tend not to think so.

I do also have to heap praise and credit on the show’s creators for their use of the web, social media, and gaming to build and sustain interest in the massive opus.  There are three areas we can learn valuable lessons from Lost:

  • Marketers and communicators can learn a lot from analyzing the ways they used the new media available to enhance the viewing experience (likely at a very reasonable cost that is attainable by most organizations).
  • Similarly, the traditional media should be furiously scribbling notes about how to update their programming to compete with entertainment outlets like video gaming that are poaching their viewers.
  • Moreover – we ALL can learn from the model Lost presented in how gigantic and complicated tasks can be crowdsourced to the masses and completed with astonishing speed and precision as thousands apply their abilities through the collaborative tools afforded them by the web.
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  1. carlo
    May 24, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    polar bear – dharma was doing tests on them, and they escaped. did you NOT see season 3? why even write about lost if you dont watch it

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    • May 25, 2010 at 9:38 am

      Indeed – I watched every single episode so I’m well aware of how the polar bears got onto the island; I, however, want to know why. To what benefit for the Dharma Initiative? Also – why the symbology; Walt receives a stuffed polar bear in a flashback, and during the first season we’re specifically shown Walt reading Hurley’s comic book (in Spanish) that features a polar bear and the insinuation is that Walt has the power to manifest realities with his mind (and that he created the polar bears as a manifestation of his fear). I’m wondering why they led us down that blind alley.

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      • You're a joke
        May 5, 2013 at 9:28 pm

        Your post is an effing joke. Those four questions were the best you could come up with for unanswered questions?

        Who effing cares what the polar bees were used for, that’s some tangential detail pertaining to a group that wa on the island 30 years before anything to do with the main characters. Pierre Chang called the animal research ridiculous. Just like within today’s scientific fields, not everyone knows what everyone else is doing nor could justify everyone else’s research. Asking for specifics of the polar bear or sharks experiments is like complaining that we didn’t get to see all the janitorial jobs bens dad did. It’s just an obscure aspect of the dharma initiative. The “insinuations” you perceived are a product of your own misconstruation of coincidence.

        Walt has special/magical abilities. So do many others on the show, it’s a fantasy genre for christs sake

        The light is magic/goodness/life which all life on the planet comes from. This was stated explicitly in the show you claim to watch-maybe you just spaced out like a vegetable. It’s guarded we’ll in that no one can find it unless you are a protector of the island. Also, if you walk into it you die (unless you’re Desmond since he has special powers)

        Why does the smoke monster make that noise? Why do polar bears roar? What kind of fish was that one that Jin and Jacob caught? None of that effing matters. A great show was wasted on you

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      • May 13, 2013 at 8:55 am

        Agree to disagree. In the end every unanswered question (and for that matter, all the answered ones) were pointless because the entire show was a ridiculous hallucination like the Dallas dream season that resolved in an utterly PC, LOP, milquetoast, vanilla, watered-down, nondenominational religious deus ex machina.

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  2. zsuzi
    May 24, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    i concur.

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  3. uprightpr
    May 24, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    Great post, but I gotta say, after watching the finale again today, I totally get it. At first, I had many of the same questions, and I was consumed with the details. But ultimately, the poignancy of the journey for these characters overtook my desire to be in the weeds. Best analogy I came up with is the old show Fantasy Island. Did anybody really care where that island was, or why it was so magical, or how Mr. Roarke was able to make dreams come true, or where they found a tiny white tuxedo for Tattoo? It was all about the people – and their relationships. Same thing with this island – it’s just a fictional place with a long history that exists when you suspend disbelief.

    I am by no means a gooey sentimentalist (gooey, yes, but not a sentimentalist) and candidly, was kind of hoping for a catastrophic ending. Talk about epic – would have been phenomenal if Ben or Smokey just took everyone out. A true good v evil battle that ends the world. But Jack’s father issues were the real core of the show – we’ve always known that. The full circle resolution worked. I did however HATE the overtly Christian theme in the final episodes- especially since producers and writers have claimed the series was spiritual rather than religious. Could have done without the numerous Jesus and Bible references, especially in the finale. Too much religion for me!

    Love your ideas on how folks can use the series as a lesson in social networking, crowd sourcing and marketing. Translates well not just for television programming, but into so many other areas of communication too. And I love the fact that you used the phrase “massive opus.” Nobody uses opus anymore – and they should. I’m gonna add it to my vocab immediately.

    Namaste!

    Bonnie

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    • May 25, 2010 at 9:58 am

      Thanks! I’m bringin’ opus back! Did you see the “coexist” stained glass window in the church when Jack met his father? It had six symbols in it depicting Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism/Taoism.

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  4. Lostlogic
    May 24, 2010 at 8:42 pm

    Here here! I feel like I wasted 6 years of my life!

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    • Martin
      May 31, 2010 at 2:29 pm

      6 years wasted??? really? 120 hours in 6 years= 20 hours year=1 hour a week for 5 months.

      don’t you enjoy the journey of reading a book?? even if it takes you a year? a series is like a book, like a movie.. if you enjoyed the ride why complaining?

      so I ask you again. 6 years wasted?

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  5. Maxx
    May 24, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    I agree, terrible, terrible way to end a great show. the writers should kick themselves in the butt.

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  6. Matthew
    May 25, 2010 at 2:08 am

    I was ok with how things ended on the island (woulda done a couple things different but not much)… the alternate reality though had a stupid STUPID ending. The alternate reality should have been real and they all should have had thier consciousnesses and memories transfered there (with help from desmond) after a final protecter of the island was chosen and left behind (I did like hurley and ben as protecters). Really anything besides that afterlife crap. That was just lazy and contrived.

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    • May 25, 2010 at 9:59 am

      That’s a good point; and I do like Hurley and Ben as the protectors.

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  7. Arthur Dent
    May 25, 2010 at 7:37 am

    Thank you for this. So many reviews have defended the finale, embracing the fact that most of the episode involved characters staring at each other dramatically rather than answering any of the dozens of unsolved mysteries.

    I think at some point the creators decided that they had painted themselves into a corner, and they could never please their core audience of left-brained thinkers, so they slowly turned Lost into a character-driven soap opera. Not to be sexist, but I think it is telling that most of the people who enjoyed the finale are women.

    And I also have to agree that I stopped caring about these characters ages ago. They are all so very stupid. None of them ever bother to ask questions that could help them understand their situation, and no one ever tells each other what they know. They are all blissfully ignorant of their surroundings, and they don’t seem to care. All I ever really cared about what understanding the nature of their environment. The lack of intellectual curiosity on behalf of EVERY character on Lost made them irrelevant in my eyes.

    I only kept watching because I always held out hope that the answers would come. Well now I feel like I’ve been given the middle finger by the creators. I wish I could go back in time and prevent myself from ever watching in the first place. What a waste of time!

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    • May 25, 2010 at 10:03 am

      Very legitimate; I can’t imagine the difficulty of trying to craft a conclusion to this massive enterprise that would come close to living up to the expectations the viewers had. The writers did set themselves up to fail, though, because they’ve dropped hints over the past few years about what the end would be and that it would defy expectation (ie they ruled out it being a dreamscape and JJ Abrams talked about how he had the beginning and end figured out from the start).

      It would be really, really interesting to do a study/poll and find out what the demographics of the people who loved/hated the finale were and see if it does break down along gender lines.

      I’m also in agreement with you about the lack of intellectual curiosity; that was what made Jack compelling (particularly in his relationship with Locke) – they were a great contrast to each other and that just sort of fell by the wayside and Jack lapsed into blind acceptance of the supernatural fate handed to him.

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    • Angry Lost fan
      May 27, 2010 at 12:07 pm

      Well, the reason for characters not to ask the obvious questions they should have asked for 6 seasons is deus ex machina: Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse never WANTED them to ask questions. Why? Because then in the script of the episodes there sho0uld have been explaining. And they didn’t have a clue themselves. Why else do you think did they kill Jacob in the FIRST episode he was shown? Why else did they kill off Illana after that she could have explained anything? Why did they kill Widmore, obviously without any reason? Why did they kill off Jacob’s false mother the FIRST and ONLY episode they showed her? Well, you got it. If there’s anyoen who has explaining to do: Bye bye, see you in hell. BEcause the producers themselves actually had any clue how to end this never ending cliffhanger-series tha had so many cliffhangers and absolutely no answers. They kept repeating they knew how the series would end. They did not mean they have a “cool idea” they simply meant Jack would be shown dying in the Jungle. All the rest coul have been anything… What a sick joke this is… Really sad…

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    • Lostsuxballs
      May 29, 2010 at 10:05 pm

      I totally agree! I wish I had a nuclear bomb or wteva the fuck it was and blow myself up in a well like juliet (hore) to prevent me ever watching lost. Aparently that dirty cougar (who claimed to be jacob and no-names mother) sed she made it so jacob and the no-named brother couldnt harm each other…..question 1: how did she do that?…..question 2: when no-name died and the smoke monster came out, was it still his brother, because he still coudnt kill jacob, and if it wasnt his brother anymore…..then fuck u lost writers!! I have decided to make an alternate ending for all those who didnt get what they wanted:
      ending: Jacob tells jack that he must drink the river water to become the new protector, after doing so jacob drops his pants and sez jack, u must now make love to me to finish the ritual. Jack tells jacob he dusnt wna be the protector anymore, but still makes love to jacob. Jack suddenly wakes up realising the hol thing (the hol series of lost) was just dream (hence no answers), jack rolls over and sees hes in bed with another man and starts making love to him during the credits…..
      The end!

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  8. Thor Sheridan
    May 25, 2010 at 8:14 am

    Fuck J.J. Abrams.

    Fuck Carlton Cuse.

    Fuck Damon Lindeloff

    and finally … fuck ‘Lost.’

    I used to love this show – and it failed me worse than I could ever have imagined.

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  9. Lilith
    May 25, 2010 at 9:20 am

    I agree. I too thought the finale sucked and negated the entire series. Also, why all the Egyptian Symbolism? The Statue of Sobek? Egypt carries the origins of Atlantis.

    If the water in the temple which flowed from the source of the island cured Sayid, why didn’t it cure Jack?

    What was the illness that made people go mad like Rousseau’s husband?

    Why were the children always stolen?

    Why was Walt so special?

    Why didn’t Michael show up at the church when everyone else did? Surely he committed less “sins” than Ben who murdered all of his people?!?

    How old was Jacob? Who brought his mother to the island? WHY WEREN’T ANY OF THESE THINGS RESOLVED?

    You hear of all these lemmings go on about : It wasn’t about the island, it was about the people and their journey. No, it was about the island and unlocking it’s mysteries. That was their “journey”. Any one can create mysteries especially if they have no intention of clearing the up or resolving them. LAZY, UNIMAGINATIVE WRITERS. I feel betrayed.

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    • May 25, 2010 at 10:05 am

      TOTALLY! Great questions! I’d forgotten a lot of those unresolved aspects of the show; it would be one thing if those symbols and situations were asides or part of the scenery – but they weren’t; they were central to many of the storylines.

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    • Lostsuxballs
      May 29, 2010 at 10:15 pm

      Hey bro il answer some of ur questions k.
      The egyptian symbolism was either for a) to state it was thousands of years ago, or b) one of the writers has a fettish.
      The water didnt cure jack because either a) the water in the protected hol was too potent of light??? or b) the islands force realised jack had about 5 mins to hop out of the hol but insted just sat back so he diserved to die!
      The illness that made everyone go mad on killing sprees was a rare form of rabis on the island that slowly disapeared!
      The children wer stolen because jacob told richard to tell the ‘others’ to steal the children and return them to the real world because they had lives to fulfil and the only people he wanted wer losers like jack!
      Walt was not special, all his flashbacks appear to be all coincidental with the present, as mentioned earlier the polar bears wer already there. I feel this is the writers way of tryna confuse us pointlessly!
      Michael didnt show up to the church…..incase u didnt notice, everyone in the church was white so pretty self explanitory what the writers wer tryna imply.
      Jacob was 1823 years old give or take a hundred. His mother was on a metal boat and the cougar who looked after jacob didnt push the button, kinda like jacks plane crashing.
      The only real question we all agree was important, was how come through out the hol series jack never came out of the closet? I thought that wouldve been in the final!

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    • phosphodiester
      May 31, 2010 at 5:12 am

      Bingo!!! You took the words right out my mouth!

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    • Martin
      May 31, 2010 at 2:40 pm

      “most of the time, the simplest explanation’s the correct one” (ockham)
      don’t you think you are more capable than the writes?? find the answers to your questions yourself! it’s more exciting, it’s better and it leaves everybody happier..

      why all the Egyptian Symbolism? The Statue of Sobek? Egypt carries the origins of Atlantis.
      -don’t you think the egypsians must be the first ones arriving to the island? much more civilizations come after, the dharma initiative one of them.

      Why were the children always stolen?
      -protection?

      Why was Walt so special?
      -he was as special as hurley and miles, but didn’t know how to use his powers.

      Why didn’t Michael show up at the church when everyone else did? Surely he committed less “sins” than Ben who murdered all of his people?!?
      we don’t know what ben did in his time with hurley as island protectors. all can be redeemed.

      How old was Jacob? Who brought his mother to the island?
      everyone can get to that island accidentally. like desmond.

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    • June 7, 2012 at 3:53 pm

      Michael couldn’t go to the church because he was condemned to spend eternity on the island. He became one of the “whispers.”

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  10. Roger Dodger
    May 25, 2010 at 10:02 am

    I didn’t feel betrayed as much as I felt like, despite so much evidence to the contrary, Lost was, in the final analysis, plain, reg’lar ol’ Hollywood.

    And despite many claims to the contrary, it was being made up episode by episode. They went down so many alleys they couldn’t find their way out of.

    Just like a 90 minute movie that’s poorly edited and suddenly just stops, Lost just had to end. Pressures that won’t ever be publicly acknowledged forced the show to wrap up loooooong before it sensibly should’ve.

    It really bugs me that it’s being pitched to us that this was sort of the plan all along. Bullshoot.

    They obviously had BIG PLOT PLANS that they couldn’t fulfill – either intellectually or because of timing. Yet like someone who’s made a slop shot in pool and insists they were aiming for that pocket, the writers are trying to convince us it was “supposed” to end like this.

    Stew. Pid.

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    • May 25, 2010 at 10:13 am

      Totally; I had thought the benefit of investing in a show like Lost would be that it was a surprise hit and would sneak past the typical Hollywood machine to reach some original conclusion.

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  11. May 25, 2010 at 3:36 pm

    I really am not a happy camper. No sir’ee. Such a waste of a greatness, trying to sum it up over one season. To much focus on ‘Purgatory’ over the whole season, I’d much rather the explained half of the mysteries at hand than watch Jack get gooey eyed over Kate.

    I wouldnt be surprised to find a freakin’ DVD on the shelves of ASDA entitled ‘LOST: PAY FOR THE ANSWERS SUCKA’s!’

    Im off to try and sue JJ Abrams for 6 years worth of time I couldve spent in the pub.

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    • May 25, 2010 at 4:27 pm

      I hadn’t thought about the marketing aspect; they’ll probably release an 8-Bluray Disc set with all of the answers to the questions that are driving us nuts. Ha!

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  12. MDFaraone
    May 25, 2010 at 3:48 pm

    Here is a review I tried to post on CNN Lost blog ,yet they censored it out, lest it offend the idiots. :

    THE LOST ENDING SUCKED !!!! What a cop -out . All you “Lost” lovers are a bunch of pathetic apologists for what was an intellectually bankrupt ending that pretty much negated the entire series and all it’s mysteries. Once again, for the millionth time, we are served up a bunch of pathetic BS Christian mythology as the answer. So everyone basically called this show correctly from the beginning, they are all dead and the island is just some pseudo-purgatory, an explanation that the creators SWORE to us wasn’t going to be the case. Fact is , I think the writers had no clue where they were going with all this , virtually everything you were shown for 6 yrs. were a bunch of red herrings leading nowhere….all to be wrapped up by the most cliche’ , unimaginative explanation of all. Sorry, the writers aren’t brilliant. nor do they deserve Emmy’s, they are hacks that took the easy way out by explaining it all away with pathetic religious mythology.
    The ending was sad alright, but not for the reasons most believe, it is sad that in the year 2010 we are still a society of superstitious, pathetic cowards that need to cling to the idea of an afterlife because most lack both the courage and the intellect to accept their own mortality and finality of their own existence, and that their only “redemption” is here on earth by leading a good life with the ONLY life you have, not in “make believe” land in the sky.
    That was the least satisfying series finale since they destroyed the ending of “Prison Break”. As far as I’m concerned , Lost was a 6 year “long con” and we were all the dupes, some of us just have the brains to know we were duped, while the rest are on here as cheerleaders for their con-artists.

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    • May 25, 2010 at 4:28 pm

      Seriously? They censored it? You’re exactly right; the only thing we’re doing is holding the creators of Lost to the standards they set up for themselves.

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    • Flyer8
      May 27, 2010 at 10:04 pm

      A great review and very well put. It captures my sentiments exactly. Thanks for posting MDFaraone.

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    • johnw
      July 4, 2010 at 5:19 am

      1) only the sideways were revealed to be afterlife, nothing else

      2)if you’re such a skeptical rationalist, why accept 6 years of fate, predetermination, synchronicity, cursed numbers, a smoke monster that punishes eko’s sins and FUCKING GHOST APPARITIONS ALREADY INDCATING SOME SORT OF AFTERLIFE OR SPIRITUAL DIMENSION WITHIN THAT UNIVERSE??

      but no, only after they go to heaven the richard dawkins fan realizes the show goes against rationality and the scientific method.

      idiot.

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      • ARRAY528
        August 18, 2011 at 4:27 pm

        Hello Mr. Pot… Play nice with Mr. Kettle… at least he is trying to use his brain…

        fucking MORON!

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    • Graeme Peacock
      May 17, 2012 at 6:57 pm

      Bravo. The longest con of all. Those supporters of the series finale do not seem to acknowledge the 99% of people who saw it as a series steeped in interconnecting mythology which would all (or in part) be explained as the series wound up. I watched with bated breath as season 6 began, and then the unanswered questions actually began to increase. I thought the last episode would be a barnstormer, but when they all arrived in church, I felt like Ned Beatty in Deliverance with the Lost Writers as the buck-toothed hillbillies shouting “Squeal piggy squeal”. Ironic that I tuned in ‘religiously’ every week! The only thing LOST means to me now is the 120-something hours lost watching it…

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  13. Russ B.
    May 25, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    This blog and it’s subsequent comments hit the nail on the head. I feel cheated out of what I thought was going to be an amazing end to a (mostly) great story. They developed a core audience out of sci-fi fans and served them up plenty to gnaw on over the course of 6 years only to pull the rug out from under them with this pathetic love-fest ending. I have used the terms red herring and macguffin to describe nearly everything in between episode 1 and the finale because that’s exactly what it was. They sold us a bill of goods to keep an audience and then at the end said it was a love story wrapped in religious overtones all along.

    Most of all I want to know, if the side-timeline of season 6 was purgatory then why were we led to believe it was created by the explosion in the season 5 finale? Shouldn’t it have existed all along? Lost was ultimately full of terribly written characters with extremely confusing motivations that changed with the wind (especially that idiot, Kate). I was a big fan of the show and especially liked the Richard and Jacob/MiB backstories this season but we have all been cheated.

    Do yourself a favor and watch the film “Jacob’s Ladder” starting Tim Robbins. Lost and this film both borrow elements and symbolism from the biblical story of Jacob and Esau but the film does it in a much better way and are very similar in many respects. The beauty of it is that the film does it in 90 or so minutes and Lost could have done it with the first and last episode but ended up duping us into watching for 6 long years.

    I will never watch another show that Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof create. J.J. Abrams is on thin ice but Star Trek was too damn good to kick him to the curb just yet.

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    • May 26, 2010 at 2:58 pm

      Agreed – Star Trek bought JJ a lot of goodwill from me.

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  14. staggly
    May 25, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    I have to disagree. I have also watched every episode and for me it was about the island and it’s mysteries and it still is – the fact that I cared about the caracters is testament to any good story – if you cannot empathise with the characters or undersatnd them then any story will ultimately fail. The finale was undeniable an emotioanl ride (and i am not remotely gooey or sentimental) and on this level it worked in spades.

    @MDFaraone – I cannot understand why you, and many others, now believe the island was purgatory – it categorically was not – Christian told Jack that everything that had happened really happened – therfore the entore story we were witness to from Jack waking on the island after the crash of 815 to the moment he died was all real – the purgatory was only the alt universe that was created by the ‘death consciousness’ (for want of better words) of all the important people on their death in order to reunite and resolve their final issues with one another before moving on. I am an atheist and generally overlty religious material out of context i find to be an issue but this worked fine for me – As JAcob said – he picked these candidates as they were lonely and flawed – as Christian said – the time in the island was the most important time in their lives and by all accounts they saved the world.

    @Derek Devries – the polar bear theory re the comic and Walt creating it was one of thousands of theories us fans specualted on over the years – was it a deliberate attempt to mislead by the creators? Of course it was but no one said anywhere that Walt made the world – fans have analysed every minute detail for meaning and created it when there was nothing often – yes the polar bear in teh comic was a blatant ploy to make us think but wasn’t that half the fun? I agree Walt was not explained – why could he summon birds? Why did he appear to Shannon – was that te SMoke monster? But equally why was Desmond immune to the electromagentism? Why could Miles liaise with the dead? Maybe people are jsut special and if we accept that a smoke monster exists can we not accept this?

    The island and the light was obviously meant to be the source of creation on some level – flimsily guarded? maybe but it’s bloody hard to find, as is the island itself asnd when you have a big smoke monster protecting maybe you dont need much more?

    The Dharma shark – clearly another Dharma experiment that was being held in the looking glass or Hydra station for more experiments – we know the DI were there to explore the islands unique properties ie magic creation light or just extreme electromagnetism.

    For us to now have to sepculate just makes us carry ont alking about the show – the many clues (or what we beleived were clues) made us all talk and speculate and this was the essence of the show and it will live on – at least for a while – with these discussions.

    It is a shame that people did not enjoy it – as will always be the case with the end of a series – but to tarnish the entire six years that you clearly all enjoyed due to not knowing why a shark was there or why was Libby in that mental institution or why X Y or Z seems foolish.

    I too do not beleive the entire main mythology form pilto to end was really agreed up fornt (apart form ending with Jack;s death in the place he woke oin the island) and it does seem in palces there are huge holes (widmore for example) but to me nothing is completely unexplained that cannot be reasonably speculated on.

    So long fellow Losties – and as Christian said – if you are that upset by the finale – let go and move on.

    Namaste.

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  15. Chad Gibbs
    May 25, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    About half-way into the final season, I seriously started thinking that the finale would consist of a bunch of utter nonsense ending with Ashton Kucher running out like a crazed moron to tell us that we’d all been PUNK’D! After watching the actual finale, I like my idea better. Some of my unresolved questions: 1. Whatever happened to the black guy who is now on Fringe? Remember, he visited Hurley at the mental hospital and popped up around Hurley from time to time? 2. Who was it that supplied the food drops to The Others? 3. What about Russo? Did she not make it into the pergatory? 4. Why’d they waste our time with Mr. Ecko and all the background info regarding him and his brother? 5. Why did I keep watching??

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    • May 27, 2010 at 4:18 pm

      “Why’d they waste our time with Mr. Ecko and all the background info regarding him and his brother?”

      The guy that played Ecko wanted tons more money than regular characters wanted, so they had to get rid of him. They even offered him a sum to come back for the finale, but he wanted more.

      The guy that played Boone had the same problem initially, which is why they killed him off.

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  16. Raquel
    May 26, 2010 at 12:22 am

    I feel like I was promised a steak dinner and got a plateful of pink marshmallows instead. And that’s saying a lot coming from a woman whose guilty pleasures include kitschy, fangirlish happily-ever-after endings. If they wanted to film the cast party, they should’ve added it as an extra on the DVD.

    You know what they say: Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me. I’m never again watching anything that has the name of either J.J. Abrams or Carlton Cuse on it.

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  17. nclexingtontim
    May 27, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    I’m glad to see I’m not the only one who HATED the finale and felt it ruined the entire show. I was beginning to think most people were buying the ending. I liked the characters but, let’s face it, that wasn’t the main reason a lot of people watched the show. If it were, they could have just done a straight up castaway show, let them all meet on the island, get to know one another, hook up, etc. Just don’t understand why they put in all the strange supernatural stuff if it was just about characters. It would be easier to list the things that were resolved that what wasn’t…and that list would be NOTHING. Even the Jacob/MIB, good vs. evil thing seemed rushed and tossed together. I think if they HAD to end it now, they should have skipped the entire time travel meaningless stuff from last season and began a slow unwind and reveal of all the mysteries they had concocted previously. It’s sad when fans seem to follow the details better than the creators do. TV execs need to realize that if they want to create serialized drama that people will watch, they have to commit to it timewise and follow through on what they start. I’ll be very hesitant to commit to another series of this type again after this.

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  18. Flyer8
    May 27, 2010 at 10:26 pm

    Thanks for posting this review, it’s surprisingly hard to find one out there that accurately represents the deep seeded betrayal I feel from the writers and how stupid I feel for actually thinking (hoping?) they knew what they were doing.

    If I had to guess I’d say the concept of the island being a pseudo-purgatory realm where they actually died in the plane crash was the original angle (yes, I know the island itself isn’t purgatory according to the finale), with the flash back sequences explaining how and why they were “brought there” to get over their emotional baggage or amend for past wrongs before being able to move on into some afterlife. However, since astute fans were smart enough to pick up on this angle, they decided to just go off on a tangent and throw so many different elements into the mix, such as experimental hatches, time travel, the island always moves, electromagnetic anomalies, magic abilities etc. and since they were doing it piecemeal it just got out of hand. They had dug themselves into a pit and since the mysteries were the main draw for the show, they just kept digging deeper with every new element.

    But rather than trying to salvage the tangled web of tangential plotlines and trying to map out ALL the easter eggs and clues they had provided to the fans that were SUPPOSED TO ACTUALLY MEAN SOMETHING and doing something, I don’t know, creative?… they chose instead to ignore it all and just say, “ah, look everyone’s happy in the afterlife!” End of story.

    It was a slap in the face to the true fans of the show. It’s finale appealled to the ‘lowest common denominator’ type of viewer, with a few romantic and touching scenes where everyone is hugging and with each other again and everyone’s happy – and all in the hope that we just wouldn’t notice or care.

    Come to think of it, what do they care how we feel? The writers are laughing all the way to the bank. Congratulations Carlton and Damon in pulling off the greatest long con in the history of TV.

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    • June 22, 2010 at 3:35 am

      The only revenge is to never again watch anything either one is associated with. Carlton is old, but Damon is young. Somehow, I think the black smoke monster will be following both their careers for life. Lost season six and the full show collections will be sitting on shelves until ABC sends them to goodwill. I would think even the network is a bit appalled at the ending, unless they pushed for a religious horsepuckey finale.

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  19. katiegee
    May 28, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    I would love to move on but I am just too angry at having been conned into wasting my time watching this series at all that I want to hurt someone. I feel I should get some sort of compensation.

    The pathetic, schmaltzy ending where they all go off into happy La La land made everything that happened before pointless.

    It turned out the whole series was just a feeble American soap opera that could have taken place anywhere.

    I want the hours I spent watching this rubbish back. I want a public apology from them for having conned the viewers and I want them to suffer.

    Why would anyone watch the movie if they made one, or even bother to watch the 15 extra minutes on the DVD box set? It’s pointless when you know how feeble the end is. I’m putting my DVDs of the earlier series on Ebay if anyone wants them, but I’ll be adding a public warning that the contents are a pointles waste of time.

    Actually, the last scene reminded me of Poltergeist, i kept expecting a little fat lady to leap out and start telling them to go into the light. It would be funny if it wasn’t so pathetic.

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  20. pocky
    May 29, 2010 at 12:59 am

    I’m surprised that so many people felt so “conned” by the series. Didn’t you all see this coming? Didn’t we all figure out many seasons ago that the writers were just making things up as they went along and had no idea how they were going to dig themselves out of this hole? This is exactly what happened with “The X-Files” and I’m sure other people can think of other series that suffered the same fate. Even though I knew they’d never be able to wrap it up, I kept watching the show because I really enjoyed it. So I expected that the ending was going to suck, just like it did in “The X-Files”.

    Thing is, I had no idea just *how much* it was going to suck.

    The whole “let it go” scene at the end just felt like a big “Fuck you!” to the audience. Didn’t anyone else see that and say “Wait a minute — did they just tell us, the fans, to just ‘let it go?'”

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  21. pocky
    May 29, 2010 at 10:14 am

    I’m surprised that so many people felt so “conned” by the series. Didn’t you all see this coming? Didn’t we all figure out many seasons ago that the writers were just making things up as they went along and had no idea how they were going to dig themselves out of this hole? This is exactly what happened with “The X-Files” and I’m sure other people can think of other series that suffered the same fate. Even though I knew they’d never be able to wrap it up, I kept watching the show because I really enjoyed it. So I expected that the ending was going to be lame, just like it was in “The X-Files”.

    Thing is, I had no idea just *how lame* it was actually going to be.

    The whole “let it go” scene at the end just felt like a big “F you!” to the audience. Didn’t anyone else see that and say “Wait a minute — did they just tell us, the fans, to just ‘let it go?’”

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  22. Lostsuxballs
    May 29, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    K im gna take a punt at what happend.
    Everyone from the start figured out that the island was between heaven and hell. The plane crashed everyone died but wer stuck between heaven and hell because they wer all useless no lives!
    So:
    Jacob is like god, smokey is like the devil, the past flash backs for them is how they came to be. Everyone elses flash backs is that they had a pointless life lived for nothing so the island they must prove themselves. All the crazy shit on the island was just to keep the fans entertained but end of the day all it is, is just pointless additions to keep the people of flight 815 making decisions for good to one day reach heaven. When u die on the island u go to heaven or hell, most people (all the white people and jin and sun, and syid) died and proved themselves wothy for heaven. As for michael and echo…. sadly ther was no way jacob would let them go to heaven, since their skin reminded him of his brothers clothes….either that or they just didnt get paid enuf to cum back in the finale. As they sat in the church with all the fans teary eyed, they cut the scene where jack whispers into kates ear “i am gay”.
    The end…..could be wrong though

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  23. Lisa
    May 30, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Thank you!! I am a female and I thought it SUCKED. I cried at the end, not out of sentimentality but rather because I felt so freaking cheated. Horrible ending. It could have been so good and they just blew it. During the finale I just kept thinking, this is AWFUL… it’s got to get better, and it got worse.

    I could go on writing but two children are pulling on my leg. Glad others thought it sucked. What a total disappointment.

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  24. aikidoist01
    May 31, 2010 at 3:09 am

    An ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE ending! What the producers and writers did should be illegal. I would love to see them in jail. They never explained the secrets that they promised to. WTF! My big three questions are:
    1.) What is the damn island?
    2.) Walt has special powers, how and why?
    3.) In an episode of season 1, in a flashback before Claire lands on the island, she sees a psychic. The psychic tells her that she must not give her child up for adoption, that he’ll need a mother’s love. And the psychic gets scared at what he sees. This scene basically implies that if Claire does not raise the baby herself, he’ll grow up to be evil. That storyline could have been awesome but it was just dropped?

    I will tell you how I think season six and the ending should have gone.
    -The island is the “Garden of Eden” from the Bible. And the smoke monster is a representation of the evil left behind after Adam and Eve were forced to leave. And the light is the representation of good left on the island. All the characters die in this reality. The flash-sideways are an alternate reality caused by the bomb in season 5. Once all the 20+ characters remember the reality where they crashed, somehow they cross over to that reality and live together in peace on the island. The reason for this is because The Armageddon isn’t too far away. In about 20 or so years everyone in the world will die except for those on the island. And it is the purpose of the characters to restart the human race. They have about a 20 year head start to get ready to start the re-population. And the Armageddon will be led by an evil adult Aaron, Clair’s child (read first paragraph to know what I’m talking about). This Aaron would be from the original reality where he is abandoned by both Kate and Claire because they will both die. And that is what starts to turn him evil. Certain children such as Walt have powers because they are “pure” and they are meant to keep the smoke monster at bay. And the reason “The Others” are so obsessed with kidnapping children is because they are trying to find the “special ones” for the purpose mentioned above. So that’s how I would have done season six and the finale.

    Tell me what you think of my ideas.

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  25. Russ B.
    June 1, 2010 at 8:23 am

    Here’s another big question that cannot be answered:

    If MiB was posing as Christian and he appeared to Michael on the freighter right before it exploded, how can that be explained? MiB cannot leave the island. The freighter was beyond the confines of the island. Even if the ship was within the confines, why didn’t he just defuse the bomb and take the boat?

    Yep, the writers were just making it up as they went along. Up until the finale I didn’t want to believe it but they showed their hand and they were cheating all along. They wasted the majority of season six. They could have been using that time to explain EVERYTHING but they chose to only give a few reveals but left most of it up to our imaginations.

    I have heard that some of the actors in the series hated the ending too. I’d really like to know which ones.

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    • June 22, 2010 at 3:26 am

      I saw a couple of Michael Emerson interviews towards the end and he was holding back but seemed pissed or at least not enthused. In retrospect, I think he was not pleased. Evangeline Lilly on Letterman seemed pretty ambivalent and was laughing passing it off. THose actors were all grade A. Personally, I think JJ Abrams should hire a group of new writers, and finance a LOST movie that actually properly ends the show. It won’t happen, and Abrams career will be fine, but I think those actors, as well as the audience, got thoroughly ripped off, except, of course, that it gave them wads of money and fame.
      There’s going to be a lot of LOST dvds sitting on shelves gathering dust and possilby being vandalized. I’m not real surprised ABC dropped the religious bomb, especially after what happened to Battlestar Gallactica. ABC is a religious network, affiliated with Disney, and a message that nonsense religion trumps science is right down their alley.

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  26. Shaharr
    June 1, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    I was disappointed by the end of LOST as well. (I’m female, just to add to your poll of the number of women who did not gush over the Ghost Whisperer ending.)
    Needed far more Silent Hill and much less One Tree Hill.

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  27. All the BS red herrings
    June 3, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    Lost sucked so bad because all the awesome Desmond, time-travel, island moving, sci-fi stuff was just a red herring. Desmond and Farraday were awesome in season 4, but that all turned out to be nothing. Time travel works for Desmond, but not for the Losties?
    And what about Hurley’s numbers?
    there are too many disappointments to list. Sad to see that the writers’ “master plan” was to fill a series with unexplained mysteries, then instead of resolving the mysteries, just say, “Hey they’re dead. Be happy”
    It is a BS story of ‘we can never know truths’ spiritualism. Lame.

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  28. Lilith
    June 9, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    I’m still bitter. It’s weeks after the finale and I feel angry and violent any time anyone brings it up and goes on about how “noble” it all was. Then I want to stab them in the larynx with anything handy and pointy.

    Still Bitter, party of one, bitter….party of one….

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    • Shaharr
      June 16, 2010 at 8:37 am

      I’ll sit at your table Lilith. Because, if we all don’t sit together, we’re gonna eat alone.

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      • krystal
        December 6, 2010 at 1:16 am

        Party of three!! I totally agree! FUCK!!

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  29. Agnes
    June 9, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    I am female and hated the purgatory prom at the chapel of love ending, too. Cheesy, schmaltzy, sappy, tacky, yuck. If they had left out time travel and the sideways and spent that time on intelligent resolution of the mysteries as well as genuine character development rather than turning the characters into different people/extras, I might have bought the DVDs, as it is, I’m just sorry I wasted so much time watching this show. I agree with the other commenter, this will make me less likely to watch a series or to invest much time in them. I’m watching one now that is about 1000 times better written than Lost and I just now talked myself out of buying the DVDs because I thought, what if it’s all a long con like Lost.

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  30. lee
    June 12, 2010 at 9:41 am

    I feel like I was just part of marketing experiment. How many people could they get to watch a show about nothing? A former producer outed them and said there was “no master plan” but that just confirms what we already know after watching the finale. They threw in everything but the kitchen sink to get people to watch: science for the nerds (Faraday), sex for the adults (Sawyer and Kate), babies for the maternal (we saw the same babies born multiple times!), hero worship for the teenagers (Jack), monsters and special effects for the kids, superficial romance and redemption for the shallow (the purgatory soap opera where in the end, everyone gets a free pass), etc. They generated cult followers who obsessively defend everything they do online – are there really people this naive with this much free time, or are they paid to do this? They made a fortune on a network television show for SIX YEARS that has many regular viewers saying in the end “I’m sorry I ever watched this show”. Which is all pretty remarkable.

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  31. June 22, 2010 at 3:16 am

    I haven’t thought about Lost at all since about a week after the finale, so that shows you how quickly I’m ridding myself of it. 3-4 years ago, I had a big at-home work project that allowed me to watch tv, and I went through the first three seasons of Lost on DVD. I was hooked by the great characters (and actors), the tropical location, and the science fiction mixed with multicultural backgrounds. I really thought it had it all. I immediately dumped Survivor and CSI as my main tv interests, other than PBS of course, still the leader by far.

    I thought about how this puzzle would come together, the significance of John Locke’s special place both in the show and the island, and the beautifully empathetic filling out of his character from a broken man into a real strong older leader. I loved that guy. I also loved Sawyer and Kate and Desmond and on and on.

    I dont want to belabor the utter stupidity of the last season’s trajectory, or the endless list of unanswered questions, or how the creators totally ripped off the audience and flat-out lied to them about having a real, at least partially rational ending. Using the puzzle analogy, it’s as if someone took a 1000-piece LOST puzzle away with 50 single pieces missing, and put a poster of Strawberry Shortcake in front of me, and said ‘your puzzle is done, enjoy’

    I’m so glad I didn’t invest any time in those now clearly stupid fan speculation pages. I think a high schooler could’ve written a better ending, let alone a group of truly professional writers. I won’t go into how Locke, Sun, Kim, Desmond, and nearly every character other than Jack was imploded, or any of the loose ends, including major character and season trajectories, were summarily dumped.

    A month later, I’ve completely forgotten Lost, I will never ever buy anything associated with it, I will be suspicious of anything its main writers create, and
    the biggest lesson for me is that I will never, ever again allow myself to invest anything in long-term serialized television unless its comedy, which is short-term gratification anyway. Lost’s ending was so bad, and I was so less invested than other people, and yet somehow feel like every minute I spent watching it was wasted. I won’t put myself in that position again, and ABC and the other networks I hope realize that this kind of behavior may actually drive people from their tvs, but I guess there’s always another demographic of suckers out there. I will say that I’m not watching any ABC series for a good long time.

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  32. Booger
    June 29, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Revenge of the Nerds was a better written show than the Lost Finale.

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  33. Miffed
    June 30, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    I found the ending to be pointless and labored. People singing the praises of the show and it’s ending simply don’t want to admit their own folly in watching the show for so long.

    A story is supposed to be a story, and unanswered questions are not what a story is all about. It takes skill and reason to be able to weave together a fantasy and then explain it all in a way that makes sense. Anyone can just make stuff up, coming up with far out, outlandish ideas and not tying them together in any meaningful way, or explaining them, isn’t hard. In fact any child can do that.

    The lost writers clearly made this stuff up as they went along. When a prior idea they had aired on the show became inconvenient or didn’t fit with a new idea, they simply ignored the fact they had ever put the prior idea in the show. This is not only lazy writing, but it makes no sense. Saying that people who are complaining are stupid for not finding their own answers is absurd. I don’t read a book to be the person who creates the story, that’s why it has a “writer”. I am not the one telling the story. The whole point of creating mysteries is to solve them. Eventually their mus be resolution. That’s not even my biggest complaint. My biggest complaint is the way they wrote the show, and the total lack of logic and reason that was created for the reality of the show itself.

    As for the lack of explanations of anything, it’s simply because they couldn’t explain anything. Explain one thing, you have to explain it all, and they could not. They had pulled too much BS out of their asses to be able to explain it all.

    I can’t even begin to go into the tons of fallacies that make the ending impossible, and just plain nonsense.

    In truth, a child could have done a better job weaving a suitable tale. These bozos took a lot of nonsense and weaved it together in a so so manner, and think they did a clever artistic ending, so no explanations are required. Wrong, and wrong.

    It’s clear the writers are not real writers at all, and have no skill or ability to think outside the box. You don’t tel stories to leave the whole story a mystery. Maybe one thing in the end, but you are given choices as to what the truth might be, and not infinite choices either. With lost, not only are there no choices presented, but there isn’t enough information to actually come up with a plausible explanation on your own. That’s what’s most frustrating. That and the tons of other shite that was created, and then discarded, or just not explained.

    Good job Lost writers, for creating what is quite possibly one of the best, worst shows on TV. Epic Fail.

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  34. Taylor
    July 6, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Anyone who liked the finale of Lost are a bunch of rationalizing koolaide drinkers, who I might add were there right beside the rest of us breaking every episode down for six years! Fuck Lost & fuck the egotistical chicken shit producers whose marketing scheme backed them into a corner with no way out!

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  35. Solid Rainbow
    July 27, 2010 at 3:00 am

    Totally agree with your post here. I went into watching the finale resigned to the fact that most of my questions would get NO answers. I found this completely lame but to be fair to the writers of a show that I found so absolutely moving and entrancing I thought “What the hell, I’ll give it a chance.”. And in my opinion the ending delivered beautifully… for the characters. But who the fuck watched Lost JUST for the character? The crux of the show was a healthy dynamic between characters AND storyline(or mystery if you like), but in the end only the characters were addressed.

    To all you people who say you’re so happy with it because the show was about characters or letting go, get real. Here’s why that’s bull.

    1) If the point of the show was only about characters, then don’t put mysteries into the show at all, have the show take place somewhere way less mysterious. That’s why people watched Lost instead of rewatching a show like 6 Feet Under or something, because sure, we all loved Desmond, but we also loved the island.

    2) From the very beginning, the Island was the main character of the show. It’s mysteries were just part of it. That’s why from the very get go the have Charlie say the famous “Where are we?” line. It was set up to be entrancing and mysterious, but it was never fully explained. If you doubt me on this, consider this: For all you people saying “IT’S ABOUT THE CHARACTERS!!”, then explain the progression of season 3’s first 8 episodes. Personally, after Kate and Sawyer hooked up it pretty much just stalled out on character development and what we were really watching for was to see the Others, where the lived, and learn about the island. And the writers knew that, and did it intentionally. The show banked on mysteries, not just characters. The show writers didn’t have the characters grow by interacting with the island mysteries, they were pretty much just surviving the entire time(which was really lame how they never even asked simple questions like “Jacob…what are your powers?”). Instead the characters emotionally connected us to the the intellectual content of the show which were all the mysteries. Basically, the writers didn’t put the mysteries into the show so that Jack, Kate, and Sawyer would sit around and analyze them, but so that we, the audience, would watch the show. So for them to turn around and say in the series finale “It’s about letting go, it’s about the characters, it’s not about the mystery” is bullshit because I got used to the characters never asking questions, but you know that the writers put the mysteries in the show so that we, the audience, would. The begged the audience to ask questions and when we did, when we watched the show and made them millions of dollars with our attention, what did they do? Chicken out, in my opinion. Most people were never watching JUST to make sure Juliet and Sawyer finally met up again in the afterlife, but to find out why {insert one 1,000,000 mysteries here}

    3)The idea that the show is about letting go is a cop out. It would have been totally possible for the writers to deliver that for the characters while still answering tons of questions. A poster above, uprightpr, mentioned that Lost is like fantasy island in that the island is meant to be mysterious and not about the how but the who….Are you kidding me? Fantasy island? I never thought much about I dream of Genie either, but there’s a good reason for that. The premises of those shows weren’t based on the island or the genie. Those shows truly were about JUST characters given extraordinary circumstances so that we could watch how they behave. That was not the point of Lost, and I think we all know it. The show revolved around constantly scratching away layers and layers and layers of the island so that we kept getting a little bit closer every episode. But in the end they didn’t pull back the final veil, instead they just shrugged their shoulders and said “Mmmm, move on, we’re done here.”

    4)The show is inconsequential to me now because there is no wrap-up of mysteries. Really, like I said before, the characters storylines were handled beautifully, but that was only 1 half of the show. The other half was the mystery, to act like letting it go is the answer is basically asking your audience to be stupid. So much of the just doesn’t matter now, because when you go back and watch it again(which i have) you really realize how much you did watch for a show of answers and to appreciate a beautifully written plot line. But in the end, it’s more like bad writing now because there is not resolution. You just see how pathetic it gets when you start to really tally up the lack of answers and the hints strewn throughout the show that answers are coming. Here and there, charged questions are interjected and then just left to dangle there. If the point of the show was to move on, they should have shown that through the characters not turned around and said to the audience, “Listen we know you’re an intelligent question asking audience…. but we really just weren’t good enough writers to deliver both answers and character development… so instead of us taking responsibility for this, we’re going to blast the final scene of the show with ridiculous heavenly light and make the audience take responsibility…stop being so damn curious, it’s about time to move on”. That is such an asshole move, because I could have basically stopped watching after the first episode and still walked away knowing as much and having received the same message. When you look at the ending to a show it’s supposed to define the series in a way that makes watching it again important, but instead rewatching Lost is just annoying. It turned an amazing show into an aggravation because as you watch you realize just how much the show depended on mysteries and how badly the ball was dropped. For people who ask me if they should watch Lost I just say “Sure, watch the very first episode and the very last episode of the series… and you’ll walk away as informed and connected as any die hard fan”… tell me, is that right?

    I totally agree with you, the writers needed to understand who was watching their show. Going into a show and deciding to only write an ending that satisfied half your audience because you couldn’t write well enough is just sub par.

    And, really, to the people who think that it’s okay that mysteries weren’t answered, eyebrows weren’t raised, or that so much time was wasted on not answering questions… You people are the reason we didn’t get a better ending. You are the dumbasses who just watch TV irregardless of the quality and hope for the best. You say, sure it’s cool they dropped the ball but at least I got to watch a whole bunch of feel-good crying scenes. Grow the fuck up and develop some standards. The show’s finale sucked, it made it so that the show is impossible to rewatch without suspending your ability to use logic, to question, and to be outraged by a shitty ending. Sure it would have been really difficult to write a show where characters are left fully developed and the mysteries come to fruition, but that’s the point – Lost was supposed to be a standard for excellent story telling, in the end it failed to live up to its name.

    And I can already imagine someone writing back and saying, “Well do you think you could do better than that…?!” For being paid millions of dollars for six years, having ample enough time to write the best ending ever, and having an audience that was uncommonly loyal to my show, do I think I could I write a better ending to Lost? Hell yes.

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  36. Frank
    August 3, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    Heres my 2 cents. So the show was “character driven” and not so much about the Island and the mysteries. Well for me whenever the show went ‘off island’ yeah I watched it and ejoyed it BUT when it went back ‘on island’ I always found myself sitting up and paying more attention and enjoying it alot more. Also regarding this “character driven show” to me the most interesting character was….. ‘The Island’. God it could have been so good. I couldn’t believe what I was watching in the finale. Before watching the end I had big plans to watch the whole series again from the beginning. After that suckdog finale I there is no way in hell that will happen. I wish someone would write an ending (actually a book of a bunch of peoples endings would be great)that would satisfy those of us that felt let down. The greatest show ever turned into the biggest con ever. Spat at ripped off beaten up and robbed.

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  37. Syzygy
    August 7, 2010 at 12:49 am

    It’s taken me almost the whole summer to deal with my disappointment at that travesty of series finale which was LOST. I LOVED that show. It was the highlight of my week, as far as TV goes. And I agree with all the posters so far…it sucked. At first I too tried to make the best of it and wanted to excuse the writers, mostly because I didn’t want to feel like a fool. But we were fooled.

    Humans love a mystery. ANd LOST promised us from the very 1st episode that this was something unique, exciting, intelligent, well-written, well-acted, and most importantly, it wove together so many universal themes that all good stories have–good and evil, science vs. faith, destiny, fate, free will, etc. From the moment I saw John Locke tell Walt about the black and white pieces from backgammon, I believed we were going to watch a cosmic game being played out. The flashbacks showed us our flawed but intriguing characters who needed some kind of redemption. That’s why we invested in them. They had to figure out this weird game–were they pawns, could they change the outcome, would they overcome those who were manipulating them? All in all, it was an artful show. (And, by the way, the only Christian or religious element it needed was the legitimate questioning of faith and science, and for us to see redemption through sacrificial love, not the contrived sitting in a “coexist” church waiting to “move on.” I’m a Christian and this ending was insultingly naive and just pure bullshine!)

    I expected the end of the series to pull all the seemingly unconnected mysteries together and we would all slap our foreheads with an “of course, now I see!” Like pieces of a broken statue coming back together to reveal a solid, believable complete story that would leave a lump in your throat at the sheer genius and beauty of it all. Like they led us to believe they had it all planned out. But instead, bit by bit, the final season showed that they were basically bankrupt storytellers. My greatest peeve is that they couldn’t even tell their own story. I’ve made up bedtime stories for my kids that are more cohesive than what we got in the end. It was NOT a beautiful ending! It was tripe. Lazy, poorly conceived, and badly written. I guess we saw the man behind the curtain after all, and the writers turned out to be not bad men, but bad wizards.

    I’ve had to construct my own series wrap up just to find some satisfaction. I’ll share it in another post.

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  38. Syzygy
    August 7, 2010 at 3:08 am

    As I wrote previously, here’s what I think should have happened.

    The island is itself a LOST piece of the origin of this planet, like the garden of Eden, or Atlantis, or something, which would explain all the ancient buildings, symbols, etc. And it contains the essence of what is both good (light) and evil (black smoke)in this physical earth. These are living entities, and that should have been the end of it, basically unexplainable, which leaves room for the viewer to make his or her own religious or secular interpretations of what they are and where they came from. That these entities can assume human forms becomes apparent, and also that the island is indeed a “cork” that keeps them locked in a permanent stasis, and therefore they can’t exploit, or be exploited by, humans in our time/space reality.

    However, the island and it’s unique properties have been discovered by others throughout time, drawn to it somehow, seemingly accidentally like the Black Rock, and the flight of 815, and intentionally like Dharma. Maybe the two entities are in control of this, and seek to exploit people in a cosmic game. (This was intimated by Jacob and the MIB in the first episode of season 5.) These two characters should have been either crewmen from the Black Rock, or from another such group of castaways, each taken over by light and dark because of what is already in their hearts. (The whole episode of them being born there and raised by crazy mama was just dumb and forced in at the last minute.) And that this is their pattern, and in fact, each one searches for “candidates.” The smoke monster does so to leave the island, and destroy mankind before we destroy the world. The light monster does so to USE people to change the outcome, to save it.
    The reason children can’t be born on the island is either because of it’s interdimensional, time-shifting nature, or because the “light monster(?)” won’t allow the smoke monster to inhabit a newborn, as it seeks to escape the island, and can only do so in bodily form. The smoke monster can only assume the image of a dead person for a brief time, but it needs a suitable living host to inhabit. That’s why we saw it examine the Losties, and even discard candidates like Mr. Eko.

    After the crash of 815 we see the characters are the latest batch of humans to fall into this “game.” The episodes show us what they are made of, their flaws, their pain, their hopes. They represent us. Enter Jack, the man of science, and Locke, the healed man of faith. Great rivalry! I think it was a mistake to turn Jack into a faith-softie. Even in his brokeness, or because of it, he should have been the one character who hotly pursued answers to the bitter end. The rest of the mysteries, the numbers, the whispers are there to show that there really is something bigger going on, and that the outcome depends on our character’s actions and choices.

    Ok, here’s where some twists might have come in handy. Suppose that the person of the invisible Jacob in the cabin we saw in season three was in fact Magnus Hanso, who I believe was captain of the Black Rock, and ancestor of Alvar Hanso, who funded the Dharma Initiative. Suppose that Magnus discovers the time travel aspect of the island, under the manipulation of the smoke monster entity. He tries to expiriment with it, that is the donkey wheel, as a way for the smoke monster to inhabit him and escape. But it doesn’t work, and Magnus Hanso is trapped in another dimension. Remember “Help me” that Locke heard, and we briefly saw a balding, bearded image? What if it turned out that John Locke IS Magnus Hanso, that is, a cloned replica of him?
    Far fetched?? Well, when Locke’s real mother confronts him she tells him he was miraculously conceived. Perhaps this was Richard’s task–to give Magnus rebirth, a body that would come back to the island so he could live again. Isn’t that why Richard comes to little Locke in the 50’s with those old items, asking him to pick which is his. Isn’t young John told repeatedly that his destiny is in science, which he rejects? Isn’t he basically a lost soul, trying to find his way, vehemently protesting “Don’t tell me what I can’t do!” That to me is Locke’s whole quest, to find himself, not knowing he is destined for the island until he lands there, and is healed. John has been programmed, in a way, to not want to leave the island, and knows his destiny lies here. As it turns out, though,he has been used.
    The “loophole” spoken of by the MIB/smoke monster could be that he was able to assume Locke’s bodily form even though he was dead, no longer of any use to the disembodied Hanso. Maybe that was part of the rules.

    (Wouldn’t it have been a shock to find out in the end that all of the crash survivor characters originated this way, that they were clones from versions of themselves who lived on the island in the past? Identified by specific numbers, destined to return? And that the whispers were in fact those same people trapped like Magnus Hanso, trying to influence them? Just a thought.)

    Anyway, to continue, the Others, the “hostiles” are the leftover people who came to the island in the past, granted long life like Richard to help protect the island, both from the smoke monster and others who would come to exploit the island, like Dharma. And we saw how they protected it by killing the Dharma folks. “This is our island,” said Mr. Friendly. The Others, under Ben, then assume the technology of Dharma to find ways to use the island themselves, following the “rules” of the game in manipulating the crash survivors. Under the direction of “Jacob” or Magnus Hanso, who now wants to serve the light monster’s agenda. Any of the characters could become his new body, or at least become part of the Other’s mission. “We’re the good guys, Michael.” The reason they have decieved and mistreated the castaways is because they don’t know who of them will be on the side of the light or the dark, not knowing exactly what is in their hearts. That’s why they had all the personal information on them. The reason they took Walt was because he is special, as some humans are, because they have powers to see the the good and evil entities, and somehow channel their power to create or destroy. Walt was basically a short cut for them, who they could not control.

    Baby Aaron, not conceived on the island, was not supposed to be raised by another. Why? What if Aaron was also a clone of Hanso? Another attempt meant to avoid Locke’s troubled past by keeping him (Aaron) on the island and under the Other’s control.
    (Paging Dr. Ethan Rom!)

    The pushing of the button every 108 minutes was how Dharma managed to prevent the electromagnetic energy from opening a corridor to our dimension, or any other dimension, or to other times. When Desmond let it blow, the island became detectable, which meant that Widmore & Co. would be able to find it again, raising the stakes for Ben and the Others. Desmond discovers that his consciousness travels back in time, and later learns through Faraday that the solution to uncontrollably switching from past to present or future is to find a constant. What better constant for anyone than someone you love deeply. That was brilliant, but the writers abandoned it!!

    Here’s what I mean. Desmond becomes the key, which is why Widmore captures him and brings him back to the island. Since he’s the only one exposed to the electromagnatism and has his constant in Penny, he is the only person who can (and will) successfully integrate two timelines into one. This becomes important for all the characters. When the H-bomb went off by the hand of Juliet, it “worked” in that it created another timeline, what we came to know as the sideways timeline of season six. Problem is, we have 2 timelines, and our characters in both. This cannot be, and is one example of how the universe “course corrects.” Only one timeline can exist, but which one will prevail? The Losties still on the island are in grave danger because Smokey is now incarnated, and only needs a way off the island to effect basically the end of the world as we know it. We could have totally done without the glowing tunnel, stone stopper in the cave bit, as Jack’s destiny was not to be the protector of the island, but the protector of our world by killing Smokey/Locke. This should have been one kick-ass fight!!
    What a climax! It all comes down to one man laying himself on the line, knowing what he has to do, but how? In the end, all of the remaining characters should have been used, that is, they should all have realized that for Jack to do this, they each had to make an ultimate sacrifice, which is truly “what they died for.”

    Meanwhile, back in LA X, the characters of 2004, who are each experiencing some strange deja-vu moments begin to realize that something is wrong, hence the great use of mirrors in the final season. Once Widmore sends Desmond into the electro machine, Desmond has figured out the 2 timelines problem, and with the help of Daniel (Faraday) Widmore, he is able to get each of the sideways characters to find their constants, the ones they really love. Why? His plan is to go back to the island in 2007 and facillitate the transfer of their consciousnesses to 2004.
    I think it would have been great if the 2004 characters would have been clued in and agreed to first of all, make the switch with their counterparts, like Desmond did in the heliocopter, and then in the end integrate back into the one timeline, maintaining all their memories of the island. It would have been cool, for example, if as sideways Jack is operating on Locke’s spine, that he nicks the dural sack (like in the pilot episode)and panics, and just at that moment, Jack from 2007 island, maybe in the midst of fighting Smokey/Locke, switches into the operating room, knowing just what to do to save Locke’s spine. Then they switch back, which gives Jack the motivation, strength to pummel Smokey and kill him.
    The end of the story is that all of the characters are redeemed and find their happy ending, all knowing exactly what happened and why. Finally, fatally wounded Jack dies just like the actual ending, watching the plane fly away…eye closes…then opens again in the final corrected timeline. It would have been much more moving if we could have seen each character in their new life, including Jack, moving on, the world safe again…with that simple sad/beautiful piano melody playing.

    Then, cut back to the island where we see two characters appear on the beach. Perhaps Michael and Ben, who are now the new faces of the two entities. On the horizon they see a ship. They say the same words as in season five. It starts all over again. LOST.

    Long post, full of holes, I know. Thanks for letting me get this out of my head. Do with it what you will.

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  39. Nick
    September 6, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    Well I started to read the comments in reposte to your article but I’m not sifting through all that! Especially the last one, which while I’m sure is very interesting, I’d rather enjoy the but end of the summer not reading what might have been in Lost:/

    But that does go to show that so many fans of the series were lead towards, and indeed energetically frolicked towards so many wonderfully creative and honestly stimulating hypotheses about the show’s plots and concepts.

    As you said in your post, for years there were a myriad of incredibly detailed, and some pretty damn convincing and very entertaining theories and analyses. I found it addictively stimulating, and was eagerly waiting for the writers of Lost to show up even the most jampacked and clever theories during the final season.

    Rather bitter dissapointment ensued. Or rather, an unfortunate ‘oh well, fuck it’ attitude had to be adopted because the show just fizzled pathetically and I can’t even think it worth get annoyed over.

    Out of all the theories and sub-plot searching over the years, of all of them, from the thickest to… the thickest, one that I laughed at and derided from the get-go, the one that I scoffed at for being naively simplistic and downright foolish to believe could hold a tv show like Lost togethor, was that they’re all bloody dead and haven’t realised it yet, hence purgatory slash conflict and resolution, blahh.

    So I’ve concluded since that the people to celebrate for their remarkable ingenuity and originality are not the script writers, who failed, alot, in my opinion, but the marketing team, who kicked alot of ass. The show evidently wasn’t worthy of their creativity in the end, unfortunately.

    I wish, and it would have been so easy, that JJ et al had simply robbed all the great bits of so many peoples’ extremely well thought-out theories and pretended they were the plans all along. A fine crime that would have been. Much less worthy of punishment than the ‘no, no its fine, you’re dead. no that’s all. just dead. yep. see ya. hmm? no no off you go’ ending.

    (I obviously am annoyed :/ )

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    • September 6, 2010 at 11:05 pm

      I totally agree; good point! All hail the unsung heroes on the marketing team!

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  40. Deb
    February 24, 2011 at 4:12 pm

    I was really late jumping on the “Lost” bandwagon, having only *just* finished watching the entire series last night. When it was on, I had no interest in it simply because of all the hype surrounding it. But a few years later, I decided to see what all the fuss was about, and have been having a “Lost” marathon for the past few months. So, after finally seeing the last episode, and not being subject to the sway of public opinion, I can honestly say that was the laziest writing I’ve ever seen, especially for a series that started off with so much promise. Purgatory? Heaven? Jack as a Christ figure? Are you fucking kidding me? I’m okay with not having every little thing explained. In fact, I rather like it when some things are left open to individual interpretation, rather that a big helping of lowest-common-denominator storytelling meant to give viewers closure. I would have preferred a vague, open-ended conclusion that left me with nothing but questions and speculation as opposed the spoon-feeding of maudlin, pseudo-spiritual, trite shit heap that was served up in that final episode.

    That said, there *are* a few things I would love to have cleared up before I die:

    • Does Kate have other facial expressions besides “forlorn” and “wistful”?

    • Why would Jin and Sun *ever* speak English with each other when they’re alone?

    • How do you fix a crashed plane with duct tape?

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  41. Lilith
    February 8, 2012 at 10:57 am

    All right. To anyone still paying attention to this blog, I watched the premiere of THE RIVER. It’s LOST on a river instead of an island. So, no, No, NO!! I won’t do it. Don’t watch it. It’s going to go on pointlessly where other shows have gone on before. Save your retinas, wasted time and possibly your soul. RUN!!!

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  42. David
    April 15, 2012 at 9:24 pm

    OMG, Lostsuxballs you are right on! (Posts #14/18/42.) Funny! (If maybe a bit illiterate; but that’s fine, I’d have sex with you anyway man!)

    I had put this up onto another site last year:

    (http://www.whatsgoodblog.com/2010/05/lost-series-finale-sucked/comment-page-1/#comment-14158)

    verboten1@mac.com says:
    January 13, 2011 at 2:10 am

    Was it just me, or in the last scene were there the foul implications that
    only 1 person in Heaven is black, and
    there are no gay persons (much less gay couples) in Heaven?
    (Also,
    “no one goes to Heaven that didn’t agree to star in the final episode”?)

    Also, if I were given the choice between being in a Heaven with these one-dimensional airhead breeder couples, or not, I’d say NO! As someone said, & I know I’m quoting it wrong, “If there are no dogs in Heaven, I don’t wanna go there; I wanna go where dogs end up after they die.” That’s what I was thinking about, re “The Afterlife”, with the church congregation scene vs. spending an afterlife with the show’s dog.

    My god, what a freaking ripoff this show was. To (after flirting with it with Dharma & Smokey) go DEEP into amazing science-fiction in season 5, with the time-travel & magnetism & wormholes & ancient statues & atomic-power & “mythic superhuman figures” and all-else; but then the creepy thing with the paid-torturer being made into a Savior Figure (!) with his “resurrection” (ick); then the fun-again mythology (which almost made up for the weird Savior Figure blunder) about brothers Jacob & “Black-Haired Guy”. (Despite the irritating “sideways” things the last season that made no sense, and in retrospect were nothing but “fillers” just like the 48 minutes of commercials in the “2-1/2 hour finale” were fillers.) Only for the good things to got FLUSHED DOWN THE COMMODE by the final show…. (Just like they flushed Ben’s character, which was the reason I got HOOKED on the show, and turned him into a “nice guy” & reverted him from the star of the show to basically an extra….)

    As you may surmise, I too feel betrayed by the HORRIBLE ending. (For 5 years they lied, “No, no, it’s not about Purgatory.” Then the last episode shows that, something (island life? real life? sideways life? what?????) was actually, wait for it: Purgatory.)

    The writers actually made us viewers go to Purgatory, TOO: they made us sinfully devour the (in my opinion) tasty way the show was developing; then, at the last second, they pulled the rug out, saying, “Ha ha, we were just fooling; now, suffer in Purgatory because of your sins. Shame on you for believing we were actually going anywhere with this!” Maybe that’s the REAL ending of the show; this “bird”?

    verboten1@mac.com

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  43. verboten1@mac.com
    April 21, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    OMG, Lostsuxballs you are right on! (Posts #14/18/42.) Funny!

    I had written this on another site last year:

    Was it just me, or in the last scene were there the foul implications that
    only 1 person in Heaven is black, and
    there are no gay persons (much less gay couples) in Heaven?
    (Also,
    “no one goes to Heaven that didn’t agree to star in the final episode”?)

    Also, if I were given the choice between being in a Heaven with these one-dimensional airhead breeder couples, or not, I’d say NO! As someone said, & I know I’m quoting it wrong, “If there are no dogs in Heaven, I don’t wanna go there; I wanna go where dogs end up after they die.” That’s what I was thinking about, re “The Afterlife”, with the church congregation scene vs. spending an afterlife with the show’s dog.

    My god, what a freaking ripoff this show was. To (after flirting with it with Dharma & Smokey) go DEEP into amazing science-fiction in season 5, with the time-travel & magnetism & wormholes & ancient statues & atomic-power & “mythic superhuman figures” and all-else; but then the creepy thing with the paid-torturer being made into a Savior Figure (!) with his “resurrection” (ick); then the fun-again mythology (which almost made up for the weird Savior Figure blunder) about brothers Jacob & “Black-Haired Guy”. (Despite the irritating “sideways” things the last season that made no sense, and in retrospect were nothing but “fillers” just like the 48 minutes of commercials in the “2-1/2 hour finale” were fillers.) Only for the good things to got FLUSHED DOWN THE COMMODE by the final show…. (Just like they flushed Ben’s character, which was the reason I got HOOKED on the show, and turned him into a “nice guy” & reverted him from the star of the show to basically an extra….)

    As you may surmise, I too feel betrayed by the HORRIBLE ending. (For 5 years they lied, “No, no, it’s not about Purgatory.” Then the last episode shows that, something (island life? real life? sideways life? what?????) was actually, wait for it: Purgatory.)

    The writers actually made us viewers go to Purgatory, TOO: they made us sinfully devour the (in my opinion) tasty way the show was developing; then, at the last second, they pulled the rug out, saying, “Ha ha, we were just fooling; now, suffer in Purgatory because of your sins. Shame on you for believing we were actually going anywhere with this!” Maybe that’s the REAL ending of the show; this “bird”?

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  44. Lilith
    April 16, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    It’s 2013 and the ending of Lost is still an abysmal soul sucking abomination…in case anyone is paying attention anymore. Now, on to Walking Dead…I still haven’t watched the season finale.

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    • April 19, 2013 at 9:17 pm

      Fortunately the Walking Dead continues to bring the flavor.

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    • verboten1@mac.com
      April 19, 2013 at 10:11 pm

      Yes it’s 2013 & we’re still talking about LOST. We’re still missing how excited we were about it for 6 years (well, for me just seasons 4 & 5 when it started getting really intense science- & metaphysics-wise, then the return of the brothers in 6), then we got shafted by a simplistic, ridiculous ending. I’m still embarrassed that I actually told people, “Leave me alone totally that night, I’m watching the Finale.”

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      • John Oslin
        September 19, 2013 at 10:23 pm

        J. J. Abrams should have been banished to QVC years ago.

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  45. You're retarded.
    February 4, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    You’re a joke :
    Your post is an effing joke. Those four questions were the best you could come up with for unanswered questions?
    Who effing cares what the polar bees were used for, that’s some tangential detail pertaining to a group that wa on the island 30 years before anything to do with the main characters. Pierre Chang called the animal research ridiculous. Just like within today’s scientific fields, not everyone knows what everyone else is doing nor could justify everyone else’s research. Asking for specifics of the polar bear or sharks experiments is like complaining that we didn’t get to see all the janitorial jobs bens dad did. It’s just an obscure aspect of the dharma initiative. The “insinuations” you perceived are a product of your own misconstruation of coincidence.
    Walt has special/magical abilities. So do many others on the show, it’s a fantasy genre for christs sake
    The light is magic/goodness/life which all life on the planet comes from. This was stated explicitly in the show you claim to watch-maybe you just spaced out like a vegetable. It’s guarded we’ll in that no one can find it unless you are a protector of the island. Also, if you walk into it you die (unless you’re Desmond since he has special powers)
    Why does the smoke monster make that noise? Why do polar bears roar? What kind of fish was that one that Jin and Jacob caught? None of that effing matters. A great show was wasted on you

    Oh of course! Magic! How didn’t I think of that? You are a really smart person, only a genius could have figured that one out.

    I guess season 6 didn’t suck after all, it all makes sense, magic did it!

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