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The Light at “The End” of the Tunnel…

Im not going to argue with anyone about anything…I liked the episode, and the way Lost ended…
Its your choice whether you did or not…
Im left without questions, without desire…I am left satisfied. That is not to say that they answered everything, its just to say that I really dont care.

For anyone who thinks that everything that happened on the island was pointless…

Without the island, and Jacob bringing them there, they would have never been “good” people, and most likely would have never gotten the chance to make the decision that Ben made outside of the church…they wouldnt have even realized that much…they would have not been ready, as Ana Lucia was not ready when they died.

These people needed the island to move on to the next step in their existence, which is plain and simple…the afterlife…which led to a bright light, that many would refer to as heaven.

Juliet was going in and out of death/life when she told Sawyer “It worked.”
She saw what was going on, just as Charlie saw what was going on when he almost choked on the heroin.
The FSW represents this afterlife, or more-so the purgatory that so many thought the island was.
The FSW was not real…Jacks son was not real.

David was a creation by Jack in his “perfect world” to help him get through to understanding what happened, and why he is where he is. We didnt know who Davids mother was until then…because Jack probably didnt even know…
These people created existences for themselves until they realized that they were ready to move on, and not a second sooner.

The closest I came to picturing this happening was my theory, “An Occurrence At Our Parallel Bridge”. I titled it this way due to the actual story “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge”.
“Owl Creek” follows a man who is sentenced to death.
Upon his hanging, the rope breaks, and he falls into the water. He then lives a life as if he had gotten away for a short time, making it all the way home to his wife and child. Upon arriving home, he starts noticing pains in his neck, marks, and burns…much like Jack noticed in the premiere and other scenes in the FSW. It ends, much like Lost, where the person realizes that they did indeed die, and the pain was real in another life, so to speak. And they both end up dying/being dead in the end.

I knew this was right…but they threw me off course by pressing the issues with “FLASH sideways”, and I got caught up in the FSW being “real” and went the direction of “parallel” timelines…damn…oh well, alls well that ends well…and I feel Lost did end well.

The island, and everything that happened on it was real…everything.
What happened on the island was the main story about a group of people that landed on an island saving the world from darkness, and being given the gift of eternal light.
The island was a scientific/spiritual marriage of light and dark, essential to the existence of the world, and the energy can be used for either good or evil…all depending on the eye of the beholder.

The story on the island is separate from the FSW because it could have occurred completely without it, and yet with it, we were able to see that these bad people…these “flawed” individuals have made up for things that occurred in their past and gotten the redemption that they needed to get.

The whispers explained earlier were more than likely what they were explained as…spirits of people trapped on the island. Which is why Michael isnt there…Walt was too tall to fit into the room apparently.
;]
This made me look at Anthony Coopers character more, he got what he deserved…this was most likely not the real Cooper though, more like a reflection of what our characters saw him as…or should be…I would imagine the real Cooper is on the island with Michaels spirit.

I think they took a lot of chances with this episode, and I think they knew what they were doing all along. The show has always been based on faith, no matter what anyone has ever said…and the finale proved it to everyone.
They knew they were going to do this, and they found a way to make it happen in a way that I felt played very well into what I have always viewed Lost as. Purgatory was a reference/theme from the first season (Gary Troupe)…lets not forget that.

The island was not purgatory, as some believed. If anything gets that label it was the FSW.
There is no time there, no limits. People who die appear as they would to the person they are interacting with.
Hurley obviously died well after Jack did, but they are there…together…all of them. That is all that matters in “The End”.

Its an interesting take on “Live Together, Die Alone” if you think about it…sacrifice and die alone…to live together forever.

I loved all the reunions from Jack and Kate (“I missed you so much”), to Sawyer and Juliet (“Come here Blondie”)…even Sayid and Shannon was bittersweet…and I love that I hoped they would all end up together…at least I sort of called one thing, lol…
One reunion stood out to me though…the reunion between Claire and Charlie was amazing.
It was really the most emotional realization for me throughout the entire show, and easily the happiest of all for me to see last night…no idea what it was…it just really got me.

I must say…its quite annoying to hear people say how pointless Chritian was…or even worse Aaron.
These people were beyond important. They were the constants that some of our characters needed to connect. Aaron began Kates initiation into enlightenment in the FSW by her simply seeing his toy. Then her and Claire connected through the “delivery”…and Charlie connected through Aarons touch!
Christian was ultimately what brought Jack to the other side…after a brief encounter with Kate who I just mentioned. Christians casket alone was enough to give Jack “a little push”, then he got pulled in by the love of his fathers hug…

These people may not have been the KEYS to Lost…but they were the keys to certain characters finding themselves. Without Aaron…who knows who may have NOT gotten connected on the other side. Claire was not supposed to raise Aaron…but she is supposed to be his mother.
Aaron was beyond important…beyond the island…
Why did he need her love and goodnes…I dont care. I was happy with what I got.

The whole time Jack was letting Des turn off the light, I couldnt figure out what he was doing…and then I saw Locke bleed…he took away his power. When he said “Im going to kill you” and “Its a surprise” earlier…wow…great scenes with Jack.
It was great to see the showdown on the cliff in the rain, epic actually. And to see Locke get killed by jack in that manner was really quite amazing…loved Jack getting stabbed.

Him being stabbed by Locke also goes back to my “Owl Creek/Occurrence” though…
Remember the scar in the mirror…it wasnt from his appendix…it was HOW HE DIED…being stabbed by Locke…the knife wounds gave that away for me easily. Wonderfully done throughout the season.

On Jimmy Kimmel after the show, he asked Harrold Parineau why he thought Michael wasnt in the room with them at the end. He said he thought Michael did bad things, and died (add in:within the radius of the island)…and figured he was trapped there as he told Hurley…making the like the island a hell itself TO SOME, as was interpreted in “Ab Aterno”.

I think this same thing is what was happening to MIB. He was a human, who was willing to go to any length to get off the island. He went with people that he admitted were bad, manipulative, power-hungry people and tried to build the wheel to leave the island.

Jacob technically killed him, but as mother said, what happened to MIB was worth than death, which is where the losties ended up in “The End”.
He ended up trapped on the island, like I think Michael is…except that due to being thrown in the light at the end of the tunnel upon death…he was able to materialize through the black smoke, and actually find a way to get off the island…a loophole.

Unfortunately for him, this was also the loophole that Jack used to kill him.

I obviously wasnt a fan of the plane leaving…but as soon as I saw Lapidus…I knew what was going to happen.
Just so people understand too…the reason Kate, Sawyer, and the rest could leave on the plane and still be with them in the FSW and church at the end is because the FSW is the purgatory…the place with no measurement of time…they wait until they all are together…which was very important throughout the entire show…them doing things together, leaving nobody behind…

Time is only relevent to the living…in the FSW…NOBODY was alive…most just dont realize they, themselves, are dead.

And even in death, when the ones who did realize waited for the others to “let go”, and they wouldnt leave each other in “The End” until they did…

Lost proved to be a playground for intellectuals hunting for fun, and a letdown for people seeking handout answers. Some of these answers are right in front of our faces, and others are meant to mythology of what was Lost. We dont learn how the “Force/Darkside” works in “Star Wars”…or how the “Sirens” in the “Odyssey” are able to pull in ships with a simple song…its mythological interpretation left entirely up to the viewers/readers, because when compared to what the story was REALLY about…what it REALLY stood for…its pointless.

Lost is a show that I for years…tried to breakdown and unlock, mostly to no avail…
Lost is a show that I will never forget due to what it has given me on a site like this…with people like you…
Lost is a show that proved one thing that I have said all along that no one can take away…

Lost is a show about science and technology paving the way for hope, faith, and spirituality…

As the last thing I ever post here, I would like to reiterate something that I wrote before…something I truly believe with all my heart.
This is a short (slightly edited) excerpt from a theory I wrote right before the season began…and I still believe it now that Lost is over…
Its from, “The Greatest Theory That I Have Ever Seen…”

“The creators of Lost wanted to give us their perspective of what would occur if time travel was
possible…they researched, they went to the depths of the minds of some of the greatest writers
in the world. They scoured the pages of the bible, they reincarnated Buddhism. They poked
around in Steven Hawking’s library. They played mind games with the greatest philosophers in the
known history of the world. They wrote a story about the lives of survivors of a plane crash on an
island, and came up with nothing short of genius for an answer…only giving us small pieces and
clues to decipher and decode at a time…

Leaving us …scrambling to solve the equation before they wrote the final answer on the
chalkboard…to what is in my opinion, the single greatest science fiction/spiritual plot device ever invented…
They convinced me…all of us, to research…to explore, to study, to search….to learn… all the very
same subjects they researched, explored, studied, searched… and of course learned….
We had to go through the same thing to truly understand…
It is the very same questions that they are answering themselves…

How would time travel play a role in history if it was to exist?
How would it…how could it affect the soul?.…and to me, their answer… is “the
greatest theory I have ever seen.”

How anyone can feel “cheated” or even let down is beyond me…but Lost is, was, and always will be a show based on perception…what you see…what you choose to see, or choose NOT to see is up to you, and what you get in “The End”.
It has given me peace and happiness, and at the same time caused nosebleeds and craziness right here on this site.
I urge you all to let go of questions and answers, and enjoy what they have given us…their story.

Just like in LOST…the light at the end of the tunnel is what you allow it to be…

One more time…thank you all very, very much for your time… and I will miss you all very, very much…

-Abbot Enheduanna Schwarzschild

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17 thoughts on “The Light at “The End” of the Tunnel…

  1. Fantastic post A.E.S. you are so right when you wrote about some people want questions answered rather than fertile ground of intellectual thoughts to be contemplated. The true enjoyment of Lost for me was in the references the writers used as in character names, books and time travel bending. I will revisit “Owl Creek”, thank you.

  2. AES, it’s been a pleasure. You actually had some really awesome thoughts and theories over the course of this show. On top of being awesome, they were always fun to read.

    I hope this isn’t your FINAL final post. But if it is, “nanasty” (or whatever Dharma always said).

  3. I also always liked your interactions with commentors of your posts. That, to me, was always the most important aspect of this site: Being able to communicate easily with other people. I think you did it about as well as anyone could. Much appreciated.

  4. Deadgolf…I didnt mean anything derogatory by the comment either…but I did mean what I said, Im glad you agree.

    I realized a while back that there were just some things that were going to be left untold, and I really like it that way…it does what the show did through its characters…instill hope and imagination on our parts.
    To hope for anything other than a solid ending would be selfish at the beginning of the season.

    There were so many things that blew my mind, so many short stories inside of a master thesis of mind numbing story telling…

    Its cheesy, yes…but I really loved every second of it…

    Owl Creek is a quick easy read, probably available online…I know its in many Early Classroom Lit books.
    I think they referenced it in season one or two as well…just another clue…

    Always a pleasure Deadgolf…

  5. Chief…the pleasure was all mine…

    I was critisized often for being over the top…well duh…

    Anyone could break down the logic of the show and see Jack was going to be the hero…but it was more fun to push an idea that John Locke would prevail in the end…trying everything possible to make it possible…lol…I was running out of ideas…

    The whole show revolved around Jack and his father, from White Rabbit, to The End…Im still surprised no blood relation to Jacob was ever put into play.

    Either way…I tried to make them make enough sense where someone could say “That would never happen…”…but couldnt say “That could nevar happen…”…always leaving a possibility…and with this show…lol…as we saw last night…you never know…

    Ill post in comments, and maybe down the road another “theory”…but Im going to go on auto pilot for at least a week after everything dies down…watch the season again…see what happens…

    Either way…Nancy to you to…

  6. Oh…and on the people commenting…I cant say enough about the people I met here.

    Ive said several times that Emzi created a thing of beauty…but its the way people react and respect each other for the most part.

    There were some rough times, obviously. Things get out of hand sometimes…and are handled one way or another… But despite what some think about it, I stayed here because I know there are a lot of people who I like to read theories from, and discuss things with…and I think at least a few feel the same way about me.

    I missed talking to a lot of the people that were here early on…some people you speak to in passing…some EVERYDAY!
    Thats actually kind of nuts if you think about it…seriously…at least for me.

    You know…

    The other day I sat down and looked for where we used to have “members”…it listed all who were on the site, I think in alphabetical order.
    The link is gone, so I sat down and wrote out the screen names that I could think of off the top of my head…you know how many…39…

    THIRTY-NINE people I know from interaction here on an almost daily basis…off the top of my head.

    I went to school for six years and dont think I could name thirty-nine people in those six years…off the top of my head at least.

    Some people love when I write a theory…some people hate to hear me talk…whatever, lol…I dont really care anymore.

    For anyone who said I was posting spoiler…bazinga…I got next to nothing right, lol…

    Wasnt it just the other day I got called a theory bully…I respond to my posts…EVERY comment when I get the chance…its how I interact with people as you mention Chief…

    I seriously dont know what Ill miss more Sawuers smart ass comments…or yours, lol…

    Oh…on that…dont you have something you are supposed to give to someone…since the plane took off…

    lol…didnt you just cringe when you saw Lapidus poke his stupid furry face up out of the water?

    I pulled sawyer myself…”Son of a bitch…”
    I KNEW right then that the plane was leaving.
    As much as I loved the episode…it killed me…
    Lol, when they were using elmers glue or whatever to patch the front of the plane with a piece of tinfoil…I could just picture you popping in a top gun dvd and falling asleep…

    Always a pleasure Chief…dont worry…Ill be here spreading my cheer for a bit before a hiatus…

  7. AES, always a pleasurable read. Seeing how well your theories were written, their style, and the way you interacted with the resonders to your post are some of the things that convinced me this was a site worth joining. And the way you commented on my theories always kept me on my toes.

    I agree with your view on “the End” and Lost in general. Any time I saw your screen name in the author column I knew I was in for a good ride. Then I found out that you had read Illuminatus and I was relieved to find out I wasn’t the only person to had read that fnord book. I had a fnord great time talking about how it related to Lost and debating who had the Hagbard role. Can’t tell you how many times I said “Son of a bitch, I got to open that book again” after reading something you posted.

    Thanks for the fantastic reads.

  8. Thank you for all the great posts you’ve contributed over the last year or so. I’ve always enjoyed reading them, and I know I don’t comment much around here, but I hope you know I’ve always valued your thoughts and ideas.

    That being said, I am dissapointed with The End so find it hard to agree with you here. Although you’ve written something great as always, I just can’t find it in myself to feel satisfied with The End…

    I hope this isn’t the last we’ve seen of you around here, as this place will always be open to you and everyone else… but if it is, it’s been a pleasure 🙂

  9. Achalli…always a pleasure, and thanks for the comments…

    Im glad you see my perspective. Its not to say I dont get how people are upset…I guess I do, a little…Im just not…thats all.

    Talking Illuminatus with you was beyond explainable…I never talked to anyone else who knew what it was, let alone read it.

    Honestly I posted “around” the book, but never actually included it until I started talking to you…so thanks for the little push there!

    Im sure we are not done with our discussions…Its been more than a pleasure dissecting this show with you.

    Thank you for all your comments and theories while here…they have been amazing and inspirational…

    Now…I will start getting caught up on things this summer…beginning with “The Prisoner”!

  10. waycurious…save the applause until the end…oh…dear…

    It has been fun. I have always enjoyed reading your thoughts and comments across the site.
    Im sure we will meet in another life…or blog site…
    ;]

  11. Emzi!

    SO good to see you here…and was happy to see you got the finale early…but disappointed to hear you didnt like it much.

    Although I was pretty solid in defending what I thought Lost was over my time…I always maintained that open mind that they would not answer everything, and would end the story however they wished.

    Thats really what saved the show for me. I am more happy with what I got from it over time, than any ending they could have possibly written…it didnt matter…I just wanted to see what they did.

    Ive read SO many books, and seen SO many movies that have such horrible endings that I get nothing out of…and Lost just didnt fall in either category for me.

    I see a lot of the questions left as “answerable”, such as what was the purpose of the cabin… some as “mythology”,such as what the island actually is… and some as “Thats Hollywood”, such as Walt growing into a man over 6 years and becoming unusable.

    Na matter what they did with that kid, people would have had a problem with it…I didnt have a problem with him being left out.

    Either way, I liked it…sorry to ramble…its what I do best…
    ;]

    Emzi…Thank you again…Im sure Ill say that ten million more times before its all said and done, but I mean it with sincerity.

    Also… any other blogs or sites you come up with…you have to tell me so I can come ramble there too…

    I really cant imagine enjoying Lost without this place…not a theory site…but this one.

    Thanks again, you always did a wonderful job with everything…
    Best site and Admin ever…

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