You know how I can’t keep my mouth shut when I have something to say……
It was just yesterday. I was in the greatest of moods. I threw out all expectations of how this momumental show was going to end. I went in with a clear mind, and was prepared to be entertained……I was entertained alright, but I never in a million years thought I’d be feeling as empty as I did when it finally concluded.
The music was amazing. The “connection” scenes were all emotional in an appropriate way. The way they incorporated everyone into the episode was masterful. The interactions between everyone in the FSW was especially uplifting towards the end. The Locke and Ben converstaion is one I’ll remember forever. So why do I feel as empty as I do? Well, it’s not because I’m trying to be a negative fool again, it’s because what I witnessed last night was the end of a drama, and nothing more.
I know this show has always been about the characters. That part’s obvious. They’ve always done a wonderful job with getting us to love, hate, or believe in certain characters. You know what though? A ton of shows on TV have solid character writing. I’m dead serious. I didn’t watch Lost to see emotional moments every week. Sure, when they were there, I enjoyed them. I’m not some robot that’s going to pretend that I didn’t feel like crying during a few scenes in the finale. But I don’t sit down every week hoping to see Sawyer and Juliette go dutch on some coffee. I’m a fan of science fiction. The science fiction aspect is what got me into this show in the first place.
The way the writers have messed with us over the six year span is ridiculous. We all loved it though. That’s why there’s a site like this one, and many, many others that have some of the deepest minds in the world trying to make sense of what we were witnessing every week. That’s the problem though isn’t it? Now that it’s over, it’s more apparent to me than ever that the writers literally DID throw almost every mystery away shortly after writing them. The agony of that is what’s doing me in right now.
I never expected answers to be given to us. Our memories of this show would’ve been tainted if they started spouting answers to us last night. I’m glad the origin of the light was never explained. Believe me, the episode would’ve fell flat after an explanation of that. Some mysteries are better left untouched. What I did expect though, never happened. There were absolutely no subtle clues or hints about what the island’s purpose ever was. There was not one more bit of evidence about what, who, or why Smokie was. I just wanted to hear Flocke say “You see Jack, this is why I made Ben and “the others” think they were listening to Jacob all along….” or something of that nature. I wanted a reveal that explained ANYTHING about any past occurances on the island. I simply feel no need to start from the beginning and enjoy the show all over again. I was really hoping I’d feel the motivation to do that today.
Do I consider the finale to be a dud? No, it was well done by the crew. I actually liked the limbo/purgatory/afterlife reveal. I enjoyed the last few minutes more than anything. I loved seeing the entire cast being able to all smile and shake hands. It was still beautiful for what it was. But I think a lot of the more hardcore fans needed a little something extra that we simply didn’t get whatsoever. It would have been nice to see the writers actually go on a limb for something. They played it about as safely as they could. They knew that an explanation of the island would have divided the audience. Did they not realize that a very unrevealing ending would divide it even more? Is it all about money? Are they really keeping it all open in order to do more in the future? God, I hope not. Last night was “The End” right? Well, it is a business.
I’m basically just contradicting myself. I’m unsatisfied, yet hoping the show’s completely done. The thing is, I was just hoping for a little more “epic” out of it while it lasted. Just yesterday I was telling people not to expect any answers out of the finale, and to sit back and enjoy it. I just didn’t think we’d literally be getting NO important answers though. I know the writers have the right to end the show any way they feel necessary, but Lost isn’t like every other show. It was the most mysterious thing I’ll probably ever be a part of. We only loved the mysteries because we knew there was more show in the future to possibly explain things. Well, that’s not the case anymore. Hence, I feel like we’ve been left in the dark.
By the way……… I still can’t believe they got the plane off the ground. Extremely unbelieveable.