Fallout To The End
Well, there we have it, the end has come. Did we get the answers we wanted? No. Are we left with questions? Yes. Will any of it be resolved, most likely not. But that’s how life is to begin with. Personally, I liked how Lost ended. It wasn’t a perfect ending and left a lot of us wanting more but it still taught us things also. I feel that a lot of people are getting bogged down by the details and forgetting that what the journey and what you get from it are more important than the actuall destination or goal.
One of my earliest posts on this site concerned the possibilitie that Lost would end in a similar way that the last episode of The Prisoner, “Fallout,” ended. On the surface the questions and mysteries were not answered but upon further reflection “Fallout” kept true to the core ideas of The Prisoner and indeed did answer the fans questions, just not in the way they wanted. I feel that Lost has done something similar, we need look inside of ourselves to discover the meaning and the answers.
I will use the rules of the Island as an example. The Island has only one rule and that is that its protector decides what the rules the Island and its inhabitants will operate under. This was said, though not as directly, several times during “Across the Sea” and “The End.” It was stated by Mother when she told Jacob and Brother that she made it so that they would never kill each other. Brother told Jacob that one day he may be incharge and could make the rules. And finally when Hurley stated to Ben that they wouldn’t be able to get Desmond home because no one could leave the Island, ben reminded Hurley that that was how Jacob ran things. So the protector makes the rules.And this may explain the pregnancy issues. He stated to Kate that her name was crossed out because she became a mother. Jacob may have simply made a rule at some point that mothers could not be canidates and the Island powers inhibited pregnancies.
Is that a perfect explaination, admittedly no. But the point is that it’s up to you to find the meaning in things. Examine yourself. Find yourself. And you will no longer be lost.
Now, to the parts of The End that I really enjoyed. I really liked that of all the people it is Hurley and Ben that are left to tend to the Island. And Ben turns out to be human after all. He’s learned from his mistakes and set out to atone for them, why else would he be eligible to go into the church with the rest of them? I also liked how the cycle completed. Hurley was one of the first people Jack encountered in the first episode and Hurley was one of the last people he talked to in the end. Vincent was the first survivor he actually saw and was the last he saw when he died.
When all things are said and done, I am at peace with Lost.