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Monday, May 24, 2010

Lost

Okay, this is going to be waaaay off-topic, but I've been searching for a place to type out my Lost-thoughts that wouldn't restrict me to 140 characters, and then I remembered I had a blog.  So I figured I'd type it all out here.  If you watch the show but haven't seen the finale, or plan on watching it in one fell swoop when the final season is released on DVD, please don't read on (I'll put in some dead space, so you don't immediately see spoilers).  Also, please feel free to ignore this post.  I just need to type something out, or I'll bust.  LOL.





Okay... one of my favorite movies ever was Signs.  I love the fact that it's a movie about aliens, it was billed as a sci-fi movie and yet in the end, it was ultimately a character story about one man's redemption.  However, I feel Lost is the same kind of story and in this format, I don't really like it.  I mean, I can appreciate it for being pure genius, but it almost feels like Darlton made it too big to ultimately be about Jack's redemption, death, and afterlife.  Signs was a 2 hour movie.  Lost was a 6 year series.  With a lot more twists and turns and unanswered questions.  I think in the end, I felt like the first 5 seasons were one show and this one was something that belonged on PAX.  Also, the sideways world seemed to rip off another M. Night Shyamalan movie, The Sixth Sense, in the "they don't know they are dead" regard, and then each of the characters had their big "a-ha" moment and they got goofy smiles and became resigned with their fates.  I guess in the end, I get it.  I think it was genius.  But, I don't really like it.  I wanted more resolution with the other characters (like what happens with Hurley being the new Jacob and Ben being the new Richard and what happens with those that got on the Ajira plane and headed home), than it simply being about Jack closing his eye in the end (though that was a good ending).  Though I guess Darlton's point was in the end, none of that matters, it was just about being with your "constant" in the hereafter.  They did always say it was a love story.

However, as much I'm bitching... I also did enjoy the finale.  I sobbed like a baby at several points.  The main one being where Jack "freed" John Locke.  Locke was always one of my favorite characters.  I loved that his crappy real life was redeemed by the island.  I loved that on the island, Locke had a purpose, and then you find out that all that purpose was just manipulated by the MIB.  So, when Locke had his epiphany and he was essentially redeemed, I cried.  I cried hard.  I just wish in the church, he had Helen by his side.

I loved that Hurley became the new Jacob and Ben was the new Richard.  I loved that Hurley gave Ben a purpose, something he'd always wanted, and killed (literally) to have.  I think in that moment Ben Linus was redeemed, though I wish he'd been allowed to be in the church (and I'm talking to Darlton here, the characters themselves asked Ben to come in).  I mean, no one in that church was innocent.  Most of them had, in one way or another, killed or caused another person's death on the island (and off island in the case of Sayid, Sawyer, and Kate).

Okay, I think I'm done now.  There's more floating around my brain, but I will leave it at that for now.  If you watched the show and want to share your thoughts, please feel free to do so. 

5 comments:

Kimberly said...

I did watch part of it. Ironically, I started watching it at the very beginning because I thought it was a mini-series, not a 'real' series. I gave it 2 full years and when the 3rd year started and it was mostly recaps with very little movement in the new episode, I threw in the towel.

I didn't watch to the end, last night. I saw some moments that made me cry. Claire and Charlie hooking back up, Shannon and Sayid and it happening because of Shannon's brother. But some of it I was lost (no, really). I cried when Jack and Kate couldn't make it together and they had Claire's baby to raise. OMG...it was all to emotional. And I think that's what was hard about 'Lost' for me. It was an emotional rollercoaster!

Then there's the part of me that wants to get the DVD's, start at season 3 and follow it through to see what ALL happens.

Megan, it doesn't seem like you were able to get the closure that we felt we should from this six-year voyage. Am I right?

Nicole said...

Wow, I've been searching for a way to express my thoughts about the whole finale and I think you just summed it up perfectly. I bawled like a baby in parts - it's hard to watch that series and not get emotionally involved, it definitely pulled me in, but I felt a keen sense of disappointment - I noticed that before the finale began, they said they tried to answer all our questions; but I would have to disagree with that. I'm left with more questions now than ever that will not be answered, and although I'm fine with some room for "interpretation" there were things that could have been practically answered. I was also disturbed that Helen had been with John in the church, I feel like that was a big mistake on their part.
I'm glad you wrote this - anything else I'd say at this point would just be reiterating your own thoughts, but I really enjoyed reading this.

Lilly said...

I love the finale and I cried like a baby :D I was never a fan of the sci fi part of the show, to me it was all about the characters and their relationships. So I'm happy now.

Megan (A Polish Problem) said...

No, I didn't really get closure, because I felt like the ending should have been more. All they did in the end was have closure with Jack's character, and IMO they didn't exactly redeem him... he just became less douchey. I felt that simply by focusing on Jack, in the end, they essentially negated the other characters and the island's mythology (that they worked so hard to create).

If you didn't like the sci fi in the show, then I can definitely see how the ending would be satisfying, but I'm a sci fi junkie. LOST took the place of Buffy and Angel in my world, so I loved that aspect of the show. Now that LOST has ended, Flashforward has been cancelled, V is kinda sucky, and who knows when/if Torchwood (though now that Davies killed Ianto, I don't really care) is coming back, I have no clue what I'm going to do.

Megan (A Polish Problem) said...

Also, I read on the TWOP board that Ben stayed behind to be with Danielle and Alex. That I can buy. Even through all of his nastiness, Ben was one of my favorites, so I like that he (in both worlds) got a happy ending.

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