The obligatory LOST post

Only read this if you a) care and b) have seen the LOST finale.

Let’s begin with something positive. The two things that made the finale worth watching:

  1. Miles: “I don’t believe in many things, but I believe in duct tape.”
  2. The scene with Hurley asking Ben for help. Love Ben.

Now, I’m afraid, the rest of the post will be entirely negative, because… let’s face it. It sucked.

The finale as an episode in itself. Yawn. It was really slow-paced, from the very beginning with the coffin to the end with the church. We’ve been building and building up to some epic action-packed ending and what we actually got was some rock climbing, a couple of drinks of water, a piano concert, a fight on the cliffs and a plane taking off. Oh.

Several times, I was checking my watch, wondering why time was going so slowly, and I don’t remember the last time that happened watching LOST. I can’t figure out why they needed the extra time for the finale if that’s all they had to say.

And they didn’t say much, did they? I didn’t like the end in either universe. One was a complete cop-out, the other just didn’t do it for me. I knew I wouldn’t like it, my expectations were low, and even so, I was disappointed. I didn’t like the off-island stuff but I suppose it was one way of bringing the season to a close. It finished off that story arc and at least it answered the question of why they all kept bumping into each other, and how they were all going to get back together. I would have preferred it if the actual island did sink and somehow merge into the off-island and that reality became real. Because let’s be honest, Sawyer and Juliet are too cute not to be together.

The on-island stuff was way too drawn out. Ben was stuck under a tree for a good few minutes, and then magically he was out and about with no explanation as to how they managed to free him. Frank was sorting out the plane, and revving it up and down and finding problems and picking up survivers for much too long.

I was going with the Desmond/Jack/Locke thing fine, and even went with it when Hurley got involved. What I would have liked to see, though, is Jack turn into a smoke monster. He saw the light, just like the original smoke monster must have done. Then the epic battle would start all over again, except it would be Jack v Hurley, instead of Jacob v Smoke Monster. That would have been a cool ending.

But of course Jack couldn’t possibly end up being bad, he had to be a hero.

So, fine, they did what they did, the season is over, the show is over.

WHAT ABOUT THE REST?

What about all the things they brought up for no reason? I have spent a long time buying everything Damon and Carlton said, that they knew where they were going from the beginning, that they had an explanation for everything, that they’d leave some things for the fans to discuss afterwards.

Some things? I’d like to see the list of questions answered compared to the list of questions raised.

I did have a plan to watch all the series again with the benefit of hindsight, right from the very first episode, so it would all begin to make sense.

HA.

Now, I have no desire to watch or talk about LOST ever again.

24 thoughts on “The obligatory LOST post

  1. Now, I have no desire to watch or talk about LOST ever again.

    seconded.

    but worse, the series has ruined episodic tv for me for good.

    i will never give that much time to any television series again, until it’s finished and people say the ending was good.

  2. I saw people everywhere going ‘WOW IT WAS GREAT’ and I didn’t understand. I am pleased to know I’m not the only one who thought it was lame. I remember in an early season when the writers were like “no, they’re not all dead!”

    Yeah. Not in that timeline.

  3. I gave up on Lost during series one. It was too silly and too drawn out for my liking.

    However, I kept quiet because like many, I thought that the writers had a good plan and were going to finish the programme with a ban. It looks to me like they were stringing the viewing public along, which is pretty sad really. It’s not the first time a TV series has ended in a weird way and I for one find it most dissatisfying when a TV show ends and doesn’t tie up all of the loose ends like that – the Sopranos comes to mind.

    I also agree that episodic TV is really poor now – either we have the endless mindless cop programmes, doctors who spend more time fussing about their love lives, or TV shows where they start with a confusing premise but keep you hooked, then string you along and either cancel the show or cop out at the end. I have found that I cannot watch these at a rate of one per week – I have to watch 2 or 3 at once or I just get bored and annoyed.

    I’m almost at the point where I don’t watch any TV and just stream/download it instead now. I even bought a couch for the computer room 😉

  4. It looks to me like they were stringing the viewing public along, which is pretty sad really.

    I so wanted to believe them. They were upfront about stringing us along before they got an end date. That was supposed to change once they knew how many episodes they had left.

  5. The whole purpose of them being on the island was to stop Smokey getting off and somebody would take over from Jacob.
    The alternative timeline or their afterlife was a teaser put in to tease you into thinking that the nuclear bomb set off a parallel universe which of course was a red herring.
    The purpose of the alt timeline was to have the happy ending that Americans crave.
    Do you want every single little question answered like How did Ben escape from the tree? Err, they got him out. Almost irrelevant.
    I thought it was a clever ending and most questions were answered. If they answered all of them what would people speculate about?
    Watch it again and see that it does exactly what it said it would, throughout the whole series.
    Dead is dead and Whatever happened was rammed home almost every second episode..the clues were all there.
    Live together ot Die Alone…thats exactly how it was.
    Thay werent stringing anybody along.

  6. I thought it was a clever ending and most questions were answered. If they answered all of them what would people speculate about?

    I really, really disagree. Most of the things they answered were questions raised from season six alone.

    I don’t care about the alternate timeline. I care about Dharma. I care about time travelling. I care about the numbers. I care about Widmore. They made me care about things that they had no intention of tying up.

  7. Ooh, yes, I read about that. Good work ABC!

    It didn’t make much difference to me, I’d already assumed those were some sort of goodbye photos rather than more story. I can easily see how people would be confused though.

  8. Do you want every single little question answered like How did Ben escape from the tree? Err, they got him out. Almost irrelevant.

    oh. so cindy was irrelevant? nice.

    i thought the writers were smart people. geniuses maybe. it turns out they were more confused than the rest of us.

  9. I for one find it most dissatisfying when a TV show ends and doesn’t tie up all of the loose ends like that – the Sopranos comes to mind.

    i haven’t seen it, but apparently the writers really liked the end of the sopranos. which pretty much says it all 🙂

  10. oh. so cindy was irrelevant? nice
    ======================

    An air stewardess who appeared in about 5 shows and died in an explosion on the beach. As the overall show goes, yeah pretty irrelvant.

  11. An air stewardess who appeared in about 5 shows and died in an explosion on the beach. As the overall show goes, yeah pretty irrelvant.

    she died in an explosion on a beach?

  12. she died in an explosion on a beach?

    Not that I recall. Last seen in the temple (how did she get there from the Others? Why was she with the Others? Why did the Others take the children? What happened to the children? Etc, etc)

  13. Wikipedia says she left the temple to the beach and: “Her fate, along with that of Zach and Emma are never explicitly revealed, though Sayid mentions that those who were not killed in the mortar attack fled into the jungle.”

  14. I care about Dharma. I care about time travelling. I care about the numbers. I care about Widmore. They made me care about things that they had no intention of tying up.
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    Dharma served a purpose, they were brought to the Island by Jacob, but were corrupted just as everyone is and were purged on the say so of the Man In Black who had corrupted Ben into believing he was following Jacobs orders.
    The numbers were numbers Jacob had assigned to each candidate, the relevance of them coming up everytime was all part of the shows intrique. I think the writers were messing with us as to their recurring importance.
    Widmore was brought back by Jacob to try and stop Smokey from leaving the island. I agree a little with you there, They made him out to be more important than he was but in the grand scheme of things. He wasnt hugely important. The time travel was relevant because Jacob needed them to go back in time to 1977, set off the bomb, cause the incident they were trying to prevent, enabling the hatch to be built, therefore crashing the plane and bring them to the island.
    Hate to disagree with you guys, big fans of your podcast but I think if you were to watch it all again, it would all fit in nicely. I doubted the writers a few times, but on the whole, bar a few plot holes and confused timelines, I think they pretty much knew exactly what they were doing.

  15. I think the writers were messing with us as to their recurring importance.

    Well, there you go. You’ve summed it right up. I don’t want to be messed with.

  16. Well, there you go. You’ve summed it right up. I don’t want to be messed with.

    future tv shows should come with a health warning.

    this show written by lindelof / cuse. may cause disappointment.

  17. Sir Frank Kermode once wrote

    “we crave endings for the same reason that some religious sects look forward to the Apocalypse — because it’s the ending that gives shape and meaning to the otherwise random events that precede it.”

    I wonder if He has ever watched The Sopranos or Lost.

  18. we crave endings for the same reason that some religious sects look forward to the Apocalypse — because it’s the ending that gives shape and meaning to the otherwise random events that precede it.

    that is a fine quote 🙂

    although mostly i just craved answers. i’d have taken them as early as season 3 if that was an option.

  19. I remember the original ads for Lost and thought it looked promising then I decided that it probably wouldn’t be as good as the trailer so I never watched a single episode. Funny thing is I don’t feel I missed anything unlike other series I have missed.

  20. [quote]I remember the original ads for Lost and thought it looked promising then I decided that it probably wouldn’t be as good as the trailer so I never watched a single episode. Funny thing is I don’t feel I missed anything unlike other series I have missed. [\quote]

    There was a lot of good in this series though I do agree the the writer/producers have failed to bring a promised conclusion. Either they’ve been unable to execute their intentions or we were misled

    Pity. Too many questions, very few answers

    At least True Blood returns soon. No complaints about blood and vampires failing to live up to expectations

  21. In the future, anyone who wants to watch Lost, should be shown edited highlights.

    Scene One: Plane Crashes
    Scene Two: They’re all dead and in the church

    Theres not much more you need to see really.

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