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Lost in Thought

I had mentioned this on Facebook, but after my last post regarding my television viewing habits, Fiddledaddy commented, “People are going to think that’s all you do!”

“What’s your point?”

Just kidding.  I felt it important to clarify that I make good use of the Fast Forward button on the TiVo remote.  That is, when I can find said remote buried deep within the couch cushions.

The children make a sport of hiding the remote from one another.  AND IT NEVER GETS OLD.

On a positive note, I have netted a good deal of coins from the bowels of the couch while remote diving.  To be used for the curse jar.

Anyhoo.  I often not only fast forward through the commercials, but also through a certain television hosts drivel.  And assorted lack luster performances.  So I am really not spending THAT much time ACTUALLY watching.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

I did not, however, fast forward a single second of Lost last night.  In fact, we made the ultimate sacrifice and watched it IN REAL TIME.  Had to endure the commercials, and I must say that Target should give their ad exec a big fat bonus, because the spots were brilliant.

About Lost.  I don’t know about you, but I’m still lost.  AND MAD AS A HORNET.

****Spoiler Alert*****

All throughout the last 6 years, theories of Purgatory have been bantered about, and the writers said NAY to that idea.  Big fat fibbers.  Liar liar pants on fire.

I’m not sure I am happy with the ending.  I did not want them all to be dead.  Although, I must say that many a tissue lay used about me, as I wept with each realization and reconciliation.  And let me just say that I totally called it when I name Juliet as Jack’s ex-wife in sideways world.

The Claire/Charlie reunion was the most rewarding.  Sob. Sob.

Part of my issue is with the writer’s idea of that particular afterlife.  My belief system is different, and it simply kept getting in the way of me being able to enjoy Lost as a piece of fiction.

I’m simply left with too many questions.  Judging from the attire that the castaways were wearing, I believe that they “died” on day one.  Kate was wearing the same top and pants.  So does that mean that Lapidis, Miles, and Richard never existed?

I was left to theorize away the answers AT DARK THIRTY because I couldn’t sleep after the finale.  I suspect that the ending to Lost will be bantered about for years to come.  There is the faction of folk that found the ending very satisfying.  And there’s the faction of folk that I’m certain were lobbing furniture at their television screen.

Then there’s the group, like me, that haven’t reached a conclusion yet.  Sort of a purgatory, if you will.

Did you love it or not love it?

(Updated to add:  A girlfriend of mine sent me this link. Totally helped me make peace with the ending!)

16 Responses to Lost in Thought

  • This is what I think happened:
    They crashed, lived on the island, the Oceanic 6 got off, etc… the past 6 seasons actually happened. BUT, the sideways life was them each coming to their own conclusion that they died (whenever that happened – Sun and Jin on the sub, Locke by Ben, Kate – who knows?, Sayid on the sub, Jack in the tunnel, and so forth.) Then, bc they were so significant in each others’ lives, that’s who they spent eternity with, reconnecting with people they spent time on earth with.

    The thing that really clinched this decision for me is that Sayid’s true love was Shannon, not Nadia. If they hadn’t survived the plane crash and spent time together on the island, they wouldn’t know each other otherwise.

    The finale wasn’t what I had in mind, but it gives me enough resolution that I can live with it.

  • Here are my thoughts: The last six seasons did happen. Christian Shepard said so. Sideways world was purgatory so to speak. While I was intially unhappy, after some thought I am okay with the ending. The show has always been really about the castaways, not the island. They were flawed people who found love, forgiveness and redemption. (hint at major biblical themes, also ending in church with bright light, Jack sacrificing life for others, knife (spear) to side, dying with arms outstreched. Also, Hurley being left as protector was perfect. He was the embodiment of pure love. Sorry for rambling so long but I loved LOST. It was a great ride and I will really miss it.

  • I essentially agree with the previous 2 commenters about the significance of the Island happenings and the side story. The writers had the end in mind when they began, and they could add and change all sorts of things that went on at the Island and in between, because the ending could always be basically the same.

    Wasn’t it all a marathon weekend, though? I still have losts of trouble fitting some things from the Island into the whole scheme of things.

  • I hate to be the naysayer, but I’m pretty sure the above commenters are wrong. That’s what the final shots of the crash were about. No survivors. I am really disappointed and mad too. The whole point of all these years was for them to follow their Christian shepherd into the light? (I loved the way they so obviously put that stained glass window in that room with symbols of all religions on it, so they wouldn’t offend anybody.) Why didn’t they go into the light in the first place? And why are they able to go into the light now? Were they supposed to be redeemed? How is Sayid redeemed? Isn’t he still a murderer? A regretful murderer yes, but still… Is he redeemed by finding true love with that bimbo Shannon? I sat there flipflopping back and forth between teary moments and roll-your-eyes moments. Like I loved seeing Claire and Charlie reunited, but come on, was that the stupidest birthing scene EVER! Who gives birth that fast? They were in the middle of a city, and couldn’t get a doctor or ambulance? She had to birth right there backstage with the band? I just don’t get it. Okay, clearly I need to go write about this on my own blog!

  • Oh, and another thing that makes me think that island life really happened is Hurley telling Ben that he “was a great #2.” In the afterlife, Hurley acknowledged Ben’s help in his actual life, as guardian of the island. If all that stuff never happened, Hurley wouldn’t have anything to thank Ben for.

    Does that make sense?

    (And, no offense Gretchen – we just see it differently.) :o)

  • Not to be argumentative, but the creators of LOST have stated over and over again that the island was not purgatory. The final shot of the plane crash showed wreckage but it looked very clean up. There should have been some bodies thrown about if there had been no survivors.

  • Look, I must be a weirdo to be checking BACK IN. NO offense at all Lisa or Stacy, in fact, I really don’t want to be right about the whole thing not happening. AND I like the idea that the final season’s flash sideways was some sort of gift from Hurley, part of his taking care of people thing, helping everybody to let go. So why did they show that final scene of the crash? Why didn’t they just leave it with Jack closing his eye? I feel so incomplete!

  • Last night was awful. Not what I was expecting AT ALL.

    What might make me happy…a good cop/bad cop spin off featuring Miles and Sawyer (snarky, sarcastic, sassy and full of one-liners and nicknames for everyone) and/or The MisAdventures of Ben & Hurley, Guardians of the Light.

  • Hi Gretchen-
    I have loved this show and I enjoy chatting about it – and I know that I am a weirdo! lol

    Truth be told, I don’t know why the scene with the credits was the plane on the shore. No idea. I can’t confirm this, but I read somewhere that if you “look closely” you can see things stacked up and/or folded to show that it’s been organized, which would have to mean there were survivors. But, I can’t say that for a fact. To me, if that was the crash, we would have seen bodies. I guess I look at it this way – that was just the background for the credits, not a scene in the show.

    I think we got the answers about it not being purgatory/limbo for six seasons when Christian Shepherd said, “What happened happened.” To me that says, “the stuff you experienced {on the island} happened.” The stuff that happened in the sideways world was glimpses of each person realizing their own death, whenever it happened, and since these people were significant to each other they are spending their eternity together, whenever they get there.

    When Christian Shepherd started his talk with Jack, I totally thought I had wasted 6 years caring about this snow, but then the more I realized about how things ended up, the more I continue to believe that is the case.

    Here is a neat link I found:

  • Oh, man, I love reading what others thought about the ending of LOST. I admit, I was one of those people throwing furniture at the TV and sarcastically thanking my husband for wasting 6 years of our lives watching the show (he wanted to watch the first episode, and got me hooked).

    For the final episode, I was expecting far less cheese, and a few more answers. Not surprised they ended it in such a way as to make people come to their own conclusions.

    A few things that bother me:

    Were the polar bears in season 1 ever explained?

    What about other characters like Michael and Echo and others that just seemed to fade away and not return… I mean Michael was in a recent episode, so why did he not meet up with them in the church?

    And how did Whitmore play into all of this?

    And why did the bright light in the tunnel create the Smoke Monster, but didn’t turn Jack or Desmond into one?

    So many questions! Argh!

  • I’m still hanging. It was satisfying to have emotional closure, but it feels frustrating to have wondered and debated about so many aspects of the show, just to have them written off as part of the mystery which will ever go unanswered. I get that the finale was written in such a way as to show how the whole journey was about characters, not the island, but over the past six seasons, the island became an integral character itself. What a wasted opportunity!
    The writers have said many times over that they were making up much of it as they went along. Several characters were kept that were supposed to die, and some were killed off when they were not well received. But the mysteries, like Walt’s significance were left hanging.
    I still don’t understand why some people were in the church when they were either on the Ajirah flight off the island, or not even on the Oceanic flight in the first place. It’s all a little confusing to me.
    But on the whole, I can lay aside my need for answers, and be thankful for closure. I haven’t watched the alternate endings. Going to do that now…

  • IMHO – the shots of the crash site at the end seemed like an empty set to me. It’s all over… everybody is gone kind of thing…. a final goodbye?

  • Beth – weren’t the polar bears part of the zoo the “others” had? Some of the survivors were held prisoner in the cages.

  • For an interesting perspective, check out Entertainment Weekly, the Doc Jensen recap. Warning, part 1 is only up and it is seven pages long.

  • I’ve never watched it. Should I?

  • I have finally come to terms with the ending and have specifically not read others’ reactions until today (almost a week after the finale). I don’t know exactly what I was expecting, but the finale wasn’t it. I wanted to throw things at the tv and yet now I am ok with it.

    Too many questions not answered: Widmore’s significance, Eloise real part in it all, just to name a few.

    Were the characters in the chapel the only one’s that were redeemed? The Island seemed to forgive Michael and give him a chance to redeem himself and yet he was not in the chapel.

    I think the last shots of the empty set were just that: shots of an empty set. I don’t think they were a clue to anything else going on. And that part was actually the saddest part of the show for me.

    I was to overwhelmed and in shock during the last part of the finale to even cry. Perhaps if I watch it again, knowing what I “know” now?

    I don’t like the fact that the Island being sunk was never answered – and Juliet said, “It worked.” Chalking that up to a mistake on her part is cheating the audience.

    I loved every minute of LOST. I’ll always be a fan that has bittersweet memories of the show and it’s ending.