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I'm very sad to see Lost go, and at the same time I'm very happy to have it end. I thought last night's finale was

disappointing and at the same time very satisfying. there were a lot of things I loved about it, and there were some big glaring unsatisfying holes that pissed me off.  I loved the Island stuff - the loophole, the death of Locke, Kate and Jack on the cliff. I didn't expect to like it, but I was very satisfied by the clip show in the alt-verse of everyone flashing to their Island connections. Some of the questions that remain unresolved are ultimately answerable in a multi-verse universe. I'm OK with that and it matches the Dark Tower understanding of multi-verse which is I think what they were going with. But I needed an answer to the no children born on the Island thing, to why and whether Aaron was Special, to what was up with Walt, to why Jack's own son wasn't part of his salvation.   

Date: 2010-05-24 04:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kamstill.livejournal.com
Oh no! I was hoping some of the glaring questions I had were just me overlooking something. You have the same questions as me. (I have a lot more, of course, but you covered some of the biggies)

I thought the son thing was that Jack and Christian didn't have a decent relationship and it spiraled to a point of no return. Jack and his son had a relationship that was teetering but eventually was redeemed and beginning to build.

Date: 2010-05-24 05:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pocket1.livejournal.com
But his son wasn't real in a spiritual sense. He was a construct serving Jack's redemption.

Date: 2010-05-24 05:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] polarama.livejournal.com
I was ok with the unanswered questions about the island, since the important thing seemed to be the individual/character stories. Yes, the island mythology was a big part of the show, but ultimately it was about these people and their lives. (ok, I think I am drinking the Lost producers' Kool Aid).

I think I was just happy to see people resolve their issues and find redemption/happiness/peace. It was the easy way out for the writers, sure, but as a fan, I was ok with it.

One of my friends thought that Jack's son was not just "fake" but also Jack projecting his own childhood/view of his dad onto David. So having Jack work things out with David was his way of working things out with his own dad. Kind of like a retelling of his childhood where he dad wasn't a huge dick to him (or at least, in his perception).

Date: 2010-05-24 06:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pocket1.livejournal.com
I think that is true about David, but it still leaves me unsatisfied. I liked him. I imagine that the alt-verse is a sort of bardo created by the lostaways as a place to join together so that they will move on together. How can he have reached transcendence and never have been a father when his father issues were what held him back?

Date: 2010-05-24 05:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fatsella.livejournal.com
I was surprised that I felt really satisfied with the ending for the most part. And I was actually dreading the finale because I think I have left every single episode feeling annoyed that I had more questions than I did before.

I still think there are a lot of unanswered questions and that annoys me. Like one I thought of last night - why was Jacob able to leave the island in order to "touch" the characters during their life times?

And as much as I know Not-Locke was evil, I kind of felt bad for him. I mean, all he wanted was to get off the island. That's all. Poor guy.

Date: 2010-05-24 06:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pocket1.livejournal.com
I feel like most of the unanswered questions are ultimately answered in the show. Jacob was able to leave the Island because he was the protector. If he'd chosen to allow his brother to leave, it would have been possible. I think the rules are whatever the Protector allows. The Island empowers his will. But once Not-Locke became the smoke monster he was trapped on the Island. I think the cork really does seal off malevolence from the world transforming it into light. I did feel bad for Not-Locke. But once he became the smoke monster he was a being of pure malevolence and could not be unleashed on the world. He was an insane monster made of pure energy. so I feel bad for the part of him that was still human, but he was a terrible monster. All of the Losties had parts of themselves that were monstrous and parts that were good.

Date: 2010-05-24 06:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] juneypie.livejournal.com
I was super pissed. So, what, the Island was just magical after all? That's it? I needed to know a lot more- anything, really- about how the Island does its thing. The only questions answered were questioned posed about the altverse in the last season. BAH. I don't really care about who loves who, and whether or not this is Jack's perspective. What I want to know is what makes that zapping sound.

Date: 2010-05-24 08:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bellefior.livejournal.com
I watched it last night and remembered being annoyed at the time that some of my questions weren't answered, like what exactly was the island, what was the light, why was there all those Egyptian artifacts all over the place, you know the more esoteric stuff that drove everyone nuts. I was convinced the island was the Lost Island of Atlantis. I also remember at the end saying WTF, they really are all dead!

But the more I thought about it the more the ending made sense. Because the show never really was about the island, the island was a character in and of itself. What the show was about was how the people had to work out whatever issues they had in their life, grow as a person, find redemption and how all of that had to happen before they could "move on". Might sound cliche but it's also very deep if you think about it that way too.

IMO It also affirmed some of what I thought. I had thought their island was purgatory, and we know the island was not purgatory. We know that they all didn't die in the crash. But the whole purpose of purgatory is sort of to atone for whatever you do wrong in life, to learn your life lessons before you can move on. So if you think of their whole life experience after the crash as learning to find themselves, learning from mistakes and becoming a bigger/better person, confronting and taming their demons in life (no pun intended!), learning their life lesson and making up for the things that happened before the crash, then yes, it was kind of a purgatory, though definitely not in the traditional sense of the word.

Date: 2010-05-24 09:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yaya-mama.livejournal.com
I love it! I just finished watching it and I'm grinning. I mean, of course there were lots of unanswered questions, issues they didn't flesh out, etc. But in a way I kind of like that it wasn't too perfectly perfect. I like that it was both definitive -- what happened, happened -- and still a little open-ended at the same time. I'm glad they left a little to the imagination. That's what was always the most fun about the show.

Date: 2010-05-24 09:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mom2amelia.livejournal.com
one of my friends put this in a comment on FB, and it sort of summarizes what I feel.

sometimes the details do matter. while the show might have been spiritual and metaphysical all along, they promised to tie up loose ends and basically left most of the story arcs unaddressed, i.e. the island and its electromagnetic pull, time travel, desmond's immunity to the electromagnetism, the dharma initiative, the others, widmore's motivation... See More, how and why the mib turned into the smoke monster, the giant statue, etc. all we actually found out is that jacob drew them to the island to achieve redemption amongst a battle of good vs evil and that jack gets to live happily ever after with his little playthings. please. i expected more from a show that appeared to have a vision but ultimately proved otherwise.

I was hoping for - but not expecting - more answers to the questions from the earlier seasons. I just feel like I wasted a lot of time guessing and speculating on things that were ultimately insignificant to the writers.

Date: 2010-05-25 06:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bre-sarah.livejournal.com
like fatsella, I was actually surprised at how happy I was about the finale, given that I was whiny for much of this last season. It just made me happy and not care about the stuff they weren't answering. I think I had just accepted that there was no way they could answer everything I cared about.

The Shannon/Sayid thing did piss me off though. I spluttered for a while, but everything else made me happy enough that I can let it go ;)

Date: 2010-05-30 12:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anaferreira.livejournal.com
Just wanna say I thought a lot about you during the finale!!! You are the biggest Lost fan I "know." :-)


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