If you didn't see the end of Lost, then consider this entire post
skipable for now to avoid the spoilers of doom and all that.
I mean it. Spoilers are coming.
So, after six years of time spent on Lost, and with some vague
promises from the creators of the series, I have to say the ending
felt a bit off from what I expected. It's not to say that unless I
got my expectations fulfilled I'd be angry. However, the ending just
felt a bit half-assed to me.
For one thing, the creators of the show made some vague promises in
the last few weeks that Lost would end in a way that meant so future
sequels, movies, or spin-offs would be possible. The ending was to
be just that; conclusive. Instead, the end left plenty of room for
anything from one more episode to a whole new spin-off.
Besides Jack being dead (along with everyone else, but not),
probably, there was no finality. The jet took off and took Sawyer,
Miles, Richard, Kate, Claire, and pilot-guy (who was so underused in
the final season that he's no longer worthy of a real name...I
didn't even remember Lapidus was around until he somehow showed up
alive in the water last night). Did it make it home? Did it just
crash back on the island immediately since there was another
Hurley and Ben are now in charge of the island, but that was not
wrapped up really. It just happened that the new Jacob is now Hugo
and Ben is going to offer him some advice. Ok. That doesn't sound
like closure or a solid conclusion as much as a cliffhanger that
will be investigated next season...if a new season awaited. Also,
what about Desmond, who is now hanging out with Ben and Hugo.
The only real closure came in the form of the smoke monster being
laid to rest (killed). However, we only saw him fall off a cliff
while his invincibility was gone. When the magical cork was put back
in the island, was he still dead? Did he regain invincibility?
Another "cliff hanger" sounding incident. Also, since Jack went into
the "heart of the island" and then was shot back out, is he now a
smoke monster, since that's what turned the man in black into his
super powered self?
More than the lack of finality, I thought the whole "alternate
reality" thing was answered in a way that was almost as lame as "it
was a dream." I mean the "it was a dream" ending is the lowest a
show can ever sink to. On Lost, it was only one step removed from
that half assed ending by saying the entire last season was spent,
half the time, in a sort of purgatory. I mean they were all dead and
not in heaven or hell, but a neutral place. Is this a joke to the
conspiracy that the island was purgatory. The creators of the show
always said this concept was wrong, but that's essentially what the
alternate reality was (although the island wasn't purgatory). The
best example that the alternate reality was purgatory was seen in
how some people (like Anna Lucia and Ben) were just "not ready to
move on" yet. I hope that was a joke, or else it just makes me feel
like half of season six could have been spent on answering some of
the neglected questions...
I mean a lot of questions were never even approached. The main one
that I would have really expected some sort of answer about was,
simply put, "what was the deal with the island?" I mean we only got
more questions in the final episode. Instead o something as simple
as at least the nature of what created the island, failing a full on
description of it's history, we just learned that there's a giant
intergalactic cork stopping a glowing natural bath tub. That is the
heart of the island. Then, for some reason, the island is doomed if
the cork is let out of this magical bath tub. On the bright side,
when the bath tub is full, it glows. Am I missing something, or is
that the explanation given for the island? No mention of who made
this bath tub, why the bath tub is so special, if the drained bath
tub effects the rest of the world, why it made the smoke monster,
how old the island is, why there are symbols that look Egyptian on
the island, what the deal was with the temple (or who built it), how
this all tied in to the other electromagnetic phenomena, what the
deal was with the statue, or...well, we don't know shit about the
island. It's one thing to leave some room for speculation and
mystery, but it's another thing to show absolutely no closure to the
single largest question of the entire six season long series.
Speaking of questions, I still don't get the deal with "the chosen"
of the island. Why couldn't smoke monster hurt the Jacob type
person, but he also could. I mean Jack and the smoke monster fought
a pretty brutal battle with stab wounds and knife attacks and all
that. Also, Jacob and the man in black hurt each other plenty in
their episode, despite being told they couldn't. Was the entire
"can't hurt each other" thing just fluff? Also, is Hurley now
immortal, although we do know he dies from the end of the lame
Speaking of the purgatory reality, there's one thing that makes no
damned sense. I don't mean why the creators would use such a poor
and sloppy explanation. So, Christian is an old man in purgatory,
since he died as an old man. So, one would assume you appear in
purgatory like you did when you died. Then why are all of the
"survivors" in their current physical age (we know that Ben would
live a bit longer)? If it's something like you appear as you would
all want to appear, then why wouldn't Christian appear younger (who
wouldn't want to be younger than that?)? If it's that you appear as
people would remember you, then why were some scars and such not
present? It just seems with the cop out style ending that things
were not explained enough...which only left that ending feeling more
like a cop out.
In the end, I
think one of my largest gripes is just the total
volume of unanswered questions that remained. There's plenty
mentioned in this link. A few of my main ones, that I don't want to
delve into too many words about, would be the following.
What was the point
of the numbers? I mean the mythos of the show was based around the
numbers for a while, and they never got any sense of closure. I
know, the above link mentions something in regards to the Cuban
Missile Crisis, but just leaving it there, and with no on show
explanation, seems a bit hollow and devoid.
Why did the island
have weird health properties? I mean Locke could walk, Rose never
died of cancer, but no child could be born on the island...?
supposed to be someone important? I know he (his actor) left the
show, and things would be difficult with a show that didn't have
much time advance for a few seasons and a child actor hitting a
puberty growth spurt, but maybe at least a mention of what made him
special would have been good.
Who the f#@$ was
the kid that showed up a couple of times (on the island, usually
around man in black) this season? I mean the kid showed up like two
or three times and seemed to be important, but the reasoning behind
his appearances never had any explanation at all. He seemed to be
the boss of the island, but not. Maybe it was the actor who played
Jacob as a child. He looks similar, I think...but why then, if it
was young Jacob, would he show up any?
What was the point
of Jack's son in purgatory? I mean the character, if he didn't serve
a true purpose, seemed like a chance to just cast someone's son in a
role on TV or something.
By the way, I
don't care if the season six DVDs are supposed to have some answers
included. If a show, movie, book, or any other narrative media
cannot handle it's own plot within it's own media format, then
something is not being done right. It just looks, at least to me,
like a weird cash grab concept to get more people to buy the DVDs.
Why tell you anything when you can sell the information outside of
it's logical narrative.
On a final note
about all these questions and my frustration over being left with so
many answers; I have read online for too many subjects, including
the finale episode of Lost, that if someone didn't enjoy it, then
they just didn't "understand" it. Bullshit. I understood what I
watched without any problems. At least as far as to the information
presented. I just don't like when what is left to be considered a
mystery (that which is not meant to be understood) at the end of a
mystery is the actual mystery. It's like having a murder mystery
(the "classic" example of a mystery subject), and you learn all
about the world involved but you never know the answer to "who did
the act?" I know that personal demons were faced and overcome on
Lost, but the ultimate original mysteries of "what is this island?"
and "what brings about these unique and weird mystical powers?" were
never touched. I'm not saying they weren't solved...no...I'm saying
the larger writing crime was committed of not even offer a glimpse
of the solution.
Anyway, this all
doesn't leave too bad of a taste in my mouth about Lost for one
reason; I've played some good RPGs and watched a lot of good animes
and serialized TV shows. The one constant seems to be that few, if
any, serialized plots can be resolved in a solid way. It's like
writers just don't know how to start and finish the final chapter of
fictional serialized works. Cowboy Bebop may be the only example I
can think of in which such a plot came to a good and solid
conclusion. It's always easier to continue to type and turn a finite
piece of work into an infinite mess.
I could keep going on and on about how many loose ends just failed
to be handled with any real skill or effort. However, I'll say that
the one thing that disappointed me more than anything was the lack
of death in the final episode. Yes, Jack may have died and man in
black may have died (I'm talking about real time on the island
death, not the "everyone dies" purgatory crap)...but I have spent
six seasons annoyed by Kate. I have seen her do the retarded and
annoying, while just serving as some really implausible emotional
baggage character. I saw her get shot and survive a submarine
explosion in the last few weeks. I just wanted to see her get
killed. I guess that would be asking too much since she was the only
supposedly sane female character left on the show...but still, man
in black nailing her with a knife attack or a smoke attack would
have been sweet.
Anyway, if I can summarize the entire show, all six seasons, it
looks like one word is supposed to explain it all. On little word
that if said directly and bluntly would be considered a complete
load of bullshit. A word that can be used as an explanation when
tied to other sentiments, but never on it's own.
Lost was all done via; "magic"?
Anyway, it's not
that I thought the final episode was bad, as a single episode.
It just was lacking as a FINAL episode.
I don't think this post
would make any diehard Lost fanboy/fangirl happy. Anyway...I present
the real explanation of all that is Lost.
alternate take on the ending of the show. One that may have solved
what the nature of the island is. This is my (semi-serious,
semi-ridiculous) theory based on what was presented.
First off, only
two characters are "real", but the whole island is imaginary. Jack
is real, although he is actually around 5 or so years old. Desmond
is also real, and is the age of an adult. However, he is Jack's
father...the real 5 year old Jack, that is.
As for the whole
lame purgatory alternate story...it doesn't matter in this, but then
again it didn't really matter to the plot of the show. I mean the
show could have not included the purgatory stuff and still been the
same plot. It was a side story that could have been also handled as
a mini-series included as a DVD bonus. If it was not shown in season
six, it still would have not altered the plot that built up for the
last six seasons.
So, it all began
when Jack got done playing outside. Desmond, his father, decided it
was bath time. So, Jack got a bath. Then he imagined all sorts of
adventures in the tub, just like a small child would be expected to
do. The bubble bath was a smoke monster, he had a few tow submarines
that he kept pretending to explode. He had a toy jet or three. They
crashed, of course, into an imaginary island. After thirty minutes,
Jack had imagined all sorts of crazy adventures, and some things
that made no sense and would not be continued onward in any real
Jack pretended a
cool psychic kid, named Walt, was there. Then his attention span
went off on a tangent and Walt was forgotten. He imagined some cool
secret code numbers, but eventually lost track of them. He pretended
that he got off the magical island with some of his imaginary
friends, but then when he realized he was still in the bath, he got
sidetracked and imagined that he went back to the island (for no
reason beyond being compelled to do so...he was still in the bath,
afterall). He also imagined a whole past for the island world, but
with his pathetic childlike imagination, he couldn't think of a
reason behind any of it and just ignored the fact that history can
be an interesting and important thing. The child's imagination even
threw in crazy concepts like immortals, time travel, nuclear bombs,
and the Others (which is the quintessential "Lost Boys" like many
fairy tales have).
After what felt
like many years, Desmond knew bath time was up. So, in Jack's mind,
between the forces of the evil bubble bath smoke monster and the
crazy adult figure, Desmond pulled the plug on the bath. The world
started to crumble around him, as Jack saw the bath water go down.
However, in a wonderful effort, Jack put the stopper back in the
drain and turned on the faucet. Bath time, and imaginary island
adventures could continue! At least until Desmond returned again (he
didn't die, now did he?).
doesn't it? Yes. However, if the writers refuse to answer any of the
main questions from the start of the series (the island, Walt, the
numbers, the magical healing and stillbirths, the temple and statue,
and so on), I'll pick the most inane and pointless reason behind it
all. Plus, when the ending hinges on a magical bathtub and a giant
magical drain plug, I can't help but feel a bit cynical about the
Anyway, with the
lack of resolution on so many mysteries of Lost, I think it can best
be summarized by a term originally seen attributed to Alfred
MacGuffin. A MacGuffin is a plot element that is essentially
required to finish the main plot of a narrative, but is often times
unclear or unimportant...in other words, something that the writer,
in many cases, feels is not needed to be explained, despite how is
may become worthless, to the viewer/reader, through ambiguity. In
fact, the above link is to Wikipedia, which lists one example of a
MacGuffin as the island in Lost.
Like I said
before, I did enjoy the final episode...I just hated it as a final
ending to a show with so many mysteries.
Now that I've had some
time, I've finally gotten through a good deal more of Lunar 2. I'm
at the epilogue, which means I have anywhere from a few hours to a
dozen hours left (the game is good about optional bonus dungeons and
events). So, if all goes well (or is that bad?) and the rains of
Seattle keep up, I'll get through the game quite soon.
Originally, I was
planning on playing Arc the Lad Trilogy upon finishing Lunar 2. Then
the hype and videos started to come along for Mod Nation Racers. I
was starting to think I may have to change my plans and try out a
game that is basically the LittleBigPlanet of cart racing games. Who
can deny the fun of both building new tracks with whatever you
desire and also having unlimited new tracks from the world?
Well, after trying
the demo, I can deny the fun. I have but one problem with the demo,
but it might be a bit too much to enjoy the actual game. The camera
is crap. Sorry, since so many people seem to love the game, but I
cannot get over this type of flaw. The problem comes in to play if
you have anyone close to your rear bumper. All of a sudden, your
entire field of vision may turn into the guy riding your ass and not
where you're headed. This just doesn't work when I've crashed a few
too many times in the demo just from having an opponent right behind
Actually, I do
have one other problem, but it's minor. It's a classic problem. When
Nintendo makes a game, they tend to own that genre. The best
adventure games are always Zelda games, the best 3D platformers are
also Mario games, the best tactical RPGs are Fire Emblem games, and
the best cart games are always Mario Kart titles. It's how the
gaming world works. Nintendo fails to pump out enough games, but
they do the best of what they attempt. So, when I played the demo of
MNR, all I could think was how much I wanted to play Mario Kart
Double Dash again. I couldn't get past the basic thought that Mario
Kart Double Dash had better attack items, better controls (although
MNR does have some nice controls), and a massively better field of
Sadly, this also
got me thinking, once again, on how good a Nintendo game can be in
their best genres, and now I'm thinking about how much I want to
play Super Mario Galaxy 2 (A.K.A. UR MR GAY 2, for those who
remember the weird title design of the first Mario Galaxy). It's a
game that I know I'd fail to play all the way through, but you
cannot deny the enjoyment that Mario gives in 3D. I've yet to find
one that I don't enjoy, even if I hate the price I pay.
As for what I do
after Lunar 2, it's hard to say. For now, I'll just enjoy taking my
time with Lunar 2 and let the cards lay where they fall when the
time is right.