Why I loved Lost

May 27, 2010 at 8:48 am (Entertainment) ()

I know Lost is finished, but I still have some leftover ideas about the show, and I wanted to share them (and some random commentary) and find out what you thought.

Let’s start with Doc Jensen, whose columns became a large part of my viewing experience during season six.

“… that Lost clearly believes that our lives play out in a fundamentally spiritual reality. Lost is asking ”what if?” What if our actions on this planet counted against some eternal reckoning? How does that possibility change things for you? If that possibility does inspire you to live a better life, then… how?” – EW’s Doc Jensen

Despite what you may think, I didn’t enjoy every moment of the last show. The Sideways world could have been eliminated from season six and I still would have appreciated it and found resolution in the finale. It was a little too mushy-gushy at the end; the writers seemed like they were trying a little too hard to be kind to the viewers. Though Desmond is one of my all-time favourite Lost characters, I was fully prepared for him to die in the end, especially after he was told he would have to make a great sacrifice to help the island. Instead, he was pulled up fine and dandy from the light hole (related note: he was the only non-Oceanic 815 person in the church, along with Penny). I also agree with Camp Nadia – throughout the show Sayid is searching for, longing for, mourning his Iraqi soulmate. But at the end, Shannon is somehow his true love? I didn’t buy it. But that’s probably because I’ve never been a Shannon fan.

On to someone else.

“Everyone seems interested in the meaning of death and the afterlife, religious iconography (almost making me wish for a Gene Roddenberry type of liberal-utopia show, without all the metaphysics), while the questions of how we live life in the here and now tend to get submerged a bit. If you compare Lost to Survivor, which after all was the show that caused ABC to order Lost in the first place, Survivor is all about human nature and human relationships, often coming at those issues from a very dark place. Lost wound up being about metaphysics and light and making peace and setting things right.” – Maclean’s Jaimie Wienman

I don’t agree – I think the show was all about human nature and relationships.

In the end, I am just thankful to the Lost creators and producers for giving us such an incredible story. It was so far beyond a TV show. By the finale, I’m sure it had a pretty committed niche following and not much else. You had to be devoted to this show to really get it. So when someone I know (who originally pushed me to start watching and then lost interest after a couple seasons) asked if, after the finale, it was worth watching the entire show … I was actually a little upset. If you weren’t willing to invest the time and energy into this show all the way through, then you don’t deserve to watch it now. Yes, that’s harsh.

But I digress. I was saying that this was more than a TV show. It was a story that probably every viewer could find something or someone to identify with. It urged us to question so much, yet also showed that answers aren’t always available the way we would like. It was challenging and inspiring to faith and perspective, to the way we live life. Not many series can claim that. And that’s why I loved it.

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4 Comments

  1. newfcollins said,

    One more thing. What happened to the people who died in purgatory? Did they go into a second purgatory? Did they get sent back to earth. Sayid and Jin both killed people in purgatory (self-defence), but now they get to be enlightened.

    Also, why does Micahel get stuck on the island as a whisper because he killed someone, but Ben doesn’t. Or Ana Lucia. Or Mr. Eko. Or Sawyer.

    More questions keep emerging.

  2. Cheryl said,

    How do you know Ana Lucia and Ecko weren’t whispers? Sawyer wasn’t because he didn’t die on the island.

  3. newfcollins said,

    Because Ana Lucia was in purgatory. Hurley said it wasn’t her time yet.

    Also, other people who have died on the island were in purgatory (Danielle, despite killing people, is another good example). Even John Locke’s dad, who settled nothing, and was a bad person all throughout, was somehow better for purgatory than Michael?

  4. newfcollins said,

    Just brought to my attention, but Michael didn’t die on the island either. He died on the freighter.

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