With LOST coming to an end, will the ending be totally amazing, tying mysteries and storylines together and showing us something that should have been obvious all along, or totally disappointing, leaving all kinds of unanswered questions and fizzling out with some lame explanation of the events of this season. The problem with the writers waiting until the end of the season to reveal most of the important answers, is that it involves some very awkward storytelling leading up to it.
Even if the ending is a let down, the show has made some tremendous and revolutionary accomplishments over the last 6 years. I really became hooked on the show with the 4th episode walkabout, the flashback episode about John Locke. That episode demonstrated writing, acting, directing, soundtrack and storytelling on the highest level. It represents everything that can be achieved in a television show and the jaw dropping ending is the very essence of why I watch television and movies. There were other high points of the show like the season 3 finale which turned the show upsidedown after a season of episodes where people were scratching their heads wondering where the show was going. The mysteries that make you think, the great reveals, the evolution of the characters and their relationships. The way you can watch an old episode again and have a different experience from having knowledge you didn’t have when you first saw it. The coincidences and connections and showing the same situations from different points of view. When LOST is gone, the television landscape will definitely be less interesting.
The biggest fear of many LOST fans can be summed up by Richard Alpert’s behavior earlier this season. After serving Jacob for many years, trusting that Jacob had a plan that would eventually be revealed and that his actions had purpose and meaning. Now with Jacob gone, he may never know.
Here is the schedule for the rest of lost and a link to the article on the ending:
Tuesday May 11 – “Across the Sea” (the story of Jacob and the MIB)
Tuesday May 18 – “What They Died For”
ABC is airing an “enhanced” (pop-ups) version of the show’s original two-hour pilot on Saturday May 22.
On Sunday May 23, there’s a 2 hour retrospective titled “Lost: The Final Journey” (7-9PM?), followed by the 2.5 hour finale from 9PM-11:30PM.
This is a quote from another page on the same site from the head writer of the show:
“As for the nagging question of whether fans be satisfied by the ending, Lindelof said the finale will not employ a “Sopranos”-style fake-out, but he emphasized that viewers will definitely be left with questions. “‘The Sopranos’ ending only worked on ‘The Sopranos'”, Lindelof said. “The series finale has to fit the show. We’re trying to end Lost in a way that feels ‘Lost’-ian and fair and will generate a tremendous amount of theorizing. We’re going to be as definitive as we can be and say this is our ending, but there’s no way to end the show where the fans aren’t going to say, ‘What did they mean by this?’ Which is why we’re not going to explain it.”
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