Monday, May 24, 2010

What Happened on LOST

SPOILERS!  Don't read further if you haven't watched.

I keep reading loads of people pissy because they believe that the sideways flashes meant that all the people on the island were dead.  Even my mom texted me at midnight last night to ask if they'd been dead the entire time.

So, for clarification:  What happened on the island REALLY HAPPENED.  It was all real.  Kate and Claire and Sawyer and Other Characters escaped the island and lived out their lives.  Jack died.  Hurley and Ben served the island for many, many years, and then they too died.

The sideways flashes showed us a shared afterlife created by the Losties after they'd died.  It was an imperfect purgatory where they could experience life sans Island.  It was a place where they would all be able to find each other and help each other cross to the other side (whatever that may be).  It was a meditation on the nature of love and friendship and togetherness.  True to Jack's word, it was necessary for them to live together so that they did not have to die alone.

But the whole show was not some long con.  The events on the island really happened.  The flash sideways showed us the importance of those events.  The effect they had on the lives of the people who lived through them.  They were so important, the people were so important, that none of them could move on until they'd reunited in the flash sideways.

So they weren't dead the whole time.  If you still think they were, go rewatch the finale.

BTW, I loved that Ben, redeemed in real life didn't feel quite ready to move on.  He still felt he needed more time to grow.  It was wonderful to see that kind of clarity from a character who was so evil for so long.  Redemption isn't easily earned.  But it's possible.  I think that's the lesson Lost wanted to teach.


  1. We watched the finale at a local theatre - lots of fun to hear the crowd reaction to character appearances / actions. Big hits were Juliet being Jack's sideways wife, and her reunion with James at the vending machine.

    I really like a show that makes me think. I fell asleep talking about the finale, woke up thinking about it, and I'm pretty sure I dreamed about it in between. At this point, I feel enough of my questions have been answered that I can figure out the rest (or not -- that's life).

    We'll probably rewatch the series on NetFlix. It'll be interesting to see what was hinted early, and if I end up with questions I can't think of now.

  2. I really enjoyed the end of lost but feel cheated by the writer's a bit.

  3. Shan: I loved the Sawyer/Juliet reunion a the vending machine. So sweet and so perfect. Plus I loved Jin getting to see his daughter on the screen, something he never got to do in real life.

    Discount: I think in a long-form crazy show like this, there's probably no way NOT to feel a little cheated. Then again, I also don't think there wasn't any way they could conclude this in a meaningful way without cheating us a little. Still, I'm pretty satisfied.


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