The Final Seasons of Lost.
When it came time to write the Lost Season 5 review last year, I
couldn't bring myself to do it. I knew that whatever effort I put
forward would be half-hearted and I didn't want to do the show an
injustice. Lack of time from running a blog network was one excuse, but
the truth was that I just didn't have much more to say about the show
than what had already been said. Unlike most people, I actually enjoyed
the time-traveling antics and the in-depth look it provided into the
Dharma Intiiative, but in terms of overall plot movement and character
development, Season 5 was relatively weak. That's when I made the
decision to hold off for a year and do a combined Season 5 and 6
review. I knew that, without question, I'd have something to say about
the end of the greatest television show ever.
If there's one adjective I'd use to describe most Lost fans, it's
"cranky". It seems like no matter how good the show is, there's always
people complaining about "not getting answers", things getting "too
complex" or "too out there", or the pace of the plot being "too slow".
We heard a lot of complaining about things "dragging" in Season 3 (which
I personally loved) and then things seemed to quiet down when the
writers dropped the massive bomb in the finale where they revealed that
Jack and Kate were off the island. People were pretty content for Season
4 (which I actually felt was the worst season), but then when the time
traveling started happening, they got vocal again. It seemed that the
complaining continued non-stop until last night's final episode. A lot
of fans complained that the final season was getting too far away from
the original style of the show, focusing too much on Jacob and The Man
in Black. They found the flash sideways to be confusing. As the
episodes ticked by and more and more questions were left unanswered,
they grew frustrated. And after last night, when a lot of those loose
ends still remained untied, they became angry.
Not to pat myself on the back, but I don't think I've ever
complained about Lost. Like John Locke, I chose to blindly trust the
amazing writers, knowing that there was a plan and a purpose to all the
madness. I didn't always understand everything, and I still don't. But
for me, part of the beauty of Lost was in not knowing. I love
the fact that when the six-season DVD set comes out, I'm going to be
able to re-watch the entire series without having it all figured out.
Sure, the writers could have easily handed us answers on a silver
platter and satiated our curiosity. However, I wonder how many of us
would've been actually satisfied had we gotten the answers we'd be
waiting so long for. What are the chances that an in-depth explanation
of the island would have lived up to six years of hype? Chances are,
any answer we would have received would have been met with the response,
"That's it?" Instead, we're left to question and imagine. As a
result, Lost will remain as intriguing 20 years from now as it did the
night the plane crashed.
With that being said, it's time for one last round of character
recaps. For the final incarnation, I'm throwing search engine
optimization into the wind and ending with the main characters, rather
than starting with them. It's the only way I can do Season 5 and 6
One of the biggest complaints that people had with the ending of Lost is
that so many questions were left unanswered. Eloise Hawking and her
role/motivation in helping the Oceanic Six return to the island is one
of those things that I'd personally like to have explained. Was she
sending them back to the island so that they could stop the Smoke
Monster? Was she on Smokey's side and sending them back so that he
could kill them all and be set free? She was a woman that seemingly had
all the answers, and yet, she remains one of the shows biggest
Speaking of loose ends... In Jimmy Kimmel's "Aloha to Lost" special,
the host asked Alan Dale if Widmore was truly a bad guy or a good guy.
Dale responded by saying that he had no idea. Unreal. Imagine actually
being a character on the show for years and not knowing something as
basic as that? My personal thoughts are that Widmore started out as a
bad guy, bent on returning to the island and taking control of its
power. However, when things got really hairy, Jacob paid Charles a
visit and Widmore returned to the island to save it. But honestly, what
do I know?
So Miles ends up being the son of the Asian man in all the Dharma
videos. Nice twist! Unfortunately, the momentum sort of stopped there
for Miles. With his attitude and psychic ability, he had the
opportunity to turn into a real power-player on the island. Instead, he
basically ended up being Sawyer's lackey for Seasons 5 and 6.
I loved the time-travel logic that Faraday brought to Season 5. One
thing that's always driven me crazy about Hollywood is the lack of
common sense that pervades movies like Back to the Future and The
Lake House . Finally, somebody got time travel right, and it's no
surprise that it's the geniuses behind Lost. What happened, happened.
You can't change the past, only the future.
Now, there is one slight time-travel meltdown that has gotten some
people worked up. During Season 6, we were all left to believe that the
bomb did go off at the end of Season 5, thereby changing the past. We
all thought the island was at the bottom of the ocean and the Sideways
world was the new future created by the change of the past. If this
were the case, then the Jack, Kate, Sawyer, and everyone else we had
known should have ceased to exist as they would have erased their past.
Instead, it appeared that they just continued on in some sort of
"alternate" reality, which didn't make a whole lot of sense, especially
considering that at the very least, they should have been destroyed by
the bomb, not sent forward 30 years into the future. I was willing to
put up with the lack of logic, believing that the whole Sideways world
would eventually lead us to a path where the Sideways people reject this
new future and embark on a journey to unchange the past and put things
back on their original course.
Of course, I was completely wrong about the Sideways world and the
bomb. The writers held true to the mantra "you can't change the past"
and "what happened, happened." As a result, we're left with either one
of two things actually happening with the bomb. On theory is that It
did go off, creating the "incident" that lead to the building of the
hatch, and that Jack and his crew lucked out by a well-timed "white
flash" which transported them into the future the moment the bomb
exploded. My personal theory is that the "incident" happened as we
always thought, by Dharma drilling too deep into a pocket of
electromagnetic energy, that the bomb was a dud, and that the
"explosion" was actually a "white flash" which brought everyone into the
The "story" behind Richard proves exactly why I'm glad the writers chose
to leave a lot of the series' questions unanswered. It's not that
Richard's backstory of being sold as a slave who gets shipwrecked on the
island and is granted immortality in exchange for agreeing to become
Jacob's right hand man was bad. It just wasn't that good. Richard
had been one of the most intriguing characters for me throughout the
series. Why doesn't he age? Is he human? Where did he come from? I'd
been waiting years for those answers, and when I finally got them, they
just didn't quite live up to the hype. I was expecting my mind to be
blown. Instead, I got a reasonable explanation.
Some things are just better left to the imagination.
(Dr. Juliet Burke)
I know some people loved the Sawyer/Juliet romance, but it always
seemed a little forced to me. Sawyer and Kate, I get. They both have
that fugitive thing going on and fit together. However, Juliet and
Sawyer just seemed like a pair that would never get together in real
life. Now maybe being thrust 30 years into the past and stuck alone
with each other could make two people grow close. But soul-mates? I've
had plenty to say over the years about how I thought the island
romances should end up. Needless to say, Sawyer/Juliet wasn't one of
Ben, the man who seemed like he was in total control and had all the
answers, actually had none. For years, he'd been leading the others in
the name of Jacob without ever actually meeting him. If anything, it
appears that a lot of his decisions were actually manipulated by The
Smoke Monster. As the story progressed, it seems that Ben became weaker
and weaker as a character, which is not surprising as he thrived on
being in control and manipulating people. With ol' Smokey running amok,
Ben had lost the things that had come to define him, In the end,
though, Ben did find some redemption for himself. He became Hugo's #2
on the island, and in the Sideways world, he proved to us that he truly
did love Alex, making it clear that she was more than just some girl he
stole from the French Woman for his own selfish gain.
Henry Ian Cusick. (Desmond David Hume)
The man who started it all by failing to press the button in the hatch,
thereby crashing Oceanic Flight 815, was the man who ultimately brought
everything to a close. Without Desmond, the Smoke Monster would have
never have been killed, and none of the characters in the Sideways world
would have woken up. Who would have ever thought that Desmond was
inside the hatch five years ago? And once we found him, who would've
thought that he was the person who would move this entire story from its
beginning to its end?
Sayid certainly lost his way in Seasons 5 and 6. Due to some poor
timing, he couldn't join the rest of the group in the Dharma Initiative
back in the 70's. As a result, he ended up getting thrown in prison as a
presumed spy. Then he got shot, traveled forward in time 30 years, and
died. Then he came back to life, but as psycho Sayid, who then was
somehow turned back into good Sayid before being blown to a million bits
during the submarine explosion. All in all, he was just a difficult
guy to figure out towards the end. Personally, I think leaving him dead
at the start of Season 6 would've been best.