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"Lost" postmortem thread

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Any recovering Losties out there? What did you think of the ending?

* Spoilers below the fold.*

I read it as that the whole show was a sort of purgatory (something the producers/writers had frequently denied, with or without sufficient weasel wording).

Others take it that everything that happened was real, except for the flash sidewayses, which were a sort of purgatory.

So, it's either that the entire show was (predictably) another "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," or all the stuff up to this year happened -- Flight 815 crashed on an amazing island with all kinds of blithely unexplained mysteries -- and then the survivors subsequently fell into some sort of purgatory.

As an episode, the finale wasn't bad, but as a conclusion to the series, very disappointing.

Your takes?

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Submitted by annabellep on

I thought it was lame. It was so obvious that they didn't know how to end it, and that they were willing to do anything to elongate it so as to make maximum advertising cash. And they still didn't resolve what would happen to Richard/Kate/James/the pilot, etc. They were flying away at the end while the sideways versions were accepting the special hook-up place in heaven they had designated. The whole collection of them and then the family portrait thing was nauseating.

The religious stuff was really driving me nuts this last season, too. Hollywood is totally bereft of any creativity. My 2 cents.

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Submitted by vastleft on

I took the purgatory Q to the one and only Damon Lindelof (who is still da bomb in my book, in case you were wondering), and he shot back the following:

The following two facts are true. I swear it.
A. They're not in purgatory.
B. They're not dead.
If we did such a thing after repeatedly stating otherwise, we'd be tarred and feathered!

And this....

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Submitted by BDBlue on

I could never get into Lost because I had been burned so badly on Alias. At a certain point it became clear that many of the "twists" in Alias were not part of some carefully crafted writers' plan, but were, in fact, pulled out of the writers' asses never to be explained or, on the rare occurence where continuity won a battle in its losing war, explained badly.

This "with all kinds of blithely unexplained mysteries" only reinforces my reasoning.

I think JJ Abrams is the kind of writer that nails the first chapter and story set up and then everything falls apart over the subsequent parts of the story.

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Submitted by annabellep on

Because that show, more than Lost, has made me swear off television. The first season of Heroes was amazing; the show held sooo much promise at the end of that season. But it got the same treatment Lost did, which is no time to plan a coherent narrative. They just threw crap together because the show was popular. The sad thing was, it was obvious to us viewers which direction Heroes should go in, but the people in Hollywood are so out of touch with reality that the best ideas never occurred to them.

I'm sticking to my Roku from now on. We're watching the Burns series on National Parks via Netflix currently.

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Submitted by Aeryl on

it became clear that many of the "twists" in Alias were not part of some carefully crafted writers' plan, but were, in fact, pulled out of the writers' asses never to be explained or, on the rare occurence where continuity won a battle in its losing war, explained badly.

This. Some of Whedon's twists may be pulled out of their asses, but they work it in well enough with previous events, that it doesn't seem that way

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Submitted by vastleft on

"a Christian nation" and "hope and change."

It relied on the emotional feelgood of reunions and such and divorced itself from the ugly business of meaningfully looking backward or making any sense.

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Submitted by craigdp on

Never really got into 'Lost' but I see a pattern. I was a big BSG fan up until it became obvious that they were going 'religious' on me and the absolute stupidity of the BSG ending made me want to throw a brick through the TV (not so satisfying these days with LCD panels, they just sorta crack, the old CRTs would explode quite nicely).
The points made above are right on - the writers run out of ideas, assuming they had any to begin with and then just start slapping things on until they have a monstrosity with no intelligent way out - remember the Dallas 'dream' season.
Note to the next crop of scifi-ish TV series writers: the most important thing you can do is to make the show internally consistent. The first time you find yourself considering a 'monkeys-fly-outta-my-butt' or deus ex machina plot device - have someone smack you upside the head with a frying pan, hard.

Submitted by jawbone on

one person did walk into the Light and the rest were about to do so.

Listening to Mathew Fox on Jimmy Kimmel's wrap up show last night, it appears Fox definitely saw this as Jack Shepherd's purgatory. And it was all about that character. Hhhhhmm.

I was disappointed in the finale, but I did enjoy the show's run: Stunning location, gorgeous landscapes and seascapes, actors portraying characters I felt involved with. I was hooked when I watched the pilot by, mostly, the quality of the light and beauty of the colors, plus the international cast. Very high production values.

Oh, well. I usually like programs which don't make it on the broadcast channels. Like this year's Flash Forward -- I actually liked the series better than the book! Not renewed, of course.