Live Together, Die Together- My Review of Lost’s “The End” Part One

My last Lost recap 😦

It starts with Christian Shepard’s coffin arriving. Then there is a short flashsideways shot where Jack is doing doctor stuff and then there are short montage clips of Jack drinking water on the island, Sawyer and Kate in the island and Kate waiting at the church while Desmond gets the coffin.

Desmond tells Kate that the man in the coffin is Christian Shepard and Kate says, “Christian Shepard, seriously?” Pointing out that it is a blatantly religious name. Desmond tells Kate that he wants to leave, but he won’t say where. We think it is the island, but it isn’t.

On the island it looks like Jack is peeing in the island while Kate watches frm a far. Sawyer asks him if he is ok and that he is confused about what happened. Jack tells Hurley, Kate and Sawyer that they have to go past the bamboo forest to the magic light cave. Hurley says that Jacob is worse the Yoda. Star Wars reference. Sawyer says that he is going to go find Desmond.

Sideways Hurley takes Sayid to the hotel and shows him a tranquilizer gun. Sayid still doesn’t get it, he can’t remember the other dimension. Hurley goes in the motel and picks up Charlie. He doesn’t wanna come so Hurley tranquilizes him.

On the island, Jack tells about his motives for becoming protector of the island and he says that he was out of things to screw up. Kate tells him that “Nothing is irreversible.”

Sawyer tries to stealthy spy on Locke, but Ben finds him. Locke tells Sawyer that he is going to use Desmond to sink the island and Sawyer tells Locke that someone has taken Jacob’s place. Sawyer steals Ben’s gun and leaves. Locke tells Ben that he lied and that he would not be ale to have the island because it was going to sink, but that Ben could go away with him on his boat. Locke finds Vincent tracks.

Vincent licks Desmond awake and he finds himself at Rose and Bearnard’s camp. They feed him and say that they broke their rule for him. Desmond is always the special one to whom the rules don’t apply. Rose says that they don’t like the drama and don’t like helping people out. Then they get some drama. Locke and Ben come out of the forest and Locke threatens that he will kill Rose and Bernard and that he will make it hurt unless Desmond comes and does what Locke wants him to do. Rose is ready to die for the cause and Desmond agrees he will help Locke.

Locke asks Desmond if he knows where he is taking him and he says that he doesn’t know, but he guesses they are going to see a bright light. Ben’s walkie crackles, but he doesn’t answer.

It’s Miles tring to get a hold of him, he has found Alpert who still wants to blow up the plane.

Sideways Miles sees Sayid and calls Sawyer to tell him and he says he will go talk to Sun because that was who he shot.

Sideways Sun says that she is a little sore. She just got shot, of course she’s a little sore. Juliet comes in and gives Sun her ultra-sound. Sun and Jin get flashes because this happened before, but Juliet is still clueless. Jin and Sun can speak English now.

On the island, Sawyer is rushing through the forest and he runs into Kate, Jack and Hurley. Hurley freaks out because he jumps out of the forest. Sawyer tells them what happened. They all head to the light and the awesome Micheal Giaccino finale trekking music kicks in.

On an outrigger, Miles pulls Alpert’s first gray hair from his head and he says that he wants to live. They paddle into a dead body and then find Lapidus. I thought he was dead for sure. Then Lapidus tells them that he can fly the plane.

Kate shoots at Locke from a far. Silly Kate, you know you can’t kill him right? Locke says he thought Jacob would have picked someone else because he was the obvious choice. Jack says he chose and that he was gonna kill Locke. Locke asks how hw is going to kill him and Jack says it’s a surprise.

Sideways Jack and Juliet meet in the hospital and it is “revealed” that Juliet is Jack’s ex.

Jack and Sawyer have secret chat right behind Locke about killing Locke. At the point of the bamboo forest, Locke says that just he, Desmond, and Jack should go on from here. As they tie Desmond up, he tells Jack that they are together in the flash-sideways. But Jack says that “All of this matters.” They go in the cave and see a waterfall.

Sideways Hurley and Sayid talk in Hurley’s Hummer. Boone and Shanon are fighting outside and Sayid has his flash moment when he meets her and they kiss. Boone tells Hurley that it was a pain to get Shanon from Australia.

Miles finally gets a hold of Ben and tells him their plan. Claire shoots at them and it reminds me of the scene in the finale of season three when Ben has Jin, Sayid and Bernard tied up on the other side of the walkie talkie. Anyway, they offer to take Claire with them and she refuses. Locke and Jack let Desmond down the waterfall on a rope. Locke comments on how this is similar to the time when they lowered someone into a hatch and that Desmond was in it. Jack says that he isn’t Locke and that Locke was right about everything. Locke says that Jack will know he is wrong when the island sinks.

Sideways Juliet gets called to the hospital, leaving short Claire and David together.

Backstage Charlotte wakes Charlie up and she meets Daniel. Claire and Kate are surprised to see each other at Desmond’s table. Table 23. Pierre Chang introduces Daniel Widmore accompanied by Driveshaft. Charlie sees Claire and they stare at each other. Then Claire has tummy problems and leaves, Kate follows after her.

Desmond reaches the inner pool below the waterfall and he is blasted by electromagnetic energy. He pulls a giant stone cork thing out of the center of the pool and it drains. The cork hole turns orange and flames come from it an it looks like they are in a volcano. Could this be the volcano? Locke says it looks like you were wrong. Jack punches Locke and he bleeds. “It looks like you were wrong too,” he says. Locke hits him in the head with a rock and runs away.

Sideways Claire goes backstage looking for a bathroom and Kate finds her.

Eloise tells Desmond that she thought she made it clear that she wanted him to stop what he was doing. Desmond tells her that he doesn’t care and that and that he won’t be taking Daniel.

Kate comforts Claire and sends Charlie to go get water and blankets. We see a recreation of Aaron’s birth between flashes of the actual one and Kate sees the other world. It’s kind of an awkward moment to remember the other storyline. Charlie gives her the blanket and they remember each other. Desmond comes in and ask Kate if she understands. She says, “So, now what?”

My Thoughts On “The End” of Lost

Don’t read this if you haven’t seen the finale. I’m going to post a full recap later, but I don’t have time for that and I just had to let out some of my views on the finale now.

I expected so much from this 2.5 hours of television that it could not have lived up to my expectations. I thought that the beginning felt like a lame clip show, but now I feel that there is some beauty in how simple it is. It was a pretty good way to wrap the character story-lines, I feel. I think that the on island story was too simple though. I mean they just had to move that rock plug, kill Locke, and move the rock plug back? And I expected more action! But whatever.

The end of “The End” was blatantly spiritual and I feel that turned some people off. I think they could have made it more metaphorical and maybe took out the bright light to avoid bothering these people, but the show has always had religious overtones, so I guess it is fitting. The big reveal at the end as to what the “flash-sideways” is confused everyone and everyone has their own interpretation. I would be very disappointed if the finale did not spark confusion and discussion.

Here is my interpretation, the sideways world is like a version of purgatory that existed to remind the losties, of their previous life so they could let go and move on to their next life. It does this by recreating similar events from their past life to try to help trigger memories. Desmond and Charlie are one of the first to realize this and they start awakening other people. The question that everyone wants to know is how did everyone die? And I was curious how Aaron died because he was off the island. I think the reason most people died was because the island did sink, but I have no clue, it also kind of seems like that didn’t happen. I don’t think it really matters thought, because Christian tells Jack that you don’t experience time in sideways world and that everyone dies sometime. So, Aaron may have died of old age for all we know. Once everyone is enlightened they happily move on to heaven or nirvana or whatever (the writers kept it purposefully universal).

Ben did not move on, he still has work to do in this world to atone for all the people he killed or whatever.

One big question I have is: if we did not see one of the characters in the church does that mean they went to Hell? We didn’t see Micheal, I guess it would be fitting for him to go to Hell. Mr Eko wasn’t there, when he died he said he would not give his confession. I don’t think we can read too far into this though because we may not have seen everyone that was in that church, and maybe the writers could not get everyone to return that they wanted.

I feel that the end should have shined more light on them saving the world and more about how the island was important, but I also found that it was kind of cool that the writers showed that the characters were more important and that their lives on the island were simply the best part of their lives because they met each other and because one big happy family.

I feel that I could not justify not liking the finale to myself. I’m still a little unsure what to think about it. I feel like I know some aspects of it weren’t awesome, like I have discussed here, but I feel that I have found good reasons to like it.

I guess I have to say that it did not do that great at wrapping the show as a whole, which I understand could be difficult with this show, but I feel they could have done better. The show was awesome and the ending didnt ruin that. I’m happy the ending was thought provoking, at least it was interesting.

Lost, How I Love Thee, Let Me Count The Ways: A Lost Nerd’s Farwell

I wrote this before the finale, so forgive me for my lack of knowledge about the flash-sideways/purgatory or whatever it is.

It’s kind of sad how many countless hours I have spent watching, re-watching, and re-re-watching Lost. Or how many hours I have theorized, written about, discussed Lost, or listened to Lost podcasts. Lost has been my obsession for the last couple years and this is why:

First of all Lost did a great time at creating real characters that changed drastically over the six season span of the series. We have learned so much about them. We learned about their lives before the island in flash-backs, their lives after the island through flash-forwards, and we have even learned how they would behave in an alternate universe (if that is what it is). Over the course of the show, Lost has had twenty-four characters that have been billed as starring roles. And almost all of those characters, I have found interesting and I have cared about.

Regardless of all of the ridiculous stuff that goes on on this show, the writers usually do a very good job at keeping it character-centric. Take for instance many Lost fans’ favorite episode of Lost, “The Constant”. This is probably the most heady hour of television on prime-time television. It deals with the consciousness of a character named Desmond traveling back and forth through time and space, but the episode is also very focused on Desmond’s relationship with his girlfriend Penny.

Part of the reason that the characters feel so realistic is that they are portrayed by some pretty awesome actors. Micheal Emerson (Ben Linus) and Terry O’Quinn (John Locke) are the best of the cast.

Lost has confused me, creeped me out, made me laugh out loud on numerous occasions, and I admit it has made me cry. I feel this is mostly due to the great writing on Lost. Even though, since Lost is a show about mystery, it sometimes feels like there are forced surprises, it is the most surprising show on tv. In season one you find out that before Locke was on the island, he was paralyzed. All in one scene in season two, Micheal kills Ana Lucia and Libby, sets Ben (we knew him as Henry Gale back then) free, and shots himself in the arm. In the season three finale a new storytelling technique is introduced when we find out what we though to be a flashback like we were so used to after three seasons of nothing else, was actually a flash-forward in which Jack and Kate had made it off the island. In season four we learn that only six of the losties got off the island. Hurley is in an insane asylum, Jack is severely depressed, Kate is pretending to be the mother of Claire’s child, Jin appears to be dead, and Sayid is working for evil Ben. In season five we learn that someone who appears to be a reborn John Locke, is actually one of the island gods who looks like John Locke. These are only a few of the many twisty turns the story of Lost has taken, there’s usually at least one twist or surprise in every episode, usually more.

I love that Lost tries hard to play it dangerous. I think it is easily the most complicated show ever on prime-time. It has dealt with that smoke-monster thing, time-travel, alternate dimensions (?), destiny, faith, electromagnetism, controversial science experiments, ghosts, and tons of other things.

It bothers me when people be disin’ my Lost. When I ask people why they are such haters, they usually say one of two things: “There is a polar bear on the island.” or “There is a smokemonster.” Most people quit the show because they were impatient and they were just focused on answers. I think it is silly when people say that Lost has jumped the shark. I think it jumped the shark in the pilot and and I like that. Lost is largely about faith and many people have given up on the show due to their lack thereof. I have faith in the writers because of the ways I have seen many big mysteries of Lost revealed in a very satisfying way and because the writers fought for and got permission to end the story on their own terms.

Finding someone that watches Lost is a big deal. You will always have something to talk to them about. I feel that I have made some friends I would not have if it weren’t for Lost. I have forced many of my friends into watching Lost. I have Dharma Nike shoes.If you don’t know what my favorite show is, you probably don’t know me very well.

It is quite tormenting when a lost fan can’t find someone to talk about Lost with the day after it aired. I know that I have probably bored the crap out of some people that aren’t as obsessed with the show as I am. I just had to let it out though. I started this blog this yeah, and that may have helped me with these urges. Lost is the main reason I decided to write this blog and Lost has inspired me to write my own sci-fi fiction in hopes of recreating my own story.

Lost, I will miss you.

“The End” is Nigh – Lost Finale Preview

So, the day has finally arrived. I think I’m a little bit more sad then excited. Here are some of my predictions for the finale. I don’t think Jack is going to be the island god after this episode. I think that Locke is going to blow up the island like he tells Ben he will. This will cause the island to sink, creating the flash sideways storyline. I predict that we will see Alpert, Vincent, Rose, and Bernard again. I’m sure we will see a lot of the old cast return. SPOILER ALERT! SKIP REST OF PARAGRAPH! The writers have confirmed that Walt will return.

I don’t really what a good ending for Lost would be. I’m excited to see what the writers have done.

I’m having a Lost party, so my review might be a bit later then usual. I’ll probably get it up sometime tomorrow morning.

Breaking News! Lost Finale Extended!

The Hollywood Reporter just announced tonight that the Lost finale has been extended by an extra thirty minutes! Awesome!

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