The "Lost" finale episode took a turn at the very end that is sure to move fans emotionally while disappointing others. Many answers were given in the show, but the most remarkable resolutions involved reconnections among all the different characters, especially among "Lost" loves. *If you haven't seen the finale and don't want to be spoiled, you might want to stop reading now, because there were a lot of unexpected conclusions (and questions) that occurred.*
The most startling event ended up the being the final scene, which apparently had been planned from the very beginning. We see an image of Jack, clearly in the throes of death, and a close-up of the shutting of his eye. This image mirrored the initial one at the beginning of the first episode of Jack laying in the bamboo clearing and opening his eye.
Right before this death scene, Jack is informed by his father, Christian Shepard, that they are both dead. In fact, every character we have grown to love during the course of the show who have been gathered, with the help of Desmond, is dead. They have created a holding place mentally or spiritually to meet up before they move on to another life or perhaps heaven.
Before this end result, we saw an epic struggle against the smoke monster, who was finally eradicated. Jack passed on the "Jacob" torch to Hurley, whose sidekick became Ben, just like Richard used to have as a role on the island. And Frank was able to pilot the plane off the island with Richard, Kate, Sawyer, and Miles.
During certain moments, we got to hear familiar strains of "Star Wars" with even some lines directly culled from the original epic. The struggle between good and evil is satisfactorily resolved in many ways during this first hour and a half of the finale.
In the alternative sideways world, we get to see everyone reconnecting who we had grown to love during the series. This proves to be touching, in which we see people remember their lives on the island while also recalling the important roles certain individuals played in this "original" island experience.
What viewers might struggle with isn't the epic adventure or love stories that involved rekindling, but the twist of storytelling that tells us that the alt-sideways life was just a creation of the islanders' minds. We don't know the fate of anyone except Jack at the very end, but realize that the characters we grew to love were no longer with us, even if it was just a fictional experience.
For many years during the show fans debated whether the island was purgatory, hell or if the survivors of the crash were actually dead. And the answer was simple--yes everything did go on, there was an epic struggle of good and evil--where evil was finally defeated--but at the end, we all die eventually.
The recognition of "the end" of Lost is sure to strike a chord differently, moving some and angering others, while leaving many confused, but viewers are left with the final version the writers of this show wanted us to see. And in this final understanding, we see that the survivors on the island, and in fact Jack's soul, had been "Lost," but in the end they all were found in a mystical context we all struggle to understand.
Read my review of the Jimmy Kimmel "Aloha to Lost" special.
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