That’s it. Lost is over. Who’s disappointed? Not I!
We’re in Hawaii at the moment and arrived in time to enjoy watching the finale in place where the show has been filmed for the last six years.
For those six years, those of us who have enjoyed and endured a show that has had so much depth were given resolution. For those who were just wanting to know the secrets of the island, they were left wanting.
The writers of Lost have taken us all on a fantastic journey. One of intrigue that has kept plenty of us coming back week after week. Ultimately, we’ve enjoyed it. The suspense. The questions. The characters. But as it is in life, no one turns up with a big book 5 minutes before your personal curtain call with a list of answers to all the mysteries of your own existence. There are plenty of things in life that just happen without ever getting an answer. However, as is the case with Lost, if you care to spend the time investigating, there are answers out there.
Hawaii is a magical place and it’s constantly amazing seeing locations that are supposed to be Los Angeles, Sydney or Korea.
Visiting the location for the “Others village” was funny. It’s a YMCA camp right next to the road and is nowhere near the middle of a jungle as one would assume.
This last photo is from outside the church where the last few scenes were shown.
And of course, the bamboo grove where the opening and closing scenes were shot.
I think the following comment from James Traxler sums up nicely the finale:
I’m of two minds about it. On the one hand, while the show didn’t provide a full and complete resolution to the Island’s mythology, it certainly provided a full and complete resolution to the characters. Therefore, one’s reaction will come down to whether they felt that the characters was the core of the show, or the mythology was. Up until now I’d be inclined to call myself a mythology man, but the elegance and harrowing symmetry of the ending resonated far more profoundly than I would have expected. To the extent that this was a show about people – real people – that story has been told.
As far as the mythology goes, it is certainly fair to say that the show pulled us in by hinting at answers to its central mysteries, and that failing to deliver on them represents a fairly large cop-out. Someone can be perfectly legitimately pissed over this breach of the compact between viewer and story-teller. On the other hand, however, speculating about the mythology of Lost is precisely what Lost is about. Resolving every issue neatly could itself be its own betrayal.
As it is, the finale met most, if not all, of my expectations. I enjoyed it, and more significantly, I was moved. I’m grateful to the show for hours and hours of powerful, thought-provoking drama. There hasn’t been another show like Lost, and there never will be.
If you’re still not convinced, may I suggest watching this:
And for those who really want to get into it, Lostpedia.
And in case you’re unsure which questions remained unanswered: