OK, Here's A Go-For-Broke Defense Of The Lost
The Lost finale has plenty of detractors. George R.R. Martin famously crapped all over it, and when Breaking Bad's last episode aired, jerks Tweet-bombed Lost showrunner Damon Lindelof to say "That's how it's done."
The most common complaint is that the finale didn't answer any of the show's mysteries. But as we've pointed out, they did. You just had to watch the damn show. Which lots of the finale's viewers didn't. Based on the ratings, around a third of the final episode's audience likely hadn't watched Lost in years, but were curious to see if the Island would be revealed to be computer game being played by Hitler or something.
LostpediaAbout 10 percent thought it was an unusually weird episode of Survivor.
Also, despite the fact that people are still confused about this, the characters weren't dead the whole time. Those eerie shots of the original plane crash's empty wreckage they showed during the end credits?
ABC StudiosThey were all dead … lazy for not cleaning up this shit after six years.
Yeah, those were thrown in by the network as a "visual aid" to transition from the show into the nightly news, with no input from the actual writers. They mean nothing.
Now, the characters were dead during the final season's "Flash Sideways" sequences, which were set in a bizarre magical purgatory that had nothing to do with the show's established mythology ... or did it? The last moment of the finale finds the characters being absorbed in a white Hallmark-y glowing light:
The same kind of light has been used throughout the show to represent the Island's electromagnetic energy, like when Desmond blows up the Hatch. Hell, the "heart" of the Island is seemingly half urine, half white light. So what if this dimension the characters find themselves in isn't separate from the Island's powers? Throughout the show, a lot of stuff people wanted magically appeared on the Island, be it a horse, or food, or even a crapload of smuggled heroin. Wish fulfillment seemed to be the Island's ultimate power.
Now, the sideways universe only appeared in the last season, after Juliet detonated a nuke from inside a pocket of that energy. She was trying desperately to create an alternate timeline where the plane never crashed.
ABC Studios"But maybe Nikki and Paolo fell out a window or something."
Her last words? "It worked." So the result of that action was a false reality created by the Island wherein Juliet and everyone else is granted their innermost desires. The finale may be sappy, but when you boil it down, it's a pretty damn dark sci-fi story. Our beloved characters have to reject their personal fantasies and abandon a false reality to embrace their own deaths. Of course, this all played out in a church, which kind of felt like the TV equivalent of answering your doorbell and having a Jesus pamphlet shoved in your face.
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