Lost: Mysteries

Still plenty swirling around out there about the LOST finale. And a ton of disappointed people. (Also, two great comments on my post from yesterday, one from a casual watcher — a rare animal, indeed — and one from a fan like myself. I’ll get around to replying to those shortly…)

The first biggest whinge: “They were dead the whole time?” REALLY? People really think this? It seems they drew this conclusion from the final credit shots of the wreckage on the beach.

Totally missed the point. Or the boat. Or whatever. In short, no, they weren’t. She says it much nicer over here.

And, no, Jack wasn’t dead the whole time either, making shite up in his head. Pay attention!

Sorry.

Although, in the Sideways story he did create a son for himself. I think that was part of this redemption path, finding a way to father himself by revisiting issues he had with Christian with his own son, David. (Which means ‘beloved’.) Someone at Slate argues that it is purely narcissistic of Jack, but I think they’re wrong. It was part of Jack’s journey to the Great Beyond.

I think throughout this last season certain things were explained — maybe not spelled out per se, but explained.

For example, what is the Island? The Island, like Jacob mentioned in “Ab Aeterno” is, literally, a cork. I mean, it’s real, not a metaphysical place between chaos and the rest of the world. It’s in this world, and happens to be a… doorway, say. Or tunnel. Why does it have the properties it does? Probably because it is such a doorway. I wish we knew why the Island traveled (how exactly did MiB figure out the donkey wheel and how it would work?), but that, alas, remains a mystery.

Another thing people are up in arms about not knowing: Why were there fertility issues on the Island? Don’t you think, with a primary scene like Mother bashing in Claudia’s skull right after she gave birth, the Island (if you grant it entity status) or Jacob (who made up the rules) would find the idea of babies on the Island problematic? Because that’s what I think.

The only glaring thing for me was in the “Across the Sea” episode how MiB was not called by his name. That still bugs me. Cyber-rumors have it that his name was Samuel, but they decided not to use it in the end. It was just so… awkward in that episode! I can understand him not being named the rest of the time — after all, he was Smokey, and not Jacob’s brother (or Locke) ultimately.

[Aside: Samuel means “God heard” in Hebrew. Jacob means “he who supplants”. That’s not ironic AT ALL. /sarcasm]

One of the Losties with whom I email in fan post-mortems had this to say about getting answers to the Island:

“At one point, it was believed that Dharma held all the answers to what was going on — but they ended up being just as clueless as us in trying to figure out the island. Then we thought it was the Others, but they were really just people that ended up there ‘accidentally’ like the Oceanic 815 crew. We thought for sure we were going to get the answers from Jacob or MiB or Alpert, but they all were as clueless as everyone, and were really just normal guys, like the Oceanic 815 people. Every source of mystery on the Island and every landmark there (the hatch, the wells, black rock, egyptian foot, etc.) ended up just being a group of people, with some unique story from when they were brought to the Island. That’s what I think the showing of the wreckage during the credits meant—it was now part of the Island’s history, and the Oceanic 815 survivors would be another mystery that someone would eventually think held the answers.”

Mystery: 1. One that is not fully understood or that baffles or eludes the understanding; an enigma:
2. One whose identity is unknown and who arouses curiosity.

Don’t those two definitions sum up LOST and the story of the Island? Did we really want to know everything about everything? Even if I thought I did before Season 6 started, by the time it ended on Sunday at 11:30 p.m., I didn’t. I enjoyed the ride that was LOST — all its frustrations and mysteries, all its flashes — backwards, forwards, in time, sideways. I was captivated by the characters, by the journey of the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815, and their redemptions and salvations. And I think in The End, that’s why the finale paid off for me. Especially in this last season, watching Jack completely change from a character desperate for approval, desperate to fix and save everyone, to someone possessed of a simple, deep abiding faith — who ends up saving everyone anyway.

Final note: If Terry O’Quinn doesn’t get an Emmy, it’ll be a crime. In a series full of excellent acting, he was the very, very best in the last two seasons. I think they were all great (well, not so much Evangeline Lilly as Kate, but her character bugged me so much for three seasons, I may be letting that color my opinion.)

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