So why weren't the following in the church?

  • Ben (still working some things out; probably going to explore love with Danielle and try being a real dad to Alex)

  • Ana-Lucia (not ready yet)

  • Miles (see above for my sad theories about him)

  • Charlotte & Daniel (won't be long before I think each of them find love with each other and are soon ready to move on)

  • Eloise & Charles (not sure it's a happy ending for them, either. Loveless marriage? Her son soon to "leave"?)

  • Michael  (trapped on the Island's purgatory with the other Whsiperers?)

  • Richard (his DeadWorld most surely involved Isabella and others closest to him)

  • Walt (he was only a kid when he spent a month with these people; surely his own DeadWorld experience involved those he lived the more meaningful portions of his life with)

And Frank Lapidus, master of the one-liner, had as his final line: "Amen." And I say Amen to that.

The Questions

 

A sampling of friends' reactions immediately following the finale…

 

"Amazing, awesome, perfect. Kind of puts the whole Dharma food drop questions into perspective, doesn't it?" - John Sizemore

 

"Wow!!!! I just can't believe it!!! All the questions ended up not being very important in the bigger picture!!! Just the people… :)" - Nicole Gardner

 

"I do not like unanswered island mysteries." - Davida Bloomberg

 

So which camp are you in?

 

I'm right in between. As I explained in my final blog post just before the finale, for me, LOST is "equally compelling in the ways it's about character / relationships / community and about mystery / revelation / metaphor. It all comes down to this tonight."

 

In the end of every game, one side wins out. In this case, the best one did. Can you imagine if LOST had ended with just a narrative about how this-was-that and that-meant-this and here's a line about how Yemi's Beechcraft flew through a wormhole and the MiB's name was Samuel just because we like Bible names and Hurley was really a space alien? Where's the heart, the pathos, the higher meaning?

 

That said, emotional satisfaction and character summation isn't necessarily the side I was rooting for. For several reasons, just like several of you, I watched LOST not to find out if Kate and Sawyer end up together (couldn't care less), but to find out what the Island was, why they couldn't have babies there, what the Monster was, and discuss these items with other true fans to see if we could puzzle it out.

 

Gradually, it became clear that LOST was telling a story that, despite all it's well-worn archetypes and references to literature, philosophy, music, and religion, had never been told before. It was going to be unique, and as such, un-figure-out-able. So I began to do a little bit more of just enjoying the ride and seeing where it would take me.