I know this isn’t a very timely post, but “Lost” is always timely for me. I have watched the series about four times, I’ve analyzed the minutest details of it, and I’ve loved every minute of it.
One of my favorite things and ways I bond best with people is by having “Lost” conversations. We share our views on our favorite characters or analyze certain elements or plot twists. We fantasize about the writers’ intentions and what they must have been thinking.
Much to my dismay, nobody wants to talk about “Lost” anymore. People are bitter about the ending. Many people wish that there were more questions answered or that there was a bigger twist at the end that we did not anticipate. Some people didn’t understand it and were frankly left confused. It disheartens me to think that the last episode of a show could taint the whole experience for the viewer, and so in that respect I think the writers failed.
Personally, however, I enjoyed the ending. It was comforting to imagine that after all our crazy life experiences, there may be a world out there that defies time and allows us to be with the people we have loved most. They tied together all the people and their connections, and brought back the characters with whom we fell in love, like Charlie.
The message of the whole show ended up being that much of the chaos that ensues in our lives does not matter. What does matter is those that we forge strong connections with. Some of the characters learned this in their lifetimes, like Rose and Bernard, and others did not until after their death, like Jack.
I think people were upset with the ending because it told them that they essentially wasted their time watching the show, since the events of the show did not matter, even to the characters in it.
People will exasperatedly tell me, “They were dead the whole time!” Although, that is not how I interpreted it, I can see how people got that idea.
It is a frustrating concept that the events of a television show, or even worse, our lives, ultimately have little value. Especially because people get so hung up on these things. But, the message of the show is that if you let go of these things, you will find peace. And for viewers who are ready to let go, they found comfort in the series finally, while those who still have their hang-ups were frustrated. But, the fact that the writers stirred that kind of emotional connection to the characters and response to the conclusion was the ultimate success.
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