Final Thoughts on LOST

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Spoiler thoughts below the fold….

Um…. so duct tape saves the day? "I don't believe in many things, but I do believe in duct tape" is the line of the show, maybe the season.

So how did it end?  Were answers answered?

No, thery weren't and it wouldn't be LOST if they all were.  In fact, the hallmark of the show is that it rarely gives answers, only explanations.  The difference?  Answers stop the questions.  Explanations only generate more questions.

But here's what apparently happened on the last episode.  It appears that, of the original castaways, Sawyer, Kate and Claire made it off the island.  They were joined by Frank LePetis, Niles, and Richard Albert (who seemed rather non-plused about flying in an airplane, which would be unusual for a 19th century man).

Who didn't make it?  Well, we know from previous episodes this season that Sayid didn't (blown up by bomb).  And, from the same previous episode, Sun and Jin didn't make it (went down with the sub).

So who else didn't get off the island?  Well, Locke didn't, and by "Locke" I mean the Smoke Monster.

And Jack.  Jack didn't.  He fulfilled his destiny, I guess.  He died looking up in the sky, as a plane flew overhead.  Presumably, that was LePetis's plane.

Hurley became the keeper of the island.  With the help of…. Ben.  Didn't see that coming.

And what was the alternate timeline?  Um…. it was kind of like The Sixth Sense on steroids.  It was a world created by all the LOST characters after they died (some of them having died on the island, some of them not to die for a long long time).  You kind of got the sense that Hurley helped create it.

It was an episode in the tradition of LOST, as it should be.  Weird and very WTF-ish.  Nice moments,  Nice touches.

Are we, the audience, still lost as to what the series was about?  Well, sure.  But if the finale episode informs us about anything, it informs us that it is okay to be a little lost.  We all find our way eventually.

And that's not a bad way to go out.

P.S.  Nice advertisements from Target.  Using the smoke monster to advertise a smoke alarm?  Genius.

And the Onion weighs in:

'Lost' Possibly Still Airing In Parallel Dimension, Desperate Fans Report

NEW YORK—Desperate fans of the recently concluded television series Lost are speculating that the program is continuing on in a parallel dimension somewhere, and that alternate versions of showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse are currently writing new episodes of the series. "It's very possible that a sideways world running concurrent to our own exists, and that a facsimile of myself is happy, fulfilled, and already gearing up for the season seven premiere of Lost," said 36-year-old Kevin Molinaro, who, along with more than 20 million other hopeless fans, has recently booked multiple roundtrip tickets from Los Angeles to Australia in hopes of traveling through a vortex in the space-time continuum. "I just have to find a way to get there. We all do." According to data from Google analytics, searches for "How to build/detonate/use a hydrogen bomb to open up a multidimensional wormhole" have increased 10 millionfold since the episode aired.