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Posted at 11:57 PM ET, 05/23/2010

'Lost': Instant reaction to the series finale, 'The End'

By Jen Chaney and Liz Kelly

Updated: 5/24/10 at 1:30 p.m.
'Lost' Dueling Analysis: 'The End'

Gallery: The end of "Lost" -- where we left each of our main characters.

Live chat: Discuss the finale

TV critic Hank Stuever: Another 'Lost' theory: No, really, it was purgatory

"Lost" Central


Dr. Jack Shephard (Matthew Fox), island savior. (ABC)

Well, it's really over. After six years and 121.5 hours of episodes, we finally have closure. Our full analysis will be posted here first thing in the morning, but we wanted to go on record immediately with our gut reaction to tonight's finale and -- to better inform our analysis -- ask you to do the same.

First, our mini-instant analysis:

Jen: "DId you see that?" "Did you feel that?"

Those phrases kept repeating tonight. And I have to say, I saw it. And I felt. What about you?

Liz: I did. I saw it and felt it. I'm still feeling it.

If, as some said, "Lost" was to be judged by its finale then all I can say is Damon and Carlton pulled it off. I've been crying and laughing and basically an emotional basket case for the last 2.5 hours. I could not possibly have asked for anything more. I am in awe.

Jen: Agreed. I know there are some unanswered questions, which we'll talk about in the dueling analysis that will go up in the morning. But here are some things I was happy to see again tonight: Bernard. Rose. Charlie. Shannon. Boone. Juliet. Lots of walkie talkie action. Kate shooting people impulsively. Lapidus. (So not dead.) Vincent. And, of course, two "Star Wars" references within the first 10 minutes of the finale.

Liz: I'm right there with you on all of the above.

But I can't get over the fact that it's over and rather than feeling, well, lost, I feel exhilarated. I expected to be mad, sad or disappointed. I'm not really any of those things. As I just posted to Facebook: It's over. And it was so good. Thank you Damon. Thank you Carlton. Thank you cast for the best six years of TV ever.

Jen: While some people will probably complain that this episode had too much smooching and crying and not enough question-answering, I feel, like you, that it provided exactly what I needed: Satisfying emotional closure.

Liz: But I'm interested in hearing what our Lost-watching community has to say. So maybe, sista, we should move on and let them have the floor?

Jen: Yes, the church floor is now open.

Now it's your turn. Share your thoughts, emotion, criticism, angst, relief, etc. about the end of "Lost"...

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By Jen Chaney and Liz Kelly  | May 23, 2010; 11:57 PM ET
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I thought they got a great mix of some answers, some inside jokes, and a lot of character. I admit, I was worried, but they pulled it off! More power to them.

Eric in Bmore

Posted by: eprice29 | May 24, 2010 12:05 AM | Report abuse

Are you guys serious? The ending was EXACTLY what people have been predicting for 3 years. I mean, I don't really follow the show, and based on what friends of mine said, I figured the ending.

It may have been well-produced, but it was entirely foreseeable.

Glad you're in awe, and I didn't waste 121.5 hours on a series that most should have figured out halfway into the first season, if that.

Posted by: robert1969 | May 24, 2010 12:10 AM | Report abuse

I really liked it, though as I see in other friend's comments, they're confused about the "Purgatory" denials, as I am. So how did that Purgatory work? Loved that we had closure with Shannon, Boone, Rose, Bernard and Vincent! It was very sad when Vincent lied beside Jack in the final scene. It's been a great 6 yrs! Cant wait to read the analysis in the morning :)

Posted by: msmurtle | May 24, 2010 12:10 AM | Report abuse

I absolutely loved the episode.

Kudos to Jen or Liz -- whichever one of you predicted the ending. Once I saw it playing out, it became so obviously clear, but in such satisfying way, and as close to a flawless ending as possible.

Posted by: megman | May 24, 2010 12:10 AM | Report abuse

This definitely gets an A; the fact that they could pull it off a satisfying ending (especially at the end of what I think was largely a disappointing season) is alone worth mounds of kudos.

But...I recall CC + DL saying that the Island wasn't purgatory; in my reading of tonight's episode, though, everyone died in the plane crash featured in the series premiere. Agree?

Posted by: WriteKing | May 24, 2010 12:11 AM | Report abuse

Nothing about polar bears, Walt, Michael.
Or what happened to the island.
But I am as satisfied as Jen and Liz.
What a ride the last 6 years have been.
If all the questions had been answered it would not be Lost....

Bad Robot.

Posted by: NonnyMouse | May 24, 2010 12:11 AM | Report abuse

**I'm interested in hearing what our Lost-watching community has to say**

What I said in the last post.

Posted by: ooyah32 | May 24, 2010 12:12 AM | Report abuse

I thought it was going just fine until the very end. I just don't think it makes any sense that they are all dead. Someone has some splainin' to do.

Posted by: lashadow | May 24, 2010 12:13 AM | Report abuse

Heaven? Are you kidding me? What about Daniel's "imaginary time" from earlier this season? The bomb had nothing to do with it! Heaven? Just pull the rock stopper out and put it back in? What? Boone hated Sayid getting on his sister. What? Heaven? REALLY?!?!??!!?!?

Posted by: billy6 | May 24, 2010 12:13 AM | Report abuse

I am holding out hope for that Sawyer/Miles spin-off, since Sawyer called Miles "Enos" twice. Hopefully in homage to the "Dukes of Hazzard" deputy getting his own show.

Posted by: cheryl8 | May 24, 2010 12:17 AM | Report abuse

Jack's dad made a point of saying you are real, i'm real, everything you did was real. SO I don't thing they have been dead all along. I think at some point they all died. Charlie awhile ago, jin and sun last week. The others we just dont know. But know they are and they are with who they are supposed to be with.

I don't have all my questions answered, But I was so satisfied I don't care. I've loved it for 6 years and will miss it. Its rare to have a show that doesn't think their viewers are stupid. I loved having to think over it.

Great show

Posted by: katek2011 | May 24, 2010 12:17 AM | Report abuse

**in my reading of tonight's episode, though, everyone died in the plane crash featured in the series premiere. Agree?**


Every that happened, happened. Whoever survived the crash, survived the crash. But they were all dead at the end.

Boone died from the falling plane. Shannon was shot. Charlie drowned. Jack was knifed at the end.

Those that were alive at the end of tonight went on to live their lives, and they died whenever they died.

The Island was NOT purgatory, but the Sideways Reality WAS a kind of waiting room between death and the "next step," which we saw as the bright light when Christian opened the door. The Sideways Reality was an artificial construct, which did NOT take place in 2004, as we had supposed, but was timeless, it existed outside of time. It was a construct, as Christian said, so that, after their individual deaths, whenever they happened, they could "find" themselves.

Posted by: ooyah32 | May 24, 2010 12:18 AM | Report abuse

I am amazed. When the finale first started I was very skeptical as to how they would tie it altogether. Yet, they somehow managed it. Of course there are still things left unanswered, but as I sit her and mull over what just happened, everything makes more sense. At the moment, I am emotionally spent. I balled my eyes out for the last 15 minutes. I was so moved by the outcome (Vincent laying next to Jack really got me). All of the characters were finally brought back together. The pain, fear, anger, hatred, etc. that they had felt on the island, and in their lives before, were instantly washed away. The only thing that mattered was the love that they had for each other. The island was a place for them to make the bonds that they needed to move past the hurt and mistakes they made in their lives before the island. The 6 seasons have drawn me into the plot, but more importantly the characters' lives. It's sad to say goodbye, but I am so glad that they all FOUND each other. Bravo.

Posted by: kbible | May 24, 2010 12:18 AM | Report abuse

**Every that happened, happened.**

Correction -- Everything that happened, happened (in the regular world, not in the Sideways Reality).

Posted by: ooyah32 | May 24, 2010 12:19 AM | Report abuse

It gave all the characters a happy ending, which I guess is why people are feeling good about it.

But... but... but.... WTF? I kept sitting there thinking about all the denials of purgatory/hell/afterlife as explanation. OK, I get that they died at different times and for some inexplicable reason met up in sideways world before traveling on... but WTF? Christian said what happened on the island was real. OK... what happened? Why did it happen? Were these people really put through all that just to resolve some random multi-century sibling rivalry? Seriously?

Posted by: LynnDeanne | May 24, 2010 12:20 AM | Report abuse

I enjoyed the ending! But like Nonnymouse I wondered what happened to Walt? Michael? Mr. Ecko? A lil disappointing but other than that I was satisfied and felt closure.

Posted by: mtwilson83 | May 24, 2010 12:21 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, it wouldn't be a Lost episode if it hadn't raised more questions than it answered. J/K, a bit, but to take two existential ones right off the bat, what exactly is David? Someone who had no earthly existence, but came into being in the waiting room. Weird.

And why is Aaron a newborn (again/still?) As time in the SWT is irrelevant per Christian, shouldn't anyone who dies be able to manifest at an appropriate age? For instance, we have no reason to think that Penny didn't live till 2040 or something, yet in the church she's of an age to be a suitable consort to Desmond. Ditto some of the others like Claire, Kate, etc. - if they lived.

Real world Aaron couldn't have died before three and again there's no reason to think he shouldn't have had a long and full life, so why would he be going into the next world as a newborn in his mother's arms?

Posted by: UniqueID | May 24, 2010 12:21 AM | Report abuse

The island was not purgatory. I'm not quite sure what sideways world was -- perhaps some sort of parallel "world" for some part of your being exists.

Regardless, I read it this way: When you go into the "church" is more or less immaterial, in a temporal sense (did you notice the window in the room where Jack meets his father?). You go in when you are ready. Our view, the episode's view, the series view really, was pegged to Jack's universe, which let the two events play out simultaneously (his island death and the coming together of everyone).

Posted by: megman | May 24, 2010 12:22 AM | Report abuse

WJLA in DC is not showing JKL until 12:35. Call and complain 703-236-9555

Posted by: jdcarroll | May 24, 2010 12:22 AM | Report abuse

Everybody dies. There are no answers. A story begins, and then it ends. The finale was perfect.

Posted by: Potter2 | May 24, 2010 12:22 AM | Report abuse

I really liked most of tonight's episode - it seemed better to me than most of the season. It was the emotional closure and seeing Charlie & Claire, Jack & Kate, Sawyer & Juliet and Sun & Jin reunite. I also liked that Ben came around to the light side near the end. But, the last 10 minutes seemed like a cop out, comparable to the season opener in Dallas where the complete last season was a dream. Somehow having them all reunite with Christian Shepherd leading the way into the light was a bit contrived. How else could they have done it? Im not sure, they would have needed a few more shows (or another season). And then of course there would be even more questions to answer.

So, for the most part I liked the end of Lost. I guess the Lostees were found or found the light. Thanks for the great analyses throughout. I didnt stay up to see the alternate endings on Jimmy Kimmel What was that like?

Posted by: dlkhoward | May 24, 2010 12:22 AM | Report abuse

Copout! Basically everything about the island doesn't matter because in the end it plays no part in the grand scheme of things. Too bad.

Posted by: pickljuice | May 24, 2010 12:22 AM | Report abuse

I'm not so sure if the cast have been dead all along...maybe only since the nuclear bomb went off at the end of last season.

To be honest I'm still trying to process the whole thing.

Posted by: dre7861 | May 24, 2010 12:23 AM | Report abuse

Wow, people are totally taking it a different way than I did. The island wasn't purgatory, they didn't die in the crash. The "flash sideways" wasn't "sideways" at all, you can see it as (sort of) a flash WAY forward to after everyone was dead. Eventually. It's why Hurley said Ben "was" a great Number 2. They had all eventually died of the smoke monster or Ben or getting shot by Ana Lucia or stabbed by Locke, etc., and they had constructed a world that would make them happy, the things they never had in their lives. What they didn't know is that they could find something better by accepting what they were, relishing their relationships, and finally moving on.

Posted by: jf76 | May 24, 2010 12:23 AM | Report abuse

I think the episode, if I'm understanding it correctly, is not saying that everyone on the island died on there. It's saying that everyone they knew eventually died. The "real" world was "purgatory," for lack of a better word, since they made an effort to suggest that this world was non-denominational. I think they're saying that the island HAS to always exist because the island's light, in a sense, is the source of the real world existing. The flash-sideways world, where the island had sunk, was just an interlude between death and - well, whatever comes afterwards. Perhaps this is suggesting that someone always has to protect the island because without it, there would be no reality. I could be way off-base here, of course. Like this article, this theory is also just a gut reaction which I might have to reevaluate with time.

Like J.J. Abrams said about the so-called Mystery Box, a good question is often better than a good answer. That pretty much sums up how I felt about the episode. Good, satisfied, but it didn't matter as much as the journey.

Posted by: theguper | May 24, 2010 12:26 AM | Report abuse


Christian told Jack, "You have no son." Read that as meaning whatever you have done in this existence is not real, and so Claire having the baby was merely the tool for her, Kate and Charlie to know.

The real Aaron is presumably with his grandmother.

Posted by: megman | May 24, 2010 12:26 AM | Report abuse


Every that happened, happened. Whoever survived the crash, survived the crash. But they were all dead at the end."

Okay, I'm totally open to that interpretation; but it seems like there are a ton of questions/holes. what to make of Alpert, Lapidus and Miles on the plane with three people who subsequently were dead? Sawyer, Claire and Kate - were they dead before they got on the plane? Did Lapidus, Miles and Alpert die? Was that the plane Jack saw at the end? If so - did those other die?

Or did their deaths presumably come much later (back in the "real world") and hence Christian's statement about there not being a "now here".

Just trying to figure it out.

Posted by: WriteKing | May 24, 2010 12:26 AM | Report abuse

Man, the hours I spent on this show. They're all dead!? Are you kidding me. No Walt or Michael?? I really wish they stayed in real time the entire series. I guess I liked the island and it's future more than the characters in the end.

Posted by: YouKnow3000 | May 24, 2010 12:26 AM | Report abuse


Every that happened, happened. Whoever survived the crash, survived the crash. But they were all dead at the end."

Okay, I'm totally open to that interpretation; but it seems like there are a ton of questions/holes. what to make of Alpert, Lapidus and Miles on the plane with three people who subsequently were dead? Sawyer, Claire and Kate - were they dead before they got on the plane? Did Lapidus, Miles and Alpert die? Was that the plane Jack saw at the end? If so - did those other die?

Or did their deaths presumably come much later (back in the "real world") and hence Christian's statement about there not being a "now here".

Just trying to figure it out.

Posted by: WriteKing | May 24, 2010 12:26 AM | Report abuse

By the time James/Sawyer and Juliet had their moment of "remembering," I was saying to myself that I was willing to forgive a really unsatisfactory resolution of the central island mystery because they did such a great job of giving us closure and emotional catharsis on the characters. And then the Hugo/Ben resolution on the island even made the lack of mystery resolution more forgivable.

Now that it's over, I think I'm still OK with the lack of any internally consistent, dramatically satisfactory explanation of the central island mystery (basically we're just asked to take the word of characters whose reliability is extremely questionable that the light is "good" and needs to be protected - from what? and since when does contact with something "good" turn someone into "pure evil"? - makes no sense.)

And one new question raised for me by the finale - why doesn't Jack turn into a smoke monster after he puts the stone back, restoring the underground area to the same conditions that produced the smoke monster when Jacob threw his nameless brother down there?

Posted by: dc-native | May 24, 2010 12:28 AM | Report abuse

If you are confused --

Ignore the Sideways Reality aspect for the moment. Just concentrate on the Island Reality and the mythology, etc. All of that happened. Exactly the way we saw, for all the reasons we saw -- to keep evil at bay and to protect "the light."

What we did not see was Hugo's long reign as "Jacob," which apparently he did very well, according to Ben.

All of that happened.

Now turning to the Sideways Reality -- that did NOT happen. It was artificial, and it happened after they had all died. Some died in 2004, some died in 2007, some died in 1977, perhaps some died 50 years from now. Perhaps Hugo and Ben went on to guard the Island for another 1000 years. But the Sideways Reality did NOT exist in parallel to the Island Reality, as we had supposed.

Posted by: ooyah32 | May 24, 2010 12:28 AM | Report abuse

I loved the ending, I think. It was a great show. Far and away one of the best series endings to a tremendous show. I loved all the reunions but still so many unanswered questions which I guess makes it great.

I will so miss Lost and am proud to have wasted 121.5 hours or more on this show.

Anyone else PO'd that WJLA is not airing the Kimmel show at 12:05 as promised. I just cannot believe they are doing this.

Posted by: jymerk | May 24, 2010 12:29 AM | Report abuse

ooyah32 I really liked your interpretation.

Posted by: dre7861 | May 24, 2010 12:29 AM | Report abuse

not sure why people keep thinking they dead in the plane crash.

presumably, the sideways was the purgatory and then, at the end, the christian shephard took them all the heaven.

Posted by: metatext | May 24, 2010 12:30 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: chunche | May 24, 2010 12:31 AM | Report abuse

Ok, I get that the sideways world was essentially a waiting room. But in order for me to be convinced that the island world, albeit "real" in a sense, was not purgatory, someone has to explain to me the significance of the final scene. It looked to me that Oceanic 815 was left shattered on the beach and that there were no survivors. If that's a correct interpretation, then it must mean they died in the crash. While what happened in the island world did actually happen, I think its arguable that the "important" things they did on the island to which Christian referred was the creation of those connections between these people that evaded them prior to getting on the flight in Syndey.

Posted by: chep3 | May 24, 2010 12:31 AM | Report abuse

And where were Lapidus, Sawyer, Kate, Claire, and Miles flying off to? It seems to have been completely pointless.

Posted by: lashadow | May 24, 2010 12:32 AM | Report abuse

**Or did their deaths presumably come much later (back in the "real world")**

YES, now you got it.

"Everyone dies." And all the characters died. But they did not all die during the course of the show. Some went on to live and died years from now.

What did James and Kate and Lapidus and Miles and Richard and Claire do in the interim? Who knows? Room enough there for a movie though.

Posted by: ooyah32 | May 24, 2010 12:33 AM | Report abuse

They can take their movies and other cr*p and shove it in their dharma initiatives.

Posted by: chunche | May 24, 2010 12:35 AM | Report abuse

I loved the finale... until the ending.
Like you, I wept at the reunions; they were crafted beautifully. There were too many hilarious one-liners to count. And the scenes with Jack and MIB were thrilling and suspenseful.
But... the ending. Really? It feels good, I'm with you there. It's happy and emotional. But it just doesn't make any damn sense. It seems almost insulting. None of it really mattered. The hatch. The numbers. Dharma. Jacob and MIB. The candidates. Protecting the light.
Finally, if, as Jack's father says, the church is filled with people who died at one time or another. Some before him. Some after. Then why isn't EVERYONE there? Why not Miles or Lapidus? Why not Locke's fiancee? Why not Ben?
I loved the show. The ending doesn't sully my loyalty. Just frustrates me because it feels cheap.

Posted by: MomofFour | May 24, 2010 12:35 AM | Report abuse

That show made know sense whatsover. The writers didnt even know where it was going. They started it but didnt have a clue where to take it and finish it. Thank god this stupid show is ending.

Posted by: matrox | May 24, 2010 12:38 AM | Report abuse

Kind of reminiscent of Vanilla Sky (and the original, Open Your Eyes), and didn't someone even say "Open your eyes," early in the episode?

Posted by: UniqueID | May 24, 2010 12:38 AM | Report abuse

Did we really watch this show for six years just to get the same ending as Titanic?

Posted by: lashadow | May 24, 2010 12:39 AM | Report abuse

Well it got you two fish hook, line, and sinker. Tug on some heart strings and play on some emotions and hope everybody stops asking what the hell all of this means. It was a beautifully done episode, but it was the easy way out and could have been a lot more.

Posted by: Zornado | May 24, 2010 12:40 AM | Report abuse

I would buy the "Sideways timeline as timeless waiting room" theory, but I'm bothered by Christian saying they built it together so they could find each other. They spent most of the series baffled by the island and what it meant and what they were doing there, but we're supposed to believe that in their spare time they designed a way to hang out in the afterlife? Including characters who died early enough that they were still wondering about the polar bears?

Posted by: cheryl8 | May 24, 2010 12:43 AM | Report abuse

ooyah32, I think I'm with you here now. Gonna need to hash out the tiny loopholes now, but this interpretation definitely makes me pleased. Anyway, now I'm off to listen to some Geronimo Jax. Thanks!

Posted by: WriteKing | May 24, 2010 12:43 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, I wondered about Helen and some of the others too, Momof4. Shannon is Sayid's soulmate because they shared an intimate 75 seconds together once, but Locke didn't have enough of a connection to Helen for the two of them to move on together. Presumably Helen hooked up with some guy after John died, therefore she wouldn't be with John.

Posted by: UniqueID | May 24, 2010 12:43 AM | Report abuse

@MomofFour (and others): Although some have said that the flash-sideways is far in the future, after everyone has died, it's more like they're showing us a specific point in time in the flash-sideways, which is sort of running parallel to the "real" world. Some of the people have died in the "real" world, and some haven't. Ones who aren't dead yet, like Ana Lucia and Ben, aren't "ready" yet to move beyond the "fake" flash-sideways world into the waiting room.
Or, um, something like that...
Or, if you think the whole flash-sideways explanation was hokey, like I did, you could just pretend that whole part of season six never happened. It was still a great season and a great show.

Posted by: awsnyde | May 24, 2010 12:44 AM | Report abuse

I liked Lost better the first time I saw it; when it was 100 hours shorter and was called 'Jacobs Ladder'.

Posted by: stikyfingas | May 24, 2010 12:47 AM | Report abuse

The scientific explanation took a beating tonight. No wonder Daniel and his mom had so few lines. It's not about physics, or electromagnetism, or logic, or consistency. It's about love, and believing in things without knowing what they are, and casting your fate to the wind.

Mocking a little too much, but it does seem like most of the concrete answers they provided are about the SWT or waiting room, and we didn't even know the SWT existed until this season. And those "concrete" SWT answers are mystical.

Posted by: UniqueID | May 24, 2010 12:52 AM | Report abuse

I'm just happy some rich Hollywood people made millions more dollars creating a whole bunch of crap. That's the important thing.

Posted by: habari2 | May 24, 2010 12:53 AM | Report abuse

Too bad there's not going to be an AfterLOST. Seems to me a lot of people have some 'splainin to do, unless Frank can find somewhere unobtrusive to land a jumbo jet. Kate still has a fugitive issue. She's also going to be asked why she said people like Claire and Sawyer were dead - and why every plane she's on crash lands in the Pacific. Miles might be called on for an explanation, too. And Richard's going to have a real tough time explaining himself.

Date of Birth?

Uh, pass.

Talk about a man without a country, he doesn't even have a millennium. I'd love to see Sawyer helping Richard integrate into the 21st century.

Posted by: UniqueID | May 24, 2010 1:00 AM | Report abuse

I agree with you that baby Aaron in eternity (formerly sideways world) is just a construct or a tool, but why is she still carting him around after she remembers and understands that she's dead and that's not really Aaron? Jack doesn't bring David to the chapel.

Posted by: dc-native | May 24, 2010 1:02 AM | Report abuse

Defintely the island was not purgatory. At the end Hugo thanks Ben for being a great number 2, and ben says Hurley was a great number 1. That is clearly a reference to events that happened after Jack dies at the end of this episode.

Posted by: DCDave11 | May 24, 2010 1:04 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, that's my thinking, dc-native. Claire/Kate/Charlie might have needed the baby prop to help them remember, but not to move on now that they have. John has cast aside his wheelchair.

Posted by: UniqueID | May 24, 2010 1:06 AM | Report abuse

The "flash sideways" was all about jack. It was purgatory for him. everything that happen on the island happened. Lock says to Jack "it worked". jack dies when the bomb goes off, and has to meet up and connect with all the people that helped him get to this place. it was about jacks passing. the series starts with his eye open and ends with it closing. one of the best finales I've ever seen. BRAVO

Posted by: Nickel02908 | May 24, 2010 1:07 AM | Report abuse

Agree with Stickyfingas. The finale was basically a rip-off of "Jacobs Ladder" and "Titanic". All the "relationship-oriented" fans loved this ending b/c it tugged on every single heartstring.

Come on people -- don't you feel they poured it on thick (with all the happy couples at the end, Vincent the dog laying by Jack, etc.) just so you'd be distracted from the fact that they couldn't resolve all the plot holes they dug over the years?

At the very least they should have answered the key question which is "What is the island?" But they couldn't even do that. I think the more people think about this ending the more they will realize what a cop out/bait-and-switch it really was.

Posted by: jn34 | May 24, 2010 1:09 AM | Report abuse

I thought the ending was perfect. We all knew that we weren't going to get answers to everything, but I think they made an ending that was beautiful, emotional and satisfying.

On the other side, the few things I would have like to have seen...Michael and Walt? A reunion for Richard with his wife? Ben coming into the church and joining them at the end?

Other than that, I am content and look forward to owning the series so I can rewatch it all!

Posted by: Ohyouknow | May 24, 2010 1:09 AM | Report abuse

"everyone died in the plane crash featured in the series premiere. Agree?"

Why would they then, in purgatory, "remember" everything that happened as if it had really happened?

Lost sideways was purgatory, lost was real. They took the fans guess and turned it sideways.

That does mean Desmonde can not only travel through time, he can travel to purgatory and back. On a side note, I can't believe I never noticed the name "Christian Sheppard" before.

Posted by: buckdharma | May 24, 2010 1:11 AM | Report abuse

I was not a fan of the multiple romantic resolutions, most of which were very rushed. And poor Penny and Des got no actual scene together.

I will say the Sawyer/Juliet one surprised me some.

Posted by: UniqueID | May 24, 2010 1:13 AM | Report abuse

to WriteKing,
not sure if any of the later commenters got around to responding to these questions - I didn't see any response in a quick skim.
You asked, " what to make of Alpert, Lapidus and Miles on the plane with three people who subsequently were dead? Sawyer, Claire and Kate - were they dead before they got on the plane? Did Lapidus, Miles and Alpert die? Was that the plane Jack saw at the end? If so - did those other die?"

Anytime you get on a plane, the other people on it are subsequently dead (from the point of view of someone in eternity), because, as Christian said, everybody dies.

Sawyer, Claire, and Kate were not dead before they got on the plane. Presumably they fly home (or wherever Frank can get with what fuel he has left) and live the rest of their lives, however long and short they might be, with Claire reunited with Aaron and her mother. Maybe Sawyer and Kate comforted each other for the loss of Julier and Jack (an imaginary bone for Skaters).

Lapidus, MIles, and ALpert died, eventually (from the standpoint of eternity), because everybody dies. But we don't know when.

I guess that was the plane that Jack saw at the end. I initially thought it was the "sideways" Oceanic flight that we saw flying over the island in the beginning of season six, but now that I've digested the finale a little, I see that that's wrong - because that plane was just part of the "construct" in the waiting room of eternity.

Posted by: dc-native | May 24, 2010 1:20 AM | Report abuse

disappointed although not surprised.

ooyah, i think they were shooting for this episode to be interpreted as you did (not a parallel dimension etc..) but then they ruined it with stupid details. for example the cut on Jacks neck. If its not a parallel universe then why would that have happened?

I agree that the reunions were beautiful and emotional, and it WORKED. they did a great job of distracting most people from the fact that nothing mattered. not jacob, not electromagnetic energy...basically the WHOLE backbone of the show up to this point. but whatever, it was fun while it lasted.

Posted by: sten1 | May 24, 2010 1:23 AM | Report abuse

I think the writers missed why so many people LOVED this show. it was half because of the characters, half about what the island was.... we got answers and a great ending to the characters... what about the other half.... wtf is the island, wtf is the light/energy? why did the donkey wheel take people to the desert? if i wanted a 100% character based show, i would watch friends.

Posted by: armous | May 24, 2010 1:23 AM | Report abuse

I can buy the interpretation by most of y'all: island events were real/sideways - waiting room. But the closing scene was a mirror of the first few moments of the opening of the pilot episode. With Jack sustaining a similar wound in his side: originally from the crash, presently from Smoky's knife. And what was to be made of the last shot of the crash site during the closing credits? Was this showing a plane crash with no survivors or was this a present view of the site three years later? Yeah, that's right, I'm confused.

Posted by: t_ed | May 24, 2010 1:26 AM | Report abuse

btw, thanks wash post for having this wonderful blog. I am from Louisville, KY and this is the only Lost blog i follow. AND, im so glad u all did a post-Lost blog. I thought I would have to wait till tomorrow to find out other peoples opinions... I believe i liked this blog more than Lost itself!

Posted by: armous | May 24, 2010 1:27 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps the plane wreck shown at the end of the episode was the last plane...the one with Kate and Claire etc...

Posted by: moncarlblom | May 24, 2010 1:27 AM | Report abuse

The show was excellent, the ending left much to be desired. So would 6 years of Hurley's dreams in the asylum. The Kimmel show supposedly had 2 alternate endings turning out to be comedy skits, another letdown. I by far would have preferred something like Dharma guinea pigs with a shared dream consciousness implanted with images ala Total Recall. Desmond learning to alter outcomes beyond temporary would also have been better.

Posted by: jameschirico | May 24, 2010 1:28 AM | Report abuse

Well, now, I'm not even entitled to comment here, because the first time I watched anything having to do with "Lost" was Friday night while working, and the TV on my desk was on mute, but had some subtitles. So, I know there was a plane crash and a fair amount of flashbacking to what went on on the plane before the crash, and a lot of tense survivalism in the hours after the crash.

I was put in mind of a movie from the '80s that starred Cheryl Ladd, and may have been based on a Twighlight Zone episode, in which a plane crashed, and she was the only survivor, except you didn't know that until the end. Actually, it may have been a fictionalized story woven around the true-life story of a little girl who was the only survivor of a plane crash.

Anyway, I only saw about 45 minutes to an hour of the final episode of Lost, having first watched Brooks and Dunn's final rodeo.

And, let's see, the Bible jumped out at me: streams of living water flowing, descending into Hell, sword wound in the side (just not hanging from a cross at the time the wound delivered), the hound of heaven. Building up the body of Christ, which is the church, so that is what all progressed to in the end, the work they did to get to the church.

Jack was definitely the savior figure, Christ figure, who ascends into heaven to meet with his father. Did not during my viewing time see anything that would have been the Holy Ghost to round out the Trinity.

Bad interpretation on the Bible: New Testament says explicitly that there are no marriages in heaven (comes from Christ's own words, when asked by holy men who a woman would be married to in the afterlife if she married her dead husband's brother) -- so, the pairing up there at the end was for the religious right who sanctify Focusing on the Family.

Other than that, I was made uncomfortable by what I was seeing as a Christ story -- He was sent down from heaven to live a real life as a real man, fully human and fully divine, yet without sin (and he "had no son"), to sow seeds of love in the world and offer the redemption back to the Father in heaven of all mankind that was lost with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden when the apple was eaten. I mean, prime-time TV does not usually deal with the Salvation story.

My guess -- the island was the Garden of Eden AFTER the serpent (Satan) convinced Eve to eat the apple, unleashing a torrent of Sin into the otherwise perfect world. So the Garden, one-time perfect place, was the seat of also the most horrid of putrification imaginable in the form of evil.


Posted by: Xlnt | May 24, 2010 1:32 AM | Report abuse

To old time fans of The Twilight Zone, all the Star Trek Series, Babylon 5, and Battlestar Galatica (second incarnation), the unresolved plot lines and continuity gaffes of Lost are part of the fun.

Those of you who persist in thinking of Flash Sideways are welcome to do so. To those of you who would like an education in the science fiction of alternate time lines and parallel realities, I recommend that you read the plot lines of or watch the following shows:

Twilight Zone:

Walking Distance
The Last Flight
Nick of Time
Back There
The Odyssey of Flight 33
A Hundred Yards over the Rim
Once Upon a Time
The Hunt
Death Ship
No Time Like the Past
The Parellel
But Can She Type?
Grace Note
The Once and Future King
The Junction

Star Trek Original Series:

Tomorrow is Yesterday
The City on the Edge of Forever
Mirror, Mirror
All Our Yesterdays

Star Trek TNG:

Time Squared
Yesterday's Enterprise
Future Imperfect
A Matter of Time
Cause and Effect
Inner Light
Time's Arrow
All Good Things

Star Trek DS9:

Past Tense
Little Green Men
Hard Time
Children of Time
Wrongs Darker than Death or Night
The Sound of Her Voice
What You Leave Behind

Star Trek Voyager:

Time & Again
Future's End
Year of Hell
Course: Oblivion

Babylon 5:

A Voice in the Wilderness
Babylon Squared
War Without End

Relevant episodes of Battlestar Galactica, second series, and Stargagte, SG1, are left as a research exercise to the reader.

Lost is what some of the above science fiction series could have been had the producers and writers decided to create story arcs instead of individually discrete episodes. The story arc is what has distinguished Lost.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | May 24, 2010 1:35 AM | Report abuse

Well now everything dies baby that's a fact
But maybe everything that dies someday comes back

Posted by: forsanethaecolim | May 24, 2010 1:36 AM | Report abuse

I am confused by the Sayid/Shannon hookup in light of the fact that Nadia was Sayid's true love. Penny was with Desmond at the church yet she never was on the original flight. Shouldn't Sayid and Nadia be together??????

Posted by: BardoBP | May 24, 2010 1:40 AM | Report abuse

cheryl8 said "I'm bothered by Christian saying they built it together so they could find each other. They spent most of the series baffled by the island and what it meant and what they were doing there, but we're supposed to believe that in their spare time they designed a way to hang out in the afterlife?"

They didn't build the "waiting room" during the time covered by the series while they were being baffled by the island. They built it after they were dead.

Posted by: dc-native | May 24, 2010 1:41 AM | Report abuse

I am confused by the Sayid/Shannon hookup in light of the fact that Nadia was Sayid's true love. Penny was with Desmond at the church yet she never was on the original flight. Shouldn't Sayid and Nadia be together??????

Posted by: BardoBP | May 24, 2010 1:46 AM | Report abuse

Overall, I am very satisfied. It turns
out that whether the bomb went off or not,
there was still a happy ending. It is exciting for me that in the sideways reality, Desmond gets the castaways to reunite with their loves. And in the island reality, even though their past had some very gruesome moments, they were able to unite again in the 'heaven' scene which ended up being like an epilogue and was very fitting. I enjoyed every minute of it.

Also, I thought it was an interesting twist that 'Christian' 'Shephard' was the one shepherding them into the next life.

I liked the structure of the flash sideways parallel universe, the island parallel universe, and the epilogue. Very well done producers.

Posted by: sskeeto | May 24, 2010 1:46 AM | Report abuse

The finale definitely did justice to its characters and gave its audience hopefully some closure.

On that note, I believe like some of u have said before that everything that happened on the island actually happened but we were seeing most of it from jack's perspective till he left hurley in charge to protect the light. My theory is that the light that they were protecting was the one source the existence of reality and man. Without the light life as we know it probably wouldn't exist. By the last lines delivered by hurley to ben it seems that they protected the island as long as they could till someone else took over for them. Jack died on the island and watched as the ajira flight with the rest of the castaways took off.

I believe that Kate, Sawyer, etc lived out their lives and when they eventually died they were delivered to an intermediate place where they could slowly accept their real fate and move on or "let go". Jack created a universe for himself where he was happy in what he was doing as a doctor and fixed his relationship with his son that he could never really fix with his father. Sawyer was still haunted by his past, but he was a cop trying to catch criminals so that they wouldn't have to go through what he had went through. etc w/ the other characters. The island was real but the sideways world wasn't. The sideways world is a figment of their imagination that helps them to deal with the reality that there really dead and needs to move on.

So the church....ben doesn't enter cause he wants to wait for his daughter and doesn't want to leave her yet. Jack will always be the leader and so everyone waits for him to come to his "epiphany" so that everyone together as one giant family could move on to the afterlife. This is my theory and I'm quite satisfied with how it all turned out. There are many questions that still unanswered like the hurley's numbers, dharma intitative, etc. but I don't think that was the main focus of the show especially starting from season 1 in which each episode focused on a single character.

Gonna miss ya Lost!!!!

Posted by: trakod7 | May 24, 2010 1:50 AM | Report abuse

It had some good moments. But not much plot resolution. I don't mean "answers," I mean the basic plot of the show is unresolved at the end: what the Island is, who the Others are, why they do what they do, what MIB was, why everybody is always certain about everything when they know nothing, etc. Sideways world as a holding tank for the afterlife doesn't make a whole lot of sense--why does everyone go back to some alternate reality September 2004?

The reunions were a bit clip-showy.

Overall grade: B.

Posted by: charodon | May 24, 2010 1:50 AM | Report abuse

When LindeCuse started with all the talk recently about the show being "character-driven," I knew they were copping out of explaining everything. But sheesh... I did not expect so much schmaltz... And while Christian said some thought-provoking things about time after death, I was left thinking of the series as a whole and going, "huuuuuh?" It looked like a throw-together ending that was rushed over a few weeks, that had little or no relationship to the show as a whole.

Posted by: tbaxter | May 24, 2010 1:52 AM | Report abuse

Some interesting thoughts there Xlnt, but mostly incorrect.

Even so, I think you'd enjoy getting the DVDs and watching the entire series from the beginning. Unfortunately, you wouldn't be able to bounce theories off of other people as you go along.

Posted by: ooyah32 | May 24, 2010 1:57 AM | Report abuse

I'm not sure why some are concluding from the series finale that, because of the revelation of the sideways reality as an preparatory stage for Heaven (or 'Phase 1' of Heaven, or whatever you want to call it), that it makes the island an incidental fact about the show and about the lives of the characters. Actually, it is the island, or more precisely, the occurrences on the island that infuse the characters' (heavenly) lives with meaning.

Consider the characters that ended up in the church, ready to be transported to 'Phase II' of Heaven (or 'Heaven proper', again, you supply your own terminology). It was the events post-plane crash, that is, island-events, that ended up supplying each of the characters with the most meaningful aspects that they took with them to Phase II, or through the church doors and into the light. If it wasn't for island occurrences, Jack would not have come to know and love Kate, Sawyer would not have come to know and love Juliette, etc., etc.

The island, then, is absolutely instrumental in assisting each character to forge the kind of afterlife realities that supply meaning and significance to their destinies. It is what makes their heavenly existences (once they walk into the light) 'heavenly'; it is what makes these characters, who prior to the island were at best afflicted and at worst miserable, find some meaning or some significance in life and to extend that to the heavenly or post-earthly existence.

If this is so, then the island seems to be a kind of "make up construct" where people who were empty or disaffected in the real world could come to experience a set of events together which would result in the kinds of friendships that would invest their lives with meaning. And these friendships and companionships would be what "fills in" their post-earthly existences, their heavenly existences, since there wasn't much in their earthly experiences that could have done it for them.

Imagine that your life is miserable (for some, this won't require much mental effort!). If the ontology of Lost were true of our world, then you would be a "candidate" (no pun or reference to the show's usage of the word intended) to appear on the island as a way of coming to forge the kinds of meaningful relationships that would make up for the lack in the real world and then even supply your post-earthly existence (whatever it may be) with the facts that will be true of it as well.

Does this work?

Posted by: dogfreid | May 24, 2010 2:00 AM | Report abuse

For those who don't know about it, Jorge Garcia (Hurley) has had a Lost blog for a while now --

Go say "thanks" to him.

Posted by: ooyah32 | May 24, 2010 2:02 AM | Report abuse

I thought the ending absolutely SUCKED. WTF?? Not ONE question was answered. Instead of dealing with the show we all committed to for five years, they created a new story in this last season, and the finale dealt ONLY with that. tonight we learned why we saw the flashes sideways: we learned NOTHING about why/how/when/what happened on the island. I am so ticked off I can't even begin to explain it. Pfft. Plbbbbbbbbtttt.

Posted by: enyaz13 | May 24, 2010 2:02 AM | Report abuse

Beyond the "what really happened" questions, I have to say, even though Jack did redeem himself to a large extent (and he needed redeeming after his arrogant hubris did nothing except mostly get people killed), Hugo will make a MUCH better Jacob than Jack would have.

Hurley was always the most good-hearted person on the show.

Posted by: ooyah32 | May 24, 2010 2:11 AM | Report abuse

It is late, I'm tired and I don't even know if I'll be coherent, but I'd like to weigh in.

I don't perceive that DL and CC were resorting to a purgatory answer today. Rather, I think they were reflecting on the nature of eternity. It seems that the "sideways" world really represents ALL time. Some of the characters died - as we saw - on the island: from Boone all the way up until tonight with Jack. The island was an actual place and location, and people actually died there. Some of the characters escaped the island and died later (Sawyer, Kate and the rest of the plane escapees). I suspect that Hurley and Desmond died on the island some time later. And folks like Penny died at some point in time back in the real world.

What the sideways world, represents, I think - is some sort of gathering of souls that occurs apart from and above time as we know it. All of the characters - regardless of when they died - are finding one another in eternity. Because of the importance of the community that was formed among them on Earth, they rekindle that community in eternity and then move together. I am now viewing the whole season as akin to how our brains put dreams together when we go to sleep. Bits and pieces of our real days get mixed with fantastical elements and we then have to sort out how our dreams get "made" in our heads. This - I think - is the reason for why there have been touchpoints with reality in the "sideways" world, but there have also been significant shifts or "wish fulfillment" type things (i.e. Jack's son, Locke's healing, Hurley's good luck, etc).

I think that the characters who aren't included in the church scene at the end (Ben, Faraday, Charlotte, etc) are folks for whom a stronger or more significant community of love was formed elsewhere or at some other point. Perhaps they will eventually meet up with folks from that season of life in another version of eternity.

Am I making any sense? Any thoughts from anyone?

Posted by: craigjose | May 24, 2010 2:16 AM | Report abuse

Ben isn't dead yet - that's why he had stuff to do before entering - maybe he's #1 now. I personally liked the Christian references. I also felt that they kept far enough away from it to be respectful.

I'd like to see the immediate ending again, based on what some of you are writing I think our tv station cut it short!

Posted by: binces7 | May 24, 2010 2:17 AM | Report abuse

In terms of other series finales, it reminded me most of Six Feet Under, which had a beautifully perfect ending that was nonetheless terribly hard for me to experience.

Perhaps by tomorrow everyone will understand that the island was not purgatory (while LA X sort of was), that those leaving on the plane probably got home safely and that, for heaven's sake, this was not a Donnie Darko ending.

It definitely took the sting out of Sun Jin dying so recently. And I liked that not everyone was ready to move on from the LA X way station. I imagine that individual memories and ego don't exist in the "next place," so letting go was literal for them.

Great ending. Really, really well done.

I'm sorry that those less into character development will surely hate it. I started reading the comments above, but it's too late at night. However this one from 12:10am summed up that part of the fanbase for me:

"Glad you're in awe, and I didn't waste 121.5 hours on a series that most should have figured out halfway into the first season, if that."

Figured it out? Is that the measure of great human drama? If you can figure where it's going, it has no meaning?

Then don't waste your time on Shakespeare or Steinbeck, my friend. It's all hopelessly predictable stuff. Same boring stories about the greatness and fallibility of human nature. Love and war. Loneliness and community. Lives with and without meaning. Birth and Death. Same ole, same ole; over and over.

Posted by: MeriJ | May 24, 2010 2:21 AM | Report abuse

I totally agree with you craigjose. The sideways world was not time based. Jack was not the last one to die but we saw his perspective as he realized that he was actually dead. I believe the main cast members instantaneously reached the sideways world at the same time since this "meeting point" was not in real time.

Posted by: trakod7 | May 24, 2010 2:26 AM | Report abuse

Of course it all mattered. As Christian said, that was the most important time of their lives. They were going to the place they had made. It was a very metaphysical ending but I thought entirely fitting and appropriate. Quite honestly, FAR better than what I expected. Extremely emotional and well, it makes me think. A lot. I think some people will have problems because they can't let go of the idea of time (which is kind of surprising because almost the entire series has explored time and it's ambiguities along with different universes). I'm really quite in awe of the writers and boy am I going to miss these characters. (P.S. I took the shots during the credits as just a gift of seeing the set as it all began.)

Posted by: Karinchu | May 24, 2010 2:26 AM | Report abuse

One last thought.... for any who feel it was a cop out to resolve things in an emotional way... I think most of us got caught up in the characters, their emotions and reactions. So to me it was no cop out. They all learned what was best and worst in their natures, they learned to love, they became a family. All the bells and whistles were there to create this emotional and character driven series. It was almost wholly philosophical. I can't even imagine being drawn in to this for six years if your main interest were not the interactions and emotional journeys of the characters.

Posted by: Karinchu | May 24, 2010 2:31 AM | Report abuse

Amazing the final episode of Lost doesn't hold up a map of what once was the USA...


Abu Dhabi is buying up those Goldman stink bombs- and one HAS to wonder- what the game plan is - I'll TELL you...

Buy low - sell high...

I think Abu Dhabi should pull off a decent 27% cut of US 12 trillion real estate market in a period of oh ? 2 months - spread out on time bids - FOR STARTERS.

HAPPY America day everyone - please say thanks and respect to the Native Americans who we blew away with guns with bible in hand saying they were animals - and it was okay to kill them...


Posted by: RedMercury | May 24, 2010 2:35 AM | Report abuse

One other thing I think was beautifully done: the centrality of love in this final episode. For six years, we've been watching loners of all shapes and sizes grapple with their junk and issues, making occasional forays into community and mutuality with one another, some successfully and some not so successfully. They have - in the truest sense - had to learn to "live together or die alone." Interesting, then, that what they are all able to see from this eternity perspective is that they all DID form some important connections and attachments with one another, despite Man in Black's assertions that all humans can ever do is fight with one another. Note that - in every case - when the characters "wake up" to the past reality they shared together, they remember a relationship motivated by love - either romantic (Jin-Sun, Sawyer-Juliet) or friendly (Kate-Clare). It is no surprise, then, that it takes Jack the longest to "wake up." His difficulty loving himself, his role as the leader and his demons have all conspired to make it difficult to experience community with the others. How poetic, then, that his awakening happens upon making contact with his father's coffin and perhaps once and for all realizing that his father DID love him and that - as the leader of the island - he loved and cared for every single person with whom he came into contact. Notice how his flashes show him with almost every single member of the cast over the past six seasons.

And perhaps those characters who are missing - Michael, for example - and even Ben (only for the time being) - are there because their lives and actions actually tore down the sense of community that existed among the stranded. Perhaps...

This is all very DIVINE COMEDY, I think, for those who have read it. Dante's belief that love is the governing and moving force of the entire universe....

Posted by: craigjose | May 24, 2010 2:38 AM | Report abuse

I'm with you most of the way, craigjose, except for this --

Desmond most certainly got off the Island. Cosmic justice demands that he and Penny and little Charlie be together.

Remember, Desmond's sailboat is still there, so there is a (conventional) way off the Island (there is also the frozen donkey wheel).

Posted by: ooyah32 | May 24, 2010 2:42 AM | Report abuse

Jen and Liz,
First, thanks for all your tireless analyses of this show. They really helped me both hash out my own theories and give me perspectives I would not have had. Second, it was great meeting you both last Thursday (Hanso Foundation), and I wish you both much luck in your future endeavors (especially Liz, have you thought about Ji Yeon or Aaron? ;)). Finally, I am in total agreement. I was dubious about Carlton/Lindelof's ability to pull off this last episode until it aired. Awesome - in the true sense of the word. I am amused that people are still asking about the nature of the island/light. It was all explained, at least to my satisfaction. I even, at last, got an answer to the hieroglyphs. Thanks again. To those commenters above, no, they were not dead on the "Island", the "Island" was real, the sidways world was not. That was the Ajira Airways plane Jack saw before he died, the wreckage on the coast was from Oceanic. Michael was a ghost trapped on the island which is why he could not be with the group in the church. Just because they are dead, does not mean they are ready to move on, hence Ms. Whitmore (Hawking)asking about Daniel and Ben not going into the church. As Christian explained, there is no "now" in the sideways world. The "Island" did not actually sink. The light on the "Island" is the animus for all living things and indeed may be posited from the hints given as being alien in origin (as may hieroglyphs). The physics do apply, which is why Ben and Locke (and the polar bear skeleton) were sent to Tunisia and why the lighthouse station was created (as opposed to the lighthouse itself. This show flies in the face of Christian dogma, a point in its favour. Well, thanks again for a wonderful journey.

Posted by: cgindc | May 24, 2010 2:43 AM | Report abuse

What a load of crap. Thank god, it's over.

Posted by: irkulyen | May 24, 2010 2:51 AM | Report abuse

I can buy that, ooyah32. Ben's and Hurley's comments certainly indicated that they were going to work together to get him home.

And I love that when they had their interaction outside the church, they spoke in the past tense: "You were a great #2." "You were a great #1." So let's assume that their first cooperative venture was getting Desmond home.

Posted by: craigjose | May 24, 2010 2:52 AM | Report abuse

Wow, I'm glad I didn't spend more than a few hours watching regular season episodes. From what I heard about how mystified people were, I had a sneaking feeling that the show had gotten away from the writers and they had no ability to tie up all the loose ends. I've read books like that before. From the ending, I see that I was correct.

Yes, very, very glad I did not invest hours of my life watching this. I would be so angry if I had. As it was, I got a summary of the show during the two hour pre-show, and enjoyed the cathartic flashbacks of the characters. But a lot of that enjoyment was because I expected they were safe in the real world and was happy for them to have outsmarted the island. What a cheat to make them all dead. That way nothing has to get explained. Just jump forward to their afterlives. LOL

Posted by: Dan_Post | May 24, 2010 2:57 AM | Report abuse

the ending was good in a way but it goes against everything that we loved about lost. what as death and the after life got to do with the past 5 seasons of lost? did we need some ghost story? they should of just stuck to reality and left the soppy afterlife business out of it. it does seem to me they made it up as they went along.

the time travel, alternative reality story arc would of been alot better to the end the series. it would of been perfect if the island had sunk, and then in the alternative reality, they all remembered and lived there lives.

the time travel, parrarell world universe is what season 4 and 5 was about and i cant believe they dropped it all and went for an afterlife purgatory ending.

so in the end, the ending is subjective, but in my opinion it wrecks the past seasons.

Posted by: deano107 | May 24, 2010 3:14 AM | Report abuse

I am utterly stunned and amazed by the reverence shown by fans gushing tears about the "beautiful" Lost ending. What total nonsense. With all the tantalizing flirtation with string theory, parallel universe's, simultaneity and the endlessly fascinating world of theoretical physics, I confess that I was hoping for so very much more. Silly me, I feel ripped off, shortchanged, and even a bit repulsed that six years of brilliance fell flat on its face with a "Sixth Sense ripoff. For so many Lost affectionados to well up with emotions, so impressed with the "brilliant" "lovely" and "so very positive" ending tells me that viewing audiences in this country, as well as the producers of the show are more shallow and bereft of any real desire to dig deeper, find real transcendence, relevance and meaning within this cascading shower of trillions of bombarding atoms swirling within and without us than I ever felt possible. Dream on dreamers, someday we just might get a real take on alternate realities and not a retread of "Who Shot JR".

Posted by: spiralman | May 24, 2010 3:15 AM | Report abuse

oohyah, I've been tempted since I saw the finale to read it as you have, but my one deterrent is this: how do we explain why the crew wasn't killed in 1977 when they set off the atomic bomb? Miles had speculated that it was their physical present and that they all could die (Juliet did, if I recall correctly, others died in Dharmaville too) but somehow the rest of the Losties survived an atomic blast? Seems unlikely.

Posted by: shollenb | May 24, 2010 3:19 AM | Report abuse

Maybe after a few weeks I'll like the finale better but...right now I agree with the "WTF" crowd. Also, because I was in the Uk to see the finale last week to the BBC series Ashes to Ashes, which ****spoiler alter****ends pretty much the same so the impact of the finale feels really derivative.

The writers totally copped out with the ending as it doesn't tie into the Dharma initative that was so, so important for the first 2/3 of the series (4 seasons). Also that last exchange between Ben and the Jacobesque-Hugo -- "that was how Jacob did things, you can you it your way" suggests all the talk about "the rules" more or less means that there really weren't fixed rules but arbitary ones made by someone in the past which may or may not be real or may or may not have consequenses. The fact MIB-Locke and Jacob-Jack got everything so wrong about the cave suggests they were about as lost as everyone else on the island.

Upon more reflection, the fact everyone needed to make a love connection to realize they were in a self constructed purgatory just seems silly.

Lastly, I find it funny and incongruous that the people whose island experience was the most important part of their lives they constructed a world where said island lies at the bottom of the ocean.

Posted by: Cal0074 | May 24, 2010 3:20 AM | Report abuse

spiralman thats exactly wat i was trying to get across in my post above yours. you are absolutely right. just listen people, The producers was definetly going with the alternate reality storyline and somewhere along the line in season 6 they did a u turn and in honest messed up what good of been a superb ending to a great show.

just think about it

Posted by: deano107 | May 24, 2010 3:22 AM | Report abuse

answer this question, what was the point of series 3, 4 and 5? how does it tie in with todays ending? IT DOESNT

the ending of season 6 could of worked if they ignored seasons 3-5

im just baffled to be honest. baffled, tired and peed off.

Posted by: deano107 | May 24, 2010 3:25 AM | Report abuse

So here is a thought. All the Oceanic survivors didn't all die at the same time. Although things happened relatively synchronizely in the after-death (flash-sideways) the characters all died at different times in the world that began the show. We didn't even see how everyone who flew off the island (Richard, Sawyer, Kate, Miles) died. They probably died much later and at different times. If you'll notice Hurley told Ben in the after-death (you made a good number 2, referring to a role he played on the island AFTER Jack had died)...who knows how many years Hurley and Ben stayed alive on the island protecting it. Just think of the after-death as occurring FAR in the future and it will be easier for you to understand. The two worlds were not going on at the same time. Aaron and Sun & Jin's daughter had already died (of old age perhaps?) when they are making their appearance in the "flash-sideways".

Posted by: garba001 | May 24, 2010 3:27 AM | Report abuse

I think many people are misunderstanding the meaning of the Finale. The Island timeline was real, and NOT purgatory. Only the Sideways-world was purgatory. They all had to leave the sideways world together, as they all entered the island (and the most formative parts of their lives together). As for the unanswered questions, sure… there are some, but I think the writers have given us enough raw materials to draw our own conclusions. For example: Why can’t babies be born on the Island? Well… we know Juliet delivered a baby that was conceived on the island in 1970s Dharmaville. So we can make an assumption that the ‘Incident’ caused the women of the Island to be unable to have children. (Of course, the irony of that would be that most likely the fertility doctor Juliet is the one who hit the bomb and caused the Incident). I do believe, however, that the major mysteries of the Island were in fact revealed to those who were truly paying attention. Why is the Island important (The life force of the world is housed in the center of the island)? Who was Jacob (the man who was manipulated by the island’s previous protector to become next protector of the island)? What is the smoke monster (Jacob’s brother whose spirit was separated from his body and turned to dark shape-shifting smoke by the light on the island. He was subsequently turned mortal when the light was turned off by Desmond)? What are the rules (The rules are created by the sitting protector of the island. Hence the island was run differently by Jacob’s mother, Jacob, and finally Hurley)? These were all pretty directly answered… mostly all in one episode!! (Across the Sea). So what is all the fuss about the Finale not being intellectually satisfying? It was a fantastic end to a fantastic series!! My compliment to Carlton and Damon!!

Posted by: victory2g | May 24, 2010 3:30 AM | Report abuse

i like the idea that everybody is coming to grips with their death. remember what desmond said about ana lucia not being ready. but when did desmond die? sawyer, kate, miles? how about clare when does she die? in the crash?

Posted by: stevenyoung | May 24, 2010 3:32 AM | Report abuse

no it wasn't a fantastic ending 'victory2g' it totally ignores what the middle seasons were about.

Posted by: deano107 | May 24, 2010 3:35 AM | Report abuse

All right. Here's my "gut" reaction:

I will first start with a lesson I learned a few years ago when seeing The Matrix Revolutions for the first time. I thought it was a well-crafted film, but the ending caught me off guard, and thousands of people hated it, all for the simple reason that it didn't end the way they thought is should end. I am a person who's willing to "buy in" to a artist's vision, and upon a repeat viewing, I consider the Matrix Revolutions to be a masterpiece, but it took at least 1-2 more viewings of the film to appreciate that it had to end the way it did.

Now, Matrix Rev. was a 2 1/2 hr movie. With LOST, we're talking 100+ hrs of TV production, and a TON of story development. Now, I will admit that I enjoyed the craftiness of the "Sideway" flashbacks. A cute touch. And the pairing up of characters, also intriguing. But after all I've seen, you're gonna tell me that they're all just DEAD?! Normally, I'd just go with the flow and say, "OK, you got me." But not this time.

Which leads me to my one fault: I've had an expectation that, within tonight's finale, I would be handed an ending that I haven't seen before, something I NEVER saw coming. When the Richard Alpert character claimed that "We're in Hell" earlier in the season, I thought to my myself, "No way, that isn't what's going on here...that would be WAY too easy..."

And yet the easy way out is, apparently, the only way. But I feel as if I'm being asked to "let go" of a TON of storytelling that, in retrospect, all occurred in the blink of an eye.

Right now, I'm trying to decide the following: Either events on the island "happened", in which case I need more for an ending, or the plane crashed, everyone died from the get-go, and the show has been, in essence, Jack's "life passing before his eyes." He was on his back the whole time...

I do like the idea of a mass "passing of life", having 100 dead peoples' visions mingling together, which would support the complexity of such a crazy story in a few seconds. I like the weirdness of that idea...

But come, now...6-7 Years of storytelling in the blink of an eye? For the TV Sitcom "Roseanne" it worked in a weird way. Here, not so me out, people!!

Posted by: disconut73 | May 24, 2010 3:36 AM | Report abuse

theres nothing to help with. it was just a poor decision with the ending. they should of stuck to the parallel worlds theory. why? because they wasted 3 seasons building it all up. and then they DROP IT. and say '' nah it wasnt about that at all,


Posted by: deano107 | May 24, 2010 3:44 AM | Report abuse

POST HERE TO PETITION THE WRITERS TO REVEAL MORE ANSWERS!!! SPECIFICALLY HOW THE TWO TIMELINES CONNECT. WHY AREN'T SOME PEOPLE JOINING THE GANG IN "THE LIGHT?" ETC!!!! Shot/ filmed May 23, 2010 @ exactly 11:30pm - right at the end of the season finale of Lost - episode "The End." Let the people voice their opinion! We want another episode!

Posted by: wash6 | May 24, 2010 4:02 AM | Report abuse

This was as bad as Bobby in the shower on Dallas. I've been waiting for the "great explanation" to let me know the show had a purpose other than recycling a "their really all dead" plot line (which several people told me they suspected after the first season). Great drama? Yes. Interesting human interaction? Yes. Innovative ways of telling a story. You Betcha. Plausible reasons for the all the incredible occurrences? Nope! You may feel it's the journey, not the destination, but this show needed to explain all the ridiculous scenarios (smoke monsters, secret temples, guys who can't die, etc.) in order to make the touchy-feely conclusion credible. The creators must have started with the ending and then decided concoct the craziest situations to move the story along since they knew they'd never have to truly explain anything. Unsatisfying to say the least. I will not be watching reruns or buying DVD's. (Who am I fooling... ABC already forced me to watch several reruns during the show's run.) A mediocre close to something that promised so much. I need to read more books!

Posted by: TVSteve | May 24, 2010 4:09 AM | Report abuse

As a complete innocent, I wondered about what seemed to be a set from a cancelled Brendan Fraser movie (maybe some elements from Monkey Bone could have been grafted onto Lost).

Jack was given a very nice dress shirt. Good job on the part of the costume people.

Purgatory? At least it's more interesting than Sheol, which seems sort of a giant filing cabinet full of carbon copies.

What became of the yellow dog? I thought all dogs went to heaven.

Posted by: DaveoftheCoonties | May 24, 2010 4:59 AM | Report abuse

OK, I only subscribed to this site to make this comment because everyone keeps asking about Michael and Walt. Hurley saw Michael on the island. Michael told Hurley that he was dead and was doomed to roam the island for eternity for the things he had done, such as killing Ana Lucia and Libby and leaving everyone to die on the island. That's why he wasn't in the church. He said that all the whispers that were sometimes heard in the jungle were tortured souls like him, not the Others like was previously thought. As for Walt, I just assumed that they couldn't get the actor that played him for he episode. I mean, most of the Tailies weren't in the church either. In fact, I think Libby was the only one. And I don't know why everyone is having so much trouble believing that Kate, Sawyer and Claire didn't go on to live their lives after they flew off the island. Christian said there was no sense of time "here" so it's perfectly plausible that the events in the church occurred after everyone else was dead too and it seemed like only an instant to Jack. No true fan of Lost could have expected everything to be tied up nice and tidy with a pink bow, so I'm satisfied. I expected to be very disappointed and I wasn't so I consider it a success.

Posted by: ddsmith3 | May 24, 2010 5:32 AM | Report abuse

I haven't read through all the comments but I think the ending was intentionally ambiguous. If you wanted it to be purgatory, it was. If you wanted it to be heaven, you could look at it that way.

I don't see it that way, though. I think that Faraday was right when he said "whatever happened, happened." All of it, including sideways world, in a way. But sideways world was NOT created by the bomb. It was an alternate world created by "their love for each other" as Christian Shepherd said. I see the church as a place where the alive and dead can meet and always be together. Kind of like they always have each other in their hearts. That's why Ben couldn't go inside. No matter what he did, the rest of the characters would never care for him the way they did each other. I also think it was significant that they did not show Ben remembering his past. Unlike everyone else, who saw love, what Ben remembered must have been pretty horrifying.

Did anyone notice if any of the freighter people where actually in the church? We saw them remembering their island pasts but I don't remember seeing any of them actually in the church. Also, I found it confusing (although artistic) that Jack somehow stumbled out of the cave and back to the spot where he first landed on the island. I think that is to leave it ambiguous about when he died. But I still believe that "whatever happened, happened." We saw a plane flying overhead as he died and I think that is so we (as well as Jack) could know that some people survived (Sawyer, Kate, Claire, Lapidus, Miles).

I think the people we saw die on the island were dead in the church. But Des, Penny, Sawyer, Kate, etc., all went on to die at some other point in time that we don't see. Maybe they went on to live long lives.

Posted by: js2225 | May 24, 2010 5:52 AM | Report abuse

So they never really made it off the island. It was just An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.

As someone else mentioned, even Rosanne ended that way, that's how trite this was. And they even had a character say something along the lines of none of this mattering in the episode.

Posted by: sarahabc | May 24, 2010 6:10 AM | Report abuse

I have a few thoughts and have read most of the comments here, at least the helpful ones in terms of coming to grips with a profoundly complicated series.

The reason the ending is disappointing is not because it's heavy on character resolutions to the expense of major plot questions, but because the series sets up a tradition of question answering which it fails to follow through on in a finale. This could be because they want to leave the door open for a movie or something along those lines, but that is the principle reason that at large portion of the fan base will be upset. The ones that particularly come to mind are the numbers, the actual plot concerning 'Smokey' and Jacob, as well as the biggest - what is the island.

I'm all for leaving things open to interpretation, but we fought a battle for 6 seasons, never knowing what we were fighting for, trusting that our FAITH would be answered by the writers who marginally rewarded our patience. I understand that its a difficult position to be in, having such high expectations, but they've built them up and should be able to come closer than they did.

To be blunter, during the entirety of season 6, and some of season 5, I felt that much of what was being 'resolved' could've been done so much earlier without compromising the big 'finale'. Stories such as Richard's could easily have occurred earlier. I would've also considered breaking up the Jacob-Smokey episode because I found it to be incredibly bland to watch a very straight forward "here's how it happened" while simply raising further questions - their 'mother', the first people, etc.

On the whole, it is an excellent series, well written for the most part and gripping to the last. I will conclude that Time is not present in the 'flash sideways', and that this is not a story about Jack. If it were there would be no reason to delve so deeply into the backgrounds and actions of the rest of the castaways. The island therefore is a place where individuals can be tested. Not purgatory, because it occurs within the realms of the living and reality, but it periodically calls individuals to it (or Jacob/Hurley call) in order for them to repair their damages and foster meaningful relationships as well as demand these individuals prove themselves worthy of this 'opportunity.' Everyone in the end is dead and they arrive at the flash sideways at the same time, but they don't leave reality at the same time. Because time doesnt exist in the flash sideways, this can be acceptable. The reason some are there and others not (aside money and outside series issues) is because these are the individuals who have touched each other the most, carried each other, and helped each other to 'move on'. In the end, it is a series about them all, but in particular these people who have come from damaged, wasted lives, to live meaningful ones.

Sorry for the ramblings. Lot on my mind obviously =)

Posted by: oldkingcole878 | May 24, 2010 6:20 AM | Report abuse

what does it mean? does it mean that all have learned the language? does it mean that apocalypse has ended? what does the zodiac boat on the shore mean? Neptune the Twelfth has come aboard?

Posted by: togotowend | May 24, 2010 6:58 AM | Report abuse

The writers did a great job of answering the question only introduced in season six - what is the sideways world? How does it relate to the other world. It's basically purgatory. And in it, the characters have to "remember" their real lives before moving on.

Very well done, and emotionally moving. However, the writers basically used the "sideways world / purgatory" as a bait and switch. By focusing the final episode on explaining what sideways world is they were able to avoid structuring the finale to give any sort of coherent resolution to the "real" timeline.

All the questions raised in seasons 1-5? Something about light/dark and some island that needs to be protected or bad things might happen? The oceanic six having to come back - why? To increase the death toll of their pals and ... have another second rate oceanic six make it out next time (Richard, Miles, and Lupedrus - really?)? Blowing up the atomic bomb? Killed Juliet, but didn't seem to do much else. Widmore and Ben's mysterious motives? They didn't really know anything and just seemed to like the island.

Again enjoyable episode. But I don't see how you could enjoy the "resolution". Unless of course you were mostly interested in what that sideways world was. Or you were distracted by all the emotional "yellow memory" reunions.

Posted by: MikeJC | May 24, 2010 7:00 AM | Report abuse

does it mean that we shall have a better approach to December 2012? do You mean that the Captain is acquainted with the Waters around the Ship EArth, and the Shepherd is acquainted with the Planned (not promissed but planned) Lands abound?

Posted by: togotowend | May 24, 2010 7:02 AM | Report abuse

I quit watching after about three episodes!!!

Posted by: MissMay | May 24, 2010 7:12 AM | Report abuse

Please support GOOD writers of scripts, if you can find any.

Posted by: MissMay | May 24, 2010 7:13 AM | Report abuse

Liz and Jen,

I completely agree. The show was absolutely perfect. It couldn't have ended better. I did laugh (constantly), I teared up, I discussed during the breaks with my daughter who has been my Lost watching companion. Both she and I were happy to see Jack and Kate together and Sawyer and Juliet together and even Hurley and Ben together protecting the Island. This ending was as satisfying as last year's Battlestar Galactica ending.

re the anylysis, Ooyah above has it exactly right. Everyone in the church was dead but they didn't all die on the island. Some died years (eons - Hurly?) later. The sideways world was just a construct, probably created by Eloise so that she could keep her son alive (to her). That is why she didn't want Des to take Daniel with him (which would also have meant taking Charlotte, perhaps).

Anyway, I was so pumped after the show it was tough to sleep. If I knew you were doing this analysis so early I would have stayed up : - ) Can't wait to read the full analysis later.

Posted by: dojemc | May 24, 2010 7:23 AM | Report abuse

Having gotten bored to death with this show three years ago my wife and I attempted to watch the closer. We kept falling asleep.

I watched the last half hour. So they all died in the original plane crash and the six years was a collective death dream?

Posted by: aahpat | May 24, 2010 7:35 AM | Report abuse

@ dojemc

are you thinking things through? how can you say the ending was perfect? it wasnt. watch the rest of the seasons again and LOOK at how out of context the ending really was. what about the numbers, the dharma iniative, the time travelling, the electomagnetism, the temple, the statue with the wierd symbols, and all the other stuff. tell me what all that has to to with purgatory?

its very dissapointing they took the route they did. the writers should of thought this through a bit more because the ending as pretty much made seasons 1-5 seem pointless

Posted by: deano107 | May 24, 2010 7:41 AM | Report abuse

Folks. This show was just as much about the character development as it was the mysteries, mythology, science, etc. Last nights show ended the way it had to, with parting farewells to the characters we have invested so much time in getting to know, and love/hate, over the last 6 years. I'm sorry that not all answers were answered, but, if they were, this would not have been Lost.

Posted by: dojemc | May 24, 2010 7:41 AM | Report abuse

"I watched the last half hour. So they all died in the original plane crash and the six years was a collective death dream?"
Posted by: aahpat

If you had watched the show for all 6 years you wuold have understood the ending. Those that died on the island, died on the island. Those that left the island, lived off the island until they died. Hurley and Ben died on the island but years (eons) later. Once everyone was dead they ended up in death's waiting room which was the SW world where they could be reunited.

Posted by: dojemc | May 24, 2010 7:45 AM | Report abuse

I thought the ending was over-all very satisfying, but for anybody who's seen the movie Passengers it wasn't very original. I'm surprised they borrowed so heavily from that movie. I was expecting something completely new and different, but they managed to tie up most of the loose ends nicely and the reunions were all very touching.

Posted by: delafurie | May 24, 2010 7:47 AM | Report abuse

I thought the ending was over-all very satisfying, but for anybody who's seen the movie Passengers it wasn't very original. I'm surprised they borrowed so heavily from that movie. I was expecting something completely new and different, but they managed to tie up most of the loose ends nicely and the reunions were all very touching.

Posted by: delafurie | May 24, 2010 7:51 AM | Report abuse

Jack, Locke, Kate, Sawyer, Juliet, Hurley, Ben, Claire, Charlie, Boone, Shannon, Sun, Jin, Sayid, Desmond, Rose, Bernard and Penny...

the 18 people you meet in heaven?

is it really just that the actor who plays walt got too old the reason why he and michael weren't in that church? harold perrineau was in an episode this season. did he refuse to so the finale? it would have been nice to see them acknowledge michael (and walt) in the same way as ana lucia. for example, sawyer and juliet would never have met if it weren't for michael and walt. it just seems like an unexplained gap could have been addressed with one scene.

Posted by: plathman | May 24, 2010 7:54 AM | Report abuse

I thought it was pretty much like reality -the only meaning is whatever we attach to it - or there just isn't any (oops did I say that). People continue to avoid the reality of death and Lost is helpful. Very flawed people are sometimes nice and form attachments. TV series come and go (mostly). Movies follow. Life goes on.....

Posted by: 44fx290 | May 24, 2010 7:55 AM | Report abuse

"If you had watched the show for all 6 years..."
dojemc | May 24, 2010 7:45 AM

The show simply was never worth that level of investment. By year three we were much too jerked around to care any more.

The show was too inane with copious amounts of gratuitous confusion written into it.

Posted by: aahpat | May 24, 2010 7:58 AM | Report abuse

Lovely, emotionally satisfying reunions, a nice fantasy, but The End leaves us with nothing to actually discuss in a rational way. Its all just opinion now, unprovable, competing religious and spritual theories that all come down to "be a good person, everyone dies, love is the answer." Fine, but popping a holy cork in a hole was just silly.

Posted by: Menkin | May 24, 2010 7:58 AM | Report abuse

Frankly, I'm in awe of anyone who could devote 120+ hours of watching this show...and then discuss it over and over.

What will they do with their lives now??

Posted by: tommad1 | May 24, 2010 8:02 AM | Report abuse

I was in tears for the last 45 minutes. They must have done something right :). So sad to see it go. Some things I wasn't that pleased with, but overall, yea, I liked it.

Posted by: lapopessa | May 24, 2010 8:02 AM | Report abuse

How many flipping ADS were there? Is there an official count yet??? o.0

After being spoiled by HBO and other cable networks, it was a long haul to sit through all the untimely breaks for ridiculous commercials.

<---still chewing on the finale...need more coffee...and maybe will watch it again after it comes out on DVD (with zero ads) far the ending was too predictable for me...

Loved the episodes leading up to the finale and have a few favorites.

Posted by: Carolynartist | May 24, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse

I loved alot of the finale. The reunion remembering scenes were great. I laughed and even got teary eyed. It was great to see all the characters again. It was a great episode andIi will miss the show.

But I had some questions. If the sideways world is really some kind of nice purgatory, and everyone there is already dead, either before Jack died or maybe long afterward (hopefully Sawyer lived to his 90s!) then what about Jack and Juliet's teenage son? I liked that kid, but where did he come from? Was he just imaginary?

It was a little disappointing to me that they were all dead in sideways world and this was just an afterlife, so they never got this happiness and reunion in their lives. Even the people who lived on the plane apparently never had something more than this in their later lives -- Sawyer never recovered from Juliet and Kate never really recovered from Jack, no matter how long they lived afterward, so that is sad. But I'm glad that they and Hurley and Desmond lived for some amount of time after the end of the show.

I liked in the scene with Jack and his father that the stained glass window behind them had symbols of lots of different world religions so it was not solely a Judeo-Christian world view.

I liked the eye closing image. And Vincent!

Posted by: delaniep | May 24, 2010 8:09 AM | Report abuse

I think the ending was tremendously emotionally satisfying for those who were in tune with the what the writers were focusing on, like most works of art. Not everybody "gets" Picasso, while nearly everybody gets The Beatles. Does it make Picasso a lesser artist than The Beatles? No. Does it mean that the folks who don't "get" the ending are doomed to purgatory? Probably not. But I agree that if you thought the whole 6 seasons were a death dream, then of course you wouldn't like the ending and you would feel betrayed! But for those who do, I would suggest a re-thinking and a re-framing. The Island and its events were real. People died, got off the island, returned and made tremendous sacrifices together. Time travel occurred. Bombs exploded. And protectors were replaced by new protectors who were free to make new rules. If the rules of the last 6 years seemed wrong, well then, remember where those rules may have come from--not God, but some combination of the mortal and very fallible protectors of the Island and the unexplained nature of the Island itself. And in the end, if we can't understand what happened, welcome to life. The take-away...they figured a way of making their lives count, working together. In the end, they didn't have to die alone.

Posted by: humphrey1 | May 24, 2010 8:16 AM | Report abuse

"Lost" and "24" gone in the same week; and people say there isn't a God!

Posted by: mocmao | May 24, 2010 8:16 AM | Report abuse

Overall, I'm happy. I know a lot of people wanted everything tied up in a neat little bow. But as the reviewer in the LA Times wrote, "Saying what the Island is is like saying what the meaning of life is; it's a question you can ask but never receive a really satisfying answer to." I liked the ending. But I would have liked to see Mr. Eko. And I'll admit it - for laughs - Nikki and Paolo.

Jen, Liz, thanks for all your great posts.

Posted by: Sam888 | May 24, 2010 8:22 AM | Report abuse

Just to clarify for those who were confused, the island was not purgatory. It was 100% real. The sideways flashes that only came in in this final season were a form of purgatory though.
At some point after everyone was dead they all entered this "world" back in LA where they could reunite somehow. For people like Sawyer and Kate it was probably many years after the island and for Hurley maybe many many years since he took over the Jacob job.

Posted by: johnhodson | May 24, 2010 8:23 AM | Report abuse

Agree with Menkin: The End leaves us with nothing to hang our hats on. Suffering is meaningless. Questions are moot. Time is unordered. Facts are immaterial. Life is death, and death is life. The only verity is that Everybody Gets Who They Really Wanted In The End.

It's all just one, big, happy, sloppy intellectual mess.

I must say, however, that I was put off by the whole religion-blending bit with the stained glass window. The implied message is that all religions are equally valid, and that all religions ultimately teach the same thing. Nothing could be farther from the truth, but of course this is Hollywood, and we should be grateful that religion is even mentioned at all.

I just hope that any genuine seekers out in the audience don't come to the conclusion that in the end, everybody dies with a happy, tear-stained face, leaning up against the one person they most love in the whole world, and that whatever they've done with their life, it doesn't really matter.

That's not a "church" I'd believe in.

Posted by: dmarney | May 24, 2010 8:27 AM | Report abuse

Absolutely amazing. Could not have asked for anything better. The most entertaining 2.5 hours of TV ever. I didn't need definitive answers to every minutiae question. we were given what we needed to know and the rest is open to interpretation. loved it.

Posted by: skitch00 | May 24, 2010 8:29 AM | Report abuse

I thought the ending was quite intelligent and not something overly simplified - more like real life, not TV. At least they didn't end it on something stupid like space aliens.

Posted by: mssnatchquatch | May 24, 2010 8:30 AM | Report abuse

As presented, the Lost finale was a "Bobby Ewing" moment--it rendered the previous six years of plot details and machinations pointless. (That is, as far as any story goes; as far as keeping viewers watching and advertisers paying, those details and machinations were effective.)

Posted by: jgarcia2 | May 24, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

My wife and I dropped out of Lost around the third season. When three characters were written off the show because of the actors bad behavior off-camera (Michelle Rodriguez and the other woman killed by Michael and then Mr. Ecko)I became annoyed that the story seemed to be written around these unrelated incidents. And there was so much happening that I was waiting for a kitchen sink to drop from the sky, the writers were working too hard to too little effect. I was having bad memories of Twin Peaks, which started off brilliantly and finished off like a lunatic dream, no sense to be seen anywhere. Maybe I'll go back and watch it on DVD but I don't know. These descriptions of purgatory are soooooo predictable. And best 6 years ever on TV? I doubt that Jen and Liz, particularly when my interest waned after three. But I guess only time will tell.

Posted by: curtb | May 24, 2010 8:33 AM | Report abuse

My read: The sideways world was not real, it was a construct, like Christian said, where the characters could be reunited. The "real" world is the island timeline. Kate, Sawyer, Claire, Lapeidus, Miles, and Alpert are all still alive.

Posted by: skitch00 | May 24, 2010 8:37 AM | Report abuse

OK. Help me out, here. WHO KILLED PENNY???

Posted by: tradeczar | May 24, 2010 8:38 AM | Report abuse

i haven't read through all the comments, but the few that I have mention the island as a purgatory. that is not what happened. the island is the island - a real place, that continued on with hurley as the new jacob (and ben as his sidekick), and so on...kate, sawyer, lapidus, miles, richard - made it off the island and lived their lives. what we saw as the "sideways world" was purgatory, but had nothing to do with the island per se. it was a purgatory somehow created by the characters/God, that all the characters went to AFTER they died on earth. for jack, that was on the island. for kate, sawyer, hurley, etc. it was presumably much later. we know this from jack's conversation with his father at the end - jack asked if everyone was dead, and christian responded that everyone has to die sometime. anyways, what i am saying is that the season 1 predictions that everyone died when the plane crashed and that the island itself was purgatory were WRONG. that is not what happened.

Posted by: visionary1 | May 24, 2010 8:44 AM | Report abuse

i started to get understand when jack walked into the church. the first thing that popped out at me was the various religious symbols not just Christian symbols

Posted by: nall92 | May 24, 2010 8:53 AM | Report abuse

Copout! Basically everything about the island doesn't matter because in the end it plays no part in the grand scheme of things. Too bad.

Posted by: pickljuice | May 24, 2010 12:22 AM

Completely agree. I learned from last night that if I dig myself into a deep enough hole, the best way to get out of it is to tell everyone it didn't matter how I dug it.

Even if people believe me, it doesn't get around the fact that there's a big effing hole in the ground!

If you spent a season developing a plot/story arc around someone/something, it's IMPORTANT! People want answers! Why was Walt special and therefore set off half of season 2 and season 3? Why the hell did we spend a good part of a season bouncing around through time?

Feh. I'm sharpening my pitchfork for a LindeCuse hunt.

Posted by: eet7e | May 24, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

The finale was bad. The last season was bad.

All those who thought it was good, at least you can go back to watching Grey's Anatomy, your other favorite show.

We got hosed.

Posted by: whughes1 | May 24, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

I'm quite amazed and amused with the anger in these comments. For anyone to say "I'VE PREDICTED THIS SINCE SEASON ONE!" is incredibly stupid. They weren't dead since the plane crash, people... the purgatory scene takes place after they've all died, whether during the events of the show, or afterwards.

So yes, everything that happened during the show actually happened. The ending makes perfect sense.

Posted by: hypnowheel | May 24, 2010 9:03 AM | Report abuse

The show turned into a chick show: lets express our feelings for 2 hours and then end it. No answers, no further exploration of difficult topics, and NO science. We are going to explore our feelings.


Posted by: whughes1 | May 24, 2010 9:04 AM | Report abuse

I loved it. First, because they had me fooled. First season, I was absolutely convinced the island was purgatory; then, when Lindecuse adamantly denied that, I wrote that off. Don't know why I didn't even think that about LAX. D'oh!

Second, because how you see LAX is open to interpretation. I am a huge Dante fan, so I read it as "purgatory" in the traditional sense -- i.e., the place where basically good people go to work through the flaws that are holding them back. Sayid being told that he didn't need to let other people tell him what kind of a man he was anymore? Verklempt!

But then, that moment between Eloise and Desmond had me thinking: maybe the more scientific construct idea is the "right" one. Who says it isn't some alternative reality she created to regain her son? She was the only one throughout Season 6 with a clear awareness of where she was -- everyone else, once they gained that awareness, began actively working to move on. So maybe it's the alternative timeline Daniel thought up and Eloise executed; I think you can read it however you want. Same thing with Desmond: maybe he was skipping between universes; maybe he was just having a "near death" experience. They've always done such a good job of flitting between religion and science without affirmatively concluding in favor of either. I think it's pretty cool they left that door a little open in the ending.

Finally, I completely disagree with the folks who think the ending makes the rest of the show irrelevant. We were just looking at it the wrong way. This wasn't the TV-equivalent of the spy novel; it wasn't six years of chases and shoot-em-ups with the "OMG you mean HE's the mole??" at the end. The real story wasn't about what happened -- it was about how the characters reacted to it, how those events challenged them, changed them, helped them build the connections that had been lacking in their lives before that point. It was always about the people. And THAT was the one question that Lindecuse answered plainly and clearly.

Posted by: laura33 | May 24, 2010 9:08 AM | Report abuse

You have to be ready to "leave" to move on to the light. Ben wasn't ready....perhaps the others not in the church (and the "others") weren't either. They were still "lost."

Posted by: MDiv | May 24, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

I feel vindicated that while others wanted to obsess over every detail, thinking it a clue, I was content to just sit back and "enjoy the ride." Because so many details/clues weren't at all, they were just throwaway details that meant nothing.

None of the questions of the island were answered. It was not a puzzle to be put together.

In true Lost form, the finale raised as many questions as it answered. Why were Hugo and Ben left on the island? How did Claire give birth to the same baby twice? If Jack saved the island, why did we see it at the bottom of the ocean at the beginning of the season? Why weren't Widmore, Walt, and so many other major characters not in the room at the end, when Jack's father was? How could not-Locke be shot by Kate when just minutes before bullets passed right through him without effect? Why did Ben refuse to enter the church in the end? And why was Hurley cool with that?

Ultimately, this was the writers' story, not ours. They could resolve -- or NOT resolve -- whatever they wanted. In the end, they chose to redeem and reconcile their characters, in effect saying the details don't matter. And so that becomes the series' message. So much of our lives are minutae that don't really matter. What most matters is how we treat each other. And that is the core teaching of every major religion... love your neighbor.

Posted by: Donderro | May 24, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

They spent too much time with "where" they were going and too little time explaining where the hell they had been. It was a great series. I've never missed an episode. Although I didn't care for the finale, it's all about the journey, which was great.

Posted by: frankjomama | May 24, 2010 9:12 AM | Report abuse

also, is anyone else really annoyed they stayed up for jimmy kimmel's fake "alternate" endings. it was funny sure, but i was hoping for something real.

Posted by: visionary1 | May 24, 2010 9:13 AM | Report abuse

You two are insane.

Posted by: whughes1 | May 24, 2010 9:19 AM | Report abuse

Wait...were those clips of LOST every once and a while breaking up the 2.5 hours of commercials? No way the folks in the audience at JKL who were crying watched all of those commercials. That, even more than the storyline, ruined the experience for me.

Posted by: lilacwine | May 24, 2010 9:20 AM | Report abuse

"Copout! Basically everything about the island doesn't matter because in the end it plays no part in the grand scheme of things. Too bad."

On the contrary. Did you actually watch the show??? These people were taken to the island to work out issues in their lives. They were flawed; they came together because they needed each other, they needed to be made whole, to be made good. And the island needed them. They did find what they needed while they lived on the island - redemption.

What we are seeing at the end is a flash WAY forwards, when they all have finally died one way or another, whether early in the show (Boone) or after a long life (Kate and Sawyer who escaped on a plane). Time is irrelevant in the church, the waiting room between life and death. The outward manifestation of the soul (how old they look, whether Aaron is a baby) is irrelevant.

I personally would have preferred a different ending. The sideways world in 2004 would have become real, the castaways would have internalized the lessons they learned on the island, and they all would have gone on to have happy lives. But I guess a formulaic happy ending was not was the creators of LOST wanted.

Posted by: JD14 | May 24, 2010 9:22 AM | Report abuse

"I feel, like you, that it provided exactly what I needed: Satisfying emotional closure."

Perhaps people need to turn off the television and get outside with their neighbors, friends, family, and pets a tad bit more.

Posted by: MRK33 | May 24, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Dumb. Dumb. Seriously dumb. Disappointing. I enjoyed the series. Shouldn't have bothered to watch the end. Now I'm sorry I was caught up in it. Leaving a bad taste in my mouth.

Posted by: once1 | May 24, 2010 9:27 AM | Report abuse

The ending was emotionally satisfying enough to me that I was able to let go of the 'wtf?' moments. When Vicent laid down next to Jack,I sobbed. That's when I realized I didn't care about all the 'stuff' - it was about the characters. The show was ending. Could they ever have explained all the weirdness satisfactorily? The finale was clearly saying "It's over. Let it go."

Posted by: krazyj2472002 | May 24, 2010 9:28 AM | Report abuse

Major disappointment. I was floored when I heard the producers say this was a "character-driven" show. They really don't understand what drew their audience to this show! Everyone I knew winced whe an episode dwelled on Kate or Jack, or when it looked like another "let's beat up Sawyer" episode. The finale had its moments, but at the end it left me feeling like I was duped into wasting my whole evening.

Posted by: emilliman | May 24, 2010 9:30 AM | Report abuse

My mind is currently skipping through possible interpretations like the Island once skipped through time.

Two things are troubling me about the finale that I can't get any theory around. When Jack was lying back in the bamboo grove and Vincent came up to him was I the only one who thought that was a much younger dog? If it was a younger dog what are we to make of that?

Also was it just me but when Jack woke up after putting the cork back in the hole didn't he wake up in the same spot that where Jacob found the MIB's body after his soul had turned into the Smoke Monster?

I can't wait for the DVD to rewatch because something tells me that even though my eyes were glued to the TV that I missed a lot.

Posted by: dre7861 | May 24, 2010 9:32 AM | Report abuse

It's comical watching everyone chase their tails for a right or wrong answer to this show.

As a writer, let me let you in on a little surprise: The "Lost" writers totally made these storylines up as they went along. Nothing was planned as they would have you believe. It's so funny to see everyone on their puppet strings believing there's some secret yet to be solved.

When the writers got near the end, they had to tie up (more like clean up) their mess from six years in the best way possible. But they couldn't answer everything. So, last night you got confusing lines that mangle logic, like "Everything was real," and "You don't have a son..."

The great thing about shows like this? You can insert pretty much any kind of line into the script that you want-- just to mystify people for the moment, only to promise an answer later.

That is, until the Finale, which, it seems, they still did with lines like I mentioned above.

Lindenhof and Cuse took everyone for a ride- but not the entertainment/roller coaster kind. Why do you think they needed a 2-hour show beforehand? So they could properly frame their poor solutions in the finale.

There's a saying in the advertising business when it comes to creative ad ideas: If you have to include a brochure to explain your idea, it's not a good one. Between the press and "retrospectives," we've been seeing the writers' version of the "Lost" brochure for months.

p.s. When the time comes that you see a DVD set offering the "real answers," don't fall for it. It'll be more unsolved muck to a show that was never meant to have a true reason to its rhyme.

Posted by: tpwpny | May 24, 2010 9:34 AM | Report abuse

I've been a fan of Lost since the beginning. But it has become painfully obvious in the final season that these writers had no intention of ever writing a coherent plot. It's as if the writers never learned about plot or logical story telling. I was fine with the way the show ended with everyone in purgatory and moving on, but the whole final season left such a bad taste in my mouth that i'm mad i wasted 6 years watching this show with writers who were convinced of their own excellence that their solution to digging themselves into a hole was just to dig deeper. There were so many inconsistencies and loose ends that meant nothing it just proves that the writers had no idea how to start or end seasons six and moreover, the entire series. Liz and Jen, I'm kinda upset that you thought the show was totally great and last night capped it all off.

Posted by: kurtgdc | May 24, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

I loved it. As far as the Michael / Walt thing goes, I will quote a previous poster that explained Michael very well:

"Hurley saw Michael on the island. Michael told Hurley that he was dead and was doomed to roam the island for eternity for the things he had done, such as killing Ana Lucia and Libby and leaving everyone to die on the island. That's why he wasn't in the church. He said that all the whispers that were sometimes heard in the jungle were tortured souls like him, not the Others like was previously thought."

That solves that for me. As for Walt, here's my thought on it - It's not that he wasn't castable, as some people have said, it's that he wasn't as close to the core group of castaways, primarily because of his age. Even though the island was an intense experience for him, he never really bonded with the characters like they did with each other. Additionally, we already experienced his "goodbye", albeit a few seasons early. Locke took some time and went to visit Walt after school one day -- when Locke was off the island (season 4 i think?) trying to get everyone to come back to the island. That was our official "goodbye" to Walt. I imagine that if we were to have seen Walt’s version of purgatory/limbo after his life, It most certainly would be with a different group of people. Probably his mother and friends / future wife, etc.

Posted by: Wrk80 | May 24, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

I felt so empty after the end of the finale, and not in a good way. Oh, they're all dead! Well of course silly, what'd you expect!? Oh and how quaint, they're in some sort of politically correct afterlife! Look at the stained glass window behind Jack's dad, it has the symbols of Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Christianity, Buddhism, and Taoism! Oh so it's a cute little storybook ending where everyone gets to be happy. Nevermind the fact that the majority of those doctirines are conflicting so they can't all be right, but half of them believe in reincarnation as opposed to the heaven-ish realm depicted. Silly. Stupid. Dissapointing. Oh well, I hope the 24 finale tonight doesn't dissapoint this much. I don't know how it could.

Posted by: Jess071 | May 24, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

After sleeping on it, my opinion of the finale (as someone who really liked the series, but thought that Season 6 went off the rails) is:


Posted by: charodon | May 24, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

"I feel, like you, that it provided exactly what I needed: Satisfying emotional closure."

Perhaps people need to turn off the television and get outside with their neighbors, friends, family, and pets a tad bit more.

Posted by: MRK33 | May 24, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

Perhaps you need to get over yourself. The previous commenter was obviously referring to closure for the series.

Posted by: thedude1974 | May 24, 2010 9:45 AM | Report abuse

I loved the ending. I wish I had started watching it back in 2004, but I did not discover it until last January. It was quite intense watching all 6 seasons in 4 months. I was surprised at the heaven ending. I was confused with the plane takeoff, because Whitmore claimed he had it wired with C4. I thought Jack was going to see it blow up before he died. They showed wreckage at the end and I assumed that is what happened. Maybe I am wrong. No Dharma notes explanation and Drive Shaft didn't play "You All Everybody" in their final performance. Oh Well. Great show!

Posted by: bempin | May 24, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

I really do not believe that the writers/creators had the story line all planned out ahead of time, like Lucas did in Star Wars. My personal guess is that they were constantly winging it from season to season. Suddenly finding yourself in a timeless "heaven" with all your friends is not a far call from the "Dallas" shower scene/all-a-dream ending. Or maybe it was just an excuse to put a cast party on TV. As these things go, I preferred the end to "Sopranos." It may have surprised people, but at least it was honest and lacked gimmickry.

Posted by: ebough | May 24, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

if you need to be cheered up after the finale, check out this EPIC LOST parody:

Posted by: todders | May 24, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

No, this is not the ending predicted years ago... no, the island was not purgatory... no, they have not been dead since the beginning!!!!
This episode was stellar!!!!

Posted by: nikkifaithfuller | May 24, 2010 9:56 AM | Report abuse

Cynical - yes, but here it is in a nutshell; and I, for one, am not happy at all with this resolution:

Question: What happened?
Answer: Their life on the island was real, the sideways timeline was not, and was some sort of holding room for those that have died so they can experience their perfect life and reconnect with those that they loved. This is pretty much what Christian Shephard said. Everyone died. Some before Jack and some after – even Hurley, Ben, Penny, the Ajira passengers, etc.; they all died. The church scene seems to be Jack’s final awakening since Christian is his “shepherd”. I can only assume that after each of the other character’s awakenings they also had similar experiences with their own shepherds. I wouldn’t make sense for Christian to be a shepherd for all of them.

Question: What was the Island?
Answer: A place where crazy stuff could happen to the characters that the writers didn’t feel they needed to explain.

Question: What was the light?
Answer: Something that the writers created to make the Island need a protector.

Question: Why did the Island need a protector?
Answer: To perpetuate the Good vs. Evil theme?

Question: Why did the writers need a Good vs. Evil theme?
Answer: Every story needs this, doesn’t it (sarcasm here).

Question: What’s with DHARMA and the stations, Widmore vs. Ben, Tunisia, polar bears, the donkey wheel, the numbers, the Valenzetti Equation, Magnus Hanso, Jacob and MIB’s foster mother, the “rules”, the Tawaret statue, Faraday’s experiments, time travel, and other unexplained stuff that should have had a scientific explanation?
Answer: It wall all just BS to keep us sci-fi geeks interested until the end.

Questions: And at the end why :
1) was Said with Shannon and not Nadia.
2) were Walt and Michael not present.
3) was Boone there.
4) Etc.
Answers: Casting and actor availability/contracts (a deal could not be made in time with Mr. Eko), character identification with fans (let’s face it, Shannon trumps Nadia and people have been screaming for a Boone return – not me), cheap gimmicks (Michael was stuck on the Island).

Final Analysis: We were DALLASED!!!!!!!!! None of the stuff that happened on the island for most of 5 seasons really even mattered to the final resolution! Maybe it wasn’t Bobby Ewing’s dream but it might just have well been. I knew we were heading down this road when Damon and Carlton started talking about how it was a “character driven shown” and that the answers to all the questions we had didn’t really matter unless they were required for the characters’ story lines. COP OUT! They knew they had sent this thing in too many directions to tie it up so they played the religion card.

This is the first – and last – post I’ve ever made for this show, but if someone’s got some better explanation for any of the s*** I’ve been watching for 6 years, I’ll read it. Out.

Posted by: Jon_Hillis | May 24, 2010 10:01 AM | Report abuse

If I could borrow a phrase from elsewhere, this show was a "hot tranny mess". It was a modern art abstract cop-out. Like when you go to the museum and see a piece entitled "Study in White" or "Baby's random handprints". Some people may be moved by the shear "genius" simplicity of it all, but for most people it would be a WTF-I-waited-in-line-to-get-in-to-see-THIS? moment. And not a few would suspect these were just lazy-ass artists who couldn't really pull it all together, and therefore just tried to present a cop-out as brilliant abstract art.

Posted by: xandersun | May 24, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

if I dig myself into a deep enough hole, the best way to get out of it is to tell everyone it didn't matter how I dug it. Even if people believe me, it doesn't get around the fact that there's a big effing hole in the ground!
Nicely put. They had 16 hours this season to fill the hole. If they had spent a bit more time this season walking us to the crossroads where science and faith meet, I would have been able to embrace the finale more completely.

Posted by: guybrarian | May 24, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

Lost's best (and most interesting) character has always been the island itself. The mysteries played a major role in that.

I thought the finale was unsatisfying because the writers completely neglected giving the island the sendoff it deserved. And it deserved answers!

The best TV finales I've seen are The Wire and Six Feet Under, in that order. Lost's wasn't anywhere close to those.

Posted by: njaycurtis | May 24, 2010 10:08 AM | Report abuse

Do you think there is any symbolism with the name of Jacks father "CHRISTIAN SHEPARD" was he the Sheppard of Christians?

Posted by: bnbke5vqp | May 24, 2010 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Quoting Jon_Hillis "They knew they had sent this thing in too many directions to tie it up so they played the religion card."

Yes, it's a show made for Americans and that's what work for them. The church scene was a perfect mirror of the images of Heaven usually depicted in Christian fundie literature such as "Watchtower": A bunch of happy-looking people, all smiling and well-dressed, reunited with friends and loved ones in a sacred place, to be guided by a suit-and-tie man named CHRISTIAN SHEPPERD (c'mon) towards a door that opens to a source of white light.


Posted by: copernico1 | May 24, 2010 10:14 AM | Report abuse

What is your religous folloowing?

Posted by: bnbke5vqp | May 24, 2010 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Quoting copernico1 "The church scene was a perfect mirror of the images of Heaven usually depicted in Christian fundie literature"

It's even sillier than that because of the symbolism on the stained glass window behind Jack's dad. They had the religous symbols of six major world religions on the window: Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Christianity, Buddhism, and Taoism. So it's really like a politically correct heaven where everybody's happy and all religions are right... even though that's impossible!

Posted by: Jess071 | May 24, 2010 10:34 AM | Report abuse

I was ok with the ending. Just ok. I can't think of another ending that wouldn't have been stupid. Reminded me a little of Five People You Meet in Heaven but instead had fifty.....

Posted by: hodie2 | May 24, 2010 10:35 AM | Report abuse

In order for everyone to have been waiting for each other in the church to cross over, ALL the events that happened on the Island HAD to have happened in order for them to all form the type of bond that they all had. Jack completed what he was meant to complete. He figured out how to kill the smoke monster and finally after centuries restored good to overcame evil. They all pretty much redemed themselves on the Island. Everyone was waiting for Jack(while helping him)to let go. It was about his journey. Jack had to want to walk into the church on his own. There was no essence of "time" there. Everyone of them were all waiting in church for him. Sawyer, Kate and Claire may have very well have lived a long life or could never have made it by the very last picture of the plane wreck on the beach. It was left up to our hearts to decide. But regardless,As each died, they were wondering around my guess is purgatory? Desmond brang them all to realize what had actally transpired between each of them and how they all had a pat that they would make the journey into heaven or where ever it is we are supposed to go, together. It was time to stop wondering. Time to let go. So none of the unanswered questions matter. You can fill in the blanks yourself. In the end, we all die for whatever reason. We will meet again and not have to make that journey alone. Loved ones will be waiting for us on the other side despite the kind of struggled we lived here on earth.

Posted by: lostfan99 | May 24, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

I loved this show, and there were parts of the finale that I thought were well done, but overall I felt that the ending was not satisfying. If the "sideways" world was a place the dead created to gather before "moving on" to the next plane of existance, I don't understand why characters that we know died on the Island were there with characters who were never on the Island and presumably were not dead.

I think it was appropriate for Jack to die in order to save the Island -- and I loved how Hurley became the next Jacob.

But there are parts that are mystifying--Lapidus, Miles, Sawyer, Kate, Alpert and Claire leaving the Island by plane--no resolution to that thread.

Putting Vincent next to Jack, but as a puppy rather than full grown dog, that suggests to me that Jack died shortly after the first Oceanic 815 crash, or the writers just stuck that in to add another inscrutable detail.

Agree that the episode was rich with emotion and that the character reunions were joyful. I just wanted somewhat plausible explanations for the physical world that was created (the Island) and all the gizmos.

Instead it was sort of like, "make your own interpretation of all these events while we send all your favorite characters into Valhalla."

Posted by: NW_Washington | May 24, 2010 10:43 AM | Report abuse

So, everybody died happily everafter.

Posted by: email_from_chris | May 24, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse


I totally agree with your analysis. I also like the idea thrown out by Jimmy Kimmel.

>>Kimmel says that in essence, as many religions teach, life is a test. If you pass the test you go on to heaven or wherever, and if you don’t pass, you go somewhere else. The show Lost is Jack’s test. His life on the island was his test and he passed.<< (more about those comments & Matthew Fox's reaction at the link below)

Posted by: ImagineJET | May 24, 2010 10:57 AM | Report abuse

Everything that happened on the Island happened. Jack dies from his knifewound after defeating Jacob's rival, passing the torch to Hugo, saving Desmond and the island. Lapidus, Sawyer, Kate, Miles, Richard and Claire all get on the jet and leave the island. Richard regains his mortality.

The "sideways" timeline does not start when the bomb goes off, although this is what we are led to believe in the season premiere. It is timeless. It's a waiting room between death and what lies beyond it, but time has no meaning there and while everyone there is dead, they don't all get there at the same time. Desmond is the first to realize they are all connected and all dead and the one who's machinations bring them together.

The exhange between Ben and Hugo outside the church confirms that Hugo defended the island for a long time and that Ben redeemed himself as Hugo's adviser. When Christian opens the church door and walks into the light, no-one follows him. They are not yet ready, which makes sense because there are some faces missing: maybe not everyone has joined them yet?

Posted by: ThePhotogsBlog | May 24, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

THEY WERE NOT DEAD.... OMG you people really did not get it. The afterlife was a FLASH FORWARD. When Jack dies in the last scene, what happened next was he wakes up on the plane... which is the beginning of the season. It was not a “Side” time line like we were lead to believe, very tricky. 

EVERYONE lived there lives, when they died, at different times they met up in this middle after life. TIME HAD NO RELAVENCE THERE.

When Huge tells Ben, “You were a great #2”, and Ben tells Huge, “You were a great #1”, they were talking about their life on the Island after Jake died in the last scene. For all we know Huge and Ben went on to manage the Island for another 1,000 years before they too died. When they passed on they also went to this middle after life, again because TIME HAD NO RELAVENCE THERE.

When you see the plane flying over head, they too lived there entire lives, Kate, Sawyer, etc…..

Everyone here who keeps posting that “they all died in the plane crash”, sorry you are just wrong.

Posted by: txltdantx | May 24, 2010 10:59 AM | Report abuse

The "Losties" were in a waystation - a holding place - before traveling on to "the other side," - to heaven or wherever they needed to go in their next adventure as soul - so to speak. They were not in Purgatory. I loved the ending until the end. I honestly didn't want them to all die. I wanted to see the sideways world be the "real world." I wanted the detonation of the bomb to have worked. Juliet said "it worked," but she must have been glimpsing the world in the sideways. I was hoping that by them traveling to the island, they advanced in their consciousness, so when they detonated the bomb, they had a "do-over." A chance to live those years again, but with a newer, more enlightened understanding; thus, the reason they all had different versions of their lives. I wanted the end to be a blending of the 2 consciousnesses. I did NOT want Jack to stay on the island and "die" for everyone. The writers left many questions and not enough answers. They did not utilize the great Sumerian and Antlantean histories in the best way. They could have really tied this up better. I wanted Jack and Kate to have a chance at a new life - in the physical. The ending was beautiful - I just wasn't ready to see them all dead. I wanted them all to be able to live their "physical" lives together. I wanted that "happily ever after" on earth. Plus, why wasn't Miles at the church?

I'm sorry, but I honestly think they rushed things this season because it was the last one. We will never know the reason Whidmore and Ben were so antagonistic with one another and what Whidmore's real intentions were. The writers left many, many holes.

Posted by: adonnaproduction | May 24, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

I believe LOST ended just the way it should have. Most questions were answered and those that weren't answered, you learned to not be as important as you once thought. The characters and the lives they led with each other and for each other was the whole point. These people met under strange circumstances, but the impact they had one each others' lives was phenomenal. This was bittersweet in that it showed how no matter how your life pans out, you will find the ones you love in the afterlife.

The writers have always said that the whole point of this show is the interaction with the characters and how each character had an importance to the island and to each other. Great job guys, I have absolutely no problems with how this show ended.

Posted by: blueangel2082 | May 24, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

I think the finale was 1 of the best finales I've ever saw. To think that every1 died in the intial crash is absurd. Like many people said as well as Jacks dad, the island was real as well as the 3 yrs the oceanic 6 lived off the island. The flash sideways is the only thing that's not real. We all were lead to believe that when juliette blew the nuke that was it...the island never happened and everything ended happily ever after. If u think about it, b4 the plane crashed jack had no son. He was married but he had no children so how could he have 1 now since the plane never crashed? Some1 said the flash sideways was just an imaginary world that the characters would've loved to have lived but really didn't. Jack makin up for his fathers mistakes with a son of his own for example. Like christian said, every1 must die someday. I feel the reasoning for Penny being there as well as desmond being there looking how they looked in 2004/2007 was basically because this is how every1 remembers eachother from the island which is the reason y Aaron was a newborn "again" . And really its not how they remember eachother. Its how WE THE FANS remember them so it was more like a tribute to us. That's how they were able to play with our emootions which is also accredited to good no...GREAT writing. A few people were left out of that end scene which I'm sure is because of scheduling & money. Note the only few that were there in the scene that really weren't there all season are currently under contract on other ABC shows ala Juliette on "V", Charlie & Penny on "Flash Forward" so it was easy for them. Plus when Ana Lucia freed desmond and hurley asked was she coming despond said no "she's not ready" so like some1 else said they're still maybe LOST in there own world/imagination or whatever word u guys use with the P lol. But the episode was great and I loved the wire too but this finale had the wire beat. This ep. bought closure to the series, the wire left u wanting more, the streets of baltimore is a never ending story. Oh and the people sayin the destroyed plane at the end of the ep. confirms that every1 died in the initial crash are wrong. We have to keep in mind that this is the Series Finale...not season finale so all that scene shows is reminding the fans where we came from. Its like the other realization montages we were shown when the characters touched. It coulda went off with many production shots for all they care but they just had to bring us back to the beginning just like jack did when he closed his eyes. Oh I talk too too much but Shannon & Sayid definately works better than his saudi love (I think Nadia was her name) bcus although he loved Nadia, the sayid we loved was the sayid that met shannon the nice sayid not the interregator sayid. Shannon made sayid the character he is today. Anyway Bravo to the creators & writers of the show. Please give us another good 1. Heroes failed to duplicate its success & flash forward is too inconsistant.

Posted by: justshines | May 24, 2010 11:13 AM | Report abuse

ChickaBOOMer| ABC's "Lost": Island Castaways Were Dead All Along

Posted by: StewartIII | May 24, 2010 11:22 AM | Report abuse

Stupid show. Thank God it's over.

Posted by: jptc11 | May 24, 2010 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Well then. Here we go. I thought the series finale was extremely well done. The sideways world was a kind of timeless purgatory where these souls (who were so bound together by the events that occurred on the island) waited to reconnect with eachother before "moving on." Each one finding a different way to "let go." EVERYTHING that happened on the island was real. I especially liked Jack's "ending." As he lay on his back in the bamboo field with Vincent by his side, he sees Lapidus' plane, smiles and closes his eye(s). His corporal jouney ends. His spiritual journey begins (probably because it's the last thing he sees) on a plane next to Rose who tells him "You can let go now." One journey ends, another begins. Very full circle in many respects. You could probably kill some time by seeing how each spirtual journey begins. Look at the sideways Oceanic 815 flight as the beginning of everyone's spiritual journey. Overall no complaints from me. On a sidenote...they dealt with Michael by leaving him trapped on the island for the things he did. I feel this explains why he's the only original survivor (from the core cast) not in the "church" at the end. The reality being child stars inevitably grow up. There's no way to explain grown ass Walt sitting in a church with Michael. Just a thought.

Posted by: johngwinn | May 24, 2010 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Donderro, I think the writers did resolve a lot of the questions you ask:

"Why were Hugo and Ben left on the island?"

To protect the island, just as Jacob and "Mother" and who knows how many before them had done.

"How did Claire give birth to the same baby twice?"

She didn't. The birth in the finale wasn't "real" - it was a construct. I got no clue why she carted that baby to the church, after she recovered her memories. Even if that baby was really Aaron, why would he (and Claire, and Kate) want him to exist in eternity only as an infant, rather than as an adult, as all the other people chose to exist in eternity.

"If Jack saved the island, why did we see it at the bottom of the ocean at the beginning of the season?"

That view of the island on the bottom of the ocean was from the "sideways reality" or "waiting room" or "eternity" - however you want to think of it. It was only there because that's how all dead people decided to think of it so they could imagine/"construct" a place/timeline/waiting room in which they didn't crash on the island.

"Why weren't Widmore, Walt, and so many other major characters not in the room at the end, when Jack's father was?"

I suspect Walt wasn't there because Malcolm David Kelly is too tall, and they didn't want to give away that it wasn't really a sideways reality until the very end. More generally, the people in the church were people who were joined by their time on the island together, which was "the most important time in their lives." Christian was just there as a guide.

"How could not-Locke be shot by Kate when just minutes before bullets passed right through him without effect?"

After Desmond pulled the stone out of the pool of water, not-Locke became mortal. If you remember, it was right after the stone was removed that not-Locke started bleeding when Jack hit him, and they were both surprised, and not-Locke realized he could hit Jack (the new Jacob) with a rock to the side of the head.

"Why did Ben refuse to enter the church in the end? And why was Hurley cool with that?"

Don't know the answer to that, other than Ben's statement that he still had things to work out. Possibly he had a lot more evil deeds in his past - even if most of them were committed because he mistakenly thought he was taking orders from "good" Jacob" when he was actually taking orders from "bad" Smokey - to atone for or work through or accept, depending on how you view what was going on in the waiting room construct. Maybe he needed to wait until some signficant person in his life remembered their shared past, such as Alex or Danielle.

Posted by: dc-native | May 24, 2010 11:45 AM | Report abuse

Like a game of three card monte, the "hooking up" of characters at the end distracted many viewers from the monsterous and emotion-laden cop-out.

Lost outlived its freshness date about two seasons back and has gradually been developing a funky odor.

Kids, this just demonstrates that screen-writing and smoking weed don't mix.

Posted by: paulthiel1 | May 24, 2010 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Okay, it seems like a bit of quantum physics etc is in play here. I didn't enjoy the way it all related to Christ but I understand why it might in that everyone there was from that kind of background (except perhaps the Korean couple).

Nonetheless, why can it not ALL be real even the sideways. Just accept that many realities exist. Haven't you ever met someone and felt strongly that you know them already? I certainly have, and if I went with it (which I don't), I could figure out (read that create) the reality where our relationship occurs. It sound crazy but then quantum physics and mechanics sounds pretty damned crazy.

I love it that each of these realities can exist simultaneously and that there is no "waiting" room because there is no 'now'..or it's all 'now'.

I have NEVER bought that Sawyer would get together with anyone but Kate. In any kind of real life, they'd never make it. But having said that, after the plane leaves at the end with Kate and Sawyer aboard, well... who knows.

I love all the interpretations, even the ones that say it was not good or incomplete. Fun reading! I'm sorry the show is over because I loved it. I loved the ride, the way it stretched my thinking while involving me in the lives of these people. Great great series.

Posted by: boxofstarlight | May 24, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Okay people...

For those of you who think they didn't answer the main questions of the island...they totally did. The island is a cork. The light keeps good and evil at bay and at balance in the world. Jacob and the MIB were just men who ended up there and Smokey was created by Jacob accidentally…And so on and so on...these questions were answered and anything that was left (why those numbers, when was the lighthouse built) is inconsequential in the scheme of things.

For those who think it was all meaningless. Absolutely not. Everything that happened on the island was part of their lives and very was what gave them the connections they would eventually need to pass on to "Heaven/Afterlife" what have you.

For those of you who insist on insulting everyone for "wasting" 6 years watching the show...if you didn't watch the show why are you on here "wasting your time"? Those of us who watched every episode, whether we agree on the ending or not...enjoyed watching a show from beginning to end and enjoy getting other fans opinions. If you didn't, fine, leave us alone.

And lastly, for those of you obsessing over the religious parts - I'm a person of faith but come on, Lost was a show (a piece of art for that matter) that took from bits and pieces of different religions. It's not gospel...nobody ever said it was. So if you're upset about parts of it not equaling up to the Bible, just remember that its entertainment. And as someone else said above...let’s just be glad that Hollywood recognized religion and did it respectfully for once.

However, here’s 2 s theories I’m thinking and I’d like to see what people think.

1 – As to why some other people may not be moving on yet or aren’t in the church. Maybe they go someplace else when they’re ready to move on. Maybe to people like Ana Lucia, Eloise, Daniel, Charlotte, Whidmore…maybe the island wasn’t the most important part of their existence and therefore, when they “move on” it’s in a different manner.

2 – As to who David is and why he exists in the “purgatory” world and not the real world. Maybe he is Jack’s way of coming to terms with his relationship with Christian in the afterlife. He needed to fix that father son relationship before he could move on. Maybe creating that son and a good relationship was his way of mending that part of his life since his father died before he could do so on earth.

Just thoughts…would love to hear what people think.

I'm in the group whose happy with the ending. They wrapped it up nicely, answered all the important questions and left some others (which we fully expected) and they gave us happy (tearful also) reunions and some laughs along with it. Bravo...I'll miss you.

And tonight I have to say goodbye to my other Jack. It's a sad sad couple of days.

Posted by: hoovk | May 24, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Completely crappy waste of 6 years. How can anyone be fine with no explantations for time travel (forwards and backwards!), a smoke monster, near immortality, Jack's dad's appearance on island, a moving island, and so forth! The sideways stuff was just a way to jerk a few tears and cover the writers' embarrassed behinds..."Ooh, they all got to heaven - we don't have to worry about that crazy island!"

Posted by: AlbertHall1 | May 24, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

I never watched the show. Was it any good?

Posted by: dotyr | May 24, 2010 12:49 PM | Report abuse

What is Lost and why is it on the front page?

Posted by: patrickschabe | May 24, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

For me, this was probably the most dissapointing ending to any work of fiction ever.

Posted by: Jess071 | May 24, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

"The show simply was never worth that level of investment. By year three we were much too jerked around to care any more.
The show was too inane with copious amounts of gratuitous confusion written into it." Posted by: aahpat

But you have time to invest to read these analyses and posts?

Posted by: dojemc | May 24, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

I had no problem with the ending.
The broadcast itself sucked, 4 minutes of show and 10 minutes of commercials.

Posted by: buzzkill5150 | May 24, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

anyone who thought the ending was good is a complete tool .

Posted by: deano107 | May 24, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Was I thrilled about how lost ended?
I think the writers and producer did a great in-justice to the followers of lost..
Please... we watched this show for 6 years and all they did was say they were dead ?
Well hell we knew that by the second year....And they were dead and had to make amends for the bad in their lives before they could move on into the light.....but what the heck was the island all about..why make such a big deal the MYSTERIES of the island ..about pushing button,black smoke,good & evil trying to escape,polar bears on tropical island,babies not born,people being healed etc...for 6 years then leave the conclusion with no explanation about it.
I think the writers & producer.."cliff hung" themselves out to dry..they kept adding cliff hangers through the 6 years leaving unknowns..but at the climax ( the finale)..just before the organism,they pulled the plug..leaving the viewers with a unsatisfied ending...And that's just plain wrong!!!

Posted by: cali7 | May 24, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

I am just so glad it's over. I hope all the people who made it through the corking and uncorking of the heaven/hellmouth had long and happy lives, and that they all, short-dead and long-dead have really nice after lives, free of smoke monsters and air travel. But please, someone tell me - what happened to Desmond? He was dragged out of the pit by Hurley and Ben - but was that the last we saw of him until the meeting of the sideways undead? Did he get off the island or was he stranded with Hurley and Ben? Did he make it back to Penny? Brother, you kinna expect me to believe that even though brave Jack died re-stoppering the cosmic drain, Desmond didn't make it back to Penny and their wee bairn.

Posted by: seabelly1 | May 24, 2010 2:40 PM | Report abuse

I am going to come up with a new TV series. I am going to entice viewers with a clever plot, sex, violence, romance, comedy, drama, twists and wonderful Shakespearean tales. I will then end the series with complete suspense and intrigue leaving the viewers with a bitter taste and more unanswered questions.

Posted by: RuskiSi | May 24, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

I am really surprised by how many people took the ending to mean that the characters had died in the original plane crash in 2004.

Wow. It's like they were not even listening to the final conversation between Jack and his father.

I'm also surprised by how many people said they quit watching the show years ago -- and yet they logged in here so they could comment.

I loved the show. I thought the ending was great. I was really sorry not to see Walt one last time, but then, he was a little kid when these guys knew him -- they didn't bond with him the way they did with one another.

The most incongruous thing about the church scene, I thought, was having the baby in the church with them.

Posted by: macloo | May 24, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

I was furious after watching the show last night as I felt it was a disappointment and expected more direct answers. But after watching the finale again today on, i've suprisingly found that I loved it. I often had to watch episodes twice to get everything.

The flash sideways was not really a flash sideways. When the flash sideways began it was actually simply the beginning of their afterlives after they had all eventually died. Some died on the island whereas Jack was the last one to die on the island, and the others either made it back home or died trying to get home. The rest of their lives after the island is really irelavent. I failed to realize this last night after watching but I "got it" after my second viewing.

Before my second viewing I was exactly like many of you with the "this is BS and a copout" viewpoint. But what I now see is that I didn't get the concept of the ending. Lost didn't just end with if and how the castaways get off the island but it told you about their struggles and flaws in life from their pasts, their struggles on the island which was a test/redemption process for many, and their struggles in the afterlife to finalize that redemption and I assume, go forward and reap the benefits of it, all at the same time in varying order. They fooled us into thinking this was a simple sci fi/adventure trip in the beginning and it turns out they basically broke down the meaning of freaking life with this show and put us in the position to see it unfold with these characters.

All in all I loved the whole experience. It was unlike anything before it and that's hard to do.

@hoovk-I totally agree with you opinions and as far as your theories I think some characters weren't in the church because they had stronger bonds with other people that weren't on the island so they will possibly have the same kind of enlightened reunion with their own little clique. Chistian said that the most important times of the Lost core characters lives were spent together on the island. I think that this means that this was the time in their lives when they "grew" or evolved the most as people.

I think your theory on David is pretty accurate. Maybe in purgatory world you have a chance to do things that you never did in life but always wanted to.

My thing about that is does David no longer exist now that Jack and Juliette realize they are dead? Does the love that they had for him when they thought he was real just evaporate?

Posted by: look4thebigpic | May 24, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

So this wasn't the best finale I've seen (Six Feet Under would be in the category of "fulfilling"). It had it's moments but I was not happy at the end. I wasn't anything. I liked the action and the parts that made me laugh but I'm not "happy" with the resolution. But I guess that I watched all these years. I was afraid this would happen earlier in the season with the concentration of MIB/Jacob, black/white, dark/good.

"Everyone dies eventually." Duh, I didn't need LOST writers to tell me that. Christian's body has never been in that coffin the whole series. So why all of sudden now do I have to accept that Jack is "finally" dead and not when he originally crashed?

I'll go with the characters had to help each other get to a point to move-on but to say sideways world was made-up just blew it for me.

For the last hour btw the 7 minutes of commercials every 4 minutes and the trite way of trying to pull at my heart strings with a "happily ever afterlife fairy tale" I think I would have been happier falling asleep. I didn't shed a single tear and I'm a chick. I never regret spending time because I was entertained "for free" and take it for what it was, but I'm not for treating the producers like they are all that, because I've seen much better. And now finally I can "move-on."

Posted by: grapeeape | May 24, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

I didn't like the Jacob's Ladder, 6th Sense end to sideways world. Up till 20 min till the end I was fully engaged in the show.

What did Jack say "Live together or Die alone", I guess he meant "Live alone then Die together"? Lame ending, no moral, just heading into the light!! ( was that ripped off from Poltergeist?)

I have to say I loved all the actors and acting jobs though.

Posted by: Michael_B | May 24, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

"The "flash sideways" was all about jack. It was purgatory for him. everything that happen on the island happened. Lock says to Jack "it worked". jack dies when the bomb goes off, and has to meet up and connect with all the people that helped him get to this place. it was about jacks passing. the series starts with his eye open and ends with it closing."

Almost. Jack dies on the island after getting stabbed by Locke/MIB. But Sideways World is about Jack's passing.

The people in the church are who Jack connected with, and the relationships that are important to Jack. We didn't see Eko, or Michael, or Rose, because they were not important for Jack to make the crossing into the light. We saw the relationships between the characters (i.e., Desmond and Penny) because Jack needed them to happen, and didn't see others (Locke and his fiance) because they didn't mean anything to Jack. We saw Aaron as a baby because Jack needed to see Aaron as a baby.

Without everything that happened in Sideways World -- nothing more, and nothing less -- Jack could not have crossed into the light.

Posted by: c0lnag0 | May 24, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

Okay, two big surprises for me: 1. I find that as time passes, I like the ending more and more and 2. I want more. Not only that, I think a second Lost series would be phenomenal. Hurley and Ben are still there. Desmond, too, since the finale left him face down in the mud at the mouth of the Golden Hole. And we don't know how long they served as island caretakers. Can you imagine how much fun we could have with an island run by Hurley and Ben? And Hurley can see dead people, so the dead cast can come back for cameos. And it looks like Ben got Hurley to agree to drop Jacob's rule about people leaving the island, so they can do lunch in LA with Kate and Claire and Sawyer.

Not too often, though - but a little would be lovely.

Come on. Lets all go back to the island.

Posted by: seabelly1 | May 25, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

I was more than pleased with the finale. It did not seem to give any concrete answers, which leaves the entire series open to individual interpretation. I do not believe there is a correct answer to whether everyone died in the original plane crash. The entire series could have merely been a flash of Jack's last moments, reconstructing a fantasy based on who he saw in the plane. Or perhaps everything really happened. Regardless, the show's ambiguity allows each viewer to use their imagination and create their own story. Some may think this is a cheap way out, but I think it is brilliant.

Posted by: mrcoffee | May 25, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

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