The 'Lost' madness continues
The series finale of "Lost" aired two days ago. It's over. But because this is "Lost," a series that never wavered in its ability to keep generating unanswered questions, it's not really over.
NOTE: If you haven't seen the finale yet, proceed with caution. There will be spoilers ahead.
The conversation about what happened during that two-and-a-half hour, weepy trip to church is still going on all over the Internet, not to mention inside our own heads. As Jeff Jensen said of the final moments of the series during part one of his analysis of the finale -- that's right, he's turning his final column into an epic, minus the Target commercials -- "I wonder how long it will be before I can think about any of that without getting choked up? " Jeff, I'm wondering the same thing myself. Hasn't happened yet.
I'm still sifting through the wreckage, so to speak, trying to make sense of what we saw Sunday night as well as over the six seasons that preceded it. Example: on the way to work this morning, I realized that Jack's non-existent son David shares a name with another non-existent guy we met on the show back in season two: Hurley's buddy Dave. (Coincidentally, executive producer Damon Lindelof's father also happened to be David.) Really, we should have known that kid was just a figment all along.
If, like me, you're still hungry for any more "Lost" nuggets you can get, I've gathered some of the best stuff on the Web right now to satisfy that Oceanic craving.
For starters, here's video of Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse (found via The ODI) talking with Diane Sawyer about the finale. It was taped last Thursday, but they do talk about the finale in the video. Sawyer, however, does not ask them to confirm that the Losties have not been dead since the beginning of the series, completely shirking her responsibilities as a responsible journalist. (Just kidding ... mostly.)
Speaking of the "They've been dead all along" theory, Nikki Stafford, author of the Finding Lost book series, has written a lovely post that argues persuasively in favor of the explanation Liz and I also tried to reach during yesterday's analysis and captured a bit more forcefully in the discussion: The Oceanic 815 passengers did indeed survive the crash, were not living the entirety of the series in purgatory and died later, at various times. Stafford also notes that the wreckage we saw as a coda to the finale here in the States was not even shown in Canada, which means those who view that as proof that the crash killed everyone may indeed be placing too much significance on it.
An item from Fancast and posted on DarkUFO also addresses the wreckage imagery and, based on an unnamed source, says it was intended as a buffer between the final moment and the local news but nothing more. The same item also says we will indeed see Walt again, but not until that season six DVD gets released in August.
For those still (understandably) frustrated by the mythological matters that never got addressed on "Lost," spend some time with Lostpedia's mysteries portal, which breaks down the issues that have been solved, partially solved, unsolved or explained canonically. Drill down into the pregnancy section, for example -- which Lostpedia characterizes as partially solved -- and you'll find all sorts of episode-specific info to refresh your memory. (By the way, and try not to spit up when you read this, but the portal only puts nine items on the completely unsolved list.)
And when you need a break from Lostpedia, here's a video that runs through a long list of unanswered questions from the duration of the series:
Sometimes the best way to say goodbye to a TV series is by summing up all its lessons in a song. That's what the band Previously on Lost does in this Lost Untangled video; their "what it all means" tune begins at about the 1:30 mark, after ABC's gratuitous DVD promotion.
And last of all -- at least for the time being -- is an interesting tidbit about the final moment of the series, found via Dark UFO. Someone posted the opening seconds of the "Lost" pilot on YouTube a few weeks ago, but ran them in reverse. And guess what? That pretty much parallels what Jack did when he laid down amidst the bamboo and passed on in the end of the show. A new video, that runs the finale ending alongside the backwards-pilot moment, shows just how much the two scenes share in common. Duration of both portions of video:108 seconds.
| May 25, 2010; 2:41 PM ET
Categories: Lost, TV | Tags: Lost
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