Yeah, that's right. I love Lost. It is very good and I want to talk about it. There will probably be spoilers. So, ALERT. Before I get into it may I say that while there is and always will be a lot of trash and smut on TV (and I can't even think of a funny example because I simply don't watch what I don't think is good--that's the incredible thing about TV, you choose what and when you watch) there is some very innovative, smart, and good stuff happening on TV.
But don't take my word for it. Read this. And I did say read because it is possible to read some of the time and watch TV some of the time. I'm NOT getting defensive. Or ask published author, Frank Delaney. I told him (because we're buds) the way he messes with the narrative structure in his latest book makes it really cool and modern and then I asked him if he watched much TV and he said he did and that he agreed with me and said he loves TV and thinks that whatever is going on in TV and film impacts the way he constructs a dramatic scene in a novel. That reminded me of Kavalier and Clay when they see Citizen Kane and it blows their minds and gives them an idea and an aesthetic for presenting story lines in the comic they are writing. Personally I never really "got" what was so great about Citizen Kane but when I realized that the flashbacks were a totally new and awesome thing it finally made sense. And I was all, it's just like Lost flashing forward. And sideways. It's complicated and cool and interesting and clever.
Don't get me wrong, Lost lost me there for about the last two seasons. It seemed like the story was getting away from the writers and it got a little dicey. But I admire them for committing to a final 6th season and deciding to give the show a proper ending instead of milking it for as many seasons as they could, adding new freaky unexplainable things just to perpetuate the show. It's a kind of integrity and it's not unlike Jerry Seinfeld going out on a high note--but let's all cross our fingers that the last Lost is better than the last Seinfeld.
Now let me just talk some more about Lost. It's coming down to a kind of good vs. evil plot which is always epic and meaningful (see my previous post). I think it's clear that Jacob isn't God and Fake-Locke (or "Flocke" as internet fans of which I am one call him) isn't the devil. Of course, in the Richard episode they called him the devil because in the context of Richard's Catholic belief system "the devil" made sense. I'm still expecting some kind of twist where Jacob isn't necessarily "good" because he does kind of cause bad things to happen by bringing these people to the island and he seems a little uncaring at times. Then again, have you ever heard of anyone causing bad things to happen to good people? Or requiring much where much was given? Or asking for people to believe in him without evidence? But I don't know what will happen. Really, I DON'T KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN!
I mean, you kind of hope you know which side every one will pick but you just never know. Who thought Sayid would turn out to be an evil zombie henchman? I formed a theory early on in Lost and it was this: "I don't know what's going on but Sayid is always right." I was sad to see him trade his soul for a promise Flocke can't keep. Since the Sayid episode where he seemed condemned I've wondered if people were--even after "choosing" Flocke--beyond redemption. That is, could Sayid still change? It appears that he can. (Like Anakin!) And I think that is what Jack Shepherd might be there for. You know--"shepherd." One thing that is really great is the use of Hurley as a rhetorical device. He voices some of the funny and wacky concerns you'll see internet fans talking about. It let's the writers explain things and bring up questions. It also makes them seem like they don't take themselves too seriously. Even though what is happening on Lost is the very serious business of fate versus self-determination. Destiny versus free will. I don't know what makes me think it has philosophical implications. Other than the characters named after John Locke and David Hume.
I've been very generous as I've watched these final episodes. I know they can't resolve everything. I've agreed to give them the benefit of the doubt if they will just do their best to explain the big stuff. And they have. I just nod my head as I watch and think, "Good job, guys. That makes sense. Nice." In particular I enjoyed the crash of the Black Pearl and how similar it was to the crash of flight 815 which started us all on this crazy ride. Remember when we thought it was dinosaurs or something? Now we know those weird sounds were Flocke as smoke monster. I'll buy that for a dollar.
All of these last episodes have been great. My favorite was the Benjamin Linus episode. I like his character and I am interested in him. He seems like a really good actor to me. When he said that Flocke was the only one who would have him, and then walked back with Ilana and just awkwardly stood off to the side of Jack's group it made me cry in a way that giving birth to two boys and two girls in real life didn't. I am emotionally invested in these guys. I like that doing the right thing is making their sideways lives better. I like this story.
I don't know what will happen, but for the record I've always thought Kate and Sawyer should be together. Although his attachment and loyalty to the off-putting Juliet was moving. I really love Miles and, in particular, the Miles/Sawyer buddy bond. Unfortunately I think Miles will die. Incidentally I feel that Miles and Hurley both serve as arch angels or prophets who use their gift to commune with the dead to encourage people to believe. I think the destiny links are not always boy/girl. For example, Kate seems somehow linked to Claire. And who is Aaron? Does he somehow turn out to be a really evil guy in the future? Remember the warning from the fortune teller early in the show? That was one of my favorite issues. Now crazy Claire seems like the last person who should be around Aaron, but having faith in her and bringing her along may "restore" her and end up being the "right" thing for Kate to do. It's mind boggling. I love it.
What I am most curious about at the moment is this: Who is Jack's ex-sideways wife? Who could it be? Will it be that lady from Modern Family? It's not Kate. I hope it's not Juliet because I hate her stern face and I hate her man walk. But if she's his divorce-destiny, whatever. I think his relationship with his son and half-sister might be the important thing there. Family is somehow relevant (Widmore/Penny/Sun/Jin/Ben/Alex/) along with true love and soul mates, which also seems relevant (Hurley/Libby/Charlie/Claire/Desmond/Penny/Daniel/Charlotte). I wonder what will happen and who will die. Because at this point no one is safe. The series is ending. Kate could keel over.
I know a lot of people gave up on Lost. Of all the times to give up! I feel sorry for those people.