Well, Lost is over. I thought Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse ended the show very well. I hope they earn a lot of money because if the makers of Cougartown are making even one dollar, then the makers of Lost deserve one hundred thousand million. (I've never watched Cougartown, but the few seconds I see at the end of Modern Family offend my sense of humor and enrage me.) I hope you watched the finale. If not, don't read this. You might think you will never go back and watch all the old episodes of Lost but I am holding out hope that you will--one day. Maybe after you finish the Harry Potter series. You know who you are. (Jerks.) I don't want to spoil it for you.
For me the most moving recognition scene was between Charlie and Claire. Very sweet. Probably because accents make everything more poignant. Even though it was incredibly moving I was still distracted by what I had seen while Claire gave birth: Kate's upper arms and chest flexing and buckling while she yelled, "Push!" Remember that Seinfeld where the girlfriend tries to open a jar of pickles while naked? Gross. I'm jealous of Kate's good looks and sinewy frame but I'm glad that when I flex and hunker down nothing moves. At all. That's the one good thing about being me.
While on the subject of Kate--bless her heart--I'm going to go ahead and admit right up front that I never liked her and Jack together so I did not find their reunion all together satisfying. I've been gearing up for this for a while--ever since it became clear that Sawyer was a better man with Juliet and her death scene with jughead foreshadowed a cute reunion where they go dutch for coffee (and in the sideways world when they met at the candy machine it was seriously and satisfactorily cute and touching.) I'm pretty much on board with Juliet now in every way. After seeing her and Jack so amicably divorced and lamenting the fact that she isn't sealed to her apparently fake sideways son I take back all the stuff I said about her annoying mannerisms on island. Bygones! Since Sawyer is "meant to be" with Juliet that leaves Jack with Kate even though time after time she "chose" Sawyer by refusing to live in the cave with Jack, by keeping Saywer's secrets while engaged to Jack, by leaving Jack at the temple and going off to find Sawyer in his old Dharma house, etc. etc. . . also cough. . . polar bear cage. I think Evangeline Lilly likes Josh Halloway more than she likes Matthew Fox in real life which is why Jack always seems like a concession prize to her. She always lies to him and isn't loyal. In the end she doesn't stay with him on the island. Their relationship leaves me cold. Claire was her destiny. Can't we just leave it at that? I mean, Kate's kind of trashy.
The sideways John and Jack scenes have always been a wonderful treat. I'm happy for that. But I was dying for a hug between them in the church! They just shake hands! I was expecting a pretty big moment when Jack saw him after "waking up." But he'd just had a big moment with his dad. And John Locke had just had a big moment with Ben. Every moment can't be a big moment or it takes away the impact. All told, I was pleasantly surprised at the sheer number of big moments in the finale. They did a good job of it. But what about a big back-cracking hug between the man of faith and the man of science!
Another big moment was Jack turning the island over to Hurley. I know it's obnoxious to say I knew that was going to happen and I did not know it was going to happen but you couldn't help wonder if that's what was going to happen when Jacob told Jack to protect the island "as long as you can." And when Hurley said "I'm glad it isn't me," I think the music went "Dun dun dun." Still, a nice surprise which seemed fitting. Love Ben as #2. Good old Ben. He's my favorite character. I relate to him a lot--maybe because I'm a somewhat pathetic, island-loving, covetous, evil genius. But in my redemptive moments you can't help but love me. Don't be so hard on yourself, Ben.
The coolest scene was when Jack and Locke faced off on the cliffs and ran towards each other to fight. In my mind I said, "Don't do it Anakin! I've got the high ground!" And then Jack gave Locke an awesome punch giving new meaning to the hipster/Tweet favorite, "I want to punch _____ in the face." But then Jack got stabbed, giving new meaning to the hipster/Tweet favorite, "I feel stabby." All in all, I rewound it many times. Awesome. I love it when things are awesome. Why can't everything be awesome all the time? Because then we wouldn't appreciate it as much.
I think it must have been fun to be a writer on Lost and to be all, "You thought the island was Purgatory? Haha! Guess what suckers? The sideways world is Purgatory or Limbo or Spirit Prison. Take that!" Pretty good.
I've always enjoyed the religious and moral aspects of Lost. As the seasons went on it became more and more overt and then everyone died and went to Heaven! Hey Lost, don't be embarrassed about your religious beliefs or anything. Don't try to hide how you really feel and pretend it's all scientific or something. Just flat out end the series in a church with everyone walking towards the light--no seriously. Do that. What can I say? I dig that stuff. I'm a Mormon. I think Christianity is just as--if not more--plausible than time travel. What is that wound in Jack's side? It reminds me of something. Something important. I'm not sure I believe in it, can I touch it? Amen, Lost.
I thought the end would be more tragic, but I'm glad it wasn't. So they're all dead. It's the happy kind of dead like when old people die in non-painful ways and family members say it was a blessing. I'm glad the writers let the end be "happy" and redeeming. I'm glad they didn't feel like they had to be totally ambiguous and bleak just to prove they are a serious, dramatic, contemporary show.
Now, onto the post-finale Jimmy Kimmel show. I thought it was mostly dumb, but sort of fun. It's always good when actors are totally dumb and unappealing in real life because it helps you not have crushes on them when their characters are stoic and awesome. I liked Terry O'Quinn, period. I like Matthew Fox, but not as much as I like Jack. I thought Daniel Faraday wasn't funny in real life. I like Ben, but I think he's weird. Claire was ditsy. Sayid was goofy. Charles Widmore had some dignity. Jimmy Kimmel was cute in his fandom but I don't think Jack died during the plane turbulence. I felt bad for Marilyn Manson--I was once obsessed with him, you know. And now he's nothing more than a weirdo in the audience at Jimmy Kimmel's Aloha to Lost? Maybe he didn't make that deal with the devil after all.
But most importantly, why is it some badge of honor among actors to not watch the show they are on? They LOVE to tell you they don't even watch their own show--like they're so above it or something? Evangline Lilly doesn't have TV (Is that why I think Jack's too good for her? Probably.) Claire didn't watch all last year. Sayid has never seen the show. What gives? I could understand if they were saying they felt uncomfortable watching themselves on TV--like how I hate to hear my voice on a recording. Then again, I don't work really hard to get on TV or call myself an actor. So. I don't get it.
I'm a lawyer but trust me--you'll never see me in a courtroom.
I'm a chef but cooking is beneath me.
I drive a bus but you'll never catch me riding a bus!
I work in construction but I've never been inside a house or a building of any kind.
Whatever. You get the point. I like Hurley who admits to being a huge fan of the show. Regarding the series finale he said, "I think I got it," with nary a mention of his craft. I think I got it, too. Go to the light, Lost. And to those of you who didn't like it? I guess I'll see you in Hell.