After six long years, LOST has finally ended. I’ve been thinking a lot about the ending…trying to convince myself it wasn’t a huge waste of time. Unfortunately there’s no real way to do that. While the episode was emotionally satisfying, it was intellectually offensive. The “flash sideways” in each episode of the last season was all building up to this huge cliche. It was a writing gimmick that would allow the show to end with a lot of hugging and pseudo-religious nonsense. I could never re-watch the show, knowing that’s what it all came down to.
Some people were pissed about the lack of answers. I get that, but personally I wasn’t expecting any real answers. I’d come to terms with that. I just wanted the show to be as creative as it used to be. A lot of people have rejected the flash sideways – this site has even edited them out of the last season. I applaud that, but I still don’t think that makes the last season very compelling. It fixes its most obnoxious flaw, but it doesn’t make me want to watch it.
So now that it’s all over, what do I do? The first few seasons stand as some of the best television ever made, but the last few are mediocre – and the final is downright offensive. Should I purge it all from my AppleTV? I’ve got a solution.
I’m going to pretend season three was the last season.
The Best Ending
Right away I know the season three finale was pound for pound better than the season six finale. All that church bound hug stuff was nice, but that was never why I liked the show. I liked it for the mystery and the writing…something the shows producers claimed was never the top priority, The end of season three (We have to go back, Kate!) was probably the biggest WTF moment of the show. They never had a comparable mind fuck scene after that. It’s as if they forgot that was part of the show. At the end of season three, you know they get off the island but wonder if thats what was best. Its pretty much the same conclusion you get at the end of season six, but without all the sloppy heavy handed stuff. The show just wasted the last three seasons telling you it didn’t matter – they were just going to end up getting off like they did in season three.
The biggest problem with pretending season three was the last season is that there are tons of unanswered questions. There’s two reasons that doesn’t bother me. The first is that seasons 4-6 brought up plenty of questions that were never answered as well. I actually think there’s about as many unanswered questions at the end of season six as there are at season three. The questions are just different. the other reason it doesn’t bother me is that it turns out I didn’t want to know the answers to a lot of those questions. Once I found out the whispers were trapped island ghosts, I knew somethings were better left to the imagination.
What does it all mean?
By the end of season six, you find out there is a magic light at the center of the island. You’re told not to ask exactly what it is, or where it came from. Jacob is explained, but you’re told not to ask what mother is or where she came from. That’s fine…going back too far would just lead to a creation myth. Ask yourself though…how is the cave light any different than what we thought Jacob was in season 3? There’s a magical man at the center of it all. We don’t know who he is or where he came from, but people fight over him the same they do the light. If were going to end up with no solid answer either way, why not stick with the undeniably cooler memory of that first encounter in Jacob’s cabin?
This is OK
This is the cleanest out. It doesn’t require any special edits or “looking the other way.” It’ll be as if LOST went out in its prime. At three seasons, it’s short enough that I can still show it to people AND I wont have to feel guilty knowing they inevitably jerk the audience around for three more seasons only to pretty much come to the same conclusion. Rather than hitting the audience over the head, season three’s finale invites a great dialogue and much speculation…something season six failed to do when they forced the fans to get caught up in lame conversations about purgatory.
I mean, we all just pretend Matrix 2 and 3 never happened, right?