“Once there was a way, to get back homeward,
Once there was a way, to get back home
Sleep pretty darling do not cry, and I will sing a lullaby.
Golden slumbers fill your eyes, smiles awake you when you rise
Sleep pretty darling do not cry, and I will sing a lullaby.” – Golden Slumbers, The Beatles.
People may be confused, but I doubt they will be angry with the end of Lost.
Spoilers, of course.
Where to start?
I’m amazed by the number of people who seem to think the plane crashed and the whole thing was the afterlife. It seemed pretty explicitly explaining that what happened, happened on the island and the Sideways is the afterlife or purgatory or what you and then everyone in the church moves on… after Christian Shephard (no snickering) opens the door and the light comes in.
Does that mean that the producers lied when they said the island wasn’t purgatory or were they fudging or maybe it was the truth when they said it then but isn’t the truth now? I’d say they were telling the truth but not the whole truth, which is their job, just like writers not wanting to reveal what happens in the next issue of their comic.
I stopped asking for answers I knew I was not going to get a while ago (while secretly hoping for some of them to maybe be revealed), so I enjoyed the series finale for what it was. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t questions to be asked.
— Shannon was Sayid’s true love all along? And to think Nadia has been his motivation for all this time. And it was nice that the afterlife allowed Boone to be accepting of their love.
— If Hurley is “Number one” and Ben is “Number two,” does that make Desmond “Number six?”
— The cork in the wine bottle wasn’t just a metaphor after all.
— When they got to the church, I thought it was going to be Eloise Hawking’s church. and that everyone would go to a third new universe to live happily ever after.
— Did MIB die a little too easily, once he lost his Smokey powers? Weren’t you expected a horror film revival at some point?
— I was expecting Jack to find himself in the coffin. I also wouldn’t have been surprised if MIB or Jacob had been in there.
— Glad we got one more visit with Rose and Bernard (and Vincent).
— Then there’s the “who was or wasn’t in the church” talk. It appeared, on first watching, Juliet and Penny were the one person not on 815 in the church and Libby was the only “tailie.” I presume they make the cut because they are the “true loves” of Sawyer, Desmond and Hurley, respectively.
— Hooray for Frank not being dead.
— Someone with more emotions than me needs to make a list of crying moments in this episode and try and rank them. Presuambly, the top ones are Jin/Sun and Kate/Claire. People could probably make a case for Sawyer/Juliet or Sayid/Shannon. And then the end of course.
— As I told The Beat last night, the end really seemed like the end of LORD OF THE RINGS, with our heroes sailing off into the sunset. (I’m sure she knows the name of the boat, but she’s a much bigger Tolkien devotee.)
— I’m glad we got to see Real John Locke on more time and that Ben asked for and was given absolution.
— Having your protagonists ascend into heaven (or functional equivalent) certainly helps alleviate the worry of sequels. That said, I’m sure people would love to see a glimpse of Hurley and Ben as Mr. Rourke and Tattoo. I wonder how much golf, ping pong and backgammon they played for however long they were on the island.
— The sunken island in the Sideways is now a popular topic again. When did it sink? Is that when Hurley and Ben died?
— What happens to Jack and Juliet’s son in the Sideways, now that his parents have moved on? Presumably, the Sideways world goes on for those people still there. Or was it all for Jack, and with Jack gone, it just goes away?
– Did Kate not want to go into heaven wearing her little black party dress? Did she need to change into something more comfortable?
— And was the Sideways created by the bomb, did the bomb allow access to it? Is the Sideways, as one theory has already speculated, a creation of Hurley, with his new Jacob powers?
— Jin/Sun’s reaction to “James Ford, LAPD” was one of the great lighter moments in the finale.
— Since Charlotte and Faraday didn’t have their memories jogged, does that mean they aren’t ready yet?
— All we really needed probably to make everyone cry was Desmond playing Amazing Grace on the bagpipes. With all the STAR WARS references, why not a STAR TREK one to end the show?
And… how long with Carlton and Damon stay off the grid? And just how much will the say?
Let the discussions begin. And thanks to Heidi for letting me do this column.