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Lost’s elegant elegiac ending

As it begins, so it must end.  After six strong seasons, one of television’s most profound and baffling dramas has come to a close.  Lost – what was it about?  What do we know?  And did it really matter?  Let’s discuss.

First I’ll say the usual blah-blah SPOILER ALERT, because I’m about to talk about last night’s finale.  And if you still haven’t seen it and you’re reading the internet, what are you thinking?

All photos below courtesy ABC.com

Gut reaction – I really liked the ending.  It wasn’t what I was expecting, but then again I wasn’t sure what to expect.  Maybe I thought it was going to be focused on free will and the Losties would end up deciding whether to live in one world or another.  But of course what we learned was that this new world wasn’t so much a world at all.  It was what I’d call a collective unconscious meeting place.  And what a great place – hey, Juliet!  Missed you!  Oh look, it’s Shannon!  Ah…the joy of reunion.  Because really that’s what the finale came down to – a way to reunite the characters we have loved and lost over the years in a place of peace.  As they said goodbye to each other, we were also able to say goodbye with a smile and a tear.  What we needed was closure with our friends, and that’s what we got.

Now, let me tackle some of those burning questions and choice moments from last night’s marathon episode.

So the sideways world isn’t real?

I’d say this is one area left up to interpretation and will be debated for years to come.  On the one hand you might say that it wasn’t, as the description from Christian Shephard implied that Jack had created it in his mind.  But it wouldn’t make sense that it just sprung from Jack’s mind – take Ben, for instance.  Jack’s mind would have no idea or perception about Ben’s storyline involving Alex and a certain woman with a French accent.  That’s why I favor this idea that it’s a place of shared experience, and some will be there for some time “working things out” while others will move on when they are ready.  I’m still a little unclear as to why Eloise didn’t want Desmond to “take Daniel away,” however.

And the mystery of the island is what exactly?

Clearly the metaphor of the island is mythical.  I think of it as Pandora’s box in reverse.  In the classic Greek myth, Pandora opens the box and releases all manner of evils into the world – envy, anger, pride, etc.  But she closes the lid just before hope escapes.  On our island, I think those evils are contained (corked, if you will) and what’s holding them in place is a powerful wellspring of faith and positive energy.  By replacing the stone, Jack ensured that evil wouldn’t spill out and extinguish the good.

Which leaves Hurley as the new Cork Protector.

Yes – clearly Jack wasn’t meant to truly replace Jacob.  He did what he always needed to do – fix things.  His whole life was this constant attempt to perform a heroic act that would be selfless, but somehow it never worked out just right.  Finally he was able to do that, and let go.  Which leaves Hurley as the true man of faith and protector of the island.  Which is what I’d been hoping for last week, anyway.  Now he gets to star in his own island sitcom with Ben, in which they get into wacky adventures, occasionally encountering Rose, Bernard and Vincent!

So why was Desmond in the church, but Michael wasn’t?

Christian made it clear that these were the people that had a powerful effect on Jack’s experience at this point in his life, which explains why some non-Oceanic 815 people came to the party – Juliet, Desmond, Penny.  But I think this place in space/time/mind might have its own set of rules.  And I’m guessing murdering someone in cold blood for personal gain doesn’t go over very well.  Sorry, Michael.  Looks like an eternity of the whispers for you.

Any other thoughts?

I have to give props to Evangeline Lilly for this episode – I’ve found Kate such a difficult character to get behind for so long.  But in the finale she was amazing – I just loved her.  Easily her best performance since the pilot.  I also loved all the reunion moments and flashbacks, which reminded us how far we’ve come – like bringing Boone back – hello!  Sun and Jin made me cry for the umpteenth time.  The grins on their faces when they walked out of the hospital room looking at Sawyer – priceless!  It was all just well-executed – often you saw what was coming and didn’t care.  Then again, I predicted Eko would somehow officiate a service in the church, but I guess that would have been one step too far!  Ooh – and I loved that the stained glass window in the church showed many denominations to make it clear this wasn’t a church of a single faith – it’s just a place of spirituality.  Nice touch.

Jin Sun Lost finale

And before I leave you, let me offer some parting thoughts on the six seasons of one of my favorite shows.  I’m going to borrow from my pal Mr. Robleto (a.k.a. BabyDaddy) and answer his fun questions.

  • Most heartfelt moment: Well you know I’m a sucker for my girl Sun.  And her scene at Jin’s grave in “Ji Yeon” just about killed me.  Runner-up – Rose being reunited with Bernard in season 2.  That’s faith!
  • Best turnaround: Benjamin Linus, who turned from evil to good so often he’d give Dr. Jekyll a run for his money.
  • Most shocking twist: I still remember shouting out loud near the end of season 1 when Locke pounded on the hatch, and the light came on.  Whoa!
  • Most confusing Islander: I’m going to have to go with Walt.  Due to his premature exit from the show we never really closed the loop on what it was he could (or couldn’t) do, and why the Others wanted to capture him.
  • Most frustrating writing slip-up: Introducing Nikki and Paulo at all.   And giving them a full episode to star in.  Boo!  Heck, I’d take another Ana Lucia episode over “Exposé.”
  • Best of a bad situation: Sex in the bear cage.  Pretty much the only redeeming quality of that time on Hydra Island.
  • Worst of a bad situation: Fish biscuits.
  • Worst episode to date: “Stranger in a Strange Land” in which we learn that the origin of Jack’s tattoos is boring, and Bai Ling is a terrible actress.  I give this a slight edge over “Exposé” which at least featured a cool scene of Sun slapping Sawyer.
  • Best episode to date: Not a cop-out – it’s the pilot episode.  It was a cinematic tumult of characters and action that left me reeling and hungry for more.  And I came back every week for 6 seasons!

That’s it for now, folks.  Please feel free to add your questions and comments below.  I could talk about this for days, seriously.

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Je suis désolé

Do not read a word further, and do not even look at the pictures below until you have seen Lost‘s latest episode, ‘The Candidate!’

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Farewell my Lost friends.  You shall be so very missed.

Photos courtesy ABC.com

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Getting Lost again

I don’t have a lot to say about this past week’s season premiere of Lost except, “Whoa.”  And to throw out my favorite line – a quote from Jack to Locke – “Nothing is irreversible.”  Oh really?  What did or did not happen?  Lots more questions to be answered now.

Fortunately, the friendly producers have given a bit of insight which helps frame discussion very well.  I encourage you to check it out.

And after that, check out this crazy sideways clip!

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Are you tired of the winter blahs on TV?  Dreading another titular top 12 on American Idol?  Wondering when Heidi Klum will ever grace your screen again?  Grrrrrl – I feel you.  So when the boob tube is bumming you out, just remember three things:

Carla is crazy/awesome on Top Chef!  You go, girl!

photo courtesy BravoTV.com

photo courtesy BravoTV.com

Battlestar Galactica is nearly over, but we can count on Starbuck to tell us where to go!

Fabulous photo by puntabulous.com

Fabulous photo by puntabulous.com

And you do NOT want to mess with Mama Sun on Lost.

THANKS to My Plaid Pants for this one!

THANKS to My Plaid Pants for this one!

(That last one is totally on my desktop right now.)

Enjoy!

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PLEASE NOTE!

The following post contains vital plot points from the season premieres of Battlestar Galactica and Lost.  If you haven’t seen them and don’t want to be spoiled – move along…

So let’s talk about all the mind-frakking, time-bending chaos of this week’s stellar episodes!  So very much to think about; I’m going to break each premiere down into 5 key discussion points.

Battlestar Galactica

1.  Earth.  Earth kind of sucks.  Earth is radioactive.  But the real issue here is that Earth was populated entirely by Cylons in human form!  The much talked about 13th tribe turned out to not be humans after all.  But of course there are questions raised – who nuked the planet?  And how do our 4 most recent Cylons have memories of living there, yet up until now believed they were always human?

2.  D’Anna.  She stayed behind, so that’s the last of the #3 model (that we know of).  Executive Producer Ron Moore has confirmed that Lucy Lawless would only appear in this episode.  It makes me a little sad, but I’m guessing it falls under “tying up a loose end.”

3.  Dualla.  Oh no, no, no!  This was just heartbreaking.  Who doesn’t love Dee?  And now she is gone.  I admit right up until the last moment, I thought her mind was somewhere else – perhaps that she was the final Cylon?  I know a lot of internet boards have buzzed about that for awhile.  Regardless, she will be so very missed.

4.  Mental breakdowns.  Roslin has lost it – Pythia let her down!  Adama has lost it – but Tigh won’t shoot him!  And I suspect that Dualla’s death is one more thing that’s sending Gaeta over the edge until he…what?  The man has a plan, but it’s unclear what that is yet.  Could he have a way to find a habitable planet where Roslin and Starbuck have failed?  And will he ever frak Hoshi on camera?

5.  The final Cylon.  I admit, I hadn’t even considered that Ellen could be the fifth.  Her character has always been rather tangential, which begs the question – what does it mean?  I assume there are connections deeper than Ellen’s marriage to Tigh which will link her into the greater mythology of the show, so we have much more to learn.  Also I’m holding a thought in the back of my mind that perhaps this is just a confused vision on Tigh’s part, and that the final Cylon is still out there.  Unlikely, I know – but I’ve learned not to take anything on this show at face value!

Battlestar and Lost are back

Lost

1.  Time skipping.  It’s an odd theory of Faraday’s and a bit hard to understand, but the effects are clear – time travel more disorienting than an episode of Quantum Leap!  Is it any wonder that a certain red-headed Brit is starting to get a bloody nose?  Get that woman a constant, stat!

2.  Ana Lucia.  I know we kind of hated her on the show for a long time, but wasn’t it nice to see her again?  That was probably my favorite scene of the night.  “Libby says hi.”  HA!

3.  Three years earlier.  I know this is a little thing, but isn’t it odd to see an actual time stamp before a flashback?  I feel like it’s telling us something beyond the obvious, but…I don’t know what that is.  It’s one of those situations where I’m sure it’s an easter egg, but it probably isn’t.

4.  Characters evolving.  I love that Sun is now a total bad-ass.  She just rocks.  Sawyer, meanwhile, has gone a little soft (and I finally find him attractive).  Aaron is suddenly very big, conveniently.  Also I thought it was interesting to see Bernard and Rose featured so prominently for a bit until I realized – there’s like no one left!  Take away the Oceanic 6, Walt, Ben and Desmond who are off the island.  Locke is off hunting, and Claire is communing with her dead father.  The list of dead Losties is long (Michael and Jin being the latest).  That leaves just Bernard, Rose, Sawyer and Vincent (with Julia and the freighter folk along for the ride).  Looks like it’s time for new characters!  Although we finally saw the return of Miss Hawking, so maybe more oldies but goodies are on their way.

5.  Neil.  I totally called it.  Out of the blue we have this annoying Lostie who was previously unnamed, but is suddenly at the forefront yelling at Bernard.  And then I see – he’s wearing a red shirt!  I was all, “Scott, that guy is a total redshirt, he’s dead at the first opportunity.”  THWAP!  Flaming arrow through the chest.  Sometimes I *heart* the writers so much!

Battlestar and Lost are back

So now it’s your turn to talk about these shows – what did you think?  And where do you think things are going next?

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Only 60ish days to go!

Look.  Drool.  Pull out your hair in frustrated anticipation!

Image courtesy Defamer.com

Image courtesy Defamer.com

Thanks to Defamer for posting the image.

So what are you doing to prepare yourself for the dual excitement of Lost and Battlestar Galactica returning in January?

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