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It’s about time. 

It’s time for LOST to put up or shut up, and hopefully it will be the former not the latter. The creators have insisted that they have had the endgame in place since the very first season, and with a negotiated timeline for these past couple of seasons, they have had the opportunity to structure the final path with great precision. Rarely has an episodic show been given that kind of leverage, but I will be the first to admit that they have earned the shot. 

I’m a bit skeptical that the endgame was that specificBen Linus, after all, was initially written as a marginal character. But Michael Emerson’s dynamic performance led to Ben not only getting more screen time but ultimately becoming arguably the central character on the show. So unless the creators simply transferred another character’s storyline onto Ben’s shoulders, an audible was clearly called somewhere in process. 

And I’m fine with that. After suffering through what happened on The X-Files, I’ve been far more skeptical when labyrinthine plots and conspiracy theories are at the center of a program, but it appears that Lost has weaved a pretty airtight mosaic of people and events. It’s amazing to watch early episodes and notice something in the background that resurfaces several episodes (or years later). The X-Files once had a brilliant alien conspiracy theory in place but didn’t invest in the continuity with the same diligence as the fans did, and eventually the logic contradicted itself. The show ultimately backed itself into a corner by presenting two scenarios that could not co-exist, and a loyal fan base was justifiably frustrated and disappointed when no resolution or explanation was delivered. You don’t want to invest that kind of time into anything and be left hanging. 

(Chicago Tribune’s three-part interview with the creators; Maureen Ryan was kind enough to also include a summary of information for those of you with short attention spans.)

And that’s what’s so fascinating about this show. There are people (like me) who have been in deep since the first episode, and others who bailed during the show’s mid-life who have comeback into the fold when the announcement was made that the full story would get to be aired to its conclusion. The excitement for the last season is palpable, from the fan blogs with simple theory posts to incredible websites dedicated to in-depth psychological character evaluations and doctorate-level theses on the symbolism and meaning of the show. The writers and creators of LOST have had the gauntlet thrown down, and they have eighteen hours to pull it off. 

Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof have gleefully dispensed tiny clues and hints over the years but are already throwing the caveat out there for the endgame.  Lindelof suggests that “Some people will think it’s enormously satisfying. Other people will think it’s not satisfying enough. It all depends on the way that you watch the show”. Hmmm… 

Will it be frustrating like The Sopranos, or perfect like The Shield? We’ll find out soon enough, but first things first. And don’t forget to tune in tomorrow as the final season starts. 

Wikipedia of Lost episodes. 

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The Season Premiere is certain to cook up some Big Numbers

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Nothing on LOST is ever black or white

Nothing on LOST is ever black or white

Another amazing season finale, and my head hurts from trying to put the pieces together. Lost has been very, very consistent in tying up old threads and closing loops despite an incredibly complex storyline that transcends multiple timeframes and has an interrelated web of characters who cross paths in the flesh as well as in spirit. And creators Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse have juggled the balls honestly – it’s apparent now that those who feared being burned by the implosion of plot details (X-Files alien mythology, anyone?)  will not be disappointed with Lost.

Tonight we finally got to see the mysterious Jacob and how he has already encountered so many of the characters at critical points in their lives. We saw the dynamic of Ben Linus manipulating John Locke reversed…or did we? Ben admits that he rarely tells the truth (“I lied. That’s what I do…”). Josh Holloway as Sawyer has been given a great arc this season, but Michael Emerson and Terry O’Quinn have been phenomenal; on occasion they put the show on their shoulders and took it to another level.  This is one of those occasions.

People who appear to die…don’t. People who appear to not be dead…are. Not everything is black and white, despite the overt images (remember that famous shot of Locke’s eyes?) There are choices and the inability to choose and the consequences of both. Alignments change. Old friends reappear. And we learn that if we ever need a getaway driver, we’re going with Hurley– he’s much better with the Dharma van than his own car…

Buggin' with Hurley

Buggin' with Hurley

An evening of huge reveals: two locations exposed, a killer twist, revenge and heartbreak, gunplay and deception, and a mindblower of a last scene. We learn how one accident occured but might not understand whether the “incident” would have had the same consequences unless it got a little push.

The Incident was everything you hope for to wrap up one year and set you up for the next. If you haven’t gotten into the show yet, or if you fell off the wagon, use the next several months to catch up on the episodes. Season six – the final season – is primed to be massive.

I don’t want to spoil the episode, and I know I’m going to watch it a couple of more times to pick up things I missed (what happens in the background is often subtle but as important as some things that happen in the foreground). But I will point you towards a few sites where the discussion will he hot and heavy for a while. I’ll be back with my theory another time. Until then, enjoy and namaste

 

Not everything is neatly buttoned up yet

Not everything is neatly buttoned up yet

 The Tail Section

Doc Jensen from Entertainment Weekly

The LOST Experience

 Doc Arzt’s Lost Blog

Lost Episode Guide (with fan comments)

LostPedia

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