Lost - Making It Up As They Went Along
I did not follow lost for the first couple of seasons. I watched a few minutes here and there, but just could not get into it. Then after reading some of the poker blogs that recapped the show, it seemed more interesting, so I started watching. There were some many twists, turns, and unanswered questions, that I found myself convinced from the beginning that they were just making the story up as they went along. As a result there would be no way to tie everything together and explain everything at the end. I found myself watching this season, just to see if they would even try to explain everything. After about 15 minutes into last nights series final, it was obvious that they had no intentions of explaining anything (because they could not), so they went with the "It Was All a Dream" type ending. No reason to explain what happened in a dream, right? So if you make the story up as you go along, and can't conclude things, you just call the whole thing a dream. Sorry, but you guys are not cutting any new literary ground here, you are just literally lazy. A good writer knows the end before the writing starts. That's how you keep things consistent. With no idea how the thing is going to end you just leave a giant unresolved mess. That's what the ending of lost was. A giant unresolved mess.
Now the losties that were interviewed after the show loved it, and claimed that it answered their questions. LOL. What was exactly explained? To me there were still more questions than answers in the final. Lazy viewers impressed by lazy writers. That's all. I am not going to bother trying to give my thoughts on the island stuff, since it never really happened and was all a dream. A couple things bothered me in the final though. After all this build-up, the smoke monster gets killed by getting shot? And after the smoke monster is killed, he retains to form of Locke? I thought the smoke monster was just arranging the smoke to look like Locke? How does this work when he is dead? He should have just dissipated or returned to his original human form, but again lazy writing. Now for the church ending. You really can't have it both ways here, but that’s what the writers went for. If the whole thing (island sequences, flash forwards, flash backs, flash sideways) were just a dream to those who died in the crash, and never really happened, then how come these people are so special to each other that they had to reserve a meeting place in heaven or wherever they were. If the whole thing was a dream, then they are just random people on a doomed airplane, and have zero connection beyond that. You really need the island to be real for these people to mean something to each other. You can't have it be a dream, and a meaningful reality at the same time.
Now for those losties out there that can't wait to rewatch the 6 years now that they know how it has ended, to better understand it, you are simply crazy. The writers did not know how it was going to end back then, so anything you notice on rewatching, has zero to do with an ending that was not conceived at the time. What powers did the island ultimately have? The power of cupid. Look how many hook-ups the island gods made happen with just a handful of people of the island. Lost island is a great place to go if you are a complete loser and need to find a soul mate, as long as you are willing to die before any of that really happens.
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