Monday, May 24, 2010

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.



At 9:31 AM, Blogger Kaberi and Vik said...

I agree with the criticism of the Lost writers for being sloppy, but for an entirely different reason, namely that their treatment of the mysticism of the island in the final seasons was poor. And, to your point, it certainly seemed that they were making it up as they went along because they spent far too much time introducing subject matter (e.g., Dharma Initiative videos) and characters (the Japanese guy in the temple and his sidekick, Lennon, Cloughie, Ilana, etc.) that were ultimately irrelevant to the story.

I also am not sure that the finale was a dream sequence. Rather, I think everything that happened on the island was real ... as Jack lays dying, he sees the Ajira plane pass overhead, not the original Oceanic plane. The flash sideways was not a dream, but a purgatory for all of the main characters after they die at different times. The convening of the main characters at the end of the show was their meeting before moving on to heaven or salvation.

At 11:51 AM, Blogger Mike Maloney said...

Speaking of lazy viewers, you should probably pay more attention when you watch if you think anything other than the flash sideways wasn't real or didn't happen. In fact, even the flash sideways was real and happened, only it took place after everyone died. But yeah, flashbacks, flashforwards, present day stuff, it all happened.

At 12:09 PM, Blogger Steve said...

"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."

That's probably why the writers went with "the island is entirely real" angle. Christian DIRECTLY TELLS Jack, "Everything that's ever happend to you is real", "Everyone dies sometime Kiddo. Some of them before you, some long after you", "This is a place that you all made together so you could find one another. The most important part of your life was the time that you spent with these people. That's why you're all here. Nobody does it alone Jack. You needed all of them and they needed you."

At 1:03 PM, Blogger Blinders said...

My point is that if the island is real, then they needed to explain a lot of things. Seems like they went with it was a dream so no explaining required for anything. It was not made clear what was real and what was not in the final, though you are free to speculate as you would like based on what was fee cryptic details were revealed.

If what happened to them on the island was important, then the stuff about the island becomes more important.

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At 5:53 PM, Blogger ResumeFluffer said...

Blinders you didn't pay attention to the finale. It was not an oh my this was ALL a dream ending.

Everything on the Island was REAL. No, they didn't explain the mysticism of the island, but why they were there and their purpose for being their was fully explained.

The alternate storyline during the second episode was a kind of purgatory.

The flash forwards in previous seasons was real.

The flashbacks in previous seasons was real.

The island was REAL, not a dream.

The finally scene in the church OCCURS AT LEAST 80-something years after we see Jack die on the island.

Why do I say this? Because baby Aaron is in the church passing to the other side with them!

The premise of the alternate storyline was that when people die they do not immediate pass over to the otherside-- A lot of people are still stuck with a lot of issue when they die. That explains the Hindu belief of reincarnation--- You stop reincarnated once you cleanse your karma, and have solved your earthly issues.

Lost isn't dealing with reincarnation, but they do deal with a sort of cleansing of the soul. Ben Linus says that he ISN'T read to go yet--- He still has some issues to workout.

It was a good episode. NO, it didnt answer every lil question, but in some ways the story of lost is bigger than every little oddity that the island presents; It is a story more about how these people were thrown together.

At 6:58 AM, Blogger Clay said...

Dude you're stupid.

First of all, it's "finale," not series "final."

Second, don't try to criticize a sow you never fully devoted your time to and only "watched a few minutes here and there" of until you heard better things about it.

And finally, and most importantly, if you had any sort of comprehension skills you'd understand that nothing in the finale or final season was a "dream sequence."

Your referring to anyone as lazy in this situation is absolutely laughable.


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