And so ends one of the greatest shows in television history.
For six years LOST had entertained us, frustrated us and shocked us consistently. And today it said its final goodbyes. So, did it live up to all our (or atleast, my) expectations? Hell, yes.
I watched the LOST finale live for once. I didn’t want to wait three hours after half the planet had done watching it and then watch a bad quality video of it. Not for the finale, no. It deserved better than that. So, after gulping down my breakfast and taking a very half-hearted shower ( :P), I plopped down in front of my laptop and waited for the ride to begin. And what a ride it was!
Without going into specifics of what happened in the finale – all during the episode, the “sideways” timeline and the “island” timeline were converging, with our favourite losties (Yay! Juliet’s back! :D) in the sideways timeline having flashes of their life on the island at certain significant moments (mostly helped by Desmond and Hurley)
I especially loved the Claire/Charlie and Sawyer/Juliet “reunions” (Totally teared up at those two scenes! :)). But the best part of the finale had to be the last five minutes of it.
All the losties meet in the church Jack’s dad’s funeral was supposed to be held, where everybody except Jack already remembers about their island life. Jack runs into his dad there and what follows next is what makes the show as good as it is and then some –
Christian Shephard: “Hello, kiddo.”
Jack : “Dad? But…you’re dead! How are you here?”
Christian: “How are YOU here?”
Jack (thinks about it) : “… I died, too.”
Christian: “Everybody dies, Jack. All the people in the church are dead, too. Some before you, some long after. This is a place you all made together so you could find one another. The most important time of your life was the time you spent with these people. And now, it’s time to move on.”
😀 I did not see that coming! At first, I didn’t quite like it (For five whole minutes I kept pulling at my hair and going “But…I don’t understand!”) but then after a while, it kinda grew on me. All these characters died but each had played an integral part in the others’ lives and had become so close, that they didn’t want to move on without anybody. So they “created” this place between Life and Death and waited till the last person was ready. These people had created a life for themselves in the “afterlife”, that they had always wanted. Sawyer and Sayid were good. Jack had a son and was a good father, Locke was with Helen and loved his father, Hurley was not cursed… Each and every one of them got to do something they had always wanted to but never got the chance.
After thinking about it, I cannot think of a better ending for this show. Sure, they left LOT of questions unanswered, but like Christian said, it’s the bigger picture that matters and besides, this way everything was left to our own interpretation, which is way more cool :).
In the end, the whole series was about these people, from start to finish. About how they arrived on the island, lost, not knowing who they are and what their purpose in life is, how their faith, belief and everything they stood for was tested time and again and how they found themselves in the end. That’s all. All the questions about the dharma intiative, the polar bears, the smoke monster, the light, the island itself – none of it mattered. The way these characters came together finally, how their stories were resolved was much, much more impressive than any mystery that left us hanging on the show. Now, we finally understand the reason behind the name of the show – it didn’t refer to their location, it referred to their souls. And THAT realisation just took my breath away.
The very last five minutes of show let us know that in the end, no matter who we are and what we do, the most important thing that can ever happen to us are the people we meet in our lives. It’s the relationships we make during our lifetime that defines who we are. Live together, die alone. They all lived together, and none of them died alone. Not in the end.
Kudos to the producers of this show for making LOST more than just a tv show. As someone said “Lost is not a TV show, It’s a way of living.”. After six years of dedicated viewing, LOST will be sorely missed. There will never be another show like it, but – “Remember. Let go. Move on.”
I’m going to leave you with one of my favourite quotes from the finale, something John Locke (hands down, my favourite!) says to Jack,
“I hope someone does for you, what you just did for me”
Here’s hoping something does for you what LOST did for me :).