Ed reviews the DVD of 'Lost: The Complete Sixth Season: The Final Season'

 

Hearing that I was doing a piece on the release of Lost:

The Complete Sixth Season – The Final Season, my sister said, "I thought about finally checking out Lost from beginning to end, but somebody told me the last

episode ruined the whole series. Is that true?"

The answer is no. I'd use capital letters and explanation

points, but I don't want to startle anybody. The last episode upset a number of

viewers, who considered some of the metaphysical twists to be a cop-out. I

wonder what show they had been watching for six years? The dazzling first two

hours of Lost opened with a stunning

display of the aftermath of a plane crash. The sense of realism was remarkable.

By the end of the pilot episode, however, we were exposed to things that didn't

seem possible. As the series progressed, the combination of realistic visuals

and apparently otherworldly events became more intense.

Lost introduced

metaphysics in its first two hours. Using it in the last two hours was no

cheat. When I watched the final episode, I was mesmerized – the plot

machinations confused the hell out of me, but I didn't mind because part of the

appeal of the show was in trying to sort matters out. I'm glad Lost didn't wrap up all the loose ends – the great

gift of the series is that it brought fans together to discuss, debate and

savor. A tidy ending? That would have been a cop-out. As for the particular

metaphysical twists employed in the finale, I watched the conclusion again a

couple of weeks ago. Knowing the twists and kinda, sorta understanding them,

the show was even more satisfying. Funny, sad, gripping, beautiful and moving.

I wanted more, but I was satisfied.

The release of the final season on DVD and Blu-ray offers

more — much more, including a little more of the story. I only received

the box set a few days ago and there hasn't been enough time to check out all

the extras, but I can tell you that the additional story is a 12-minute segment

that features the right hand man of the new guardian of the island (and

briefly, the main man himself). A few minor questions are addressed and there's

a welcome appearance by a long-absent character. Other extras include

documentaries, discussions, bloopers, deleted scenes and audio commentaries. As

with previous season boxes, it's a doozy loaded with goodies. A Lost: The

Complete Series mega-box set is also

available which features even more treats and a nifty special package.

As a boy, I devoured the adventures of young detectives The

Hardy Boys, in book form and as a black and

white series that was part of The Mickey Mouse Club. I loved sci-fi as well. As an adult, my favorite

series was Twin Peaks, which

masterfully combined the adventures of some adult Hardy Boy types with enough

weirdness for a bookcase full of sci-fi stories. Alas, Twin Peaks left us after two seasons.

Lost, on the other

hand, offered mysteries and weirdness galore... and it kept going and going.

Was it Twin Peaks good? Nah, but

it was great fun. I didn't try to puzzle out the big mysteries, though I

enjoyed reading various theories by others. What I wanted from Lost was simply an entertaining hour each week with at

least one "whoa!" moment per episode. The show delivered, in spades. Sometimes

I got frustrated with characters or storylines, but the rewards far outweighed

the rocky sections.

Were the creators of Lost making it up as they went along? Sure, for a while. It's

well-established that they always knew what the closing image of the series

would be, but interviews have made it clear that they didn't expect the pilot

to be picked up in the first place and that they threw in a number of bizarre

moments because just doing a show about castaways on an island seemed like a

drag. When the show was picked up, they started constructing more of the Big

Picture, while continuing to work one episode at a time to keep us entertained

and intrigued.

In season three, the creative team approached ABC and

explained that, to keep the quality of the series high, they needed to set an

end date. The network agreed and the show picked up its pace as it starting

heading for the home stretch. It moved too fast sometimes, with the plot

plowing over the cherished character moments.

But I remained faithful because Lost continued keeping me entertained and intrigued for

an hour each week, with a cornucopia of "whoa!" moments. The swings from

concrete scenes to bat-ass crazy segments was exhilarating. Characters came and

went – some amazing characters and some awful ones. I got caught up in

their lives, even if the character in the spotlight was not one of my

favorites. The storytelling methods changed and we were introduced to

flash-forwards and, in the final season, flash-sideways. Over the six years, a

lot of viewers dropped out. If you're one of those people, you've now got the

opportunity to drop back in. Lost

will drive you nuts, entertain the hell out of you and make you go "whoa!" a

lot. Don't sweat the small stuff, just hop in and enjoy.

NOTE: I didn't include a star rating because I wanted to

avoid confusion over whether the rating was for the final season, the final

season box set or the series as a whole.

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