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.
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
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.