Reaction to “Lost” Finale

Vincent is ready for the final close-up

Oh Darlton, you tease — Walt “showed up” as archival footage in the finale. Michael is stuck on the island as one of the Whispers. Walt must have had a more meaningful life off-island which is why he didn’t end up at the church. Or it was just impossible for him to show up at church at his island-age.

New York Magazine via E! reveals that the Man in Black’s name is revealed on bonus DVD features as Samuel. Guess we will have to wait and see whether there’s any Walt resolution included on the DVD (Malcolm David Kelley was spotted on set).

What was up with the end credits footage of the plane wreckage? Some B-roll shots linking the end to the beginning? It threw some viewers from a loop, with speculation that the Ajira plane did blow up with explosives and Sawyer & co. died. Or that all of the Oceanic Flight 815 passengers did die and everything was part of the Purgatory to get to Heaven. I’m inclined to think that it was not meant to impact the interpretation of the storyline and that it was just a link to the first “incident” in the series.

It was a moving ending, but not a totally satisfying conclusion. The rapid-fire emotional breakthroughs between the remaining characters (including sweethearts Kate & Jack, Sawyer & Juliet, Sayid & Shannon (!!), Charlie & Claire, Jin & Sun) couldn’t help but move viewers. Jack’s death scene — just when you think he’s going to “die alone,” Vincent comes. I loved the flying leap between Jack and the Man in Black. It reminded me of a similar shot in the recent “Star Trek” reboot (co-written by Damon Lindelof). Ditto Kate’s leap into the water before Sawyer can react — “I’ll see you at the boat.” Much more cinematic and jaw-dropping than the magic cave bits.

But there were too many unresolved mythology questions left dangling (Widmore vs. Ben and their “rules,” the Island’s Egyptian references, why the Others were so hostile towards the plane survivors if they were “candidates,” why did Walt show up as a ghost, etc.) and the whole Jacob vs. Man in Black narrative this season was a total drag. The true strength of the show was in its earlier seasons and this season was just a tribute to that history. Which was nice, but maddening for those who stuck around to get some resolution to all of the mysteries that were integral to the plot (or so we thought).

Here are some NYT clips from the “Lost” talk.


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