Before I begin, I would like to go over ‘Lost’ briefly in the following paragraph free of any spoilers or emotional outbursts for those who are uninitiated.
I feel like I need to do this, out of respect for what was once one of the greatest shows on television. It was above all, a character piece that brought together a very diverse group of individuals through a plane crash on a remote island. It is no secret that the island was mystical in nature and possessed many bizarre apparitions that challenged the personalities of the survivors. The driving force behind the excellence of this show was the chemistry and rivalries that occurred between the various characters. An iconic battle of intellects between a man of faith versus a man of science carried the show through its first two years. Through this time we discovered many coincidental connections between all the survivors through well executed flashbacks, incidentally reinforcing the words of the man of faith. Every character had a powerful back story, a painful dissolution in their history that brought them to this island as a means of salvation. Through much trial and pain, many of our characters grew and began to let go of their past life miseries and develop bonds of fellowship as they endeavored to survive on the island, and in some cases, leave the island.
The island had many, many mysteries which ultimately provided an excellent backdrop to the challenging tribulations our characters went through. There were monsters to fight, and scientific anomalies to discover, some sort of challenge to help the characters grow. It is at the point, where the backdrop came to the foreground, that ‘Lost’ began to lose itself. When the mysteries and science fiction, no… the fiction began driving the story and not the characters, the show suddenly lost its grip on reality. It began to lose what kept the show grounded and dramatic, the characters and their relationships. You may want to stop reading now, I am about to get started on what I do.
Let me flat out say this, if you remotely try to argue to yourself and others that ‘Lost’ ended a better show than it started… you are an absolute idiot. As soon as ‘Lost’ threw away the character rivalries, it completely took out all the emotional energy that made the show so bloody good. Pontifically, I am referring to the dynamic between the always sparring Jack, Locke and Benjamin Linus. The show’s paradigm on human relationships shifted across season 5 and season 6, as ultimately Jacob and his evil brother were awkwardly shoehorned front and center. The focus of the show became this absurd mythology that was utterly fictional nonsense, one which many illiterates have unsuccessfully tried to explain using science fiction.
Let me make one point explicitly clear, the ending of ‘Lost’ was created. It did not develop or reach a natural end. The show, the stories and characters did not come to a conclusion. Plot points and characters were created as a means to an end that completely disregarded an entire 4 years of back story. The first sign of nonsensical drivel began when they decided to fully introduce time travel circa season 5. I have stated a bloody insurmountable number of times how retarded time travel is, but I was confident ‘Lost’ could handle it. They carried it out really nicely, and briefly, through Season 3 and 4 with Daniel Faraday and Desmond. The time hopping was slightly annoying and unexplained, but the 74-77 Dharma trip was enlightening and nicely showed some island history. However, I was always concerned about this and how they would correct “the problem” that everyone was on different “time zones”. The answer was blowing up a nuclear bomb, a megatonne of stupidity landing shit faced up on the stupidity of all stupid people in this stupid world. I do not understand why anyone accepted this to be legitimate. It is not intelligent, to blow up a nuclear bomb, to correct time. If you tried to believe this in the realm of science fiction, you should be considered an illegitimate human and be shot to shit.
Anyway, the nuclear bomb blew up. After its trigger failed. It fell down a 50 ft well colliding with metal bars and cement girders on its way down. It did not explode. It finally reached the bottom, smashing itself on a rock. A woman fell down the well a few minutes later. She did not explode or get hurt by the metal bars and cement girders on the way down, and not by the rock either. She picked up a small rock, and started “hitting” the bomb, asking it to blow up. “Why won’t you blow”, she said. It did, because she tapped it with a rock and asked it to blow up. The screen went white. And I wanted to smash my face in to the belly of an armadillo.
I have previously conveyed my unrest in my ‘Lost Season 5 Review‘. Season 6 of ‘Lost’ was terrible, and completely void of character moments. Jacob was shoehorned in to the story, as was the fact that ‘The Black Smoke’ was actually a sentient being. This completely and utterly voids everything that the smoke monster had done in the entire past 5 years of the show. Why kill Echo? Why kill that pilot? Why try to drag off Locke in to the jungle? Why be summoned from a dirty toilet plug in Ben’s secret closet and automatically come and kill off just the soldiers? Why rip off a poor french guy’s arm in the 1960′s? Why did Jacob need a line of ash to protect him from the monster when the monster could never actually kill him? Why live in a tunnel underneath the temple which later was said to be actually the only safe place on the island? Why were ‘The Others’ ever outside the temple if this was the case? What was the case? Are you a stupid? I am a stupid. Go f*** yourself you stupid, idiotic show of shit.
I just completely invalidated the story of the entire 6th season of ‘Lost’. And no, you can not argue otherwise and give me some imaginary answers that you came up with in your basement. The smoke monster being an actual person is completely incorrect. It was a stupid decision by a very stupid pair of writers, Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof who took over the show from J.J. Abrams following season 1. After seeing their homosexual antics on the Jimmy Kimmel Live, I am convinced they are stupid. Yes, I do consider homosexuality and stupidity to be one and the same.
Following this revelation, season 6 of the show lost itself in some mythological bullshit. You can not create fiction out of thin air, J.K. Rowling spent an entire book explaining her fiction and likewise Tolkien created hundreds of manuscripts and dictionaries for his fictional world. You need this depth to make the bullshit in it to be relevant and believable circumstances for characters to interact in. With ‘Lost’, as the audience was thrown face first in to the most absurd fictional heresy, our only answers came with characters through out the show saying “This is the way it has to be.” over, and over again. That is it, you just have to accept it. Blowing up a nuclear bomb will reset time and start an alternate reality in which the plane never crashed so everyone can live out their lives without an island. But this alternate reality is actually purgatory, and is waste of everyones time and has nothing to do with anything. Because the other reality is still going on, you know the one with the reset time and smoke monsters. But when that reality is over they will come back to the alternate reality via a mind orgasm and a short make-out session with the person that gave them the mindgasm. There was a lot of that in the series finale. It was pretty funny.
While we are all in the jolly mood of ripping shit, I did quite enjoy how the mother of life… the one who protected the metaphorical good of the entire human race, murdered a woman who had just given birth. Given birth to Jacob and his brother. I also quite enjoyed how this mother of life committed mass murder before handing over the protection of all the good in this world to Jacob. It was fun to see that Jacob’s brother turned in to a smoke monster when he went down the light hole, but Desmond and Jack just fell flat on their face and stayed quite regular. I can not be bothered anymore.
This is a waste of my time, honestly. I have read some “official” explanations:
http://lostmediamentions.blogspot.com/2010/05/someone-from-bad-robots-take-on-finale.html, and quite frankly it does explain quite well what has been going on in this last season of the show. Many people were rightly confused and disliked the show, others obsessively defended it. I am obviously with the band that disliked it to put it mildly. You can explain it and theorize it all you want, it does not change the fact that the show stopped making any reasonable sense a long time ago. In fact, it never did, but that was negligible because the characters were experiencing the wonder of the island just as we were. ‘Lost’ looked more and more stupid with every question it answered, I can argue that it was the writers’ faults for creating stupid answers or that some things may have been best left as a mystery.
I believe it is a combination of both, and that the answers to the questions many ‘fans’ are seeking and scouring the internet for, simply do not exist. I have read some utterly symbiotic drivel on some message boards and forums, ultimately reinforcing my theory about the relative level of stupidity present in the world. Frankly, I am positive even the writers do not have answers to half the mysteries the show presented over its lifetime, so its best you not ponder too long over it either.
To end, I’d like to explain what I feel constitutes great television. It is always and completely about the characters, you can dress them up on any stage but ultimately the depth of a television show is only as deep as the characters that are in it. A television show, unlike a movie, is a very large investment of your time and space. The fabric and interest a show maintains is completely tethered to the experiences it puts its characters through. ‘Fringe’, my absolute favourite show on television is a text book example of this. Even when there is little progress to the back story in an episode, the characters are so amazing that you love watching them interact and develop every 40 minutes. Simply, every episode is great to watch. Many people quibble this episodic nature, citing shows like ‘Lost’ possessing a continuous nature as being far more entertaining. With this, some episode are great to watch as exciting things happen. But then as soon as you have episodes where there is no progress or the pace is a little slow, it becomes a chore to get through the 40 minutes. With ‘Fringe’, that will never be the case, because the character dynamic is the intangible, and it will be present in every episode you ever watch. Once the characters become irrelevant, the show will become lost. Pun intended.