Lost: It Only Ends Once

May 24, 2010

Please don’t read this if you haven’t seen the final episode of Lost, or if you ever intend to watch the show.

My island has been divided into two warring camps today, two groups of hostiles with opposing viewpoints and opposite philosophies.

On the other side of the island, by which I mean my house, is a person who thinks the finale of Lost is a colossal copout, a cheat, clear evidence that the producers and writers have been flying blind from the start. All their talk of having mapped the show out and “everything will make sense” is bullshit, she now argues. “I don’t ever want to watch or even think about that stupid show again,” she said a few minutes after Jack’s eye closed.

On this side is me: happy, content, moved and a little weepy over the gorgeous final notes of the series, those last scenes in the church, and Lost‘s vision of connectivity, love, loss and redemption.

  • Honestly, this final episode was filled with characters reuniting with their long-dead loved ones. How could I not find peace in that kind of story?

Elizabeth hated it. But she is a pragmatist, and I am a dreamer, something that makes our relationship work very, very well. We’re like the black rock and the white rock on Jacob’s cave scale. We are order and chaos, yin and yang, and together we are an effective force.

If I were to say that to her, she would laugh at me.

I understand why she didn’t like the finale. She wants answers. She has wanted answers since the island started skipping through time. And she didn’t get them. Not the ones she really wanted, like “Where’s Walt?” and “Who was in the other outrigger?” and “What exactly is the damned island?”

I’m okay without the answers. I didn’t realize this until The End had ended, and I knew there would be nothing more. I let the message of Christian Shephard wash over me for a moment, and I let Jack’s realization of what had happened sink in. I thought about Hurley and Ben’s brief exchange outside the church and understood what that meant.

And I wished for a moment to be in the Lost world … not to be able to time-travel, or to live on a fantastic deserted island, but to be able to erase death and move forward, move on.

Lost was never about the action and mystery for me. Those trappings helped sell the program to me, and kept me engaged — really, how was I not going to watch a TV show about people stranded on an island where the rules of physics don’t apply and ancient conspiracies are woven into the tapestry, with time travel? It’s like it was made for me.

But from its first episodes, Lost was more than that. It was about the connections we make in life, how we lose them, and what that means. It’s about the things we’ve lost, not being lost. And it’s about being broken, and getting fixed.

Life doesn’t always provide answers. That’s something I’ve slowly come to accept. And Lost is like life in that respect. We didn’t get the answers. We got a message of hope, of love, of faith and of trust, one that was well-hidden in a powerful narrative that kept me engaged for six years.

I’m happy with the ending. In fact, with 24 hours to think about it, I will say that it exceeded my expectations and moved me on an emotional and spiritual level.

I’m content to let Lost go, now that I have that last five minutes.

Come to think of it, though, I guess I would like to know who was in that other outrigger.



  1. I wholeheartedly agree. It took me thinking back on it today, to make me realize how much I love the ending. I rewatched it again when I got home tonight, and found myself with tears streaming down my face, during the last half hour. Great show, and a great ending.

  2. Sounds a lot like the reactions to another very popular show’s finale last year. It must be very hard for the creators of a popular show to do a series finale. People tend to develop superhuman expectations and when they are inevitably not met they feel let down. I’m glad, however, that you were able to enjoy it.


    My attempts to watch Lost have been an epic fail, and after seeing the recap before the finale I fear it will remain so.

  3. I agree completly, the stuff we were told all about, the characters, that left very little unexplained and I found the ending equally moving as well, the events of the island don’t need to be further explained because the sci fi was just a means to an end. I have not felt so content with a shows ending in my life, I usually feel sad and as if a part of me has died because I won’t see anything new from the characters but lost left me feeling so happy for them. I hope more people see the light.

  4. So glad you’re happy with the ending. I too had to mull over it for a bit. I can see how the “fact checkers” out there are unhappy. For me it follows what I believe for myself. The journey is the journey. It’s how you respond & bond during the journey that is important.
    Some may think it was a cop-out, but I think it was couragous. I am content & happy.

    Deborah (friend of Marius & SB66 listener)

    @ Marius…why did you read about the ending? Didn’t you promise to give it a chance when it comes out on DVD on a SB66 show? 😉

  5. I tried, but the more I felt I had to watch, the more I didn’t want to. It was more a stress thing than anything else.

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