May 24th, 2010
09:59 AM ET

TV recap: The last 'Lost' is one for the ages

[Editor's Note: You know the drill by now. If you haven't seen the series finale of "Lost" yet, DON'T READ ANY FURTHER.]

To quote John Locke, "We're gonna need to watch that again."

As I said earlier, Sunday night's episode succeeded in many ways as an ending to this season. Just about everything one might want to know about the mysteries of this season was answered. As for some of the earlier mysteries, of which I've talked about here before (the bird that said "Hurley," anyone?), we're left to piece them together ourselves.

The good news is that many answers were more implied (as opposed to the straightforward answer on the whispers) than some might realize (see the discussion about Aaron here), and quite a lot can apparently be explained by the island's electromagnetic "source," which played a big part in the climactic scenes.

Answers or not, as two-and-a-half hours of television, the final "Lost" was extraordinary, and I think it accomplished what it set out to do: It was a very memorable ending, and people will be talking about it for years to come. One thing I never expected was how emotional I would feel watching this finale, and reflecting on it.

So many moments floored me: Rose and Bernard breaking their "rules" to rescue Desmond, with Vincent; Jack telling Smokey how he's going to kill him ("It's a surprise"); Desmond's "Indiana Jones"-ish journey down the waterfall; Kate saving Jack from Smokey with a bullet she saved for him - for Jin, Sun and Sayid, of course; and so many more...

The "letting go" scenes in the "flash-sideways" varied in their effectiveness (Sayid and Shannon? Um, sure why not?), but when they worked, they really worked. Sun and Jin seeing their baby's ultrasound, the pure joy coming from John Locke once Jack healed him, and best of all, Sawyer and Juliet's realization. If that scene didn't get you, you don't have a romantic bone in your body. (For the people who watched "Lost" for the romance and relationships, this finale was an epic win, including Jack and Kate's kiss.) At the same time, Kate's "let go" moment was not about Jack or Sawyer, but delivering Aaron.

The action scenes also worked just as well as anything else on "Lost." Aside from the scenes down the mystical waterfall, and the brutal fight between Jack and Locke, we had an extremely gripping takeoff scene with Lapidus, Miles and Richard... and last-minute passengers Kate, Sawyer and Claire. One assumes they went home to some form of happy ending, as did Desmond, eventually. How the aging Richard might have started a new life on the mainland is anybody's guess. I'm actually really pleased with how many people lived through the main action on the island.

The two Emmy winners on this show had one last incredible scene together, too. (Between Terry O'Quinn and Michael Emerson, one of these guys deserves another Emmy, by the way.) Ben finally got his chance to apologize to Locke, and Locke, having once again gotten up out of his wheelchair, accepted his apology. Pitch perfect.

Speaking of Ben, I can't tell you how much I enjoyed him getting a chance to finally serve a role of significance on the island he loved so much, as Hurley's number two. Part of me was disappointed that Jack was Jacob's replacement, as I thought Hurley would be more fitting... and Hurley got his chance after all, just before Jack went down to save the island from destruction. As far as the way things ended on the island, with Jack sacrificing himself, and that final shot of his eye closing (that one planned out so many years ago by executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse) I'm quite happy with it.

But, back to this being a not-so-satisfying series finale overall: We know many of the important answers, but a lot of things that seemed important in retrospect, were only, as Jacob called them, "just progress," which is more than a little maddening.

In a way, though, that was the point they were trying to make: what really matters is the journey, and the relationships formed. And boy, did they ever drive that point home in those last five minutes.

Jack enters a room in a church with his father's casket, but once again, it's empty. And there his father stands right behind him, to tell him that "letting go" means accepting your death.

The people we saw "let go" are gathered at the church, many of whom died at different times - Hurley, it would seem, died after serving his time as island protector (and congratulating Ben on a job well done, after Ben said he preferred to stay outside the church). They're all there with the ones they love before moving on to the afterlife. Those of you who thought the island was purgatory were wrong, but not far off.

I'm not entirely pleased with this M. Night Shyamalan-esque twist, but at the same time, it's kind of beautiful, and quite apt for this very spiritual final season.

As the finale reminded us time and time again, it's the shared experience that matters, and despite some quibbles, I'm certainly happy with the the time I spent with "Lost." And like I said, like with all the great episodes of this series, I'll be watching it again.

Some final observations:

- I called Richard being alive but not Lapidus. Happy to see them both. One out of two ain't bad.

- At first, I interpreted Eloise as wanting to keep Faraday in the "flash-sideways" as her wanting to live in a reality where she never killed her son. And in a way, it's true, but it's also a little sad for Faraday, Ana Lucia and others (Walt?) who haven't fully, or aren't ready to, "let go."

- One answer that may not have been entirely clear tonight: No one could easily leave the island because that's the way Jacob wanted it. Each island protector makes their own rules. Hurley's rules are for him to decide.

- Another answer: Jack's cuts, reminders of the battle to the death with Smokey.

- So what was the light, or the "source" after all? Was it literally protecting a hellmouth, a volcano or what? If Lucas over-explained "the Force," maybe it's just as well that Cuse and Lindelof under-explained "the source." We do know that the uncorking made the smoke monster mortal, and we have Desmond to thank for that. (Seriously, if Desmond had been killed, the backlash from fans would have been ugly.)

- Desmond as the only one aware of purgatory on the island makes sense due to his "specialness." Speaking of which, with the many characters who, rightly or wrongly, were called "special" throughout the series, Desmond was probably the one who deserved that title the most.

- Once again, three cheers for Michael Giacchino for the musical score, just in this episode alone. Also, I enjoyed Faraday's interpretation of it on the piano.

- Purgatory or not, I'm still on board anytime they want to start a cop show spinoff with Josh Holloway and Ken Leung.

And that's it for me on what will certainly go down as one of the finest and certainly most unique series ever on television. See a few reactions from iReporters here, here and here.

As always, I encourage you to post your own video with your thoughts on the finale and "Lost" as a whole, or to post a comment below. Namaste.


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  3. Gregg Sonmore

    Hello @John Costa, I really liked your comment: "I would have preferred the light soure be either natural or super natural, not a man made cork and well. The pulling of cork seen was old School Syfy.(Captain Kirkish) Other than that, the final Lost was a wounderful, emotional farwell."

    I have some information for you you may or may not find of use. There's a truly excellent novel that I read on the advice of a friend about 15 years ago called JACK OF SHADOWS by author Roger Zelazny. I checked amazon and there are copies available. Just so you know I'm not a fantasy reader so naturally I was caught by surprise by how good this book is. I strongly advise you to check it out as it details a future Earth that is ruled by those who practice and see the world through the lens of science, and those who see everything through magic and the supernatural. In fact the division is so extreme that they have devised a way to stop the rotation of the Earth on its axis and divide themselves geographically so that those of science live on the light side of the globe as Daysiders, and those of magic dwell on the eternal shade of the night side of the Earth as Darksiders.

    The major theme here being that BOTH groups totally believe that they know and understand the true nature of the world. For instance, the Daysiders know without a doubt that the the only reason the Earth does not turn any longer is because of massive machinery they have installed at the core of the planet which they oil and tend to religiously lest it should breakdown. This being the same machine that keep them from baking under the eternal sun. Meanwhile the Darksiders are equally adamant in their beliefs that the center of the Earth is run by enormous supernatural beings and THEY are the only force that keeps things at status quo.

    Both camps, looking at the exact same thing but observing the total opposite...

    I would submit that just as Jack and John fought early in the series, one man of science, the other of faith and destiny, so too are both views correct in describing the island, the light, and why they both need protecting. The Dharma believers would say that's why they built the hatch and why Desmond was there pushing the button, in order to diffuse quantifiable electro-magnetic build-up. To fail to do so would unleash electro-magnetic forces, scientifically measurable forces, that had the potential to rip the natural world apart. Same with the stone in the well. Keep the hole plugged or the water runs out and the electromagnetic source below will overheat causing a similar melt-down. On the other side, the Jacob camp might insist that the island acts, not as a container for electro-magnetic energy, but as a vessel to hold and prevent MALEVOLENCE and evil from escaping and corrupting the rest of the outside world.

    So what is the nature of the island really? Is it holding in electromagnetic energy or is it bottling up pure evil? Or is it doing both?

    In the end I'm not sure it really matters because as shown throughout the series there has always been room for interpretations from both Jack and Locke. You might look at Jack plugging the stone back into the well and think, well that's nothing special, it's just a man-made rock plugging a hole so water doesn't escape allowing some trapped energy below to overheat. Nothing there other than pure science. Whereas someone else might watch the same event and feel that what they were observing is a physical manifestation of a spiritual or supernatural act. That the "stone" is no mere stone but actually is itself the source of the light, of goodness and healing, of what keeps things balanced. What we really see is something that simply manifests itself as a stone. Consequently, pulled loose or removed from its careful alignment in the "Heart of the Island", it looses it's ability to protect and safeguard against advancing chaos.

    Now I'm not saying that this duality as I've presented it is totally correct, but to my way of thinking there certainly have been many hints throughout the series to suggest that both views certainly could be. What I suggest is that you give it some thought and maybe pick yourself up a used copy of the book I mentioned. It is a very good read indeed.

    May 28, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. OneDirtyrRat

    The finale was lacking to say the least. I totally disagree with the writers in that the most important thing was the journey and the relations formed. I will never watch a show like this again. I feel suckered in by the writers who kept the mystery going to keep me watching to find out the answers. If I wanted to watch something about relationships I would have watched a sopa opera, which I certainly don't do. Don't get me wrong, I like good movies with strong characters and I don't mind a love story. But I wouldn't have spent 6 seasons watching this show for only the journey and the relationships. I'm a sci-fi junky and that's what attracted me to this show, the sci-fi part. What a slap in the face from the writers, basically telling me to stuff the sci-fi part where the sun don't shine. I'm guessing the writers don't know the answers to all the mysteries themselves and this was there way of coping out. Booooo ABC.

    May 27, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gregg Sonmore

      In spite of the fact that I disagreed with your first sentence and personally feel that the finale was, as with all the series, quite superbly done, I was open to your reasoning until I got near the end and read: "I'm a sci-fi junky and that's what attracted me to this show, the sci-fi part."

      Lost never was, not was it ever intended to be a sci-fi series. From the very beginning it was made clear by the writer's statements and simple observation of the flow and tone of the series that it was HIGHLY character driven. It was always about the people first and foremost, how they came to be who and what they were, what events shaped them that lifted them up and brought them together or led them to isolation and destruction. While I will grant you that there were fantastic elements that one might label sci-fi-ish, the story never drifted far from its core direction as a splendid character study and in looking keenly at what motivates people to do what they do. Much more so than any sci-fi series that I'm aware of.

      And just so you know I'm not taking a swipe at your fondness of sci-fi either, I'm a BIG sci-fi fan, having watched every single original Trek episode many times over. For contemporary sci-fi there was nothing I loved better than BSG (still gotta get the Blu-Ray set) and the all-too-brief Firefly / Serenity series.

      Also, as far as your saying "What a slap in the face from the writers, basically telling me to stuff the sci-fi part where the sun don't shine. I'm guessing the writers don't know the answers to all the mysteries themselves...", I really don't see that being the case at all. For the record I am not one of those who watched every episode from the very beginning, having jumped on Lost (and becoming totally hooked) in the episode where Walt was kidnapped by the others on the raft. Still, of what I DID see, every single major question or mystery for me was answered, or at least touched on in such a way as to allow for "suspension of disbelief", as we used to call it in creative writing circles. Major themes such as what is the nature of the island and why were the survivors brought there in the first place were all discussed openly in various episodes. Even, "sci-fi" type questions like, what was the smoke monster, what was the significance of Desmond pushing the button, how did polar bears get there, was that really jack's father's ghost walking around, etc. were all explained in at least one or more episode.

      My advice to you would be not to write the series and finale off just yet. You've clearly invested a lot of interest and time in watching a show that one can assume you really enjoyed. That being true then why not do a little more investigation? Read some of the various Lost threads on the Net, like this one, for answers that you may have missed. There are a lot of keen observers posting here who clearly have a very good eye for detail. Better yet, go and rent or buy the series on DVD (which is cheaper than Blu-Ray) and enjoy a weekend catching up on some missed episodes and elements you may not have caught the first go-round. I'm willing to bet that you will find the Lost experience much more rewarding and well worth your investment.

      Peace, brother.

      May 28, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Wanda

    ps! la verdad queno entendi nada, pero aqui en mexico apenas esta por entrar la ultima temporada, asi que esperemos como finaliza, y que mas que decir que es un excelente programa

    May 27, 2010 at 9:44 am | Report abuse |
  6. Billy D

    I am not sure why people are saying that them dying on the original plane crash is "open for interpurtation" – There have been a lot of pod casts in which the producers say they didn't die in the crash... if the producers are saying one thing – why would someone try to think something different? – that would be like questioning that the sky isn't blue

    May 27, 2010 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  7. Dave

    Glad to have never watched the show. The topic left me cold.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Liz

    What a let down. The writers wrote themselves in a corner and didnt know where to end the story. What a waste of time. The viewers were truly gipped.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. InadequateFinale

    @TD - Thanks man! That does clear up some things for me and I will go back and watch that episode. Wouldn't it have been great if there was at least one scene in the finale that made it clear? Also, I can see Ben being tricked by MIB, however, Richard should have known better with his direct access to Jacob. I would think that Richard would have stopped the slaughter of the Dharma Initiative, the attempted murder of Charlie and kidnapping of Claire, the kidnapping of Walt, the flaming arrow attacks, the imprisonment of Jack, Kate and Sawyer, and maybe also come up with a better plan to bring the prospects to the island without killing innocents!! Am I the only one who cannot get past this?! With all the evilness that Jacob let happen and/or gave orders for, I expected a twist in the finale that would explain this! If one of you cool fans out there can shed more light for me, I would greatly appreciate it!

    May 26, 2010 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. John Costa

    I would have preferred the light soure be either natural or super natural, not a man made cork and well. The pulling of cork seen was old School Syfy.(Captain Kirkish) Other than that, the final Lost was a wounderful, emotional farwell.

    May 26, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Gregg Sonmore

    PART 3- If the LOST survivor's finding resolution to their pain, forgiving each other as much as they forgive themselves and in that process ending their lives as fully realized, FOUND people, together, ready to pass on to the great hereafter under the guiding light of God or whatever you choose to call it with those they loved and cared for is somehow not "Deep" enough for you, then I respectfully suggest you may be missing the forest for the trees. Or perhaps you're just one of those who see's blue, but insists that it's red just to be a stinker. Or maybe you are one who is never satisfied until every last nuance is dug up and slapped in a petri dish for cross-examination until you bleed it to death in making yourself RIGHT in order to gleefully claim that everyone else is somehow less right. In that case that's fine too.

    May 26, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  12. lost fan

    I know there have been many posts about them NOT dying in the original plane crash, and I'm sure I will be told I don't get it, but I still have a few questions. Just because someone has a different opinion than you, does not make them stupid or a moron. Let's all just play nice. For those of you that can answer or help out with some of my questions below without being insulting, please do...

    1. Why did Jack tell Hurley that he was already dead right before he was going down to the light?

    2. Why was Claire pregnant and give birth to Aaron in the sideways flash if she died long after she delivered him? Is it for the sole reason of enlightening Kate?

    3. Why was Sun pregnant in the afterlife when she delivered the baby before ever returning to the island? The baby had already been born when she and Jin died in the sub?

    4. Why did Richard tell the team on the beach that they were all dead?

    5. Why did the guy with the eye patch (don't remember his name) say he had been dead for years?

    I do appreciate the pretty package for all of the main characters, however I agree that there were many important questions unanswered. I think they introduced way too many filler characters and instead should have given more of a background on people like Eloise, Widmore, and even more detail about the time traveling and the mysteries of the island.

    I do believe they left the finale up to interpretation, so don't jump on me because mine is different then yours. I DO believe that they all died in the original plane crash. I know Christian mentioned the island was real, but he also said that all of the "dead" people in the church were real. I think they had to work out their unfinished business on the island, conquer their demons and then moved on to the sideways flash where they choose to go into the light together.

    May 26, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. irina

    ABC issued a statement that the last scene of the wreckage was added by them, not the producers of Lost, so take that for what it is worth.

    I am surprised by all the negativity regarding the show/finale. The whole argument that they could not have been alive on the island because time travel is not possible is particularly strange to me. After all, a show like this requires the 'willing suspension of disbelief' to begin with.

    Also, as much as I would like to have seen some of the left out characters (particularly Mr. Ecko), I think we have to accept the realities of television. The actor who played Ecko asked for five times what they offered him to be in the finale. Even if the producers/writers want to resolve a character's story line, it is not always possible.

    Finally, I wish that people did not have to be so hostile and hateful to one another. Why is it necessary to call someone names who has a different interpretation of the show? Why is it necessary to berate someone who genuinely liked the show and/or finale? Why is it necessary to call someone stupid who did not? We are all allowed to like different things.

    May 26, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gregg Sonmore

      I agree with everything you stated here. Everything. The negativity displayed to the finale and to other posters is a real downer. Why more people can't appreciate Lost for the unique ride it gave us for 6 seasons is beyond me. Too much sameness among all the other network TV, that's why I pretty much only watch Discovery these days. Lost was the only network drama that didn't show mindless married housewives lusting after other men, or flaunt gruesome crime scenes and cadavers under the guise of prime-time entertainment.

      I did not know about ABC adding the beach sequence at the end with the producer's knowledge, that is good information to know. Did you uncover any particular reason why the execs chose that shot? At the very least it certainly has given rise to much speculation as to what it "meant".

      BTW for more on why I believe the 815 crash group survived, and that there can be no question that the events on the island really took place see my FINALE HATERS post a couple before yours. All that needs to be said about settling the matter is revealed in the finale dialogue between the characters. Amazing that even when the truth is staring at people they still doubt. Hmmm, reminds me of a specific figure in history who had a similar problem about 2000 years ago...I wonder if there are any parallels between his story and the one on Lost? Oops, I'll probably get hated on with more posts for that one.

      And so it goes..

      May 26, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Gregg Sonmore

    PART 2- When I was a creative writing student at the University of Hawaii on Oahu (yes I romped and played on the same lush locations as shown in the series), the students used to form desks in a circle and conduct 'round-table' discussions of each other's writing. These writing workshops were meant to share ideas and opinions with each other constructively. The critiques would often get quite animated, with a few really tearing apart their fellow student's work bit by bit, symbol by symbol. Some on the receiving end got very defensive and took offense at the criticism, some, like myself, truly welcomed it as I felt it could only make me a better writer. In the end though we were always reminded by our professors that no ONE person was correct. We were further told that the best of story telling, be it classical Shakespeare, Poe, Melville, or a modern day novel or film always leaves some ambiguity in order to challenge the audience, in part because when every last question is explained away the answers will never be fully satisfying for EVERYONE due to what each person brings to the table. Something I think way too many on this thread who are demanding concrete answers to EVERY question are missing. I still carry that lesson with me and I hope this makes things clearer for anyone else who read my original piece.

    By the way, thanks for the, shall we say, 'partial' compliment? I did appreciate that.

    As for @Anon84, where do I begin brother? I'm not sure if you're trying to insult me, @teddy, or both of us. But my personal opinion on the matter is that anyone who begins a comment with a school-girl dramatic OMG, and ends it with an admission that they are PO'd about feedback they get (but instead views it as a personal attack), and in turn goes out of their way to deliberately insult others is just not worth my time of day, save for ONE thing...

    May 26, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Gregg Sonmore

    This message is in response to follow up comments I received to my original post (2 or 3 posts back: FINALE HATERS, DOUBTERS, AND THOSE JUST PLAIN CONFUSED, etc)

    Hi @teddy, thanks very much for taking the time to respond to what I wrote. I value your honest thoughts and feedback.

    As far as proselytizing, that word is often used in the context of denoting religious preaching, but properly defined the word itself actually describes the act of trying to convert people to another opinion be it religious or secular. In which case I think that many of the posters here with strong views one way or another may be equally guilty?

    Nonetheless, I do understand your reasoning for making that statement and I really am sorry that my intentions were not made clearer. The goal I had in mind when I wrote what turned into an essay was actually two-fold. In the first part (items labeled #1, #2, and #3), I laid out my case that despite the enormous debate still unfolding about some of the major plot constructions there remains conclusive evidence or facts that are pretty much irrefutable.

    I.E. some are still believing that all the survivors died in the initial crash of 815 and none of what we watched really took place. That would be a real let down if so, and rather lazy and cliche of the writers, so to counter that I presented what I think is pretty clear evidence to dispel that worry. Some may still argue that I'm wrong on all 3 points, but there you are. Some people will look at the color blue and go screaming to the grave that's it's red. I get that. Still, based on the material I presented I feel we can put some of the more troubling aspects of the story to rest.

    However, in the second part of my essay I brought my own personal Christian beliefs into play and presented them as a context from which I drew POSSIBLE Christian plot structures that fit within the framework of the story. These later parts were meant to be taken as opinion only, not facts. Sure I will gladly make an argument for believing that there are Christian themes and allegories throughout lost, but I did not mean to imply that that is the ONLY way of interpreting the story, or that you should necessarily believe likewise.

    If you recall the statement I made near the top of my essay: "Each of us is a unique individual – we bring different backgrounds, values, morals, and beliefs in front of the TV each week. Therefore it stands to reason that some ambiguity should be left in order for ALL of us to take away something that is personally meaningful."

    And again, later in the piece, but BEFORE I begin drawing any Christian parallels: "As a Christian, and believer in Christ's sacrifice I love this story more than I can convey in mere words. Ultimately, to me Lost the series is a story of struggle and triumph, of sin and forgiveness." The key words being "to me...", as in, take note gang, what's coming next is MY point of view, even though your individual mileage may vary...

    (continues)

    May 26, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Tio's Brother

    Great show, well acted, excellent scripting. The best.

    May 26, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Saven

    It was a great show, I enjoyed it like no other show before.
    This said, I absolutely did NOT like the alternative reality being kind of a purgatory. I would've liked it better to just be that: an alternative reality/universe. The "Many Worlds Theory" is well established (AFAIK even Stephen Hawking had to refer to it to explain some parts of his theories), so they should have just went with it.
    But well, apart from this, it was a great show that kept me interested for some years :)

    May 26, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  18. wmo

    I thought when Jack's father said "you created this place as a place to find eachother" (i.e. the church) that it was an overall metaphor for mankind and religion and wanting answers to the unknown. So in my mind, all the unaswered questions were intentional – it was part of the point.

    May 26, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gregg Sonmore

      I'm with you, we seem to be in the minority in believing that leaving some things unanswered is actually a GOOD thing. I think the result of our current trends in US pop entertainment has been a progressive dumbing down of the American audience. Too few of us want to think or use the gift of our individual imaginations, we want someone else to do it all for us. That's why movies by the Jerry Bruckheimer's of the world will be swept into the forgotten dust-bin of cinematic history 25 years from now, probably less. You see one of his film once and there's nothing challenging there to think about afterward, much less discuss with your family a week later.

      May 26, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Mad Professah

    Wat's the significance of the wreckage being shown over the final credits?

    I think its pretty well-established that the Sideways world was a purgatory "out-of-time' (which is why Aaron and Hurley and Penny would be there).

    But I'm curious as to what the ACTUAL last scene of LOST (the three different shots of the Oceanic 815(?) wreckage on the beach) means....

    May 25, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • teddy

      The wreckage means nothing... just a nod to the pilot episode. What else could they show really?

      May 25, 2010 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gregg Sonmore

      I agree partially with teddy, that the wreckage is a nod to the series in general. On a minor point the writers may also have left that in as the final scene as it also helps to dispel concern that the island sank into the sea after Jack passed on which seemed like a very real concern prior to his death.

      I would take it a step further though in terms of stating that the crash is a metaphor for the 'life wreckage' left behind by each of the survivors after they have found peace and moved on, with each of them coming together in the chapel newly FOUND so to speak. All the past remaining as visible remnants in the sand, serving as a permanent reminder of what they endured together, and of what they ultimately attained together in the end.

      May 26, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  20. InadequateFinale

    What happened to...

    "Danger surrounds this baby!, Do not let anyone else raise it!" (the psychic that Claire visited)

    Or the cabin in the woods where Jacob asked for help. Was that really Jacob? Why did he need help?

    Or the reason why Locke was healed and Ben was not.

    Or why Ben was so evil in his ways when he was taking orders from Jacob? In my opionion, If Ben and the Others were truly taking orders from Jacob then he is more evil than MIB!

    I would have liked an explanation regarding how the Dharma Initiative found the island in the first place.

    Why weren't there "prospects" in the Dharma Initiative? Jacob ordered the Others to slaughter them (including children).

    If Jacob contacted each "prospect" early in their lives and lured them to the island, why did it take the non-action of Desmond to bring them to the island (not pressing the button). Dozens of people were slaughtered in the plane crash just to bring a few prospects to the island?

    What made Jacob cross out certain prospects?

    Where did the other "others" come from? Richard was the original and lead a bunch of others as we saw in the flashbacks from the 50's and 70's. Where did he get his team from (including Widmore). Were they prospects?

    What made Joacob think that he needed a replacement?

    What did the nuclear blast do? We saw the island underwater.

    I can chalk certain holes in the story up to science fiction (for example the time traveling), however, THESE ARE MAJOR GAPS IN THE STORY!! You cannot string along your audience for 6 seasons and then leave them hanging like this. We were all hosed, screwed, hung out to dry, left hanging, suckered... This is my opinion. I watched every episode at least twice because I love the show so much. The finale was A HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT as far as closure goes.

    An idea that would have made the finale better - in between all the tear-jerking reunion scenes (which I admit were great), add a few scenes that answer some questions? How about a double flash (to add to the flashback, flashforward and sideways) where we see the sappy love reunion scenes as well as some great flashbacks where we see some answers! We would have been left with both tears and spine chilling reveals. I would still be appluading a finale like that.

    I agree that the characters were awsome in the show. But I get nauseous reading all these posts that use that as an excuse for an inadequate finale.

    May 25, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • TD

      A lot of your questions pertaining to why Jacob had Ben to this and why did he have him do that...Ben was carrying out MIB's orders, not Jacobs. It was revealed in the 2nd to last episode that Ben said 'I thought I was carrying out Jacob's will but I was actually carrying out MIB's orders'...not in those exact words but he realized himself that it was not actually Jacob that he was talking to in the cabin.

      May 26, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Gregg Sonmore

    FINALE HATERS, DOUBTERS, AND THOSE JUST PLAIN CONFUSED – ENOUGH OF THE COMPLAINING ABOUT UNRESOLVED QUESTIONS ALREADY! READ ON FOR ANSWERS IF YOU DARE...

    Whether it is a movie, a novel, or a TV show, I love good writing, and the writing of this series is phenomenal. Anyone who fusses about secrets not being revealed or too many loose ends is likely desensitized by too much low grade American prime-time TV. The likes of which mostly spells everything out for the audience and NUMBS THE BRAIN.

    Like the best literary short-story or novel, the REAL artistry in classic story-telling like LOST is not in revealing every single nuance and mystery, but to leave enough ambiguity in order to challenge the reader (viewer here) with intelligent thought and self-reflection. Each of us is a unique individual - we bring different backgrounds, values, morals, and beliefs in front of the TV each week. Therefore it stands to reason that some ambiguity should be left in order for ALL of us to take away something that is personally meaningful. You can't do that if every nail is pounded into place and all the answers are delivered on a plate with a bright red bow. Got it, finale haters? GOOD.

    Now then, that being said, appears there are some answers that the finale provides that CAN NOT be disputed...

    1) Christian tells Jack in the side-ways 'church realm' that everything on the island HAPPENED. In other words, the island, and ALL the events that we saw take place there are R-E-A-L. Sorry to many of you hopelessly confused, but this means that the island is NOT Purgatory, NOR did the survivors all die in the initial crash as so many on this thread keep repeating. They also did not dream the events on the island. If you don't believe me go watch the last few minutes of Jack and Christian's conversation at abc.com, and really LISTEN...

    2) It is made clear in the same 'church realm' scene that Jack is indeed dead in THAT particular realm, and so are all the other people in the next room. HOWEVER, this is followed by Christian's statement that some in the next room died BEFORE Jack did, and some AFTER him. Prior to the closing bamboo scene on the island, Jack is clearly injured but alive, plus Lapedis, Saywer, Kate, Desmond, Hurly, and Ben are all shown very much alive so this can only mean that ALL the events in the 'church realm' we saw will NOT take place until only AFTER Jack and the others all pass away, NOT before and NOT simultaneously. Another clue: the Church is mentioned to be a construct that they have COLLECTIVELY assembled in order to meet after death before moving on together (more on that in a moment). If it's built collectively, and as Jack's father states, some died later than he did, then is stands to reason that some arrived LATER than others, further dispelling the notion that they all died in the crash.

    3) Christian states that existence in the 'church realm' is timeless, "There is no NOW" he says, meaning that souls there are NOT AWARE of any passage of time, including Jack's. Why is knowing that important? Because it makes it clear that Sawyer, Kate and the others on the Ajira plane DID in fact escape the island, and they went on to lead productive lives even though Jack passed away years before they did. This is reinforced by Kate telling Jack moments earlier outside the church "I MISSED you so much." To Jack her statement must have seemed odd as very little time passed in their meeting again according to his perspective, but to Kate she lived for many years, missing someone she dearly loved until she too passed away and reconnected with him in this realm. For her a very LONG period of time elapsed. Again, outside the church Hurley says to Ben "You MADE a great #2", past-tense, reinforcing the idea that they too lived for a very long time on the island, working cooperatively as a team until passing away due to old age or whatever themselves.

    Being a timeless place, only after each EACH MEMBER of the ENTIRE group had finally died and crossed into the 'church realm' did the events we witness unfold there that allowed them to once again meet and remember the loving bond they shared with each other. In the physical world, we see Jack's eye closing as he lays dying in the bamboo. But he does so with a smile, comforted in knowing that his sacrifice in giving up his physical life is not in vain. He's at peace not only in seeing his friends leave on the Ajira jet arching it's way into the heavens-a beautiful cinematic symbol of transition itself, ALA: the end sequence in BLADE RUNNER-but also by the peace of knowing what is to come next, in the 'church realm', with his father and loved ones, fully assured that his purpose in life has finally been realized. I think Jack finds that he has ultimately forgiven himself for his shortcomings, along with his father's, and is likewise forgiven and finds that he is no longer alone and LOST, but finally FOUND.

    The beauty of the entire series seems clear to me: it is the people that we suffer and triumph with in life, those that we have made an impact on, and those who touch us in some significant way who will influence whether we are to face the hereafter together in joy and sharing, or alone, cutoff from love and broken. Each survivor's hand touch and sudden remembering in the 'church realm" is significant because it is only through the shared experience and remembering of common trials and pain that we learn to truly appreciate love and joy that come from caring for one another when things go well for us in good moments. The bad events in our lives further serve to shape us, as we can choose to minimize the pain and sorrow in others or ignore it and live selfishly. As mentioned more than once on the show, we, like the survivors are given "FREE-WILL" to touch others and the world around us for the better or worse. We can either choose to dwell in the dark and the follow the man in black, or in the light with the Jacobs, the Hurley's, and the Jacks, those that would even sacrifice themselves and their needs for other's.

    As a Christian, and believer in Christ's sacrifice I love this story more than I can convey in mere words. Ultimately, to me Lost the series is a story of struggle and triumph, of sin and forgiveness. If the mission of Bible were to be summed up in one word it would that there is no greater task presented to each of us as physical beings that to love and give to one another in the short time we have. Jack's father's (Dr. 'Shephard's') opening of the church doors allowing the light to flood in across the survivor's faces moved me beyond words. I took that as the forgiving God, the "light" at the heart of the island, the ultimate purveyor of all that's pure and love, welcoming his lost children home. All He desires of us in return is that we use our personal free-will to reach out to him and seek his forgiving grace.

    Last, I will also take this moment to respectfully disagree with those who claim the end is inconsequential to how we get there, or who say 'the journey is more important than the end'. Whether you are a Christian or not, when all is finally said and done the journey certainly matters, but so does the end, and to me that is made perfectly clear in the finale. If we do not live together and care for one another in love in the physical world–the journey, then surely we risk dying alone in the spiritual one, and possibly missing out on God's forgiveness, His Love and Light streaming in through open doors–at the end.

    Don't let the light go out in the "heart" of your island...

    Peace.

    May 25, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • teddy

      I really thought this was the best post on here, with the clearest and spot-on interpretation of the finale until I got to all the proselytizing. This wasn't necessarily a christian theme, but rather about the mystery of the spirit and of what comes after death (if anything). Every religion (or non-religion) struggles with this...

      May 25, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anon84

      OMG. Of course @Teddy our self-imagined genius loved this one too. Did it ever occur to anyone that those who still believe that they died on the plane aren't actually Christian at all in some instances (I'm not, I don't subscribe to any one religion at all) and actually thought Deeper into the subjectivity and messages of the show? Read my posts if you're one of the smug who have it all "figured out" and then decide if you really do or not. R-E-A-L – hey, thanks for spelling that for us too since that makes my interpretation of reality being subjective somehow change. Look up "subjectivity" if you don't know what I mean by that. This is America for you, so many people are absolute morons that those who are only partial morons think that they're geniuses. Wow. And you know what dude, maybe you're right, but i think you're missing some pretty core things here. Sorry for being insulting, but after a day of listening to people being insulting in return it's a bit difficlut not to play the game as well.

      May 25, 2010 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  22. hawkwindar7

    Excellent finale...answers alot of questions but still leaves many open to interpretation for the viewer...kind of like finding your own way without really knowing the fully intended purposes of some of the things that happened.

    My wife and I have been die-hard Lost fans ever since that summer day in (?04?) when we rented a car, drove to the North Shore of Oahu while on vacation, and just happened to drive past the beach scene of the fuselage and charred remains of the initial Oceanic flight during filming of the pilot. We were stopped in traffic as filming was taking place, and we wanted to know what this "Lost" was gonna' be all about. When the pilot aired, we were immediately hooked. Little did we know we would invest so much of our time during the next 6 seasons becoming ingrained in the lives of those on the island.

    And what a fitting ending.....even hard to "man-up" during the spiritually-moving finale in the church...

    It's gonna' take a lot to ever beat this series!!! Miss it already...

    May 25, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  23. jack

    "This show brought both groups to the table and challenged both. In the end the show chose God because the writers did – the writers did because most of the world does. "

    Lame. the writer's didn't choose God, you chose to interpret it that way. The writer's simply chose another mystery (the biggest of all) to end Lost. You think you know what was behind that light that Christian walked in to? if so, how could you even claim agnosticism?

    and no, atheists do not have faith, they have EVIDENCE and EXPERIMENTATION.

    either way, as an atheist, i loved the ending of lost. the writers favored no religion, just embraced the mystery of what lies beyond.

    so to all you jesus freaks, stop hatin on the atheists and keep your religion to yourself

    May 25, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  24. LINDAnKC

    Gordon May 24th, 2010 12:12 pm ET

    "I did NOT like the twist where the flash sideways alternate timeline was really just a world created by the combined consciousness of all the passengers of Oceanic Flight 185 in the "afterlife.' "

    Ooops, Gordon, too bad you don't like that it is a "world created by the combined consciousness of the passengers", because that is EXACTLY what this 3rd dimension "reality" we are all currently existing in is all about. It is all the "Creator" fragmented into zillions of "souls" in order to experience ALL aspects of life on this and other planets. See you in another life, Brotha!!!

    May 25, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Joe

    If you watched Lost as a mystery that needed to be solved, you might be disappointed.

    If you watched Lost as a tale of hope & redemption in a mysterious setting, you might be happy.

    So the real question is, did you watch the show as Jack (man of science) or Locke (man of faith)? If you didn't let go, and embrace the spiritual answer, then you are probably bitter, and lost.

    May 25, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Anon84

    @Teddy – Less complicated or More complicated? Because, see, the ending ties in season SIX of a six season show. Maybe we are more intelligent and would like to have seen something more holistically conceptual? I have a feeling I'm grasping at straws with some of my theories, sure, but I'm not ready to jump on the "Lost was a Lame Series of Shock Value Gimics" bandwagon just yet after raving about it for six years, so I'd like to imagine that the writers are deeply philosophical and maybe even subscribe to gnostic beliefs that they had to keep under the mask of ambiguity to keep their Christian audience away from ABC studios in arms then accept that there is a "magical" island where inexplicable things just happen for no reason. For some, the themes of "good" "evil" and "saving the world" are a bit passe, especially when they aren't elaborated upon or explored.

    May 25, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Teddy

    I'll have to look at the church scene again, but it was not just for the original plane crash survivors (e.g. Desmond and Penny were not on the plane). It was for those who were connected with the core group. That's why people like Faraday and Richard were not there – they weren't really a part of that core group who needed to reconnect with one another before moving on. Richard would most likely be with his wife in his after-life. Those who think this show was about dead people from the beginning really need to move on and watch something less complicated next time. It's been made very clear that the island experience was "real."

    May 25, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Anon84

    I'd like to add this too in addition to all of the above, to make the concept of two "purgatories" make sense. The island was purgatory. It was a place for their redemption. Once they reached the alternate reality, they were free to pass through whenever they remembered and were ready to let go. Ben chose to stay, he wasn't ready yet to let go, but he was there and it was His choice not to join them in the church. Purgatory implies that there are Powers that Be testing you or holding you down and deciding if you can pass on or not (in most religions). The alternate reality was like a gift from the powers that decided they were ready to pass on if they wanted to. Michael wasn't in the alternate world (not just the church, but the world at all) either – he wasn't given the gift, he had to remain a whisper on the island. He failed his "test."

    May 25, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Michael

    I have read in many locations that J.J. Abrams and the production team have no intention of extending this story.

    Of course, being a cynic, the almighty Dollar may ultimately convince them otherwise.

    From a creative standpoint, I think any additional story-telling will only minimize the story they've just completed.

    May 25, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  30. onelinerix

    the only question that remains to be answered is:
    will there be a sequel? moving on after death might be easier than moving on from a cash machine

    May 25, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Anon84

    "The article did not say the island was purgatory, only that Desmond was aware of the purgatory (or what we thought were the flash sideways) while he was on the island. Also, they were not dead on the island."
    This made me think of something I hadn't even considered. Desmond. Desmond was going directly back and forth (in his mind) between the alternate reality and the island. How would one do that between "real" life and an imagined/created place/portal to truth you go to After you die. Give it up everyone who is Convinced that the island couldn't have been a purgatory as well. The sideways world was bleeding into everyone's real life on the island. Why would that be if the sideways world was created for After they died? It's so simple minded IMO to accept that the alternate world was purgatory, the rest was "real" and be done with it. Even if it was about the characters, okay, so we round up a group of the most psychologically broken people and put them on an island with purgatory themes after a plane crash that everyone leaves basically unscathed that they probably shouldn't have survived, Jack inexplicably fine and dandy in the jungle, and watch as a man who reads books on redemption tries to save them but then purgatory happens Afterwards? I'm really trying not to give up on our writers because they wrote some beautiful, intelligent, philosophical episodes and I'm thinking that they can't be That simple and leave so many strings hanging. We're not talking about unanswered questions here, but gaping plot holes that provide inconsistencies for the entire premise of the show in some instances. You can also look at Jack's dying in the same exact place he awoke in Season One as poetic or wonder if it meant something more. Maybe it was at that moment that he realized he had been dead the whole time. The writers seemed to have had a pretty good grasp on advanced philosophical concepts – The Constant was an amazing episode – and so this doesn't mean that his experiences and the people he shared them with weren't "real". Only that they were experiencing life and each other on another plane of existence. The writers played with other dimensions throughout the series, and it wouldn't be completely out there. As I mentioned before, his conversation with his father made it apparent that reality is subjective and can even be created and we've learned that love is all that's constant. Regardless of how or where you experience it, it is always "real" and in fact is the only thing that is. Also, why would the alternate world begin again on the plane? Why would Rose say "you can let go now Jack" immediately after they hit turbulence? Too many signs point to that they died on the plane and now that I'm remembering Desmond, I don't know how it could be a good show any other way. Of course, there are still inconsistencies for even this, but I'll overlook them since there seem to be no matter what your theory. If the theme was "most reality is subjective but love is a constant, universal truth and the only one which will lead you to the ultimate truth, regardless of how it's experienced" Well, then okay. It's a good interpretation of purgatory too. How else would one pass on to an ultimate love if they had never experienced a real human love in their lifetime? They would have to have been given an opportunity to experience it first in a separate human “lifetime.” Many assume this means reincarnating into something else, but I guess it wouldn’t have to. Maybe those who claim to be able to ponder the abstract should kick it up a notch.

    May 25, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  32. xhehe

    Finally. Someone actually GETS IT. Im glad you wrote this article explaining that the island was not purgatory. So now people will see

    May 25, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Al B.

    The best part for me was Kate in her little black dress! hot!

    May 25, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Kate

    Thank you, 'Truth' – you made me laugh out loud.

    All us poor 'liberals' who have nothing to love and no one to love us. Boo hoo.

    You think that branding something 'liberal' is an insult in itself. Too funny!

    May 25, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Paul

    I was left wondering at the end when they showed the wreckage – Where were the bodies?

    May 25, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Michael

    "Actually Talli if the whole thing was Jack's experience of course the dialogue occurring in his hallucination would tell him that it was "real". But if it was in fact a hallucination then you can't actually take anything that happened from the time he opens his eyes to the time he closes them as "fact". Maybe some of us aren't as "lost" as you think. It's just one interpretation."

    It's a fair interpretation. I respect your reasons for holding your opinion. I just don't subscribe to it, too. IMHO, the evidence to the contrary outweighs the evidence supporting your theory. Again, that's just my opinion.

    The beauty of Lost, again IMHO, is that it is so debatable. The show is like an onion. Keep peeling layers, you'll find another layer. And, according to some here, you cry a lot. :o)

    May 25, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Mike from NJ

    I wouldn't be surprised if a Lost feature film shows up eventually. It doesn't even have to use any of the main characters from the show. There's a lot of Island left to explore and its got a built-in rabid fanbase. that should draw film execs like moths to a flame.

    May 25, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Michael

    "What I can't figure out is why did everyone have to go back to the island when they had already escaped."

    Another great question. I don't think we were ever given a metaphysical reason. But here's my guess:

    From a metaphysical perspective, they had to return because they were candidates (except Claire and Aaron). Jacob's pull on their "universe" brought them back.

    From a more earthly perspective, I think it was another con job. Was the Christian down with the donkey wheel really Christian or MIB. If MIB, then he conned Locke to bring the candidates back so he could kill them.

    May 25, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teddy

      The enhanced episodes (and the retrospective) made it clear that MIB took the form of Christian on the island (when Jack saw him in the jungle, when he was sitting in the cabin, and when he confronted Locke down by the wheel).

      May 26, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  39. Anon84

    @talli – Did you pay attention? I've rewatched entire seasons, I've done research on their themes. I'm one of the biggest Lost nerds you'll ever meet. No f'ing shi* the "alt" was a form of purgatory, I think everyone got THAT. Their death themes – time doesn't exist here – weren't exactly profound as some people are acting either. Pretty standard story telling when dealing with an afterlife and concepts of time within it. I think everyone is more wondering why there were SO MANY clues that the ISLAND was purgatory if it wasn't. They are still throwing around theories of how it could somehow Also be rather than throwing darts at pictures of Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse for throwing in random mythological and literary references that don't tie in to anything. Maybe You should go back and pay attention and you would find these clues.

    May 25, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  40. MB

    Actually Talli if the whole thing was Jack's experience of course the dialogue occurring in his hallucination would tell him that it was "real". But if it was in fact a hallucination then you can't actually take anything that happened from the time he opens his eyes to the time he closes them as "fact". Maybe some of us aren't as "lost" as you think. It's just one interpretation.

    May 25, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  41. pmcpoland

    What I can't figure out is why did everyone have to go back to the island when they had already escaped.

    May 25, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Michael

    "1) What did Richard mean when he said "I watched them all die" when looking at the photo of the candidates in the 70's.

    2) Why didn't Jack use his godlike powers to heal Kate's gunshot wound?

    3) Why did smokey send Sayid to kill Desmond in the well when he clearly needed him alive? Why did Sayid say that he did it?"

    1. Great question. I don't remember him saying that. But could it be he was referring to the Jughead moment? He saw the blast but didn't understand that the blast lead to some type of temporal moment. Keep in mind that's my interpretation of the show's science fiction.

    2. Jack wasn't supernatural when Kate was shot. He could have given her immortality like Richard after he replaced Jacob but maybe he didn't know how or thought it would condemn her to life on the Island.

    3. Another great question. I think MIB's initial plan was the long con he created to get the bomb on the sub. Thus, he thought Desmond would only interfere so he wanted him eliminated. Maybe MIB couldn't kill Desmond directly even though he wasn't a Candidate. Sayid didn't kill Desmond because, beneath the surface and under the facade he created based on the fact he was always told he was a killer, he couldn't kill Desmond–a friend–especially after the way Desmond talked him out of it.

    May 25, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  43. talli

    lol@ people who dont get it

    the ISLAND was REAL...it all ACTUALLY HAPPENED! The "Alt" was where "purgatory" was...and it takes place many years after they all die (possibly even after everybody dies, the whole humanity is wiped out, millions of years after the events of the island and oceanic 815).

    They didnt die in the crash, folks, pay attention when you watch and you wont be LOST lol

    May 25, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Anon84

    @MB – yeah, there are a lot of people who wonder if it was solely about Jack's experience. There were many similiarities between MIB and Locke in the finale too (he said something Locke would have said at least twice), making MIB almost dream like. My only problem with that is why go to the trouble in the finale to make everyone else remember then? If these people were all created by Jack why would they seemingly have their own consciousness? I'm sticking with that they died in the crash, reality is more subjective than we believe, and that the cycle of birth/rebirth to Nirvana isn't what we think it is. If you think about it too, the alternate reality isn't so much a purgatory as it is preparation. The island was a test to get to the alternate reality. If they hadn't had the island experiences they wouldn't have been able to create a world to enter light. They could both be "purgatory" in separate stages.

    May 25, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  45. MB

    I keep coming up with multiple interpretations. I actually saw some comparisons between the series and the movie Donnie Darko.

    Another interpretation I thought of is that they all died in the initial crash, and that everything we saw was Jack's prior death experience/hallucination brought on by naturally occurring psychedelic chemicals in the human body. And that the entire show was just one man's experience dealing with his own existentialism before he died.

    May 25, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  46. monlette

    Question I have

    1) What did Richard mean when he said "I watched them all die" when looking at the photo of the candidates in the 70's.

    2) Why didn't Jack use his godlike powers to heal Kate's gunshot wound?

    3) Why did smokey send Sayid to kill Desmond in the well when he clearly needed him alive? Why did Sayid say that he did it?

    May 25, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Anon84

    Hmm, first you say that those of us who thought that the island was purgatory were wrong but then you mention that Desmond was the only one who knew that the island was some type of purgatory?

    I think I've been more pi**ed at all of the condescending people posting, tweeting, etc. that anyone who believes that they died on the plane is stupid or didn't "get it" more than I am pi**ed about the plot holes. It's still absolutely a possibility and until the writers confirm – if they ever do – that it wasn't the case I don't think anyone has the right to call anyone else "wrong." I went back and watched Christian and Jack's scene and it's not as clear cut as some people are seeming to remember it either. If anything it actually alludes to reality being very subjective. "Are you real?" "I sure hope so" or something to that extent is exchanged although they are both dead. There were tons of Buddhist and Christian themes in the episodes and so just because people died again on the island or afterwards doesn't mean that they didn't also die on the plane. Some Christians believe that Purgatory is a plane/dimension sometimes accessible on Earth that some try to find as an entry way to heaven and Buddhists believe in the cycle of birth/rebirth until one finally balances their karma and can move onto Nirvana (the light). They could have all been "reborn" again in sorts on the island. It does make the leaving the island, death of Aaron, etc. somewhat confusing but not any more confusing then why the island would be full of Egyptian death/purgatory mythology if the island was just an island. The test they conduct on Sayid in the temple is a test they performed in purgatory in Egyptian mythology, once someone on the island experienced real peace or redemption they died, Toweret and the ankhs, the infertility, the "light" being both in the church AND the island, the Smoke Monster's similarities to Egyptian/Islamic Jinns. Most every piece points to purgatory but then they say gotcha! we are going to end with purgatory only it isn't the island? Lame and definitely a bit of deux de machina being that the alternate reality only came about in season six. I'd rather believe that the island and subsequent realities are still some form of an afterlife/limbo dimension somehow and at least be able to Theorize about the island. If every clue they gave us is null, not only did they not give us answers, but they haven't even given us the ability to try to find our own answers. They created the alternate reality together, so maybe they even somehow created the island after death too. Save the "you're wrong" comments or somehow fill the plot holes, thanks. Otherwise, leave it open to interpretation.

    May 25, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  48. monlette

    1. Why couldn't the women of the island give birth?

    Jacob probably put the kibosh on that when he realized that native born citizens like Miles and Ethan had super powers.

    2. No quick reunion for Ben's daughter and boyfriend?

    Alex and her clan still have unfinished business, which is why they are not moving on with the rest of them.

    3. What was the deal with Jack's fling with the exotic asian women?

    Maybe they wanted to work the tattoo into the plot?

    4. What was the deal of the poll that healed Sayed?

    It's probably a watered down version of the lich-pool that created smokey. It heals you, but at the same time it eats a piece of your soul. Ben took a dip, Claire too, and probably the men in Danielle's research party. The torture test at the temple was probably to see if you were tainted.

    5. Who did the Dharma people visit when they left the island by submarine?

    Job fairs.

    6. Really, no Michael or Walt? Why did Walt show up briefly on several occasions?

    Michael is a ghost trapped on the island. Walt has a life of his own, as does Aaron and the wee Kwon. It would be tragic if the people on the island were what defined them.

    7. Was Whitmore good or bad?

    Widmore was the chief candidate until he bonded with Penny and her mother. Before him was Eloise, who bonded with Daniel. Ben couldn't be the candidate because of his bond with Alex, but he never knew that. He thought Jacob was just giving him the silent treatment.

    8. Why was Ben always saying he was protecting the island. Was he simply just a bad guy?

    May 25, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  49. sdfds

    @ Darcy Fournier:

    You are a classic example of people claiming to see the golden silk robe of the king..

    You said " in falshsideways they lived a dream that they could not attain in real life"

    well kate was running & sawyer still a murdrer in the flash sideways..so everything else u said is simply ...blah blah..
    LIke several others here before

    May 25, 2010 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  50. Kim

    Lost was a great show. I was an avid watcher. I just wished that they could have come up with a better ending then them all being dead.

    May 25, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  51. Jay C.

    I admit, I haven't read all 900 + posts so I apologize if this is a repeat of information already posted. Several folks have questioned the whereabouts of the tail section passengers. The entire tail section segment was created by the writers when they didn't have an end date set for the show. Since they didn't know how long the series would run, they had to come up with more characters and story lines for each weekly episode. However, once the end game was established, the tail section characters were no longer needed and began to be eliminated, save one, Bernard. None of the tail section's pasengers' stories were relevant to the main storyline involving Jack.

    May 25, 2010 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
  52. Kelly

    All-

    I don't get it. I never suggested the
    plane carrying Sawyer, Kate, etc. died in a crash at the end. They could have but it's highly unlikely and there is no evidence to suggest it. I know the plane wreckage at the end is the original set of the pilot and meant as an homage to the cast and crew. It is NOT ajira and it is NOT meant to be anything to the plot. Gosh people!

    May 25, 2010 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  53. May

    As I said in my other post from 2 days ago, overall the finale was outstanding. The opening sequence was great. The reunions and "knowing" moments were amazing. Yes I cried. That last scene with Jack closing his eye was just perfect. And people, no, he wasn't dead the whole time. He's wearing a blue T-shirt in the last scene and was wearing a suit in the pilot.
    I wasn't happy with the last 10 minutes. It's not what I was expecting, especially after so many fans through the years have predicted the sort of purgatory/after-life type of storyline.
    I think most of us didn't enjoy those last minutes because it meant they were all dead. We would have wanted them to live forever.
    As a finale overall though, it was very satisfying to me. A lot of loose ends were tied. A lot of answers were given. The soundtrack was particularly moving in this final episode. That tender string of notes which played during those emotional scenes....just great.

    LOST was one of the best series on TV in my opinion. It was innovative, original, made you think, made you theorize and try to predict outcomes. The island was an escape for all of us – an escape from everyday life and responsibilities. And what an escape it was.
    I will miss the turquoise water and the palm trees. I will miss those majestic mountains and waterfalls. I will miss Kate, Jack, Sawyer, and even Ben and Locke. As one Ireporter said: I will need to go outside now on Tuesday nights. I do plan on buying the full DVD set to keep my Lost habit alive. I do wonder though, if I will enjoy watching it as much as I had when it was all new. I wonder if it will all make more sense. I am excited about seeing clues where I might have missed them.

    Namaste

    May 25, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |
  54. Bloom

    ok – i didnt read all the comments. This may have already been said. The island was real, everything that happened on the island was real. The "purgatory" was the flash sideways. This was where they all went when the died, whenever they died. As Christian said, some before and some after Jack. This was what they needed to do in order to remember and meet up again in the church to pass on together.
    Ben stayed outside the church, bcuz in my opinion he was waiting for Alex and Danielle Rousseau.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  55. Ric

    To Kelly – We don't know if that plane carrying Kate, Sawyer, and gang crashed or not. Keep in mind there is no linear timeline in the Lost afterlife. Kate and Sawyer could easily have lived a full life upon their return home and died 50 years later. After all, Hugo and Ben became the island guardians, but we don't know for how long, and they both were in the church waiting to "move on".

    May 25, 2010 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  56. anonymous

    May 25th, 2010 10:17 am ET

    "Also, how does Jack get out of the cave? – was he able to climb up the rope? – when we come back from commericial he is laying down by a pond? – any thoughts?"

    The smoke monster evicted him.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  57. island hopper

    Also, how does Jack get out of the cave? – was he able to climb up the rope? – when we come back from commericial he is laying down by a pond? – any thoughts?

    May 25, 2010 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  58. anonymous

    The lost are attracted to 'LOST.'

    May 25, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  59. anonymous

    CNN and ABC must be loving these posts...

    May 25, 2010 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |
  60. Meribor

    What's with all the hostility? some people liked it, some didn't; neither group is statistically more intelligent nor possessed of greater critical thinking skills. Admitting that elements of the show confused you does not mean you are incapable of abstract thought.

    LOST was conceived, written and produced by humans who have flaws. The show has flaws. The viewers have flaws. But I kept watching because I enjoyed it, and I imagine that many others felt the same way.

    There is no reason for us to be insulting and rude just because we happen to disagree.

    And if you're just here to say you hate LOST and think the viewers are idiots with no lives, well, that's just trolling and it makes me wonder what else you have going on in your life.

    May 25, 2010 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  61. Phil

    I've tried 3 times and unsuccessful each time to post a comment here about this, yet CNN decides to not post any of them. Shouldn't CNN at least send you a courtesy email explaining why the comment wasn't up to standards? (what standards?) I've read more zany and/or negative comments here than ever before, so I can't imagine why mine get screened out 99% of the time.

    May 25, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  62. island hopper

    any suggestions as to where the island went at the end of season 5 when it disappeared in front helicopter with the Oceanic 6 on it?

    May 25, 2010 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  63. Sims20

    For those of you that believe the island never happend and Jack was "dreaming" while lying in the bamboo, didn't you notice Jack had completely different clothes on in the finally vs. when the crash happend in the begining? ..... Please explain how that works into your theory?

    May 25, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  64. BeReel

    Easy way out for ending the show. This is what happens when a show runs amok

    May 25, 2010 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  65. Ronald A. VanElsen

    If everyone who posted a comment here would spend as much time letting the people they love know how they feel as they have obsessing over a t.v. show, they would be less likely to have to endure a "purgatory" moment of their own when they pass on. Love is the reason were all here and our only free pass to the next level. Enjoy one anouther. Bless you all

    May 25, 2010 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  66. Black3Rising

    I was really looking forward to seeing Ecko and his reviews in the two hour special that preceded the show. Guess you can't have them all interviewed...

    May 25, 2010 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  67. Michael

    "I have not seen one word about a set of characters that took up half a season and seem to have dissappeared in a mystery as great as Lost's finale...what ever happened to, and what was the whole point behind Mr. Ecko and his priest brother, the plane and all the drugs in the statuettes???"

    Most of the tail section occupants (save Bernard) are all dead for one reason or another, including Eko. He was killed by Smokie.

    Eko, his brother, and the plane with drugs provided the backstory to Eko's real past (not as a pastor–that was his brother) and demonstrated for the audience the strange confluence of events that lead people to the Island. Exploring the plane led to Boone's death, the drugs led to Charlie's addiction re-emergence, and the plane has been used at varying times for other minor plot developments.

    Eko's character ultimately demonstrated the power of redemption on the island.

    May 25, 2010 at 8:40 am | Report abuse |
  68. Black3Rising

    I have not seen one word about a set of characters that took up half a season and seem to have dissappeared in a mystery as great as Lost's finale...what ever happened to, and what was the whole point behind Mr. Ecko and his priest brother, the plane and all the drugs in the statuettes???

    May 25, 2010 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  69. James

    Kelly,

    That was the wreckage of Oceanic 815

    May 25, 2010 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  70. Michael

    "SMOKE MONSTER THEORY..Spelling corrected**.

    I think MIB was turned into the smoke monster because his 'mother' had betrayed him, his brother killed him, and he REALLY REALL Y REALLY wanted to leave the island.

    When Jack was in the pool after fixing it, didn't want to leave the island and had no malice in his heart. that is why he wasn't turned into the smoke monster.

    just a guess."

    I like your theory fine but here's another:

    MIB died as a result of the fall down the waterfalls. In death, his soul was ripped from his body (aka Smokey) and his dead, empty corpse washed up downstream.

    Jack didn't fall and didn't die. In fact, he may have been protected because he was trying to save the Island.

    Desmond didn't die and, while his efforts would have lead to the death of the Island, his intentions are pure.

    In any case, I don't think our men/women of science fans will appreciate these theories.

    May 25, 2010 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |
  71. Jhardain

    SMOKE MONSTER THEORY..Spelling corrected**.

    I think MIB was turned into the smoke monster because his 'mother' had betrayed him, his brother killed him, and he REALLY REALL Y REALLY wanted to leave the island.

    When Jack was in the pool after fixing it, didn't want to leave the island and had no malice in his heart. that is why he wasn't turned into the smoke monster.

    just a guess.

    May 25, 2010 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
  72. Michael

    I'll ask this question again:

    After pulling the cork out, Desmond climbs out of the hole and appears to be looking at something in the shadows? Who or what does he see?

    May 25, 2010 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
  73. KerryGirleen

    Absolutly brilliant ending – the best I've seen since Ashes to Ashes (quite similar themes in the final episodes).

    May 25, 2010 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
  74. Jhardain

    SMOKE MONSTER THEORY...

    I think MIB was turned into the smoke monster because his 'mother' had betrayed him, his brother killed him, and he REALLY REALL Y REALLY wanted to leave the island.

    Jack when he was in the light when he fixed the island didn't want to leave and had to malaice in his heart so he didn't become the smoke monster.

    just a guess.

    May 25, 2010 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  75. Michael

    "1. Why couldn't the women of the island give birth?
    2. No quick reunion for Ben's daughter and boyfriend?
    3. What was the deal with Jack's fling with the exotic asian women?
    4. What was the deal of the poll that healed Sayed?
    5. Who did the Dharma people visit when they left the island by submarine?
    6. Really, no Michael or Walt? Why did Walt show up briefly on several occasions?
    7. Was Whitmore good or bad?
    8. Why was Ben always saying he was protecting the island. Was he simply just a bad guy?"

    1. A question that remains unresolved.
    2. Good question but, in the end, Alex wasn't a major character and I think her boyfriend was in 1 or 2 episodes only.
    3. Plot development
    4. I'm guessing that it came from the Spring of Life that led to the Light Source. Mother said that it was a giver of life, death, and rebirth.
    5. Presumably, they went home, went to Dharma headquarters, arranged food drops, etc. They also collected new people and brought them to the Initiative.
    6. I had heard that Walt was to be in the finale. There's 19 minutes of footage that didn't make it to broadcast. He might be there. Michael's story was completed when he spoke with Hurley on the Island a few episodes back.
    7. I suspect that Whitmore was bad. The writers were intentionally ambiguous but his obsession speaks volumes. Either he wanted the energy, wanted immortality, or wanted to defeat Ben. These are all bad motives.
    8. Ben is evil but had a redemptive moment this year with Ilana. In the end, he was like all the flawed Lost characters. His flaw stems back to the fact that his father despised and hated him because he viewed Ben as killing his wife during childbirth. That warped Ben. Getting shot by Sayid and being made well at the Temple (presumably the same pool that restored Sayid), didn't help.

    May 25, 2010 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
  76. Tom

    Reminded me of a cross between Fantasy Island and Ghost Whisperer.

    May 25, 2010 at 7:27 am | Report abuse |
  77. Tom24601

    Watched this show a few times. Seemed really obvious to me that the whole thing was a metaphor for people's internal struggles, they were 'lost' in some way in their life. Plane crash on the island was the metaphor for them having ended up someplace they didn't want to be as a person, and they were having trouble finding a way out. Spiritual and psychological concepts were brought from the inner landscape to an external and interactive one with an environment and plot to make us think and keep us interested. Not trying to say it's a bad idea at all, obviously the show had a lot of fans and a good run of success. I get the feeling however that a lot of people get overly caught up in the details and look at it like.. how do these details add up into a coherent whole. Never really understanding that the entire construct was simply a foil for the larger issues and that from that standpoint the coherence of the little details was never going to be its strong suit. Now that I think about it the people I know in my life who are really into this show tend to be more the type who can't see the forest for the trees as the saying goes. Again not meaning anything bad about them, that's just the way they are, the opposite of meditative shall we say. Thinking about it a little more it's great that a TV show could bring these larger issues to them even as they obsess over minutiae since they otherwise tend not to be very introspective. Kind of like those games that trick kids into learning things because they are fun, but for adults and the things adults need to learn.

    May 25, 2010 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
  78. gizmokc

    Lost lasted, when so many better shows(Firefly and Drive) failed, I'm just dumbfounded

    May 25, 2010 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
  79. Darcy Fournier

    I remember thinking , when I first heard of this show before it premiered, that the idea was interesting but it would never last. It seemed to be a updated version of Gilligan's Island minus the campy acting and cheesy sets. I wondered how they would keep me interested.

    Over the course of this series it became clear...it was not about the mysteries that were presented and later to be answered partially, in full or not at all...it was about these characters that I had come to enjoy.

    The series was not perfect and at times it seemed that the creators of the show were tossed darts at ideas on a wall and going with whatever they hit but one cannot deny the addictiveness of the characters they created and the dynamic talent of those that brought them to life with their portrayal.

    I was not thrilled with the ending and feel as though I and many of you could have written a better one...but overall, if we stop to think about it...how many of you would deny yourself an ending to your life like the one our Lost friends were granted?

    To those of you that gave up at some point along the way and stopped watching, or only watched to criticize, you robbed yourself of some of the finest acting and storytelling of this millenium.

    To those of you that stuck it out, amidst the maddening questions left unanswered, you were rewarded with an emotional bonanza not likely to repeat itself again on the T.V landscape.

    I close with this...

    While it was frustrating that we did not get all the answers to every mystery...I would like those who complained about that fact to tell me when, in life, is everythign answered and wrapped up in a tiny package. If we are given all the answers, what is left to the imgination?

    They DID not all die when the plain crashed...
    The Island was NOT purgatory...

    Everything happened as it happed witht he excpeption of the flash sideways...which was the final reward to the dearly departed. It was a place where they went to live their "dream" a dream they cuold not attain in their actual lives.

    In their real lives they were flawed and created an afterlife for themselves that was the opposite of what they really lived...

    Jack failed as a Husband, a Doctor and a Son and in the end he had nothing to show for it except a failed marriage in which his wife left him for another man. He never had a child. He failed to fix a woman on the operating table cutting her nerve sack, ultimately haunting him and leading to his need to "fix everything" and he frail, frustrating, head butting relationship wiht his father left alot of things unaswered.

    In the end he went to a place where he was a successful surgeon, fixing Locke, and while he was seperated from his wife (Juliette), he enjoyed a good relationship with her and he had a son to show for it...and through that relationship with his son he better understood his father...who as with him in the end in a way he always wanted him to be in life.

    Kate? Attracted to troubled bad boys because she did not have to commit (the bank robbery boyfriend and later Sawyer) She was on the run for killing her abusive step father after being turned in by her mother who would not understand the sacrifice she made...ends up realizing she loves Jack, the untroubled not so bad boy, and once again kills the bad guy and was more of a mother than her mother was...

    Sawyer...con man in life not knowing real love makes an afterlife for him that has true love and the opposite of a con man..a cop.

    Hurley..insignifcant and unlucky in love and life in the real world created a an afterlife for himself as a leader and one loved by all...including a love interest in Libby.

    Locke...no relationship with his father, no love interest...could not walk and was in a nowhere job without respect...he was a peon...creates a afterlife for himself with just the opposite; He had a good relationship with his father, he had Helen, he could walk and he had power and respect...

    Ben...craving power and respect and not having any until he took it by manipulation and force merely wanted people around him even if it was by intimidation and fear...created a afterlife for himself that was fillled with forgivness and love and a position of power and trust asked of him by another...

    If you examine each character...the result is the same.

    A life of self created chaos and angst...rewarded by design in the afterlife.

    Isn't that was it's about? We suffer the slings and arrows in reality...enjoying some sweetness as well along the way until we get our ultimate reward in the end of being with those we love in a way we always wanted it to be?

    If that is what LOST was all about...I hope we are all stay that way...LOST until we find ourselves on the other side.

    See you there...all you have to do is "let go"...and shoot a polar bear or two.

    Namaste

    May 25, 2010 at 2:53 am | Report abuse |
  80. Speedy

    Lost is over? Cool.. Maybe I will read about what it was all about one day.

    In Australia I gave up watching it after a few episodes. (Sort of like Flash-forward). It had an interesting idea, but seemed to turn into "Days of our Lives on an island with Polar bears".

    The fact that the Australian TV stations can't show TV shows at consistent times for more then a few weeks in a row helped kill it for me.

    May 25, 2010 at 2:40 am | Report abuse |
  81. LOST ur life

    to all you idiots. i'm glad Lost is off the air. They got forced off because noone wanted to watch a moronic show that had literally NO plotline. I swear it was worse than "Seinfeld", at least they admitted it was a show about nothing. i changed to the channel after the first 10 minutes of the first episode of lost. it made no sense to keep dragging this rediculous ploy to try and make money off of it for sooo many seasons. just so you know i want the ten minutes of my life i just lost telling ya'll how i feal.

    May 25, 2010 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
  82. JustASKING

    Mr. Echo, anyone? Comments are welcome..Michael? Walt?

    May 25, 2010 at 1:10 am | Report abuse |
  83. Carole

    FIrst of all most of you should stop getting your theology from Ghost Whisperer
    Secondly, @ Lost in Space– The baby was Aaron, not Erin. Erin would be a little girl with a curl.
    And Lapidus, the guy who looked like he was in a Burt Reynolds movie completely changed character once he got on the plane. He went all snipy on us,
    Ben's character was not true in the last two episodes, Richard's character did not seem to suit him in the Richard-centric episode. Ben was not believable to me as he changed back and forth and Richard just seemed whiny. Richard I loved you the rest of the time but that episode was like a bad novela.

    Still think the pseudo death love-in was a copout in the PC church of nothing.

    May 25, 2010 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
  84. LookingAtTheHardFactsGH

    FINAL WORD ON WHEN THEY DIED - JUGHEAD EXPLAINS ALL: At the end of Season5, Juliette falls into the hatch shaft and sets off the atom bomb JUGHEAD. At the beginning of Season6, she is pulled out and tells Sawyer that "It worked." Meaning, they got off the island. Meaning the bomb destroyed the island, killed all of the main and sub characters on the island (as well as every imaginary character including the Smoke Monster if that will make you feel better), and thus fulfilled everyone's wish to get off the island. But EVERYONE (including the fans) IS IN DENIAL. Season6 was just for ABC to continue the revenue stream while laughing all the way to the bank while we go on debating like Jugheads. BTW, I wouldn't be surprised if ABC's ATM password is 'Jughead.' We all enjoyed it while it lasted so it's fine with me.

    May 25, 2010 at 12:49 am | Report abuse |
  85. fan of lost

    Kelly : I agree with you... What i saw was Jack dying and above him he saw the plane leaving and he smiled and died, however they then showed the plane slowing down and actually crashing again.... That is what i got out of that scene... i

    May 25, 2010 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  86. MSD

    Remind me please.
    1. Why couldn't the women of the island give birth?
    2. No quick reunion for Ben's daughter and boyfriend?
    3. What was the deal with Jack's fling with the exotic asian women?
    4. What was the deal of the poll that healed Sayed?
    5. Who did the Dharma people visit when they left the island by submarine?
    6. Really, no Michael or Walt? Why did Walt show up briefly on several occasions?
    7. Was Whitmore good or bad?
    8. Why was Ben always saying he was protecting the island. Was he simply just a bad guy?

    May 25, 2010 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  87. Found

    FOR ALL WHO SAY THE ISLAND IS PURGATORY AND THEY DIED IN THE CRASH, HERE ARE REFERENCES FROM THE HEAD WRITER THAT SAY YOU ARE FULL OF POO:

    The purgatory theory was debunked by J.J. Abrams in a Zap2it interview published in March 14, 2005, "though he claimed to like the idea."

    The theory was again expressly debunked by executive producer Damon Lindelof in a New York Times interview published on May 25, 2006. Noting the fact that the finale of Season 2 shows the outside world in the present (as opposed to a flashback) for the first time, Lindelof added: "People who believe that they're in purgatory or that they're subjects of an experiment are going to start reassessing those theories based on the fact that we are literally showing you the outside world."

    This theory was rejected again by Damon Lindelof on the October 6, 2006 podcast.

    Following the airing of "D.O.C." and Naomi's revelation that the wreckage of Oceanic Flight 815 was allegedly found and there were no survivors, the "purgatory" theory was again debunked twice; first by Damon Lindelof in an interview with E! Online [1], stating that "If we did such a thing after repeatedly stating otherwise, we'd be tarred and feathered!"; and second, by Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse in the April 30, 2007 podcast, insisting out that "we were not lying, it's not purgatory" and listing several possible other explanations for Naomi's revelation.

    May 25, 2010 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  88. SethS

    Here’s my final theory. Could be wrong b/c the writers took us to a lot of places they didn't need to...

    Jack landed in the bamboo forest and died there. Within his last fleeting minutes/hours/days, his life flashed before his eyes – which lasted the entire 6 seasons. Many things happen in the flash (obviously). In that flash he tried to interpret scientifically what happen to the plane to cause it to tear apart in mid-air, and come to terms with his existence within his world, between he and his father and with God/spirituality. The flash before his eyes brought in characters that he had just met or simply saw on the plane; and made up stories about them to come to terms that they had all perished in an awful plane crash. The storylines were all made up in his mind to – in effect – create a sense of “togetherness” or “fulfillment” that he did not have in his life. These storylines end up bringing out his true leadership quality and divinity which he always wanted in his life. With this final sense of accomplishment, divinity, belonging, and redemption, he was able to die in peace and move forward.

    When I say “interpret scientifically what happen to the plane”, I am referring to the magnetic properties of the island. In his scientific mind, there had to be a reason for a plane to rip apart in mid air. As a doctor/scientist, his thoughts created this magnetic property within an island so strong that it could cause a metal plane to crash. He even went as far as creating a top-secret hippie commune who has been doing scientific research there for years – trying R&D on the magnetic properties of the island – and tap into what the magnetic forces could actually accomplish for humanity. There was a good amount of conflict between science and faith/spirituality throughout the 6 seasons… always a constant struggle between two forces. The Survivors vs the Others; Ben vs Widmore; Jacob vs MIB; etc. My thought is that this is Jack’s internal strife between his scientific education as a doctor and his “take” on faith in the eye of his impending death. Laying there dying, he was trying to resolve this conflict and come to terms with his spirituality.

    Each of the flashes (flash back, forward and sideways) were his creation to give the crash victims an actual personality or life in his mind. Flashbacks made up pasts for the other “survivors” of the plane. Again, Jack made up these stories in his mind to give reason or purpose of the crash and try to deal with the traumatic realization that every face he was just sitting beside was now dead. He created a group of lost souls who didn’t have what they needed in life – just as he is in reality. He created every person’s storyline to tie into his life in a small way, whether made up or actual, so he would not “die alone”.

    Flash forwards were a made up glimmer of hope. The forward flash goes into detail of each of his made up character’s lives who made it off the island (the Oceanic 6). This hope (in which each character’s life isn’t a satisfying existence anyway) doesn’t last however b/c deep down, he knows his death is approaching and the “magnetic force” of the island is pulling him back. If you remember there’s a “reason” for him to come back… the island had a plan for him. The magnetic force in this account is the reality of him laying in the forest dying. He must get back to the island to try to save not only the rest of the people they left behind, but himself.

    The sideways flash was a denial sequence (one of the 5 stages of Grief). He was in denial that the plane had crashed and made up a new reality to try to escape to – instead of realizing that he’s actually dying. This new reality included a close relationship with his invented son… the relationship he wished he and his father had. Each of the characters went on with their life as if the plane landed in LA, albeit a divergent one. Once each of the characters touch each other, they accept their reality that they have died. The story goes full circle to incorporate all of his characters together into a climactic event to show Jack that he wasn’t alone in his time of death – and in this “life” (this creation of his successful storyline for himself) he was good enough to be granted access to the light (or heaven) rather than a black smoke death (or sentence to hell)… and everyone within his storyline that he was close with or made an impact in his made up life moved on with him.

    May 25, 2010 at 12:11 am | Report abuse |
  89. island hopper

    lost in space – They survived the plane crash – the producers said that- if the island is not a place that can be visited please explain how and why the dharma people could leave and go back and forth to the mainland, why the mercenaries were able to go to the island, Farraday's/Charolette group was able to arrive on the island? What about when the Oceanic 6 left the island? thanks for playing – try again

    May 24, 2010 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Teddy

    Watch the final scene with Jack and Christian again. Christian explains everything. He says everything that happened to Jack (meaning on the island) was real. Everyone else died at different times. That dialogue explains the entire ending.

    May 24, 2010 at 11:32 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Matt

    JNY

    I know....Since I opened this story and commented a few times along the day. I have noticed the same...that people are more dense than my grandmothers fruitcake she gave out at Christmas.

    Every point you made is spot on, at least a few of us on here get it, and got it.

    Great acting job to everyone in the cast of Lost... you did your jobs well! Ditto to the writers!

    May 24, 2010 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  92. CappyApple

    I thought it was brilliant, beautiful, and wrenching. In the end, I cared about the people - not the unresolved mysteries or contorted mythologies. These people found real meaning in their lives by connecting with another person (something they had not been able to do before), and now they move on to another realm where presumably they live out their lives in happiness.

    The final scene of Jack's eye closing as the Ajira plane went overhead is an image that will stay with me for a long time. Congrats to the writing team, the actors, and everyone involved, and thanks for 6 great years of LOST!!

    May 24, 2010 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Kathy

    Loved it and will be watching the whole 6 seasons again someday with my grandsons. Had special meaning about friends and adversity. How you can give and let others see you vulnerable.

    May 24, 2010 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Michael

    @cindy108

    "Where was Anna Lucia and Libby?????"

    The ending was very difficult if you don't look multiple times. Libby is actually there. Anna Lucia isn't there because she's not ready to "let go", according to Desmond in the next to last episode.

    May 24, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  95. DavidinHZ

    I live in China and I "lost" interest in the series in the 3rd season when it just got too darn difficult to download. :(

    May 24, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  96. rick

    The cabin was built by Horace.. (DHARMA DAYS) for his wife who was pregnant with Nathan

    May 24, 2010 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  97. rick

    Echo did not return for one reason, He didn't like Hawaii and refused to return to the show

    May 24, 2010 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  98. Adam_Ant

    I wish they would have brought Echo back with everyone else. He was my favorite character for a while.

    May 24, 2010 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Jim

    Just a few of my viewpoints how I've interpreted details and made an understanding (maybe satisfying only myself) about some of the things in the discussions...

    I don't think Jack became a Smoke Monster due to that he was the previous protector. Not everyone who goes in necessarily comes out a Smoke Monster. MIB killed Mother, and the golden light basically rejected him, and spewed him out in an evil, unwanted form. Mother may have seen this before in her experience, hence "don't go down there". But since it doesn't happen to everyone, she could have just been trying to scare the boys to keep them from idle curiosity. (I do wonder who some of those skeletons are, though.)

    I thought Jack was fooling Hurley at first when Hurley was becoming the new protector, because Jack didn't say the prayer words. I thought Jack just needed Hurley to believe in himself a little more powerfully for a few minutes till the job got done, then it would later be explained. But now I think it was just that Jack got to make his own rules as protector, hence, no more prayer words. Just like how Jack drank water and did not need to drink from the wine jug to become protector – to me, Jacob changed that rule. Some of Hurley's rules must have been awesome...

    I'm totally for Shannon in lieu of Nadia. I like Nadia fine, but in Sayid's real world, he loses Nadia, then as an Oceanic 6 he's with her for about 10 minutes before she bites the dust. In sideways world, she's married to his brother. How often in life do we chase or hold onto something instead of realizing and accepting that something is not meant to be for us? Accepting Shannon as his love is part of Sayid's "let go".

    The final scene group is Jack-centric, which I see as his core group of plane friends plus Juliet (romance) and Penny (saved him from the island as an Oceanic 6), at the point he remembers them or wants them to be. And, missing the ones who have already moved on or have not moved on yet. Thankfully we weren't subject to any aged actor makeup attempts to represent what they looked like at the age of their transcendence. Aaron could have been played by the toddler actor again as when Jack and Kate were raising him, but the baby age makes more sense, since Claire was the intended raising parent as prophesied all along and it also meshes well since Charlie relates to the baby Aaron. If you thought Aaron was never been born or died while a baby, you can rest easy now.

    May 24, 2010 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  100. Alvatar

    Been a faithful watcher for all 6 seasons. I am kind of torn about how I feel regarding the finale. At first, I thought it was all wishy washy and too happy for everyone. Then I was confused about Jack's death and when did that actually occur. When it comes right down to it, it was a great episode that did what the series has done all along. Keep me on the edge of my seat wanting more and sorry to see the episode end. The drawback is that there will be no new episode next week.

    Yes, I am going back and watching the entire series from episode 1 again. There is probably tons of stuff that I missed the first time around and will make things a bit clearer now. Not everything is going to be black and white. We are left to use our imaginations to fill in the missing bits, to help make sense of things. We rely too much on people telling us the whole story and not giving us enough credit to figure things out ourselves.

    Was it Sci-Fi/Fantasy? Yes.
    Was everything spelled out for us? No, but that is a good thing.
    Does it leave the door open for books, stories, fan films, etc? Yes (and I hope the creators don't mind if folks do this)

    That being said, I loved watching the Jimmy Kivel Live recap after the finale. It was absolutely hilarious with the 3 alternate endings. And if you watched carefully, they had the actor who played young Jacob, keep popping up here and there in the TV set! Pretty funny stuff.

    Gonna' miss Lost...

    May 24, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  101. lost in space

    The Island is not "real" as in the sense of it being a place you can visit in this life. But they were all dead on the island. The island is their Hell. "The time you spent with these people was the most important period of your life." does not mean that mean that they were actually "alive" on the island. The whole point of an afterlife implies that life goes on and death in this one is just a stage to the next. The island is one phase, then limbo, then the afterlife.

    Those on the plane, died in the crash, which did not necessarily occur over the island. At that point they entered HELL, (the island). Richard Alpert plainly states this as the case. From there on, all bets on reality are off. Penny may have been on the island because she was already dead as well or more likely she was not really there but was merely a part of Desmond's Hell trials. Penny was there with Desmond in limbo at the end because she had eventually died at some point, regardless of whether or not she was ever really involved with events on the inland. Baby Erin is another character that was most likely never really on the island. Most children born on the island died. The only exceptions were children who were in the womb of a mother who died before giving childbirth. Children are innocents and likely not dammed to Hell. So Erin's birth on the island was just a part of Charlie and his mother's Hell trials. Erin was at the end because he was conceived and died. Leave it to the pro-lifers to argue when life begins.

    Jacob and The man in Black were also shown to be conceived prior to their mother dying and shown to be born on the island. But all bets on reality are off when you get to Hell (island). So their births on the island were all just part of their Hell reality designed for them to put them through their own respective Hell trials. You can apply the the Hell trial scenario to every single person on the island. Some people pass their trials and move onto Limbo, some do not. Walt's father did not. The Man in Black did not.

    The misnamed "flash-sideways" all occurred after the events at the island. Not at the same time. They were merely recalling island events in a waiting room limbo that they created themselves to find each other. Hurley and Ben did not "outlive" Jack. None of them were "alive" on the island. They just hadn't redeemed themselves in HELL (island) yet and eventually they did allowing them to follow Jack to limbo. Ben decided to stay in limbo as he was simply not ready to move on yet. But he was no longer in Hell.

    May 24, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • jomane

      lost in space, Did you watch the same show as the rest of us? The island was not Hell as you say. Your interpretation is just way off base.

      May 27, 2010 at 10:01 am | Report abuse |
  102. Confused

    Can someone tell me what the cabin was all about? The one in the woods where Jacab was supposed to live? That was the scariest scene in all six seasons and I don't remember that ever being explained. Was that really Jacob? Why was he asking for help?

    May 24, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  103. bert

    can people remember that throwing around the word "purgatory" to explain the flashsideways would be a concept only for Roman Catholics to understand? Other Non-Catholic Christian religious denominations do not believe in purgatory. that is a Roman Catholic tradition, not a Christian one, so to use that concept for the show, would be to imply that the show was made up of Catholics for Catholics. No one on Lost ever used the word.

    May 24, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  104. Sandy Waters

    and the 30 second summation of LOST reads.....

    Really creative.
    The writers know how to manage their characters.
    The story line held our attention really well.
    The actors were all stupendous choices for their parts.
    Endings are the hardest part for everyone.
    We now have a really good example of a "dead" end.

    Onward.....

    May 24, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  105. cindy108

    Loved the ending. Three questions remain today:
    1. Was Claire visibly pregnant during the ending reunion?
    2. Why was Hurley not reunited with with Libby??
    3. Why was Penny at the ending reunion?

    If we are to believe they perished on Oceanic 815 and have been "Lost" then Claire should not have given birth, Aaron also should have perished along with her. Penny was not on the flight, but was at the reunion, unless she died some other way. Where was Anna Lucia and Libby?????

    May 24, 2010 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  106. JM

    I've read a lot of the comments here and one thing that needs to be emphasized is that when Christian Shepard tells Jack "Some died before you, some long after," he is referring to the concept of time as being infinite. It really doesn't matter if Kate or Sawyer died 2 days or 50 years after leaving the island, it's really a small blip in linear time either way. Death can't be avoided, and in death time is infinite so it has no meaning. The use of time travel reflects this – while some of the characters travel back to the 1970s, the others remain in the present day – but this is all actually happening at the same time.

    I agree that this is a story primarily about Jack, the demons that he faced internally, his struggle to find purpose in his life, his ultimate redemption, and that the important parts of his life were his relationships with his friends and loved ones. While all of the characters had completed their own journeys, they wanted to move forward together – I recall there are several references to it being "time to leave." Jack was the last one in the sideways universe to "remember" his past and was then ready to move on with his closest friends to the afterlife.

    The finale was amazing – I did my share of crying for sure. For those of you still asking too many questions, like what happened to Vincent or Richard Alpert, you are digging a little too deep. Just ponder the message about what it means to live a meaningful life and then try to live a life with purpose – that is the best outcome the creators could ever expect.

    May 24, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  107. Mac

    I've never seen an episode of "Lost", and only read this blog to see if it would be worth going back and watching it...

    Nope. Still not interested in it at all. But it seems like most who watched it were happy, so the world goes on...

    May 24, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  108. Misha

    @LostScott Thank you! Everyone watched for their own reasons. People stop calling the one's who didn't like it stupid because they didn't get "IT". Obviously their "IT" was not your "IT". I agree with a previously post that their our some Losties out their that are taking it just a little too serious, and the show can do no wrong. The show could of ending with Kate taking a crap in the toliet and that in turn became the island, and they would of read some sort of symbolism in it.

    May 24, 2010 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  109. Bentley

    Good show most of the six years, weak, predictable ending!

    May 24, 2010 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  110. MF

    Is there a LOST – UBIK connection?

    Kudos to the person with the following transmission:

    "I didn't understand Trekkies until I became a Lostie"

    May 24, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  111. Jeane Robinson

    Lost asked the big questions. Why are we here? Does our life have a purpose? What happens when we die? Lost is a modern myth right out of the pages of Joseph Campbell's 'A Hero's Journey".

    I love the layers of meaning the writers and producers were able to build and the questions we were required to ask ourselves? In my case, 'Is the island a mini world where each new group fights with everyone else and always ends up killing each other?" Jacob was looking for progress with the new arrivals, they built things, but they still kept killing each other. Isn't that the story of mankind?

    Great story telling! Thanks to all involved for the journey.

    May 24, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  112. LostScott

    Everyone stop pushing your close minded opinion as though there is an absolute right or wrong. You watched b/c you fall into one of four camps:
    A) "character-driven" – you are probably female if you fall in this camp (sorry to stereotype)and you liked or loved the finale
    B) "religious/spirituality-driven" – you probably liked or loved the finale because of the purgatory/heaven angles
    C) "action-driven" – probably male (see prior disclaimer) – and you were luke-warm or hated the finale because you received no answers to your "island" questions
    D) "sci-fi-driven" – you DEFINITELY hated the finale because you were told for 6 years this was not about anything related to purgatory. Ha-ha, suckers!

    So, now that you have self identified yourself, you can stop trying to convince people from other camps that you are right and they are wrong. Get over it. And by the way, I am a "C" and hated the ending.

    May 24, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  113. mike

    People it is just a television show, there is no need to be so angry. I am an avid fan of Lost and it will always be considered one of my favorite shows. But seriously, to come onto a thread and try to berate someone because their interpretation (and yes this is all interpretation) is different than your own is very very sad.

    Just be happy that you got to enjoy this show for as long as you did! It is not very often a TV show comes on the air and captivates an audience for 6 straight years.

    May 24, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  114. JNY

    WOW. All I can say is, "WOW". That is in respect to some of the posts here. The internet is a portal to some truly disturbing denizens of the world.

    People either have pitiful attention spans, missed dozens of episodes, walked out of the room, are unbelievable stubborn, or flatout lack the cognitive skills of a chimp judging by some of their comments.

    Many questions were answered over the six seasons, others left to our imagination. The more popular complaints (polar bear, smoke, numbers) were answered - asking about them is admitting you do not watch the show.

    No, they did not die in the crash. Yes, they were alive on the island. "How could all those crazy/impossible things happen if the island was REAL?!?" LOST was science-fiction/fantasy, that how. Maybe you've heard of it?

    Did the plane crash (at the end) shortly after takeoff? Maybe, but I doubt it. Kate, Miles and the rest probably got home and died some other way, eventually.

    No, Ben is not alive. He stayed behind because he had not had a chance to reconcile and reunite with Alex (his daughter) in his conscious/self-aware (I'm dead and at peace) state. He was drawn to her as a teacher/student/fatherly and he realized something was up when Rousseau mentioned he was a father-figure to her. He almost broke through at that point.

    There was no Walt because he is grown now and they didn't want to recast. Also, the core group may not have had enough time to bond with him. If Michael hadn't screwed up, they maybe they both would have been there. Walt was either some sort of pre-cog or could influence animals.

    If you thought you would learn who "built" the island and the secret of the island's power, you're delusional. Stories need mystery and simplicity at times, otherwise, you end up with midichlorians...or vampire AI constructs. You don't need to see Zion, just hear about it - this is the advantage books will always have over movies.

    They told us that the island had a source of incredible EM. Jacob's mom said it was the source of life/death/everything. Maybe she was lying or lead to believe that or that was an ancient way of describing it. All we know is that she was a liar & (mass) murderer who believed in protecting the light...as well, she needed a successor.

    Jack's Dad told Jack (and the audience) that all the events on the island were REAL, yet somehow, there is still confusion. Some people what want proclaim that "they figured it out years ago, it's purgatory" and stubbornly cling to this erroneous theory regardless of what the story tells them.

    What about some new questions? How much time has passed since the island - 20 or 20,000 years? Did Jack become a smoke monster? Why EXACTLY did Jacob's twin become the smoke monster (sci-fi/fantasy)? Did Jack do the ceremony correctly to make Hurley "like him", i.e. did Hurley live a normal length life or need to be murdered like Jacob? Why couldn't people see Jacob in earlier seasons if he was just some immortal & living dude similar to Richard, not some spirit? How did Jacob leave the island and who was minding the store when he did? How did that super telescope in the lighthouse work?

    May 24, 2010 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  115. Dinoble1

    The message was clearly stated. In order to move on, you have to LET GO. This doesn't just apply to the characters in the show, but to the audience (US) as well. This was a 6 year journey. It's over.

    Everyone got something out of it: some a spiritual message, some pure enjoyment of a thought provoking show, some a distaste for not having every grain of sand on the island analyzed by NASA and CSI, or having every obscure reference explained. We have to let it go and accept what is.

    Good vs evil, half full vs half empty, Losties with positive takeaway of the last 6 years vs Losties with negative takeaways. All the same issues. Who would you rather be LOST with?

    To the unsatisfied – do you also constantly moan about not knowing all the details of the origin of the universe? Time travel? Is ther other life in the universe? Parallel universes? Who killed JFK?
    Why not? Certtainly these questions are more important than some unanswered questions on a TV series. Get over it and move on. In other words "LET GO".

    I personally enjoyed the roller coaster ride. It took me to places I haven't been. Could it have done more? Like all things in life, probably yes. But I'd rather remember the joy of the ride and not focus on the what might have been.

    Acceptance and letting go is the way to move forward. This message will open your eyes so that one day you can close them in peace. Same as Jack.

    May 24, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  116. rick

    Take a good look at the wreckage on the beach at the end. You will see a blue tarp being blown around by the wind. This leads me to believe the wreckage was just a back drop for the credits and not that all dead in the crash .

    May 24, 2010 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  117. Lost no more

    No, the island wasn't purgatory, the sideways world was. It took me a while to figure it out, but this was an awesome ending to an awesome series. Thank you! Lost will be missed. We need more shows like this that make our brains work.

    May 24, 2010 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  118. Tha GanjaMan

    Lost is for ppl wit no lives, why not watch something worth wasting time on u fukking geek ass ppl

    May 24, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  119. HURLEY

    Reminds me of the TV show DALLAS when Patrick Duffy's character died but the next season he was back and it was called "PAM's BAD DREAM" so the entire season he was gone was all just a waste of time... 6 years is a very long time to waste ...

    Even worse is that it kinda reminds me of the religious book series called "LEFT BEHIND" – yuck !

    May 24, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  120. Ronnie

    Yeah one for the DARK ages! The show never changed from the weird show it started out as so no wonder the last show was bad too!

    May 24, 2010 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  121. Kelly

    @ Peter Galloway

    We are glad you are done because no one agrees with you. You have to get over the dream/hallucination trip. There is no evidence to suggest that when there is all the evidence to the contrary.

    I truly hope you are just trying to goad us with your comments like IUsedToLoveLost...otherwise I fear for your sanity...and intelligence.

    May 24, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  122. abc

    @ The L
    "The author also says that those of you who thought the island was purgatory were wrong but not far off and then in the conclusion says that Desmond knew about the island being purgatory."

    The article reads "Desmond as the only one aware of purgatory on the island makes sense due to his "specialness."

    Read the sentence this way, 'Desmond was the only one on the island who was aware of purgatory (or the flash sideways).' Then it's not contradictory.

    May 24, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  123. Relief?

    Pete G: Season 6 was a "hallucination/dream"? Isn't that how the series Newhart ended? Are you happy with that?

    May 24, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  124. Jake

    I have to agree with ForTheLastTime especially after reading Palan's and every single comment on here. The unanswered questions are up to interpretation. That is true. However, the ending to the series is not. It is spelled out plain and simple.

    May 24, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  125. Lifelister

    This is my idea of the afterlife....heaven. The getting there was often torturous and possibly questionable, but ultimately, we are reunited with the people we love. "Lost"'s characters were the point of this series, not the plot. I know each of these people by heart and I will miss them. Kudos to everyone associated with this memorable and satisfying series.

    May 24, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  126. BB

    HUH?

    May 24, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  127. SLACK

    The plane parts shown at the end were the original Oceanic remnants, not from the last plane that Lapidus flew off the island. If you watch again, you can see a blue tarp flying that was part of their shelter. The island is now deserted.

    May 24, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  128. Pete Galloway

    for the last time... everything in the six seasons between when Jack wakes up from the crash and when he is seen amidst the bamboo trees in the finale, are all the product of his hallucination/dream. So all the questions about why hurley says you were a good #1 etc. to what Jack's dad tells him about people dying before and after, to the flight to LA for the Oceanic 6, to dharma, to polar bears, everything, simply a dream/ hallucination. Have you never had a dream before?? It all works out the way Jack wants it to – a happily ever after for all in some afterworld. I have explained my reasoning through 6 posts and I am done.

    May 24, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  129. ForTheLastTime

    @Tom:

    The limited brainpower comment in my last comment was again meant to generalize those that fell under the things I listed in my first post. Because you failed to get that I have to write this post about failing to keep up with the conversation. Don't worry, this comment doesn't genralize and regard everyone anymore. You are the only one failing to keep up.

    That is all

    May 24, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  130. Relief?

    I am entirely thrilled I didn't waste time watching this television series. A half-hour episode of certain installments of the old black and white series "The Twilight Zone" is so much more satisfying. After all this, viewers still can't agree on what this show's message was or what actually transpired. It was obvious several years ago that the payoff at the end would be lacking. It was just not possible to tie all of that together into one satisfying explanation. The writers were limited by the need to deliver sensational developments designed to secure ratings. But, with a streamlined story and an ending that really payed off, think of the fantastic movie this would have made.

    May 24, 2010 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  131. Dinoble1

    If the island was in fact the reality, what about the Oceanic 6 and their time back in LA? That had to be real also for them.

    May 24, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  132. Tom

    @monlette: That was just weak acting, They were supposed to look surprised.

    May 24, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  133. Tom

    @ForTheLastTime:
    Why do you attribute TV watchers with " limited brainpower of the tv audience"?
    I guess that's all of us except YOU.

    May 24, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  134. monlette

    Did you see how unhappy Hurley and Ben looked when they realized it was Desmond, and not Jack, who had survived?

    Poor Desmond, that had to hurt a little...

    May 24, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  135. kat

    so how did anna lucia know jack??? they were in the jungle and recognized each other...etc

    May 24, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  136. I HEART LOST

    They did not die in the plane crash. Why would Hurley then tell Ben that he was a great number 2. And why would Ben apologize to Locke. Everything on the island happened, it is the flash sideways that is the one that did not actually happen. Locke telling Jack that he doesn't have a son was Brilliant!!!

    May 24, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  137. Alan

    @Stacy – I actually believe Ben may have stayed behind in the sideways/purgatory world as I believe he was not ready to let go and move onto the afterlife with everyone else (or wherever the next step in their existence takes them). I believe he was able to remain in that world and forge out a happy relationship with Rouseau and Alex (daughter) – I don't think he was ready to move on without enjoying being with them (even if it was an illusion of sorts). Just my take on it.

    May 24, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  138. I will miss Jin & Sun

    First of all, I just want to say to those here who are thinking of watching the 6 episodes again to find clues: DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME and MONEY!!!

    Let it go...The characters are all dead. Period. Don't go trying finding a reason why there were characters not present in the church scene or whether or not the island was real and if they all died in the first plane crash (if I may offer my opinion, I think they did).

    Clearly, the writers had a concept, a main idea (one life's journey and the "letting go" after death) but like any other enduring episodic television series, the producers and writers will often makes changes according to ratings, failed story plots, timing, actors who leave the series, etc...

    So I don't buy for a minute of those precious Target commercials that what you saw last night had been thought out way in advance. That's why I felt somewhat cheated, after watching Lost faithfully since day one. There were too many characters that were thrown in the series, along with sub-plots that were more "fillers" than actually part of the story line. Perhaps, the writers got "lost" in the middle of the season.

    With that in mind, I think it was an appropriate end (I would not dare saying "clever"), very emotional and quite beautiful to a very successful series. A great "entertainment", if you will.

    If there's a message in all of the confusion and hype: it's to live your life at your fullest since you only have one.

    May 24, 2010 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  139. Pete Galloway

    Ok to those who have continued to argue that the island was a reality (in part because of a claim that the writers said so). Notice that on the flight scene just before the crash. Jack empties the drink the waitress gives to him and downs it. Yet after the crash in season 1, he merely picks it up (full) telling Katie that it is for her hands and to leave some for the wound. Go and watch the first season episode 1 and you will see that the whole thing is about Jack's near death final imaginations which he creates as he wills including the scene with his dad and the church, so all that the dad says to him mean nothing, but only to comfort him as he dies by believing the imaginations are real. Notice as I have said before that the dream/ hallucination starts when he opens his eyes, and perhaps goes back again into a coma. In it he sees himself clothed in suit and tie (which it was necessary for the producers to retain in the flash back scene to keep u still guessing, even though that is not how he was dressed on the flight), gets up and goes off to be the hero. The reality is he and the dog are the only survivors of the flight and he eventually dies – all of which we would expect from a non-fiction, non-scifi movie.

    May 24, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  140. mark

    Amazing! Totally amazing!

    May 24, 2010 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  141. Kristin

    I agree with Kelly. The wreckage shown at the end of the episode was from the plane carrying Claire, Kate, Richard, etc. The original crash was not by the statue, as the statue was not discovered until later.

    May 24, 2010 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  142. allen bander

    I lost interest in Lost because the story line was interrupted about 50 times by advertisements.

    May 24, 2010 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  143. Stone

    The moral of this 6 year long story is not...

    "It's about the journey not the end."

    The true thing to take away from it is...

    "You will get burned by artists just about every time."

    WHAT A HUGE LETDOWN!! I am a die-hard fan. I love the show mostly because of the shivers the story and actors send down my spine almost every episode. It is not a perfect show but I hung in there for 6 long years knowing that things would be wrapped up in the end. I even stuck with it during the worst season which was season 5. The time traveling was extremely goofy during that season. It reminded me of that horrible TV show Quantum Leap. Jack's character, one of the reasons to watch the show, was reduced to a shy wimp most of the time.

    As a die-hard fan, I want things wrapped up in the end. Not having it is the equivalent of reading 700 pages of a novel and then getting slammed with a lame ending in the last chapter. No more spine chilling scenes, no answers, just a lot of sappy love scenes. I thought Jack and Evil Locke were going to hold hands and skip to the glowing cave.

    The sideways scenes that we watched all season are actually from some kind of purgatory!? This is pure garbage and a silly way to end the show. There needs to be another term created like "jump the shark" when we are burned by an artist. How about "that show Jar Jar Binxed me".

    May 24, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  144. MonkeyBoy

    So it cam down to the Island being just a reactor. Once you moved the control rod, the coolant dried up and the reactor went into critical mode. Control rod back in place, everything goes back to being normal.

    May 24, 2010 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  145. Voig Nederlander

    The plane shots at the end:

    I refer you to "The Wall," the Pink Floyd double album that begins with a man speaking over accordion music, "we came in?"

    The last track of the album, 1.3 hours later, ends with accordion music and the same man saying, "Isn't this where..."

    In short, I believe the plane wreckage shot suggests a looping of events through out eternity. Now, whether or not it's always the same participants is up for anyone's guess. But pairing this shot with the knowledge that Jack died in the same spot where he awakened 6 years ago, I think this is a reasonable assumption.

    May 24, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  146. Linda

    What happened to the dog?!

    May 24, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  147. tpm

    Why would Ben NOT go into the church with the others????

    May 24, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  148. ForTheLastTime

    Tom:

    everyone was a generality that of course was
    not meant to be taken literally. Just like Palan said, I did not think it was the greatest ending. I actually would like to hear what people thought would have been better. The point of my previous post was not to let the reputation of the writers be tarnished (completely) because of the limited brainpower of the tv audience. DO YOU GET THAT?

    May 24, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  149. Douglas

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    Regarding the spiritual messages at Lost's final episode end ... it appears to me that they are clearly pro-Christian. I believe that Christian Shephard / Shepherd (a type of Jesus Christ, the Good Christian Shepherd according to the Bible), who was not in the coffin like Jesus was not found in the grave approximately 2000 years ago (i.e. Jesus was resurrected as He prophesied before His expected death), was the one who finally brought everyone (of the "Lost" group ... all those without Jesus Christ are often called "lost") to the Light (the Truth ... the true religion / eternal salvation / Life) in the end by opening the doors to the light in the Church.

    Even in the room where the empty coffin was with all those varied and very contradictory religious symbols and religions, Jacks' dad replied to Jack's question "Where are we, Dad?" after Jack suddenly walked and looked around the room containing those various religious symbols, saying that "this is a place that you all made together" ... (i.e. it was man-made only / all of the other religions or symbols were just man-made, not God-made or true). Only the real Christian Shepherd (Jesus Christ) was able to finally bring them to the light / the truth by opening the doors to the light (heaven / God) in the Church at the very end.

    More than that, "it appeared to me" (watched the end several times to verify) that the main Church room where all previously-lost people were finally gathered only had Christian symbols in it. So Jack had to leave ("let go" of) the old back room with the man-made religions and religious symbols (and empty coffin) and join the others in the main Christian room.

    Also, the great emphasis on love (with forgiveness), though important to various religions, is super-important/emphasized in the Christian faith, in which the Bible says that "God is love", and (Jesus said) "love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, stength, and soul" and "love your neighbors and enemies", "forgive others or God the Father won't forgive you" (Locke forgave Ben in the end).

    In addition, it seemed to me that the whole final dream-scene was like Purgatory (and that the island events truly did occur), since it was a place before moving on to the light / heaven / God. Unfortunately, though nice-sounding and portrayed sweetly in the finale, Purgatory is actually not in the Bible at all, which clearly indicates that a person's faith in Jesus / God here on earth before they die is required to go up (eternal unity with God). Otherwise a person goes down (eternal separation from God). (From verses like: "it is appointed for man to die once, and after that comes judgment" in Hebrews 9:27)

    I personally believe the Christian message / good news in which Jesus said "I am the way, and the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father but through Me." (John 14:6). I encourage the reader of this to as well. Jesus also said: "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16), and "unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God" (John 3:3). May the real God and Christian Shepherd bless you and yours abundantly! :-)
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    May 24, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  150. Relief?

    Also, it was hilarious that they had at least one show I know of where they explained what the hell you're supposed to be aware of (explaining that this scene was actually a 'flash sideways', etc). If you have to stop the show and explain what is going on, there's a problem folks!

    May 24, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  151. Tom

    @ForTheLastTime. You write: Everyone who was not satisfied with the finale either:

    did not "get it";
    did not have all their questions (meaningless or not) answered;
    or keep thinking it was a dream; the island was purgatory; and the ending was a "cop out"

    That's not true. I did get it, I did not really have questions, I don't think it was a dream.

    I STILL DID NOT LIKE THE ENDING. DO YOU GET THIS?

    May 24, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  152. Bob

    What a piece of crap. After all these years, they never told us who founded Dharma or who built the statues, or why, or where mother came from, or who the ancients were . >:(

    May 24, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  153. Relief?

    "Flash Sideways"... "Smoke Monster"... "Alternate Reality"... Bah! I watched several episodes of LOST and, as a result, was not a regular viewer. After reading these comments, I find loyal viewers are actually applauding the writer's ability to assemble some level of sense from a PORTION of the mess they created. They painted themselves into a corner with sensational cliff-hanger developments during the enitre run and you're all just thrilled they came up with an ending that "worked" to some degree. This show was really just a dramatic remake/interpretation of Gilligan's Island written by a group of test-monkeys on LSD. Qualified (human) mad-scientist/writers would sift through the reams of typed monkey text, use what worked, fill in the gaps and assemble a weekly show. What? That concept is to "unrealistic" for you? Well, it's true... but only if you "flash sideways". Goofballs.

    May 24, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  154. LARRY

    I believe every one in the alternative world had to move on so everyone on the island and the ones that escaped could return to their own lives. Like when John said to Jack – You don't have a son, it was not their real life.

    May 24, 2010 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  155. ForTheLastTime

    Everyone who was not satisfied with the finale either:

    did not "get it";
    did not have all their questions (meaningless or not) answered;
    or keep thinking it was a dream; the island was purgatory; and the ending was a "cop out"

    How many times on this post did people begin with, "I hated this finale, it was a cop-out that it was all a dream and the island was purgatory blah-blah-blah?" TOO MANY TIMES. KNOCK IT OFF. The ending was clear and crystal, black and white.

    Palan, 11:56 said it best.

    Palan May 24th, 2010 11:56 am ET

    I'm amazed/disappointed by the many people (including some tv critics) who couldn't even understand the stuff that the finale explained plainly–

    No, they did NOT die in the plane crash. Sideways world was the "waiting place," the place that they made together so they could find each other. They all arrived there when they died, but since "there is no now" there, they could die at different times and arrive there together (hence Hurley and Ben plainly congratulating each other on their tenure as island guardians).

    The finale was pretty damn good– not the Best Thing Ever Ever, but pretty damn good. What's discouraging is the great amount of audience that is apparently not bright enough to follow even the elements that the writers spelled out.

    Somehow this show has restored my faith in the intelligence of television while destroying my faith in the brains of its audience.
    "
    "
    That is all-
    ForTheLastTime

    May 24, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  156. Tom

    What happens on the island stays on the island. I will miss Smokey.

    May 24, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  157. Stacy

    I think the Ben didn't go into the church because he wasn't ready to die,he wanted to stay with the island and he became the island's new protector.

    May 24, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  158. RK

    STOP SAYING THEY DIED IN THE PLANE CRASH 6 SEASONS AGO!!!!!! STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT STOP IT!!!!!!!!!!

    I'm pulling my hair out here reading all the comments from a small yet significant portion of you who believe it. There are many things up for debate but this is not one of them. I think the writers CLEARLY delineated the timeline of the two worlds (the island story and the sideways story) when Christian says "some died before you and some died after" and Hurley/Ben say, "You were a great #2, and you were a great #1" All of that happened AFTER the island. No, the mournful fair-well shots of the wreckage during the credits does not in anyway imply that it all never happened. AARGH!!!

    I feel like I"m back in English Lit in college again with all the idiots claiming "it's open to interpretation!" NO IT'S NOT!!

    May 24, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  159. BAM

    Did anyone notice that Jack did not say the special prayer after Hurley drank the water? What's up with that?

    May 24, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  160. Jeff

    this season was written like it was made up as they went along. Ending was terrible.

    May 24, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  161. BAM

    Thanks Michael. Will do.

    However, I still think that the writers left it so there could be numerous opinions on how everything went down. Just as in life, people see things differently.

    May 24, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  162. BCD

    The whole thing was a dream. Jack fell asleep on the plane. No crash. Everyone got off at LA safe and sound.

    May 24, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  163. daniel

    I liked from the beginning, but after a few weeks, when I missed a chapter, the next one I was already lost and that is when I decided not to watch it again...but nice try

    May 24, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  164. ben

    There is one problem with the ending. Why didnt Jack turn into a smoke monster. He should have become evil like the black shirted brother did. The brothers' mother warned Jacob that no one could ever go down there. She something like it is worse than death. Remember, he wasnt evil before he got washed into the cave. He just wanted to leave the island....Jack even reappeared the same way lying on the rocks like the black shirt brother........I could maybe understand that Desmond didnt turn evil because he had special power against the radiation but Jack didnt.

    May 24, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  165. willie mays

    This has never been a series to appeal to everybody, even its biggest fans.

    I agree that it was a story of journey and character, not details. There are some questions that I wished had been answered, but most were minute things in the big picture. (I also believe the writers at some point either couldn't come up with a "good" answer or felt that the answers would get in the way of the greater good so dropped (or, forgot) that line of thought. Some of the characters not being in the church were probably not there because of conflicts for their actors or the actor(s) didn't want to return. Better to omit than to find somebody else to play Mr. Ecko.

    Once they decided the last scene would be in a church, I really liked the stained-glass window behind Christopher.

    Like the ending, but it's not one of the all-timers. Fine writing, really great acting (especially from Locke, Ben, and Hurley), and some of the best music ever.

    My three best ever series finales (with two disclaimers: I seem to remember the Bobby-dream sequence as being the end or beginning of a season, not the series finale, but I could be wrong, and I'll defer a bit until tomorrow after 24's finale) are:

    1. M*A*S*H: "Goodbye, Farewell, Amen." Especially if you watched the whole series and saw the finale during its original showing.
    2. West Wing: tied things up but showed the office was the story as one occupant left, the next entered, and the business continued.
    3. Bob Newhart: I know it gets a bad rap, but put it into context. Most of the fans of "The Bob Newhart Show" were fans of the original "Newhart" and the successor, while good, never lived up to the hype of the original. If you watched that finale live, you never saw that ending coming and (remember, it was a comedy) I fell of the chair in surprise and laughter when Suzanne Pleshette rolled over.

    Good bye Lost. It was a nice run and some great writing by folks who took chances and didn't get conservative if a detail bombed.

    May 24, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  166. matt

    @Lost but now found – Find your way to the door. your negativity is unbecoming of someone who claims to be a Christian. Hockey fails at life. Go away.

    May 24, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  167. shellibelli

    for the last time they did not die in the plane crash. I cant believe that after all this time people are still confused by this??

    what happened on the isle, HAPPENED, it was real.
    the sideways world was the illusion, the drream, the limbo the purgatory.

    we all knew 3 episodes back that we were not going to find out what the isle was, since Not even Jacob or MIB knew, what they did know was what their fake mom taught them.

    It was a beautiful ending to a group of friends I cried like a babe when Jack walked his last walk to lay down to die and vincent showed up.
    what an emotional dagger!

    but in the end all my favorites had smiles and looks of contentment on their faces and that made me happy!

    May 24, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  168. sealchan

    The great thing about Lost is that it shows us all up for individuals with expectations and how we rely on a favored thread to try and make it all make sense. But everyone should realize that a lot of craft went into this series and that no one should have completed viewing the series without having had to "let go" of that thread of meaning that you may have held to keep you feeling like this whole thing was going to work itself out to a rational, logical conclusion.

    My last illusion was that no one was going to be able to make it off of the island because I was concerned about the logical problem of the plane crash survivors meeting up with their selves who never crashed. Since some people did make it off the island AND the same people in the no plane crash (sideways) reality remembered their plane crash experience, there is no room here for a logical resolution to this huge paradox. The intentional destruction of the hatch suggested (to the viewer through the craft of timing in storytelling) that that event caused a reset which prevented the plane crash from happening. This "truth" was what caused me to continue to need to believe that no one on the island would escape (the second time).

    So I am forced to recognize that the intention all along by the story writers was to transcend a linear, logical narrative. The series deals with perennial philosophical questions and it makes use of mythological and psychological motifs. To fully understand this series will require a knowledge of philosophy, mythology and psychology and the problems with/limits of human knowledge and how we live within those limits. Lost is truly a profound artist achievement and I would not be surprised to hear that Lost may very well be one of the best crafted series ever created.

    May 24, 2010 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  169. ZZZ

    Some parts of "The End" went by so fast that it was difficult for me to assimilate the intent of the writers – what they were trying to convey. The revelation that the "flash sideways" was a way for the main characters to "let go" was really unexpected. I had to re-view the last part of the show to convince myself this was the correct interpretation of the flash sideways. Jack's father's statement that "Some died before you and others died after you" helped. Actually, it's a nice way to let the viewer know that the characters are finally not lost, and safe.

    The ending makes sense to me now. I'm also convinced that the events on the island did take place, and that Kate, Claire, etc. made it home from the island. I like Hugo becoming the new Jacob, with Ben as his Richard.

    Apparently, the atomic bomb did not explode, rather, the characters experienced one time jump to the present (2007). There were hints of this:I recall that there were several references to the "flashes" – Rose and Bernard made such a comment last night – suggesting the flash of the explosion was really a time jump. (Jin also mentioned this early in the season.)

    There will never be another show like Lost. I mean that in a good way.

    May 24, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  170. Mark Linehan

    If every protector makes their own rules, then can't they make a Hurley as protector sequel/spin-off to show us what happened when he and Ben watched over things? :)

    May 24, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  171. Gobo

    I loved the final episode. I actually was awake for a few hours after it ended, just lying in my bed thinking about it. I recorded it for my brother so I will watch it again either tonight or tomorrow. Jimmy Kimmel said that the LOST DVD set will be on sale in August, so I will be getting that for sure.

    Thanks for a great 6 years. I hate to see it end, but I guess I just have to let go....

    May 24, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  172. matt

    Didn't like the purgatory thing. I always hate it when an otherwise great sci-fi ends up having a religious exclamation point at the end of the series. X-Files did it, the 6th Sense did it, and now 'Lost'. Come on now...

    May 24, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  173. Joyce

    I cried my eyes out at the end of LOST. . .I cried my eyes out all during the show. . .. LOST is a once in a decade show. . . .The ending was so spiritual. . . I wanted to ascend with them. . . .

    May 24, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  174. KLM

    I felt this was the perfect ending to the show. I have no problem with them not answering every question, because in life not every question has an answer. It was beautiful and poetic. I kind of thought all along they would all wind up dead...but when I realized it I was left with this sort of emptiness inside of me, like even though I knew it, it still hurt.
    As far as how Kate, Sawyer, Miles, Clair and Lepidus die...I don't think it is in a plane crash...and I don't think this because when Kate sees Jack she said "I have missed you so much." So I'm assuming she lived on after she got off the island.
    Carlton and Damon left things up to interpretation, and I'm fine with that. I can think and imagine what ever I want about things that remain a mystery.
    I loved this show and the ending was a perfect fit.

    May 24, 2010 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  175. Barry from Highland, MI

    Thought the finale was very weak, hated it. So we don't have to answer any questions because the Island was a world they created in their mind to "move on"? That is almost like saying the whole thing was a dream, total cop out. I was expecting so much more, been addicted from the beginning – this was like a Fade to White to rival the absolute worst finale, Fade to Black for the Sopranos.

    I stuck through this show when all the stupid flash-forward and flash-sideways stuff started because I thought it all had a point. Turns out I was wrong and wish I hadn't had such high hopes for an epic ending. For a show with such mind-boggling twists and such creativity, I almost jumped out the window when Christian uttered the "moving on" statement...that is such a bush-league, phone it in ending for a great series.

    May 24, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  176. Michael

    ""It's certainly one interpretation but, as the writers have gone on record in opposition to your interpretation, I will choose theirs."

    Source please."

    Google Doc Jensen. He's been in cahoots with the writers/actors for a very long time. He was there for the final scene's filming.

    May 24, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  177. Lost but now found

    You should try taking Jesus Christ as your savior instead of fooling around with all of these lame excuses for creative writing.

    May 24, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  178. Sort of Confused

    @ KELLY (and others), my initial thoughts were that the plane wreckage at the very end was the Lapides' plane, carrying Kate, Sawyer, etc. I was focused on trying to match a death on the island with a "letting go/realization/connection/etc." in sideways world (like we see Jack dying on the island and making his realization/letting go in sideways world), so if Kate was in the church then she must have also already died.

    BUT...I'm starting to change my mind because I tend to agree with what others have written: just because they were in the church when Jack walked in, doesn't mean they didn't actually die at a later time/date than Jack.

    STILL...not convinced though that the plane wreckage from the very end was the original flight 815...just a part of me that will never be convinced I think

    May 24, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  179. NewsDude

    This site sums up some great points....

    http://www.cinemablend.com/television/The-10-Best-Moments-Of-The-Lost-Finale-And-The-Five-Worst-24753.html

    May 24, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  180. Michael

    "Scene 1 from the first episode tells it all: you do not wake up from a crash and run with all that vigor to be the hero of some crash with survivors. The last scene reveals the reality: you come to from a crash that you probably survived and maybe stagger a few yards and then die. Again, the entire LOST is all about Jack. He and the dog were the only survivors from the crash. Go back and see the first episode from season 1. The Jack that is in a suit and tie running through the bamboo trees is where his imagination starts (he probably fell into a coma again). He imagines that he runs through to the crash site and sees other survivors and then all that stuff happens – all in his imagination, hence smoke monsters, dharma initiative etc etc. The plane scenes that show him in a suit are intended to keep you following and not catch the fact that it is all a dream/hallucination as he is about to die in reality. Hints: clean tennis shoe hanging in episode 1, worn tennis shoe hangin in final episode. The true depiction with a crash and NOT the passage of time."

    Does it bother you that he was wearing different clothes? He wore a suit on the plane on jeans/t-shirt when he died.

    Not saying, just saying...

    May 24, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  181. ben

    There is one problem with the ending. Why didnt Jack turn into a smoke monster. He should have become evil like the black shirted brother did. The brothers' mother warned Jacob that no one could ever go down there. She something like it is worse than death. Remember, he wasnt evil before he got washed into the cave. He just wanted to leave the island....Jack even reappeared the same way lying on the rocks like the black shirt brother....I could maybe understand that Desmond didnt turn evil because he had special power against the radiation but Jack didnt.

    May 24, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  182. Lost but now found

    Ladies and Gents. Watch some NHL Hockey. Any guy who watches lost needs to man up a bit. Any gal who watches lost is desperate for attention and a real life..

    Seriously. Get over it. Get on with it. Get out of the clouds.

    You bunch of clowns..

    Dude, go camping or something if your that desperate for adventure..

    May 24, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  183. BAM

    "It's certainly one interpretation but, as the writers have gone on record in opposition to your interpretation, I will choose theirs."

    Source please.

    May 24, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  184. Pete Galloway

    Scene 1 from the first episode tells it all: you do not wake up from a crash and run with all that vigor to be the hero of some crash with survivors. The last scene reveals the reality: you come to from a crash that you probably survived and maybe stagger a few yards and then die. Again, the entire LOST is all about Jack. He and the dog were the only survivors from the crash. Go back and see the first episode from season 1. The Jack that is in a suit and tie running through the bamboo trees is where his imagination starts (he probably fell into a coma again). He imagines that he runs through to the crash site and sees other survivors and then all that stuff happens – all in his imagination, hence smoke monsters, dharma initiative etc etc. The plane scenes that show him in a suit are intended to keep you following and not catch the fact that it is all a dream/hallucination as he is about to die in reality. Hints: clean tennis shoe hanging in episode 1, worn tennis shoe hangin in final episode. The true depiction with a crash and NOT the passage of time.

    May 24, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  185. Michael

    "The whole light plugging/unplugging was very cheesy. They were able to get rid of Locke WAY too easily. So many questions left unanswered. And remember the whole Aaron is going to play a big part in the final showdown...mythos of it all"

    I agree, the whole cork thing was cheesy.

    As for Aaron, where did you read/hear that Aaron was central to the final conflict? Was that in an episode? Sorry, I just don't remember.

    As for killing FLocke, to me, that was pitch perfect. Locke wanted his humanity restored. Well, guess what? Humanity means mortality, e.g. Richard's graying hair.

    May 24, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  186. tim

    For a SEASON ender? Sure maybe I could deal. But to call that the end of LOST? are you crazy? It wasn't that they didn't answer all the questions, they didn't answer KEY questions. I was super disappointed in the finale because it failed to bring the characters to a complete close. Or the island for that matter.

    May 24, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  187. Todd

    I guess people are hamstrung by their own belief systems – purgatory being the example here.

    Can't remember which character (I think it was Christian) said that 'this is a place we created' to meet up before moving on. It actually fits the reincarnation model better in which people with shared karma (i.e. desire to be together) travel from incarnation to incarnation with each other.

    Under this model, if you accept time's arrow going in one direction, with people dying at different times there would have to be some sort of way station – don't call it 'purgatory' – just a consensus reality where those who died first would wait for those who died last before moving on and seeing what's next.

    May 24, 2010 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  188. Vicki

    Well, I'm still pretty confused. Figured it would be about the business of redemption. But I can live with whatever it was. Ben was redeemed and at peace. That's all I really needed.

    May 24, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  189. Matthew

    I was very disappointed. As were MANY of my fellow Lost watchers. I felt cheated, robbed, etc. The whole light plugging/unplugging was very cheesy. They were able to get rid of Locke WAY too easily. So many questions left unanswered. And remember the whole Aaron is going to play a big part in the final showdown...mythos of it all. What happened to that detail? the whole church ending was cheesy as well. Christian's speech left way too much open for interpretation(sp). I dont know, i expected more. Now, I think the series has been spoiled for me. I wont care to go back and watch the first seasons over again, knowing how lame the finale was. Its not fair.

    May 24, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  190. Dinoble1

    About the Hurley and Ben scene- Hurley says 'You WERE a great number 2" does that mean Hurley has turned the island over to Ben and now Ben is the protector? WOW- after all Ben's struggle with serving the whims of others. Lot's of gems like this to be intepreted..

    May 24, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  191. Michael

    "Lost is for those who have lot's of time to spare and little imagination to use. Seriously, one of the dumbest shows ever. Yes I did watch from time to time. Made no sense, and struggled to try to find new ways to fill up air time and waste money. The fact that so many think it was a good show only provides more proof of those who are truly "lost"..If you cried during lost you really, really, really need to get a life holmes..

    My advie. Get found.."

    All evidence to the contrary...

    May 24, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  192. Mavent

    After watching every episode from the Pilot till now, I can honestly say that the only thing I ever hated about "Lost" was the delusional, obsessional fans. I CANNOT TELL YOU how much I won't miss you people that tried to turn a television show into a religion.

    May 24, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  193. Sarah

    I am so lost with the last Lost. Did they all die? And why? They could have been found.

    May 24, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  194. Maryann-Orlando FL

    @Michael:

    Well, there you go – I'm a '(wo)man-of-science' :)

    That explains it. Much better explanation than the 'Lost' writers gave me! LOL!!

    @tdw:

    Yes what the world needs now is someone to tell us how pathetic we all are for posting on a message board.

    Oops – that was YOU posting on a message board! Woopsie!

    May 24, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  195. Michael

    "My thoughts: Everyone on the island, everyone, was on the plane. They all died...except for Jack. What we saw was his life "flash before his eyes" and we also saw the thoughts of a dying man. I don't think the island stuff happened. I don't think the alternate timeline happened. It was Jack's journey to the light. Plain and simple. The ending was genius – people will be debating the how's, why's and where for years."

    It's certainly one interpretation but, as the writers have gone on record in opposition to your interpretation, I will choose theirs.

    May 24, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  196. franniemae

    I GET IT!!!!!!
    awww... i cried so much i don't care what anyone says. it was awesome. life on the island was real. the people who escaped in plane did live on. his dad said some went earlier, some a lot later than Jack. Jack's dying and watching plane go by with dog by his side, priceless. Sopranos sucked compared to this finale. LOVED IT
    sideways life was a dream of what could have been. they all dreamed up their sidewways life while waiting to meet up and pass on into the light.
    I'M BRILLIANT

    May 24, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  197. Lost but now found

    Lost is for those who have lot's of time to spare and little imagination to use. Seriously, one of the dumbest shows ever. Yes I did watch from time to time. Made no sense, and struggled to try to find new ways to fill up air time and waste money. The fact that so many think it was a good show only provides more proof of those who are truly "lost"..If you cried during lost you really, really, really need to get a life holmes..

    My advie. Get found..

    May 24, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  198. BAM

    My thoughts: Everyone on the island, everyone, was on the plane. They all died...except for Jack. What we saw was his life "flash before his eyes" and we also saw the thoughts of a dying man. I don't think the island stuff happened. I don't think the alternate timeline happened. It was Jack's journey to the light. Plain and simple. The ending was genius – people will be debating the how's, why's and where for years.

    May 24, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  199. Alex from NJ

    While not as enraged as others appear to be, I have to say I thought the ending was a cop out. The creators of Lost said in past weeks that they would tie of the loose ends and answer the questions and they did somewhat. However the overarching question of what was the island was entirely unanswered. Many have said oh well they wanted you to interperet it. I am sick of those endings. I understand the intellectual value in that approach but it was totally spent up with The Sopranos. In fact the producers even referenced The Sopranos in giving an example of what the finale would not be like and yet it totally was. Sure there was no abrupt end however just like the major curiosity of The Sopranos (the fate of Tony) was left up to the viewer to decide, the major question of Lost (what was the island) was also left up to the viewer. For six years we were shown all of these fantastic events that can only be described as magic and then the writers don't do the work of explaining just what was going on. Yes the events on the island happened, but why and how?

    May 24, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  200. Kevin

    Jamie asked, "So if all the cast was doing was letting go, then were they dead the whole season 6 in the flash sideways?"

    Yes. But it was about letting go. It was a huge theme all season. Each of them gradually realized they were dead and in turn helped lead theiir friends to their own discovery. The island was real all along. That's the best part. Their adventures together and their friendships meant so much to them that they were all able to meet one last time before moving on.

    I am still getting chill bumps 18 hours later. I am old enough to remember MASH and some other amazing shows, but I truly believe LOST is the best television show in history, equal (to the extent TV can be) to the best novels and films I've ever experienced.

    May 24, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  201. Jacqueline

    Well "Lost" proved through its storytelling that our purpose or journey in life should be about connecting with one another ....it is not about the details of those connections( how, when, where, why), but in fact the connections themselves that matter. I started watching Lost only 2 seasons ago. I loved the finale and though I guessed what it would be, I still loved it because of its deep message for all of us!

    Lost....the characters found themselves through and with one another and therefore they are no longer "lost"!

    May 24, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  202. Lynda

    Weird, the show ended for me last night when Jack closed his eyes. Then I got the final Lost logo. I never saw any plane at the foot of the statue. Since reading that here I thought maybe I missed something, so I looked at the tape. Nope. Station must have cut it off..

    I was fairly happy with last night. The show for me has always been about the people. I was glad to see so many brought back, like Boone, Shannon, and especially Charlie.

    May 24, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  203. Michael

    "Eloise seemed to have some device to track the island – but another question, how was that made?"

    Really? How was her pendulum thing made? That's like asking how the transwarp drive works or how the pristine bullet appeared on Kennedy's bed in the movie JFK?

    May 24, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  204. RogerWorkman

    The author of this article never said that the island was purgatory. He was just stating that Desmond was the only person currently on the island who knew about the "purgatory" they would experience after they died.

    May 24, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  205. tdw

    My God, if people spent half as much time thinking this hard and writing down their observations about their own lives, this world might actually start to become a much more pleasant place. Freud was right–we escape from our own lives any way we can, and television has made it that much easier to avoid answering the important questions in our own lives while analyzing to death the fictional lives of others. It's kind of sad. . . .

    May 24, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  206. Michael

    @Maryann

    "The cop out? They got away with not having to answer any of the mysteries THEY created! The flash-sideways was all in Jack's mind, so it didn't need to make any sense."

    Which mysteries? There are big mysteries and little mysteries. Do the mysteries to which you seek answers affect how the story ends?

    The story was never going to answer all the mysteries. Honestly, a lot of the mysteries were plot devices. For example, where did the Island come from? Were we ever going to be satisfied with that answer? Who was there before Mother? If we learned that, the story would start to develop like the beginning of the Book of Matthew.

    In the end, I'm satisfied without knowing all of the answers. I have many questions but can live without the answers. But I certainly respect the fact that you aren't.

    "I felt that they made a 'happily ever after' in death ending, where I would have preferred a more scientific/quantum mechanics/string theory solution."

    As a person of faith, I connected with the ending. That is not to say that you are or aren't a person of faith. But, given the man of science vs. man of faith debate that occurred over 6 seasons, 1 was going to win over the other.

    May 24, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  207. NewsDude

    I guess we will get answer on the DVD release. The writers said they are adding 19 minutes of more footage and will talk about the other mysteries that are unsolved.....They did this to lure us to spend money on the DVD collectors sets....

    May 24, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  208. cartboy6

    Focus people....for you that are still confused....the Losties were not dead on the island and that was not purgatory. The sideways was limbo or purgatory. It was Jack's journey to reunite with his friends. So why not Michael or Richard or Mr. Eko? They have either moved on or are not ready like Ben. Don't analyze this thing too deep. I agree...the journey is goal not the destination. Thanks for 6 great years LOST.

    May 24, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  209. Maryann-Orlando FL

    Damn – I wish CNN allowed editing! I should have said 'they got away with not having to answer A LOT of the mysteries'

    and

    'it didn't need to make any sense in the context of the last 5 seasons'.

    (sorry!)

    May 24, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  210. John

    It's funny that so many of you are attacking a person for saying things like Dharma, smoke monster, etc. were not explained, but then failing to be able to provide an adequate explanation yourselves. Those things were not fully explained. Sure, Dharma was there to study the EM effects, but that doesn't explain how they found the island (seems like people only get there if Jacob lured them there, though Eloise seemed to have some device to track the island – but another question, how was that made?!), who created them and sent them, etc. Sure, the smoke monster was Jacob's brother, but *how* was he made into the smoke monster? And there are many, many more things that were not explained. The show itself was fine and very entertaining, but don't fool yourselves into thinking everything was well-explained, because many things were not, though they may have had superficial explanations.

    May 24, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  211. Michael

    "So if all the cast was doing was letting go, then were they dead the whole season 6 in the flash sideways?"

    Fair question. Here's my opinion: While the Sideways World occurred alongside the Island World in season 6, it actually plays out after the Island story is resolved (Hurley and/or Ben are no longer Island protectors, perchance?).

    May 24, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  212. Maryann-Orlando FL

    @Michael

    The cop out? They got away with not having to answer any of the mysteries THEY created! The flash-sideways was all in Jack's mind, so it didn't need to make any sense.

    I felt that they made a 'happily ever after' in death ending, where I would have preferred a more scientific/quantum mechanics/string theory solution.

    That said, I'm still a fan, I just didn't like the way they ended it. Obviously a matter of personal preference.

    May 24, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  213. RJP3

    the only thing this comment sections show is how sad and LOST many people are - some people enjoy a fun show and the others ridicule their enjoyment ... that is sad lost and maybe all they have to clutch to in this life

    May 24, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  214. Lilith

    Hate to rain on everyone's parade but I too thought the finale was thrown together and total crap with so many unanswered questions that should have been resolved. I'm not a spiritual person, so the whole hoo-ha about the place of purgatory was crap. I wanted the who, what , when , where, why , how and who was left and what would they be doing afterwards. I was seriously disappointed and the finale really negated the entire 6 year experience for me. I'm so irritated.

    May 24, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  215. John129

    I've watched most of the series except for season one.I've found the show entertaining,I like the characters,and like following the storyline confusing as it is.My conclusion is that the main characters(Jack,Kate,Sawyer,Hurley,Jin,Sun,etc.)died in the plain crash and most of the show deals with flashbacks of their lives,their wishes of what their lives would have been and their life in purgatory-the island before they all went to heaven.That's my best guess.

    May 24, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  216. Jamie Clemens

    So if all the cast was doing was letting go, then were they dead the whole season 6 in the flash sideways?

    May 24, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  217. C

    What are all these unanswered questions people keep bring up?

    So many things have been answered since season 2. Either these people ignored the answers or never saw/heard them. The only major things they didn't explain were Walt(which was just poor casting) and the island (which was never going to be answered anyway).

    May 24, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  218. POD

    jjdecor- you are just as big a loser for combing through this blog to post that!

    May 24, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  219. OZ

    At first I felt cheated by the Lost ending. No real revelations to clear up all my questions from the past six years. But then I realized that I knew this story. Lost is nothing more than a new trip through the land called OZ. This is not the childhood story of a young girl learning what is important in her life and emerging from the Land of OZ with a new awareness from which she is now ready to take the step to being a grown up woman. This is a boomer's story of a man named Jack that is made ready for the final step in life – death. Jack's trip through OZ, like Dorothy's, is filled with fantastical tales and life lessons that prepares him for life's final step. The OZ of the Island is no more or less real than Dorothy's Land of OZ. But the characters and scenery are familiar.

    Hugo is a slow learner that eventually figures everything out and becomes the Island's protector just like a scarecrow in a field. Sawyer puts on a tough exterior to the world but we come to love him for his soft heart and is an adorable cowardly lion. Lock, the Tinman, is constantly searching for the meaning of this Island world and in the end finds his true heart. There are a lot of other character thrown in, even a princess or two, just like in the original story. All this makes for a character rich storyline and a lot of adventure. There is even a dog! Was it only coincidence that it was Jack and the dog making the final journey home.

    Lost takes a classic storyline, makes it current and delivers. Understanding the story of OZ, I no longer feel cheated. There are no mysteries in the Land of OZ, for you get to make up the rules and let the Island take you were you need to go. For Jack the Island took him on his final journey and rewarded his audience with a happy ending.

    May 24, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  220. Michael

    "For a show that wasn't supposed to be science fiction"

    I don't know if you have a different definition than I, but Lost was ALWAYS about the metaphysical.

    May 24, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  221. NewsDude

    I really wanted Desmond (the Constant) to merge the two parallel universes together to bring all the characters back to ultimately get off the island or destroy MIB. I am satisfied with the conclusion of the characters but not the mysteries of the island. I feel a little bit cheated from all that we as fans / viewers have been through. At first I hated the last 5-10 minute explanation, as it kept me up last night thinking about and digesting it all.

    This sums it up for me from previous post, but then it leads to more questions:

    Some survivors of 815 died on the island, and others lived to make it off, presumably dying of old age, illness, or whatever.
    At the point of death, whenever and wherever that may have been, all of them would have had one question on their minds – what would my life have been like if 815 never went down?
    The flash sideways alternate reality / purgatory allowed them to experience the life they would have had if the crash never happened. Desmond, the constant, was the first to figure out that things were not as they were intended to be, and he started rounding up the Losties one at a time.
    The group would not move on to the afterlife until Jack was ready to go... a gesture of thanks for the man who refused to leave any of them behind on the island.

    Questions: Where were a LOT of people? There were some "others" that could, at least, have been encountered in the sideways. why was Ben included, but not Richard? Neither of them were on the plane originally. And where was Burt Reynolds at the end? He flies a plane that was wired with explosives outta there at the end without it blowing up and doesn't get to go into the light with Carol Ann and everyone else?

    Where was Walt? Miles? Widmore? What happened to Desmond after coming back from the caves? I understand why Anna Lucia and Ecko were not there as they were not "ready yet".

    May 24, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  222. Rick

    Lost did a fantastic job of introducing the characters and getting the audience to relate to and emphasize with each of them in a different way; however after season 1 the actual plot line went south and continue to worsen season after season. Us audience members continue to watch because of the characters. For a show that wasn't supposed to be science fiction, it became one lame science fiction twist after another. I am one of the few people who can say they weren't disappointed in the end because I had very low expectations. If you were holding on the hope that they were going to wrap it up in any somewhat plausable way, sorry! You were duped!

    May 24, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  223. GBT

    The only question last night's finale left me wondering is why Locke said that Jack did not have a son...and when Jack went to the recital..where was his son? Not sure why that bothers me, but it does. Guess that is part of the show, to leave people wondering and a little lost.

    May 24, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  224. jeffy been lost

    For all you macho dudes out there who said it was so sappy last night... I TOTALLY AGREE WITH YOU MY BROS! When I watch a show for 6 years or curl up to read a nice work of fiction, I dont want to be moved or feel anything! What kind of pay off is that? Who wants to be emotionally invested in things like charatcters? Yuk! So watching all that happy / sad interaction on LOST last night really made me confused and angry because I either cant admit I have developed human feelings and need to act like a child for attention, or maybe I am seriously emotionally stunted.

    I was dissapointed because while the character narrative and overall story arc was resolved and poinegntly put to rest, the writers failed to pull out every minute detail, package it like a momma bird into an easy to digest string of occurances that spelled out exactly how mystery 1 through 4,236 correlated to one another. And hey! what about mystery 235 or 422 that was not efficiently resolved? Seriously. I refuse to enjoy anything edgy or witty enough that affords me the opportunity to interact with my own subjective interpretations! I need it all spelled out or I cannot cope. Like most people, I AM LOST without guidance.

    May 24, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  225. Michael

    "I am just amazed that so many people are/were involved in a TV SHOW! You talk about the characters like they were real people they are actors. The show sounds like a sci/fi soap opera, glad you enjoyed it and glad I don't bother with much tv."

    How many times have classic books been dissected, ad nauseum? While you may not view this as classic story-telling, some of us do. And, by its nature, Lost demands discourse.

    May 24, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  226. brian

    Am i crazy or a couple of seasons ago did Jin show up in Korea while sun was living there? I am trying to remember why i thought that happened?

    thanks!

    May 24, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  227. allenvh

    Someone saying they are an atheist is NO different that someone saying they are a Baptist or a Catholic. Sorry Atheists, but it's true. One group says to the world, "I know there is a God. I have no concrete or scientific proof to back me up on this – but I know there is a God." The other group who like to think they are free from dogma and other silly notions postulate, "I know there is NOT a God. I have no concrete or scientific proof to back me up on this – but I know there is NO God." What they both have in common is neither have one shred of concrete scientific evidence to back their belief. You see – they go on their gut feeling that they know they're right and the rest of the world is lost. You see – they both have FAITH. And trust me – as a former atheist-turned agnostic (I don't know nor pretend to have the answer) atheists are the most religious zealots the world has. This show brought both groups to the table and challenged both. In the end the show chose God because the writers did – the writers did because most of the world does. And the show wanted to to point that out to everyone that – regardless of where we came from – regardless of our faith or lacktherof, in this life we are all but lost people. It's the journey of life and those we affect along the way that makes "found" or "saved" or "enlightened" or "reborn."
    I may be wrong....

    May 24, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  228. Tim

    I believe now that the island was reality. The Flash-sideways was the porgatory ... or perhaps a better term would be limbo.

    I loved this ending. It didn't answer a lot of questions, but instead showed what this show was really about. It was never about the island. It was about the characters and their relationships. The sci-fi/fantasy island plot was all a backdrop to the real stories.

    May 24, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  229. Michael

    "It was a cop-out and a disappointment, in my opinion."

    May I ask in what way you found it a cop-out? What plot elements would you envisioned?

    May 24, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  230. Richie B

    I loved the ending. However, I can't help but want more information about Hurley and Ben's time protecting the island. I think the creators should strongly consider a comic book series detailing the Hurley and Ben era.

    May 24, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  231. Goodbye Lost

    @ Bobby – No, they didn't all die in the crash. The plane wreckage is just that, plane wreckage. Look closely. There are footprints too, so obviously someone survived. Notice also that there aren't any bodies, or really very much luggage (because the 815 survivors took care of all of that).

    Regardless, I don't think the writers meant anything by these shots other than a simple reminder of how the adventure started. The ending was very clean cut in many regards – Jack died on the island; Hurley stayed as the new Jacob; Ben stayed has Hurley's #2; Kate, Sawyer, Miles, Lapidus and Richard made it off the island via the Ajira plane (seen by Jack moments before closing his eyes and dying).

    The Flash Sideways was created by the Losties via the hydrogen bomb as a means of reuniting in death in order to move on – each one had to find their "constant" or "anchor" to the island in order to remember what had truly happened. Interestingly, Kate's was neither Jack nor Sawyer; it was Aaron.

    Those in the church, and Ben outside, are all dead. Time is irrelevant. They simply appear as each person chooses to remember them – in this case it is mostly in Jack's perspective. Aaron is there because he was born on the island and was an important person in all those people's lives, including Jack. Ji Yeon is not there because she was not a part of their lives (minus Jin, Sun, and maybe Hurley). I would assume that Jin and Sun can come back for her when she dies just as Christian comes back to help Jack "let go".

    Michael and Walt are not there (in the church) for obvious reasons. Michael was a horrible person and never worked through his problems. He's stuck on the island and "can't move on". He's trapped. Walt is not in the church because his time on the island was not the "best time of his life". The Losties are not the most important people in his life. Most likely his time with his mother was better for him.

    The same could be said for Rosseau. Her time on the island was awful. Granted she finally saw Alex again, but that woman went through a lot. She'd probably prefer a scenario when she's pregnant and possibly with the father.

    For everyone saying "I need more answers", get over yourself. You're just proving the writers correct – you've seen the light and you want more. In fact, you can never have enough – meaning you want answers until there's no mystery left, like a magician who gives away his secrets, and then what's the point?

    May 24, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  232. jjdecor

    I am just amazed that so many people are/were involved in a TV SHOW! You talk about the characters like they were real people they are actors. The show sounds like a sci/fi soap opera, glad you enjoyed it and glad I don't bother with much tv.

    May 24, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  233. Travis

    Hope to see you in your back-to-religion 30's

    When I went clean in my teens, that's what they said I would do in my twenties. I turn 30 in two months so... it didn't happen in my 20's and the 30's are looking even steeper. :)

    I am happy with this world, I don't need to invent another one. Peace.

    May 24, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  234. therealdjcamm

    @Michael arguably yes, the entirety of lost is in itself very unrealistic and the many ways laws of nature and current understanding are bent and distorted can be justified. however, there was a time during season 2/3 where the plot was heading towards quite a sinister and gripping story line. however it is my personal opinion that with the introduction of this metaphysical stuff the plot was diverted towards a more mainstream audience where the same level of questioning existed but at a cost to the very fabric of the plot that made lost interesting and a definite must see program. i felt during later stages of the series i was feeling further and further removed from what was happening (thanks to the eternal life and time travel and jacob stuff) and so i enjoyed it far less than the more sinister dharma/others plot that it could have been...

    May 24, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  235. Pete Galloway

    So what if the writers said in so many words that the island was "real" and not a dream. If you figured that so many seasons (years) back, then it would not be worth watching anymore. The beginning and end of the whole LOST series tells you clearly that this was all about Jack and his dying thoughts/hallucination. The crash did kill almost all life (as we would expect), with only two survivors, the dog and Jack, but Jack was also on his way to death. For those that talk purgatory, hell, heaven etc. if some human turning into a smoke monster was a reality, then all that talk of a purgatory etc. are irrelevant.

    May 24, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  236. Found

    A (possibly incomplete) list of the remaining mysteries:

    http://lostpedia.wikia.com/wiki/Portal:Mysterious

    I heard rumors that the Season 6 DVD set will answer a few more, as extra features. Perhaps trivia games or something that will resolve an extra question or two. Let's hope so.

    May 24, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  237. Maryann-Orlando FL

    I have been an avid fan since Season 1. I watch/listen to the podcasts, read message boards and fan sites.

    Please don't say that I 'don't understand the show' or 'go watch_________(insert mindless entertainment show here)'.

    I'm not misunderstanding the finale, I understand it just fine. It was a cop-out and a disappointment, in my opinion.

    To sum up: I loved the show, hated the ending.

    I now understand why Damon and Carlton have decided to go into hiding after the finale. They better RUN!!! LOL!!

    May 24, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  238. Austin

    "the island reality WAS the reality"

    –I disagree. I think there were 3 distinct and simultaneous realities.

    1) Plane Crash All Die
    2) The Island (escape from and return to)
    3) Plane Never Crashed

    All three of these universes existed, but all lead to the same reality which is the next life (Heaven, the light). By having seen all three scenarios, the characters come to a greater understanding about the meaning of their relationships and struggles, and are able to move on to the next chapter in all its glory.

    So, in a way, Desmond is right when he says "none of this matters", and Jack is also right when he says "it ALL matters".

    May 24, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  239. Darrell B.

    Loved the Finale. I think the thing that is confusing so many people is the misleading designation of a Flash Sideways / Parallel Universe. If you will review all those scenes and think of them instead as an Ultra-Extreme Flash Forward, possibly hundreds of years in the future, you will better be able to appreciate what really happened (and will happen). In my mind, Hurley may well have been the last to die. Juliet glimpsed moments of that far off future at her death (the invite to coffee, which came true) and Desmond became the champion at moving thru time. How it happened is not really so important. It makes me sad so many people let themselves get hung up on myriad details and are not appreciating the wonderful character and philosophy of the series. Too many people missed a couple of answers to their questions, and are now rejecting the entire show. Don't miss the wonderful forest for the trees!

    May 24, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  240. Breesus

    I truly don't see how anybody can walk away from watching this show and think that the island was purgatory. That, of all things, was quite clear. Everything on the island happened. Jack died and the rest flew off on the Ajira plane, with the exception of Hurley, Ben, Rose and Bernard. They lived out their lives and eventually died. If you want to think the plane at the end meant the Ajira plane crashed, fine, but I think it was simply footage of the original crash. Those huge crash pieces were still on the beach, but now everybody had left or died, but it was how they all ended up there – at least that is my interpretation. Either way, everything that happened on the island happened. The Sideways world was the purgatory/afterlife waiting place, etc.

    Really, were you watching the same show? The author's comment about how people who thought the island was purgatory weren't "far off" because while the island was NOT purgatory, the sideways world was.

    May 24, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  241. babwlost

    @danlang85...he knows he has a son because jack says to him he needs to go see his son in a concert. DUH miss that one. BUT your right in that is a huge clue to that the sideways time line is not real. Because Locke knows Jack really does not have a son.

    May 24, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  242. brom

    no they all died in the plane crash, the people who died before him was richard, the french chick, the darma people.

    May 24, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  243. Matt

    Nope, my grip is not with the "spiritual" themes Matt- it si with the lame ending and the fact so many questions were unanswered. (Oh, and don't give me the cop-out "you just don't get it" line, it is abundantly clear many things were enver thought out or resolved).

    Somethings had the left out, Real Eko quit the show... real Walt grew up too far too fast, and could not be explained in the short time this happened over.

    I think they ran out of time, to cover everything, or just choose not too. Still it's 100 times better than the Sopranos ending.

    Hope to see you in your back-to-religion 30's ;)

    May 24, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  244. Michael

    Doc Jensen's first take on the finale is posted: http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20313460_20387946,00.html

    May 24, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  245. Nitcholass

    The island was real, the stuff that happened on the island was real. NOT PURGATORY.

    The "purgatory" type place that they created AFTER dying is what the ALT-timeline was.

    They had to accept their death before they could move on. And like Christian told to Jack, some died before you, some died long after you (hurley, ben, sawyer, kate, claire, richard, lapidus, miles, bernard, rose, and vincent).

    May 24, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  246. Matt

    In the end, the writers could have chosen to have our beloved heroes lead their lives in the Sideways World after enlightenment. They would move forward as if the plane never crashed but had knowledge of their life if it did.

    I think that would have been a cop-out.

    The fact that the story ended with the metaphysical remained true to the metaphysical nature of the show.

    My goodness, I found a diamond in the ruff. Nice to see other people that a smarter than the average bear. Not because you agreed, but because you sound intelligent in your answers.

    Kudos!

    May 24, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  247. Michael

    "possibly remove the whole jacob thing and eternal life bs, have something more realistic and thus comprehensible/intimidating"

    I love when I see stuff like this in posts. I know that I'm intentionally misinterpreting it but I think it's funny that someone would want more realism out of a show like Lost.

    May 24, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  248. Travis

    Matt- as a 20-something atheist, I have no problem with the "spiritual" ending whatsoever. In fact, it was rather predictable (and was predicted). Really, a story like this can only work in a supernatural universe anyway- in a truly materialistic world a story like this would either not have been possible, or really boring.

    Nope, my grip is not with the "spiritual" themes Matt- it si with the lame ending and the fact so many questions were unanswered. (Oh, and don't give me the cop-out "you just don't get it" line, it is abundantly clear many things were enver thought out or resolved).

    May 24, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  249. brom

    yeah some before him in shipwrecks some after him, maybe another plane crash who knows, I hope that when I die my island is a little better until I am ready to let go.

    May 24, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  250. DanLang85

    Also..... Locke says to jack that he doesnt have a son because Locke only knows island jack. How would he know that Jack has a son in his sideways world?

    May 24, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  251. Michael

    "Entirely possible, could be all of them. but you'd agree it was not "real life" as we know it."

    Agreed completely.

    In the end, the writers could have chosen to have our beloved heroes lead their lives in the Sideways World after enlightenment. They would move forward as if the plane never crashed but had knowledge of their life if it did.

    I think that would have been a cop-out.

    The fact that the story ended with the metaphysical remained true to the metaphysical nature of the show.

    May 24, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  252. Mark

    I think the Christian references were prominent because this was his story and his journey. I think the writers wanted to clear that up by showing the many religious symbols on the stained glass representing all the survivors.

    But wow, what a ride. Thank you to a fantastic ensemble of actors and writers – I feel like my extended family moved away!

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  253. DanLang85

    Nobody listened to the last scene of dialogue in this film...... THEY DID NOT DIE IN THE PLANE CRASH!!! Christian said that some died before and others will die after... The place they meet is in no way related to time. It is all of their souls meeting before they move on. Jack died in 2007 on the island.... Hurley and Ben maybe thousands of years later. Everyone else either died before Jack or lived their lives after Jack off the island and when they met Jack they were all waiting at their form of the gateway to heavan. When Jack is talking to his Dad his soul is coming to realization that he died on the Island. Season 6 was about everyone's souls coming to that conclusion. Thats why Jack's neck bleeds... it is just another reminder of his life.

    As for all of your ridiculous notion that the crash scene in the credits has anything to do at all with the story line.... It was just an omage to the set and probably the producers, directors, and writers thanks to the production crew... It would be like at the end of the office if they show Dunder Mifflin empty. IT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE PLOT!

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  254. therealdjcamm

    no, surely when Hurley died Ben became the next number 1? thus meaning he was yet to die and is at present the current leader on the island? makes sense to me...

    as for all the other stuff, i'm disappointed that the Dharma thing didnt run all the way through, i found the episodes with the hatch and the numbers the best and most interesting. I only wish the writers had stuck with more hard science fiction rather than the soft metaphysical crud that has inevitably churned out having been pressed through jj abrams ideas juicer of a brain for the jillionth time... that part really annoyed me, its ok leaving questions unanswered when its possible for viewers to work out the answer using real knowledge. with lost, a lot of the stuff we have to work out is highly imaginative and derives from the writers lack of knowledge of the subjects in question.

    where the hell was mr eko!?! and all the other poor bstards who died in the crash? i think its was a bit untidy to leave so many holes at the end of the series especially when they had plenty of time to answer the questions. i mean if they cut the running and staring scenes by 20% they would have had ample time to fit more interesting and informative stuff in.

    okay, so i really liked lost for seasons 1,2 and 3... 4 wasnt too bad but 5 and 6 have been pretty poor. thus suggesting that the writers didnt have it planed out all along (they should have done is my point)

    if someone were to make it again:
    – reduce the number of characters, at least by a 1/3
    – no time travel PLEASE!!!
    – less guns and more realistic fight scenes
    – keep the dharma thing near the center of the plot
    – possibly remove the whole jacob thing and eternal life bs, have something more realistic and thus comprehensible/intimidating
    – reduce the number of times people come and go from the island, it felt like even though they were stranded on an island in the middle of nowhere, people seemed to turn up and leave willy nilly which was kind of besides the point of being Lost
    – less holes at the end, more implied answers but by no means any more directly answered questions...
    – more lasting links throughout the plot, eg the dead people in the cave was one example where a long standing question was answered.
    – INCLUDE THE REAL HENRY GALE IN THE PLOT! IT REALLY ANNOYED ME THAT THEY DIDN'T!!!!!

    ok, so thats my rant over, i hope u can see where i'm coming from in my criticism. overall it was a pretty good show and at the end of the day it was worth it despite the frequent moments of utter pointlessness and irrelevant side stories.

    May 24, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  255. tutone

    There was plenty of things in this beautiful story to let you know what the whole thing was about.
    Thru all the differences in this world, they did their best to represent each one from Athesist, Scientist, to each and every religion. The way they did not name the "bad guy", never named the source, nor did they say what the next step was in afterlife, "moving-on" to cover everything. Jacobs line to Richard, what point is it if I have to get involved for someone to do right. The person next to you, no matter how different they were, should be embraced like they were eventually on the show, was very moved with Jack and Sawyer shaking hands. Everyone on the show at one point and time was alone, and lost in a crowd, now they have a real family and it was proven by how everyone waited for their loved ones, in the afterlife. We know Kate lived a long time, like hurley with these two moments..........when she told jack she has missed him for a very long time, and Hugo telling Ben how he was a great number 2. I LOVED IT, and havent stopped thinking about it. Should we as people live the same.

    May 24, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  256. brom

    yeah some died before jack, people who died in shipwrecks, Ben got there before them and there was people before him, the kids keep disappearing because they can let go more easily that adults. and the people not knowing what happen to them, well they had to make something up. I guess when you are dead you can make whatever you want in your own world just like dreaming sometimes you can control it sometimes you can't

    May 24, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  257. emcorpus

    Everyone is welcome to their take on what it all "meant". That is the whole purpose of art in my opinion - to use the medium of "entertainment" to get people to consider higher and universal truths. If Lost was successful in doing that for people, then it was successful. This even is the case if people come to different conclusions than the artists - producers, directors, writers, actors - even intended. The details are not really all that important in the long run. The concepts of heaven, hell, purgatory, redemption, forgiveness are NOT only Catholic or Christian concepts. Maybe those who think so should take a little time to also look at other philosophical and spiritual currents, Native American, Eastern, Middle Eastern, whatever. The point is to look for the universal truths expressed in the art that anyone could relate to no matter their particular religious, spiritual or philosophical leaning.

    May 24, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  258. Steve

    One word summed it up for me "Soulmates' Everyone ended up in eternity with that special someone – some of which they did not even know in their human life. Ben is still waiting for his soulmate (as are some others). Loved it!

    May 24, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  259. Michael

    "what about the couple who had stolen diamonds and were killed by a spider?"

    That was a literary mistake. My guess is they had bigger plans for these characters but when they realized how much fans hated them, they found a very creative way to get them off the island.

    Personally, I loved that episode because of the way they buried them alive. :)

    May 24, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  260. Matt

    No, the Sideways World was for all of the characters' benefit. We just learned about its meaning through Jack's experience.

    Entirely possible, could be all of them. but you'd agree it was not "real life" as we know it.

    May 24, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  261. Chrissa

    For those still confused, read this:

    http://blogitoutb.com/2010/05/lost-s6-epi-16-the-end/

    You're welcome.

    May 24, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  262. Howard

    There is so much being made about what was “real” or not real, as well as whether Lost is actually a “character show” (Mike B, Jessica). First and foremost folks, back away from your keyboards for a minute. Lost was a TV Show; it was written for entertainment value and none of it was actually real! Even so, there is a difference between TV Real (what is depicted as to have really happened on the island like time travel and smoke monsters), and what is actually real in our own lives today. ALL of it was written by the writers (not by Jacob or any other character). Everything could not possibly be answered. You’re frustrated because Mr. Echo was not at the church, what was the meaning of that? The meaning was that the actor refused to take part in the finale! You’re so caught up in the show that you forget that it is just a TV show written and acted by real people! The fact that you are so enthralled with this show finale despite all of your criticisms of the ending, goes to show just what an epic and moving piece of work Lost was.

    May 24, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  263. Watcher

    @Jessica 2:53pm

    Here's what I got out of it. Everything that happened on the island was all real as far as fiction goes.
    The flash-sideways/parallel universe was kind of a place (some call it purgatory) where everyone, AFTER they had all died (that means well into the future after the final island scene when Jack closes his eyes and dies) have come together to "find" each other and reunite before heading into the "light".

    May 24, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  264. Jasonrynes

    what about the couple who had stolen diamonds and were killed by a spider?

    May 24, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  265. Michael

    "2) that sideways view this season did not happen, that was not real, it was a dead man coming to terms with his own death. That person was Jack."

    I may be wrong but I think this is too simplistic of view. Why are the enlightenment moments for everyone else so important if it's just for Jack's benefit? What does Kate's fugitive turn have to do with Jack's realization?

    No, the Sideways World was for all of the characters' benefit. We just learned about its meaning through Jack's experience.

    May 24, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  266. ChrisX

    Found May 24th, 2010 3:40 pm ET

    Go read interviews with the writers – it'll clear up some of the ignorance in these comments. The island was real life, the people were really there, they were really dying. Upon their deaths they went to the flash-sideways world. It was not all in jack's head, nor was it only his perception in the flash sideways world – Each person had their own consciousness and were remembering their own mortal lives once Desmond helped them. The island was not purgatory, and the people on the island were really there/alive for crying out loud. Listen to some of the podcasts or interviews – they've come out and said that multiple times! After Ben lived out his full life helping Hurley on the island (could have been a thousand more years for all we know) he was dead in the flash sideways world and still clearing things up in his life before he was ready to move on. We saw this with his apology to Locke, and again when he told Hurley that he still had a few things to clear up before he would be ready to go into the church (the place from which they were "moving on".

    I'm with this guy!

    May 24, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  267. S Callahan

    I loved it....the message is the same forevermore...love your neighbors and your enemies...be in fellowship....and trust into the future. Life eternal! Of course , I see the one sitting outside on the bench a little different...never feeling truely worthy...even to the end...yet he too is recieved.
    Great Ending to Lost!

    May 24, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  268. sawyer'sgirl

    I have watched all 6 seasons of LOST and have loved it. I cried several times during the finale and gave a cheer when Sawyer and Juliette were "reunited". It was frustrating at times trying to figure things out but when I just said whatever and decided there would never be answers to all the questions that had come up over the past 6 years, I enjoyed it so much more. I had my theories and loved to read everyone else's. I didn't want it to end but I loved the finale. While some questions were answered, they left enough unanswered so you could ponder on them and make up your own mind; like why did Ben stay outside the church? Was he not dead or not ready to go? Not his time maybe?

    I will really miss the show (especially Sawyer – YUM). Needless to say I would be all for a cop show with Sawyer and Miles. In fact, I would love to see any of the cast in new shows. I may have a hard time thinking of them in any other way but as their LOST characters but that wouldn't stop me from watching.

    May 24, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  269. Carole

    Found–Read the last paragraph of Douglas's post . I suspect you are ambivalent (sp?) in your beliefs. In Christianity one performs good works to please God, not to obtain salvation.

    However, like Douglas, I say, may you be abundantly blessed.

    Still loved the show but not the ending.

    May 24, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  270. Matt

    I know some people are just saying dumb things like "they were dead all along" just to goad others into talking to them. But I think a few thick headed individuals that cannot understand a very very simple ending need a summation (that means wrapping things up).

    1) everything on the island happened. All of it.

    2) that sideways view this season did not happen, that was not real, it was a dead man coming to terms with his own death. That person was Jack.

    3) the island really did have weird stuff happen on it, why, how.. when? Who cares, it's called a mystery scooby doo.

    4)the plane that left at the end did not crash, those people lived a normal life somewhere.

    5) everybody came together at the end to cross over to ____ insert your belief here...mine is heaven.

    6) The show is over, if you did not like it, OK...I don't like plain vanilla ice cream, but a lot of people do, so they still sell it.

    FYI, i love the religious connotations, deal with it 20-something atheists.

    May 24, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  271. whatever

    Douglas , beat it..

    Sheperd says all religions are man made, and u think Christianity is not man made?

    JFingC..go away..this is not the place for that discussion..

    May 24, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  272. Matt

    Why are people so ignorant that they think everyone died in the initial plane crash? Did they even watch the show? Everything that happened on the island really happened...in the final season the "flash sideways" were looks into the "pergatory". The "flash sideways" were the only things that were not real. Everything else that happened in the show really happened. If they died on the island...they really died. It's not that hard of a concept. All of the people in the church scene died at different times...Hurley and Ben and everyone in the last plane that got off of the island probably died of old age. The last scene wasn't at a specific time....if you have to think about it in terms of "time"..then just imagine that the church scene was 50 years later and everyone had eventually died. Go back and re-watch it. Hurley told Ben that he was a great number 2...meaning they stayed and protected the island for a while after Jack died.

    May 24, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  273. Michael

    "Walt and Mr. Eko wasn't that big of a part to the story anyway and not part of the group we've been watching for years."

    The actor who played Mr. Eko wasn't available for filming during the final season. That's the only reason he wasn't there. The producers tried to get him but couldn't get it scheduled.

    May 24, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  274. KELLY

    Jack never had a son, Ellie

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  275. z

    Lost lost me along time ago. The whole show was just tunnel after tunnel, they go down a tunnel, open the door and there was another tunnel.

    This blog made it sound so sappy and horrible, I think i made a better choice sunday night watching "Breaking Bad".

    May 24, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  276. Travis

    They never explained why there were palm trees on the island. Now I will wonder forever.

    May 24, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  277. ChrisX

    The very fact that people need a refuge to sort out their feelings after the show is proof enough that it was a hit. I wonder if "24" is going to get the same fanfare after tonight's finale??......I'm willing to bet NOT! I guess we'll just have to wait and see though.....

    May 24, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  278. KELLY

    People keep asking why Micheal, Walt and Mr. Eko wasn't in the church. Micheal was a tratior and is banashed to the island forever like he told Hurley in so many words. Walt and Mr. Eko wasn't that big of a part to the story anyway and not part of the group we've been watching for years. The main people went though everything together the entire time so that is why it was just them in the church. Penny was there with Desmond because she was his love.

    May 24, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  279. Ellie Baxter

    Why was Juliet (not Kate) the mother to Jack's son? Any one want to take a crack at that one?

    May 24, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  280. Alan

    I think the finale was done with just the right balance between answering the questions that mattered and leaving several loose ends out there for folks like us to debate for years to come. A couple of items I was curious about:

    * Had been expecting Walt to make a return for several seasons as he had always been singled out as "special", but it was never really elaborated on. His story just kind of sputtered out...

    * The fact that we never have a name for Jacob's brother other than the Man In Black seemed curious. I thought that by not giving us his name up to the finale meant something and when his name was revealed it would be an "a ha" moment – obviously not. He will remain nameless.

    All in all – about as well done as can be expected. Glad I watched it home alone as I blubbered like a baby. As a middle aged guy I have to at least pretend to keep up a facade of "machoness". :-)

    May 24, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  281. Chuck Navitsky

    Our Tuesday nights will never be the same.

    Great Job ABC

    May 24, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  282. DUH

    " Desmond as the only one aware of purgatory on the island makes sense due to his "specialness." "

    Not sure if this has been addressed because I don't have time to read 600 comments, but it was really just a poorly constructed sentence. I think the author means "Desmond was the only one on the island aware of purgatory. This is due to Desmond's 'specialness.'"

    May 24, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  283. Douglas

    Regarding the spiritual messages at Lost's final episode end ... it appears to me that they are clearly pro-Christian, which I think is good and correct ... I believe that Christian Shephard / Shepherd (a type of Jesus Christ, the Good Christian Shepherd according to the Bible), who was not in the coffin like Jesus was not found in the grave approximately 2000 years ago (i.e. Jesus was resurrected as He prophesied before His expected death), was the one who finally brought everyone (of the "Lost" group ... all those without Jesus Christ are often called "lost") to the Light (the Truth ... the true religion / eternal salvation / Life) in the end by opening the doors to the light in the Church.

    Even in the room where the empty coffin was with all those varied and very contradictory religious symbols and religions, Jacks' dad replied to Jack's question "Where are we, Dad?" after Jack suddenly walked and looked around the room containing those various religious symbols, saying that "this is a place that you all made together" ... (i.e. it was man-made only / all of the other religions or symbols were just man-made, not God-made or true). Only the real Christian Shepherd (Jesus Christ) was able to finally bring them to the light / the truth by opening the doors to the light (heaven / God) in the Church at the very end.

    I personally completely agree with the Christian message / good news in which Jesus said "I am the way, and the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father but through Me." (John 14:6). I encourage you all to as well. Jesus also said: "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16). May the real God and Christian Shepherd bless you and yours abundantly!

    May 24, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  284. Michael

    J.J. Abrams also brought us "Alias", if memory serves. While I loved Lost and its finale, I do have to say that I thought Alias' finale was more satisfying.

    May 24, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  285. Found

    Go read interviews with the writers – it'll clear up some of the ignorance in these comments. The island was real life, the people were really there, they were really dying. Upon their deaths they went to the flash-sideways world. It was not all in jack's head, nor was it only his perception in the flash sideways world – Each person had their own consciousness and were remembering their own mortal lives once Desmond helped them. The island was not purgatory, and the people on the island were really there/alive for crying out loud. Listen to some of the podcasts or interviews – they've come out and said that multiple times! After Ben lived out his full life helping Hurley on the island (could have been a thousand more years for all we know) he was dead in the flash sideways world and still clearing things up in his life before he was ready to move on. We saw this with his apology to Locke, and again when he told Hurley that he still had a few things to clear up before he would be ready to go into the church (the place from which they were "moving on".

    May 24, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  286. Benny

    Well, I guess there's no accounting for people who want to make up their own ending. The show was not a dream, hallucination, or purgatory. Ben was dead, but he stayed out of the church because he wasn't ready to move on. The island was an unexplained supernatural force. These are not theories. They are what was actually said in in the show. I loved the finale. I thought that it the perfect ending to what will be remembered as the last great show on the old networks. An era has ended, and I will miss it. But judging by the majority of comments here, most people will just move on to garbage police procedurals and scripted "reality" TV. That's a shame.

    May 24, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  287. Sandra

    It was all about the journey..the odyssey. A masterpiece...perfect ending. Jack dying with Vincent at his side had me sobbing like a baby. Oh how we cared about these characters...it will be sorely missed. The best thing TV ever had to offer.

    May 24, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  288. Bobby

    But wasn't the scene with all of the plane wreckage during the closing credits proof they all died in the plane crash and this WAS all about purgatory and Destiny?

    May 24, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  289. wow

    Wow, I am SO disappointed.
    What a LAME ending!!! For everyone that keeps saying, why do you need all your questions answered, why not?? The show gave you all these mysteries and did not answer them.
    Way too many unanswered questions, what a waste!!
    Not the ending I would have hoped for!!

    May 24, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  290. who what where?

    This was the stupidest damn thing ever. Worse than...well...anything!
    Even worse than reality tv! Ok maybe not that bad...

    They all died in the crash and this has been the biggest waste of time on tv since reality tv and then some. What a joke.

    May 24, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  291. Michael

    in any one's dream or hallucination, all things become possible – smoke monsters, polar bear, dharma initiative, time travel, ocean 6 returning, ANYTHING! and more importantly, you can make it all turn out the way you want it to. This was all Jack's dream/ hallucination just before he finally died PERIOD and he made sure it had an end that he wanted – a self-sacrificing hero, from day 1 of the crash till the end.

    You're open to your own interpretation just understand that it doesn't jive with what the show's creators have told us.

    May 24, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  292. balddude

    MAN ALIVE!!! What an ending! It was brilliantly written and directed. The scene between Charlie and Claire after she has the baby backstage of the concert, was beautiful. Very few words, just pure emotion. I, too am a late comer to LOST. I did get alot of my questions answered about the earlier episodes in the recap before the finale. That last scene in the church, wow. I hope the afterlife is really like that. One could only hope.

    May 24, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  293. Donna

    Why do 50+ people have to respond to one guys comment? Don't you all READ this before you comment???

    May 24, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  294. Found

    Carole, the concept of purgatory is not only a Catholic doctrine. Many faiths have a concept of a "waiting place/time" between mortality and heaven, but call it by other names. For example, some call it the spirit prison or the spirit world. Also, it is incorrect to state that all Christianity believes grace is all that gets you into heaven. The grace/works debate is a can of worms that has been argued ad nauseam.

    May 24, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  295. goat 1

    I was planning to purchase the complete series on BD, but after this ending I don't think so.

    May 24, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  296. kimmyd

    Wasn't there a movie in the 90's called "Jacob's Ladder?" This was similar.

    May 24, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  297. RLT

    was Ben dead or not He would not go int to church–or was he going to the other place.

    May 24, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  298. Pete Galloway

    in any one's dream or hallucination, all things become possible – smoke monsters, polar bear, dharma initiative, time travel, ocean 6 returning, ANYTHING! and more importantly, you can make it all turn out the way you want it to. This was all Jack's dream/ hallucination just before he finally died PERIOD and he made sure it had an end that he wanted – a self-sacrificing hero, from day 1 of the crash till the end.

    May 24, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  299. Melody

    Maybe I'm the only one that thought this but could it be that Ben wasn't dead since he was the only one that didn't go into the church. Maybe when Hurley died Ben became the protector thus leaving an opportunity for some future show. Hopeful thinking...Just a thought. Did the island sink? They never answered that one either.

    May 24, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  300. We are the button pushers!

    Don't give the writers too much credit. They don't have all the answers either. They wrote to entertain and make money.

    May 24, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  301. notReallydead

    Flash sideways answered.
    6 years of previous material unanswered.

    Let's just live happily ever after dead while we're still pretty, and forget all that others business.

    May 24, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  302. doggies

    Barb, as a fellow Texan, I say right on-except for the Target ads! Priceless!
    The one with the keyboard that wouldn't enter THE numbers? Ad for new keyboard from Target, $21.
    Now THAT'S advertising. I wanted to go buy one just so I could tell them it was because it was so perfect.
    There was another one, too, but the keyboard just caught my fancy.
    LOL-Whatta show when the ads 'fit' and the blogs comment on them as well as the series!

    May 24, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  303. whatever

    @ B

    u just nailed it...

    Most people that liked the final has one thing in common..they couldn't hold their tears..

    But if anybody watched the first two seasons, tears,hugs , kisses were not the reason for lost's popularity...

    Some even said that Fox had tears at Kimmelive , so he deserves an emmy..what a joke..

    May 24, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  304. John L

    There are hundreds of responses here, so much emotion, too. Time to take a deep breath and get back to real life outside the TV, after all this was just a 6 year long soap opera.

    May 24, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  305. @Janet & @ Christ

    @Janet -you're stupid, @ Chris, ref: black people in the afterlife –..here we go lets make everything a race issue! You're stupid too

    May 24, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  306. Travis

    Yep, what a waste. It pretty much proved all along the writers had no idea where they were going with this.

    May 24, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  307. ChrisX

    Listen, the island WAS NOT purgatory. The island indeed had some sort of enchantment (I mean it would have to grant someone the essence of immortality), but it was just that: an enchanted island!

    The castaways didn't die in the crash. Their lives played out exactly as we saw it do from Seasons 1-5. Season 6 simply, yet concurrently displayed the existence of our castaways in the medium between life and the afterlife, as well as telling the story of final events to occur on the island. It was just a very unique and surprising way of storytelling.

    The writers guised the eventual fate of the cast with the term 'flash-sideways'. Very ingenious if you ask me. And they used the used the scene where the plane trembles in the air a little (presumably escaping the magnetic pull of the island) as a set up piece and allowed the audience to just run with it. We were duped all so beautifully!!

    Those who we saw died did die.....when you saw it happen! For those who escaped, like those who finally fled on the plane, or for those who stayed, like Hugo, Ben or the lovely couple who chose to live in exile, their date with death would arrive someday. Please reflect on the last conversation between Jack and Kate, Ben and John Lock, Ben and Hugo, then finally Jack and his father. Though not every question will about the mysteries of the island will be answered for you, these dialogues may really provide some insight for you....if you really give it a chance to.

    May 24, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  308. Mary

    So, the reason they remained seated when the "christian shepherd" opened the doors is that they were still waiting for others like Ben to come in? That works for me. I'll have to watch this last one again, but I have to say it reminded me of the old Twilight Zone episode where the mannekin gets to be human for one weekend a month, and then forgets to go back to give someone else a turn and they all have to stalk her to remind her of her other life.+

    May 24, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  309. Michael

    Sideways World time: a lot of people are understandably confused about how the Sideways World fits into the Lost time line.

    My view may or may not be right but it seems supported by what Christian Shepherd said: the sequence of the Sideways World play out like linear time but time really has no meaning there. In some ways, it seems analogous to one view of the Big Bang. People want to ask what there was before the Big Bang. Well, there was nothing there as the Big Bang created both time and space.

    If it helps, you could also view that life in the Sideways World was on pause until everyone died. Some people (like Kate and Hurley) took longer to reach the Sideways World (like Jack and Boone).

    This is difficult to accept because a) it doesn't make sense in our world, and b) it's not consistent with the Sideways World story line. So for those who feel duped because of the unanswered questions, here are some more:

    1. If time has no meaning in the Sideways World, why does it play out linearly?
    2. If the characters are dead, why the need for self-enlightenment?
    3. Why does Jack keep having inexplicable ties to the Island reality (for example, cuts)?
    4. Why new realities in a the Sideways World holding pattern? Why would Jack marry Juliet and have a son?

    In the end, I agree that the story didn't answer all the questions. I'm fine with that. If you're not, that's cool, too.

    May 24, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  310. Carole

    Hey guys–None of you has mentioned being Catholic but you keep talking about purgatory which appears only in Catholic liturgy. That will make someone mad. Also–all the religioius symbols is being PC. So make a decision already. There is no God in this scenario. Just a worthless band-aide. Doubt that the writers subcribe to ANY faith.

    I loved the show all the years. Thought the happy death scene a copout. How much more ingenious for them to be alive in the flash sideways (because of the a-bomb of course) with it being an parallel reality. Hey–why not. Still think they made them all dead because they did not know how to get Kate out of jail to be married to a doctor.

    In all religions there is a reason to be heaven-bound. Most are works-related. Christianity is by grace. Most of these people could only have gotten into heaven through grace but none made any statement of belief. No one. So the final ending is just a sop.

    You guys did such a great job over the years Sorry about the ending.

    May 24, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  311. POD

    Maybe Lopidas was just the pilot taking the others to the "other side" thanks to Jack's learning and sacrifice? That was the last thing Jack saw before "dying"... the plane he helped enable to fly... thoughts?

    May 24, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  312. Greg

    I think a lot of people are missing the fact that this was a Science Fiction show. Real life in a science fiction show can have smoke monsters, magical islands, and hurley birds.

    May 24, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  313. alexis

    So many people were reuniting and it was driving me crazy! I didn't know what to do with myself. I was confused but it all made sense later, and it was a M. Night Shyamalan type thing.

    Two thoughts:
    1) I guess Ben was dead like the rest of them. I didn't think about that. I thought he stayed behind from going in to the church because he was still on the island being its keeper. Getting his forgiveness from Locke was another 'let go' moment for him. He was probably was waiting for his father, his daughter and her mother to 'let go' of their realities and be rejoined with them - which explains why he didn't go inside. He wanted to visit the light with them.

    2) I was wondering about the Nadlers. Maybe they hadn't let go or weren't dead yet as maybe they took over for Hurley and Ben.

    I guess death is apart of life. It's sad but it was what the story needed to move forward. It's good writing that makes people respond so much to it. I think I had a good time in the last season, and I'm willing to go and watch what I didn't before. :)

    May 24, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  314. Benny

    whatever, the show was about supernatural forces. Dharma was on the island to investigate those forces, and they brought the bears with them for their experiments. That was all part of season 2, I think. If the supernatural explanation doesn't work for you, then it doesn't. But personally, I prefer the unanswered questions over some nonsense technobabble explanation that most shows would have copped to.

    May 24, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  315. Solo77

    The final episode was terrible. What a joke!!!

    May 24, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  316. B

    I think whether you liked this finale or hated it squarely depends on why you were watching it.

    If you liked the character drama and enjoyed the 6th season more than the preceeding seasons, you loved the finale.

    If you liked the island mystery and were heavily invested in theories/research and loved the first seasons, you hated this finale.

    I hated this finale. It was what we writers call a cop out. They pulled heart strings to make their character fans love it so that they'd forget they writers avoided having to answer any of the big questions they themselves asked.

    Mystery/fiction wise, classic example of plot-hook dependency and letting the thrill of the question overtake the skills of the writer.

    Character drama wise, great character building.

    Just will depend on who the louder voices are really if this show will be remembered fondly or as another complete disappointment.

    My vote is that it's one of the worst finales ever.

    May 24, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  317. yeah yeah

    So they all died in the original crash and this was all a dream? It's what I was telling them all from the beginning. Cop-out ending.

    May 24, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  318. whatever

    how do u explain time travel, smoke monsters, and glowing power source in reality? i really am confused...

    May 24, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  319. Bleary-eyed

    I rarely get emotional watching shows or movies, so was shocked to find myself totally sobbing at the end. Couldn't even talk when my daughter called from college to say, "Wasn't that great?!" If that's not the sign of a successful finale, I don't know what is!

    May 24, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  320. lost it

    i can't wait to see the South Park version of the finale.

    May 24, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  321. whatever

    @lucy2-> then I must be totattly clueless and missed it. Cause Dharma, polar bears, and smoke monsters were not answered for me. And have never heard point those answer out, since they were answered in previous epsiodes as u say.

    how the heck do you have time travel and a damn smoke monster in real life?? plz someone explain that to me...

    May 24, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  322. Lostfan6years

    Kelley~~your observation got me to thinking. When I saw the plane wreckage at the very end, I just assumed it was a shot of the beach from the original, first crash. However, now that you mention it, I think it very well could have been shown to explain how Kate, Sawyer, Claire, etc died~~which would explain how they all ended up at the church. Great observation!

    May 24, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  323. island hopper

    THEY DID NOT DIE IN THE FIRST CRASH!!! – If they did then please explain how they interacted with Dharma people and came back as the OCEANIC 6? – and the flash sideways in season 6 to the pre-afterlife wouln't make sense....

    May 24, 2010 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
  324. Tomfoolery

    To all the people hating on the naysayers of the show... SHUT UP!! Their opinion counts as much as yours. They don't lack analytic intelligence, they just this show for what it was... a TV series made to money.

    I give the producers and writers credit – they succeeded famously in maintaining a loyal fanbase and keep people guessing about the show. However, this show would have been much better as a 9-hour miniseries. They DID lead on their viewers and DID cop out in the end.

    Either way, to those who enjoyed the show – good on you. To those who thought the show was BS from the beginning – good on you. It's a TV show people, don't make it a religion.

    May 24, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  325. Barbara Borowy

    It was a perfect ending. Loved it! But it is one show that should have been done with out commercials. They have a way of spoiling every thing. And it's the same ones over, and over again ,until my mute button gets worn out.

    Barb from Texas

    May 24, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  326. whatever

    WHY THE HELL, JACOB WAS NOT IN THE CHURCH WITH ALL OF THEM??

    May 24, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  327. Benny

    Mr. Button – OF COURSE they were making it up as they went along. That's how television is written. Expecting that they had this ending in mind when they wrote the pilot is ridiculous. And OF COURSE they gave us the mysteries to keep us watching. That's also how television works. If you don't like it, don't watch it.

    May 24, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  328. Frank

    They did not die at the beginning of the series... the ones who moved on to the next life waited to do that when "their" group was all ready to do so. For "their" group to have a bond of relationship to care about they would have to had meaningful experiences together, this must have happened ON THE ISLAND, in reality after the crash. If they all died in the crash there could be NO relationship to create a bond. The island must have been real, the flashes were thier limbo.

    May 24, 2010 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  329. Lizzy

    I hope Matthew Fox gets his emmy nod this year, or the emmy itself. His last scenes were so emotional. He even seemed emotional at the Kimmel special. He had teary eyes!!

    May 24, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  330. gfb

    Magnificent. I felt as if they wrote The End just for me.

    May 24, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  331. emcorpus

    Well, I loved the ending, too. My take and summary of it is that everyone died in the first plane crash and were working out their issues before moving on. I think that's a valid philosophical and spiritual take in keeping with much spiritual belief historically, and in keeping with my own. It reminded me also of two very different other works but which dealt with the same matters: Jacob's Ladder and Ground Hog Day. Lost just took six years to resolve. I'm hoping to work on my own issues here before my own plane crash. How about you?

    May 24, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  332. Gregor

    I'd get "lost" all over again. What a ride!

    May 24, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  333. Sherri

    A few days ago, I posted my thoughts about the show being about "letting go" so I was glad to see I got something right....about the only thing I got right, but what the heck.

    I will miss Miles humor, most of all I think. His lines were precious!! ("I lived here 30 years before you...in other words, last week" (and) "If you need me, I'll be running throught the jungle")

    congrats to everyone involved in this awesome epic!!

    May 24, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  334. Dana

    To Peace Girl...Nice theory on Ben waiting for Alex and Danielle. Never thought of that...

    May 24, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  335. We are the button pushers!

    The writers of the show wrote whatever they needed to write to keep you pushing your remote button each week so they could make money. They don't need to explain a thing. They made massive amounts of money from the show each week because we religiously pushed our button. The show obviously was made up as they went along. The experiment worked for them!

    May 24, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  336. mia

    Do people not listen to the words of the show??? Christian Told Jack that EVERYTHING he experienced on the island was real! And Did you people forget what else he said?? He said that the people in the church were they because yes they were all dead but that some had died BEFORE jack and well AFTER jack.

    So think about what Kate said to Jack, "I have missed you so much." Hello pay attention. Kate made it off the island on the plane that Lapides flew out of there. Why else would she miss him? Because Jack died on the island and she didnt. She lived on. There has been questions as to why Aaron was there as a baby, because in my opinion for both Charlie to move on he had to remember Claire and Aaron that is how Charlie saw Aaron last. I dont honestly think that Aaron died and went to the church as a baby.

    Pay attention to the words. Christian said that everything that happened on the island was real. DO not let the last scene throw you off. The people either died on the island or off the island.

    As far as to Penny and Desmond being there, they were each other's true love, I personally would not want to move on without my love. So why wouldn't Desmond (who I think probably died first) wait for Penny. Just like Juliet and Sawyer, Kate and Jack, Jin and Sun, Sayid and Shannon.

    Each person that the survivors came in contact with had a signifiance in the other person's life. As for the people that were not in the church, maybe they were not ready to leave yet, did you foget Ben sitting outside? The people in the church all had a connection to each other and in my opinion they did not want to leave and ' move on' with out those that had touched their lives so much. But people remember this though it was just a show and if you didnt like it oh well. If you are that unhappy with the ending go to fanfiction.net and write your own ending and post it. I am sure that there will be others just like you.

    May 24, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  337. Peace Girl

    Oops, sorry, I meant that BEN had other people to apologize too. Sorry!

    May 24, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  338. Peace Girl

    The more I think about it, the more I like the ending. It wouldn't be LOST if the writers had answered every question for us and wrapped it all up with a nice little bow. Besides, LOST appeals to people that have the ability to think, to reason, to imagine...if we were handed all of the answers on a silver platter, how insulting would that be?!?

    Here is my theory on why Ben didn't enter the church: when Locke showed up, Ben apologized to him, seeking forgiveness. I believe that Locke had other people to apologize to, as well (Alex, Danielle), so until they showed up, he wasn't able to enter the church and "let go."

    May 24, 2010 at 3:00 pm | Report abuse |
  339. Benny

    Pete, he saw Lapedis's plane leaving the island. I'm not really sure what you're reading into it.

    May 24, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  340. Jeremy

    Brilliant Ending... The show was never about the fantasy of the island... Who cares about powers, polar bears, Durma... The point of the show and the philosophy of the show was always in the Characters and the Relationships they built and the struggles they went through for each other. There will never be another show that encapsulates that idea and with such a diverse cast. I never thought I would be so sad to see a show come to an end...

    May 24, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  341. Crislyn

    Love LOST. Enjoyed the finale. What are your theories regarding Echo?

    May 24, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  342. tonks1

    For those who felt the ending left something to be desired (i.e. too many unanswered questions, too sappy, long-drawn out and boring), what could they have done to make it better? I think we have plenty of general raging going on without getting to the details. I would like to look at some of the un-sarcastic alternate endings that would have left you satisfied.

    I don't know how we can enjoy our lives if we have to have the ending of it make sense or have it completely mapped out. Last time I checked, life doesn't always tie itself into a neat bow. The ending had to be open ended because life is open ended.

    The reason 'LOST' was an excellent show is because it gave you something to do. You got to make theories, try to explain what was going on, kept guessing and re-working ideas about reality. It gave us something to talk about, a way to spend an hour on a Tuesday night. TV is meant to entertain and the show did that. For those who felt it was a waste of time, good job, you figured out the point of television! If you didn't want to waste time, you would have taken up a hobby like knitting or running during 'LOST'.

    May 24, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  343. alcato

    @ Chris "So are black people not in the afterlife? Michael and Walt? Mr. Echo? Whittmore's tall bald and black henchman?"

    So what color is Rose? green?

    May 24, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  344. Pete Galloway

    some of u have been writing that christian explains everything at the end, that the island was real etc. BUT realize that this happens before Jack sees the plane in flight and dies with the dog beside him. That confirms that that scene – the church and his father talking to him – are all still part of his imagination/ hallucination. THat is how he would like it to be. THat is the one comfort he has before he dies, to reassure himself that his hallucination was real, and that all his heroics were worth the while. It could even be that as he died the plane that flew across was just some arbitrary plane. What was made relevant was the scene after to remind us of the reality.

    May 24, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  345. Benny

    Houston, that was actually exactly the ending that I predicted too, but now I'm glad that we were wrong. I liked this one a lot better. And yes, it was obviously just TV and a commercial enterprise, but that doesn't make it any less entertaining. As for philosophy, there was a lot more in there than you might think. The show was really working on a lot of levels at once trying to satisfy people with deep backgrounds in literature and philosophy as well as those who were flipping back and forth between Lost and pro wrestling. I think that one of those crowds seems satisfied. The other? Well, what can you really expect?

    May 24, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  346. Ragged

    OMG... what emotions...

    I have never experienced so many emotions from a TV show before...

    I was drawn in fully, but confused... as the hours passed after the show... my mind spun, until I realized that I had watched one of the best series complete with the best ending in the world.

    All that matters are the relationships you make with people – the rest of the materilistic stuff is meaningless in the grand plan.

    What an epic.... unmatched by anything.... they say 13million people tuned in – but, if they are anything like me, who used torrent, they will realize that it will be many million more then that figure, who watched it.

    Simply brilliant... why does it have to end? I want more!!! The writers are too good, and should never split up... as a whole they are brilliant.

    May 24, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  347. island hopper

    did they ever explain where the island went at the end of season 5 when it disappeared and the helicopter couldn't land with the Oceanic 6 in it?

    Was Shannen really Sayid's soul mate? What about Nadia?

    May 24, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  348. Pay attention

    "How the hell could he have climbed that rope to get out of the pit to die in bamboo field."

    You need to go back and watch it again. Jack didn't come out the way he went in. He washed out of the cave just as MIB did. Look at the background behind Jack where he is out of the cave. it looks like same pool area that Sawyer and Kate dove into and found the briefcase in season 1.

    May 24, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  349. Jessica

    I didnt watch the last 2 seasons, but tried to watch the finale last night. Gave up after 50 min because it just didnt make sense – the parallel universe thing, and now reading these comments it seems like even people who had been watching were confused. So am I understanding the basic wrap up correctly – every single one of these people actually died when the plane crashed, originally? After that they were just roaming around purgatory trying to figure things out, without realizing they werent being willing to let go? And was there answers as to who went to heaven or who went to hell, or does everyone go to the same place after "letting go"? Very...very...very lost.

    May 24, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  350. leigh

    Eric writes " I prefer to believe the more rational explanation: they all died in the crash (isn't that what usually happens when a plane crashes?); their souls wouldn't let go, thus the trials and tribulations (all hallucinatory) that follow."

    which part of that is rational?

    May 24, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  351. raf

    Everyone will probably get on HoustonRocks' case but he has a point. People are saying the polar bears, dharma and the numbers etc were explained. Then they go on to talk like the island was real (gov't , hippies, experimets etc) but the last season kinda of threw "the island is real" (I mean really real) out the window. So yeah Lost brought the final season to a great finale with yes a good share of cheap emotional stuff (along the lines of how they sing emotion, emo songs after cop shows.) But did the final season and finale support the direction of the rest of the show ... I think not (OK you can throw your stones now).

    May 24, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  352. brom

    they died in the crash but they got like a second chance to do the right thing, to do something good cuz a lot of them did something wrong in the real world. the island was like limbo, purgatory what ever u want to call it. jacob was like God and the man in black like lucifer first he was good but they he turn bad, jacob's fault yeah. the man in black wanted them to fail to go to hell but jacob give them the choice to do the right thing and go to heaven.

    May 24, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  353. HoustonRocks

    woody, a Lost prequel? If there is money to be made it will be done.

    May 24, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  354. woody

    They needed to do an Egyptian episode so we could see where the island powers came from. That would have been cool.

    The lighthouse was a big dissapointment just kind of thrown in there to explain how Jacob traveled.

    Charles Whitmore's death was dissappointing . This guy had everything planned out only to stumble onto to smoky haphazardly.

    Maybe we could have seen Hurley doing Jacobs job explaining all these island Gadjets. Donkey wheel. etc

    Theres so much more. They really needed a full season to do it right.

    May 24, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  355. quincy 2020

    Todd you are right but too much $$$ involved...to be continued...for sure!

    May 24, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  356. Eric

    "Lost" is like religion – you take whatever you want out of it. While I understand the desire to believe that many passengers survived the crash of Oceanic 815 on a magical island, I prefer to believe the more rational explanation: they all died in the crash (isn't that what usually happens when a plane crashes?); their souls wouldn't let go, thus the trials and tribulations (all hallucinatory) that follow.

    May 24, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  357. Smokey

    Let's be honest - there were two many commercial breaks for anyone to conclude that this was great tv. It was insulting. Add to that the amount of screen time wasted on the same flashbacks shown in the TWO-HOUR we so great and we're going to show you everything preview, and the last half hour or so of just standing around. What happened last night? Not much of anything. Jack, Lock, Hurley, Ben and Desmond walk to the light without anything remotely interesting happening. Desmond removes the plug and the Island starts imploding - who couldn't see that coming. The one remotely interesting storyline was Locke becoming mortal - did they do anything with it? No. It was as anti-climactic as Widmore's death.

    May 24, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  358. HoustonRocks

    Benny, the Island wasn't real, it's all a TV show. No great philosophical lessons except the quest for the almighty dollar. It worked too.

    May 24, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  359. OnceMas

    Excellent!

    That last scene where Vincent laid down next to Jack was one of the most emotionally drawing things I've ever witnessed. I bawled my eyes out. Great show!!

    May 24, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  360. Todd

    Great show. Great ending, but I'm glad its over. I began getting bored with it last season. PLEASE<<< no spinoffs or movies, just "let go" people!

    May 24, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  361. HoustonRocks

    I figured the ending was going to be Jack as the new Jacob and Locke as the new man in black sitting on the bench the same way Jacob and his brother had many times in the past. The eternal struggle between good and evil moves on to another generation. Instead the writers went for the tear-jerker "grey's anatomy" style ending so they can win an emmy and cash in on suckers.

    May 24, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  362. Benny

    allie – you're thinking of the ones that Richard, Miles, and Ben took to blow the plane before they found Lapedis. The explosives on the sub were the ones that Locke took off of the plane.

    And just one more time for everyone – the episode is up online. I assure you that you pick up a lot more the second time around, especially with the plane crash over the credits. It was not Lapedis's plane, and you could see the camp in the background. Sorry, but anyone thinking that the island was not real is really just choosing not to pay attention.

    May 24, 2010 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  363. Heather

    The ending was beautiful.....it made me emotional.

    May 24, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  364. Gayle

    I too believe the last plane crashed on takeoff. The footage was not the same as the original crash. Ben did not enter the church because he is now the new "jacob" in search for new candidates. He told Hurley there were "other better ways" to leave the island. I think eventually he made Ben the new Jacob and Hurley moved on

    May 24, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  365. Traci

    Did anyone else notice the church's stained glass window behind Jack's father? It had a Christian cross, a Jewish star of David, an Islamic star and crescent, and the Ohm symbol. I really loved that the producers wanted to illustrate spiritual diversity and convey that the path of "crossing over" comes from wherever your spiritual beliefs lie. Not from one religious belief specifically.

    May 24, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  366. no

    just no. people who think this was a good or fitting ending are suckers.

    you can't just introduce a new concept in the last season and say that's all it was ever about.

    It was nice seeing everyone again, but that's it.

    May 24, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  367. Dana

    If I remember correctly, Michael is the one who stayed back to defuse the bomb that eventually blew up the ship that Jin "died" on. And Christian showed up and said "Michael, you can go now". So he already let go and was redeemed for shooting the girls...

    May 24, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  368. kaci

    I missed the ending last nigh of Lost t, but this morning on a "news show, I saw the ending of a lifetime! Evangelina? woke up in bed with Bob Newhart, she turns over and says, "I had the strangest dream last night, and Bob just looks at her!!!!! I love it, take off from Bob's old last series. Perfect!

    May 24, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  369. Ian in EP

    To some of you naysayers claiming the "it never really happenned" argument, it seems that you are interpreting the show way too literally. Jack asked that same question ("Was any of it real?") to Christian in the last minutes of the episode...and the answer was that it was real. Now to many people, "real" = "alive", but the show is about more than life...it's also about death, and what's in between. Who knows what lies in those two realms, if they do exist...but if they did exist, and we were there, would it not be real to us?

    Each character's life before the island was tainted in some way, each one was lost before they ever crashed. The island seemed like the "in between" realm, maybe the last chance for the soul at finding redemption for a physical life that was not fully fulfilled.

    Each person's action on the island determined why some people were in the church, and some were not. Some people found redemption, and some did not. Michael being an example of someone who did not...as he specifically said he was stuck on the island, unable to move on...and he also asked that Hurley tell Libby that he was sorry. He knew why he was not moving on.

    I can go on and on, but my "real" time is limited.

    May 24, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  370. michaell1999

    Good catch on Hurley saying to Ben outside the church "You WERE a great Number 2."

    I thought that Jack would turn into the new man in black. He was in the light cave when the water was pouring in, he appeared outside the cave like the original man in black, Jack wore a black t-shirt.

    May 24, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  371. Mary

    Agree with poster "Jay", that as each one of them died they went on to exist in the sideways limbo world until the time that the last one (Jack) "let it go" and remembered the island and all of them. Time didn't matter, it could have been 100 or 1000 years from now, it was Jack's limbo existence holding them back from the light and passing over. I realized that was what was happening when Kate laughed at the thought of anyone being named "Christian Shephard"...but was Jack the Shephard or was his father? That I didn't get.

    May 24, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  372. grudging fan

    I've watched this show from day 1, and honestly there were a couple times early on where I could have taken it or left it, but I stuck with it because my wife liked it.

    Then came that moment where Charlie drowned in the underwater hatch and he held up his hand to show Desmond what he had written: "Not Penny's boat."

    Bam, I was hooked.

    Through the following seasons I slowly but surely became more attached to the characters, and while there were times when I was very impatient with the show (especially when it became apparent that not everything was going to be explained) yet I persevered; I couldn't leave all those characters just hanging, I felt like I knew them and cared about them.

    Last night's show was perfect for me. I actually got emotional at many of the flashbacks, and coming from me, that's saying something. Yeah a lot of stuff didn't get explained, but if you're the type that is disappointed because we don't know why the bird said "Hurley" or whatever then you totally missed the point of this show. Utterly missed the point.

    Now we know why the show was called Lost. They weren't simply lost on some island. They were like lost souls, trying to come to grips with their terrible pasts, trying to find peace. And they found it, eventually! Well, most of them. (I hope Michael can come around eventually, he wasn't all bad.)

    May 24, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  373. Lost_in_space

    The only point I got from watching the season finale of lost was that it made me want to shop at TARGET..

    May 24, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  374. HoustonRocks

    Hey Pete, your theory makes a lot of sense. No place for that here!

    May 24, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  375. flyboy 1960

    As a pilot, I can definitively say that you CANNOT back up an airplane on a beach, and you can't take off on rough ground. It was a fantasy! A FANTASY, I TELL YOU!!

    May 24, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  376. Jeryl Milw

    This was one of the best show ever!!!! For those who didn't like the show...you never really got it! Don't worry...the new season of Bachelorette is starting. :-) For the rest of us...I think I cried just as hard when Sawyer and Juliette conected as I did when Jack was with his father. Mathew Fox is a great actor and I hope to see him in more movies and on television. I will miss this show quite a bit....it was great to watch a program where you had to think and totally pay attention to everything!!! Also, it was great to read all the theories and I will miss some of the great posters who made comments on this site. Some not so much...a prime "candidate" is "I H8te Lost But I Used To Love It" You sir/madam, I will not miss! Have a great to all.

    May 24, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  377. CokeMonster

    Lost was not perfect and lame in some ways, but was the most entertaining non cartoon T.V series to date. I want more!! ! !

    May 24, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  378. Norm

    This show has been more amasing than anything I've ever seen on TV or in the movies or read in books. The emotional rollercoaster once you accepted the characters as family, was just outstanding. The moment I heard the roaring and saw the trees breaking in the jungle on the pilot, I was hooked. I've grown to love all of these ficticious people as though they were my family and can't tell you how many times this show has brought tears to my eyes. Even thinking about the final episode now makes me very emotional. I hope to see more from the makers of Lost in the future. It's been an awesome ride.

    May 24, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  379. Daisy

    HORRIBLE in EVERY WAY !!!

    May 24, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  380. No Fan

    I think that when the plane crashed we all died and we have been watching what we thought was a TV show for all these years !!! Ohhhh Nooooo we're all dead!

    May 24, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  381. Pete Galloway

    to follow up on my last entry: LOST is all about Jack's hallucination in a near death experience after which he eventually dies. No one else survived the crash! except perhaps the dog. My final comment if you dont believe it was all about Jack, how did Jack (in the state he was in)get out of that abyss where he was let into by a rope, to come out and walk through the fields – the same field – which is revealed at the beginning of the series he was in when the plane crashed? Everything turned out nicely in the end because that is how Jack wanted it to turn out in his mind! These people in the church with him were those whom he had either seen or had contact with on the plane and he gave them all the roles they played in his hallucination or near death state of mind.

    May 24, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  382. woody

    DID nobody see Jack start to turn into the Smokemonster when he recorked the island . How the hell could he have climbed that rope to get out of the pit to die in bamboo field.

    Black Smoke started rising from his body. Please some agree with me.

    Best commercial of the night Target pushing Smoke Alarms to Lost residents.

    May 24, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  383. ReginaM

    Yes, the scene with Jack and Vincent was a real tear-jerker.

    May 24, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  384. GBT

    I was lucky enough to be pulled into the ABC building in NYC (in 2004 I believe), to rate their upcoming new shows for the Fall. They gave me a free sub, chips, & drink; which I thought was the coolest part of the invite until I saw the pilot preview of LOST. I felt immediately connected to the show and sang it's praises to the review team and to my family when I got back to VA. From that point on, I've been a fan and an addict. So much so, that I dreaded Sunday night's finale. I didn't want it to end. How could it end when it's been such a success? How could it end with so much more story that could be told? I've not felt such a connection to a show or such heartbreak for a finale since MASH went off the air. It was the perfect finale. So smart, so intriguing, and so full of heart. I'm even sorta glad there were so many dang commercials because it gave my eyes a break from the tears. I love this show and I am so thankful for such a creative and intense ride over the last 6 seasons. It just may be the best show I have ever watched. Thanks ABC. You took TV to a whole new level.

    May 24, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  385. Tom

    I loved almost everything about Lost but not the end. The producers predicted it would not please everybody and so I wasn't surprised that I did not like it.
    To me it was more like peace, joy, and pancakes – now we are friends again and love each other. One cliché followed by another one. They surely answered a lot of questions but I found it lame: plug and unplug the cork, lots of rumbling, Smokey mortal and killed, problem resolved.
    The worst thing was the plane as I was wondering in previous episodes how unrealistic it was to get it off the ground. A quick fix with a screw driver, plier and duct tape – plane fixed. But the engines would have sucked in all the dirt and plant parts from the surrounding after they were turned on, stalled and died. The situation looked like a cartoon to me. To be honest I was under the impression of watching a soap opera.

    May 24, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  386. Nathan

    EPIC in EVERY WAY!!!!

    May 24, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  387. HoustonRocks

    The only ending of a series I can remember being worse was Seinfeld. At least Seinfeld, however, was a silly show about nothing so the end didn't matter.

    As for Lost what really happened is the writers/producers/director didn't expect it to be such a long-running success so they really had to wing it. Very incohesive plot. So many side-stories unanswered.

    They threw in all the tear jerking on purpose. That's for the weaker psyches. They'll watch, boo hoo, then claim it was the greatest ending ever. That's why the all the overly melodramatic sappy shows, like Grey's Anatomy, win so many Emmy's. Make simpletons cry and they'll forget the bad writing and lack of cohesion in the story.

    May 24, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  388. KellBell

    Loved it! I had to re-watch the last 5 minutes again. What was great, and how I knew that they didn't die on the original Oceanic 815 crash was seeing the shoe stuck on one of the bamboo shoots in the bamboo field. Genius! It was obviously worn and aged from being on the island for all that time. Thank goodness for Vincent staying with Jack. As for the wreckage shown on the beach, I don't think it was Lepidus and Co.'s plane. Just another fun tid-bit to ponder. I'll miss my fix of great characers!!

    May 24, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  389. quincy 2020

    An easy one word summery for all...ACCEPTANCE...

    May 24, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  390. allenvh

    Yep. That's one I have wanted to know. Were Jacob and his brother human? How long had they been there? How was Jacob able to get off and on the island to visit and touch people? How did Richard get off the island to go hire Juliet? What gave jacob and his brother longevity? Why did both jacob's mother and jacob both say something in latin while drinking the water, what did they say in latin. The 400-foot statue...who made it. I assume the egyptians, but when? How? Why?

    May 24, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  391. island hopper

    did they ever explain where the island went at the end of season 5 when it disappeared and the helicopter couldn't land with the Oceanic 6 in it?

    Was Shannen really Sayid's soul mate? What about Nadia?

    May 24, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  392. Kirby

    I have not seen or heard anything that would entise me to view Lost. I'm just glad it's over, now maybe we can have a more useful program in it's place. In my humble opinion, "reality" type programs have serve no useful purpose.

    May 24, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  393. really?

    if this was really a charector/relationship driven show, then why the giagantic need to "end the series". this was always plot driven...our intrigue of mysteries drove many of us to continue to watch.

    this finale was a cop out. and this flash-sideways piece was a waste of time and a destroyed the finale since they needed to spend half of it showing people touch each other. we spent years trying to figure out why walt was so special, enough for him to be kidnapped and tested. these guys just really didnt have a clue where they were taking this.

    ps dont tell yourself that those who are frustrated with the ending are not "intelligent" enough to get it. get over yourselves. im sorry you got left in the car when the writers drove the show off a cliff.

    May 24, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  394. Kim

    I LOVED the finale! I cried almost the entire last hour of the show. The reunion of the characters and the ending with Vincent were heart warming. Lots of questions still, but thats what made the show fun to watch. I love these characters and the finale gave their lives/stories closure. I hope someday there is another show on that is as great as LOST. I will miss it very much!

    May 24, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  395. Hmmmm

    I was going with the purgatory on the island...then began to be swayed into what most are posting. My problem with that theory is this: why woulnd't any of them immediately remember, or recognize their island cohabitants? why werent they immediately getting it? And why were they gathering all at once?

    May 24, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  396. gatorade08

    Did NO ONE notice the very last clip they showed. It was a plane crash, it makes me wonder, did the plane that Lupidis was flying crash?? Did it mean that another plane crashed??

    May 24, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  397. Jay

    Ok I have read alot of posts today and can't believe some people. If you all watched the 2 hrs before the series finally the Producers stated the finale is all about the characters and some people would not be happy with the ending. I for one understood the ending and when Jack went into the office where the casket was I saw the statues and crosses and stain glass windows and I knew. I felt so moved so many times with the finale and the series in general. The love that the characters had for each other and the way they all waited in their own purgatory til the final person passed on in their life to all finally be together was just amazing...You have to open your small little minds and interpret some things. To see that in the end they all come together for eternity with the people that meant the most to them in their lives. Isn't that what everyone wants? I know I would want to spend eternity with my loved ones. The numbers, Polar bears, dharma and all the other bits of the story were just that parts of the story.
    To close this I just want to say thank you to LOST, Cast, Crew and everyone that kept this show alive through everything. The writers strike, the 8 months layoff, the 10pm time slot...we lived through it all with you and I for one am so glad to have watched every minute. God Speed LOST...May you live in our hearts, memories and DVD players forever! Outta here Brotha!

    May 24, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  398. Barbara

    A truly Grand Finale. Farewell to the greatest show ever on television. I'll miss the friendships, adventure, romance, spirituality and FUN we all had on OUR island.

    May 24, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  399. Kevin

    alright enough already .... enough

    May 24, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  400. Tony T is stupid

    Tony T May 24th, 2010 2:12 pm ET

    "Yes! Maybe they lived another 50 years, maybe some died the next day. The point is that Christian Shepard said there is no "now" here. They are joined up when they were ready to move on. They chose to meet up in the form they did because that is how they all knew each other." A ton of assumptions there, wouldn't you think? So 50 years go by, but Ben still looks the same?"

    Gosh, you so don't get the ending. Ben is now the island's protector after Hurley. Ben is not dead yet, Ben doesn't age as the protector.

    "I am thinking there are a bunch of grade schoolers here. The same people that watched for 6 years, are happy with, it was all just a dream to get to heaven? I guess a ridiculously easy ending to call was not enough for me, with such a complicate show. BS ending, plain and simple. Are all of the others in the after-world, looking for people that they were crashed on an island with too?"

    It was not a dream to get to heaven. It was real life. The island was real. Get that through your head.

    If you are talking about the "others" from the first couple seasons, we are not shown they're ending because they were not the main characters. They do not have time to show us how everyone who ever set foot on the island ends up.

    May 24, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  401. Thomas

    Have you ever known anyone that was a habitual liar? That's what this show reminds me of. They made up so much crap, not even the writers had a way to straighten things out in the end. It was ridiculous from day one.

    May 24, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  402. allie

    benny – I thought the explosives locke put in the sub were the explosives from ben's private stash....

    May 24, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  403. Mike

    Worst ending to a series EVER! I watched every single episode and the writers/creators of LOST made the finale an over-written jumble of mass confusion. Why? Because they got so full of themselves, thinking that they are creative geniuses that they put way too much into it. They made, what could have been, clearly a simple conclusion that everyone could have enjoyed and cried at, a mess of before-thought, after-thought, sideways-thought, under-thought, etc. Question. Did anyone see the movie Funny Farm where Andy wrote his first novel and his wife bawled her eyes out because the storyline had so many flash forwards, flash backwards and flash sideways? That was my first, disappointed, conclusion to what could have been the perfect cap-stone on a wonderful series. Now I don't have one ounce of desire to purchase the DVD's. The ending ruined it for me. Sorry.

    May 24, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  404. Raz

    I really enjoyed the finale. The one thing that really sticks out is the line Jack had very early, "We either live together, or we die alone." I thought it was great that he didn't die alone. Vincent was right there beside him. It was a nice touch.

    May 24, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  405. Chaos

    >>>Why does everyone keep saying they were dead the whole time? THEY WERE NOT DEAD THE WHOLE TIME! They were meeting at the church because they all had the island in common! Everyone died at different times but there is no sense of time in the afterlife so they met at the chruch before they moved on to heaven! How is this so hard to see? Christian Shephard explained it! And the footage of the crash at the end was just an omage to the show! Like a shout out to the production crew! Some people are really stupid<<<

    Exactly.

    May 24, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  406. justatvshow

    you folks need to come back to the real story. Your own ...This is nothing more than a TV show, plane and simple. However it ends really means nothing to your life so quit waisting your time trying to figure it out. It's a *(&^(*&^ing TV show. Nothing more.........

    May 24, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  407. Deeba

    First off I resent the fact that people are assuming those of us less than impressed with cliche ridden finale didn't "understand" it. I was a devoted viewer of the show (saw many episodes more than once) and I completely understand the general concept. I did not expect the writers to resolve every mystery nor did I need a complete delineation of each side plot.

    What I did want and I think every viewer deserved was an original, intelligent ending that did not pander to the audience nor spend hours rehashing "best of" moments of the show. Seriously slow motion hugs of fan favorite characters in a church? That might be an appropriate ending for a soap opera such as "Passions" but not for a series with the scope of LOST.

    There were many thought provoking questions brought up by the series that were ignored in favor of the "feel good" moment. Those of us who have watched most classic sci-fi series, read novels, or even attended church have already seen this ending done multiple times. It's not that we don't understand it, we are bored by it. The end game is the only game in town for any fictional story and this one went out with a stagnant whimper rather than the explosion we would expect and frankly deserved for all the time put into watching this series for 6 seasons.

    Also, I am a fan of the ambiguous Sopranos ending, and if LOST had to the guts to really go crazy and make it completely random but interesting I could respect that more than what they decided to go with.

    May 24, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  408. bla bla

    To everyone who thinks that everyone died in the original crash:

    Are you saying that all of the characters developed deep and meaningful relationships on the few hours on the plane before they went down?

    The island was real. The flash sideways was not literally a flash side ways. People should stop calling it that.

    May 24, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  409. CamtheMan77

    I love how the pilot episode started with Jack opening his eye, and the first living creature he sees is Vincent, and in the last episode Vincent is laying beside Jack as he closes his eye. Very, very nice ending.

    May 24, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  410. Tony

    "Does anyone have thoughts about why Michael and Walt were not in the church? Just curious what others think."

    Michael's soul is still on the island, whispering to people, unable to let go (as seen when he talked to Hugo). Walt, well, the real life actor grew up a lot and likely wouldn't have been recognizable. The differences between a 12/13 year old and an 18/19 year old are pretty dramatic.

    May 24, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  411. Chuck

    A fantastic ending to a truly wonderful show. We will not see another LOST type show on network TV for many years if ever.
    The way all the characters reconnected to remember their lives on the island and their shared experience time line was masterful. Yes I believe the island was the reality and the parallel universe more of the dream. Lock getting up and walking immediately after spinal surgery and being in a wheelchair for a decade superbly illustrated Jack's belief he could fix anybody. Lock's comment "You don't have a son, Jack" was just perfect and brought home the fact that jack could not let go. Loved the meeting with Kate back at the concert. Ben not going in to the church was a very good statement that he was not redeemed, The empty coffin with Christian talking to Jack bring him to realize and accept his own death was masterful.
    No I do not think the plane with Lapides, Kate, Sawyer, Miles, and Claire crashed.
    Did not think Shannon was the best choice for Sayed. It should have been Nadia but then again she was never on the plane.
    Mr Ecko please come in wherever you are.
    Just an epic ending on so many levels.

    May 24, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  412. Chaos

    "I assumed that the plane Kate, Claire, Sawyer, Miles and the others crashed and they were killed by the foot of the statue. Did anyone else get that?"

    No. Because that was not what happened.

    May 24, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  413. Victor

    I give up.

    Apparently some people on this thread do not understand simple English. (Tony T that means you!!!!)

    May 24, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  414. To Deb

    Deb May 24th, 2010 2:11 pm ET

    Does anyone have thoughts about why Michael and Walt were not in the church? Just curious what others think.

    I think it was because they made it off the island and just haven't died yet or are not ready to "move on."

    May 24, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  415. Benny

    Walt wasn't there because the actor is too old. He was already pushing it in season 3 when they brought him back. As a result, I think that Michael was just written out too. But I would like to think it was because he had no desire for redemption after what he did to get off the island.

    And the plane wasn't rigged. Locke took the explosives and put them in the backpack on the sub, remember?

    May 24, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  416. DanLang85

    Why does everyone keep saying they were dead the whole time? THEY WERE NOT DEAD THE WHOLE TIME! They were meeting at the church because they all had the island in common! Everyone died at different times but there is no sense of time in the afterlife so they met at the chruch before they moved on to heaven! How is this so hard to see? Christian Shephard explained it! And the footage of the crash at the end was just an omage to the show! Like a shout out to the production crew! Some people are really stupid

    May 24, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  417. Trib Reader

    Love the show, watched since the beginning, etc etc. Here's my biggest issue: from the whole Jacob story we are led to believe that no one knows where the cave with the source light is. So, WHO are the skeletons that are in the cave!? When Desmond goes down there are clearly several human skeletons down there. Are they trying to imply that this whole "saving the island" story is cyclical?? And that the protector inevitably sacrifices him/herself to save the island? (With the exception of Jack, who got out of the cave.) Just curious....

    May 24, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  418. Mary

    I'm one of this show's biggest fans thank to Michael Emerson and Terry O' Quinn, I can't take my eyes off of them in every scene they're in. Two wonderful actors and I will miss them! And I'm so embarrassed that I never figured out the numbers added up to 108! Just one point that I forgot about, when Jack's childhood friend was getting beat up and the bully told him he could leave, he chose to stay and got beat up too, and when his father saw him, he told him not to try to be a hero because he didn't have it in him. Think it ties in with the end somehow in several ways. But I confess, I'm totally LOST – I like loose ends tied up neatly.

    May 24, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  419. khlost

    PS...not sure who asked it but Jack got washed up out of the light tunnel thing just like the MIB did...thats how he got into the bamboo forest to die...

    May 24, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  420. RJ

    Who built the statue? And was it really a statue of an Egyptian God? (Sobek? Taweret? Toth? Anubis? ).

    Other people were down there at the plug of the source – who were they?

    Lot's of interesting questions left.

    May 24, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  421. Seriously?

    Tony -

    Explain to me how he was BORN in the afterlife?

    It was part of Claire's journey.

    May 24, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  422. Victor

    If anyone who actually saw those last five minutes did not understand what Christian told Jack, they need to go back to grammar school. It was in plain english, easy to understand and not really all that complicated to process.

    May 24, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  423. Tony T

    "Yes! Maybe they lived another 50 years, maybe some died the next day. The point is that Christian Shepard said there is no "now" here. They are joined up when they were ready to move on. They chose to meet up in the form they did because that is how they all knew each other." A ton of assumptions there, wouldn't you think? So 50 years go by, but Ben still looks the same? I am thinking there are a bunch of grade schoolers here. The same people that watched for 6 years, are happy with, it was all just a dream to get to heaven? I guess a ridiculously easy ending to call was not enough for me, with such a complicate show. BS ending, plain and simple. Are all of the others in the after-world, looking for people that they were crashed on an island with too?

    May 24, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  424. JonGreystone

    thought the plane was rigged with explosives???

    May 24, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  425. Deb

    Does anyone have thoughts about why Michael and Walt were not in the church? Just curious what others think.

    May 24, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  426. always hated lost

    The most over hyped series comes to an end. I am so relieved.

    May 24, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  427. Joseph

    What a simple and complete message: Our lives are not so much about the issues and challenges in them, but about the people who share them and the love that evolves from them. Letting go, Jack realizes that in a moment when all who played a part in his life are togther and love permeates the church. The character's flash-sideways experieces were actually their lives passing before their eyes at moments when love was deeply evident and present.

    The producers got it right and the cast made it real. What more or better can be said of the production?

    May 24, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  428. Benny

    khlost, the camp was there. It was in the background in the second shot. Other than that, you are totally right.

    May 24, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  429. Barry

    Sounds like if you even miss one episode, you don't know what happening on the show thereafter. It’s hard to believe that Lost was one of the most expensive on television. I can hardly wait for the reruns…

    May 24, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  430. Bill K NY

    Was there really a plane crash? It could have all been part of Jack's "moving on" transition. The people in the church could have been people he had known in "real" life and they only played their particular parts in this fantasy. The characters not in the church were just figments of Jack's fantasy.

    May 24, 2010 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  431. khlost

    People! They did not die in the original crash!!! That does not even make a bit of sense! They all died at different times and they NEEDED each other to get redemption and "cross over" Don't let the last shot of the plane wreckage fool you...besides along with not camp or people walking around there were also NO bodies either...

    May 24, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  432. Victor

    You know, the script was pretty straight forward, The explanations give were clear. Why are so many people trying to read so much into this????

    May 24, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  433. Tony

    I am amazed at how many clueless fans there are. No wonder that so much of the current television programming is dumbed down drivel when it appears the average person can't grasp anything more complex than American Idol. People still thinking they all died in the initial crash when Christian comes right out and says they didn't.

    May 24, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  434. Anonymous

    What started out as a show about simple survival turned into a mystical, fantasical, science fiction mish-mash that was left open to a wide variety of interpretations, none of which are identical.

    The only ones who were not "Lost" at the end were the TV execs who capitaled on nearly $1M per 30 sec commercial as the show was streeeeeeeeeeetched an extra 30 mins. Anyone see the overnights yet?

    The ambiguity and uncertainly and lack of congrugency and continuity has not left me wanting the show. I am definitely not "Lost" without the show.

    Go 24!

    May 24, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  435. Victor

    RECAP:

    THE ISLAND WAS REAL. WHAT HAPPENED THERE REALLY HAPPENED.

    SIDEWAYS REALITY WAS A WAYSTATION TO THE AFTERLIFE.

    IF YOU DID NOT UNDERSTAND ANY OF THIS YOU ARE VERY DUMB.

    May 24, 2010 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  436. samso4328

    In the church, Christian tells Jack: "The most important part of your LIFE was the time you spent with these people." He also told him that some died before him and some would die long after him. They did not die in the plane crash.

    May 24, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  437. Victor

    People are trying to come up with way too many theories.

    Just enjoy the ending for what it was and learn to live with the unanswered mysteries.

    May 24, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  438. allenvh

    Here's how I see it. PART 3
    He got knocked forward before he had a chance to get his life in order. Everyone who got knocked forward in time – their lives were still a mess. When it got knocked back on track – the normal process of the island went back to normal. Hence – jack and the rest of them after the bomb went off – we started to see the parallel flashing, which is the way the island is supposed to work when groups or people who want to understand the power don't screw with it. But all of them during these parallels finally got their life in a place where they became trusting people who cared for one other (off the island) then the truth of thier fate was shown to them – by Hugo and Desmond – which it all started with Charlie by driving Desmond into the bay. That started the ball rolling. Desmond first went to hugo and from there everyone realized the truth.

    May 24, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  439. Jason King

    I'm okay with the ending but I have three problems with it:
    One: where was Lepidus, and Miles in the chapel
    Two: I am not happy with Jinn and sun abondoning their child
    Three: Why was Jack's son so glossed over in the end, I loved that he had a son, and I wished he would have been there in the end.

    O yeah: Jack should have lived past the island. Too many sacrificies by one man doesn't make any sense. Sawyer could have done what Jack needed to do, Hell, so could Ben.

    May 24, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  440. Barbara Borowy

    Loved it! But it was a show that should have been done with out the commercials. They really mess up a good show.

    Will miss LOST. Barb

    May 24, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  441. allenvh

    Here's how I see it. PART 2
    The Dharma group was just another group of people who decided to live there wanting to understand the place.
    Jacob and the Man in Black. Their mother had figured out the island. How – don't know – but they knew what the island was. Jacob basically tried to explain with the wine and the cork that there is a lot of power (God's power) in this island and what it does is meant to stay on the island. If not – well – even in the bible – the unleashed power of god can really mess up everything. That's why he needed someone always to protect it. The forward flashing was a result of people on the island messing with that dial and messing up what the island was intended to do. Like when we forward flash and see jack's life is a total mess with drugs.

    May 24, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  442. Yowster

    Answers to a couple of questions brought up:

    Why didn't the plane explode with the explosives Whitmore put on board? – The explosives were moved to the submarine.

    What about the island being underwater? – That was the beginning of the flash-sideways purgatory so it never really happened and the island was never really underwater.

    How did Jack get from the pit below the waterfall into the bamboo where he ultimately died? – I'm guessing that the magnetic properties of the island moved him.

    May 24, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  443. Bill K NY

    The show was a fantasy. Why seek answers in a fantasy? I watched it because I enjoyed it. I watched it for the “what’s going to happen next” factor. The only thing missing from the final scene was the Ghost Whisperer to cross Jack over.

    May 24, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  444. Tony T is stupid

    Tony T May 24th, 2010 1:53 pm ET

    "Tony, Aaron wasn't even born yet on the flight. Did you even watch the series, or are you just jumping now?" Benny, THAT THE POINT!!!! She was 8+ months pregnant. The plane crashes, BABY DIES INSIDE THE MOM, along tih everyone else. Why is it Aaron would be in the church otherwise? Did the baby make alot of special bonds in the 5 or 6 months he was on the island. Talk about dense people."

    Oh poor stupid Tony – You must be about 8 years old and not reading what everyone is telling you. Read slowly..... Aaron did not "dies inside the mom." (as you put it) Claire did not die in the crash. Not everyone died in the crash. Get over that thought and you might understand the rest. Until then, it is worthless to try to explain to a child.

    May 24, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  445. quincy 2020

    Another good google start for fans is tabula rasa, Read and learn.

    May 24, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  446. allenvh

    Here's how I see it. PART 1
    When God made the world, he also made this one special place that would allow for people who have unfinished business or are not people of faith, to find redemption before they pass on. The ones who died in the crash were people of faith and they went on to the afterlife. It allows for these dead people to bond with one another in order to learn to stop thinking they are all alone and learn to trust one another. The island uses it's electromagnetism in some way to connect to the people that get on the island into the real world when they figure out how. By the time they figure out how – they have at least learned to trust each other and to care for one another. Now – through the history of the island – there has obviously been those who figured out a few things about the island and tried to get there to study it. The others were one group, obviously a group of Egyptians did also a very long time ago. They built the statue thinking the island was possessed in some way. The Dharma initiative was one group who went there to study the island and it's properties. The others – including Richard Alpert were there to study why pregnant women always miscarry. Richard was wanting to find this out because he had obviously figured out how to get off and on the island – but knew something was strange with the place because of the smoke monster and his immortality. When he became one of the "others" he started to see over time pregnant women miscarry. He thought by organizing scientists to study that – he may get closer to understanding why he was an immortal. Charles Witmore got stranded there during the Korean war and discovered the island's magic, and he first met richard alpert. He tried to do everything he could after he left to get back to it.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  447. Daisy

    Nothing has been answered, you are all GUESSING, nothing was revealed in Season 6, NOTHING has been answered and NOTHING will be answered.....!!! IT'S OVER........

    May 24, 2010 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  448. Benny

    Tony, I'm sorry that you didn't get it. I really am. But some of us did, and we thought it was a perfect ending. But if you want to take the easy way out and tell yourself that it was all just a dream, go for it.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  449. khlost

    @ Lu...Penny and Desmond were there because they played a huge roll in the 815 survivors life on the island. How can you not include Desmond in Jacks redemption?? He was a key player and as for other members not present...my guess is they are in another place...like Hell maybe?? Michael was a murderer so my guess is he was unable to find redemption...

    May 24, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  450. Tony T is stupid

    "OK Genius, let us in on your pearl of wisdom, what was it? Did everyone die at the same moment as Jack."

    No!!!! Did you even listen to what Christian Shepard said in the room with the coffin? That was critical. Stop asking these questions if you didn't even watch the ending!

    "Did the people on the plane leaving the island live to be 90 or so, then went to the sideworlds to be with Jack, Locke et al, back to the same age as when they knew each other?"

    Yes! Maybe they lived another 50 years, maybe some died the next day. The point is that Christian Shepard said there is no "now" here. They are joined up when they were ready to move on. They chose to meet up in the form they did because that is how they all knew each other.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  451. Victor

    I'm not ashamed to say that I cried during three of the "let go" scenes (Sun and Jin, Julit and Sawyer, Charlie and Claire).

    I really didn't think Sayid was so madly in love with Shannon, but I'll let the creators have that one.

    I was feeling so bad for Jack in that last scene, thinking he was going to die all alone, and then that beautiful Vincent showed up and laid next to him as he closed his eyes. I just hope Rose and Bernard found him and gave him a proper burrial.

    All in all a good end. Still sucks that so many of them died (the only chosen ones to survive where Kate, Hurley and Sawyer) and we never really got an explanation of what they died for (JUST WHAT THE HELL IS THAT LIGHT ANYWAYS?).

    May 24, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  452. Tony T

    "Tony, Aaron wasn't even born yet on the flight. Did you even watch the series, or are you just jumping now?" Benny, THAT THE POINT!!!! She was 8+ months pregnant. The plane crashes, BABY DIES INSIDE THE MOM, along tih everyone else. Why is it Aaron would be in the church otherwise? Did the baby make alot of special bonds in the 5 or 6 months he was on the island. Talk about dense people.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  453. Benny

    Oh, and for the ending credits, I just watched again online. You COULD see the camp in the background, the plane WAS 815, and it was burned out and rusted. It was NOT the plane that left with Lapedis et. al., and it was NOT the untouched wreckage of 815 as if everyone died. The survivors were REAL; the island was REAL; and if you can't grasp that, then I understand you being annoyed about wasting 6 years. You missed the entire point of the show.

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  454. Cecil

    I got emotional over Jack's seeing his dad – I hope I can have that reunion with mine. Matt Fox is a great actor to get that out of me.

    At that point I realized I hated to see this show go – the story always kept me intrigued.

    Once 24 goes, I doubt I will ever devote any more time to another show because Lost and 24 was all I watched, since NYPD Blue went off.

    It was a good ending – maybe not perfect, but I'll take it.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  455. doggies

    Wouldn't you like to have spent more time in the church, seeing who was actually there? (And who wasn't?) I wanted to freeze frame the camera scanning.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  456. Phil

    @Tony T: You must not have watched the part where Christian was explaining to Jack what happened and where they were. They didn't all die in the plane crash. Everything that happened on the island happened to them while they were alive.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  457. Brett

    The plane carrying the last group off the island did not crash. They lived their lives off the island. Christian said there was no time there in their 'purgatory' state. Everyone dies. He said that some died before Jack, some died long after him. But eventually they all got there. That's why Kate said she had missed him so much – she lived a full life without him back in the real world. That's why Hurley and Ben congratulated each other – they had lived out their lives protecting the island. Jack's sacrifice and Desmond's work killed Smoky and helped them go free, and they all met up again "later."

    May 24, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  458. semi lost fan

    Ben – not going in to the church.

    The "purgatory" flash sideways was the only existence in which Ben was a normal person. It was the only joy he had known. He was a mentor to his "daughter" and her mother. He was enjoying being a teacher. He was not ready to leave that happiness for "what ever" was next. I think he just wanted to stay a while and enjoy the dream.

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  459. Justin

    @Tony T

    They died when they died on the Island. The Island was real. Christian Shepard answered Jack, saying "It was all real." And Jack asked if everyone else had died... Christian said "Some of them before you, some of them long after you. Those that made it off the island lived out their lives and died back in civilization.

    Christian said "There is no 'now' here", because time is skewed in the Sideways/Purgatory world. Hurly (who could have lived for thousands of years as the island's protector) was living in the same Purgatory/Afterlife as Liby. In Sideways/Purgatory.

    The island stuff all happened. The Sideways/Purgatory is what happened after everyone who had become a part of that family had died, some of whom died well after the events of the island.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  460. LG

    I love that it was ambiguous enough that we still have different interpretations that each can work.

    I think they died in the original crash and maybe the island AND the flash sideways were both places to work out their issues on different levels.
    As for some dying before or after others. Some like Penny weren't on the plane/island, but Desmond would wait for her (tho he wasn't on the original plane either, hmm?).
    If they all died in the original crash, some would still die first... 50 years or a billionth of a second is all pretty much the same compared to eternity.

    Once you get into metaphysics "real" is subject to interpretation as well. Reality is probably much stranger than we know, and I'm not claiming to understand – I just enjoy kicking around ideas.

    So I understand completely why you think they survived the crash, I just prefer to think they didn't and the writers wrote a script which can be taken different ways – which is what makes it fun. I love seeing the different interpretations even if I don't agree with them. It's cool that we can take so many different meanings away.

    P.S.I took Ben's reluctance to enter the church as him still needing to work through guilt over his actions and being a dog lover I was irritated about Vincent not being in the church.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
  461. TE

    Ashley: Just an FYI...the numbers are coordinates on the lighthouse dial which point the mirrors towards the candidates.

    The finale was perfect. Like a metaphor for the questions we have of life and religion, every answer begs a new question. We just can't have all the answers and don’t really NEED to know them all to appreciate your time on whatever “island” you live on. We question the island’s origins and drill for answers almost as well as we question our own origins.

    I loved, that LOST ended up being a lesson in humanity and not just: "what is the island" or "what about this or that". I’m so happy I got to be "surprised" one last time about what we were really learning. To the last frame, as it ended the way it started, it sent a message of being at peace not knowing all the answers, making sure to live life and love, have faith (in whatever way you need to), remember one another, find comfort even in death...and a lesson in dogs: they really are “man’s best friend”.

    Brilliant. Thanks for the ride!

    May 24, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  462. quincy 2020

    It's great, like it or not it is a well constructed and well thought out story that we have not even come close to experiencing the end of, and we never will. Bring on the motion picture series then they will really begin to unfold all of the unexplained sub-plot answers in the story. Brilliant to have the museum of natural history meeting crop up as it keeps alive the science vs. faith line. With time travel and afterlife you can go almost anywhere with the story...trust me on this one, to be continued!!! One thing even the folks who don't like this show can't argue with, its a great cast of intriguing characters. Only the beginning of a long running epic story. Another thing is people should pay attention to real science and history, google some of the characters, ie John Locke, to see who they were in real life...then you will see that this is no ordinary show, well researched and one for the ages...do your homework and open up your minds!!!

    May 24, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  463. Tony T is stupid

    Tony T May 24th, 2010 1:40 pm ET

    J Kon: Why am I an idiot? Cause I have a mind?

    No you don't.

    Caused I didn't fall for all the kissy kissy BS. Cause the writers finished off a complex story, with "it never really happened?"

    IT DID REALLY HAPPEN STUPID!

    Why was Desmond in the church? HE wasn't on the flight.

    Desmond is in the church because he died EVENTUALLY and had a life with the other people from the plane. Christian Shepard said to Jack, "some died before you, some after." Desmond died later. Just because Desmond wasn't on the plane doesn't mean he couldn't be there. In fact you just nixed your whole theory about "they all died in the crash" by asking why was Desmond there. Because he wasn't on the plane and people on the plane didn't die in the crash!!!!!

    Why wasn't miles, he wasn't on the flight?

    Same thing!

    May 24, 2010 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  464. Gene

    I can not think of a television program that I disliked more. My only regret is that I wasted the time watching it. I hope that I learned from my foolishness.

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  465. Namaste

    I thought the ending was a cheap way out.
    It was all just a dream......
    Everyone who knows some basics in dramatic
    writing would agree the writes caved in to a lack of imagination.
    I also hated that the writers was pandering to religious people.
    A cheap way of securing some fan base.
    The writers clearly lost their way and couldn't follow up
    on their fantastic first season.
    The show started out great and got progressively worse
    until culminating with a tacky ending.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  466. Benny

    Tony, Aaron wasn't even born yet on the flight. Did you even watch the series, or are you just jumping now? I understand that Lost was not for everyone, especially not for people who don;t like to think and watch TV at the same time, but how dense can you be?

    The writers took season 6 to explain EVERYTHING about the characters if you were just paying attention. No, we don't know what the island ultimately was or why it had supernatural powers, but we don't need to. Lost was a character drama; the island was just a backdrop. It will be remembered for years as the last great television series, not because the writers gave you a scooby-doo ending, but because they didn't.

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  467. Agnessa

    My take: they weren't dead on the island. I don't understand how you could say they were. It was pretty much established that the island was real and all the events were real. All the characters had to find each other in the afterlife to get closure and move on. They all died at different times, on the island and off the island. Some got off the island, some did not. Some died on the island, some did not, but they were all reunited at the end. All the characters in the church were dead at that point, but reunited with the ones who meant the world to them. For all we know, it could have been 100+ years since the island, but they did finally come together.

    Ben can't move on until Alex "remembers" and moves on with him. She's his love. He's waiting until she's ready – and he can ask her to forgive him and they can move on together. Michael is stuck on the island forever in spirit (this was explained already) as his "sins" exceed what he can atone for. Walt wasn't there, because his connection was his dad and his dad will never move on. The other characters who weren't in the church obviously have other oats to sow before they can move on. Locke could move on once he remembered and once he forgave Ben.

    The whole finale was fantastic. As a fan who has watched this show since the very first episode, I was moved to tears and I am still reliving the finale today. I kept replaying it in my head last night while trying to fall asleep too. :)

    Oh, and to the person who complained about Sayid ending up with Shannon – that was obviously THE great love that was meant for him. Yes, he was in love with Nadia, but he wasn't meant to be with her even in the afterlife. She was married to his brother. They loved each other, but they weren't "it" to one another. Sayid's great love was Shannon.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  468. Lu

    i love chris' comment...so true chris, so true..such disappointment lol

    May 24, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  469. Bubba-J

    To all asking "How did the island move" and complaining about that question and others not being answered. You probably watch "Spiderman" and NEVER question how the dude can shoot webs out of his hands strong enough to swing across a speeding train.

    It was a great show that was over your head if THOSE are the questions you ask you can only understand the direct, linear, and tangible but you cannot understand the conceptual...what the series was really about.

    The movie SIGNS is a prime example. If you believe that movie was about an alien invasion, you won't like it OR Lost. If you see that Signs was a n epic about faith lost and regained, then you would get LOST.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  470. Dave JB

    Ha...DanLang85 said it best there. Seriously people, you need to go back and watch the show again and PAY ATTENTION. Most of you have NO clue.
    I will say the writers set themselves up for trouble when they decided on who would/would not be in the church. You can argue points on that mess all day.
    The rest was well done though. If you have problems with the bigger mysteries of the island then tough luck. If you want to fault the writers then fine....but the series was bigger than the island.
    I'm also amazed at how many people can't grasp the concept of science fiction/fantasy.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  471. Cindy

    Initially, I too thought that everyone died in the initial crash (as evidenced by the stark final shots of the wreckage, with no camp in site), and that the Island was purgatory, with the Sideways being an extension of that: with each person's personal epiphany, the two come together for that person and they can "let go". But Sun saw her own drowning death with Jin, so does that mean, as someone else mentioned, that she died pregnant after all? That there was no "Ji Yeon" for Jin to go home to? Liked the idea that the church was also a place for the living to "let go of the dead", which explains the presence of Penny. Unless time is relative and by the time they welcome Jack, they have at that point all died sooner (on the island) or later (Hurley, Kate, Sawyer, Miles, etc.). Sad that Ben didn't go in . Does that mean he's not ready. Or is he finally the sole Protector. The women in his life weren't there either, Rouseau, Alex? Harold P.(Michael) told Jimmie K that he wan't there because he's still stuck on the island with the rest of the whispering voices.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  472. Mark 5

    Dumb show, dumb story line, dumb ending.Cliff hanger after cliff hanger that never really got resolved. Good acting and good scenes but the show was incoherent and poorly written. I think the writers made it up as they went along. It is too bad because the characters were likeable and we could all identify with them because of their weaknesses and strenghts and faults. But really, the audience got strung along for the entire run of the show without really understanding what was happening. Perhaps that was the point of the show, to keep us in the dark and guessing all the time. The flashbacks got a little tiring too as did all the repeat episodes to try and stretch it out. The only memorable thing for me was all the great acting and the characters. But the story itself was stupid and so was the ending. Are we all now suppose to believe that every time a plane goes down the people killed are all running around on a island in a state of confusion with multiple mysterious things happening to them as though they are still alive? Give me a break.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  473. Tony T

    "Aaron made it off the island and lived his life as he wished." - YOU ARE TRULY STUPID. So Aaron choose to come back as an infant to go the the next life????? You can't be that dumb.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  474. Tony T

    "I'd say roughly 3% of you got it. The island was NOT PURGATORY. They DID NOT DIE in the plane crash. It was NOT A DREAM." OK Genius, let us in on your pearl of wisdom, what was it? Did everyone die at the same moment as Jack. Did the people on the plane leaving the island live to be 90 or so, then went to the sideworlds to be with Jack, Locke et al, back to the same age as when they knew each other? Why is Aaron a dead infant in the church if they all didn't die in the origanl crash? If they had survived, Aaron would be with his Grandmom in Autrailia. Love you know it alls that miss the obvious stuff.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  475. cnickthomas

    I was so disappointed in the finale. I've been a "Lost" fan since the beginning. I'm an atheist. I do not believe in an afterlife, heaven (reward) or hell (punishment), much less a purgatory (waiting room)! All you religious people ought to be very happy with this ending; it feeds right into the Christian theology narrative. And in so doing makes my stomach turn. I'm not going to analyze this ending. I'll let you draw your own conclusions. But I for one dismiss this finale as the weakest of story lines available to the writers of this show. Not very imaginative at all and not up to the wonderful story telling up to this point. I hope one day a theatrical version will be released with the kind of ending that will do all the wonderful characters of "Lost" justice. I'm so sorry it had to end this way.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  476. Tony T is stupid

    Tony T – Aaron made it off the island and lived his life as he wished. As Christian Shepard explained, there is no "now" in this place. It is their own "heaven" and thus Claire started hers how she wanted, with a newborn son that she did not get to experience in real life. Aaron died eventually in real life and can now be with Claire in this place.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  477. better show

    you guys want to watch a show that is actually good watch Dr. Who, the origional or remake. The show is much better than this one and has many of the same plots, and does not end with the fact that half the characters have been dead since the first episode.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  478. Chris

    So are black people not in the afterlife? Michael and Walt? Mr. Echo? Whittmore's tall bald and black henchman?

    May 24, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  479. Cat

    Once again I was not dissapointed. I loved every minute of last nights show. I love how it ended it was the only way it could have ended. I am just sad the journey is over.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  480. Allie

    I just need someone to explain to me the purpose of "Ben" not going in to the church. He stayed outside. Could this be a lead in for a sequel one day or am I way off course.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  481. Daisy

    Just about every comment here is SOMEONE's GUESS !!!!
    NOTHING WAS ANSWERED OR EXPLAINED....it's your guess they were dead, and another GUESS they flash sidewasy was purgatory and someone else's GUESS, blah blah blah
    HORRIBLE SHOW, HORRIBLE ENDING, HORRIBLE WAST OF TIME ~!!!!@@@#

    May 24, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  482. Janet

    I didn't watch this series since I have a life. But I guess people who are single with fair paying jobs and no social life enjoy these serials.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  483. Tony T

    J Kon: Why am I an idiot? Cause I have a mind? Caused I didn't fall for all the kissy kissy BS. Cause the writers finished off a complex story, with "it never really happened?" Why was Desmond in the church? HE wasn't on the flight. Why wasn't miles, he wasn't on the flight? Ending was horrible, if you believed that the island really had powers.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  484. Thomas

    Total waste of time. I hated it. They owe me $3,969.00 for those wasted hours of my life.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  485. Amy Lynn

    Loved the finale but am left with two nagging questions:

    1) What was the significance of the shoe in the bamboo forest?

    2) Do you think the island's light source, and the water surrounding it, was the location of the temple? The same water that Sayid fell into when he came back to life?

    Help me out!

    May 24, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  486. Dan

    After reading the majority of the comments here, I'm embarrassed to say I love the same show as you people. You people are so dense.

    I'd say roughly 3% of you got it. The island was NOT PURGATORY. They DID NOT DIE in the plane crash. It was NOT A DREAM.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  487. Lopaisate

    @IH8ate: Dude I think you've watched a few too many episodes of Stargate Atlantis because your "ending' is basically the entire premise of that show. Nice job plagiarizing.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  488. Lu

    Okay. Let's Go:

    1. Tear jerker? = yes.

    2. BUTTTT Is that all?! It was such a quick way out. For so many years, one has tried to make sense of it all...We all had thought it was "purgatory" from the beginning. And the writers reported that there was much more to that.

    Seriously, to finally end up as "they have all been dead" as the answer...then what the hell does everything that happened mean?! Where does it put Dharma? Charles Whitmore? Frenchie? Where does it put the rest of the people that were later introduced in the seasons 2-6?! That's just wayyy too much information and detail to eventually just summarize it as something they created in order to finally make it to the "light".

    And where are the rest of the members of the Oceanic flight that we got to know in the beginning and were eventually killed off? How come they weren't there in the end with the rest of them? and how come Penny and Desmond were there? I mean, 1. Desmond wasnt on that plane so....why is he there? And if thats the case for non-plane members...then why didnt others join this group? And Penny?? did she even die? She never made it to the island..but yet she was there beside Desmond. So why wasn't Sayid's long-lost love there?

    Yes many questions were answered. But many questions remained unanswered...and many were unfortunately at the end, sparked. From a 1-10. ten being the highest- i would rank the ending a 4.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  489. Justin

    The Church Ending =/= The Answers You're Looking For
    The Church Ending =/= The End of the Story

    The end of the story you've been watching for 6 years:
    1) The plane Leaves with Leopidas, Richard, Miles, Kate, Sawyer, and Claire
    2) Hurly becomes the islands guardian, Ben stays on as #2
    3) Jack dies after saving the island and killing Smokey

    The Church Ending is a metaphysical epilogue to give the characters their happy ending. It is set apart from everything else that happened. It was not intended to be the answer for everything, it was an "In addition" ending so that everyone who watched can have some closure that those that sacrificed themselves did not do so in vain.

    The one big question that remains: What is the Source?
    My answer, come up with your best 50 guesses and the Source is all of the above.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  490. Matt (2)

    Ok I get it now, it took me reading this blog, and thinking about it all night and today. When you look at the deeper issues and piece it all together its a beautiful story and an ending that we all wish to have someday. Eternity with the ones we love. If that's even possible... again nice "story"...

    May 24, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  491. Chelle

    @ Woody ... nope you cleared it up for me :) Im obviously an off and on viewer ... and I just remembered some getting off the island earlier ... didnt know they had gone back ... Oh well ... atleast I understand the crash really happened part :)

    May 24, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  492. David

    Almost every time I watched a Lost episode I had the uneasy feeling by the ending that we are all on the Island together. We all got sucked into the mysteries of numbers and temples and lists and rules that just distracted us enough to let the real thing seep in. Like any good story what mattered in the end was that we cared about these people and we are glad that they ended up OK. If we could learn to care about each other as much as we cared about these characters in a story – maybe we learned something of value.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  493. Tony T

    "Seriously.. if any of you who are still confused about the island being real, watch the last 10 minutes of the finale. It is 100% explained if you listened. The Island and everything that happened on it was REAL! " Expalin Aaron being a dead infant in the church at the end, if they all did not die on the original crash??? The island and everything that happened there was imagined, easy story to write. They got in to deep, could not possibly untangle their mess so they punted.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  494. Christopher

    Kudos to the writers, the players, and the production team for their tremendous success at engaging the couch potatoes into such a sophisticated television drama and story nevertheless that brings our reason for being and our inherent goodness to the forefront in the midst of all of our modern day struggles.

    I found the message to be quite simple and profound.

    Life and beyond is complicated but one thing is for sure – the people we meet, the relationships we build, and the foregiveness along the way is what makes it so rewarding.

    Now, I'm ashamed to admit that I did not see one episode until last night. Forgive me. Regardless, I hope that my insight helps you move on!

    May 24, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  495. J Kon

    "Whatever" and "Tony T" you are idiots

    May 24, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  496. interesting question

    I loved lost the whole way. I wonder though how Jack, Sayid, Kim, Sun, etc are going to be in the same afterlife? While there were many signs of different religions, implying that they were all going to the same place is a little far fetched.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  497. Seriously?

    @The L – The author meant DESMOND was on the island. Not purgatory.

    Seriously.. if any of you who are still confused about the island being real, watch the last 10 minutes of the finale. It is 100% explained if you listened. The Island and everything that happened on it was REAL! REAL!!!! The flash sideways that everyone was whining about (saying the writers added it to kill time) was the afterlife and where everyone was reunited in their own deaths.

    THE SURVIVORS LIVED! IT WAS ALL REAL EXCEPT THE FLASH SIDEWAYS!!!!!

    You people complain about answers, and the writers SPELL OUT those answers for you, in plain English, and you STILL don't get it?! Are you serious?!

    May 24, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  498. Chris

    It seems that what happened on the island was real. The "flash-sideways" was actually a "flash-forward" purgatory that started as soon as Jack closed his eyes (died) near the end of the final episode on the island. As a side note, the start of the first season has jack opening his eyes.

    The detonation of the atomic bomb and the start of the "flash-sideways" are unrelated. The producers tried to throw us off yet again. The atomic bomb simply brought everyone back to the same timeline.

    In purgatory they all help each other acknowledge their "love" for one another that allows them to let go of their tormented lives and move into the afterlife.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  499. I H8te Lost But I Used To Love It

    Hey guys! I was just kidding around. I loved this show from the initial plane crash scene to the final closing of Jack's eye when it was all said and done.

    I was just messing with you all this time.

    The finale was pure brilliance. Thanks for the good times, everyone.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  500. Tony T

    Dispappointed at the very end. Horrible easy way out. The island was the story along with the characters. How did the island move? Why did John go back to bring everyone back if they were all already dead? They all died in the original plane crash. Aaron was an infant in the church meaning he died inside of Claire when the plane went down. Never expalined the time travelling either. And if they all died when the plane went down, they would have never have met Juliet, Miles, Desmond etc. Horrible short cut ending that invalidates the entire 6 years of a great show.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  501. whatever

    ..................STOP THE NUISANCE...................

    All this morning, one after another, the enlighted ones are joining in ..and saying that it was a great ending(bcz of WHAT...hugs,kisses, teras?? give me a break)

    and then EACH enlightened one posts his own version of what lost is about WHICH is in contradiction with the previous enlighted one's INTERPRETATION..

    so basicallu, every one belives in their own version of the interpretation and self awards a "thinker" certificate..

    WHAT U THINK IS IRRELEVANT..we dont six seasons of prime time TV for that...everybody has opinion..

    WHAT THE WRITERS intended by creating the plot, characters..STILL NO ANSWER...

    THE FINAL SUCKED...

    May 24, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  502. JoLong

    Are you kidding me everyone? really? That finale was awful!!! I could not believe that such an amazing, addicting show could end so poorly. What exactly was the island?? what were they protecting?? golden light that turned you into a smoke monster! come on! And you just plug it back up and its fixed?! Crap.

    What did widmore want with the island anyways? keep the man in black on the island, why? What woulda happened if the guy in black did get off the island? Evil would swallow the world, doubtful, before he was the smoke monster he just wanted to leave, whos to even say that changed. He probably just wanted to get off that island, just like everyone else.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  503. Matt

    Now, I get it. Insane Sociopath Fake Mother was forced to leave Idiot Inept Son to protect the Mystical End of the World Plug instead of the Favored Special Smart Nameless Brother turned Powerful Guardian Angsty Smoke Monster. Idiot inept Son gets tired of protecting Magical Stream That Runs Through It to Mystical End of the World Plug, so he brings Lost Souls to the Wonderful Island of Oz to be his Stop My Smart Brother From Leaving the Island So I Can Leave The Island candidates. A prolonged episode of Survivor "The Time Traveling Island" series ensues, where Son of the Shepherd, Savior of Island-kind loses the Final Immunity Challenge allowing Chubby No One Thought That Guy Would Survive on this Island This Long to win the 156 million dollar grand prize. Strangely, Russell, yet again, is forced to take second place, winning a third Fan Favorite prize, but still not comfortable at the After Limbo Party where everyone he kicked off the Island and stabbed in the back are hugging it out.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  504. woody

    @Chelle : What are you referencing? Jack and Hurley both made it off the island in season 4 and came back to eventually become protectors of the light.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  505. Chemist

    I think the writters for the show were LOST!! Series finale and....more questions than answers!!! Lame! In that last scene, Jack asks the clearest questions we could hope for, and we get the most cryptic answers in return. BOOOO!! What was so special about Desmond that he could pull a rock out of the ground but needs Jack to put it back. I know he's the protector of the island, so that allows him to pick up a rock??
    Way to open ended...what happened to having an ending with answers. You don't have to sew everything together for the perfect ending, hell, we knew that wasn't going to be possible for this show, but just too many questions and "upto the imagination". All we really know is they died...eventually. 1.5 hours of an episode and an hour of commericials were not worth it. After however many years this show was on...WE ALL deserve more answers. Besides, if I understood the ending, maybe I'd go back and watch some old episodes...but after last night, there is no desire to watch any episodes of LOST....good riddance!!!

    PS: Yes its a little apple to oranges, but i GUARANTEE 24 SERIES FINALE will be better than LOST'S

    May 24, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  506. KiwiPierre

    The finale was okay for me. I absolutely loved the show. I suppose it is a question of "science" versus "faith" and I was a little disappointed by the "religious" overtones with the afterlife and all. I would have loved more exploration into Dharma, polar bears, properties of the island, time travel, etc. So, I think the ending will fully satisfy the faithful, but not so much the scientific.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  507. Stive

    Never watched this show until last night's finale. But after 20 minutes we switched channels to the new Agatha Christie series on Mystery (PBS). So, the question is, what the hell am I doing here? We never watch '24' either but will give it a look tonight. Maybe we'll last more than 20 minutes, depending on the writing. But why am I telling You this?? Does anyone actually read these things???

    May 24, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  508. SalemCat

    The characters did not die when the Hydrogen Bomb exploded; they were simply thrown ahead 30 years forward into the Present Day.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  509. Scott

    Heirlines – They did not die in the crash. The producers specifically told us so. Think before you write.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  510. sealchan

    The whole series is a kind of purgatory but there isn't necessarily any specific place where you can say "this is what really happened". So the idea that people died and then spent time coming to terms with their moving on from their mortal coil is a good, close approximation but not the final best way to explain the show.

    The series artfully collapsed any kind of grounding in real vs other reality into an ambiguous whole such that you can choose whether there was or was not a plane crash or that both occurred. Like Desmond said, "it doesn't matter what happens". Same point is made in how the church isn't in time. The whole series is contained in a mystical eternity. I think that Jack laying on the ground dying and seeing the airplane flying overhead was a kind of humorous paradox meant to shatter all the efforts the audience would have been making throughout the series (just as I did) waiting for the explanatory, linear explanation that so many question-list keepers may have thought they wanted...when really there was never meant to be one.

    If you don't buy into that then you probably will be much less satisfied with the series. If "Lost" had ended with a linear, explanatory finish then it wouldn't have been as deep a spiritual metaphor/experience.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  511. Jim

    I thought the Target commercials with LOST undertones were funny. :)

    May 24, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  512. ron gilman

    I was fine last nite , but this morning thought what happend with the plane escape miles lapidus richard claire and kate all left on the plane , claire and kate and sawyer were in the chruch but did they live seperate lives and how did the get to the chruch , was the escape from island real , somone explain????

    May 24, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  513. El Ponderado

    Not happy with the wimp'd out ending. I can't imagine that a good action movie or novel with a "and they all died and went to heaven and lived happily ever after" ending would have this many happy fans. Don't get it.

    I'm fine with the few unanswered questions and I do get that it was nice to see the couples together and I did tear up a bit, but where's the victory in it? Where's the glory? Where's the island's meaning?

    Great show though! Gunna miss-um! :)

    May 24, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  514. Joe

    I hate this show. Glad it is finally over. Peace!

    May 24, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  515. Sandra

    What happend to Michael and Mr. Ekko?

    May 24, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  516. Seriously?

    The plane at the end did not crash – the images were still images from the initial plane crash.

    The Island is NOT (I repeat, NOT) purgatory. Christian said to Jack, "Everything on the Island and everything you experienced is real" and that's why they all came together in the after-life, to be reunited with the people that impacted their lives (ie, people from the island).

    And it was beautiful. This was the best way imaginable for them to have ended the show. They showed us that what they couldn't do in life (everyone live happily ever after) they can accomplish in death.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  517. heirlines

    What a waste!
    Six years to find that they all died with the crash on the first episode! And everyone and everything portrayed thereafter was imaginary.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  518. TzuZooMom

    This was a nice and touching ending. Not everything in life is neatly wrapped up...there are a lot of loose ends. What I took away was that every one of our Losties, lived out their lives as they were designated to do so; Kate helping Claire with Aaron, Richard finally having an "endpoint" and Hurley and Ben being the co-protectors of the Island until their time came. Also, the Island is what remains mysterious...it was not Purgatory. Purgatory, if you will, was the side-ways timeline, played out until our Losties lived their lives and it was time for them to move on.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  519. Bubba-J

    Well, I'm in the camp of this is the best TV series of this lifetime.

    I enjoyed the show from the pure adventure standpoint (Most of these people hated the finale) and upon the second veiwing of each episode, I got it on the next level which is where the show really shines.

    Maybe I'm slow, but except for bringing Shannon back, a better ending could not have been done.

    A better utilization of the television medium for storytelling has never been done. Phenomenal!

    May 24, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  520. khlost

    My thought...they did NOT die in the first crash, they died when the bomb exploded that Juliette detonated...That’s why she said "it worked" then they were in "purgatory" AKA the sideways timeline until they came together to move on. That’s my take...the "island" was them finding redemption and learning to "live together or they would die alone..." That’s why Jacob said everything on the island was just progress...

    May 24, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  521. CJ

    LOVED IT! Only one thing was missing.... I totally thought the priest at the funeral should have been Mr. Eko! That would have been an awesome touch.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  522. Brought to you by.....

    The fact that they had a commercial break every 7 or 8 minutes destroyed it. It was way too obvious and "clean" . I love the show but the ending just didn't do it for me, even though yes I was glad to see the entire cast back together.

    But the line of the night had to go to Kate "Christian Sheppard???? Seriously?"

    May 24, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  523. SalemCat

    Every Religion I know of teaches that the character of our Afterlife depends on our performance here on Earth.

    Our Life on Earth is a Test, an experience in Redemption. We are intended to learn from this Life, to improve ourselves.

    In Lost's Final Moments, the people gathered in the Church had succeeded in this Challenge. They were clearly better people than than were before.

    Those who were absent had Lessons yet to learn. Some had not improved: Moments before his death from Smokey, Eko boasted he had no regrets – he should have ! Even in the Final Episode Ana Lucia was still taking bribes ! And unlike Sayid, I don't recall Michael ever showing remorse for his murders.

    Others, like Walt and Faraday, don't even realize where they are. Apparently in Lost's version of Purgatory one must become aware to be redeemed.

    And Ben still feels all too keenly the sins he committed in Life. He needs to stay behind in Purgatory and help others save themselves before he is ready to move on.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  524. Poisy

    Ok here's my take for those who didn't understand what the island was, what the light was etc and are frustrated cos of lack of answers.

    We all know that the light was something special, something each man has inside but always wants more, and the excess of which can easily kill.

    So what is this FOR YOU?

    For me this light is love, which each of us has inside, yet we still crave for more and too much love will kill you. Let's say in the finale Jack explain this to everyone.

    But perosnally for each viewer – will it be satisfactory? What if someone thinks the light is a source of life? Another thinks it's man's soul, and it seems as a Biblical enlightment for others. Will these others be satisfied? I don't think so! There's always be those unhappy, so why don't you just take all those heavy clues and USE YOUR IMAGINATION? What's so gard about it? Or if you want all answers – here, the CSI is still on air. So far.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  525. Kevin

    Great episode, but far, far, far too many commercials. They made such a big deal about extending the episode to two and a half hours, but obviously the only reason it was extended was so ABC could sell more advertising time. So many commercials really detracted from the flow of the story, but I'm sure the suits were more interested in their bottom line than the overall experience of the viewers that made this show a hit in the first place.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  526. hatesEVERYONE

    Ok, so the sideways world was purgetory and they all just waited for eachother there so they could blah blah blah. In that alternate universe they interacted with "real" people. Was the sideways world completely made up by them? There were a LOT of others there, where did they come from? Were they all just figments of their imaginations in purgetory?

    I loved the show, got totally hooked. Sometimes it seemed like things were "stretched" to fit, but overall really good. It's fiction, it's ok for some things to be far fetched. If we want real disaster, real suffering, there's plenty of news channels.

    I'm just a little bit "Lost" at the end of Lost. I've read a bunch of the posts, but even the writer of the article seems a little confused about the ending and meaning.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  527. Maria

    To I H8te Lost-You obviously didn't watch this season very closely b/c a lot of your questions were answered.

    Personally, I thought the finale was amazing and I cried like a baby at the conclusion. I thought everything came together nicely.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  528. The DH

    I love a show that creates this much discussion about how it ended. Like the endless discussions about world religions, nobody is right, and nobody is wrong.

    Loved that they ended with the same shot of Jack and his eye, as they did in the opening episode.

    The journey's the thing.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  529. AnnR

    The sideways storys were "what would have been if you had lived and gone on 815 to L.A.". Otherwise they are all dead. The island did kill everyone of them at one time or another, in one way or another. THe island was a way station between life and death and people had to atone for their sins and they were 'released' to join the others and move on. Loved the last shot – As it began 6 yrs ago. Jack and VIncent. THere will never be another show like it for decades and they we will all be gone.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  530. cherly

    okay. Andy, I think you make the most sense.
    That would explain why Penny was there at the end when I don't think she was ever on the island?
    I also think a lot of you need to ease up alittle. It is only a SHOW!

    May 24, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  531. The Dog

    Loved the wrap up for this show. To me, most everything was explained. The final scenes will haunt me for a long time. When Vincent cuddled up with Jack for his final moments just flat out made me cry, even after the show I still thought about it. Great acting and a great finish to my favorite show of all time.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  532. LCW

    i dont think Ben went to heaven, BEN did alot of awful things on the island ....
    i did like the finale, i hated that jack died, but i was happy that they all ended up with those that they loved ... also liked that jack didnt have to die alone...

    and some folks wondered why other characters werent there, they didnt have direct emotional connections with Jack, think about it everyone that was in that room, jack either saved their lives, helped them emotionally, or they touched his life ....

    May 24, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  533. Orlando Florida

    It sucked, and if you talk about things like this at the water cooler you need a better and higher paying job. They pulled this out of their a$$es and played a bunch of sappy music to make losers cry. They never explained what the island was or why there was an anubis statue or temple. They tried to go for the "character driven" plot but the characters sucked. Im looking forward to 24 tonight, they will have a much better series finale

    May 24, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  534. Gower

    I just hope Vincent did not end up eating Jack after he died.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  535. amy

    ...so...who's in charge of the Island "now"?? : )

    May 24, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  536. Jim

    Didn't the faux Locke (man in black) stash the plane with explosives? I'm pretty sure of that, so my assumption was that the plane blew up, and that's how those who were on the plane finally died. But I'm also guessing they chose not to let us see that, which was fine.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  537. Pete Galloway

    Actually u all did not get it. LOST was all about one man – Jack. In the initial plane crash they all died except Jack (and perhaps the dog). The island is Jack's imagination about how they could have survived in such a place and how he heroically saves the day. The cast in the church are those whom Jack met in one way or the other while on board the flight. He had roles for them in his mind and had to picture a parallel world that gave them the realities that would give meaning to his "hallucinations". Those not in the church such as Ben are those that Jack did not come in contact with on the plane but additional creations of his imagination to make the island story work in his mind. Jack the doctor is the hero, rallying around and saving some after the crash, being the chosen one, and who eventually saves the day ensuring that some eventually get off the island. Ever wonder how he got out of that abyss into daylight???? There was never an abyss, it was all in his mind. The scene at the end tells it all.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  538. Marlissa Goodman

    Amazing finale, there is so much to think about and definitely will have to watch the series again. I thought the wrecked plane at the end implied that Kate, Sawyer, Miles, Lapidus, Richard and Claire didn't 'make it off the island, which would make sense considering everyone "died" there or was still stuck there. Being open to interpretation was the best way to make it, to suite different people's beliefs.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  539. ElleinAZ

    I had never seen an episode of Lost until I watched what I believed the was pilot day before yesterday. Then, I made sure to watch the finale last night. It was touching, insightful, deep, and fun all at the same time.

    The story reminds me of Michael Newton's studies on life between lives and destiny of souls (look up if not familar with Newton's work) of where we have not only soul mates but people we reincarinate with as in groups for the purpose of support and learning. This place, Newton speaks of, is where we realize everything is going to be well and we recognize why we chose the lives and bodies that we do.

    The one thing that makes me connect Lost with Newton's material is the deep sense of peace and love the characters felt when they met AND that their souls can meet during our current lives because there is no time in this place.

    Very deep and moving.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  540. kathy McWilliams

    I feel like now that I have observed the end of 'Lost', to me, it was a tale of death,dream state,and resolution into the afterlife. Did they all have a sense of the Island being Hell? I did after the dream and the light at the end is a give me for going into the light..was it this,maybe...great ending,atleast what I walked away with from it ;)

    May 24, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  541. matt

    I loved The ending to Lost...I have been a long time fan, but like most of lost it is open to interpretation and theories...I noticed after thinking about it there were simularities to the movie "Jacob's Ladder"...There are two possible ways to look at the ending, one that the island world happened and the sideways world was like a timeless purgatory that spirts went to after they died until they were ready to let go and go into the light (Maybe the light in the cave?) however this has left a few questions such as what happens to those that died in the sideways world like the frieghter merc that was hired to kill Jin? Also what about the people who never exisisted like Jack's son are they spiritual guides of sorts? then there is the other way to interrpet it that they all died in the crash and everything was jacks imagination...Jacks lays down to die in the same spot that the show started in, in the pilot he opened his eyes and vincent was there, in the end he laid down a jet flew over head (maybe symbolism of the souls moving on) vincent was there with him and he shuts his eyes. then we see the crash scene very quiet and no one running around...the crash scene was scavanged and the hull used to burn the bodies in season one, but here it looked perectly intact. The only reason why i don't think this is what is what really happened is jack was not wearing the same clothes as he was in the pilot episode.....but the simularities to the movie "Jacob's Ladder" are interesting to consider if you think about it, if you haven't seen it it may be a good time to rent it out. In the movie the main character is caught between two worlds, one is in vietnam, he is injured and struggling to hold onto life, the other is much latter and he starts to have weriod experiences that of demons trying to take him....as time goes on we figure out that he is dying and the later world is his imagination and he was not letting go, once he let go the demons became angels (in this case his dead son) and leads him into the light, then it flashes to him in vietnam and he dies peacefully.... there are some interesting correlations there if you think about it....

    May 24, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  542. Carol

    I enjoyed the finale, but was a bit confused. Thanks to the posts here, I have a better understanding and have a much better appreciation for it. Thanks again everyone!

    May 24, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  543. Lost but now Found

    After reading all these entries, I have to say that I feel only rdbinboston got it right. If you all recall, throughout the whole series different characters kept saying "dead is dead." They were all dead, they just hadn't "moved on" at the same time. They were all working through their issues, that's why the children went first – children don't have issues, they moved on right away. As far as one person's comment about how many of the characters did "bad" things and therefore couldn't go to heaven, I feel sorry for you – last I heard we are all sinners and we all deserve to be forgiven.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  544. Anonymous

    Everything was good right up to the last 10 minutes. I envisioned the sideways world as the world that should have happened but was "interrupted" or "disturbed" due to the plane crash. All the character's pasts would have stayed the same, but their futures got messed up because of the "island" and getting back to the island as Jack insisted upon was the way of righting their"futures".

    If you look at it, the sideways worlds had more happy instances in it than the post-crash, post-rescue future. Those are the relationships that needed to be cultivated and cherished and corrected. And the way they were displayed it appeared that they were. I think the "everyone dead and with a unknown journey in front of them, " or something to that effect, was too easy, too Hollywood.

    And there were too many throw away side stories that had nothing to do with the conclusion (Widmore and his quest for the source, the whole Dharma Iniative, Nicki and Paulo (sp?), the concert at the end, Faraday's theories), Jack not having a son?,etc.) that was presented. Fans of 24 will understand that part. And if it is about relationships, why was Sayid not wih Nadia, his true love, not Shannon? What about Michael and his estranged relationship with Walt? I guess their agents couldn't get them a deal thou Harold was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel.

    Only true shocker was Juliet as Jack's ex in the sideways world Anyone agree?

    May 24, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  545. laserfloyd

    Gilligan's Island = The Original Lost. Discuss. :)

    I never watched the show. Never cared to. I know for a fact there are better things that humanity has come up with. I'll name a few:

    Realizing the world is round. Realizing we are not at the center of the Universe. Realizing that our Sun is but one of billions. Realizing that those billions are but billions of trillions more. Those are profound moments in human history.

    Ok, I added nothing to the discussion. My bad!

    May 24, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  546. Dave B.

    Fine ending after a couple mediocre seasons. I still haven't resolved that if the island isn't purgatory, the guy who doesn't age tells everyone several episodes ago that they're already dead. Also, that plane's ability to take off was such a stretch, I figured this must be some sort of purgatorial but nonetheless never-really-happened triumph.

    Someone please clear up these points for me. Thanks.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  547. FMSI

    1. Why/how did Jacob choose these specific people (other than they were flawed)
    2. How each person’s life seemed to be intertwined prior to crash landing on the island.
    3. The islands origin and significance. How can you only find it with submarine/ special coordinates
    4. What made Desmond so special? How could he repel the energy?
    5. Why was Whitmore so obsessed with returning to the island? Why did Ben banish him?
    6. Why did Desmond go on this mission in the after-life to connect everybody and why did whitmore’s wife want to stop him – and keep her son from “leaving”.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  548. Just Saying

    Footprints in the sand. (what I meant to say)

    May 24, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  549. Mark

    For those who think Kate/Sawyer/etc died in a crash at the end. The show ended when Jack closed his eye/died and the word LOST came up. End of show.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  550. jettboy

    Brilliant ending! I'm glad a "fully-wrapped-up, all-questions-answered" ending was avoided; and I'm completely digging all of the individual theories about what happened. That's the way it SHOULD HAVE ended.

    My theory? I think that the entire island experience happened in Jack's dying imagination as he was stumbling through the jungle mortally wounded. Jack and Vincent were the ONLY survivors of the crash. The other primary characters were different facets of Jack's own personality, and he visualized them based on passengers he noticed on the plane.

    Any show on TV that actually makes you think and theorize after the screen has gone black is a 'helluva rare thing anymore. Too bad it's over and we're left with "Two and a Half Men" and "Dancing with the Stars".

    May 24, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  551. Lillian

    Jack's son, I believe, was Jake making peace with his father. It was what if's, Juliet always wanted a child, Jake had a rocky relationship with his dad, but by making piece with his "son" it bridged that relationship.

    Rose and Bernard were at the church. They are in the pews scenes unless I didn't see that right.

    As for Walt and Aaron, someone eventually has to replace Hurley, who knows.

    I was quite disappointed at first but then this morning I watched the last 20 minutes again and the interviews from Jimmy Kimmel's show and it all clicked together. I truly will miss this cast.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  552. Paul Blair

    I never watched a single episode.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  553. Just Saying

    Look closely at the wreckage at the end. There are footsteps. They did not die in the crash.
    Sorry to see it end. Great show!

    May 24, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  554. Dan

    THE ISLAND IS NOT PURGATORY. Holy cow people. It was pretty clear. They weren't dreaming. They weren't dead.

    How did so many people miss this?

    May 24, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  555. Philosophus

    Everything is explained.

    ...Especially if one has read the Tibetan Book of the Dead.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  556. Vincente

    They show was a great concept but what a flat ending. It's such a cop out to say, yea everyone dies, but hey, at least we're all together in heaven. There was no reason for the "Afterlife/sideflash" story line. They could have used all that wasted time explaining the myths of the island. Since Hurley controlled the island, and can see dead people, all of the characters could have emerged as ghosts to tell us they are ok. Hurley could release them all from the grips of the island. That would have been more satisfying than seeing any of that afterlife garbage.

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  557. kt

    that was the Oceanic Plane on the beach at the end of the finale – not the Ajira flight.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  558. POD

    EVERYONE PLEASE STOP REPLY TO H8TE LOST: he is just an attention hoar that rushed to paste that first comment in to stir everyone up. he is probably a struggling writer who had a show that didnt get picked up.

    "NEVER ARGUE WITH FOOLS BECAUSE FROM A DISTANCE, NOBODY CAN TELL WHO IS WHO"

    May 24, 2010 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  559. Torent

    Can someone tell me why they just didnt take the boat ????? Alot safer to me and that was going to be the MIB mode of transpo....

    May 24, 2010 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  560. Matt

    @ Mo

    You're right about the atheists throwing a fit, they are all over here, look at the all angry comments.

    I for one thought it was a perfect ending.

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  561. Pffft ahhhhh

    Walt was not in the finale because he does not look the same anymore. everyone else still looked the same but walt is older now so it would have looked odd cause you dont age in whatever type of afterlife that was.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  562. whatever

    its frigging haliarious...

    several dumbs claiming they can see the silk robe..but they all have contradicting reasonings & explanations...

    Every dumb thinks he/she is right and they are happy....

    hahahahahhah....look at you people...the writers neve revealed what their intentions of creating the charactars..

    tears,romance, hugs, kisses...it makes a good episode..NO WAY comes near the end of even calling "final"..

    May 24, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  563. tutone

    to heather, I think you are correct and I love you wording. Dont feel bad about the tears, all of us losties were crying with you. Sun and Jin remembering their lives, then speaking clear english still gives goosebumps, Sawyers part was very small in the end, but also carried one of the biggest impacts......... group hug lol

    May 24, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  564. Sig Sauer

    For me the Lost finale, was lost on the inordinate number of commercials; 8 minute segments of the show vs. 5 minutes of commercials. Ubsurd!

    May 24, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  565. Kat

    Spectacular? I felt like I was watching a episode of Ghost Whisperer or Medium. I honestly expected Melinda to help them into the light!

    If the writers couldn't figure out how to wrap up loose ends they should have consulted Ron Moore. Take an example from BSG, that's how you end a series with umpteen plot lines and complex characters. ABC you suck!!

    May 24, 2010 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  566. jnyc

    What a waste of 5 years(?). The island was one stage of purgatory and the "parallel" was cute; but, also part of purgatory (Haven't you people ever read Dante?). The point is that everyone died in the plane crash in the first place, hence the wreckage lying around, so what you have had is the equivalent of a mini-series dragged out for 5 years.
    I'm glad the actors had a good paying gig for a while; but, the truth is that ending could have been plugged in 3 years earlier or 10 years later depending on how long the network could keep people tuning in like trout on a fishing line.
    Of course there was plenty of chick flick PDA at the end of it and neo-impressionistic music to give it that beautiful finale atmosphere.
    Reminds me of how NBC clobbered everyone with Enya singing her song when something was going on between Aniston's character and David Schwimmer's in "Friends".
    Onto "WipeOut" for a well needed dose of reality tv....

    May 24, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  567. Jason Collin Photography

    It was a very competent finale that did not offer any new large reveals or a mind bending twist at the end. I think it better to have taken the somewhat conservative approach they did and focus on the characters than risk the whole impression of the show being ruined by having some gimmick ending.

    My full review here:

    http://jasoncollin.org/2010/05/24/lost-6×17-6×18-the-end-parts-1-2/

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  568. Chelle

    Can someone please explain to me how Jack and Hurley were both part of the Oceanic 6 back in like season 3 ... if neither of them ... according to last nights episode .. ever made it off the island??? I dont see that anyone has even thought about that point!!! Did the writers forget that they had both of them back in civilization just a few years ago??? Or am I missing something???

    May 24, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  569. Wendy

    Chris M NOOOOO they didnt die in the crash!

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  570. The L

    @ Dunno, you are clearly satisfied with this ending. I can respect that. You were fed question after question year after year and you are a person who needs no other answers than the ONE you were provided in the finale. Plenty of others feel the same way as you do and it seems like they've come to an imaginary conclusion that makes it satisfactory and that's fine. I wish I had that talent myself. However, I dare say Dunno, in your situation, that you might not have the mental capacity to realize that you are deserving of more than what was put in front of you. I doubt your situation is one of overactive imagination based on your being so quick to judge others with complete absense of any. Why is it out of the realm of possibility that there are people that exist, that demand more from their entertainment.132 hours were spent in front of a television, our choice indeed, however, it doesn't change the fact that we were toyed with. 5.5 days of our lives were spent in the hopes that we'd understand...that we'd have a reason for spending 132 hours listening to what these people had to say, only to get NOTHING in return. Dunno, you don't even have the mental capacity to recognize that you've offended a good lot of people who are merely sharing their opinions. If you don't value your 132 hours as much as I do....if you don't value 5.5 days of your life as I do, that's your perogative...but keep your trap shut if you don't have anything nice to say about your fellow commentators. It's not even as if you actually know 100% what happened like the rest of us. To pretend you do makes you look ridiculous to people who interpreted that ending in a different way. Don't pretend you're bright, your truth is showing.

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  571. Mo

    I cried like a baby and my husband was holding back tears...and he only saw a few bits of a few episodes. I thought it was a beautiful ending and showed what most of us hope it to be like when it's our time to move on. I thought I would be so irritated by all of the unanswered scientific questions, but that quickly faded when the point came across. My thought soon after was that many atheist fans of Lost would be very disappointed or miffed at the choice of ending.

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  572. Bill Hannegan

    Man alive, what a stinker of an ending. If I want to watch melodrama I'll watch daytime soaps, thank you very much. I tuned in to Lost because it was an intricate science fiction mystery. Why is there an enormous 4 toed statue on the island? Why does Benjamin not remember Sayyid if he was shot by him as a child? Thanks for leaving us hanging. I think the 4, 8, 15, 16, 23, 42 are the IQ's of the writers who were responsible for the finale.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  573. Ray

    I suggest IH8Lost to watch CSI instead and don't waste our time with your dumb idea what LOST should be. Clearly you have no idea what this show is really about - if you want mysteries, seriously, considering watching CSI. They explain everything there, so dumb people can understand.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  574. Wendy

    Lizzie.... the show wasnt about polar bears or numbers of Jacob's cabin or anything "thing" on the island. It was about redemption. It was about the people. It was about their journey. It was about faith. Those things you mentioned dont matter. The writers said it was a love story and it certainly was. Brilliant!

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  575. Poisy

    @April

    The sideways were all about redemption. They didn't need the island anymore. That's why it was drowned deeply...

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  576. Bad Writers

    I think that leaving so many questions unanswered is a cop out by the writers. Overall, a poor storyline. Just to call it all "gods will" and let the imagination of the public fill in the blanks. No thanks....

    May 24, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  577. Elizabeth

    Great Finale – Thank you for 6 great years of LOST

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  578. Mike

    The sneaker in the tree indicated he was walking through the site of the original crash. They were all dead from the beginning when the plane crashed. The characters, not knowing they were dead in the beginning fought through they're own vices to eventually come to terms with they're fate. Jacob and the man in black represented good and evil, the island purgatory. Throughout the show the characters were tested by good and evil competing for their souls.
    The sideways and time travel all had to do with the characters losing track of each other during death and finding each other again, and touching on past and present as they stuggled to find light, or, dark, together. The second plane was just a representation of the last group to go with the good in leaving purgatory. The plane was just a vehicle of that decision as well all the other props during the show. The church represented the decision of those who had chosen good. Ben couldn't go with them, because he had not chosen good and was fighting going to hell. The last panning of the original, now-rusted crash site was intended to show that they all had died in the beginning, and the crash was their reality.
    It was an ingenius show from beginning to end. I hope to see the entire writing staff at all of the major award venues. Viva, and thank you for six glorious seasons, and thanks for avoiding burn-out. : )

    May 24, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  579. PtotheO

    I think I'm the only one who thought that final shot of a plane wreckage on the beach was in fact the Ajira flight with Lapidus, Kate, and crew on board, and that they did not in fact get off the island but crashed. The church scene was a recreation of the original crash, and as the two separate reality time lines that had been split came back together they formed a new one reality. In which the original Oceanic flight did in fact crash and all died.

    Hurley survived as a loophole in the two realities when they came together. And that was how Jacob was able to succeed in getting a successor. Aaron and Sun's daughter are other loopholes (and Walt?). I kinda wanted a final scene where Hurley visited each of them as Jacob did his candidates.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  580. Andy

    Can I have the last six years of my life back? The key questions of what the island was, what the light was, what was the source of the Guardians (Jacob, etc.) power, etc.? So many foundational questions unanswered, even as shown by the confusion of the key bloggers, and we're left with the excuse of "its about the characters, its about the journey." Sorry, but no – to me, it was about trying to unravel a mystery and the finale left the key questions unanswered, despite the "happy ending."

    I'm going to have to check now to see if these guys are involved in any more series, so I can be sure NOT to tune in.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  581. V

    Just wish they told us Smokeys name

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  582. Joan

    Some of you people make me laugh – they didn't answer this, they didn't answer that – They answered all that was important – and they gave great closure to great characters. If you've watched the show then all of the important questions were answered – and I don't recall the writers telling us that Aaron was special – I believe we all theorized that he was special. The special one was Desmond.

    As for who wasn't there – Michael's soul is on the Island for what he did. Walt – he was young when they crashed and young when he left the Island – these were not the most significant people in his life – he didn't need them to "let go". Ana, Daniel, Charlotte, Miles – they weren't ready to "let go" yet. And as for Mr. Eko – (actor refused to come back) so we can just assume he wasn't ready to "let go" or he did already. As for Ben, I think he'll let go when Alex & Danielle are ready to.

    Felt that this was one of the most beautiful and fulfilling season finales I have ever seen and will miss seeing these characters each week – not the mysteries.

    May 24, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  583. Michael

    Was Desmond seeing someone after removing the cork? It seemed like he saw someone in the shadows?

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  584. woody

    @Susie I meant the "shoe" not the "show". I saw the show also. haha

    May 24, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  585. Bobk

    Brilliant, beautiful, thought provoking – the best television ever. The only unsubtle thing...in the non-denominational church...Christian Shepard showing them the light!?!?!...hehe

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  586. ashley

    Ben didn't go into the church because he is waiting for Alex! duh!!!!

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  587. CokeMonster

    While not perfect and lame in some ways, Lost was the most entertaining non cartoon T.V series to date. I want more damn it! ! !

    May 24, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  588. Rydulan

    To I H8te Lost But I Used To Love It:
    You are obviously one of those people who needs everything spelled out for them. All the questions were answered...

    For example, the Polar bears were Darhma experiments (that's what the cages were for that Sawyer and Kate were trapped in)...I could go on, but you probably still wouldn't get it.

    May 24, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  589. woody

    AM I THE ONLY ONY THAT SAW SMOKE COMING FROM JACK WHEN HE RECORKED THE LIGHT POOL!

    HE WAS TURNING INTO A SMOKE MOSTER!!!!

    @SUSIE i did she the show...didint know what it was. Can you explain how u know its Kates.

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  590. David

    I thought it was a good and a great ending . I also thought it was fitting that Ben did not get to follw the light and was left behind again....

    May 24, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  591. Daisy

    Again, NONE of it makes sense. What an awful ending. And an awful waste of time. NOTHING WAS ANSWERED !!!! I can't believe these people are saying "how beautiful it was" and "it made me cry" "i can't stop thinking about it".
    Yulk !!! HATED IT

    May 24, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  592. Kel

    Looks like someone hasn't been watching the show, or not paying much attention if they have been. The answers were given before the finale about the numbers, the smoke monster, the polar bears (that was last season or the season before)......

    May 24, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  593. tombo402

    I felt so many questions were left unanswered, and a big slap upside the noggin to all of you who say that "the numbers" question was answered as the candidate's numbers in the lighthouse and the wall of the cave.
    How did those same numbers end up engraved on the hatch door?
    How did those same numbers end up winning the lottery for Hurley?
    See, more questions than answers...
    And don't get me started about the time travel and the donkey wheel.
    And please, don't tell me to use my imagination. Writers, your imagination is way better than mine! That's why I watch TV shows like this, because I don't want to huddle up in a corner and imagine on my own. Telling me to use MY imagination now after YOUR imagination has come up with all the intriguing questions is a lame cop-out!

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  594. Wendy

    I H8te Lost But I Used To Love It ... the only good thing about LOST ending is that I dont have to read your stupid, pointless blog comments anymore. Good Grief. If you dont like it – who cares? You certainly seem to "waste" a huge amount of your time talking about something you deem as a "waste" of time. I think you are the one who needs to "move on". I for one was thrilled. What a great ending to a thought provoking and moving show. I cant wait to purchase the box set. Thanks for the ride!

    May 24, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  595. Karla Maree

    As a fan of CS Lewis. I really appreciated the LOST ending. So much like the Chronicles of Narnia's ending book–Voyage of the Dawn Treader–in feel.

    The end of the end in the casket room with the stained glass and the altar icons representing the major religions was a very nice touch. Everyone is included.

    Explaining every last detail would have been a big let-down as every good writer knows the imagination is fully capable of filling in the blanks. The world needs more mystery and magic and LOST delivered.

    Kudos to all and many thanks for an amazing story!

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  596. Hurley

    PEOPLE! They weren't DEAD the ENTIRE series. Everyone eventually dies...and that is what the Flash Sideways was....a place (purgatory) for those that have died to go before the can let go and move on. Once everyone remembered their previous lives...they were then able to move on.

    Hurley, Kate, Sawyer, etc....may have lived another 40 years in the original timeline...but since there is no TIME in the sideways, it doesn't matter. They were there once Jack died on the island...cause everyone dies eventually...

    What we as viewers saw as the flash sideways...was the VERY moment Jack died. And b.c time is not relevant once you are dead...everyone was already there too...

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  597. Dale Cooper

    I remember watching "Twin Peaks" on TV... 'nuff said.

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  598. -Pagan-

    I couldn't be happier with the way this one of a kind TV series ended. An emotional rollercoaster, the series finale exceeded by expectations in every way. I almost lost it watching those final seconds in the bamboo.
    I felt much more fulfilled at fade to black than I thought I would. I expected a huge question mark to close the show, haunting me for the rest of my life. Instead, most of the answers I've been looking for the last 6 years were answered, although mostly indirectly. Leaving some mysteries open to interpretation was the best move the writers could have made. LOST's journey has many interpretations and is meaningful in different ways to it's fans. That aspect of LOST is what made the show so powerful and loved. The stain glass window was a stroke of genius. If only...

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  599. Chris

    One moment that really struck me was when Desmond told Kate who was in the coffin while it was being taken off the Oceanic truck. He states "Christian Shepard" and she laughs, "really?" It became clear to me then that the name was a symbol all along – Christ the shepard who find his LOST sheep and brings them home. Christian is the one who explains to Jack that their world was a reality they all made for themselves to find final acceptance of their death. It seems almost all of them were eventually "herded" back... Would be a good idea for a book, relating the bible to LOST. Very elegant ending.

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  600. Erin

    Is no one listening? You can tell by the way the frames are shot during the credits it's the set. It's actual shot footage of the set signifying the end. It's not in movie time (24 frames per second I think). It's to show respect. It has NOTHING to do with the story. Look at the quality of the shot.

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  601. Keith

    Great show. Period.

    Ben didn't go into the church because he isn't going to the "happy" place everyone else is. Watching all the happy people is part of his eternal punishment. I think they should have had Widmore and MIB sitting next to him on the bad-boy's bench.

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  602. Crystal

    You all missed it! The DOG was Jack's father all along! Did you see in the church his father had his hand on Jack's shoulder, and then you got the flashback to the island with the dog beside him as he died...and then back to the church with his father beside him. That's why the casket was empty on the island and how the dog showed up in the first place! Loved it!

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  603. Ricardo Bernardini

    Brilliant show, Brilliant ending!!!!!

    Hey, I H8te Lost But I Used To Love It

    The first to comment!, I guess you will miss LOST .
    All I can say to you is:
    Time to let go and move on ;-)

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  604. can't let go

    Initially I was disappointed with the finale as I didn't think they answered enough questions, and I don't mean polar bears or the darma initiative; i mean ...
    (1) why wasn't Aaron suppose to be brought up by another?
    (2) what was the consequence of him being brought up by Kate?
    (3) what was the light in the cave (ok. I'll buy the concept of "the opening to the other side")
    (4) Why did the OC6 have to come back to the island? –I think I get this one, ...so they can create the “Sideways”/”alternate reality” which Eleanor is so interested, because she wants to live on with her son.
    (5) Nothing was tied up with Faraday's time travel experiments and Desmond being his constant? Hmmm, I just got a thought, maybe having a constant is what reconnected them in the flash sideways?....
    (6) What about Miles communicating with the dead, or was that why he was on the island b/c they were dead?

    I would love another season to tie it all together, not necessarily answer all question, but to tie all the loose ends.

    With that being said, after some though and good night sleep, I am satisfied with the ending. And by the way, I think there are two possible endings, and the creators left the door open for both with the very last scene of the initial wreckage.

    #1. They DON’T die in the plane crash. They DO experience the island, time travel/DARMA, off island experiences of the OC6 and going back to the island (why was that so important? another unanswered question). Jacob and MIB/FLocke also exist. There is good and evil on the island and the island needs to be protected. By the atomic bomb going off and Juliet dying in the well, they created an alternate universe and they ‘go’ there after they die, but they don't know that they are dead. So they are stuck there, and unaware of anything prior to that "sideways" life. Eleanor wants to keep it that way, so she can live with her son, have a life with him and not kill him. Wittmore is also interested in staying in that "sideways" life with Penny. When I think of it, I think they all "remember" when they meet their constants, and it seems the ‘constant’ is their ‘love’.
    1) jack – kate 2) Desmond – Penny and on..

    But I also think Wittmore and Eleanor are each other’s constants, they realize they are in an alternate "reality/sideways" but they want to stay there, actually they wanted it to be created to begin with. They want to stay there just as Ben ends up doing. Maybe they all have more cleansing to do. I also think that this ends up being their "Limbo"/"purgatory" b/c they seem to ‘cleanse’ themselves there, kinda....

    Then true to his name Christian Shepherd, shepherds they and helps them let go and move on to the light.....Maybe back to the island to 'not live' but 'be', happily ever after.....

    This theory explains, Ancient Cultures...
    Egyptian culture references, reincarnation , maybe this is where the Pharaoh's go to...
    Buddhism references, reincarnation but through redemption and shedding of karma, you can move on to nirvana....the light....

    OR

    They DO die in the initial plane crash. The island experiences are ‘real to them’, they are in Limbo and are redeeming themselves through their choices, love for one another, sacrifices, etc... There is no ‘real’ / ‘now’ as Christian Shepherd said, Jacob and MIB represent good and evil, and the ‘not-survivors’ need to make choices/free-will to move on. In the on island events, they make sacrifices for one another, and the “island”/”GOD” rewards them with afterlife. Again, Christian Shepperd shepherds them through.

    The panning on Jack’s eye opening at beginning of the series corresponds to the closing if his eye at the end, the island experiences are their journey, redemption, ability to love and sacrifice, in the ‘time’ of their deaths. Remember, ‘time’ is relative

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  605. ChicagoLostFan

    To anyone who was watching Lost to get answers to the "polar bear" questions, you kind of were missing the point.

    A fantastic series finale to a show that I'll truly miss. The fact that we're all still talking about it kind of drives home the show's message: life is a shared voyage and we're all in it together.

    May 24, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  606. alaskalu

    This show has been an all time favorite. However, I would have enjoyed it much, much more if ABC had timed the closed captions closer to the actual speech. Most of the shows were as much as 30 seconds off (I timed them) between actual speech and closed captions. It made it very difficult to understand much of what was going on and I depended on others comments and reviews to grasp the situation. ABC is the only network to be that far off on captions and to many of us "hearing impaired" it hurts the viewing.

    May 24, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  607. Kathy

    Did kate have sneakers on before she took the boots off the dead guy? I don't remember her wearing sneakers.

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  608. Trimmbot

    The best line was from Miles," I dont believe in alot of things but I do believe in duct tape."

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  609. Carol

    @ Kelly: That makes sense to me about the wreckage being those who flew off the island – because unless I missed something, wasn't the plane rigged with explosives? I may be missing something...

    Also, I agree with another post that Ben did not join the group because of his past sins and unresolved issues. And, if Hurley has moved on, who is protecting the island now (assuming it needs protection...)??? I will tell myself it is Walt, since the writers really erred in not bringing his character full circle. Maybe the producers will come out with a movie to that effect...

    Last thot...bawled my eyes out when Sawyer and Juliet reunited!!

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  610. LD

    Tiktak, Many people have survived plane crashes that didn't crash on the ground. Check out google (mid-air crashes with other planes, jet or wing or tail falling off causing plane to crash). And if you remember, the plane wasn't that far overhead after the hatch explosion affected them. In the scene where Ben and Juliet are all coming out of their houses, the plane isn't that far overhead, so it's not at all unfeasible to believe that the main part of the plane would crash in a way that would allow survivors.

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  611. Dorie

    I loved this series, and I loved the finale. I didn't even stay up to watch the Jimmy Kimmel because I didn't want to see the alternate endings – this one was perfect.

    May 24, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  612. ashley

    Wow I just read through all the comments and people really dont get it...I wish they wouldn't have shown the empty beach with the plane wreckage during the credits because I think it confused a lot of people. The show ended with Jack dying and closing his eyes(amazing!). The "other universe" was something they made up so they could all remember each other after they all died so they could be together again. Everything on the island happened. Just like they kept saying whatever happened, happened! Ugh I don't want to let go though! It was so emotional so beautiful more like a movie than a tv show!

    Thank you to all the actors, writers and everyone else who worked on the show...thank you for the last 6 years!

    May 24, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  613. CC

    I will miss LOST! I agreed with some of you that the plane with Sawyer, Kate, and Clair, Richard, Miles, and Lapidus crashed after Jack closed his eyes. It's truely bittersweet ending. Yes, I was sad because everyone die, but also they are all happily together! Love LOST!!!!

    May 24, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  614. Mel M.

    I "know" why Walt wasn't shown in the church at the end.

    At the end, Christian explains to Jack that the time spent on the island, with each other, was the most important time in their lives, and that's why they are all meeting up together at the end.

    But Walt was only a little boy, on the island for maybe 2 to 4 weeks of his entire life. He escaped the island with Micheal, and lived out the rest of his life at his home. He grew up, and had more important events and people in his life than the very short time he spent on the island as a boy.

    So when Walt died, the most important people in his life were not the people from the crash.

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  615. EC

    The ending rang perfectly true for me. It was not an ending that could please everyone. It was an ending that pleased those who watched Lost not just as entertainment or for its action or twisting plot line, but rather for its deepest messages. Lost was special from the beginning, and it did lose its way at times, as did its protagonists. But I'm so thankful that the writers did not sacrifice what made Lost truly exceptional – the heart, the questioning of existence, the persistence of those who want to do what is right, no matter the cost. And the acknowledgment that ultimate rewards may not come in this physical life, but in an existence that many of us don't even believe in.

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  616. Wade

    I loved the ending. It ended perfectly and the way it needed to. Of course there were a few things unanswered...but we are still talking about them. Right? I think that was the point but to realize that everything to do with the island was real....I am relieved. One of the best shows that has been or ever will be created. And the ending with Jack on his back looking up....ending exactly as the show began. That scene will forever be remembered and go down as classic. Good job Lost!!!

    May 24, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  617. Disillusioned

    Overall, I agree with many here that the ending was insufficient. I was very disillusioned with the ending and will not be watching a lengthy series such as this, ever again. In my view, the writers lied to the public. People guessed in the first season that this was purgatory, that the islanders had died. Producers specifically stated that they were not dead, and this was not purgatory. In one interview, they stated that this was pure science fiction. Probably closer to the truth perhaps but they lied about them not being dead, or as one recent politician stated, "They mispoke...." I call that a lie.

    Many questions will never get answered and my frustration will continue indefinitely. Solution: don't watch series like this anymore.

    May 24, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  618. Diana

    I loved it from the first moment to the ending. Thanks to DVR I watched each episode at least two times trying to make sense of what I was watching.
    A few years ago I "let go" when I realized all would not be answered. It is a kind of interpretation show.
    Everyone you talked to the next day had a different idea of what happened. I did think they were dead at first but couldn't wrap my brain around Jacob visiting some of them when they were little...but Jack was an adult...maybe that is why he volunteered to take care of the island.
    ,t My idea, because you do realize not even the writers have the answers because there are no answers, Really who kept Richard alive for over 300 years! Some died on the island and others got off..we saw what their life's journey might have been had they lived...and then they all met at the church..why Christian Shephard I have NO idea and move on like in Heaven Can 't Wait!!!!!

    May 24, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  619. Michael

    How he got the island, how he saved the people, how they made a sideways limbo in order to REMEMBER.

    This is one of my unanswered questions (and I loved the finale): How did the survivors "create" the Sideways World? By their shared experiences? By their shared experiences and unresolved issues?

    Again, I'm cool with suspended disbelief. But I haven't found a reference point for the survivors making the Sideways World.

    May 24, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  620. Anonymous

    As there is no god or gods there is no purgatory, the climax of the series was good but the ending was flawed by just the fact that there is no here after.

    May 24, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  621. juanbojab

    Please some one explain to me. if they were remembering what they went through in the island, that means they did crash in the island. so why all at the end were dead. what of those who scaped in the plane? Why are they protecting the island for again? please answer me and why was it that the smokey was created or came out? why could jacob and him kill each other and then jack, jacob by now kills the smokey so fast?
    Which by the way, why couldn't jacob's brother leave? That is just wrong, he just wanted to leave and specially after he found out that his mother had been killed at birth by the old woman who lied to them and even tried to kill him. Why not let that guy off the island? I am more confused now than when it all started. if i had a say in it, jacob's bother would have been let out and who was the bad guy, jacob killed his brother who did not even resist him killing him, nice guy. how did jacob get out and touched all those people and his brother could not get out. That is just unfair for this guy.

    guess that after Locke-smokey thing died, who did they have to protect the island from? and why protect it again? just not good an ending

    May 24, 2010 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  622. CokeMonster

    I want more! ! !

    May 24, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  623. TCP

    so, this whole series was just one episode of "Touched by an Angel", "Highway to Heaven", and "Ghost" combined,....hmmmm, pretty lame....

    May 24, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  624. karen

    Steve, I'm with you. i thought I had it 'figured out' too. I think we were left with a satisfying ending... even if we can't explain it. I thought they all died on 815 and the Island was a 'matrix' like world. Here me out first. Desmond and Faraday's mother (her name is escaping me right now) knew this. Desmond was the only one who could travel between worlds and help everyone to move on. Yes, I still believed they needed to make amends as well. The whole 'Locke can't escape/find the source because all this will cease to exist' comment kinda lead me to believe that once the light goes out, the Matrix is unplugged, their world destroyed. But, after reading thoughts that the island was in fact real (which I was secretly hoping it was all along) I'm not so sure my Matrix theroy holds true. I'm am so confused, but happy with the ending and I'm sure I'll lose another nights sleep thinking about it. Tell me I'm not crazy. ;)

    May 24, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  625. Susie

    Am I the only one who saw Kate's bloody shoe in the tree when Jack was making his final walk through the woods? Watch again.

    May 24, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
  626. Fred Pittenger

    Questions not answered

    where is the indigenous group, need thousands to construct the towering statues to begin with. why did they disappear.

    why is this incredible powerful site so vulnerable?

    Did not buy into the time turnstyle being simply for the evacuation of the black smoke thing.

    The pendulum and locational capacity in the room next to the church sanctuary got totally blown off toward end. As did the significance of the electromagnetic force as a presence on Earth.

    Gave the final a B+. Would not have won a Hugo with this storyline.

    May 24, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  627. Lost on me

    That finale was awful, just plain bad. Come on, my 8 year old could have come up with that. All of you pathetic people that were moved by that simplistic, obvious, uninspired ending make me sick. Are you kidding. This show had potential, but what a disappointment

    May 24, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  628. Mark

    I just re-watched the ending. It was not Kate's/Sawyers/etc plane. If you look there are remnants of a camp there. It must be their original camp site.

    May 24, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  629. Daisy

    Hated the ending, HATED it. Nothing was answered as far as i'm concerned. What did the numbers mean? Hurleys' lottery # and the number on the hatch, and the same #'s at the dial clock and the glass with the reflection of Jack's house it in, and all their names on this same dial clock. And all the flash sideways, good grief...it's ridiculous. And who cares about the gathering at the church, just anser the damn questions we all have. Why were there? Were they really dead? What were they brought to the island. What did it all mean. HATED IT HATED IT HATED IT. What a waste of time all these years....

    May 24, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  630. April

    Loved it, loved it, loved it, loved. I can't stop thinking about it.

    @Michael May 24th, 2010 12:36 pm ET

    I expect this to be debated. If they were in purgatory, why was the island on the bottom of the ocean?

    May 24, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  631. Ray

    Ugh, you posted a spoiler warning in the beginning but you posted a picture that is SPOILER-esque. What gives?

    May 24, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  632. Dunno

    Great ending. Anyone who disagrees (and i mean this in the nicest way possible) are idiots. Not everything needs to be explained. That isn't the point of the show. You are so wrapped up in your belief that its about stupid polar bears or the dharma initiative to realize that it is simply about the journey. It's a story about Jack. How he got the island, how he saved the people, how they made a sideways limbo in order to REMEMBER. remember what they did on the island, remember the love, the loss, the life, that they had in their original life. They were all flawed, they all had issues and the island brought them together to help themselves. They needed jack just as much as jack needed them. The most important parts of their lives were together. on that island. They all served a purpose but in the end it was about Jack. I guarantee you, if you watch this series over (which is exactly what i am going to do as soon as its released) and look at it again after knowing the ending and the ideas they really want you to think you will have a greater appreciation for this piece of art. The fact is, this show didn't suck, because even people who claim to have not watched a single episode (or enjoyed one) since season 3 are liars. Why would you have sat there unless you were interested, interested in thinking and being entertained, thinking more, and coming up with theories. That was my favorite part, the endless amount of theories that I swore to everyone was it, and i was wrong 90% of the time. If i wasn't wrong 90% of the time, then I would be bored, it would stop me from thinking and it would be just like 24 (explosions and more explosions and a script at a fifth grade reading level with everything handed to you in a box with a nice ribbon on top). I'm sorry to rant like this, and honestly I probably shouldn't even care that you guys don't get it, but I do because it saddens me that a majority of the people on this stupid blog need everything spelled out for them, that they are so simple minded that the mere idea of thinking about a show agitates them. Pathetic. I watch a ton of TV, I've seen all the classic series finales (M.A.S.H., Sopranos, The Wire) and this is BY FAR the greatest series finale of all time. If you rewatch the series (or even just this episode) you will see that it concludes a chapter in all of our lives, and the best part is that it still made you think.

    May 24, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  633. SAW

    I can't speak for anyone else, but the sideways for me represented each person's "redemption in purgatory" phase. They couldn't move forward until they had resolution with the own little "inner demons." Kate killed her abusive father and was "persecuted" and then went on to kill "smokey"...another bully...and made no apologies for it. Jack was too hung up on having felt like a disappointment to his father, but once he found and accomplished his "purpose," he could move forward. If you think about it, you can find correlations for all of the characters. And with Ben, well, Ben still had some work to do with his redemption, which is why he couldn't join the others in the church. Just my two centavos.

    May 24, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  634. Erynn

    Chris M – the island was not their death – they didn't die in the crash – they all died at separate random times and met up before moving on together to the real afterlife. The stuff on the island was all real.

    May 24, 2010 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  635. cc

    To I h8ate Lost:
    I think maybe you did not understand the show or did not pay close enough attention bc all those questions were answered through the season!

    May 24, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  636. Cyrus Howell

    I have no idea at all what this blogger's is talking about,
    and not a clue concerning his references.

    I leave it to all of you who watched this series and cared about the characters. I tried to read this, but just was not getting it.

    John Locke?

    May 24, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  637. Dale Sherman

    "Lost is the drawn out version of the 1990 film 'Jacob's Ladder.'"

    JACOB'S LADDER is a good movie, but I'm not buying the connection just because one episode of LOST deals partially with the main character waiting to move on to the Heaven (or whatever).

    JACOB'S LADDER was an on-going succession of events that led the main character to discover he was dead and needed to "go through Hell to get to Heaven." LOST was about a number of characters who evolved to understand what they needed to make something better of themselves in life ... and only in the last episode do they come together to help see a friend through to the other side . The main reason for ther flash-sideways throughout the season was to help establish proper endings for ALL the characters instead of them just popping up at the church and yelling "surprise!" at Jack.

    I'm a little concern about individuals writing in to suggest that it was purgatory all along. Are they really this unimaginative to not understand that the flash-sideways were just one piece of the whole puzzle?

    May 24, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  638. Matt

    Man people... can't you just enjoy something for once?

    The story summed up in a way all of us would love our afterlife to be at the end. Surrounded by those we love. How can you hate that?

    So many angry people on the net. Just enjoy the ride. It was fun!

    May 24, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  639. HUH????

    The ending of St. Elsewhere was..
    It was all in the mind of a child

    The Season Open of Dallas was..
    It was all a dream

    The season ender of Newheart was...
    It was all a dream

    The ending of lost was..
    You have to interpret it.

    after watching for 5 years, it was a let down.
    If you are going to have things "Flash" before your eyes when you die, it would NOT be numbers and a smoke monster and ploar bears and babies who always die on the island and people who live forever, etc!

    If you think this was some sort of high brow "if you don't get it you're stupid" thing.. Guess again.

    It was an insult to the followers of the show.
    Thank God that they showed the ending, it will NEVER show up in syndication.

    May 24, 2010 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  640. anonymous

    All the LOST 'experts' posting on this site are the same folks who will interpret the Bible for you.

    May 24, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  641. Kevin

    I enjoyed the show and liked the ending. However, I was slightly confused / annoyed that they went to so much trouble in the past to lead you down the road that Walt and Aaron were 'very important' then leaving them completely out of the ending.

    When the series came out, no one knew if it would be renewed or not so they had to have an ending ready to wrap everything up at the end after the first season. I believe that Walt would have played a major role had that happened. But as has already been explained, the actor who played Walt grew up tall and fast and it no longer made sense to continue that story line.

    May 24, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  642. Scott

    I think it's hilarious/sad how some people who didn't like the ending are getting upset.

    1. It's JUST a show, quit your whining. If you didn't like it, guess what, the 95% who did, don't care.
    2. Have an open mind. It was a great story.
    3. If you are that disgusted with the show's ending, you have some serious personal issues, see #1 above.

    May 24, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  643. PJC

    Not to say that all the questions were answered, but I am satisfied. With tons of questions to answer, I will go back and start at the beginning and enjoy the knowledge of what I know now in trying to figure out what happened then. Last thought though, was that the Aljira flight on the beach at the end, "they all died Jack, some before, some after?"

    May 24, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  644. Brand83187

    All you peeps complaining about so many questions not being answered...like polar bears and stuff....WHO THE HELL CARES ABOUT THE POLAR BEARS (except Al Gore apparently). The story is not about the polar bears for god's sake. It's about the characters. You need to interpret your missing information the way you want it. In my opinion, Dharma brought the bears to the island to study them. As for Dharma they are just a bunch of scientists who found the island and are curious as to its electromagnetic capabilities. And for those of you who think they were dead all along, You're wrong all along. Everything that happened was real to them. Everything on the island actually happened to them. But as Christian said, this...purgatory/flash sideways they were in back at home, there is no "Now" in it. So Everything there happens whenever that person is ready for it/dies. But anyways...the questions, cmon people, don't try to be so picky about it. LOST is a masterpiece. If you can't grasp the concept that some answers just arent laid out for you then maybe you're just not cut out for it.

    May 24, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  645. TCP

    What a convoluted self indulgent MESS of a series....

    May 24, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  646. Michael

    That horrible plane crash you are talking about in India... didnt it just overshoot the runway? Not get ripped in half at full speed in the air and come crashing down onto an island/ocean?

    Of all the issues of suspended disbelief in the show, you really shouldn't get hung up on this one.

    Time travel, islands disappearing, Smokey: these things push the imagination much more than some people surviving a plane crash.

    The point is that Jacob wanted these people on the Island. That's how some people survived.

    May 24, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  647. ashley

    "May 24th, 2010 10:09 am ET

    Vindication. As I've said for this whole season the finale will suck and it did. It didn't answer ANY questions of the island (polar bears, Dharma, numbers, smoke monster, etc) "

    Polar bears were brought there by Dharma
    Dharma somehow found the island and were running test on the island because of the electromagnutism(sp?)
    Numbers were created by Jacob...who cares why
    Smoke monster was created when Jacob "made a mistake" killed his brother and his body went into the light.

    Seriously some people are just plain stupid they answered plenty of questions and especially the ones you think they didn't

    Absolutely beautiful ending! I really enjoyed the last 6 years!

    May 24, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  648. LG

    I loved the finale! Jin and Sun's story was the most romantic of any of the couples, it brought me tears when they were finally reunited and again when they died together in the submarine. I loved Vincent at the end with Jack making sure he didn't die alone. And YES! I would LOVE a Sawyer/Miles cop show!!

    May 24, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  649. Anne

    But what happened to Mr. Echo, Michael and Walt? We even saw Ana Lucia.....

    May 24, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  650. woody

    The flash sideways was not purgatory it was a reward for the all the people who basicaly gave up their real lives to save the regualr world from the island corked up evil.

    Everything was for the most part good in the flash sideways world.

    Like I said many times Dugan went to the island so he could have his son back in the flash sideways world. We never saw this but thats what the flash sideways was NOT purgatory.

    May 24, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  651. Joan Costas

    This is my take, and I had help after reading some of your comments. Okay, they are dead souls looking to cross over. The island was reality, they all died at one time or another and the flash forward and sideways scenes were where their souls were working out "issues". Sure, you can try to wrap 6 years up this way, but this series, in my opinion, was about survival – you cannot forget entire seasons of facts and happenings because the creators now want to wrap this up – so now the details become inconvenient?. Yes, we were invested in the characters and their personal journies, but we were most invested in their survival. So to learn tha t they were all dead at the end was beyond depressing. I didn't feel uplifted – I felt ripped off. Why not make the time travel they experienced be the reason they could not remember – and because of that time travel, they land safely in LAX and then they start to remember as they reconnect. It would certainly have made the invenstment in the details more gratifying. You write a story – you have to defend the details. You can"t just waive it away and decide that dead souls crossing over was the main point. It wasn't. You wanted these people to survive – instead you were thrown into a spiritual ending that was not comfortable. The island had all elements of good and evil – but I didn't need to go to the brink of heaven too. Shame on the creators for this ending.

    May 24, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  652. Michael

    Loved the ending – but confused about why the island appeared under water at the beginning of the season. If Jack was able to save the island, it shouldn't have drowned (as Smokey wanted it to) – right?

    Classify this as a good unanswered question or related to some science/faith issue. You get to interpret.

    My quick interpretation is that the Season 6 opening season relates to one possible outcome. Jack and his sacrifice prevented that outcome.

    May 24, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  653. Daisy

    Hated the ending, still don't understand it. Nothing was solved as far as i'm concerned. What did the numbers mean and the time clock, and the glass imagine of Jack's house in it,and the Lottery # that Hurley won by was the same as the number on the hatch and at the glass imagine and on and on and on it goes still unanswered. I feel I wasted all those years watching completely NOTHING !!! Hate it.....

    May 24, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  654. Sean

    one thing that did bother me, was that, going into this episode, based on the finales of every season of Lost so far, I truly expected a mind-fornication of an ending. Something that just left me going "whoa" like some bad Keanu Reeves knockoff. Every season always ended with something that put my mind in overdrive, and I truly expected that here. Something that would make me go back and look at the show in a new light. That didn't happen.

    Nevertheless, excellent ending to an excellent show.

    May 24, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  655. Tiktak

    LD,

    That horrible plane crash you are talking about in India... didnt it just overshoot the runway? Not get ripped in half at full speed in the air and come crashing down onto an island/ocean?

    May 24, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  656. Booger

    I can't not believe they're all dead, since I been watching for last six years series! That didn't make any sense to me!

    May 24, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  657. sneaky pete

    i am going to make this short and sweet.

    Not all questions were answered because, if they did, there wouldn't be anything to answer in;

    LOST: The Motion Picture

    coming to theaters everywhere summer 2012.

    May 24, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  658. Kevin

    Can anyone explain to me why Desmond had to be the one to
    turn the light off? why did Locke need Desmond?

    Because Desmond was immune the electromagnetical pulses and he was the only one who could turn off the light.

    May 24, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  659. Amanda R.

    No answers to the island mysteries! It seemed like it just turned into a goodbye party for the cast members.

    May 24, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  660. KMH

    No they were no dead the whole time. The Island was Not purgatory. The flash sideways was their purgatory. Everything on the island happened just everyone died at different times. That is why Kate said to Jack I missed you. Because she lived a long life without him. He died on the island. She and everyone else on the plane got off and lived their lives until they died and met again in the flash sideways so they can all move on together. Some people were not ready to move on and the ones in the church at the end were ready!!!

    May 24, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  661. Michael

    Can anyone explain to me why Desmond had to be the one to
    turn the light off?

    why did Locke need Desmond.

    Presumably Locke needed Desmond because of Desmond's ability to withstand high electromagnetic doses.

    Like most of Lost (I'm not criticizing), there's a huge level of suspended disbelief.

    May 24, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  662. Joe

    POD May 24th, 2010 12:18 pm ET

    TO ANSWER THE DOG QUESTIONS:

    The dog was SAINT VINCENT, ushering Jack to heaven.

    That made the ending so great for me
    ------------------

    Lapidus is St. Peter at the gate; I took Jacob and his brother to be a Cain and Abel or Romulus and Remus sort of symbol

    There was quite a bit of religion and philosophy in the show.

    May 24, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  663. Justin

    To whoever thinks the ending sucked because people have to "interpret" it's meaning....

    That is why the ending is so awesome. I think you're mistaking your disappointment with the ending of the show with disappointment that the show ended.

    The events of the island ended with Jack saving everyone, Hurly becoming the new Jacob, and the rest of the survivors living out their lives. To quote Christian, "Some of them died before you did, some long after". The Sideways/Afterlife is an after-the-fact happy ending to remind everyone what is really important....the relationships and the people. It is an epilogue.

    May 24, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  664. Watch before posting

    To:
    I H8te Lost But I Used To Love It

    Did you not watch every season??? Everything you mentioned was explained. Examples: Dharma was on the island to do research because of the properties of the island. The Polar bears were brought there by Dharma as a part of a habitat experiment. So before you start declaring your vindication..maybe you should watch it again...and try paying attention.

    May 24, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  665. Joe M.

    Did anybody catch the fact that, when the cork was taken out, the red light coming up made the hole in the ground look like a head with horms? Symbolism anyone?

    May 24, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  666. On the Fence

    Loved the series and the fanale except the very end. I would have preferred everyone to stay in the sideways reality but with the knowledge after the awakinging as opposed to the spiritual ending.

    May 24, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  667. Mikey

    Here's my idea for a Lost"spin off": Evangeline Lilly (Kate) staggering around the jungle in those ripped jeans and her sweaty, skin-tight, grey t-shirt. That's it, really. Just an hour of that, please.

    May 24, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  668. Kevin

    Someone wrote, "So they died in the crash, and all these years it was showing how they were "clinging" to this life so to say." WHAT? No, they did not die in the crash. Their experiences on the island were all real. The Sideways world simply turned out to be a major flash-forward, way forward to a time when they all were dead and they could all be reunited. Many of them were holding on and they needed each other to "let go." Hurley and Ben lived long, fruitful lives as protectors of the island. Desmond, Sawyer, Kate and Miles got off the island and presumably also lived long lives before dying. Jack died on the island. So the Sideways world was purgatory but the island was not.

    May 24, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  669. RS

    Loved the ending - but confused about why the island appeared under water at the beginning of the season. If Jack was able to save the island, it shouldn't have drowned (as Smokey wanted it to) - right?

    May 24, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  670. Liza

    They didn't die in the original crash. As Christian told Jack, it was all real. Everything on the island happened to them. The Sideways world was basically Purgatory. As they died throughout the years (not all at the same time) they came into this place until they were all together and ready to move on. As many said, it is all about the characters and their journeys. Who they were and who they became is the real story. Of course not all the questions were answered. It gives you something to think about and debate.

    May 24, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  671. J.Crobuzon

    Man, am I ever glad I stopped watching that show. As the man said, the game's not worth the candle.

    May 24, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  672. DC10

    They were all dead from the beginning. The whole show was staged in some other dimension. The initial plane crash "survivors" were already dead and their real deaths were not in any way related in time or space. They all constructed this illusion because they needed eachother to "let go." Darma, island, polar bears, light, Jacob, Man in black,... everything was created by the characters in this between worlds fantasy. The only thing I'm left questioning is whether the whole show was only Jack's journey towards a release from his purgatory or if the other characters were at one time also alive.

    May 24, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  673. LD

    Jayne Ann, thanks for your explanations. You were OBVIOUSLY paying very good attention throughout the 6 years (more than I can say for some people on this blog saying 98% of the questions weren't answered!!). The sneaker was nagging my mind, and I knew there had been a reference to it in one of the earlier seasons, but now that you mentioned it was new right after the plane crash, it makes sense to show it aged, which in my mind proves that the "real" time on the island in that last scene was 3+ years after the original crash.

    And as for the children not born on the island, I was thinking the same thing, although it was not spelled out. The electromagnetism or whatever energy that was pulsing there. Maybe similar to why pregnant women can't have x-rays. Just all that unnatural energy prevents normal development of baby.

    If this is the way the writers intended, that fact is backed up by the two births we DID see on the island, which were Jacob/MIB's mother, and Claire. In those two cases, they were very far along in their pregnancies, I would say late in their 8th months, so development wouldn't have been a real problem with the electromagnetic energy. Just a thought...

    May 24, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  674. Frankie

    Can anyone explain to me why Desmond had to be the one to
    turn the light off?

    why did Locke need Desmond.

    May 24, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  675. Michael

    In the end, rent the DVD if you want answers. The producers promise answers there.

    Why the island is there, why the food drops continued, etc., are all curiosities and I appreciate people wanting answers. For one, I want to know what happened to Sawyer and Kate after leaving. Did they end up together before death?

    If you think stories must answer all questions, please read "The Lady or the Tiger?"

    May 24, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  676. J

    I enjoyed the show and liked the ending. However, I was slightly confused / annoyed that they went to so much trouble in the past to lead you down the road that Walt and Aaron were 'very important' then leaving them completely out of the ending.

    I think back on the episodes were Claire went to see the psychic and all of the discussion about the two boys (almost like those two would take over the roles of MIB & Jacob one day) but ultimately those were just distractions apparently?

    Again, overall I enjoyed this show and thought the ending was well done and most of the loose ends were tied up nicely. But, can anyone share their thoughts on why Aaron and Walt were so important?

    May 24, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  677. Patrick Pierson

    Notice the Chariot wheel on the stained glass window with all the other religious symbols behind Jack and his father.

    May 24, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  678. Kathy

    When Locke told Jack he didn't have a son, was it because the son of Juliette would have been fathered by Sawyer had she lived?

    May 24, 2010 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  679. Todd

    To Quote Simpsons Comic Book guy, Worst Episode Ever.

    May 24, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  680. Truth

    Actually the best ending would have been for Phineas and Ferb to show up, build a giant catapult and just shoot everyone back to the mainland. Then Locke can ask if they are not a little too young to do this and Phineas can say "Yes, yes I am".

    Just sayin'

    May 24, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  681. Sean

    Okay people, quick breakdown for those still confused:
    1. Everything that happened on the island in the 6 seasons was REAL.
    2. The ONLY thing that was purgatory was season 6's flash sideways/LA X world.
    3. Ben didn't go into the church because, after apologizing to Locke, he still had one more person to reconcile with before his soul could move on. Alex.
    4. Those of you complaining that it sucked and they gave no answers, I'm guessing you guys stopped watching the show some time ago, and came back just for the finale expecting all your old questions to be answered, not realizing that all the episodes you didn't watch already answered most of them.
    5. Hurley and Ben lived for at least some time on the island after Jack's death, Hurley as the new Jacob/Jack, and Ben as his Richard Alpert man on the street. It's why the "you were a great number 2/number 1" exchange.
    6. Walt wasn't there because, as the writers have stated numerous times, the actor that played him grew big and tall so fast that they had no choice but to forego his story as he didn't look like a kid anymore.
    7. Mr. Eko wasn't there because they tried but could not come to a deal with the actor that played him.
    8. Rose and Bernard weren't there (I'm guessing) because they had already long ago "let go", and basically untied themselves from everyone else.
    9. Vincent, as explained by the writers in the past, was their C-3P0. The only character to survive the entire story (plus you can't kill a dog in American entertainment without loads of backlash – Tom Hanks has stated many times that the only time he got tons of hatemail for a movie was Turner and Hooch, because the dog died).
    10. This finale was made to give emotional payoff to those who stuck with it for 6 seasons. It was made as a fitting coda to the show. It didn't really give any answers because most of the important ones had already been answered this season. It was made as a goodbye to the characters we came to love/hate. If you came to this ep. looking for answers because you missed them in the eps you skipped, then of course it wasn't satisfying. Go back and watch all the eps if you want answers, because they're in there.

    To those, like me, that truly enjoyed the experience of Lost, this was a great show with a fitting ending that gave us a powerful, emotionally resonant conclusion.

    To those simply posting on here to complain/troll about the show, seriously, if you didn't like it that's your opinion and it's as valid as mine. But might I suggest you find some sort of life for yourself that doesn't involve deriving pleasure from making fun of something you don't understand on an internet message board. Seriously, you just seem pathetic posting on here about something you profess not to care about.

    May 24, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |