May 24th, 2010
04:24 PM ET
It’s been hours since the series finale of “Lost,” and fans are still trying to figure it all out.
On Twitter, #Lostfinale has been a persistent trending topic as users alternately hail the series end as the best.thing.ever, express their (sometimes extreme) disappointment or just tweet their confusion.
It's gotten to the point that other users are using the hashtag just to get their tweets seen by the hundreds still talking about it. Yet like with any series finale, one can never expect reactions to fall overwhelmingly in one category. Inevitably, some walk away satisfied, while others are left frustrated with unanswered questions, and still others are dealing with feelings of sadness, unable to “let go” of their favorite show.
But on to the reactions – we’ve grabbed some snippets from Twitter, CNN iReports and the comments left on Henry Hanks’ recaps in order to get a sense of what the final verdict on the finale is. Was it more awesome than it was disappointing? Read on.
Team ‘Mysteries rule’ vs. Team ‘The writers were lazy’
Many fans tuned in to the last two-and-a-half hours of the series knowing full well that every single question could never be answered, and while some have taken this in stride, others believe the writers took the easy way out.
“I was very disappointed that it explained nothing of Jacob, MIB, all the island secrets, the flash forwards and sideways, or anything else,” said iReporter Tony Kevin Patton in a review. “I was very disappointed in the ending, and felt the writers could have done so much more. Even if they had taken some of the blogs and posts I've read over the last couple of weeks...I felt some of those would have been a much better wrap-up to a great series.”
Commenter Glenn, a “dedicated fan since episode 1,” thinks “the writers didn't know how to end it… Just to[o] many holes and I'm not ta[l]king about the unanswered questions. For example, if this was everyone who died on the plane and had to ‘settle’ things on a spiritual level before they could ‘move on’ why was Desmond there? Better yet, why was Penny there? What did I miss?”
But these persistent questions are part of the beauty of the show for iReporter Jason Gaston. The best thing the finale did, Gaston said in his review, is keep some things unanswered. "One of the best things about the show, [is] its mysteries and its stories and its characters. You could debate them and interpret what was going on, and you could do this until you were blue in the face.”
Like the "Were they alive or dead?" quandary.
While some believe it’s obvious that everything that happened on the island was real, others are convinced that they called the ending a long time ago - the characters had been dead the whole time, as recap commenter KisaSkee points out. “Maybe it was entertaining, but I'm disappointed. People guessed the first season that this was purgatory, that the islanders had died etc. Producers specifically stated that they were not dead, and this was not purgatory. Why??? They could have stayed silent about it then and kept us waiting. Instead they mislead everyone and lied. If I wanted to be lied to for 6 years, I could have gotten married again."
However, finale commenter Mike would encourage that viewer to go back and watch the finale again. “Great ending to a great show…It seems most of you people didn't even ‘get it.’ THEY DID NOT DIE FROM THE CRASH. The events on the island after the crash all happened. It was the sideways world that was some kind of limbo. Jack's dad explains the whole thing at the end. Funny how some of you are posting on here complaining of a predictable end when it doesn't seem like you even know what happened.”
But there are still others who, regardless of being disappointed, are left with the same emotions as Twitter user SwordofSparda: "A mix of emptiness, sadness, and all around feeling of loneliness.” Twitter user Klaye asks, “Will any show ever be as cool as ‘Lost’ was? Now it’s major network television’s turn to be stuck in limbo.”
So for those who are still disgusted/angered/saddened that the finale didn’t live up to expectations, maybe this commenter’s observation will bring just a bit of relief once you realize how it could’ve ended.
“I’m just glad it’s over,” commenter Dawn wrote Monday afternoon, “[and] that Jack didn't end up in a shower scene saying it was all a dream.”
Check out more reactions from iReporters and join the conversation here.
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