Jeff Jensen thinks there is still plenty of `splaining to do. Do you? Jeff released a must read theory that seeks to provide an explanation for the island – amongst other things:
I’m sure the day will come when I will stop thinking about Lost. That day has not yet arrived. My mind keeps whirring with ideas, observations, and elaborate theories…not to mention plots for the first six episodes of the Hurley-Ben spin-off! Here’s the synopsis for the pilot: While Ben transports Jack’s body back to Los Angeles for a proper funeral and burial (special appearances by all the Ajira-escaped castaways!), Hurley must stay behind on the Island after Jack’s ghost tasks him with two urgent missions: properly disposing of Fake Locke’s enchanted corpse by obliterating it with Charles Widmore’s electromagnetic woofers and preparing for the imminent arrival of Number 108 on Jacob’s Lighthouse sundial, the mysterious ”Wallace.” Admit it, kids! You want that story, like, now!
This makes for a perfect segue to a concern many of you keep raising with me: wtf have I been doing throughout season 6, and what does the future hold.
We will continue to post on the site, but we’ve been taking a break. We’ve learned to “let go.” Temporarily, at least.
The number one question I get these days is: what did you think of the finale? My answer: adequate. I always bristled when anyone, at any level of the LOST scene from creators to fans, split hairs over whether the mythology or the character story was more important. The only valid answer, in my book, is that both were equally important. To say one was more important than the other is, in my opinion, a cop out; it says you are uncomfortable with your ability to explain or digest the other aspect. Character is, of course, the most important element of any story, but when you say that the world that has served as the platform for your characters’ life altering journey is not important to the conclusion of the story … that is just wrong. (You particularly don’t get to say this when the central object of your mythology has been adamantly called a ‘character’ in your story from the beginning.)
That said, I’m not really disappointed with the finale. I take a more pragmatic approach: whatever Damon and Carlton gave us is, without question, the ending. So we can’t apply, logically, our own expectations as to what elements the ending needed to contain as a measurement of whether it was good or bad. The breadth of the LOST story has been less like a TV show and more like a novel, and I suspect that if we arrived to the ending more with the pace one would in a book – ie without gulfs of anticipation between the chapters – their would be much less disappointment in the fan scene. When you read a book, you are along for the ride and willfully cruising to whatever resolution the author has in store; when it is over you reflect on the story as a whole. You do not get to dictate what direction the story goes in as you go along.
LOST suffered a lot of undue fan criticism over the years that no other show would be subject to for the simple reason that it is a big story. LOST has momentum, and at times it has felt like the fandom has been trying to steer that momentum furiously, emitting seething frustration at their inability to change the course. LOST has changed course occasionally at the kvetching of the fan base, but not in the big picture – always in ways that ultimately turned out to be finite, save for the decision to end the show.
Where am I going with all of this? The LOST finale didn’t meet my expectations, but that is no reason to dislike it. The fact is, I loved it. I loved it because it didn’t meet my expectations, but it has taken a little bit of time for me to realize it. More on the meat of the finale, and the ‘big story’ in coming weeks.
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