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Marc Oromaner’s Lost In Myth: “The End”?

By Marc Oromaner,

  Filed under: Lost In Myth
  Comments: 18

Lost is dead. Long live Lost. And so it ends, in much the same way it began: with a close-up of Jack’s eye, staring straight up past the tall stalks of bamboo that circled the sky above. This time however, that eye would close, and with it, our six-season journey that took us right back to where we started—with questions about a mysterious show that seemed to parallel the mysteries of life. For some, the journey was far more compelling than the destination. For others, it was the perfect resolution and they can walk away feeling fulfilled. Whatever you thought about the conclusion, the one thing most viewers can agree on is that the show challenged us to think in ways we might not have otherwise. In short, Lost was a real trip. And what a long, strange trip it’s been.

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  • mpress

    It was transformational for me . . . I puzzled through all the spiritual stuff this season (stop running, turn and face your demons, make a different choice – all this and more)to realize, in the end, we were invited here to this Island Earth, we need it as much as it needs us, we have a destiny and a fate . . . and it’s always our choice whether we will embrace that joyfully, begrudgingly, or not at all.

    Marc, I want to thank you for all that you have written here. For this last season, your writing, along with Doc Jensen and Pearson Moore, have helped me see more than I thought was possible, and certainly more than I ever hoped for in a TV show. So thank you.

    We really can’t do it here alone, can we?

    Be well. I will be following you at your website and look forward to continuing to read you there.

    • Thank you mpress and you’re welcome. Or, to put it another way, namaste.

  • Ament

    Thanks Marc well written. I am on the fence of interpreting the end because of the depth this episode went into. I do believe they lived on the island and that was real as stated. It is assumed Purgatory is a holding area between lives where an individual would stay until their sins are atoned. This “Purgatory” or sideways flash, to me, seemed like the waiting area for those to come to terms with their moments that require true closure before going to the Church, which is the place that they all created to meet. Sideways flash or Purgatory, whatever you want to call it is for everyone, it’s the Chruch that was there personal meeting place. An example of this was when Sun and Jin were leaving the hospital, looked at Sawyer and said we’ll see you there. How did they know where unless that is the place they already know.

    The group awoke from their own prison by coming into contact with a moment that could of quite possibly rectify a regretful moment in their lives that required closure. What? Think about this when Sun and Jin died we all thought how unfair it was for them to not reunite with their daughter that Jin has never seen yet. The moment these two came to terms was just that, their first glimpse at Ji Yeon together now reunited, they can move on.

    John’s moment was when he wiggled his toes for the first time in the hosptial as he did on the island which happened to be the start of his faith. The basic interpretation of faith is the belief that does not rest on logical proof or material evidence yet it is understood by the individual. MIB told Ben the last thought going through John’s mind was “I don’t understand”. Yes this is a reach, but by him thinking this was his regretful moment and he wasn’t able to go to the Church until he restored his faith by remembering what the island did to him.

    If you understand where I’m going with this then the other’s are a little more self explanatory. I believe the moments that occured in their lives that brought about the most regret was also the same moments that they needed to use to let go. Kate gave Aaron back to Claire, Claire got Aaron back, Charlie reconnected with Claire as he promised, Sayid got back the one thing that died in his arms, Ben has so many regrets, like shooting Desmond, that he needs more time before he can go. Jack had the closure with his Dad which was eating him up for so long.

    Sorry for going on.

    Thanks for all your articles Marc.

    • That’s definitely one way of looking at it Ament–coming to terms with their regrets from the island. For me though, the island seemed to help the Losties in their redemption. The sideways world then, seemed to help them let go of the regret they may have had about the life they didn’t get to live–the life had Oceanic 815 never crashed. The island helped them get over their demons. The sideways flash helped them let go of their dashed dreams. Remembering their awaking experiences on the island transcended their illusionary sideways flash reality and woke them up. For some, this was connecting with their constants, for others awakening to their destiny–like Locke and even Jack, whose goal was to let go…of his dad and need to be be enough for him. Of course, your theory works too since Jack regretted not getting to have closure with his father. Either way, I think the overall message is that when we step up and overcome our challenges, that energy transcends the illusionary world and wakes us up to the truth of our existence.

  • Jacob’s Revenge

    Marc, I’m a critical thinker, so don’t expect whitewashing praise of your analysis like so many others here. I’m taking issue with many of your statements and premises here:

    “In other words, while you can carve your own path to your destiny, you cannot create a new destiny for yourself. The universe will course correct whenever you begin to stray. This also is in line with my own beliefs.”

    This is the typical arrogant attitude of the human as center of all things. Really, Marc, you think the whole freakin Universe cares about your own personal, white-bread “destiny” ?! You and most others here represent the privileged, well educated First World populace which thinks everything is about them. What about the rest of humanity without access to everything we take for granted ?! You think they have the luxury of destinies, friends, lovers, not to mention the propensity to kill anyone when it suits their purposes ?! No, Marc, this is a “white-society” idealized fantasy that’s pathetic in its shallowness and transparency. (note: “white society” is not to be read as a racial reference, rather as meaning uniform, bland, and representing the First World societies and interests.)

    “But as Lost has shown us, an afterlife world, while completely imaginary, might seem very real to its occupants while a mythical island that seems to be an illusion, might in fact be the true reality.”

    You speak again of LOST as being a hallowed reference, when it’s just a set of guys like you and me writing a story. And LOST hasn’t shown us this! This is Philosophy 101 which THEY borrowed as a foundation for their story.

    “no ending Lost could have delivered would have fulfilled such a complex storyline, rich mythology, and high viewer expectations … I’m not apologizing for the writers’ reliance on building up mysteries they never intended to answer.”

    BS, Marc! They had THREE freakin seasons to craft an excellent ending! Other scifi series have done better with less, the Stargate finales come to mind. You’re making excuses once again for them for some unknown reason. And though you deny being an “apologist” for them, your writing speaks differently.

    “Lost’s creators have graciously left the task of understanding it up to you. After all, fans have come up with far more fascinating answers to mysteries than most of what Lost provided this season.”

    There you go punting again! Now they’re “gracious” for not completing what they started!! Marc, do you even read what you write ?! Then you go on to basically state that fan-fiction is better than the authentic series. That may be right but for entirely the wrong reasons.

    “Like Christian said, nobody does it alone. We live together and we die together too.”

    Again, more of the “normal white society” schtick. There are MANY people in this world without friends, without family, who actually live alone and die alone often in circumstances we find disgusting. So don’t try to make LOST out to be representing a general metaphor for humanity because it simply is not. It’s very idealized with preference towards First World societal constructs.

    “Lost taught us that we’re all connected… We’ve learned that no one is all good or all bad, and when you let yourself get to know people, you begin to understand why they act like they do. Through scientific, spiritual, mythological and religious themes on the show, we’ve learned that there are many ways of getting to the same truth.”

    These are good insights, yet I take issue with your phrasing that LOST teaches, again, the show is NOT an authoritative source, it references ideas already out there, it’s a TV show, not a online college course, it doesn’t teach.

    Your analysis, like many others, forgives D&L for betraying the mysteries that kept us interested across six seasons. We did not come back year after year for love and relationship stories, that stuff is available on Lifetime and other network dramas. LOST was unique for its scifi-based mysteries and D&L totally sold us out for hugs and kisses and what was basically a cast wrap party in that cliche church scene. And bloggers like you don’t help the cause by apologizing for them and rationalizing their ending. It was a full betrayal of our interests and I will forever revile them for that. I sincerely hope they fade away like The X-Files’ Chris Carter after his shameful finale and failed films.

    And to be clear, I and those like me, didn’t want every mystery answered and the such. We just wanted the series to be true to what made it great in the first place. Instead, they morphed it into a saccharin, emotionally manipulative love story ala Titantic and that’s where alot of our intense disappointment comes from. But in the end, it’s just a show, I’ve deleted all its episodes from my DVR, and will move on to next Great Series and just hope its creators stay true to its basic premise. Namaste dude.

    • Fustrate


    • Betrayed LOST fan

      Thank you for explaining what I am unable to put into words of my own.
      I wholeheartedly agree with everything you have said. Although I still hold out hope that we will get answers somehow, somewhere.

      To me, the characters were a plot point for telling the story of the main character – the island, not the other way around.. If they had ignored the characters this season and answered all the mysteries they used to hook us to keep watching, I would have been far happier.

      I don’t care what they say, LOST was a mystery and that is why people watched. That they didn’t provide answers to those mysteries is beyond me, I can’t trust Darlton again. They are probably reading these posts right now and getting a good laugh.

    • The Dharma & Greg Initiative

      Are we going to debate whether the ending was “good” or not for the rest of time? Like everything having to do with entertainment, it’s a matter of preference. I liked it. I don’t care if it was an “idealized fantasy.” After all, it was a show about a magical island. I loved the escapism the series provided and I am sorry that others are having such a hard time relaxing and enjoying “Lost” for what it really is: A TV show.

    • JR, I responded to your other posted version of this reply here:“the-end”/

      Maureen also replied to you there a bit further down and she made some good points that I think are worth reading.

  • Kafuri

    Stargate had “TEN” seasons to wrap it up. Stargate Atlantis did it in half that, but the end was unsatisfying for me (Although hippies in San Fran may disagree).

  • Little One

    It’s funny how everyone’s talking about the Finale and all the so-called “important people, who are linked/connected to each other”, gathering together in the Church in order to move on and bla-bla-bla (I’m one of the good guys, so you know just in case) and yet no one has ever even mentioned for a fact, that there is still quite a bunch of characters of the Season 1 left aside, who actually have had their noticeable input to the story (each one at their own time), but still they did not even turn up in that Church place in the end with no apparent explanation at all!
    I mean, for the love of the show, how about Mr. Eko and Doc Arzt for starters?! WTF are these two?!
    Stayed on the island did they – very much like Michael? REALLY?! I find it hard to come up with an explanation as to why. Each one seems just like another excuse for Darlton to act like Joda, who we do know, thanks to Hurley, does not really care to explain much.

    There’s still a possibility though, I missed these two characters (at the least) somewhere along Sideways in Season 6 and I admit that – i’m still re-watching this entire season all over again just to prove myself wrong, but… I pretty much doubt that, considering what Lost means to me.

    So…any ideas, dudes?

    • Some good points Little One. For starters, I believe that Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje who played Mr. Eko was not able to work it out to return to the show. It may be a technicality like this that prevented him from being written in. As far as Doc Arzt, I agree, he should’ve been there since he did seem to overcome his fears in the end and the Lost gang helped him do that. But since he shared so little screen time with the main characters, I think it would’ve seemed odd if he were there. Perhaps if they had made the group bigger–adding in Charlie Hume, Jack’s mom, Helen, Hurley’s parents–all the parents for that matter, Juliet’s sister, Ilana, Richard, etc, it could’ve worked, but then I think the point would’ve been lost. I think the point was that there are certain people in our lives and that we help one another to reach our destinies. This group was pretty tight on the island, adding in others would’ve diluted that message.

  • Chelsy

    Eko moved into the light with Yemi the moment he died. He was a child again and he left with him back to a sideways Nigeria. Makes sense to me. Artz still has issues to work out and when he does, he’ll move on too. Like Ana Lucia, he’s not ready to let go.

    • The Dharma & Greg Initiative

      Amen, Chelsy!

  • Rosie

    [“Whatever you thought about the conclusion, the one thing most viewers can agree on is that the show challenged us to think in ways we might not have otherwise.”]

    I have seen other television series and movies that have done the same . . . only with better writing. “LOST” is not terrible, but I do not believe that it was one of the best series in TV history.

    • I didn’t say it was. I said that it challenged us to think in ways we might not have otherwise.

      Personally, though, I do think “Lost” has been one of the most important television series in history. It has changed TV and the way stories can be told on it, forever.