'Lost' finale leave you lost? Here's my take
The popular TV show "Lost" had its final episode last weekend, and viewers either loved it or hated it. Or they're downright confused.
For the last year or two, I've watched with a skeptical raised eyebrow, never expecting the writers on the show would be able to tie up all the loose ends. And they didn't. But they did tie up more than I expected, and overall, I really liked the finale.
As a former "X Files" fan in the 1990s, I feel like that show fell miles short of answering anything. At least "Lost" left a bit of satisfaction for the end.
I kind of had a feeling the final scene would likely be Jack's eye closing, most likely from his death, because his was the first eye to open at the first frame of the first "Lost" episode. (And all first-season episodes began with an eye opening of differing characters.) So Jack's closing eye seemed like a perfect bookend.
An early theory as to what the island was that it was purgatory: the waiting room between heaven and hell. Some viewers took the final episode as proof that everyone on that crashed Oceanic flight died when the plane went down, and the whole series was a purgatory scene. I don't think so.
As odd as it sounds, I think all of the stuff that happened on the island really happened. The special electromagnetic properties, the Dharma Initiative, the plane crash, the Others, etc.
At this point, I realize regular readers of my column must be calling the authorities to let them know I've gone off the deep end and to pick me up. Sorry if you didn't see the show, this must seem like gibberish.
Even some loyal watchers of the show are likely rolling their eyes at me -- really, Steve, they're thinking. So you think there was really time travel and the island "moved."
Hey, you watched it too! You went along for a ride with a story that contained a smoke monster, a paralyzed man walking after a plane crash and a hatch with buttons that had to be pressed to keep the world from ending. Don't roll your eyes at me, mister. You knew what you were getting into.
So the final sequence of "Lost" showed everyone in a church at Jack's funeral (much to his own surprise.) I think this was sort of like a reunion in heaven -- these people went through a lot together and wanted to find each other at the occasion of Jack's passing. The alternate or "side reality" where Jack had a kid and had once been married to Juliet was a function of Jack's mind in coming to grips with his own death, sort of in the same way as when I have a weird dream, my wife will be there and I'll be in my old college dorm and Jim Morrison will be there drinking all my bourbon. Some parts real, some parts fuzzy. (Disclaimer: Jim Morrison never drank my bourbon. It was always gin with him.)
Jack accepting the role of island protector, as brief as it was, was him coming to terms with his destiny -- the path he was eventually supposed to take. When he finally had his acceptance, he passed the test, so to speak, and was ready to die.
Or maybe not. Maybe I'm wrong about all of this. That's kind of the beauty: the ending was left open to interpretation. It was kind of like "The Sopranos" -- what happened there at the end? I'm convinced Tony Soprano got whacked, and I'm at peace with that. If you don't believe that, more power to you. I like a little wiggle room in an ending.
Hey, I'm just happy we didn't see Bobby Ewing in the shower and find out the whole thing was a dream.