LOST is over: Let the withdrawals begin

Sunday May 23, 2010 marked the end of LOST, a show I’d spent about six years watching week to week. Sometimes I’d watch it more than once if others hadn’t seen it. I was never into the massive online crowd that liked to speculate what was happening, or how it related to this religion or that philosopher’s teachings in some obscure way. I liked to watch the show and experience it for what it was; great entertainment. Sure I voiced my own speculation from time to time, but it wasn’t necessarily based on anything; just an avid enjoyment for the show. Six years of this meant I was quite invested in the characters and I wanted to see an ending that left me satisfied and ready to move on.

Last night’s finale was not perfect by any means, but with a show as complex as LOST, it’s hard, if not impossible to answer every single question. (Some would argue it’s because the creators didn’t have any idea what they were doing the first couple seasons and have spent the last two or three trying to fit them together as best they could.) SPOILER ALERT: It has long been speculated that the the island was some kind of limbo between heaven and hell. While that was always too basic of an answer, it appears to have been the case.

I obviously haven’t had too much time to speculate, but from what I saw on the finale, it looked as if everything that happened on the island was a battle for souls; to make people believe in themselves and see worth, before moving on. As Christian Sheppard explained to Jack, both timelines actually happened to the characters, but different outcomes came of it.

The characters in the “Flash sideways” were flawed, though for many not in the same way as those on the “regular” timeline. Desmond, with the push by Charlie, went around, a la Touched by an Angel and helped people on the manifest (though for some reason, not everyone). They had to have their demons exorcised, and finding their “constant” (if that term can be used/makes sense) helped them to see the light, as it were.

The characters on the island had a more literal fight for escape by dealing with the island and its own issues. That would make sense in a way because many characters have died over time, and some have stayed (ie. Hurley, Ben and Michael) to help those that come through the next time around; because as we’ve learned, there’s always a next time.

Of all the characters, I’ll probably miss Michael Emerson’s evil, conniving, yet flawed and misunderstood Benjamin Linus who joined the cast in the second season. Originally signed on to appear in 3 episodes, Emerson’s Ben went on to become one of the most important characters in the show. His performance was so well done, he received Emmy nominations in 07 & 08, eventually winning one in 2009. The final episode didn’t fully close Ben’s story, as he is left outside the church in the side flash (possibly to go live with Rousseau & Alex, happily ever after), and he becomes yet another 2nd in command to the island’s leader on the “regular” timeline, continuing his subservient nature. In the end I’m left wanting to know more about him, but happy that he didn’t end a “bad guy”.

LOST is definitely the network show of the decade in my mind. Its finale didn’t do as strong as say M*A*S*H, Seinfeld or Friends, but considering the investment it took to watch (you really needed to watch it every week to get it), 13.5 Million viewers was still a good turn out in my mind.

Flawed or not, I’ll miss the heart in my throat excitement that happened every week. Like my books, I appreciate strong character-driven stories, and these had quite a few well-developed characters (thanks to the flashbacks) that I rooted for or against (many times flip-flopping) from week to week. Now it’s over for good.

Which character or storyline will you miss the most? Was there a flaw in particular that left you upset with the finale or show in general?

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LOST is back!

It’s been so long since LOST last aired on TV and I forgot the fanatical feel of watching the show, but after last night it’s back in full force (and non-LOST fans following me on Twitter collectively groan). I won’t be blogging about the show until season’s end, so before everything really gets going: Are you excited for the final season? Are you not a fan and happy to see it go so people like me will shut up about it? What are you looking forward to being answered the most? Here are a few of my major “need to know” questions coming into the season:

  1. The numbers – What do they mean?!
  2. Babies –  Why is there such an issue with them on the island? And how did Aaron survive?
  3. Dead people – Why are do so many of them keep making appearances? Does the island emit some kind of trippy acid that stays with you even if you leave it?
  4. Island’s beginnings –  Will Jacob’s story continue and tell us how this all began?
  5. Locke – Is he.. Jesus? Kind of answered in the first episode.. and no, he’s not Jesus, heh, but I’m still curious to see his “new” role expand and be explained.

My top 5 TV shows of 2009

This is the first of my “Top 5” posts for the end of the year. Of course this one is about my top 5 TV shows. Let me know what you think! Tell me what shows should’ve been on the list, or how much you completely agree with me.. that’s always permitted.

NUMBER FIVE

WEEDS

Coming into this season (its 5th) I wasn’t expecting much out of Weeds. I felt the show had been sliding downhill after season two and it wasn’t coming back anytime soon. While the storyline is still outlandish and can only seem to blow up from here on out, the writing was the show’s saving grace. Season three and four had been a bit of a chore, but this season I couldn’t stop laughing again. It seems as if they gave Justin Kirk, who plays Andy Botwin, more air time and that was a great move. Without Andy the show wouldn’t exist. His character is basically carrying it, so I’d like to see how they move forward next season.

NUMBER FOUR

TRUE BLOOD

Coming into its sophomore season True Blood had a lot to live up to. It had quickly developed a cult following (as do most things Vamp, no?) and nothing short of brilliance would do. This season wasn’t any better than the first, and that’s not an insult. Too often shows try to one-up the last season and it catches up in the end when they can’t keep up with their own imaginations. I haven’t read the Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris that spawned the series, but I’ve heard/read the show has decided to veer away from some plotlines, *cough* Lafayette *cough*, which is great; some characters should not die. That being said I hope Tara goes soon. Her storyline is plain tired and the show would be so much better off without her.

NUMBER THREE

LOST

It seems like AGES ago that LOST was on TV and I’m sure if it had just ended I would be a little more torn about putting it in the three spot. This season (its 5th) we got a lot of questions answered and they’re setting the show up nicely for its final hoorah. The second half of the season seemed to be a little eventful than the first. Although I know they were just establishing why the characters were where(/when) they were, so the audience wouldn’t get even more confused. The best part about this show is the writing. It is so captivating and I know I’m being suckered into something, but I can’t stop myself from going back. I look forward to the final season. It’s a great time to end the show; they can answer questions how they want; and we can see the characters finally move on with their lives. Now that I’m thinking about it again, I can’t wait for it to start up in the new year!

NUMBER TWO

MADMEN

MadMen is one of the best shows on television and it shows no signs of slowing down. It’s cast is astounding, its writing is astounding, it’s sets and wardrobes are astounding. I was tempted to give it the number one spot because it’s become somewhat of a culture changer. The style of dress is cool again, for men and women; people are MadMen’ing their avatars on Twitter; and it’s so interesting to look at a time before everyone, not just Americans, grew up. After the early 60s there was a definite political change in the air, and this past season it really began to emerge. I’m looking forward to what they bring next season, as there is a bit of a rebirth happening, professionally, and great upheavals in a few characters personal lives as well.

NUMBER ONE

DEXTER

Ah yes Dexter is my most favourite show for 2009. This season (its 4th) was one of redemption, because like Weeds, the writing for the show had been sliding, almost to the point where I didn’t think it could come back and be great again. Now that I think of it, redemption is the wrong word. This season of Dexter surpassed all my expectations and should put Michael C. Hall and John Lithgow into serious contention for Golden Globes and Emmys. With the conclusion to this season, the writers took a definite risk doing what they did. That being said, there are some great parallels happening and to be honest, what was done, needed to be done, so this season was as good as any.

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