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Thursday, May 25, 2006

Top 10 Things in the LOST Finale.

First of all, there are some people on the internet who didn't like the season finale of LOST last night. Those people don't like television. Seriously, you should read the complaints, and how stupid they are: "I'm confused by the four-toed foot...Jack's plan was dumb...Why don't The Others want Walt anymore...I don't care about the British girl...I'm only four" and soforth. Here's the thing: Either you like mystery, or you don't. If you think LOST is about a bizarre Jack-Kate-Sawyer love triangle, or think that shows shouldn't have storylines that arch longer than a week, or think that a giant green bird that screams Hurley's name is stupid, or aren't able to figure out rudimentary story points without having someone explicitly and repeatedly point them out to you (i.e., "Henry" told Michael that Walt was "more than they bargained for," because he has weird powers that enable him to become Wet Walt, among other things -- that's why they sent him away. IT'S NOT A WRITING ERROR!!), you should probably watch American Idol or CSI:Somesuch instead. It doesn't mean you're a bad person, it just means you watch TV in a more conventional way than LOST people. It's ok to be conventional, just don't hold your conventions on my cloud.

Anyway, 10 things that were awesome last night (in no particular order):
  • The green bird that screamed Hurley's name, Hurley asking if it just screamed his name, and Michael shooting at it like a screaming mimi.
  • The magnetic craziness, sending forks and pans flying into the wall, and crushing that "108" sign. No more button. Also, the noise and light were pretty sweet.
  • Desmond brought down the plane! Or did he?
  • British chick's last name is "Widmore." Also, Libby gave Desmond the boat. Libby? Yeah, we better get to know more about her.
  • Desmond tried to sail away, but came back. "We're in a snow globe." Heh. St. Elsewhere references...The writers read those internet boards.
  • The giant four-toed foot. Looked like Homer Simpson's foot in a sandle, actually. Mystery, mystery.
  • Michael and Walt getting to go home. The Others are the gatekeepers to the rest of the world, and that's awesome.
  • Speaking of the rest of the world, we now definitively know that the rest of the world exists, and that the LOST island is not all that's left of humanity. Whew, this show isn't another Oops. That British chick has money, and she can find people. That phone call at the end -- talk about moving the narrative forward. Dang.
  • Mr. Eko lives through a giant fireball, and probably an electromagnetic death storm and whatever the "failsafe" did as well. More mystery -- what happens to Locke and Eko and Desmond? What did the failsafe do?
  • "I was wrong." Word, Locke. Be less wrong next year.

I loved the way the show answered a bunch of questions while adding new mysteries to the mix. Contrary to some people's belief, the writers haven't lost their way. My wife said it best last night: "I feel like I now know what's going on, but I have no idea what's going on." We know why the plane crashed, but we don't know why the plane went off course or why all those connected people were on it. We know the Others are led by "Henry," but we don't know what their goal is or why they think they're so "good" all the time. We know what happens when you don't press the button, but we don't know what happens when you turn the key to the failsafe (except, of course, that everybody doesn't die.) We know who Kelvin was (and he was awesome, btw), but we don't know who his predecessor was. We know that the outside world exists (in a great Lynchian noir phone shot), but we don't know what the purpose of the island is, or why there's a giant foot there.

Gonna be a looooong summer.


  • At 8:40 AM, Blogger Dan said…

    Don't know if you noticed or not, but the one Russian guy at the end is most definitely Jack, or atleast another character played by Matthew Fox. I thought it looked like him, so I went back to the DVR later and checked. Definitely him.

  • At 11:17 AM, Blogger Mike Pape said…

    Really? Whoa, I gotta go back and look. I thought he kinda looked like Vaughn, actually.

  • At 2:49 PM, Blogger jill said…


  • At 3:10 PM, Blogger Brian said…

    I read some stuff that said it wasn't Matthew Fox. They even dropped a name of the other actor. I'll get back to you. Man, Pay Pay, Dan...we could spend a long time discussing this. Actually, Magers, you and I probably should sit down and discuss this when you return from Ohio. I believe I'll be rewatching this tonight.

  • At 7:38 PM, Blogger Brian said…

    Okay, I watched it again, and I don't think that was matthew fox. I do however think that Henry Gale is awesomely creepy.

  • At 8:21 PM, Blogger Mike Pape said…

    "Where's your beard?" Those others are such B____es.

  • At 12:18 AM, Anonymous S. R. said…

    Yep, this show is addictive. Thanks to ABC for re-airing the pilot in Jan. Yeah, thanks big time ABC.

  • At 6:36 AM, Blogger Flybeard the Sailor said…

    Favorite Mike Pape quote:

    "I was wrong." Word, Locke. Be less wrong next year.

  • At 12:21 PM, Blogger jill said…

    Yeah the Schermbecks and the Papes laughed loud and long when Locke said that. We hope you all did too.


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