I’ve been meaning to post this for a week now. After watching “What They Died For,” it suddenly occurred to me that this song would fit the theme of the show.
Then I rewatched the Pilot, and when Hurley said “We’re all in this together, dude,” I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face. “The End” only solidified how appropriate I think this song is for LOST.
Now I just want to make a video clip set to this track. The lyrics would make it so easy! Maybe one of you people out there in internet land could do it. I’m sure you’re talented enough to make it happen.
“That was amazing, but I don’t know how they’re going to sustain this for a whole season, let alone a whole series.”—Me, on September 22, 2004, minutes after watching (and loving) the pilot. For so many reasons, it’s hard to believe nearly six years (and six full, rich seasons) have passed since.
There’s only one part I don’t understand at the moment—the rules of the sideways world, and why some people aren’t “ready” yet (like Ben! What was the deal with Ben?)—but altogether I am thoroughly satisfied with the episode, the conclusion and the entire conceit.
I long ago said to myself that when the end came, I’d either say “boy, that came out of nowhere,” or the total opposite “why didn’t I see that coming?” and I have to say the latter is true. It makes perfect sense, and the whole thing is based upon thoughts I had all the way back in season 2. Only I didn’t know yet what my realization meant.
Now I do, and I can’t be happier with the ending. Not because I was “right” all along, but because the show stuck to its guns and made the entire thing about the characters and their stories, from day one to the last.
Thanks LOST. To paraphrase Ben, this means more to me than I can put into words.
“…a year and a half ago, I did a long interview with Lindelof before season five started, and after we finished, we got to talking about the show in more general terms, and I went on some long rant about my dislike of Jack. Damon looked at me, a gleam in his eye, and said, “Okay, I accept that challenge. By the end of the series, I’m going to make you like Jack.” And I rolled my eyes at that, but damn it if he hasn’t lived up to that boast. If he can pull a reversal like that on one of my least favorite TV characters of all time, explaining the sideways universe and bringing an end to the series in roughly 100 minutes of story should be a piece of cake.”—Alan Sepinwall, on why he trusts (and so should you) Damon, Carlton & the rest of LOST’s creative team to bring the series to a satisfying conclusion.
“In “The Man From Tallahassee,” the 13th episode of the third season of Lost, tropical shyster Benjamin Linus (Michael Emerson) conducts a mental exercise with island devotee John Locke (Terry O’Quinn). “Picture a box,” says Linus. “What if I told you that somewhere on this island, there’s a very large box, and whatever you imagined, whatever you wanted to be in it…when you opened that box, there it would be.” That scene is probably the most efficient summary of the whole of Lost. The epic series about a diverse group of damaged characters who wash up on a not-quite-deserted island has been a peerless, character-driven story, a riveting adventure, and a head-scratching sci-fi geekfest. But for all the things Lost was, the show was always measured by its potential: the engaging questions it raises and the mind-blowing answers they could yield. The obsession with Lost wasn’t about what it was, but what it could be.”—
Alston, making a plea for unanswered questions in the last episode of Lost. (via newsweek)
[Except, as I’ve pointed out before, the answers will never be as satisfying as the questions, which is why the show is bound to disappoint some people as it moves ever closer to the end. However, if you, like the castaways themselves, “let go” of your expectations, you’re much more apt to find the answers not only revealing, but exactly what they needed to be.]
…you cannot suppress the worst tendencies of a show without suppressing its best, because they come from the same place. Put another way: you have to be willing to suck if you ever want to be great. “Awesome” and “awful” are actually closer to each other on the continuum of quality than either is to “meh.”
“All this said, I do find myself wondering if the current conflict on The Island can and will be resolved by a paradigm shift in thinking about The Source. The Island needs The Source — but does The Source really need The Island? We’ve been told that a little bit of the light exists in everyone. Well, why not take a cue from Hurley’s Parable of the Hatch Pantry and just divide the rest of The Source equally among all people? Why not make humanity itself the exclusive dwelling place of The Source? It’s time to decentralize! It’s time for Mystic Reformation! That’s my theory of Desmond. I think super-Buddha is going to get dropped into the Holy Wormhole and will absorb all the energy into himself and then redistribute it throughout all of mankind. The Source needs a guardian. But what it needs even more is for all of us to guard it.”—Doc Jensen describes a version of the LOST finale that sounds even more like Buffy Season 7 than anything I’ve even previously considered. The parallels have been there all season, and I wouldn’t begrudge LOST if that’s where it ends up, but I’m hoping for something a little more… LOST-ian. Meaning I want the series to end and (yet again) force me to scream out, “What the ?!?”
“Perhaps that’s why mystery, now more than ever, has special meaning. Because it’s the anomaly, the glaring affirmation that the Age of Immediacy has a meaningful downside. Mystery demands that you stop and consider— or, at the very least, slow down and discover. It’s a challenge to get there yourself, on its terms, not yours.”—
I’m pretty certain this is from JJ’s fantastic TED Talk from a couple years ago. I haven’t watched it in a while, but I cite it all the time—especially this season—as ammunition against the people who say they want answers, then complain about the reveals the writers give us.
People don’t really want answers, even if they say they do, because it’s always more fun to guess what’s inside the mystery box than to open it up. Which is why LOST is always going to be the best, and also why lots of people will walk away Sunday night a little disappointed, underwhelmed, or possibly even angry with “The End.”
“Jacob saying “I didn’t pluck any of you out of a happy existence” raises a question: Is contentment a disqualification? Kate’s name was crossed off because she became a mother and seemed happy. Bernard and Rose found what they were looking for and pulled themselves out of the game. Does this tie in to the relative stability of the Sideways Universe somehow?”—I like Noel Murray’s thinking here.
danielfaraday replied to your post:OK OK…if he is dead that was the worst death for a main character lol it has to be more monumental. him and frank are going to rise and fuck everyone’s brains out or something for the last 15 mins of the finale
I fucking hope so! Because this was shameful!!!!
He can’t be. That death was too quick. Right? Right?
Bill Simmons talks to Carlton about all kinds of things, mostly from a fan’s perspective. Even if we’ve heard a lot of this before (Carlton has his standard responses down really, really well by this point), It’s an engaging and sometimes enlightening interview.
Only problem is that I expect to hear almost exactly the same thing when I go to the Times Talks Live thing on Thursday, and I paid money for that. This podcast is free. Take a listen.