Ah yes. I have a future post discussing what I’ve learned from 10 hours of Red Dead. Probably won’t finish it ‘til tomorrow. (The post. The game will take significantly longer.)
(I started to write a much longer post about this, but it was turning into a thesis. Here is the condenced version. Includes SPOILERS… but if you have managed to avoid spoilers at this point, I would guess you don’t have the internet.)
First, I enjoyed the finale. Let’s get that right out there. I have mess load of quibbles.
Was there a better way of ending the show without it becoming the end of Contact? Yes. But I was pleased with a lot of the character stuff at the end. Seeing who everyone’s “constant” was made me happy, especially with some of the choices. (That both Claire and Kate had basically Aaron as theirs. That Jack’s was not Juliette or Kate but his dad. (I still don’t buy Sayid/Shannon, but I didn’t buy it the first time.)
For me, watching all of Lost was like putting together a jigsaw puzzle without the box. The joy was trying to figure out what pieces fit with what and then discovering pieces that fit. (Polar bears? Bear cages! (to give a very simple one)).I did take it on faith that there was a box. And discovering that there really wasn’t one, is disappointing. Now I have a puzzle with big holes and a bunch of extra pieces. (Which is really not worse that the VAST majority of television… I just hoped they’d go the extra mile.)
I have heard the Force analogy a few times in respect to explaining the mysteries. (Well, known fact that Damon HATES the prequels.) The analogy is that the Force didn’t need to be explained with some scientific blah blah like midichlorians. The Force just is. And the mysteries of Lost were the same. The Pool of Light and the Island just are.
But here’s the thing: When Darth Vader enters and chokes a guy, the other characters don’t suddenly say “Oh fuck! What the hell is going on?! What is he doing?!” When Obi-Wan starts talking about the Force and teaching it to Luke, no one questions it. (At most Han says, “Kid, I’ve flown from one side of this galaxy to the other, and I’ve seen a lot of strange stuff, but I’ve never seen *anything* to make me believe that there’s one all-powerful Force controlling everything. ‘Cause no mystical energy field controls *my* destiny. It’s all a lot of simple tricks and nonsense.” Even there he is not question the Force, he just doesn’t truck with it as it were.) Basically, no one in the Star Wars universe questions that the Force is a thing or what it is.
The last line of The Pilot Pt 1 is Charlie: “What is this place?” The show posed that question. Up to basically the end of season 5, it is a question being constantly asked by the characters. If the characters are asking it, the audience is asking it.
I like comparing The Island/Pool of Light to the suitcase in Pulp Fiction. It is totally mysterious (and also glows yellow, but not important to the comparison). Characters are totally struck by it and awed. But the suitcase is the classic MacGuffin. The Island, in the end, was a MacGuffin. And… well… that isn’t right.
Again, I like the finale. It is the finale I wanted. My issue is with the rest of the season. It was a whole lot of people picking sides and then changing sides and not a whole lot happening. Give us Jacob/Esau/Momma episode mid-season. If they don’t want to define the Pool of Light, at least give us the stakes. (I still have no idea what it would actually mean if the Light goes out… or if MiB/Smokey/Esau got off the Island. “You and all you love will die.” Not a whole lot of heightening from the other 5 years.) They spent basically 4 of the 6 years dealing with Dharma… and then it was dropped.
If they’d brought things together during the mid-game of season 6, they would have left themselves the room to play the finale as they did with no obstructions.
(I officially to not need to talk about Lost anymore.)