So it comes to this...after six years of question after question, mystery after mystery, and symbolism taken to an unheard of extreme, LOST has come to a close with nary an answer to the infinite question loop that the producers have spawned. The show will be debated for a long time and continue to confuse anyone who decides to watch.
Well, why watch? In the end, that is the only question that really matters with a TV show. The answer is really simple. Really really simple. It's so obvious it will make your brain hurt. LOST is a great show.
Wonderfully artistic and amazingly produced, LOST left no brush stroke to chance. For the last six years LOST has managed to make weekly TV viewing an experience like none other. In the meta-information age when every answer is a Google search away, LOST took the meta to unprecedented heights. Every scene had some symbol, some phrase, some obscure philosopher that could be researched to the viewer's every desire. And yet, the intricate story-telling and characters are really what kept viewers coming back for more.
LOST kept it's most ardent fans riveted with compelling story arcs, flawed characters (heros and villains), obscure locations, and epic music. Think of this show as a really good movie -- a 132 hour long movie that went on for six years.
We were introduced to polar bears on the beach, time travel, smoke monsters, looking-glasses, impenetrable hatches, and "Not Penny's Boat" all while rooting for characters that were deeply flawed, lovable, and infinitely relatable. We saw tragic heros, redemptive villains, adorable sidekicks -- and were captivated by them all. From "tallies" to "The Others", each sub sect offered another glimpse into the human condition. The debates were easy and current: Science vs. Faith, Good vs. Evil, David vs. Goliath. Each character and story-arc embodied some of that conflict.
As with any good art, the series left us wanting more. More clips, more answers, and yes, possibly even more questions. Questions of why characters did the things they did...perhaps why we do the things we do? And in the end, LOST left the answers up to the viewers. Exploring the mysteries of the Island was an apt metaphor for exploring the mysteries we each face. For every map or hieroglyphic LOST flashed on screen, there was some human resonance.
And so it ends, like all good things must, with a vague inclination of purpose and prose. LOST is over, charted and uncharted alike, left to be revisited on some rainy Sunday afternoon. Here's hoping for a storm.