What was Lost is found

And so after what seems like long, interminable years, Lost is over. I can’t say I’ll miss it.
It’s not like there wasn’t lots of good stuff in it: As a movie or a movie trilogy, it could have been incredible. But on a weekly basis, the stuff I didn’t like dominated—most notably, the way everyone seems determined to go about their business the first couple of seasons and try to ignore the weirdness. Or Locke would sit around issuing mystic hints and smirking at his deep knowledge—and that was all the information we’d get for half a season (I go into this side of things here).
The characters were good, mark you, but the story seemed stretched out to infinity (creeping in that petty pace from week to week); I know a few fans who blame the remaining unanswered questions on getting cut off by the network too soon; I don’t think we’d have ever gotten much more.
Which is my big complaint: Given all the mystery and hinted at secrets, I think more answers would have been good. What was the meaning of the numbers? Why was Claire’s child so important? Why couldn’t children be born on the island? And so on.
The entertaining Mighty God King blog has gone into this in several posts this week; in one, he offers solutions to the remaining mysteries. Unfortunately, a large number about to “Jacob has powers” or “The island is mysterious.” If they were actually writing from that basis, that’s pretty sloppy—it makes Star Trek’s “yee-ha physics” (as a friend put it) rigorous and logical.
One of the commenters on one post argued that obviously (as MGK’s post proves) there were solutions, and it’s not the writers’ fault if we’re too lazy to put the pieces together. Speaking as a comics fan (which means I’ve been concocting retcon explanations for continuity errors most of my life), that’s codswallop: Being able to explain a discontinuity or unanswered puzzle doesn’t mean the writers had that in mind or that therefore the story was perfectly logical all along.
All that being said, I enjoyed the finalé. It didn’t make a lot of logical sense (and as one critic pointed out, it means the entire parallel-world storyline had nothing to do with the main plot and didn’t affect it) but seeing everyone together at the end was tremendously satisfying. So a pleasant goodbye, but I wish their visit had been at least two seasons shorter.

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