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Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Unless you've been living under a rock (or in a hatch maybe), you know that the Lost series finally came to a close. I'm really glad the show got to do a proper ending, unlike some of my other favorite shows: Carnivale, Deadwood, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles; all of which were not renewed for the next season leaving us hanging. It was promised that all would be explained by the end of Lost, and I must admit I was a little underwhelmed and annoyed at the lack of answers. Sure they answered some of the major questions, like what the island actually is, the origins of the smoke monster, what Jacob was protecting and what was going on with everyone, but I wanted to know so much more than that.

** Spoilers **

What I got out of the ending was that everything on the island really happened to all of the Lostaways. The alternate reality of the plane landing in LAX and all of their lives continuing to intersect was a sort of purgatory that they went to after they died. They didn't die all at the same time, Jack died on the island just after restoring the light, Locke died when Ben strangled him a couple seasons ago, Boon and Shannon died back in season 1, etc. They stayed in that alternate reality until they were ready to "move on", and most of them weren't ready to do that until they connected with each other and remembered what happened to them. Jacks father said there was no time in that alternate reality which allowed each of them to live out their lives and die on their own. Hurley told Ben he was a great number-2 and Ben said that Hurley was a great number-1. I took this to mean Hurley and Ben protected the island after Jack's death for quite a while, maybe hundreds of years, yet they were there at the church with everyone who died on the island early on.

That was great, but there were so many little things I wanted to know more about that were never addressed. One of my favorite things on the island was the Statue of Taweret. We first saw it's huge remaining foot in season 2. Sayid says he doesn't know what he finds more disturbing, the fact that the rest of the statue is gone or that is only has 4 toes. We later see the whole statue in flashbacks and discover that is where Jacob lives. We find out it was destroyed in the late 1860's when the Black Rock carrying Richard hits it while being swept into the jungle on a huge tidal wave. We know when it was destroyed, but not when or why it was built, or by whom.

statue

Another favorite of mine was the Frozen Wheel. This is an exit point of the island for the person who turns the wheel and it has the ability to alter the physical location of the island and the time for its occupants. We see a prototype of the wheel being built by the Man in Black (Jacob's brother) during ancient times as a way for him to get off the island, but this original mechanism is never completed. So who built it? How was it built way underground completely surrounded by rock? How does it work? Why is the wheel chamber so cold? Why did whoever turned the wheel get spit out in the middle of Tunisia?

wheel

I also wanted to know more about Jacob and his brother, the man in black. We know they were twins born on the island. Claudia, their mother, was on a ship that sank and washed up on shore. The islands protector at the time delivered the babies, killed Claudia and then raised the boys as her replacement candidates. When did all this happen? Why don't we know the name of the man in black? How long were they on the island? Jacob and the MiB were probably in their 40s when they attained their ageless states, but they could have been enemies for centuries before flight 815 crashed.

Jack and Vincent at the end

The last scene of the show when Jack was dying was very sad, but I thought they did a great job with it. I loved how the scene mirrored Jacks arrival on the island. You might not remember but the first scene of the first episode is a close-up of Jack's eye opening as he comes-to after the crash. He was in the same exact bamboo field with Vincent lying next to him.

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