Lost for Six Years – My Analysis of the Lost Series Finale
Last night was the series finale of Lost. After six years of enjoying the show, I was left with some questions, which, surprisingly, didn’t anger me and have me feel that I wasted 125 hours of watching the show and countless hours theorizing and reading the forums. In fact, I thought the end was perfect.
I could go on and on about the many unanswered questions and theories, but I will only list a few pertinent ones that come to mind. Sure, I’d love to know the answers to some of the scientific questions. What is the magnetic force on the island, how can these magnetic forces cause polar bears to exist in a tropical climate? Why does a cork need to seal evil out? How are people cured from cancer and spinal injuries on the island? What are Jacob’s rules?
More importantly, what is the island? Why do certain people get drawn to it? When did it start? I can definitely theorize that the island is similar to the Garden of Eden, a place where all life begins, the center of the world, and a light that needs to be protected for life to continue. But we will never truly get all the answers. I think that is the beauty of the show. I don’t really want a complete answer because I am satisfied with my theories that fit it my own life experiences, my Catholic faith and the love I have for all the people in my life and even the love I experience when I come across strangers when I travel.
I know that some people are angry without getting all the answers, but truly, why be upset about it? Do we question what Middle Earth is in Lord of the Rings and why is exists and why a ring can rule or destroy? Do we question the science behind the Starship Enterprise? Does it really bother us that we can travel light years from planet to planet in Battlestar Galactica? Do we understand how a body can be transported from a planet to ship? And, we don’t really need that science fiction to be explained to understand the story of the humanity. In the end, all of the greatest shows are really about one thing and that thing is meaning and love in life.
I love that the island was real. It was something they all experienced together. A plane crash did bring them there and it did change their lives full of despair and anger, their tortured existence into a meaningful existence where they finally found their purpose and meaning of their lives. They understood their gifts and talents and were able to put them to use. All of the people brought to the island needed to be there to appreciate life, to learn to love and to want to continue living. “I realize that I want to live,” said Richard when he realized the rules had changed and he wouldn’t live for all eternity anymore.
There were so many favorite moments in this two and a half hour finale, but two really stick out. One was Ben’s true act of contrition. He finally understood his selfishness, he understood that he had to work a few things out and he finally asked for forgiveness from a man he harmed consistently and finally killed in an attempt to become powerful. When Locke gave him that forgiveness, you could genuinely see the importance of those words and the effect on Ben. In those few words, a sense of relief occurred, a questioning of self and finally, the closure to the events that took place in his life. It was here that Ben embraced the incredible necessity of forgiveness from others and to himself.
My other favorite scene was when Jack hugged his dead father and realized he was also dead and finally let go and became ready to leave himself. This was the culmination of everyone saying their I love you’s, of trusting each other and meeting again in the future. The sideways alternate reality was a sort of purgatory, a place created by all of them to meet and “let go.” It was so spiritual, fits with my Catholic viewpoints (and I bet it fits with a lot of other religious viewpoints) and it was that culmination that life really is this journey through love and relationships.
We “live together, but we die alone.” In the end, we die alone, like Jack did in the midst of a bamboo forest, and hopefully, while we were living and in our last breath, we discover ourselves and die knowing it all happened for a reason.
Lost was a journey through spirituality and discovery of purpose. The truly important thing that withstands everything is LOVE.
The show was phenomenal. It suited the intellectual self with literary and pop culture references; it brought out the spiritual realm, and tied together all the major religions of the world. The spirituality on Lost was enticing (from good versus evil, to the “resurrection” of Locke and Sayid, the necessity of forgiveness, the need of creating community, etc) and made you think more deeply about your own beliefs.
It made the imagination reel with excitement as you were forced to theorize and wonder and question your own reality. It had hidden Easter eggs that forced you to look at minute signs and events and realize that even the smallest event can make a huge impact. And, it looked at the greater picture, the most important thing in all of life, our love for others. It analyzed relationships—how we affect each other, how we treat each other, how much we take for granted, how much we are tied together, how there is a higher power helping us reach the place we are meant for in this world. Everything happens for a reason and everything has a purpose.
I cried, I got closure, I felt at peace and I think that in the finale had quite a fitting ending-“I’ll see you in another life, brother.”