To supplement my video blog above, I have a few additional thoughts on the LOST series and finale. As said in the video blog, if you were to think in extremes, LOST fans that were more invested in the emotions and drama of the characters would have enjoyed the finale. On the other hand, fans that were more intrigued by the mythology and mystery of the LOST universe would have enjoyed the ending less, much less. But I don’t think this would have been the case if things went as planned.
AGAIN, SPOILERS ARE UP AHEAD. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK. YOU’VE BEEN WARNED.
Ahem. Originally LOST was supposed to have 7 seasons. If LOST continued on its pace in season 6 and carried it into a hypothetical seventh season, I don’t think fans would be as dissatisfied. With that said, I still enjoyed the unexplained and emotional ending, because ultimately it leaves it open for interpretation much like the entirety of the show. That said again, some things could have used some answers.
I think with TV shows like LOST, there should be a fine balance between what needs to be left for audience interpretation and what needs to be explained. This balance would not have been an issue if there was a seventh season, but sadly there wasn’t one. Of course to be in keeping with the show, even there was a season 7, the series finale would need to leave some things left unanswered.
Ultimately I think LOST was shafted by ABC studios. But this is only my personal self-comforting presumption and theory. Although I enjoyed the finale, I am secretly saddened by the lack of many things (sobs). Maybe due to market research and ratings, ABC could not afford to produce another season (or maybe the more realistic explanation was that the 2008 Writer’s Strike f***ed everything up). In the end, if this was the case, the LOST franchise as a whole will never ever be complete and satisfactory. If ABC forcibly removed a season from the original vision of LOST, the creators of the show are then pressured to rush everything and hopefully come up with an ending that is suitable. Maybe if there was a seventh season the entire concept of the “flash-sideways” might not have existed. Or maybe the ending would justify the flash-sideways to be something more than a possible afterlife.
All in all, a seventh LOST season would have done not only the franchise justice, but also the fans. Maybe like Evangelion somewhere down the line a film, a mini-series, a comic, or even a reboot of the franchise would conclude the series in a less “huh?” fashion.
But I can say this, being fans of this great show, we should always brace ourselves to be eternally and predictably lost in some shape or form.
PS: I was pissed off that Jin & Sun were ****** off in that third to last episode. Just some Asian venting. No mind.