The Lost finale was so good and its message was so perfect and fitting that a) I feel like it was made for me almost exclusively, a message catered to my life this year with my wife, and b) I sent an email to my friends and wife (who is on the east coast) to share my thoughts and here’s what I sent:
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I don’t know about you, but I loved it. I absolutely loved it.
The show has been set as this debate between fate and destiny, but I don’t believe that is the case. The finale proved that the mythology and the numbers and so many of the other mysteries were just distractions, red herrings, just like we have in real life. False hopes to follow, leads that take you nowhere, questions that you won’t be able to answer. If you listened to what the producers and actors were saying in the lead-up to the show, it was a show about human relationships and human nature. The entire finale centered around the amazing moments when each character finally “got it,” and understood that the high point of their lives was on the island, because on the island they found redemption, and much more importantly, love. That is the case for all the characters (except for Ben, who deliberately stays out of the church…because I don’t think he found his love on the island with this group. He needs to move onto the next world with his daughter, and needs to reconnect with her).
So how does this specifically break down? I think the flash sideways was purgatory. They all died, Jack on the island, many others also on the island, but they all died. But they found their growth and redemption on the island, and in order to leave purgatory and move into heaven, they needed to be together again. So the flash sideways was the purgatory where they all found each other to finally connect and move into heaven together. They couldn’t actually leave purgatory until they were all together again, because it’s almost like you enter into heaven in groups….that what you do in this world is not about what YOU do, but about how you do it in relation to others. That’s what Jack’s dad said in the church at the end: you couldn’t do it alone, and they couldn’t do it alone. And since life can’t be done alone, then you can’t move into the next life alone either. How amazing is that message. I fucking love it. That the people you love in this life are so important and vital that you must be with them in order to move into the next life. I love it. Obviously after this year that message is all the more powerful for me, but I think that’s what it’s all about. And you know what, if it isn’t, I don’t care. That’s what I’m sticking with.
The people you love are so important that you need them to move into the next life.
If you want to check out my favorite Lost blog, which I’ve been consulting since about Season 4, you can check out: http://lost-and-gone-forever.blogspot.com/ I just read his instant reaction after writing this email and he seems to agree with me a lot.
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Sorry, that will be it for my Lost geekness, it just felt like it was made for my story right now. And I loved it.