The LOST finale – was that ever an emotional episode! Significant moments for me were when Sawyer realized who Juliet was by the vending machine, and they held each other and cried. When he said “I had you, baby. I had you” – WAAAAHHHHH. Also, when Hurley, Jack and Ben were at the yellow tunnel, and Jack told Hurley he was going to be the island protector and Jack was going down into the tunnel. Hurley had tears rolling down his face – WAAAAAHHHHH. But, the ending has me all confused. If the Sideways-World was like purgatory or some kind of Defending Your Life type waiting area, then how could Jack have performed surgery on Locke? Or was the hospital and the whole scene with Locke just part of Jack’s awakening but didn’t really happen in the “real” world?
The church scene, when Christian opened the doors and the white light flooded in, were they all “moving on” to heaven, or were they moving on to their LIVES, moving on from what happened to them on the island? Chris thinks they weren’t all really dead, but I think they were. Jack definitely looked dead on the island – and OMG the DOG, laying down next to him, sniff sniff. When Christian said “everyone dies, Jack, some before you, some after you”, I think he was referring to characters who were already dead and waiting in this purgatory world for everyone to move on together, and to the characters who died after Jack but had caught up with him in purgatory world (namely, Hurley and Ben, Rose and Bernard).
In the flash-sideways world, remember that it started with the plane actually landing. Each character was then left to re-confront their old life and fix whatever wasn’t right.Desmond had to hit Locke with his car so Locke would go to the hospital and connect with Jack. Jack had to perform surgery on Locke but not be drunk, and have the surgery work, so that he could finally forgive both himself and his father. Kate had to make sure Claire met Charlie and gave birth to Aaron.
Sawyer had to find Juliet and vice versa, Ben had to help Alex have the life she was denied by growing up on the island and, of course, dying because Ben did nothing to stop it. Sayid had to make sure Nadia was safe, Sun and Jin had to remember that he chose to stay with her and die in the submarine. And finally, Kate had to convince Jack that they knew each other and get him to come to the church. It was odd that Jack only had a flash of the island, that he didn’t get his full memory back. And didn’t it seem, in the hospital, that Jack and Juliet were the parents of Jack’s son, that they were maybe divorced?
So, this whole past season, this is what I think has been going on – Juliet said “it worked”. She detonated the bomb and everyone still on the island died. However, because they had unfinished business both on and off the island, their spirits or souls or whatever you want to call them were split in two. Part of them stayed on the island to help finish up the LockeMonster/Jacob/Samuel storyline, and part of them each went into an alternate world where they took care of unfinished life business. Everyone we saw in the church at the end had died at different times, but once all of them were ready to move on, to accept that they were dead, once they had each found the person that had been most important to them on the island, once they had tied up all their loose ends from their lives, they were all ready to move into the light together. Together, just like they all had to be together to get to the island in the first place.
Talk to me about the LOST finale in the comments, people. What was your favorite moment? What questions did you think were left unanswered? Let’s discuss!
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