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The "Lost" Finale

May 24, 2010

I'm sorry to have to say this, but it sucked.

It blew.

I was really, REALLY disappointed.

Even when people told me I was wasting my time watching this show in Season 6, I explained that I had faith that it was going somewhere and that my multitude of questions would be answered.

I have to admit I was wrong.

As some of you may know, I am a writer, and I am currently in the final revision of my novel. That means that I am going through my novel and tying up loose plot threads. For example, if I have an airdrop of food in Chapter 3, at some point before the end of the novel, I should explain how that airdrop happened. You see, if I don't, the reader will be pissed and chuck the book across the room.

I am a plot based person. I am intrigued by a good plot, especially one as complicated as "Lost." Each week, I watch and with the introduction of a hatch, iced donkey wheel, freighter, and two eternal combatants, I say, "Wow - I never saw that coming!"

Each week with a cliffhanger, such as when they revealed Locke to really be dead and that someone is masquerading as him, I would say "Wow, I wonder how that happened!"

And then with the magical recurring numbers that appear everywhere - what do they mean? I love code breaking, and so for years I wondered - what do they mean?

Apparently, they mean nothing.

I know a lot of people hated Ronald D. Moore's "Battlestar Galactica" finale, especially when Starbuck became the deus ex machina angel-thing that saved them all (which was never fully explained). But, I have to give Ron props - he did try his best to tie up all the loose plot threads and aside from a few inconsistencies (such as the constellations in the map room on Kobol), he succeeded. At the end, despite all of his denials, he finally admitted that there was no "plan" and he bloody made the thing up as he went.

All the people who love Lost are saying that the producers had a plan; after watching the finale, I have to call bullshit on that one. There was no plan, and dare I say, there was no plot.

One of the cardinal rules in professional writing is that if you show a gun in Act 1, it better be fired by the end of Act 3. What "Lost" gave us was a LOT of loaded guns, and we never got to see them fire.

People say that it was beautifully written and the characters were so great, and the finale succeeded by giving them a great emotional ride. For me, though, characters are only half of the equation; without plot, you have a bunch of character sketches. Plot does matter.

I have so many questions left unanswered:

- Who was dropping the pallets of Dharma food on the castaways? If the Hanso Foundation, how come no one bothered to come find out that everyone on the Dharma project was dead?

- Why was Walt telekinetic? What did that have to do with anything? Why did the Others want him so badly?

- How come no one could have children on the island?

- When Jacob was off touching the castaways, who was watching the island?

- Why didn't the Man in Black just keep Christian Shepherd's body and use that to leave the island?

- When the Man in Black assumed Locke's body, why was Locke's real body left behind? Did Fake Locke clone the dead body? Why didn't he just clone dead (insert castaway name here)'s body?

- What were the rules regarding Jacob and the Man in Black? Who made them? Who enforced them?

- Who shot at the time-traveling castaways when they were in the outrigger canoe with the Ajira bottle?

- What the hell did those numbers mean, anyway? Why did they cause bad luck for Hurley? Why were they on the hatch? Why were they in the radio recording?

- What was in the hatch?

- Why did Claire abandon Aaron?

- What the hell happened on that show?

People have joked that the title "Lost" referred to the way they felt after watching the show.

Instead, I have an alternate theory.

"Lost" is what I did with my time watching this show.

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