How Lost Should Have Ended

By Razib Khan | July 6, 2010 1:10 am

So I’ve never watched an episode of Lost. And I probably never will as people keep saying that the finale made following all those seasons kind of pointless. But could someone interpret the following video? I don’t get what’s so amusing about it…because I haven’t watched the primary material, which is obviously pretty complex.

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  1. gazzaj

    So you’re saying you want all the benefits of getting the jokes, without having experienced the pain of sitting through 7 seasons of relentless, pointless “plot”?

    Nah. Even if it was possible to explain it within the character limit of this text box, I just don’t think it would be fair 🙂

  2. snarl

    i’ll preface this with: i’m a big Lost fan, and the ending the writers and creators chose, while not kick-ass, satisfied me.

    basically lost is: there’s a magic island, and lots of people go through lots of pain and suffering because two brothers in charge of protecting it couldn’t play backgammon without it all ending in kicking the board and pieces all over the place.

    the cartoon (while i like some of their other endings) takes potshots, could be a lot funnier, and only makes sense if you’ve watched the last two episodes of the series.

  3. miko

    Agree with snarl… I liked a lot of Lost a loved some of it, particular the edgy paranoia of the 2nd and 3rd seasons. They chose to end it by servicing the emotional/character plots and not the sci-fi/mystery plots, which pissed a lot of people off. As did having the island be essentially an empty McGuffin. I was ready for it to end weakly…as others have pointed out, a serial cliffhanger series is all about continuing and will by nature suck at ending.

  4. Thanks. I haven’t watched the link yet, I have to steel myself to it. I DID watch a handful of episodes and concluded it was ridiculous and no self-consistent resolution was possible without resorting to “it was a dream!” Sound like that’s perhaps along the lines of what happened. We’ll see.

  5. The video is a series of in-jokes for people within a specific and highly limited subculture. I doubt there is any way of conveying the humor that doesn’t rely upon pre-existing familiarity with the details of the show, and probably no way of concisely explaining what those details are in the first place.

    Ever watch the X-Files, Razib? Its metaplot episodes were in some ways similar to the progression of Lost, and its ending was weak and unsatisfying for pretty much the same reasons.

  6. i watched x-files. ok, that’s weak. ppl felt same way way about BSG too (never watched it).

  7. Robert

    How Lost should have ended.

    With a test pattern replacing the last half of the first episode.

  8. tgt

    That was a funny little spoof. Made me laugh at least. Here’s a couple explanations:

    1) Hurley (the fat guy) is played as a big teddy bear … the selfless best friend, lovable loser everybody roots for.
    2) The Korean couple drown together in the end in a touching scene where the guy chooses to drown with his trapped wife rather than leave her. Very touching … unless you remember that they have an infant child who is now an orphan and who they don’t mention at all while they talk about drowning and how much they love each other.
    3) The #s were often repeated throughout the show and they were showcased as hinting at some deep, numerological importance … and no explanation was ever given.

    Almost none of the big mysteries were answered in any satisfactory way. The finale was satisfying, though, in a big cry-fest way as all the destined-to-be-together couples get reunited forever in eternity. What was the island, why was it there, how did all those magical things happen …. best not to think about and just focus on the pretty couples that we watched get tortured, chased, shot, fall in and out of love, and eventually killed for 6 seasons … finally be reunited in eternal peace.

    Lost used sci-fi/fantasy/supernatural/mystery genre fiction gimmickry to get people attached to the characters … then abandoned the genre fiction in the end. It did payoff the emotional character arcs, though.

  9. Brian Too

    I watched a few episodes early on and then dropped out. It was too frustrating–mystery after mystery raised, no answers (ever), and lots of stuff just flat out didn’t make any sense.

    My take? The entire show was a big tease. Get the audience all hot and bothered and then… just leave them there.

    Obviously they found an audience and were doing something right. It wasn’t for me though.

  10. benj

    I watched Lost and like most people did very much enjoy the ending. The people complaining are a minority of geeks who wanted to know what happened exactly 2500 years ago on the island and watch Egyptians build a statue.
    Contrary to what many people say, Lost did answer almost all the mysteries. The thing is, sometimes they gave all the info but you had to process it and think to understand. That was apparently to hard for some.
    Not the best show ever but one of the best and the most intelligent ever done.

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