The Love For Lost Continues
by Emily Offshack (@CanadianEmily)
It has been over two years since Lost ended. The controversial finale caused as many different fan reactions as there were DHARMA branded food products.
SPOILERS BELOW (Really? You haven’t seen it?)
I loved the ending. In the moment, there was a temporary panic that the last shot was going to be inside a church in a “place” that was different from what we watched for six years. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the flash-sideways story as a new way to experience the journey, but the perfect ending had to come full circle with the beginning. It did, and it was satisfying. After it was over, part of my identity seemed to vanish. There were tears.
If you were one of the viewers who were upset or simply dissatisfied with the ending, here are some things to think about, two years later, when the Lost hormones have settled down a bit:
We never wanted all the answers.
True, there were a few plot points that would have been nice to see expanded, but in terms of the mythological aspects of the show, answers may have been worse than ambiguity. Walt has special powers because…while his mom was pregnant, Jacob sprinkled some of his completely normal wine on her belly. The heart of the island could turn the Man in Black into the Smoke Monster because… it was inhabited by 23 magical aliens who were the first living beings on the island. Maybe you can think of explanations that involve electromagnetism and other scientific principles that most of us don’t understand, but it was more likely going to be the-voices-are-dead-people-stuck-on-the-island type answers. We got a lot of answers. The remaining supernatural elements can remain just that: supernatural.
There is plenty of new story potential.
I know, we don’t want a new Lost. Two years ago, I couldn’t tolerate any mention of a new reiteration of my favorite show. Now, my feelings are beginning to change. Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse have said they would not be involved in a new Lost project, but that ABC retains the rights to the show. Think of a prequel, or a story about the future of Hurley, Ben and Walt. Maybe it’s not a TV show or movie. Maybe it’s another video game or a comic book. There is great material in the Lost universe, and in the hands of talented, die-hard fans, it could be amazing.
The fact that the ending upset many people still says something great about the show.
Viewers were so invested in Lost that they started to get nervous about the ending years before the finale. If you are one of the fans who stuck with the show but hated the ending, try to enjoy the parts you loved and continue making up theories for the parts that you didn’t. I still have a completely workable theory that Jughead did indeed contribute to the creation of the flash-sideways universe, despite many confirmations to the contrary. You can now proceed to roll your eyes and yell at me.
The fans remain awesome.
Every time that I am fortunate enough to get together with a group of Lost fans, it is fantastic. They can still discuss theories for hours. Really, it’s a gift that we still have unanswered mysteries to talk about, because the experience of Lost was just as much about the discussion and community as it was the show. At Comic Con this year, Lost fans continued to gather at Jay and Jack’s panel. At Nerd HQ, Damon Lindelof held a sold-out panel as part of Conversations for a Cause. He was kind enough to sign autographs and chat with the fans after; I will speak on behalf of everyone there and say that it was an incredible experience for all of us Losties in attendance.
Lost fans are charitable, too. From August 15-29, 2012, Jo Garfein and Jared Wong hosted a charity auction, Cancer Gets Lost, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the National Brain Tumor Society. The auction consisted of many Lost-related memorabilia, props and autographed items. On August 25, in conjunction with the auction, a live webcast was hosted with members of the Lost cast and creative team.
When the tenth anniversary of the Lost finale rolls around, I fully expect there to be as much craze as there was for this year’s Firefly anniversary. Passionate nerds are awesome.