Quickie LOST finale follow up

by jaredmoshe
May 24, 2010 11:10 AM
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Chadwick Matlin captures my feelings 100% over in the Slate TV club:

"Granted, for about two hours there, I thought the show might just find an abandoned runway to make an emergency landing. Contrary to your disgust, Jack, I was enthralled with the episode until His Holiness Christian Shephard showed up for a heart-to-heart with Jesus Jack.Like Seth, I thought the cliffside skirmish was one of the highlights of the season. The flashbacks were surprisingly emotional, like looking through a high-school yearbook the night before graduation. Seeing all the different characters arrive at the concert was like watching a gang of superheroes assemble for one last hurrah.

But then … well, it's nearly too painful to revisit. Tomorrow, I'm going to write a full missive on those final 15 minutes and what it tells us about the show's larger message. (An advance abstract: Fates are discovered; choices are destined.) In the meantime, let's all agree with Seth: The revelation that the flash-sideways were visions of a collective purgatory was sudden, abrupt, and rude. This season wasn't a long con. It was a weak trick."

Read full piece here. And make sure you hit the last line cause that's literally what I told my viewing partners after last night's finale nosedive.

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1 Comment

  • Biil | May 24, 2010 12:04 PMReply

    I understand your frustration, but all I can tell you is that it worked for me. I didn't see it coming (thought for sure Jack, et al. would get to have some kind of off-island alternate timeline life), was caught off-guard and emotionally affected.

    Was it a bit sticky and saccharine?

    Yes.

    But did it feel emotionally cathartic for me?

    Absolutely.

    Not saying I don't see the flaws and problems and intellectual short-fallings, but that emotionally, it all resonants and was a complete and satisfying "cleansing/purging".