Adventure, Adventure Drama, Drama, Fantasy, Jungle Film, Prime-Time Drama, Psychological Drama, Sci-Fi Adventure, Supernatural Thriller
The past, present, and future lives of surviving Oceanic Flight 815 passengers are dramatically intertwined as a fight for survival ensues in a quest for answers after crashlanding on a mysterious island. Each discovery prompts yet more secrets, as the hastily-formed colony search for a way off the island, or is this their home?
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Lost: 2004-2010. Thanks for the memories.
Review by Chad
Added: June 09, 2010
If you've been reading the site for any length of time, you may have noticed that I'm a huge fan of Lost as, in my opinion, it is one of the best series to ever air on television. If you've read the site long enough to know that, you may also know that I don't watch seasons as they air, as I simply can not stand the whole "wait until next week to see what happens" mechanic that producers love to use. I understand why they use it, I just can't stand it when it happens during a show that I'm watching. Needless to say, it was hard waiting until the season was over to watch it while avoiding spoilers from those who weren't as impatient as me, but I did manage to do it... and now, it saddens me to say that there will never be another new episode of Lost to look forward to.
I'm not going to rehash the plot from the previous seasons, as there are really two camps of people reading this: those who have seen them and know what happened, and those who haven't seen them and should be skipping over this review. I'm just going to pick up with the beginning of this season, assuming you know all about the time travel and that huge explosion that wrapped up season five (and left all of us anxiously awaiting this season). So, that bomb was supposed to set everything back to the way it should have been... did it work? Well, yes, sort of.
You see, there are now two time-lines going on, and one of them finds the island inhabitants back in their proper time, living on the island and trying to figure out what to do next. In another time-line, their plane never crashed, and their lives are just a little different. For example, Sun (Yunjin Kim) and Jin (Daniel Dae Kim) are still together and they're still coming to America to deliver a watch, but they're not married in this universe. John Locke (Terry O'Quinn) is still paralyzed from the waist down, but it's not a result of a fight with his father; in fact, he and his father have a very solid relationship now. Sawyer (Josh Holloway) is still trying to find the man who caused his father to kill his mom and himself, but in this universe, he is doing it as a cop. All of these side stories play out alongside the stuff that happens on the island, and as time goes on, we learn that these very distinct universes may actually be connected.
On the island in the "real" universe, Locke is dead, but his body is inhabited by the "man in black", while Jacob is also dead. We soon discover that Jacob was there to keep the man in black trapped on the island, but with Jacob's death, that evil man is one step closer to freeing himself and wreaking havoc on the outside world. "Locke" soon rounds up a gang to assist him in his nefarious plans, the old crew gets together (including some shocking returns from previous seasons) to stop him, and it all comes down to one epic battle between good and evil. Watch for fan-service galore throughout the season, especially during the alternate time-lines... hint hint, you know, the time-line where nobody from that plane ever died.
If you've made it this far into the show, you're going to be thrilled to death with this season - it's just that simple. This season may not change your mind about the show if you've never been a fan, but those who have stuck with it from the beginning will find that this one wraps up all of the loose ends, plugs all (well, most) of the plot holes, and finishes the story off with a fitting finale. The writing is just as sharp as it was in the previous seasons if not better, the characters are just as riveting, and the overall product is just as enjoyable.
I loved the alternate time-line in particular, and I felt that this added a whole new dynamic to the show. Watching the characters that we thought we knew and know we love in a completely different environment was a treat, and these time-lines added countless memorable moments to an already unforgettable show. One episode deals entirely with Jacob (Mark Pellegrino) and the man in black and how they came to be on this island, another deals with Richard (Nestor Carbonell) and his "unique" characteristic, and the others... well, the others deal with the characters that we came to see, and they are just as good.
Being the final season, the writers were not afraid to lay all of their cards on the table and make some radical decisions in regards to some of the characters and events. A hefty portion of the main characters - and I do mean main characters - are killed off as the episodes tick by, and trust me when I say that there won't be a dry eye in the room during some of them. Hell, I'm getting goosebumps just thinking about some of those moments now. This is a rarity in television, when the writing and the character development is so damned good that something like that can occur with the viewers, but Lost delivers it in spades.
I was also pleasantly surprised to see that most of the big questions we've had throughout the series were answered in this season. Sure, there are still a few minor things left unexplained, but what fun would it be if everything was laid out in black and white? Regardless, the things that I have seen some people gripe about being left unanswered were either trivial or actually were explained - maybe they just missed an episode or ten. As someone who has sat through the show from episode number one of season one, let me assure you that, aside from a few minor things that are so trivial that you won't even remember them until somebody brings them up, all is explained in the end. Speaking of endings, how about the series conclusion? I can't go into too much detail here for obvious reasons, but personally, I loved it and thought that there was no better way to wrap things up.
God, I'm going to miss this show. Going into this season, I halfway hoped that it would be a bit of a bummer so that I wouldn't miss the show so much, but unfortunately, my hopes were dashed when I found that this season was one of the best yet. Huge thumbs up. 10/10.
- added 06/09/2010, 11:08 PM
I have to disagree strongly. I thought that the
last season felt mostly like filler, and the
ending...well you can't spend six years building
up to something and not have it be a let down. In
my opinion, the ending created more questions than
it answered. 6/10
- added 06/10/2010, 07:25 AM
How did it create more questions than it
answered? It wrapped up everything with a nice
little bow - "this explains both time-lines,
this concludes the season, and it wraps up the
entire series nicely." If you had questions
after viewing it, you either missed an episode or
weren't paying attention.
A FIRE INSIDE
- added 08/16/2010, 06:53 PM
Just like you, Chad, I have been an avid Lost fan
and follower since the first episode of the first
season. I was very happy with how the series
ended, although I would've liked to see what they
did if they had done what they were going to do
originally and stuck with airing more seasons.
Either way, the ending still didn't feel rushed
and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm also extremely
disappointed that there will never be a new
episode or season of Lost. It was a sad day when I
wrapped up the last episode and knew that only
reruns are to come.