Posted on May 27, 2010 - by MG
When it was over, we weren’t happy. We didn’t understand. It was all very fulfilling on an emotional level; all those lovers reunited in the Sideways world. But what did it mean?
Not since X-Files have I actually had to resort to programme notes to understand a TV show. My instinct is that TV entertainment should be simple enough not to require you to RTFM (read the ahem manual).
But actually why not? Why can’t a mainstream TV show be pitched at a deep enough level that you need to discuss it afterwards?
So I’ve spent some time looking for the best articles about the finale, which might help me to explain what happened, what was going on all along, because really, we weren’t trying hard enough. We had just been watching it an assuming that every t would be crossed and i dotted.
Well, it ain’t!
Last night at dinner I sat down with husband and 17-year old and explained the show/finale based on the various theories I’ve read. 17-year old in particular was delighted and is going to spread the word at her school, where the overall reaction to the finale was negative. Like mine initially. They were all dead? It was all a dream? Dammit, give me back my time!
If you were a keen Lostie who lost it a bit with the finale, maybe like me these articles will help you find your LOST love again.
Lost Finale Explained Well – allegedly written by a writer who worked on the show
But first here’s a little glossary to Lostie terminology:
- MIB – Man In Black aka the Smoke Monster, Smokey
- FLocke – False Locke aka MIB
- Sideways world – the world that seemed to be ‘created’ when the nuclear bomb went off and the Oceanic flight never crashed.
- Lostaways – the passengers who crashed in the same part of the island as Jack, Sawyer etc.
- Island Magic – anything at all that is a bit weird/magical
- Holy Wormhole – the source of light at the centre of the island.
Just like with X-Files, we’re left with many questions. For example:
- Why is Aaron a baby in the church at the end? We know he was at least three in Real Life. I don’t want to be a baby in the afterlife! Fair enough if you died as a baby but if not…
- Desmond became some kind of super-being immune to EM powers and Island Magic, who didn’t get smoked when he went into the Holy Wormhole, OK. So how come Jack didn’t get smoked?
- How did Jacob manage to leave the island to fetch up all the Candidates?
Not that I have a problem with threads being left untied! The glimpses of backstory that we did see about the island’s long, mysterious past were tantalising; the temple, the statue etc, Mother, only make me enjoy it more.
It’s good to have this to share with the Teenager. I think we’ll be talking about it for a few evenings to come.
So – if you have any answers, theories, etc, let me know!