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I'm sure everyone is dying to know what I thought of The Lost series finale. Sorry it's taken me a while to get to writing this. I'm struggling with feeling pretty isolated (all my fault, but still).

The thing is that I think I may be one of the few fans of the show who didn't really care how it ended. Well, that's an overstatement. I cared but I didn't expect everything to be tied up in a nice neat bow. I assumed it was going to be left a little ambiguous and I was right.

See I enjoyed all of the mystery of the show. I liked its grandness. It was a Greek tragedy that I reveled in its setup, the characters, the themes. I didn't really want it all to be resolved. So I may not have been as disappointed as some and I'm certainly not as excited as others were about the ending.

I will say that the writers were a bit disingenuous when they talked about their ending would not be like "St. Elsewhere"'s. I don't see a lot of difference between the "whole world is in the imagination of a child looking at a snow globe" and maybe "the whole world of some after death walkabout of the main character." Now I don't think there's anything wrong with either ending, but the writers made such a big deal about how their ending wasn't going to be a disappointment like some famous television series endings.

The one thing that I really didn't want to happen in Lost was Locke being cured. They had written a wonderful story around his disability just a few episodes earlier where Locke finally accepted his life as it was. I so didn't want the ending to be just like 99% of stories around disability where the person becomes cured or dies at the end. I really wanted the story to be about someone with a disability just accepting themselves as they were and making a good life. Having a subsequent episode denying all that by curing him undermined the whole thing.

Now it happens that the ending of the show is so ambiguous that it could be that his being cured may not have actually happened. If he became able bodied after death, which the show seems to suggest to me when Locke gets out of his taxi apparently still using a wheelchair at the end. I have no problem with that. However I'm not at all sure I'm reading things correctly. I feel like I want to watch the entire series from beginning to end without big breaks. Just to see if it clarifies anything for me. I have the first four seasons, so I will probably grab the last two and spend entirely too much time doing that. So in my opinion Lost is an example of some of the best television. The ending not so much.


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