Monday, May 24th, 2010...12:27 am
Not LOST anymore
I’ve been watching LOST religiously (it actually is kind of like a religion) for the last five years. My roommate at the time, Perry, got his hands on the first season and we both plowed through the DVD’s just in time for the start of season two.
Lost is the best television I have ever watched (no offense to John from Cincinnati). So I’m happy to report that the highly anticipated series finally was everything I hoped it would be. I was a tad worried that the show would end with far more new questions than answers. In fact, I was kind of worried that the show would end with the “Bad Robot” sticking up his robotic middle finger at me and all the suckers who feverishly tried to make mince meat out of vegetables. There was a lot on the line. The final was either going to be epic and justify the years of being somewhat clueless or it was going to flat out suck. I ended my journey with LOST as a satisfied soul.
LOST has occupied a good portion of my free brain activity. It’s below Sportsvite and St. John’s basketball, vying with fantasy sports as my third biggest obsession in life. Unfortunately, I just don’t have the mental horse power to digest all the secret wonders of the Island. I often tell people that it “hurts my brain” just to think about all that is happening on the show. What I mean by that is that my brain actually aches. I might have sub-consciously threw out my back last week just so I could think about something new before my entire life was consumed by LOST. I’m not sure if anybody has all the answers but I am sure that I have very few. Like the bible, multi-variable calculus and a verse from the MC Twista, my hope has always been that if I could just comprehend bits and pieces it would be enough to keep my mind racing for days.
For most of the last six years there has been more than enough good stuff to keep me interested. I’ve even weathered weird sci-fi subplots, mind-bending time travel and random characters to get to the end. To find out what happens. To get all of the answers.
I’ve only written about LOST once on this blog at the end of season three. It was my favorite episode up until this finale. My big argument in that post was that the show is all about the characters. Characters that I’ve grown to know and understand as good as some of the relationships I have in my real life!
I’m not sure I can even give you a good recap of the final episode or the overarching theme of the show. LOST was just ambiguous enough to allow people to interpret the show in their own vein. If I tried to explain what it means to be I’d just feel foolish and ignorant. As I said, my brain ain’t cut out for this kind of intense, critical thinking!
What I do know is that this was gripping television and it made just enough sense to me. I realized that how it ends is besides the point. The best part was being able to watch every week, trying to figure out what the heck was happening, thinking about what is real, and looking forward to the next episode.
Over the years, I’ve made it a point to know which of my friends, colleagues and blog readers watched LOST. It was interesting to see how these people processed the show and what about the show made it so enjoyable to them. Many people had many different reasons. That’s part of the magic that made the show so special. One of my favorite things to do was think about my
own life and future within the context of some of the themes in the show. What am I meant to do in my life? What decisions didn’t I make and where would I be if I had?
Somebody recently asked me what I’m going to think about when LOST ends. The person didn’t get it. I’m always going to think about LOST and the many themes, plot twists, and characters. I’m ready to start at season one and watch the whole series all over again.
If you don’t watch LOST I’m not sure what’s been holding you back. Yeah, the water cooler conversation might sound ridiculously foolish but it’s not. Go for it! It will be worth the addiction. If you do watch LOST, I hope the finale had meaning for you. And don’t stress about all of the unanswered questions. Instead, just appreciate the enjoyment of the experience.a