LOST: The Answers Don’t Matter To Me
May 23, 2010

If you haven’t watched LOST then there may be some spoilers here–  Just warning.

As I sit here watching the 2 hour recap of LOST before the 2 1/2 hour series finale I’m looking back on the past 6 years.   So much emphasis is being put on "will they answer all of our questions?" and I’m sit here pondering that question the answer comes back for me personally –  It doesn’t matter.   Of course I’d LIKE a satisfying resolution to the series, but for me, it’s been such an enjoyable journey it doesn’t really matter. I watch a lot of television, some of it better than others.  I watch dramas, comedies, animated shows. reality shows, sci-fi, shows from the UK… maybe too much TV.    There’s a lot of crap out there, so you really have to look to find the pearls.  I try so seek out SMART TV.  I’m not watching "The Hills" or anything like that.  LOST fits into my wheelhouse.

My favorite shows are always ones that try to surprise me and that’s what LOST has always had in spades.  For six years, six seasons, week after week they blindsided me.   I never watched an episode and at the end thought "yeah.  That’s enough LOST for tonight."  Every time as I was fast-forwarding through the last commercial break week in and week out I would think and sometimes SAY "ah, man.. there’s only 9 minuets left."  There are so many shows that are predictable.  There are so many shows that follow the same formula.  LOST never did.  As soon as you thought you had… may not a handle on it… maybe a thread you could hold onto, they would change it up again.  I always appreciate it.   That’s why some of my favorite shows in recent history are things like: The Wire, The Shield, Battlestar Galactica and LOST.   These were shows where the creative teams were really trying to do something fresh and different.

I know there are lots of people that think it "Jumped the Shark" or that season 4 was bad, but I loved it.  Week in and week out it was something that I looked forward to.   I had this conversion with Jesse Falcon of Marvel/Toy Biz back around series 3 and his theory was that people that grew up reading comic books had an easier time enjoying LOST than for people that didn’t.   LOST was written by people that loved comics as kids, they brought in current comic book writers for several seasons and it followed a very similar format.  Comic book fans can make those leaps of faith that LOST demands – time travel, ghosts, people who talk to dead people.

I loved searching for clues each week.  I loved looking for examples of "the numbers" showing up in each episode. I loved talking about the show with friends.  I loved re-watching episodes as new information was revealed. I loved that they never dumbed the show down as the viewership changed.  

Hatches, Other, Polar Bears, Smoke Monsters, Numbers, Men in Black, Glowy-Caves, Men of Science, Men of Faith, Immortals, Flashbacks, Flashforwards, Flash-sideways.   I loved every second of it.   I’ll enjoy watching it all over again at some point, but I’ll miss it starting next week.

So for me, what is the island?  What does it all mean? I don’t care.  I’ve had such a good time watching that all that will just be the icing on the cake.

Thank you to all the cast and crew of LOST.   It’s been an amazing ride.  So much drama, so much suspense, so much fun. 

Ok… it’s time for the last episode.  I’m going to post this and shut my laptop off so nothing gets spoiled.  See you all in 2 1/2 hours.

 Nameste’

 

 

Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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7 Comments »

  • Jason Geyer says:

    Hmmm…I think Jesse is very astute. Reading comics in the 70s/80s/90s was very much like LOST, and you never questioned if the writer was “making it up as they went along” because you knew DAMN WELL they were. That was the point!

    I think in the 15 or so years he wrote the X-Men Chris Claremont left a metric ton of plot threads untied. But it never really bothered me, as long as the storylines stayed interesting. Sure, there was the occasional dud issue (Kulan Gath? Really?!?) but I knew that the next issue would probably go back to being a great read. That pretty much sums up my LOST watching experience for the last 6 years, too.

    That said, a nice magazine article giving us whatever additional backstory Dalton had would be nice. I didn’t need it in the show itself, but I’m still curious to know if THEY knew the answers…

  • UncleMarsellus says:

    And that’s exactly how I feel after watching the conclusion. All the minutia of this or that, or why doesn’t matter. What a profound and moving experience. I didn’t care that we didn’t get all of the answers. That was an amazing ending for those characters. It’s the next morning and I’m still emotional about it.

  • Jeff Cope Jeff Cope says:

    Hm. Lost.

    I haven’t watched the finale yet. My wife and I just watched last weeks ep online last night. Hopefully can get to the finale today…

    We’ve watched the whole run. Every episode. I’ve found the show to be interesting, intriguing, curious, heart-wrenching, ludicrous, thoughtful, ridiculous, engaging and dull.

    At the end of the day I can’t say that I liked Lost. There were times, like season 3, that I hated it. But, my wife still liked it so I kept watching.

    I think my problem is, outside of Desmond, I don’t really like any of the characters. I’m not sad to see their story end. I’m not going to miss them. In fact, at this point, I am just ready to be done with it and move on.

  • Danny CantinaDan says:

    Well put, Dan. I’ve been avoiding your blog until I saw the finale, which I just finished. Since I’ve avoided all post discussion I have no idea how people are reacting yet. But I do know that when we’re all sitting playing dominoes in the nursing home we’ll still be talking about this show. And yeah, I held back tears each and every time a character got the memories! Gah, I can’t believe I admitted that.

  • Bat Lantern says:

    That is the exact attitude to have if you want to truly enjoy a series like LOST. As with most worthy endeavors in life, it is about the journey. No other show has sparked my interest more, made me theorize more, or disagree with other’s theories more than LOST. It was a statisfying end to an extremely unique journey where the community of fans following the show truly added to the experience. After all was said and done, they left some of the shows mysteries in the hands (and minds) of the fans. Good call.

  • ChargingMahLazer says:

    I do not care about that answers either. But the whole finale was some lame-ass afternoon soap opera even my grandma wouldn’t bear. Hell, it felt like Oprah wrote the damn script.
    As you, my favorite shows are always ones that try to surprise me. But that finale wasn’t surprising at all. In my opinion, it betrayed the whole series concept. I’ve been reading comics my entire life, and I’ve never seen such a crappy way to tie a knot.

    PD: And it’s “Namaste”.

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