Overall: Overall, I’m really satisfied. I loved the ending. ::tear::
For me, and I feel the creators as well, LOST is about life and death, faith and science, spirit and flesh, and I feel that the title refers to the characters’ souls, not their location.
The moments of awareness in the flash-sideways during which they remembered the Island were memories of the moments that really mattered to these people, the moments that matter in life: babies being born, laughter, kissing, love, genuine selflessness. All the back and forth and struggle on the island wasn’t really what mattered. In the end, you need the people in your life, and they need you, and you create a space together where a whole bunch of stuff happens, but when you look back at your life, everything fades into the background, and what’s left in relief is what’s important.
Much like our understanding of this universe, there are many unanswered questions in the LOST universe. The questions of life. Some look for answers in religion, some look for answers in science and some don’t look at all. We have the Dharma Initiative and the Temple and the Rules… We understand parts of the answers, but much like life there will always be mysteries. I need to watch again and I’m pressed for time today to write, but I think I initially “get” what the show was going for and what it is all about. It’s a reflection of how complicated our lives are, a reflection of how little we really understand about our existence and how we are all searching to find the people who are really important to make our lives worth living. – Joker
Discussion Points: 1) Why didn’t Ben join the rest of the group at the church? What else did he need to take care of before he “lets go.” 2) Which true love reunion got to you the most (and if you’re not scared to admit it, did you cry? I got nailed by Charlie and Claire). 3) How are you interpreting that they were all dead at the end? Was the flash sideways the afterlife all along? 4) Finally, lay it on us – did you love it or hate it? How does Lost coming to an end rank on the following scale of sadness (SCI breakup, Phish Hiatus, the day Mikey died, Phish breakup, the day Jerry died)?