Wow... six years and two months... that's gotta be some kind of record... guess this is the zombie thread that just won't die.
Sorry, Haters: The Lost Finale Was a Powerful, Misunderstood Ending to One of TV's Boldest Shows
By Justin Kirkland, Esquire.com
- May 23, 2020
If you think of Lost as a first draft for the superior series that come later—The Leftovers and The Good Place, namely—the missteps become more palatable.
Wait, what now?
was a "first draft" of The Leftovers
and The Good Place
? But definitely, definitely NOT a purgatory story? Seriously?!?
So Lindelost spends 5 years telling people he's doing sci-fi, then ends that with nothing remotely scientific, but instead he "decides to solve the mystery of what happens when you die?"
Then he spends 3 years spinning a lot a religious nonsense about a "rapture-like" event, then ends that with a sci-fi explanation of the rapture.
Yeah, ok, fine, whatever...
Lindelost can paint a canvass fifteen shades of yellow and title it "Meditations on the Color Blue" if he wants, because hey, artistic license. But when he goes further and suggests that folks who look at it and see yellow instead of blue are basically just idiots who can't understand his genius, then I come back to more or less what I said six years ago: Lindelost is a jerk.
But today's world was unimaginable six years ago, and by today's standards Lindelost is a piker. I can't even say how many times I look at certain people on TV these days, and all I want to say is, "Stop wasting your breath." But I digress...
I thought Lost
worked ok as a purgatory story, and I enjoyed the last season because that's how I looked at it then and I still do. But as sci-fi, the end really was dreadful, and the more people insist the island was "real", the less I care about ever seeing the first three seasons, which beyond the pilot episode, I mostly skipped.
Originally Posted by archiguy
I always thought exploring the idea of a super-advanced ancient civilization that perished in a tremendous natural disaster -- think Atlantis or the Pacific version known as Mu -- was the right way to go. That's precisely where it looked like they were going for awhile. The smoke monster, then, would not be "pure evil" (WTF?) It could be some form of nanobots, something that could plausibly exist in our real word, etc. That would have been an extremely compelling way to go with Season 6, and they could still have woven in all the personal connection & friendship stuff as well.
You should write that up. Couldn't be any worse sci-fi than what Lindelost did; he didn't even try. And if someone did come up with a decent sci-fi explanation for all the mysteries, it would make re-watching much more interesting, imo.
And finally, I've seen the first two seasons of The Good Place
and I like it. It's a comedy and it's funny. The last season isn't on Netflix yet, so I suppose I should reserve judgment, but so far at least, it's nowhere near as pretentious as either Lost
or The Leftovers
, and I still have higher expectations of it than I ever did of Lindelost's work.