Over the summer I decided to re-watch what is considered to be one of the best shows of television, LOST.
I did not watch the show when it originally aired on television from 2004-2010. Somewhere around 2011, after the show completed, my husband got me to watch it with him when HE decided to re-watch it. I honestly do not remember being too into it (my kids were only a few years old at that time; who knows what I was actually thinking about during that time in my life). I just remember the ending being one of MAJOR conflict amongst fans.
When I decided to re-watch it I realized I remembered next to nothing. I remembered the plane crash, and I remember “the end” when everyone was dead… but everything in the middle – I might as well have been watching the show for the first time.
I crushed six seasons in about six weeks. I cannot remember the last time I binged a show so hard and so quickly. It probably did not help (or maybe it did) that I was getting the DVDs from the library and they are only week-long loans.
And my thoughts after watching it with MOSTLY fresh eyes… AMAZING SHOW. So good. The first few seasons were the best (obviously, like most shows that have sometimes too many seasons) and the last one was pretty epic. All the episodes about THE ISLAND and its origins, weird. And the whole Jacob/evil brother situation, equally as weird and pointless.
I really rewatched so that I could see if I felt the same way about the ending as I did when I first watched it. When I first watched it I did not have an opinion of my own on the ending. Everyone was telling me that everyone died and the whole Island thing was not real; it never happened. But now, all these years later there is this thing called Google and you can ask the internet what “really happened”.
I read several articles where the creators were interviewed about the ending where they said the passengers were in fact not dead the whole time. That the footage of the plane wreckage with on survivors during the end credits actually made the perceived ending what it was.
I cheated. Reading the articles prior to really getting into re-watch of the show kind of pointed me in the “wrong” direction. I knew what to look for. I knew going in that the passengers were all basically “lost souls” looking for meaning in their lives.
By the time I got to the lost episode, I was afraid I missed the speech that explained everything. The speech that explained that everything, in fact, was real. And then, in the last few minutes of the show, it happened…
Jack Shephard: Are you real?
Christian Shephard: I sure hope so. Yeah, I’m real. You’re real. Everything that’s happened to you is real. All those people in the church, they’re all real too.
Jack Shephard: No. They’re all… They’re all dead. I’m dead. You’re dead.
Christian Shephard: Everyone dies sometime, kiddo. Some of them before you, some… long after you.
Jack Shephard: But why are they all here now?
Christian Shephard: Well, there is no “now”, here.
Jack Shephard: Where are we, Dad?
Christian Shephard: This is a place that you… that you all made together so that you could find one another. The most important part of your life was the time that you spent with these people on that island. That’s why all of you are here. Nobody does it alone, Jack. You needed all of them, and they needed you.
Jack Shephard: For what?
Christian Shephard: To remember. And to… let go.
So it was real. Everything was real. The time travel, the submarines; all real. And everyone did die. Maybe not on the island but at some point. And it makes sense.
Some of the people in the church we saw them die. A lot of them, we saw die. Some people we saw “go off into the sunset” but eventually, in life, they died. The church was just their meet up.
I’m not upset about the ending. And re-watching and Google cheating helped change my entire position on the show.
If you’ve never seen it, I would recommend watching it even though I spoiled it. If you’ve watched it before, I beg you to re-watch it and really pay attention to what is going on with all the characters… it makes a whole lot more sense the second time around.
I can easily say LOST is now one of my favorite shows.
I say this all on the eve of a new LOST type show that is due to premiere in a few days, Manifest… and yes, I will be giving that one a try.