May 26, 2005

Lost Finale

Is it wrong to laugh when someone gets blown to smithereens by a stick of dynamite? If so, I don't want to be right, because that was simply the BEST use of a post-modern wink at the audience EVER, and if the writers of Lost didn't intend that, well, even better.

Arnz (sp?) was totally a fan feedback character. He suddenly appeared, which meant his death was certain, and he articulated every major nitpick that fans have with the series, like "why are we focusing on just 6 or 7 people out of almost 50?" and "Where have you been getting enough food to stave off major weight loss, Hurley?" Plus, he was kind of an ass, which...writer irritation with fans, much? Projection much? Ah, that made me so very very happy.

I love a show that allows me to indulge my inner English major. My happy at the Arnz explosion even mitigated my irritation at the sudden appearance of random child traders. Lame. What, you have a happy ending with the infant so the other kid has to become imperiled in order to restore the "bad things happening to kids=high drama" TV series karma? Grr. Hopefully it was just a way to get the little kid off the show. But that was my only major nitpick; well, that and the fact that I was a bit disappointed that Jack didn't get blown up.

But there's always next season!

Posted by Big Arm Woman at May 26, 2005 11:28 AM

But you have to admit: that is pretty amazing that they brought in a potential rescue boat that only made things more crappy for everyone. And what of the raft guys? I mean, what of them? Are they basically dead or what?

I loved when Hurley told Jack he had "Arnz on your shirt".

Killing off major characters, or pretending to, was obviously the main objective of all of the season finales I watched - Alias left us wondering if "Michael Vaughn" is now not highway roadkill and on 24 "Jack Bauer" is officially, if not in reality, dead.

Posted by: Belle at May 26, 2005 11:48 AM

But Walt was obviously the target of "the others" all along. The minute that the Frenchwoman said they were coming for "the boy" my wife and I looked at each other and said together "it's not the baby--it's Walt."

Why do they want Walt? Because Walt makes things happen. Those polar bears don't just show to seem odd--they show up because Walt was reading the comic book with polar bears in it and was fascinated by the animals. Walt can, it seems, turn imagination into reality.

I think on this island there's a lot of value in having a resource like that.

Lost has always seemed like a show that could go off track easily. Ever since the first episode, I've wondered how long the people behind Lost could keep me interested in the show. They've managed one season, and I'm looking forward to finding out if they can manage another.

Posted by: dhanson at May 27, 2005 09:35 AM