Voice Of The Fans: The End Of LOST

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WARNING: There will be spoilers below, if you haven’t seen the latest episode, or want to stay otherwise unspoiled, read no further!

The greatest SF show currently on TV began its final season this past Tuesday. In case the post title didn’t give it away, I’m speaking of LOST,of course! Sure it was slow to start, with the SF elements safely tucked away and only hinted at, but by the middle of the third season LOST cranked up the science fiction to 11. Not just content with someone’s consciousness cavorting up and down the time stream, the writers have given also given us time skipping heroes, vanishing islands and much, much more, culminating in this seasons dueling realities, plus smoke monster!

I’m very curious and a wee bit excited to see where the LOST story will end up. Which is where you come in. What do you think will happen at the end of LOST? Will the realities merge to form a new one or they will they be destined to duke it out a la Fringe?

One thing I know for certain: I’ll be very sad to see LOST hang it up. It’s been a constant for me for the past six years and it’s only gotten better the past two and a half season. I’m confident it will end on a high and not disappoint. Although, if the writers could find some way to use our end of LOST idea, I think that would put it over the top…

2 thoughts on “Voice Of The Fans: The End Of LOST”

  1. The white light at the end of season five was not the bomb blowing up, but another time shift, moving everyone to 2007. The flashbacks show a reality where the island was not a hazard when the Oceanic flight flew overhead, and this season will be spent getting us to that point. In other words, the second storyline shows a future past….

    One of the show’s themes has always been faith versus reason, with Locke representing faith and Jack representing reason (there’s also the ongoing battle between Ben and Widmore). The end of season five and the beginning of this season show Jack taking up the mantle for faith. Between Jack’s move toward faith and Locke nearly always being right, it would appear that the show is coming down on the side of faith. I think it might be argued that Jacob represents the forces of faith and the Man in Black (currently walking around in the form of John Locke) represents reason. Currently it appears that Jacob is a good guy and the Man in Black the antagonist, but I think by the end of the series, we’ll discover that Jacob is a nasty manipulative lout and the ongoing conflict between faith and reason will be recast as fate versus free will. Those people on the side of faith have done some particularly horrendous things, all because they “were supposed to.” No wonder the Man in Black is so angry; perhaps the chains he referred to when talking to Richard are figurative as well as literal.

  2. The Jacob and Smoke Monster/”Man in Black”/Man in Locke’s Form conflict reminds me of the Parke Godwin novel _Waiting for the Galactic Bus_ where two alien beings stranded on prehistoric Earth battle each other throughout human evolution, using humanity as pawns. It’s the most primal mythic adversarial relationship. Still, it will be fun to watch it played out with the Lost pieces. 

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