Two years ago (wow, really?) I wrote this post about how I felt about Lost. I don’t really say what I was expecting for the finale, since that was a way off, it’s just how I was feeling about that series as it aired, and how it compared to the earlier ones. I haven’t watched all the seasons again since they aired, so I’m not sure how they hold up now, but the first is still my favourite, for the reasons I give there. And it’s one of the reasons I was worried about the finale. The last season had seemed to focus more and more on that end-game, the answers, telling us the why. And yeah, that’s fine, but it wasn’t why I was watching. I was there mostly for the characters, I was interested in their end-game, how they would finish up. I worried that the finale wouldn’t give me what I wanted, which was more than a sense of closure. I wanted to feel.
Happily, I got exactly what I wanted. As the credits rolled I sat with tears streaming down my face, sobbing away, but happy about it. The ending had touched me. It took me back to how I felt watching the season one finale, when all those strangers are sitting on a plane with no idea what awaits them, or what they will come to mean to each other. It broke my heart. I haven’t really felt like that since. There’s been snippets of it, mostly with Charlie probably, but not as a whole like that. I wanted those moments, those reunions, the recognition.
Was it prefect? No. The ‘sideways world’ revelation is cheesy, sure. And I can understand why some people will hate it, feel duped in some way, because it doesn’t give all the answers. There’s still a lot left unresolved, and if you’ve been watching for the mysteries then I can see being extremely disappointed with it. I know that feeling, when you’ve invested time in a series you love and it doesn’t end the way you’d hoped (BSG, I’m looking at you). And if I think about it too much there’s probably things that’ll drive me mad. I don’t know if, on watching it all again, it won’t hold up as well on second viewing. But right now I don’t care. I got the ending I wanted.