There are many well done shows on TV (Madmen comes to mind) which I do not watch. A show has to have something more to get me to tune in. For six season, Lost had that. I was completely blown away by the first 2 season.
This show introduced me to Jeremy Bentham, a philosopher who radically changed the world. I am embarrassed to say I was unfamiliar with him, until the makers of Lost decided to use Easter Eggs to get people to google Philosophers, great classic and contemporary literature, and other cultural wonders. This show had me online translating hieroglyphics. It had me reading about ancient myths. For those things, I give them my heartiest ovation.
I had my own theories. Everyone else did. And those theories were about the Island, and not about Juliet and Sawyer. I enjoyed that story, but it was like many, many, many other stories on many, many, many other TV shows. The island, on the other hand, was unique. The effort to tell a grand, mysterious story about something frightening and wonderous through the characters and relationships was unique.
Just saying: "Use your own imagination" is just about as disappointing an ending as I could imagine. I wanted (and I think was promised by the producers) to hear what THEY had to say, in the final word, about what the island and where it came from, and what had we been watching for these many years.
They didn't even try.
That really disappointed me, especially after they had spent so much time and clearly so much effort building this elaborate mythology which flowed from ancient times, through the age of exploration, through the cold war and into the present (they had an Egyptologist on staff, for chrissake). I wasn't expecting a 90-minute expository lecture, just some basic information that we could take home. Remembering the thrill of the Lost Experience, I would have been thrilled if they had just done their thing, and then posted a new Dharma website that we could have turned to, along with the "closure" that the finale brought to the characters.
Sadly, even that wasn't well done. I am still confused about what exactly the Flash-Sideways Timeline was.
I sincerely hope that this was not the product of the producers/writers simply having moved on professionally and mentally. My only real hope now, is that they have something up their sleeve that will be canon and will settle some of (any of?) the questions once and for all.
That said, Lost was a great ride. It is probably the last of the Mega-broadcast shows and deserves with the greats in TV history--dud ending or not.
Comments to Joe Hubris.