The End

Episode Reviews (39)

Great
1,442 votes
8.8
  • SORT BY:
  • 1.0

    If you think the LOST finale was the best thing since sliced bread, read this lengthy diatribe.

    By AndresFelix, Feb 07, 2014

    The Lost Finale started off as any other episode of the series, meaning I was enjoying it immensely, when, like Oceanic Flight 815, the show abruptly did a nosedive into the realm of cliche and unnecessary tragedy. And I watched as the show I loved so much crashed and burned. I feel betrayed that a show I have invested so much time into-frequently defending it to my friends and family-transmogrified from a sharp, smart sci-fi show on par with the likes of Doctor Who into a cheesy, prosaic story that belonged on such shows like Joan of Arcadia or Ghost Whisperer. I'll be the first to admit that I am religious, and though I have my own view on the afterlife, I'm not opposed to watching or reading works with a different outlook. However, those works I reference never pretended to be anything other than religious/supernatural stories. They didn't start out by trying to explain monsters and other supernatural phenomena as scientific anomalies, and they didn't spend two seasons setting up and delivering a story about time travel. I mean, what were the point of Daniel Faraday and his theories on time travel? If you can't change the past or create alternative realities where the people are alive (see Doctor Who and Fringe for good examples) then why introduce the concept in the first place? To have some fun? To mess with the viewers' heads? And what was up with Miles hearing dead Juliet's comment that "it worked"? Are we to believe that Miles wasn't hearing the last thoughts of the dead, but her thoughts in limbo land when she handed James his candy bar? Are we to accept that the bomb did absolutely no good? So Daniel, the nuclear physicist was really an idiot, after all? Jeez, what's the point of knowing quantum physics when you can't do anything with it? And I guess Jack and Juliet were idiots too for believing him. But this doesn't make sense, because we know electromagnetism has to do with time travel. We were introduced to this in season 3 when Desmond, newly exposed to electromagnetism, flashed to a parallel world and saw his past play out in a nearly identical manner. (Remember, in the real past he broke up with Penny on his own volition, not on the urging of Eloise. And the football team won in one version and lost in the other). We got more confirmation on this theory in "The Constant" and when Ben turned the Donkey Wheel, harnessing the energy and moving the island through space and time. So why did the electromagnetism, which was previously a vehicle for travel through time and space, turn into a means to flash to an eternal limbo and back? Des was a time traveler. We know magical limbo was timeless, so how did a time traveller suddenly become an emissary for purgatory? It doesn't follow logic, and you can say all you want about sci-fi and fiction and how the writers can makes things up as they go, but it's not true. Even if your story exists outside the realm of the real world, you still have to follow the rules you established for that imaginary world. Let's make a syllogism to further illustrate the point: Electromagnetism creates time and space travel. Desmond can harness electromagnetism. Ergo, Desmond can travel to a place where time and reality don't exist? "XXXXXXXXXXXX" goes the buzzer. Logical fallacy. The thing that frustrates me is that they didn't have to make it purgatory. They had it set up so perfectly to be a parallel universe like the one Rose Tyler got stuck in. They could have easily had the last scene been Desmond telling those gathered at the church that they're in an alternate dimension that was created when the hydrogen bomb and the electromagnetism collided, and those who were still alive in the island world could either keep their consciousnesses over in the alternate world with their dead loved ones, or they could stay in the island world. And Kate, Sawyer and Claire would have chosen to stay with their soul mates, possibly Miles because his life sucked in the island world, and Ben and Hurley would have passed because they still had work to do on the island. Instead, we get the Harry Potter syndrome. I read that the LOST writers came up with this ending sometime during the beginning of the series run when JJ Abrams was still involved. This whole limbo thing was his ridiculous concoction. So probably, since season two, they were planning to make Jack die and meet up with Kate in purgatory. Goodie. That makes me feel sooooooo much better. Just like when I heard . Rowling wrote the Crapilogue waaaaaaaaay back at the beginning and refused to rewrite it after her series was complete. And it showed. The writing looked like it was taken right out of a banal sitcom. The characters showed no growth. In short, it sucked. Instead of adapting the ending to fit the evolution of the characters and story, both and the Lost writers stuck firmly to their original idea, and it did not make cohesive sense with the rest of the story. Lost was never a religious show. It had religious undertones, Christ-like figures, and certain characters like Charlie, Eko and Sayid who expressed religious beliefs, but religion wasn't the core of the show. It was a character study with sci-fi fantasy elements like Star Wars, Doctor Who, or Fringe. But in the last 15 minutes, the show did a 180 and became the next Touched by an Angel. If the writers had wanted this show to be a metaphor for our life's journey and final destination into the afterlife, they should have presented those ideas long before the finale and in more than just obtuse phrases like "everything happens for a reason," "it's destiny," and "don't confuse coincidence with What do those generic terms have to do with the bizzaro Roman Catholic purgatory we get in the end? And how do mere mortals create a magical realm through their thoughts and hopes and all arrive there after they die? How can people die in this world (like Keamy and Mikhail) when they're already dead? How can women have children when they're dead? When did the writers establish the rule that good thoughts and desires could even create an alternate dimension? Oh that's right. In the last 15 minutes of the program. Cheap, guys. Speaking of cheap . . . the emotional reunion between my favorite ships lost all meaning once I realized they were dead. Before that startling and unpleasant revelation, everything was so poignant and beautiful. I cried when Charlie and Claire remembered their island life, and I thought to myself, "Finally, Charlie can raise Aaron with Then Sawyer and Juliet kissed, and I grinned wildly from ear to ear. And even though I knew Jack was going to die when Kate and he kissed goodbye, I was still thrilled to hear her say, "I love And I thought, "well, at least they can be together in the parallel But what good is being together in an alternate world when you're dead? Dead people can't reproduce, as observed by the magical disappearance of David once Jack remembered his death. Jack and Kate et al. could conceivably stay in their happy limbo existence for a while and live out the life they never got, but the way Christian talked, it seemed pretty evident that everyone was "passing No second chances for any of my ships. What's the point of having canon ships when your couples are all frickin' dead?!? And what kind of crap life did Kate, Sawyer and Claire live after they landed in LA? If you'll recall in "Eggtown," Kate was told if she ever left the state, she would be thrown in jail for a long, long time. So Jack ordered her to leave so she could pine for him in a prison? She should have stayed, been with him when he died. Yeah, yeah, Vincent finding him in the bamboo grove was full of symmetry. Screw symmetry. I want at least semi-happy endings! And why, pray tell, did Jack have to die? If you tell me it's for the sake of coming full circle, blah blah blah, I will hurt you. Jack, my good, kind Jack, who tried his whole life to help people and to be a better person, has his life cut tragically short and doesn't get to be with the woman he loves. Whereas Ben, a man who committed mass genocide, who's lied and manipulated his whole life, gets the one thing he always wanted: to stay and protect the island. WTF? Don't get me wrong, I love Ben. But Ben should have died to redeem himself, like Sayid. Instead, the writers, being so enamored with Michael Emerson, give him a long happy existence on the island. Frickin A. Just thinking about it, makes me cry. Again. Let me end this rant with a mention about the title, "The Jacob said it would only end once. Yet, we didn't get to see it end. The island still needed protecting, which was why Hurley got the job. So what the hell was Jacob talking about? Where's this "end"? And what kind of justification is there in making Hurley the protector? He didn't want the job. He took it because Jack ordered him to. And isn't that exactly what Jacob didn't want to happen? To have another person forced into the position? For a show that was pushing free will, not much was available in the endmoreless

    1 3

  • 1.0

    WORST SERIES FINALE EVER, completely destroys the sixth season and possibly all the other five.

    By ayepes, Feb 07, 2014

    Until the moment Jack puts the cork: Excellent, Awesome, a 10, both what have happened in the original universe and in the parallel universe. Then, in the last 15 minutes of the series, it crash and burns. The parallel universe turns out to be Purgatory. So: John Locke never got to be the leader of "the others", he never got to have a full life in the island, he just walks for 50 meters to the church and then goes to heaven. Boone never got to know Locke was right about the island and could say thanks to Locke for time together and then live in the now peaceful island. Shannon never got to mature and have a full relationship with Sayid Sun and Jin never returned to the island and then leave(which would be much easier now), to raise their daughter together. Claire lives the rest of his life without Charlie. Sawyer lives the rest of his life without Juliet. Imagine how much better it would be if: There were no purgatory flashbacks during the whole season, then jack dies in the bamboo forest, and then wakes up in the church with all the characters who have died until that moment(only those), and his father tells him that it's ok and they can go to heaven. And we know that the ones who survive would also meet with then in heaven eventuallymoreless

    2 2

  • 10

    about the episode

    By JordanWelch, Dec 31, 2013

    It had great editing.

    3 0

  • 10

    This show man :'(

    By Randyflow, Jun 04, 2012

    I felt like I knew everybody in this show and I can't believe I'm saying this but tears came out on this show the final show :( I love this show so much I wish ya can do more lost episodes and it would be a dream me acting inside of this show or with the creators and producers credos to all actors and bad robot also abc I. Love ya and this show the best show in my life and I mean it :( keep it up and my dream is to be an actor :-)moreless

    7 0

  • 1.0

    Wow. What a total copout.

    By Nickylucas, Apr 21, 2012

    Lost is one of my favorite shows EVER. Every episode, from the Pilot to the penultimate episode had a significance. Sure, there were ups and downs. There was the mysterious season 1, thought by many to be the best. There was season 2, which was far too slow and the new characters were far too annoying, at least until the ending. Season 3 had an amazing second half. Then there was the action packed and fast paced season 4, my favorite season to date, with every episode being important. Season 5 starts out interesting, then gets far too preachy for my liking, with the final episodes being good, not great.



    Season 6, up until the finale, was set for dethroning season 4 as my favorite. The flash-sideways was an interesting and thought provoking idea, which ultimately turned out to be a gigantic waste of time. The island story was awesome, with Jacob and Locke and the many many main character deaths.



    So what happened? Well, for me, it was too CHEESY. The happy/sad music, the church at the end, the way all the characters in the alternate reality somehow figured out that they were connected in the past and then proceeded to do...nothing. The final scene in the church had me facepalming. Since when was Lost a religious preachy show? I DON'T CARE IF THEY LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER. LOST ISN'T A FAIRY TALE.



    Thanks to this ending, EVERYTHING is pointless. It's just a version of the "it was all a dream" ending, only instead it's a "We've been dead the entire time, the past 6 seasons and all the hours of sleep our viewers have LOST means nothing because they were dead!"



    I'm not even upset about the answers. We found out everything totally pressing in my mind, except for Walt and the Polar Bears. However I don't care really about the Polar Bears...it's just a polar bear. Walt can probably be answered if you analyze the show and figure out it, but I don't see the point of a rewatch knowing that none of it matters anyway. The writers decided to throw everything they've worked on for six years into a church, and apparently god was not with them, because they managed to produce the worst possible ending to one of the greatest shows in the history of television.



    So if you forget the alternate reality BS, the story of season 6 boils down to the Monster, AKA John Locke, trying to get off the island. To do this he needs to get all of the candidates together, put out some ***ed god light, and then they can fly off. Well what happens? That happens, only Locke dies. All the important people that survive (besdies Hugo, Jack, and Ben) leave the island. The End. Oh yeah, and Jack dies. But I don't really care about that, because he was dead to begin with, right?



    Even with the remaining questions, such as "What is the light?" "What is the island?" "Why are Polar Bears on the island?" and everything else that was never answered after the first season, all would have been better if the finale was actually EXCITING. Instead we get a bunch of cheesy music and laughter and smiling, when it should have been the most exciting edge-of-your-seat 2 hours ever filmed for television. Instead I found myself yawning and wanted to skip through the scenes.



    Do I hate the show? No. I love the show. Lost as a show gets a 10, easy. I'd give the entire show 11 if I could. But the ending? Well, too bad TV.com can't go less than 1, because a 0/10 is fitting enough. I could write a better Series Finale in my sleep. And even if they had just taken out the goddamned church scene, I would've been fine. But that scene ruined everything in the show for me. All the characters that died, that lived, ALL OF THEM, what is the point? And why a church? Since when was Lost a religious show? There's been some religious episodes here and there, but the show was ultimately about science and fate and friendship. The finale was just an anti-climactic montage of people remembering stuff that happened on the island for the past 5 seasons and 16 episodes.



    And I remember that stuff too. Because I was fascinated by it. I was glued to my seat. I ignored important phone calls just so I could finish it. I had to watch "one more episode" until I was falling asleep in my chair, yet even then I would go to the fridge and drink a caffeinated soda just to finish the episode.



    So all of that dedication...just to find out that they were dead. Is this supposed to be a bitter-sweet ending? Because for me the only sweet is everything before this episode.



    Hell, at least 24 had a good ending.moreless

    6 16

  • 10

    Lost Forever

    By JooPaulo3, Apr 21, 2012

    Excellent episode, emocional and dazzling. Lost is more than a tv show, is about redemption, find your way, is about surpass your mistakes, is about people. Jack and the losties are link together forever and beyond, six year in the island, six wonderful and hard years. The last scene is amazing, all together in the church, this means is time to move on, time for the next step of the life.

    5 2

  • 10

    Time To Let Go

    By Michielus, Dec 27, 2011

    Time To Let Go





    "You needed all of them and they needed you," says Christian Shepard with mild, glowing eyes to his son Jack. The doc looks around in the church where he was supposed to have his father's funeral, clearly confused. He looks at his father, there are nearly tears in his eyes now. "For what?" To which Christian replies: "To remember and to... let go." One of the last scenes of Lost reveals a fun metaphor in which Jack is the audience of Lost: confused, frustrated, sad. Because a few minutes later, the audience just like Jack needs to let go of the show that has caught them on a figurative island for its six year run. Though the very last hundred and five minutes of Lost may be polarizing to the series' large fan-base, I found myself completely stuck to my television screen until the moment main-character Jack closes his eye and the screen fades out. For my television that was the end, for my brains, however... not exactly; just like Jack, I had a hard time letting go. And I still have.





    The finale immediately starts with emotional, nostalgic music from Micheal Giacchino as we see how Christian Shepard's coffin finally is recovered by Oceanic airlines. What follows are some nice cuts intertwined in the alternate time line to show us where every character stands on the island. Jack is now the new island protector and he and his friends set out to go to the heart of the island where Jack believes he can stop Locke. Hurley's response to the plan is, however (the series final Star Wars reference): "I have a bad feeling about this." For the last time the Lost logo that J.J. Abrams made on his laptop years ago floats by and we're dragged into a finale of non-stop suspense and tension, emotion and action. 'A storm is coming to the island' might not be the most original story device, but it works really well and it gives us a feeling that for the last time something terrible is about to happen. This storm, together with some cool aerial camera shots of director Jack Bender, works great to give the finale an epic feeling that you rarely see in a television show.





    The main conflict of the plot is the final conflict between Jack and Locke. It is a delight to see that this conflict revolves around two characters that always had conflicts in the earlier seasons, though it now comes back in a completely different context. Jack is now the man of faith, while Locke (well, actually the never-named man in black wearing Locke's face) now is the man of science. Both men want to prove each other wrong about the heart of the island which reflects their conflict revolving the button in the hatch in season two. It is brilliant that the finale in fact resembles the season two finale so much without lazily copying it or without being too obvious.





    After Jack and Locke lowered Desmond in the heart of the island, Desmond unplugs the mysterious cork. The light has been put out and as everything starts to tremble, Desmond screams. Was Jack wrong? Is the man in black actually going to succeed? Well, not exactly. Locke is now mortal. It is neat that this last reveal does not feel forced, but rather logical and fitting because the smoke monster, after all, was somehow created by the light. Tension now really starts to rise. As Jack goes after the man in black to confront him in a final battle, Sawyer, Kate, Hurley and Ben try to escape the island, which is slowly falling apart. Then there is also Richard, Miles and Lapidus trying to fix the Ajira plane before the island sinks to the bottom of the ocean. The raging storm and the trembling island allow a great mise en scene the lighting is dark, the storm makes it all the more looming and the island feels once more like this dangerous and unpredictable place. An epic cinematography is used when Locke and Jack confront each other for the last time. Camera's are flying above the two actors jumping into each other, ready to kill. Locke manages to stab Jack, but Kate comes to rescue and shoots him ("I saved you a bullet!" she says, because, ironically enough, Locke earlier said to her that she could better save her bullets for later). The wounded Jack kicks the man in black off a cliff, which cleverly resembles the way the man in black kicked a stabbed Jacob into a fire last season. But it is still not over yet. The earthquakes keep going on. And as Jack kisses Kate goodbye and shakes hands with Sawyer, Kate and the conman hurry to make it to the plane. Jack returns to the heart together with Hurley and Ben.





    Here everything is perfectly balanced, just like the finale of season three "Through the Looking Glass", considered to be one of the best Lost episodes. The writing is great: sharp dialogue, great tension, rich metaphors the best maybe when Juliet tells Sawyer in the alternate time line that he should unplug the vending machine and then plug it back in (metaphor for unplugging the light in the heart of the island). And overall there is a perfect balance between tension (the island storyline mainly), some comic relief exactly on the places where necessary and emotion (especially in the alternate time line, where everyone 'remembers'). Furthermore, every character gets a moment to shine in the right places. Especially Hurley and Ben, after a wounded Jack plugs the plug back in and the electromagnetic light shines once more and the earthquakes stop. Hurley is left as the new protector of the island, stepping into Jacob's shoes. Hurley, who always was the comic relief of the show, is now one of the most important people in the history of the island but why him? "You do what you do best, Hugo. Taking care of people." As Ben beautifully says to him. Benjamin Linus himself finally chose to let go of his power and redeems himself by having peace with working for Hurley.





    Meanwhile, in the alternate time line, Jack is the only one who has not remembered his time on the island yet. Everyone else found his or her constant and comes together in the church. It is quite ironic actually that in a show called Lost, it is about people finding each other. There are some nice moments before Jack makes it to the church. One where Ben tells Locke how sorry he is for what he did to him and tells him that he can get out of his wheelchair now. Another one where Hurley says that Ben was a great number two to which Ben replies that Hurley was a great number one, referring to Hurley's time as protector of the island.





    Jack finally opens the coffin of his father and as he touches the wood of the coffin his island memories return. Suddenly his father stands behind him and he explains to him that everyone of them is dead in this place. Some before Jack, some long after Jack. Christian tells him that his friends are waiting for him in the church and as Jack joins them a montage starts where they cut from Jack on the island slowly dying because of his wounds and back to Jack in the church. This is accompanied by some of Micheal Giacchino's finest work (he already did some great musical work in the sixth season). It is brilliant how the writers complete the circle, as Jack passes by his father's old shoe hanging in a tree and slowly falls to the ground in the bamboo field. Suddenly we hear barking and Vincent the dog joins Jack and for the last time the leader of the group survivors smiles with tears in his eyes as he sees how the Ajira plane flies over the island knowing he succeeded and that his friends made it off. Then... his eye slowly closes and the screen fades out. L O S T. It is great how this scene exactly mirrors the very first scene of Lost in the pilot and this is also one of the moments in the finale that I (as I have to admit) nearly cried.





    "The End", written by show-runners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse and directed by Lost veteran-director Jack Bender, knows how to end Lost in a great way. With a brilliant pace, balanced and sharp writing, good tension, honest emotions, nostalgia, a shining moment for every important character, an intelligent plot and being technically superb, the Lost series finale is more than satisfying. And no, they did not answer every mystery, but really? Everything that was necessary for us to understand the plot and for us to understand the character's motivations was answered. In a way, the island of Lost is a metaphor for the earth: there is conflict between believers and scientists, some believe that everything on earth can be explained by logical and scientific thinking, while others believe that some things just cannot be explained and that there is a path for everyone of us to follow. And will everyone really understand life when they die? No, of course not. And as soon as we discover something new that answers one question about life, dozens of other questions will rise. Just like the island of Lost, the earth and life on it will remain a mystery box never to be fully explored.





    And as this was the fourth time I watched the finale I found myself astonished that I was still thinking intensely about it for the next few days. So after this incredible experience I would like to thank Damon Lindelof, J.J. Abrams, Jeffrey Lieber, Carlton Cuse and everyone else that brought this show to life, because for me there will probably never be anything like it. And I will remember it for the rest of my life, until I have to let go.moreless

    11 1

  • 10

    Life and Death

    By Jarr777, May 29, 2011

    This show has always been about life and death...the fact that it ended with Jack giving his life for his fellow castaways, not to mention the whole of humanity (according to 'Across the Sea') was epic...and then how they were united again in death was Shakespearean in scope and truly awesome. To those who call it a cop-out because it did not define the Island in specifics, I ask you this one question...Can you explain the universe and all the mysteries in our world or even on our planet? There is no explanation that makes sense. Our very existence has been debated about for all of human history. The show was saying that the island is like that. We can observe it, we know things about it..."it a place where miracles happen", "it's like a cork protecting the world from evil", "It has special properties of electromagnetism and people are healed there", etc, etc. But as far as saying what it is, that is up for debate, just like our world is... This episode was actually amazingly intelligent as well emotional and they handled it brilliantly imo...An all time classic!!moreless

    13 1

  • 10

    R.I.P Lost! One of this generations greatest shows

    By exterminator25, May 09, 2011

    I'll admit, i'm a bit annoyed that questions that've been plaguing us for years didn't get answered, but I just sat back and enjoyed the ending.



    Jacks fight against MiB was epic! How could you not love it? Them two, duking it out.



    Poor Jack, dying, especially after he and Kate finally got together. Still, the ending scene of him dying in the same position as he woke up was a piece of brilliance.



    It was great to see Rose & Bernard again. Gotta love their relationship. I honesty would've prefered if they became Adam & Eve during one of their season 5 time travels, than Jacobs mother and MiB.



    The character moments in the sideways verse was beautiful. I cried during the Charlie & Claire moment, and I don't cry due to TV (except for Sun/Jin death a few weeks ago. That could melt even the iciest heart)



    And the truth about the sideways verse: It was purgatory So the show ended with the cast dead (except Michael, whos now a whisper, and Walt, who's who knows where), but did they die at the plane crash, or sometime after?



    You gotta hand it to Lost, leaving questions even after the shows finished. and yet it didn't deter from the quality, delivering one of the shows best episodes.moreless

    18 4

Load More Reviews