It's been a week already. A whole week since the finale. After watching the end of the only show that I ever thought was perfectly attuned to my sensitivities I decided to let the whole experience sink in. Just letting it simmer and see what kind of insights might come up after some subconscious processing. Insights came, but not the kind I was looking for.
I've been checking out a couple of threads on this forum and had a very strong deja-vu. If you want to know what triggered this experience, visit the Battlestar Galactica forum on this site and look for finale related threads, you'll get the picture. But for those of you a little more time pressed: Battlestar Galactica was a sci-fi show stuffed with suggestionsof mysteries-with-interesting-resolutions. None of that was the case and instead we found out that God did it all. Normally I'd put a big spoiler sign there for those of you still watching the show on their own pace, but to tell you the truth, I don't give a damn about preserving storyline experiences for anyone anymore. I mean, either you are the kind of viewer who really cares a lot about intricate plots, in which case I've saved you a huge disappointment, since you're not gonna get that. Or you'll be one of those people that were suddenly struck by a mental illness (on which I will soon elaborate) and rushed to defend the show, claiming that all of that didn't matter, because the plot was inferior in importance to the character development. If you're one of those, then it doesn't matter how much I spoil, because the plot didn't matter to you to begin with. Which is why I feel a little like I'm stuck in one of those flash-sideways. It's as if I'm suddenly seeing something familiar and am overdosed by an array of previous traumatic experiences. After that major disappointment I thought: 'well, there's always Lost. They wouldn't do that to me. These guys have a plan, no way they'll let me down'.
This divide between the people who loved the finale and those who hated it can be perfectly illustrated using the character of Locke. Locke had two sides: one blinded by the faith he used as a compensation for his dissatisfaction with his own life, the other that finally gave in to desperation and faced the sad reality of his being. Those who loved the finale seem to me like the former. I on the other hand feel much like Locke did at the end of Season 2, looking guilt ridden into Eko's eyes and exclaiming: "I was wrong".
No matter what anyone can claim here, the plot was the main drive behind the story, it was about the mysteries, the mythology. EVERY episode had at least a subtle hint of a grand inticracy that every single viewer hoped to one day understand. And don't say it ain't so. NONE of you watched Locke and Boone find the hatch and thought: "Boy, I sure hope they never open it up and see what's inside. That would take the mystery right out of it". Or when they find out it was Desmond's inability to push the button on time that crashed the plane, you were thinking: "If only they hadn't told me that, I prefered my own version of why the plane crashed". And then there must've been those of you who saw the Dharma Orientation film and thought: "it would be so courageous of the writers if they leave the real purpose of the Dharma Initiative out of the show, that way I can ponder it for the rest of my life".
Yes, it was clearly 'courageous' (I can't believe some of you use this, of all adjectives, to describe this cop-out) of them to wrap up the 6 year long suggestions of complexity and mind-boggling causality with a 2 hour swoon fest, without wasting a minute of their prescious time to explain something about the Island, or the Light, or that sinkhole with the electromagnetic security. If only Sir Arthur Conan Doyle understood this, we could've all read the premise of a riddle and then fill in all the blanks ourselves. Cause according to a lot of you, that's what great storytelling boils down to: letting the spectators finish the story themselves. Do me a favor, if you want to come up with stories yourself, write an f-ing book. But don't come here with this pretentious air of condescension, claiming to be surprised that we actually thought the story's author would finish what he started.
Let's face it people: you love the show, we all did. You loved the characters, we all did. We had to, otherwise we wouldn't have stuck with this show for 6 seasons. If the characters were not believable and interesting, it wouldn't be worth watching. But those of you who claim that this is a great way to end this show are in denial. You loved the show too much to admit that this is at least a bit of a let down. You're afraid that it'll spoil the good memories, the six years of faithfully settling behind your tv every week. And then you come with these statements of admiration for the fact that you were left to your own devices, that no one impeded on your right to come up with your own reasons as to what would happen if the black smoke would leave the island. Or think of who built that sink inside the 'light'. The responses were exactly the same with Battlestar, and it simply can't be a coincidence that both shows attracted a major following looking for a story that challenged their intellect, but sadly all misinterpretted the signs that the shows were giving out. In both cases I'm being treated as if what I expected was unreasonable, as if there was no sensible way you could expect, after having seen so much of the show, that there was something interesting and complex that would be explained at the end of the story.
They practically dangled that carrot in front our face by making clipshows called 'Lost: The Answers'. What answers if there are no questions then? And then there are those who keep saying: you can't expect them to explain EVERYTHING. No I don't, but at least SOMETHING. Like: how did Jacob's mother 'make it' so that they can't hurt each other? Who was on the Island before her? And how did they get their 'powers'. How come everyone seems obsessing about the MIB opening his mouth to someone, while nothing seems to happen. What rule prevented MIB from entering the temple while Dougen was still alive. What does the light do? What actually prevented MIB from getting off the island? These are meaningful questions, not trivial details that have no impact on the story. (And please don't try to sooth me with your own simple reasons, it can never be more than speculation, since you didn't come up with it).
But let's not blame it all on the finale, let's face it: the entire season was a disaster. All they did was run around from one Island to the other, the plane, the sub, the plane, the dynamite, the plane, the dynamite, every time with a different party. Desmond being with Locke, Desmond being with Jack, Desmond being with Locke, etc. etc. etc. With weird twitches at the end like Widmore, having devoted his entire life to protecting the Island, sacrificing everything for it, and yet being convinced in a minute or so that he can take the MIB's word for it. What was the point of him going out of the show and at the same time out of character? Or how Ben goes from a good guy to a bad guy and back again more often than he had done in the other 4 seasons combined. They waste an entire season trying to make it seem like there was an alternate reality, only to have everyone live out some pretend other life before they find out they're dead. Honestly, was that really necessary in the afterlife? That Desmond gets a kick in the butt from Charlie and goes off on some weird revelation spree? Why couldn't they all come into the afterlife knowing full well what happened? Why make this weird off-key reality, where Jack has a son (with Julliet? does she forget about all this when she bonds with Sawyer and remembers the Island? Cause if not, how does she deal with her feelings for him and her son when they 'move on'?), and Desmond got along with Widmore, in which they pass the time a little for a week before they realise it's BS! Are we supposed to believe that Sayid prefers to spend the afterlife with Shannon, a girl he knew for little more than a month than with the love of his life, who he was willing to kill his friends for? And why does Ms. Hawking suddenly know (again) that it's all pretense, without actually wanting to do something about it? That said to me that they ended up not understanding their own characters at all. Omniscience is not a character trait. The reason she knew more than Desmond in his flashes throught time was because she had some knowledge from the past, not because she was some sort of oracle. And then everyone is in the church, all smiling and happy, and who sits outside? Ben. What happens to Ben after all this? Does this 'in between reality' collapse with him in it? Does he stay in the 'fake world' knowing it's not real? Or if he does know, how does he deal with it? No one knows. But I'm told that that's the 'fun of it', that way I can try to 'fix' the plotholes. The whole story just opened up like a dural sack, but unlike Jack... I'm done counting to five.