“Rendered insignificant, in this scenario, were the particulars of what they had done on the island. Pushing buttons, building rafts, blowing up hatches, living, dying — all the churning action and melodrama that made “Lost” so addictive in its early seasons — none of it was directly connected to this final outcome, beyond that it constituted “the most important part” of all their lives.”

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This article echoed a bit what Brogan and I talked about last night.  I don’t feel any desire to re-watch the whole thing.  Sure I expected I wasn’t going to get all the answers I desired … but I didn’t get a pay off for my investment.  It wasn’t rewarding.  The show put so much energy into the Hanso Foundation and the Dharma Initiative, the button pushing, the magic numbers, the time traveling bunnies — and we got no pay off for that.  Remember all the viral websites and tv advertisements for the Hanso foundation?  That stuff was fun… but didn’t pay off.

Which is why episodes like “Ab Aeterno” were so rewarding.  Seeing the Black Rock crash into the huge statue fulfilled at least three questions we had.  “How did the Black Rock get on the Island? Who was on it? How did the statue get broken?”  I’m glad it left some open ends so we can still discuss it — but I don’t feel a return on my investment for at least 3 seasons.  Season 6?  Certainly.  Season 6 was extremely rewarding.  The themes Season 6 brought up, it stayed true to and completed.

And that is my complaint.  Sure I liked the final episode.  And I’m glad I finished it.  I consider it a perfect finale to Season 6 — but not to all 6 seasons of LOST.

I don’t think I’d ever recommend someone to watch all 6 seasons.  Watch Season 1 for character development and then 5 and 6… but only after you’ve watched all 5 seasons of THE WIRE.

A video that combines all the unanswered LOST questions after the break.

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