Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Lost fans have probably already heard enough about the last episode, but here are my two cents:
The main appeal of Lost is its mystery. It exploits unanswered questions in a way that no other show has done. It's mystery porn. And just like other porn, it's not about the release; that's just icing on the face. The build-up—the teasing, the unknown dangling right in front of you—that's what drives the show.
An answer is nice when it comes, but the thrill only lasts a second, then you forget about it, roll over, and go to sleep. Mysteries, though, keep you occupied long after the show ends. They pump through your dreams all night long. They make you squirm in your seat when they suddenly pop into your head at work.
For that reason, I was satisfied with Lost's ending. The resolution of the "flash sideways" slapped around our expectations just enough to keep it spicy. The very last money shot was just right1. And overall it left just enough unanswered questions to keep Lost lingering on the tips of our minds, fondly remembered as one of the best shows we ever had.
P.S. Some of the "mysteries" that people complain about being left unanswered aren't really mysteries that anyone promised to answer. Why do we need to know who built the statue/temple/cork? That's like complaining if the Grey's Anatomy finale doesn't explain who built the hospital.
(although a few of them probably should have been solved)
1 And I think exemplifies the Stephen King influence the creators have been wearing on their sleeve all along.