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Lost finale: is the question the answer or is the answer the question, or is a question a question an answer to an answer? Question? What?

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Finally, Lost is under the sea!

Bitter Balcony is breaking our not so golden rule. While we dedicated ourselves to laying the hammer down on cinema trash (which by the looks of this summer we have plenty to rummage through) we had decided to keep away from the boob tube. However, we made an exception for the heavily anticipated finale for “Lost.” The reason? Over six years of our lives have gone wasted on a smoke monster, a polar bear and a hydrogen bomb named “Jughead”, and frankly, we had enough! How many cliffhangers with limited payoffs and erratic changes in character for the leads could we take?

Creators Carlton Cuse, Damon Lindelof and J.J Abrams went on nerd overload with excessive and inconclusive storylines we thought the show’s last image would be a zoom out revealing that the island was a giant question-mark all along. Actually, any ending would have been better than the cry-fest bow that felt more like the conclusion of “The Gilmore Girls.” Lame.

As you probably know by now, the final adventure of the Oceanic Flight 815 passengers has the survivors battling evil John Locke (Terry O’ Quinn) who had been taken over by the Smoke Monster. The Monster is seeking a way out of the island, since a flying puff couldn’t just do that and not follow some “rules” by Jacob that hold meaningless at the end anyways?(Okay, let’s get back to the plot). Jack (Matthew Fox) takes over as the protector of the island and is the only one that can stop Locke. The two rivals need the help of Desmond (Henry Ian Cusick) who can resist the electromagnetic power of the island’s core. In the meantime, Sawyer (Josh Holloway), Kate (Evangeline Lilly), Hurley (Jorge Garcia) and crew try to get out of the island. Parallel to these storylines is the bizarre subplot with all the passengers living their lives in Los Angeles while Desmond attempts to enlighten each of them of the great times each had on the island, like double-crossing each other and being haunted by the likes of Ben Linus (Michael Emerson) and Charles Widmore (Alan Dale). Hey Desmond, thanks for nothing, brother.

So what about the ending? Honestly, it was the obvious and logical conclusion, and yet that’s what makes “Lost” feel like a huge scam. After plots involving time travel, spiritual and scientific ramifications, and alternate realities, to end the show in our initial suspicion is copping out on a mythology that seemed greater that what it really was. Bitter Balcony likes J.J Abrams, but one huge gripe we have with him is lack of delivery on the grander scale he aspires to take his work. As For Cuse and Lindelof, they dug themselves a bigger hole that those “others” that were building wells on the island. We completely lost interest in any of the protagonists’ fate or the big secret hiding in the island’s forest.

Lastly, “Lost” feels like another show to fall victim to Network greed. ABC killed a great show “Twin Peaks” twenty years ago by forcing Lynch and company to reveal its conundrum prematurely and yet should have known were to pull the cord on this show. Please learn from your counterparts from across the pond, the BBC, about ending shows when they need to. As for us, our only compliment for the “Lost” finale is the real relief that it is over, ending our frustration for having invested so much time on this Garden of Eden.

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Finally, Lost is under the sea!


Directed by: Jack Bender
Written by: Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof
Based on Previous Work by: Carlton Cuse, Damon Lindelof and J.J Abrams
Starring: Matthew Fox, Terry O'Quinn

Source of the Bitter: John Rojas

Comments, rants and other stuffs below
JAS on Thu, 05/27/2010 - 11:19am

At least we can hope that in the flash-sideways of our own lives "Lost" is actually good.

JAS on Wed, 05/26/2010 - 11:27am

So the plane wreck at the end credits were added in for bullshit's sake.

See link - http://popwatch.ew.com/2010/05/26/lost-final-scenes-wreckage/

Where I commented, "More proof that producers and studios have no fucking clue what they are doing. It's a visual medium, thus visuals matter."

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