Remember Lost? That TV show from the early 2000s? The one that had a fantastic first episode that made everyone think the series would be equally amazing?
Remember how everything… went wrong?
What started out as a survival show with spooky, supernatural shenanigans and an overarching mystery quickly devolved to story lines about rival tribes, corporate conspiracies, and, most unforgivable of all… time travel.
But super-dedicated audience members stuck with the series, believing that everything would lead to a finale that would tie all of the story-strands together. And there were lots of them.
Though I did enjoy the finale, the ending that so many hoped for, the one that would answer all of the questions, never came. I mean, the finale left SO MANY things left unsolved.
What went wrong?
There’s no way to know exactly, of course. But I suspect it had something to do with writers.
I wouldn’t be surprised if the people who were behind all of the different twists and turns couldn’t make up their mind about the type of story they wanted to write. One week it involved religion. Another survivalism. Another revenge. And the list goes on.
I figure that was pretty awesome from a writer’s standpoint. But from the perspective of someone in the audience? Confusing, random, and what felt like tease after tease.
What should have happened?
I have heard that to give an audience a satisfying ending, you have to go back to the beginning. And Lost did that. The very first image of the first episode was Jack on the ground, opening his eyes.
The last? Jack on the ground, closing his eyes.
That was cool, and I really appreciated it. But what about the rest of the first episode? The first few episodes, for that matter?
I think the series, as a whole, could have stuck to the story elements and the genre of the first few episodes (mystery, survival, characters interacting with each other, and spooky stuff with Jack seeing his father in the woods) throughout the entire series.
I don’t think Jack and the gang should have ever found anyone else living on the island.
I don’t think there should have ever been anything about time travel, nuclear bombs, or actually making it off the island (unless that’s how the series ended).
Even though I enjoyed the Lost finale, there were plenty of times during the series when I thought that it had become silly and that it was nowhere near as fun as it was during those first few episodes. And that’s a shame, because they could have stuck to the mystery, stuck to the spooky stuff, and stuck to character development.
That way, everything that happened between Jack opening and closing his eyes would have been a lot more satisfying.
What do you think?
Were you / are you a big fan of Lost?
Were you happy with the ending?
Is there anything you would have changed?