Monday, 24 May 2010
By Justin at BeDeviant [Editor's note: This post contains spoilers. For those of you who have not seen the last episode of Lost yet, you might want to avert your eyes.]
For the true multi-sensory experience, listen to this song while reading today’s post.
The show is over. LOST is complete. Everyone is okay.
That’s what I took away from last night’s LOST series finale: they were all okay. That was my thought as the curtain closed on LOST. “They all made it.”
They were with each other and time was never going to run out on them again.
They would never be separated again.
They had each other.
Sure, there were plot holes that were left unfilled. We may not have gotten all the “answers” we were seeking, but that’s partly what made LOST, LOST. You didn’t get all the answers. We don’t know what was up with Walt, what happened to Sawyer, Kate, Lapidus, Alpert and Miles after they left the island, or what was really going on with Eloise Hawking.
But isn’t that just like life? We don’t get all the answers. We don’t know why 4-year-olds die of cancer, why crooked people seem to triumph so often, or why life has to be so painful sometimes. Sometimes there are no answers. LOST keyed in on this uniquely human aspect to life and worked it over, and over, and over.LOST = Snapshot of Heaven
I was so pleased with the finale because of the picture it painted for the possibilities of Heaven. A place with no time. A place where relationships with those we love are intact. A place that’s “real.” A place where we’re unfettered by past hindrances–where we can be the people we were created to be. A place where people can “let go.” Amen.
We see Jack’s tragic and consistent need to “fix people” be redeemed when he saves his friends and gets them off the island. We see Hurley become The Guardian–a role that we as the audience can believe. Hurley was more than comic relief, he was a soul saver. We see Ben light up as he’s asked to be a part of something without having to weasel his way in. We see John Locke walk. We see Christian leading our LOST crew into a wave of light, illustrated by the image at the top of this post. They’re all okay.
The analogy wasn’t perfect by any means. For instance, the writers of LOST were none-to-subtle in suggesting that “all roads lead to Heaven.” The closing scene with Jack and his father, Christian, was rife with universalism. In the screen cap below, you can see the stained glass window with multiple religious symbols–Islam, Buddhism, Taoism, Judaism and Christianity. I took this as a suggestion that it doesn’t matter what road you take, they all end up in the same place. This would be a nice, sentimental parting shot except for the fact that most major world religions believe that their way is the only way. In others words, Islam does not teach that all roads lead to heaven. Their way does and no one else’s. But I digress …
LOST was able to go to places where few television shows bothered to tread. The show was deeply spiritual, and unashamedly so. The reason why it was so popular with so many people is because LOST alluded to a reality that we all hope to be true. “Everything’s going to be okay.” As human beings with inner spirits, we all pick up on this “behind-the-scenes” reality and hope beyond hope that it’s true.
That we’ll be with the people we love.
That there’s something for us after we die.
That light will conquer darkness.
Certainly the Christian faith suggests this. Scripture teaches that God will make the wrong things right; that relationships will never be severed again; and death will be no more. Everything is going to be all right. Where we as Christians get this wrong is when we make Heaven a place that’s hard to get in to. When we put up religious roadblocks for people instead of realizing that God is at work in the lives of all people. Our job is to recognize it and amplify it. No checklists or picket signs needed.Final Thoughts
All in all, LOST’s series finale met and exceeded my expectations. It left me wanting more, not wanting it to end–the sign of any well-told story. I wonder if the LOST writing team got so close to capturing a snapshot of heaven that some people, for the first time, can actually believe it’s a real place. A lofty assertion for any television show, no doubt. But LOST was more than TV. It was art. It was story. It was life. It was good.
What did you think?