Okay, I warned you.
I had really given a lot of time and interest to this show, and now that it’s over, I’m still kind of digesting everything. I guess that what makes a good LOST episode—the fact that it forces you to actually think and digest stuff and play around with the ideas they present you. (In that respect, I’m of the segment of fans that don:t mind that the fact that EVERY SINGLE MYSTERY DIDN:T GET ANSWERED! Some mystery is okay, and in fact it kind of keeps the show “larger than life” because it:s so removed from our typical cut-and-dry spoon-fed info-dumps that is the other end of the spectrum.)So on one hand I kind of like the LOST season ending, in the sense that I was really caught up in all the tearful reunions that were happening. You can:t ask for more closure than seeing all the main characters getting to move on to heaven-or-whatever. Like the rest of LOST-a-maniacs, we can all “let go” and move on.
On the other hand, I hated the LOST season ending, in the sense that we get no payoff for any of the momentus events that have happened. Typically, a LOST cliffhanger will leave you with either: one, THE MOST OMINOUS PRONOUCEMENT EVER!!! or two, THE MOST IMPORTANT REVEAL SO FAR!!! But none of these momentus, ominous, and/or important revelations had anything to do with what happens to the characters in the end—either the plane leaving the island or with the characters moving on into heaven.
Why set up any complex relationship of time/space, good/evil, if-then universe/or-else alternate worlds, if you don:t have anything to really say about it? For some of the questions that remain outstanding that I still wonder about (and some that I never really asked about or cared for) you can see this site at CollegeHumor.
But let’s sum up—Hurley and Ben become the island:s new protectors, fulfulling an ages-long feud that was raised to mythological proportions, and all we are left with is seeing how Jack died and moved on? This is so typical of the show (in particular, the awful writer:s-strike plagued Season 3)—to abandon the rich store of complex characters in order to focus on the perceived “favorite.” Yes, Jack is a great character in his own right, but the show ain:t called “JACK GOT LOST.” But apparently in the minds of the writers it was. Yes, I:m still bitter for the horrible end Jin and Sun faced, only two episodes in to being reunited, which itself only happened after TWO YEARS of being apart.
Here:s my alternate take for Season 6:
The Jughead bomb worked, the “sideways flash” alternate universe is in fact the Real World now that the island is destroyed, except that the island still exists, too, as a kind of echo of itself, including the echoes of Jack, Hurley, Kate, Sawyer, and the etc. of everyone on the island. (Heck, maybe this is the whole reason for the island:s "unique properties" in the first place, since the island-echo can be free of the contraints of time itself. In a weird time paradoxical way, the island is its own reason for being.)
So for most of Season 6, there are actually two copies of all the characters—the Real World and their island echoes. Because of the “magic” of the island, anyone in the Real World can share the memories of their island echoes, which is why Desmond can “awaken” them. The characters who had died on the island (Charlie, Libby, etc.) can share the memories of their ghosts (since the island “keeps” ghosts, as evidenced by the whispers), and they don:t need Desmond to awaken themselves, which is kind of what happened with Charlie and Libby anyway. Such “awakenings” brings ghosts/echoes into the Real World, so all are whole once more. It can be shown on-screen, so after the scene of Jin and Sun regaining their memories in the Real World around the ultrasound, we cut to a previous moment with their island-echoes dying underwater and white-flashing (similar to the time-jumps of Season 5,) planting them in their new lives in the Real World.
And the final scene, with Lapidus and Kate and everyone flying away from the island, would end with them white-flashing, too. Jack:s dying moment can happen, too. His eye would close, but instead of cutting to black, the screen cuts to white . . .DUN!