A great finale to one of the best TV shows of all time.
Tuesday, 25 May 2010
Action, Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction
Matthew Fox, Josh Holloway, Terry O'Quinn, Evangeline Lilly
Bryan Sudfield said on Friday, July 08, 2011 11:54:58 AM
If you do series finales occansially, you should have done 24, ER, and now since next Friday is the series finale of Friday Night Lights, you should review that. But this was an excellent review... it now made me remember much of the series finale of this epic tale that I grew up with for 6 years.
Reply from Richard Roeper
I had stopped watching "ER" long before its conclusion, so I didn't feel qualified to talk about its finale. Same thing with "24." (I don't get to watch as much quality television as I'd like to, because I've got so many other responsibilities, from a daily column to a four-hour daily radio show to the movies.)
However, I will do my best to find time to talk about "FNL." It's one of the best series of all time.
Muldfeld said on Thursday, January 13, 2011 2:33:10 PM
Have you even tried Ronald D. Moore's Battlestar Galactica? That show was actually ABOUT the characters, unlike the last plot-driven weak character writing of "Lost". So have you tried BSG? You used to be one of my favorite critics.
Jonathan L. Sydel said on Sunday, August 01, 2010 10:19:13 AM
Linda, names Jonathan. Here is an explanation for your unanswered question: Kate left Aaron with Claire's mom, Mrs. Littleton, in LA in late November / Early December 2007, when Aaron was just 2-years-old, born on November 1st, 2004 at night. The church and all of the afterlife timeline events takes place in late September 2004, when Aaron was just about a week old (born on a different date in the afterlife timeline - Wednesday, 22 September 2004, the day of the plane's arrival to Los Angeles, California from Sydney, Australia). Different baby and/or prop-baby. 2004, not 2007. Hope that I cleared all that up for you. Any more questions?, b/c I know a lot, and I only started this series when the hiatus of Season 3 ended, when Part II of S3 began, but I caught up, though, on the DVD box sets. Also, check out this website - http://lostpedia.wikia.com/wiki/Main_Page
Mike S. said on Saturday, July 24, 2010 9:57:50 PM
The finale ruined the entire show for me. All we get is a Sixth Sense / Jacob's Ladder mashup?
The say after the finale I gave away the first 5 seasons on DVD to people at work and have not thought about the show since.
Daniel Philion said on Friday, July 23, 2010 5:12:40 PM
I'll grant the finale offered superb character resolution, my problem does lie with all the questions left unaswered. It's not even that I'm a resolution man, or that I care about little details, but some of the most basic questions about the plot and mythology remain unanswered. The whole great destiny of these passengers on the plane is that one of them will need to take over the post of looking after a cave with a bright light in it. Really? And for that matter, when they go down there, all that's there is a self-destruct button that only one person [Desmond] can activate. Why did Sayid die just somehow undie? How come the Hydrogen bomb sent them back to they're regular time instead of what they said it would do. Hell, why did some of them go back in time to begin with? What was the point of the mysterious numbers? Why did Shannon and Boone make out. Phew, okay I'll stop now.
Ernie Truman said on Saturday, June 26, 2010 7:32:45 PM
The reason I can't get behind many people who say that LOST should have given more resolution is a simple fact that any answers would have inevitably led to more questions. Then it would have been season after season of meaningless revelation after revelation. Any show that you watch that ends after a nine or ten year run could have ended at least two seasons before it did (which is usually the point at which a good show begins to feel stale). About the only resolution I wanted, but didn't get, was that of Walt's character. Of course, answering the questions about Walt would have led to hundreds more but I think he belonged in the finale even if Michael's character didn't. And as explained, time doesn't work the same way in the afterlife, so the actor's age wouldn't have been an issue. Still, a high point of any show is the character resolution. The years of great charisma, happiness, sadness, love, and fun are all brought to an end that is very emotional for those who have invested in the characters instead of their backstory. The mythology and backstory (as well as the island) were just a means of exploring the characters. My suggestion is to bug the hell out of Carlton Cuse and Damon Lindelof to write a comic book miniseries that answers these trivial questions. Then you can continue to ask questions until the end of time (especially if they change it from a miniseries to an on-going. Problem is when it's on-going, you don't have Cuse and Lindelof as writers because there aint no way in hell they're gonna spend the rest of their careers answering the question to this show). Get over the questions. Trust me,they will lead to more if answered.
Jonathan said on Thursday, June 03, 2010 12:08:00 PM
I'm glad you enjoyed it so much, but it simply did not work for me as a whole. There were several great moments and episodes throughout the series, but I think the last season and the last episode clearly show the creators lack of foresight. Sure, it was really about the characters, but there is way too many plot points that weren't resolved and that simply doesn't make sense.
David Adams said on Tuesday, June 01, 2010 6:13:53 PM
That was a great finale for a show that wasn't Lost. I agree that it did have plenty of emotional pay off and enjoyed that it stayed about the characters. What i didn't like is that the show clearly had plenty of sci-fi fans and it left them in the cold. Sure a 2.5 hour panel discussion would have sucked, but to suggest that this is what it would have required to satisfy fans is ludicrous. Have you ever read any Dick or Heinlien? Have you ever watched the original V or Star Trek or the Twilight Zone? All of those creators/creations satisfy the heart and mind quite often. I don't like hearing people turn on a show they loved over one episode unless that show seems to have turned on them too. p.s. I did like all the metaphors and religious overtones/interconnections but it was a little egregious
Linda said on Thursday, May 27, 2010 7:41:49 PM
I agree with everything you said but have one question. If what happened on the island really happened....and if the crew that made it back to LA a season ago or so and then came back all happened...then how come Claire's baby Aaron appears as a baby in the church when he had actually been about 4 or 5 last time we saw him with Kate in LA? Was that trip to LA considered the beginning of the sideways/parallel universe?
Matt LaCasse said on Thursday, May 27, 2010 4:24:10 PM
Thank you, thank you. Spot on, couldnt agree more.
It's always been about the characters, right from the start. Think of all the time spent on the back stories from the Pilot on.
My only detraction- Syid's reunion with Shannon.... didnt we spend years hearing about Syid's Nadia???