Lost about “Lost”?

Are you still lost about the ending of "Lost"? Join the crowd.

I was never into the television series “Lost”, but as a casual viewer, I wanted to see how the series would end Sunday night.  Several hard-core viewers were “lost” at the end of the show on how it ended.  Did Jack die and everyone got on the plane?  Did everyone die in the crash?  Did everyone survive, including Jack?

There is nothing wrong with an ending that doesn’t resolve or tie up all of the loose ends.  Most shows are not meant to end perfectly.  But, for most of us, it’s hard to accept that.

The late Patrick McGoohan said that it was good for viewers to be “outraged” when the ending they wanted to see is not what they expected.  It forces the viewer to figure out the ending in their own minds, and not accept the practical conclusion.

Some will understand what I wrote, many will not.  Maybe this entry from January about “perfect endings” will help.  Or confuse you even more.

“Be seeing you.”

2 Comments Add yours

  1. TCMSM says:

    I wasn’t a fan of how TP ended, but I figured it out later on and I was cool with that. I loved The Sopranos ending because director David Chase wasn’t going to end the show in the way everyone had hoped it would by not giving it it’s finality. It was true to the Chase-ian way.

    Six Feet Under, M*A*S*H, and other shows used the finality as a way to give closure to the story (or the show), which is excellent.

    I feel that it’s to the director, writer, and executive producer’s discretion on how they want to end a series (closure or open-ended) that would leave an impression on its fans and viewers.

    That’s what drives us crazy and yet intrigued when our favorite shows end their runs.

    Do not expect “Law and Order” to do that when the final episode is shown tonight, as NBC canceled it last week.

  2. Nice post. I hated the ending of Twin Peaks and the Sopranos, too, until I thought about it a month later.

    I much preferred the appropriate absolution and finality of Six Feet Under – where you saw a matter of fact, finite resolution to the series. Similarly, shows such as the Wire left you with more of a “the more things change, the more they stay the same” sort of meme.

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