May 24, 2010 by Post Team
Lost Review:Lost out in a way that was refreshing as so many dramas, which tend to be more dramatic, serious and somber in an effort to prove its final depth. However, the time lost last night was a combination of a greatest hits album and a live lesson from Sunday school. Everyone was forgiven, everyone smiled. If Mary Tyler Moore Show had not done first, I suspect that the producers of Lost have had all the members met in the final scene come together in a group hug.
(By the way, “Lost final review,” I do not mean to end on this website, of course. Be assured Jeff Jensen with his full and definitive exegesis Doc Jensen later.)
If there is any great surprise last night was as overtly Christian in its imagery and message of the series turned out to be. His lesson stressed that everyone was forgiven – that word was used over and over again. The water in the Magic Fountain red is used for the purposes of transubstantiation, “Drink this,” said Jack was the water that was delivered, a phrase he repeated later when Jack gave water to Hugo. For the incidence of liquid especially Jack, the dialogue might well have quoted directly from a communion service, “Drink this, because this is my body which is given to you. Do this in remembrance of me.”
As if there was one thing we probably all agree in the end, Jack Shephard was a figure of Christ, whose sacrifice saved many others. The images could not have been more specific: Jack questioning and obey his father, his leadership of a small group of disciples, his ascension final (in terms of television, in a brilliant white light). Even the piercing of his side to Locke / Man in Black was in the part of your body where Christ was speared while in agony on the cross crucified.
But for most of its length long but rarely boring, the final loss does not huff and puff and labor toward a heavy metaphorical conclusion. Instead, it was, well, very nice, full of meetings that were both emotional and fun (what is to come back to meet-cute between Sawyer and Juliet at the vending machine?). There were sweet jokes, as when, at 90 minutes in a show of two years and a half, someone said: “Sure does not feel like it’s over.” I do not know how to play to survivors of hardcr, but I was glad to see a favorite of fans and Hurley avoid suffering not only large but become the most important assistant in the glorification of Jack. Hurley has always been the most lovable character on Lost, and found that if he stood for anything, was love itself.
The metaphor was used weeks earlier, on the cork in a bottle of wine that kept evil escape – which was made into plays and, when Desmond first uncovered the island and came to make it seem as if evil has been unleashed on the island world. Then it must be, uh, re-capped by Jack, to refute that statement of Evil “died for nothing.” Quite the contrary: Jack died so that everyone can meet in the Church of the sides and have a wonderful wrap party of the soul.
Put in a historical-critical context of television: It was a great end of all time? I would not say that. The ends of Newhart, Mary Tyler Moore such Show, maybe M * A * S * H, St. Elsewhere, The Fugitive and all ended more decisively, with a more accurate snap. But it was a better ending than a bunch of other, more modern and highly dramas Dear Sitcoms. And as a way to bring this fantasy to a grand final, had lost a final to be adapted to our troubled times: “It was comforting and reassuring. Even a dog that had made me, in turn, wiped away a tear.
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