Monday, May 24, 2010

In Case You Were Wondering


I liked it.

I understand that some of you didn't. I think that is understandable, too.

But . . . I liked it. A lot.

More probably tomorrow. And for a while after, much more.

And then it will be time to let go.

15 comments:

DuggleBogey said...

Do "Breaking Bad" next.

Luckbox said...

I think the vast majority of people who gave 7 years of their life to this show are compelled to say they liked it and defend it. No one wants to believe they committed that much of their time to something only to have a crushingly disappointing "answer."

Just sayin' is all. I wonder how objective those huge Lost fans really can be.

BLAARGH! said...

I had a feeling a few times during this show that it would end up being a sort of Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge. I was kinda hoping it wouldn't be, but it was a nice tidy way to wrap it all up. Thanks for all your recaps goat, I looked forward to your musings as much as I did the show....

Julius_Goat said...

Well, I make no claims to objectivity. In fact, the idea that you can appreciate a work of art (be it sculpture, painting, novel, movie, or TV show) "objectively" doesn't make much sense to me. Appreciation of works of narrative fiction are by their very nature subjective. What would an "objective" appreciation of LOST look like? Who has the "objective" outlook on the Mona Lisa, or on the Dogs Playing Poker, or on a Jackson Pollock print?

I love this show, warts and all, and have loved it for a long time, and I have loved it in a personal and subjective way the whole time. It's why I'm still watching. If a show stops compelling me, I stop watching. I dumped Heroes because it was making me crazy.

However, what I have actually noticed is not so much a desire to defend the show but an almost gleeful willingness to stomp it into a mud puddle for not being everything "we" wanted it to be, for variable values of "we".

Casual viewer in particular have been pre-emptively and gleefully waiting for the day when the show is over and it will be proved that the show's fans have all wasted their time. I'm bemused by it; it seems to me to be a kind of defense mechanism against letting one's guard down after the X Files and the Heroes and Twin Peaks of the world (though I am still a fan of what Twin Peaks did, too).

Anyway. I liked it. I liked it subjectively. And, I liked it because I think that, shortcomings and all, it stands as an epically great TV show.

Julius_Goat said...

@ Duggles. Mad Men is next, but Breaking Bad is for sure right after it.

mike said...

I think the vast majority of people who gave 7 years of their life to this show are compelled to say they liked it and defend it. No one wants to believe they committed that much of their time to something only to have a crushingly disappointing "answer."

This is complete rubbish. Even if the finale were epicly awful, one's enjoyment of a show over the course of 6+ years isn't instantly negated. Is life not worth living because it might end badly? Lost was consistently better than 99.9999% of what's on TV. I looked forward to it every week. That experience, that enjoyment doesn't just disappear. It can't.

Moreover, the finale really wasn't that bad. I thoroughly enjoyed watching it, even if it wasn't the perfect ending I might have dreamed up. As far as series finales go, it was a good effort. And again, ranting about its lack of perfection is like calling an Olympic gymnast a clutz because she bobbled the landing to her balance beam routine.

Total nonsense.

Anonymous said...

Goat!

Can't wait to see your take on what the finale meant. I liked it was well. Originally I was disappointed more answers were given. But the more I thought about it, I truly didn't have any burning questions that I had to have answer for. As you stated last week, Lost does a great job at letting the viewer infer what specific things mean, rather than hit you over the head with the truth.

That said, I loved that after all the early couple season hubub about the cast being dead, they actually created a "sideways" universe that for better or worse, turned out to be a purgatory type place. Yet another example of how the writers react to the fan base. I also thought the finale had excellent acting and was a respectful send-off to characters we've grown to know and become attached to over the past six years. Wall of text over.

Joel

Andy said...

So they explained the last events of the last season. Fine, thanks. But WHAT ABOUT THE PREVIOUS 5 SEASONS! What is the island? How does it move through space&time? Etc, etc... Did I miss something? I don't give a crap about the lame afterlife story of the last season, I want to know what the hell was going on in when they were alive!
Andy

Julius_Goat said...

@Andy -- I think that's a pretty reasonable reason to be frustrated.

Iak said...

Hi Goat, crapped out a monster comment on Hoy's so I'll keep it short(er) here.

I want to thank you and Hoy for writing about LOST. You guys finally wore me down and thus I watched (and really liked) the finale. I think it's funny that here Luckbox notes people invested in the show have to say they liked it [the TV equivalent of pot committed?] and Ken P in Hoy's comments tells me no one who didn't watch the series can comment meaningfully on the finale.

Who does that left to say anything kind about the episode? Black smoke indeed.

Dawn Summers said...

"How are you here."

SirFWALGMan said...

It seems like the intellectuals hated it and the emotionals like it. lol.

Question of the day: Will you be lost without lost?

AmyRobynne said...

I was willing to accept a lack of neatly tied up answers and was just glad to see all the familiar faces again. It usually bugs me when things end ambiguously but maybe LOST has gotten me used to being confused and I figure I can decide exactly how it turns out and that's enough for me.

(I'm a long-time follower of your wife's blogs and have been following you over here since the finale last year)

Anonymous said...

There was once a highly rated show filmed in Hawaii, which offered its viewers well crafted stories of mystery and intrigue every week. Toward the end of its run, the writers got really self-indulgent and turned the plot lines into a bunch of incomprehensible ramblings about spirituality and the after life.

I'm talking about Magnum, p.i., of course. Remember that? I guess I could have stopped watching that show too, but man I was really hoping they'd recover and right the ship. Who knew I'd make the same mistake twice.

As it turns out, the Lost producers basically took a dump in my living room every Tuesday night in 2010.

It just doesn't impress me as an artistic endeavor to spew a bunch of mysterious sci-fi/fantasy stuff and leave it to the audience to piece it all together into a story.

I think it takes REAL talent to do something like Tolkien did, i.e., literally invent an entire fantasy universe from scratch and connect every single dot into a cohesive mythology.

Tolkien's story-telling still left plenty to the audience imagination as far as interpreting his messages about life, creation, and the human predicament, but at least we could friggin' appreciate and understand his story at face value!

Anonymous said...

http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1936291

I'm glad that you enjoyed the final.You are a far better / patient / understanding soul than I.As somebody else stated,seemingly 5 years of mythology and questions ignored = Epic Fail.

I'd like to thank you however for your recaps and rumblings,it was a good ride.

M