Monday, May 24, 2010

You Done Good, Lost

The Internets are awash with angst as those who watched Lost but didn't understand, and those whose pet theories were disproved, are all venting madly. And then there are those who didn't watch but maybe a few episodes. Yet all are passing harsh judgment nevertheless.

I watched and enjoyed every episode like few teevee shows ever, and was continually impressed by the intelligence, complexity, and breadth of the mythology, character arcs, and narrative webs the writers wove over six years' time. Nope, they didn't answer but half the ten thousand questions they asked. But then how many network teevee shows ever even ask ONE good question?

In the final 15 minutes of the broadcast, after wrapping up one storyline, Lost resorted to a troubling hunk of spirituality in resolving the mystery of the sideways universe. But the deus ex machina reveal that offended so many was intended from the start of Season Six, so it wasn't really "deus ex machina" cheating. And really, I liked it because I confess that I contain a troubling hunk of spirituality within my own neural pathways.