Lost. (And Found.)

If you’re a Lostie, let us discuss in the comments. If you 1) have not seen the finale yet (Hannah Smith, I am looking at you), 2) have not seen the series but eventually want to, DO NOT LOOK AT THE COMMENTS until you see it or else you will probably want to kill me, and I don’t want that. So you have been warned.


5 thoughts on “Lost. (And Found.)

  1. Dave

    I think the funniest reader comment i’ve seen over and over and over on different reviews/recaps is:

    “What IS the island?”

    …Um, it’s a raised land-mass completely surrounded on all sides by water with a surface elevation high enough above sea level to sustain vegetation and animal life. But i don’t see how that’s important… [/sarc]

    Kidding aside, the story is perhaps metaphor, as you said. The island itself wasn’t. The island was real life, admittedly heightened, but real. A real-world crisis situation which brought forth the inner qualities of the people enduring it.

  2. That’s what I mean. I think what I’m thinking is that their life on the island is kind of what it was like for people in all the ancient scriptural narratives–it was real and it happened, of course, but it was a concentrated outworking of something holy. And their questions didn’t always get answered, either, just like in life.

    I’m gonna write up something.

  3. hannah s,

    I managed to avoid all blogs until I was finished watching, so hooray! I want to hear more of your thoughts.

    I’m confused about a couple of things (exactly *when* did everyone die? Is everyone in the flash-sideways — not just the Oceanic people — dead?? This is my main confusion), and I blame their confusingness on our beloved Carlton and Damon (who, bless their hearts, delight in being beyond cryptic), but overall I was quite satisfied. The main things I care about — namely, the characters and their growth — were wrapped up in a graceful way.

  4. What I sent in a couple of Facebook messages to different people:

    Here’s what I think: This has been a statement on faith, identity, and community. The island events were their metanarrative/religion story–with all the unanswered questions, mysteries, unexplainable happenings, creations, falls, and redemptions. If the folks in the plane got off the island, they went off and lived their lives in light of what happened to them, knowing what Jack did for them (guess: Hurley and Ben got Desmond off the island, he went and told them what happened, after getting to have a vision of the afterlife; he was an angel/messenger/Virgil-in-Inferno character). They died, and the island–and each other–were their means of salvation, if you will.

    It’s all very postmodern–the details of the story don’t matter, but rather what the story does to you, if it makes you a better person or not.

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