I never got into “Lost” which is strange because from everything I’ve ever heard about the show, it’s certainly the kind of screwy sci fi that I enjoy. The thing that fascinates me about “Lost” is how it hooked so many of my friends who would otherwise completely ignore sci fi. The thing that kind of kept me away from the show was that by the time I heard about it and how amazing it was, there was already this convoluted continuity that didn’t really seem like something you could just hop on in the middle and comprehend. Now that the show is over over and there’s an ending (well, depending on who you hear from), I’m more likely to pick it up with the Netflix and marathon the thing a season at a time.
If twitter, facebook rumblings, and this review are any indication, a good majority of “Lost” fans were not terribly pleased with the ending. Ah, that complete and utter let-down feeling you get when a show’s ending horribly disappoints you. I know it well. This begs the question, can any ending of serialized television really satisfy the faithful?
There have been a few endings that I didn’t really mind. Buffy’s last season was absolutely horrid but the very last episode did a lot to redeem the show in my eyes. Angel’s ending was a bit cliff hangery for me but word is that the comics have picked up nicely. Dollhouse’s ending didn’t hurt too bad. Star Trek TNG’s ending was satisfying and not entirely rage worthy. DS9’s ending made me want more, a television movie or something but it was decent enough.
And then there are the endings that send fans into a rage. BSG. The Sopranos. Seinfeld. Dallas. Various Kamen Rider endings that don’t make any fucking sense.
I think the success of a show isn’t in how it ends, but how its remembered. And in the end, I think the positives of Lost will ultimately overshadow its ending. It’s certainly made a major dent in pop culture. And because of Lost, more television shows are willing to take convoluted continuity risks.
So what do you guys thinks? Did Lost’s ending completely ruin the show for you? Did it wrap up all the loose ends to your satisfaction? Was it better or worse than the BSG finale? Do you think Jack Bauer will survive tonight’s 24 finale? How would you have ended Lost?