Monday, May 24, 2010
The LOST Finale: A Hidden Message of Forgiveness and Redemption
I know this really isn't horror related at all, but I just have to get my feelings out about the finale of LOST, arguably one of the most influential shows of our generation if not television history. From the comments on facebook and twitter that I've seen, people either love it or hate it, I myself loved it. Sure it wasn't a huge twist, sure some people saw it coming, but I truly believe this was the ending the show meant to have the entire time. It was emotional, sure it made me cry (like a baby), but it also made me think. Through out the seasons, we got to meet characters from all over the world, from every background imaginable, and from every religious view point. The ending (which this is gonna be a spoiler if you lived under a rock last night) was in my opinion the perfect way to bring it all to a head. We learned that everyone is really dead now, whether they died on the island or later in life. The events on the island really happened, it wasn't a dream or anything like that, but the sideways story of everyone living in the real world and not on the island isn't really the real world at all, it's the afterlife. They were all brought together after there deaths to remember what had happened to them so that they can move on into what ever the afterlife has for them. In many religions, people are shown there life before there eyes, and this is whats happing here. In my opinion, all the people on the island who are brought together in this alternate world are here because each of there journeys was a test of redemption. They each had to remember what brought them to this point in order the move on. They each had there triumphs and failures, each had there own beliefs, yet all ended up with the people that mattered most to them and they all found a peace in this. Through all there struggles on the island, they all found their own redemptions and can all move on together in peace and love. The biggest sign of this to me was the window in the church room where Jack saw his father again (I couldn't find the pic of it, it you can, leave a link in the comments!). It had the symbols of various religions, symbolizing everyone on the island's beliefs. They were all together on one window in the church. It wasn't just a cross or a picture of Jesus on that window, but all of the symbols of all the religions together as one. One the surface, the finale might not have wowed everyone, but for me, it was the greatest kind of wow of all. It was a feeling that no matter what I believe in, there is redemption and peace waiting for me with the ones I love the most.
(Plus on a less serious note, I got to see the two sexiest men ever to set foot on the Island again, Sayid and Charlie...yum!)