The End of LOST: Further Reflections and Unanswered Questions

Having said that there are ways in which the finale was satisfying, there are certainly many loose ends. But perhaps, as with comparable shows like the X-Files, we are supposed to continue exploring them rather than expect the series to resolve everything for us. And so I’d like to invite fans of the show to mention mysteries, loose ends, and apparent contradictions that they wish had been sorted out – and others who think they’ve cracked those particular puzzles to share what they think the solutions are.

For me, my main question is who was in the cabin when Ben first took Locke there. Was it Jacob, and if so why did he appear in the way that he did? Was it the smoke monster, the circle of ash already having been broken? Was it someone else? This isn’t a huge issue, but I am curious what answer the writers would give to the question, if any.

Nikki Stafford links to the video below about unanswered questions on LOST. Below it you’ll find a bunch of other recent LOST posts from other blogs.

http://www.collegehumor.com/moogaloop/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=1936291&fullscreen=1

Nik at Nite not only reflected on Jack’s daddy issues, but also linked to posts by her readers (including me!).

IO9 has a comic strip with scenes from the life of Hurley and Ben on the island. Christian Piatt has a video with thoughts on the ending of Lost.

Mark Traphagen continues his retrospective. Marc Oromaner brings Lost in myth to ‘The End.’

Bill Heroman shared thoughts about LOST and community. Carmen Andres shared links to ‘Lost God-talk online’. James Bradford Pate links to Staci’s take on Lost.

DocArtz has several recent posts including Communion with one another and the purpose of Lost, Damon Lindelof talking about the finale, and Michael Emerson giving some indication of what the extra minutes of story on the DVD will cover. But at the time of posting this, the site seems to be malfunctioning.

Patrol magazine recommends Chuck to those trying to cope with life after Lost.

And here’s an interview Michael Emerson gave regarding the finale and how things ended with Ben:

http://g4tv.com/lv3/46144

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07395422809298131385 Levi

    Dr. McGrath, I've really enjoyed reading your posts on LOST this past season. I no longer have my "blah blah blah" blog, so I wanted to give you a chance to update your blogroll.I do have a new blog, with a first post on the LOST finale and the book of Ecclesiastes. Here's the new links and thanks for updating my info.blog: http://levilunsford.wordpress.com/post on LOST finale here:http://levilunsford.wordpress.com/2010/05/27/lost-finale-ecclesiastes-and-42/I hope life is going well for you,Levi

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05283809456471966882 Bill

    I said this elsewhere, but the MIB's telekinesis (Ben's leg iron) was a startling moment, unprecedented on the show except for that cabin scene. Thus, Man Behind the Curtain was probably just another part of Smokey's long con against both Ben & John. The "help me", in that case, would have been sincere though. (But why couldn't Ben hear it? I don't know.)PS: When Ben said "All those lists." (The Incident, pt2) I'd first assumed that meant lists received from Jacob, but I now take that as lists Ben was recording *for* Jacob (and possibly sending, via Richard?). Maybe. :-)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/05283809456471966882 Bill

    check box – doh!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02561146722461747647 James F. McGrath

    Levi, thanks for letting me know your blog has changed. I've updated my blogroll and added your new one to my Google reader feeds.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/12399706958844399216 terri

    The unanswered questions video is hilarious. I have more to add to the list;Why did Jacob's death make the pool in the temple go wonky? Jacob's just some guy protecting the island, so his death shouldn't have affected the source of the island's powers.Why did Richard say that Ben would never be the same if he was healed at the temple? Turns out that the others are just a bunch of people who really don't know much more than the Losties…so becoming an Other shouldn't do anything to Ben.Why wasn't Jack miraculously healed by the light when it came back on? According to past events being exploded with the light, ala Desmond, should make a person have cool powers and be impervious to electromagnetism. And the heart of the island is supposed to be what powers the island's healing abilities. Being submerged in the light should have fixed Jack up…..or at least turned him into a cool smoke entity.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/04733499914022210958 Jason

    I'm not the avid Lost watcher that goes back and rewatches episodes, so it's possible I missed these and are answered. Let me know if so. I don't mind leaving certain things in mystery, like the island's apparently Egyptian inhabitants from some long ago period, and that sort of thing. Some of that stuff is fun to speculate about. I just have a hard time grasping the "rules" of the island, particularly when there are discrepancies:Ben and Widmore seemed to have some weird off-island dynamic where they couldn't kill each other, similar to Jacob and MIB, but at the end Ben has no problem shooting Widmore. Did he break a rule or not? Who was impersonating Christian Shepherd? It couldn't be MIB, because he appears to Jack off the island and I thought MIB couldn't leave the island. On that score, why can't MIB leave the island when Jacob obviously could? Remember when Boone and Locke went to that plane with the drugs and Locke temporarily lost the ability to walk? If the island granted him walking ability, why would it take it away briefly? It also seemed to take away his ability to talk later on.Ben said at some point that once you turn the wheel, you can't come back to the island (I think). So how come he can apparently go back and forth to the island as he pleases? And he seemed awfully familiar with Tunisia.Richard seemed hopelessly stuck on the island, but he appeared before a very young John Locke, didn't he?The rule that pregnant women don't survive on the island seems to turn on and off depending on the time period (or perhaps just the plot's needs).

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02561146722461747647 James F. McGrath

    As far as the rules are concerned, I think that Flocke's accusation to Richard, that he thinks he makes up these rules as he goes along, may have some truth in it. Towards the end of the finale, Ben told Hurley that he didn't necessarily need to do things the way Jacob did. And Ben commented that Widmore had "changed the rules". And so it sounds like rules may have changed often, and were simply what those with the power to do so imposed on others.That said, I think that they could have had more consistency. They didn't have to introduce the whole notion of Jacob's brother not being allowed to leave the island. They could simply have said that he wanted to kill Jacob and destroy the island, with leaving just being something that he did as part of the process. Then they wouldn't have had the inexplicable appearance of Christian Shephard setting off the smoke alarm in Jack's hospital or appearing on the boat to Michael. But since we have the theme of seeing dead people, maybe sometimes that was what was going on.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/18402976407308180059 Jason Hammer

    I feel like there is an untold episode that is left and that would be what happened from the perspectives of Jacob and MiB from the moment that Oceanic 815 crashed to the moment that the Ajira flight crashed.If you think about it, a great deal of unanswered questions would be addressed in such an episode, including all questions surrounding the cabin.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02561146722461747647 James F. McGrath

    That's a great idea! I think it would be a useful exercise to try to write a screenplay for such an episode and see how easy (or impossible) it turned out to be to make it coherent.


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