They once were Lost and now are found


So Lost ends with the sacrifice of someone with bloody hands and feet and a wound in his side.  Whereupon everyone, including everyone who died in the series,  ends up in a church–complete with a statue of Jesus–where they forgive each other, are reconciled, and experience a joyous reunion.  The door opens and they walk out into the light.

I can’t remember any prime time series with so much explicit, overt Christianity.  It’s given in symbols, but symbols are far more evocative than prose in a work of art.   In addition to the Baptismal imagery that ran throughout the series, we also had in the last episodes Holy Communion imagery, with the mysterious God-figure saying “take this cup, and you’ll be like me.”

Pundits were saying that Lost has unique significance for our culture at this time in our history, to the point of proposing that the first decade of the 21st century–lacking a good name so far–be called “the Lost decade.”  So what does it mean that it takes Christianity to resolve all of those intractable problems and unravel all of that confusion?

I suspect that there will be a lot of howls from critics about the ending of Lost.  I’m not sure the literary critic in me is completely satisfied with the narrative resolution.  But still.   It shows that all of those Christian interpretations that people were reading into the show for the last six years were right after all, that all of that scattered symbolism was, in fact, the key to the show.

More importantly, the ending shows that traditional Christian concepts and imagery still have a powerful resonance in a Lost world.

So how will “Lost” end?

Many of you have followed, with me, the labyrinthine ways of “Lost.”  Now, the television puzzler is approaching its finale.  What do you think the final explanation will be?

HT:  Larry Wilson


I don’t watch much TV. I really don’t. But I did get hooked on Lost. This season that convoluted narrative comes to an end, and the producers say that every loose end will be tied together, every mystery solved, and every plot line resolved. So how do you think it will end? Will it be. . .

(1) The Bob Newhart ending? (It was all a dream.)

(2) The Sixth Sense ending? (They are all dead.)

(3) The Matrix ending? (They are all characters in a computer program.)

(4) The Hamlet ending? (They all get killed.)

(5) The Samsara ending? (They get caught in a time loop and have to live through the story again.)

(6) The Dante ending? (They are in a purgatorial afterlife.)

(7) The X-Files ending? (A few things are resolved, but leaving room for a movie.)

(8) The Meta ending? (They all turn out to be characters in someone’s story.)

(9) The Scooby-Doo ending? (The key villain is in disguise, and it turns out there is a rational explanation for everything.)

How else might it end?