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Lost Virgin Diary – Goodbye strangers, it’s been nice; hope you find your paradise

The end has finally come. I just completed the final season of ‘Lost’ and this will be my last Virgin Diary entry on the series. Join me for one final look at my favorite group of stranded castaways. Did they all finally make it back home?

The end has finally come. I just watched the series finale of Lost and this will be the final chapter of my Virgin Diary experience. It feels almost bittersweet. Summer feels like it has come and gone, as school is already in session for most local schools in my area and cooler temperatures this week have made me realize fall will soon be upon us. It therefore seems fitting that the show I began watching at the beginning of the summer is now coming to a close too. But you know what? I really enjoyed the ride and especially Season 6, Episode 17 “The End.”

I felt like the Lost finale did the show justice by allowing everything to come full circle. The flashback sequences of everyone seeing what had already happened in seasons past linked all the seasons and characters together with a beautiful score of accompanying music. I was flooded with their memories, once again witness to all of their laughter and all of their tears … all of their deaths and even a few of their births. I think most of my burning questions were answered along the way. Perhaps not all, but enough to leave me feeling overall satisfied. Maybe no one is ever really meant to have all the answers, in life or in death. One thing is certain. I’m happy they didn’t completely “undo” the plane crash and their connections with each other, for it would’ve felt like everything had been a lie.

What began with Jack ended with Jack and that, too, seemed very fitting. Ever the person who never gave up believing in people even when they were obviously lying to or manipulating him, Jack was fittingly late to the party. Imagine that. Late to your own wake. Because that’s really what the season finale was in some respects, a wake. It was a chance to pay your final respects to a group of unforgettable characters that touched you in a special way few series manage to do. I feel richer having known them.

Jack’s father, Christian Shephard (which I never completely appreciated the irony of his name before now), was there to guide his son home. Jack could finally be at peace and tell his father he loved him, as his father explained that he and the rest of the Oceanic survivors that had been his compadres and allies, and at time even his enemies, were all dead. They were all assembled together in the church, resplendent in their best clothes, appearing vibrant, young, happy and most importantly, reunited with the ones they had loved best and looking exactly as how they remembered one other.

Most of the ones I had cared about were back together again – there was Boone, there was Locke walking and talking and not the creepy black mist any longer, there were Des and Penny, Hurley and Libby, Sawyer and Juliet, Jin and Sun, Shannon and Sayid, Rose and Bernard, Jack and Kate and yes, even Claire, Charlie and baby Aaron. Notably missing were Michael, Walt, Eko and maybe a stray polar bear. Perhaps their contracts didn’t come through. I assume Aaron was a baby again because that’s how the rest of the Oceanic survivors would’ve remembered him. I assume Jin and Sun’s child and Des and Penny’s child were not there because neither had ever spent any time on the island. This final party was by invitation only. Only those Des felt were ready to move on were invited to attend, which apparently did not include Ana Lucia, anybody from the freighter (Miles, Daniel, Charlotte or Frank) or even Charles Widmore.

I’m not happy that they all died, but it was as I expected it. I never expected any of them to leave the island happily. I was a little puzzled as to why Ben didn’t join them in the church even when Hurley extended an extra invitation. All he said was he had some things he had to work out before he could let go. I assumed he wasn’t ready to leave Alex yet, but it was nice to see him apologize to Locke for being jealous of him. I was also surprised Jacob didn’t make an appearance, but then again, in the end you could say he and the island prevailed. The island’s source of power remained intact and everybody that knew about its existence was presumably dead.

Like a good shepherd guiding his flock of wandering, led-astray sheep, Christian opened the church door and white light flooded through and washed over Jack’s group as they all prepared to go home, which I took to mean heaven. They were all finally ready to move on together and I guess that’s a happy ending of sorts. I took comfort in the fact that none of them would ever experience pain, loss or separation again, and it made me wonder if your loved ones who have passed before you are really there to welcome you into the afterlife transition. I certainly hope so. Death has always been one of those things that keep me lying awake at night. I have a real fear of the unknown and of being alone.

The series began with a close-up of Jack’s eye opening as he was lying on the bamboo jungle’s floor after surviving the plane crash. I thought it was perfect that it ended with a close-up of Jack’s eye closing, as he succumbed to death on that same bamboo jungle’s floor, once again finding himself lying next to Walt’s dog, Vincent. By the end, I, too, was finally ready to move on. I’d like to say farewell to Lost with some of the lyrics to Supertramp’s hit “Goodbye Stranger”:

“Goodbye strangers. It’s been nice, hope you find your paradise.
Tried to see your point of view, hope your dreams will all come true.
Goodbye Sawyer, goodbye Ben, will we ever meet again?”

Memorable Quote:

“Everyone dies some time, kiddo. Some of them before you, some long after you.” – Christian Shephard
“But why are they all here now?” – Jack
“Well, there is no ‘now’ here.” – Christian
“Where are we, dad?” – Jack
“This is a place that you – that you all made together so that you could find one another. The most important part of your life was the time that you spent with these people. That’s why all of you are here. Nobody does it alone, Jack. You needed all of them, and they needed you.” – Christian
“For what?” – Jack
“To remember. And to … let go.” – Christian
“Kate – she said we were leaving.” – Jack
“Not leave. No. Moving on.” – Christian
“Where are we going?” – Jack
“Let’s go find out.” – Christian

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6 Responses to “Lost Virgin Diary – Goodbye strangers, it’s been nice; hope you find your paradise”

August 14, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Ahhh, the time it took you to watch that seemed to fly. When I think how many years I spent waiting for the next show to air and then how much time I spent dissecting what had happened with my friends..whew!!
I loved the ending..there was alot of folks saying they weren’t happy but I thought it wrapped up well. When expectations are so high it is certainly hard to make everyone happy.
I loved the Sopranos ending too..what can I say?
Thanks for reviewing this, it was fun to go back and remember the seasons and see how someone new reacted to it.

August 14, 2012 at 12:00 PM

Thanks for reading, it was fun and went way too quickly! :)

August 14, 2012 at 3:25 PM

I enjoyed reading this. It was nice to experience my favorite show through fresh thoughts.

You should take a look at this article if you’re interested in clarifying the show’s mythology. It’s well-written and researched by another superfan of the show.

You said you thought nobody left the island happily, which is not quite true. The events in the afterlife of Season 6 don’t take place immediately after the end of the real world events, but rather far in the future (if time applies at all), after they’ve all died – and it can be presumed that Hurley and Ben in particular lived for centuries or more. Sawyer, Kate, Claire, and Aaron safely left the island along with Miles and Frank, since Jack sacrificed himself in part to help them escape (hence the smiling at the end of his life). But whatever life they found off the island wasn’t as important as what they experienced there together. The freighter crew, Eko, and Walt, didn’t make it to the church because their more important times happened elsewhere. Michael wasn’t there because his spirit remains indefinitely trapped on the island (or maybe not, if Walt managed to rescue him after the events of the show).

August 14, 2012 at 6:45 PM

Yeah, I’ve been thinking about it. I knew Michael said he was trapped. I think they really didn’t show Walt because there’s no way they could make him look like he did on the island because the kid had obviously grown up. That was one of the things I wondered about during the first season…how they were going to explain the kid hitting puberty when they were only there for a few months. It made sense to me that they ousted him when they did. And what you said about the others made sense. Nobody else from the other section of the plane bonded as much with this group. I guess I just missed Eko. I expected greater things out of his character and I was disappointed.

August 14, 2012 at 4:07 PM

I always thought that Ben wasn’t ready to go into the church and move on yet because he’d led a particularly evil life for a period, and he needed more time to reflect and repent for it.

I wasn’t a big fan of the whole church gathering at the end, or the big drain and cork in the ground that ended up being the root of the show’s mythology (what did they spend, 10 minutes in the writer’s room deciding on that one?) But I did like the sweeping epic quality of the finale, the Michael Giachinno music as always, and the way Jack turned things over to Hurley.

It was fun reading your fresh perspective as you sped through the whole series for the first time. Thanks for bravely sharing your theories and reactions with us!

August 14, 2012 at 6:17 PM

Yeah, I kinda wondered if Ben wasn’t allowed to enter “heaven” because of all his misdoings. I wondered if he was doomed to an eternal purgatory without a choice or if he really didn’t feel like he had atoned for Alex quite yet. I think there’s a good argument to be made for either.

I wasn’t a big fan of the drain/cork either, but then again I also didn’t like the big donkey wheel that moved the island. Maybe they thought of both of those concepts in the same productive 10-minute staff meeting.

Thanks for reading! :)

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